Improving Health with Vitamin D Supplementation

Improving Health with Vitamin D Supplementation

vitamindIn a recent summary on the proven benefits of vitamin D, the author offers plenty of evidence for the advice to get "sensible sun exposure along with vitamin D supplementation."

As the author explains, the body responds to sunlight by producing vitamin D. The vitamin is in reality, a hormone that can also be taken in from diet and/or supplementation. Once it is converted in the liver to its active form (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D), it works with receptors in the small intestine, which increases absorption of calcium and phosphate. This is crucial for bone health.

The author goes on to point out that virtually all tissue in the body has vitamin D receptors and this is why a deficiency in vitamin D is linked to a number of health issues including preeclampsia, increased risk of c-section, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, types 1 and 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cancers and infectious diseases. The author recommends supplementing 2000 IU (international units) per day for adults and 1000 IU per day for children and that this, along with a safe amount of sun exposure, is essential in maximizing health (1).

Remember that sunscreen or sun-block lotions prevent vitamin D from being produced in the skin.  A doctor of chiropractic can evaluate your overall health and advise you on proper diet and supplementation as well as give you tips on getting a little sunlight in a safe manner.

Holick MF, Vitamin D: A D-Lightful Solution for Health. Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2011 Mar 16.

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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain

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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.