A major new book on the Vitamin D deficiency pandemic has blasted health regulators for dragging their heels on the vitamin D issue.
Investigative journalist and bestselling author Ian Wishart published Vitamin D: Is This The New Miracle Vitamin? to bring together hundreds of the latest scientific studies in an easy to read format for the public and medical professionals alike.
“I’ve done the book to help re-focus attention in the wake of the largely discredited Institute of Medicine’s Food & Nutrition Board report,” Wishart said. “I had to wade through thousands of reports and studies on vitamin D while researching the book over seven years, so I – like many others – was more than a little surprised to see the IOM still kicking for touch. I suspect it’s political, because the science on the benefits of vitamin D is now compelling.
“For nearly three decades we’ve been bombarded with the message – ‘avoid the sun at all costs’ – and over that same time our rates of cancer have gone through the roof,” says Wishart.
“Autism has rocketed up, allergies can be found in every second house, mental illness and depression have escalated hugely, and our rates of deadly melanoma have shot up over that time as well.”
In the book, Vitamin D, Wishart reveals all of these disorders, and many more, are now being scientifically-linked to a lack of vitamin D caused by sunsmart publicity campaigns.
“We became so scared of a minority killer like melanoma, that we forgot sunlight is utterly essential to our body’s immunity and cancer-fighting systems. Now, we are paying the price,” Wishart says.
Studies published in the book have estimated that for every one life saved from melanoma because of slip, slop, slap campaigns, a further ten people have died from illnesses directly linked to a lack of vitamin D.
“By any stretch of the imagination, that’s a tragedy. Even worse, it’s an avoidable tragedy. The sunsmart campaign worldwide is backfiring in one of the worst public health policy mistakes in history.”
Adding insult to injury, there’s no credible evidence that modern sunscreens protect people from melanoma, meaning that for three decades health authorities and sunscreen manufacturers have misled the public about how safe sunscreens actually are, muddying the debate about vitamin D.
“International studies have shown people who use sunscreens regularly are three times more likely to develop melanoma than people who don’t use sunscreens at all,” says Wishart in the Vitamin D book.
Vitamin D: Is This The Miracle Vitamin?, goes onsale worldwide this month and covers the vitamin’s links to: asthma, allergies, autism, Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, heart disease, stroke, colds, flu pandemics, Crohn’s disease, mental illness, diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, infertility, pregnancy, ADHD, hospital superbugs and much more.