The mission of Grassroots Health is to raise awareness about vitamin D and its fundamental role in many aspects of our lives. The founder of this organization is called Carole Baggerly. Her education includes mathematics and physics, and she also owns and manages the aerospace business, but her passion for vitamin D arose because of a personal experience.
She managed to survive breast cancer and attributes of vitamin D for healing. In an interview, Carole discussed about what the latest science says about how vitamin D can prevent and delay the formation of cancer and why it is important to be tested for serum levels regularly. If you optimize your vitamin D levels you can prevent 16 different types of cancer, such as skin, prostate, breast, ovarian, lung and cancer pancreas.
The risk of cancer increases around 77% in modest levels of vitamin D
Vitamin D is able to prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and also reduce chronic pain. However, when it comes to cancer, this vitamin is cancer’s worst nightmare. There have been more than 200 epidemiological studies that confirmed the cancer relationship between vitamin D deficiencies. In addition, there have been 2,500 laboratory studies in the understanding of its physiological basis.
A study worth mentioning is performed by Joan Lappe and Robert Heaney in 2007, where a group of menopausal women have been given enough vitamin D to increase serum levels of 40 ng / ml. A reduction was experienced in the incidence of all cancers by 77% after 4 years. This is a relatively modest level of vitamin D, while the most recent information suggests that the serum level “sweet spot” for vitamin D is 50-70 ng / ml. This shows the great importance of vitamin D.
Is it possible that vitamin D may help prevent 90% of breast cancer?
When it comes to breast cancer, vitamin D has powerful effects to the extent that one can describe as a “syndrome of vitamin D deficiency.” There are other factors of lifestyle that are important for prevention as well, and those managing stress, sleep, exercise and nutrition. Each emerging study, however, indicates the importance of vitamin D. According to Carole, 90% of normal breast cancer is connected to vitamin D deficiency.
Due to the fact that breast cancer is common in women this is a very important and massive statement for women’s health.
Cells of breast cancer are broken with the help of vitamin D
Points between vitamin D deficiency and cancer are connected by Dr. Cedric F. Garland, at the University of San Diego, California. It is said that in almost all forms of breast cancer Vitamin D affects to the surface of epithelial cells. The cells are held together by a substance as a glue and it is called E-cadherin. The cell structure is provided and is mainly composed of vitamin D and calcium.
If you do not have an adequate amount of this vitamin, the structure is separated and these cells do what they are programmed to survive and multiplication is being done. If this process of cell proliferation is out of control, you cannot remove the cancer. If breast cancer is ongoing, the addition of vitamin D can help cancer cells stop growing. When cancer growth is slower, the immune system can fight with cancer cells because it does not have to deal with gazillions of them. This theory has been confirmed by subsequent studies by other researchers.
The risk of preterm birth is halved through optimization of vitamin D
Vitamin D for pregnant women has significant benefits for them and the baby, however, 80% of them are deficient in vitamin D.
The effects of vitamin D levels in pregnant women were studied by Carol Wagner and Bruce Hollis and the results were phenomenal. They gave 4,000 IU of vitamin D to a group of pregnant women, reducing the incidence of premature delivery by 50 %. This result gave rise to a new prenatal program named GrassrootsHealth that protects our children now.
Other topics of pregnancy, such as reducing the risk of having a baby with low birth weight and reducing the likelihood of caesarean section can be reduced with the help of vitamin D. Being pregnant and having a good level D3 helps pass on the protection for the newborn baby even after birth.
Everything is connected with vitamin D levels in blood
The concentration level of vitamin D is the most important factor. No matter how much time you spend in the sun, or the amount of vitamin D3 is taken, if the levels are low, then you will be at risk. The levels testing is the only way to know them. This can be done through blood tests on a regular basis.
Most laboratories have updated testing protocols, and it is very important to check your level of vitamin D every 3-6 months, as it takes at least 3 months for it to stabilize after a change in sun exposure or supplement dose. Normal levels are 50-70 ng / ml. However, a lot of studies tried to unravel the benefits of obtaining serum levels above 50, 60 and 70, trying to see what are the benefits of each increment. The gums will be healthy with serum levels above 30. You will prevent cancer if they are over 40. There are many reasons to promote the highest levels.
Can it be toxic?
Exposure to sun and safe tanning is the best way to get vitamin D and optimize its levels. You should expose about 40% of the whole body to the sun for 20 minutes between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun is at the zenith. At that time there is no risk of toxicity of vitamin D from UVB exposure.
For oral supplements adults need about 8,000 IU of vitamin D3 orally every day to get higher serum levels to 40 ng / ml. Intake of vitamin D orally includes increased intake of vitamin K2 through foods or supplements. Deficiency of vitamin K2 produces the symptoms of the toxicity of vitamin D and including inadequate calcification, leading to arteries hardening. It is safe to take vitamin D3. According to Dr. Kate-Bleue, 150-200 micrograms of vitamin K2 daily will meet the needs for a “normal” healthy person if vitamin D supplements are taken. Some may come from the diet (fermented vegetables). And if vitamin D supplement is taken, the dose of vitamin K2 needs to be increased too.