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Cold & Flu Prevention w Vitamin D (below 2,000 IU/day) + Mg

Article "Epidemic Influenza And Vitamin D", personal observations on "cold" plus paper concluding: "vitamin D, or lack of it, may be Hope-Simpson's 'seasonal stimulus'"

Date:   12/1/2009 8:26:25 PM   ( 12 y ) ... viewed 1994 times

March 21, 2018 - Vitamin D & Calcium Fail to Reduce Fractures - By: Carolyn Dean MD ND -

"The Natural Medicine Journal reviewed a JAMA paper[6] that analyzed 33 randomized clinical trials on the effects of Vit D and calcium on fractures. The results were quite surprising to a public that’s been lead to believe that Vit D is the next best thing to sliced bread. Oh, wait, bread is also out of favor now isn’t it? It seems like everything is being called into question these days. And that’s as it should be.

The 33 trials that included 51,145 older than 50 years found:

No significant association of calcium or vitamin D with risk of hip fracture compared with placebo or no treatment.

No significant association of combined calcium and vitamin D with hip fracture compared with placebo or no treatment.

No significant associations between calcium, vitamin D, or combined calcium and vitamin D supplements and the incidence of nonvertebral, vertebral, or total fractures.

They concluded that the use of supplements of calcium, vitamin D, or both was not associated with a lower risk of fractures among older adults. These findings are the opposite of what practitioners of all persuasions have been telling people to do to prevent fractures!

The Natural Medicine Journal noted that recent reports suggest high doses of vitamin D increase the risk of falls in the elderly. Because of this risk a warning was published in the Nat Rev Endocrinol, Nov 2016 that vitamin D daily doses should not exceed 3,000 IU and serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D should not exceed 40-45 ng/mL in elderly individuals. I’ve recommended staying below 2,000 IU of Vit D per day and accepting 40 ng/mL as an effective level of 25-OH-D.

Even worse than Vit D and calcium not preventing fractures was the finding that the hip fracture risk tended to increase with calcium or vitamin D supplementation. The naturopath who wrote the Natural Medicine Journal article reminded readers that naturopaths do recommend vitamin K2 and strontium citrate in addition to the calcium and vitamin D. But he didn’t even mention magnesium!

Here is an excerpt from The Magnesium Miracle (2017):

Susan Brown, Ph.D., director of the Osteoporosis Education Project in Syracuse, New York, warns that “the use of calcium supplementation in the face of magnesium deficiency can lead to a deposition of calcium in the soft tissue such as the joints, promoting arthritis, or in the kidney, contributing to kidney stones.”[i] Dr. Brown recommends a daily dose of only 450 mg of magnesium for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Women with osteoporosis have lower-than-average levels of magnesium in their diets, according to survey reports. Magnesium deficiency can compromise calcium metabolism and also hinder the body’s production of vitamin D, further weakening bones.

The following shows magnesium’s multifactorial role in bone health:

*Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium.

*Magnesium stimulates a particular hormone, calcitonin, that helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, preventing some forms of arthritis and kidney stones.

*Magnesium suppresses another bone hormone called parathyroid, preventing it from breaking down bone.

*Magnesium converts vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption.

*Magnesium is required to activate an enzyme that is necessary to form new bone.

*Magnesium regulates active calcium transport.

*It is also important to mention that vitamin K2 plays an important role is helping direct calcium to the bones where it belongs.

With all these roles for magnesium to play, it is no wonder that even a mild deficiency can be a risk factor for osteoporosis. Furthermore, if there is too much calcium in the body, especially from calcium supplementation, magnesium absorption can be greatly impaired, resulting in worsening osteoporosis and the likelihood of kidney stones, arthritis, and heart disease as well as gall stones, heel spurs, and breast tissue calcification.

Most people, including MDs, do not understand the importance of balancing calcium and magnesium at the cellular level. Calcium cannot build bones or prevent osteoporosis without adequate levels of magnesium. It’s as simple as that. If our bones are made entirely from calcium, they become brittle and can shatter, just like a stick of calcium carbonate chalk falling on the sidewalk. However, with the right percentage of magnesium, bone has the proper density and matrix that actually makes it flexible and more resistant to shattering. I’m afraid many elderly people are suffering bone fractures because they have too much calcium and not enough magnesium.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®[1]

January 28, 2019 - Magnesium and Vitamin D - Better Together -

Did you know that magnesium and Vitamin D should be taken together to maximize health, vitality, and well-being? Nutrients don't work alone, and the Vitamin D Council recommends that Vitamin D be taking with its essential co-factors including magnesium, boron, and zinc as well as Vitamin K and A.[7]

The Vitamin D Council goes even further in expressing their concerns for ADEQUATE magnesium supplementation:

The Vitamin D Council believes that the daily amounts of magnesium recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board aren't enough to keep your body healthy; and that both men and women may need more than is recommended. Some research studies show that your body needs between 500 and 700 mg a day.

It's not just the Vitamin D Council that is educating the public about the necessity of magnesium supplementation with Vitamin D. Recently, the American Osteopathic Association released their findings reporting that magnesium deficiency is preventing people from utilizing Vitamin D:

Vitamin D can't be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning Vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans. In addition, Vitamin D supplements can increase a person's calcium and phosphate levels even while they remain Vitamin D deficient. People may suffer from vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren't high enough to prevent the complication.

The co-author of the study says that "People are taking Vitamin D supplements but don't realize how it gets metabolized. Without magnesium, Vitamin D is not really useful or safe."

Low Magnesium Levels Make Vitamin D Ineffective -

Internationally respected magnesium expert Dr. Carolyn Dean has been educating the public on the important role of magnesium and Vitamin D for twenty years and, even more specifically, demonstrating through research and medical reference what happens when magnesium deficiency symptoms are induced as Vitamin D 'uses up' magnesium in its conversion to its 'active form' in the bloodstream from supplements and sunlight.

As more and more doctors, practitioners and medical professionals incorporate Vitamin D into their treatment plans they will also have to include magnesium as well! And, just in case that part of the equation has escaped their attention it doesn't have to escape yours.

Dr. Carolyn Dean LIVE Radio Broadcast

Monday, January 28, 2019 on

4PM Pacific 7PM Eastern

If you yourself are unable to make the show, you have the option to email Dr. Dean and have your question or comment included in our MailBag Segment. Remember, the valuable information, suggestions, and insights about your health choices can always be discussed with your doctor, should you choose to do so.

How to Participate in the Show:

1) If you have a question for Dr. Dean:
email your question prior to the show to:

2) If you'd like to speak directly to Dr. Dean during the show:

phone 602-666-6027 skype

3) You can listen to the live broadcast on your computer:

If you are unable to attend the live broadcast just our visit the archive.

About Dr. Carolyn Dean -
Carolyn Dean MD ND has been on for nine years offering practical strategies to improve health, vitality, and well-being the natural way. As a medical doctor, naturopath, certified clinical nutritionist and master of many modalities including acupuncture and homeopathy, Carolyn Dean MD ND authored over 33 books and publications including The Magnesium Miracle, 3rd Edition available exclusively at

In addition to the recognition lavished on her by her many customers, clients, and listeners Dr. Dean has received several prestigious awards including "The Arrhythmia Alliance Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management Services Award 2012" at The Heart Rhythm Congress organized by The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Sept 23-26, 2012 and the Integrative Medicine Award presented at the Sacred Fire Gala in September, 2014.

December 1, 2009 -

For the first time in a very very long time I finally have light cold symptoms that I am actually grateful for as I now know that I can allow my body it's natural cleansing function. I gargled with Thieves Vinegar that I had made previously when the "swine flu" scam was getting revved-up. I think the body cleanse had to happen since I had stopped talking daily hot salt baths to induce sweating as a substitute for the saunas I use to take in another location.

77 days later: Since the "cold". A couple weeks ago I had cold symptoms that lasted just one day!

"Aloia and Li-Ng presented evidence of a dramatic vitamin D preventative effect from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) [25]. In a post-hoc analysis of the side effect questions of their original three-year RCT, they discovered 104 post-menopausal African American women given vitamin D were three times less likely to report cold and flu symptoms than 104 placebo controls. A low dose (800 IU/day) not only reduced reported incidence, it abolished the seasonality of reported colds and flu. A higher dose (2000 IU/day), given during the last year of their trial, virtually eradicated all reports of colds or flu. (Figure 2) Recent discoveries about vitamin D's mechanism of action in combating infections [26] led Science News to suggest that vitamin D is the 'antibiotic vitamin' [27] due primarily to its robust effects on innate immunity."[2]

"Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and upper respiratory tract infection"[3]

Epidemic influenza and vitamin D.

"In 1981, R. Edgar Hope-Simpson proposed that a 'seasonal stimulus' intimately associated with solar radiation explained the remarkable seasonality of epidemic influenza. Solar radiation triggers robust seasonal vitamin D production in the skin; vitamin D deficiency is common in the winter, and activated vitamin D, 1,25(OH)2D, a steroid hormone, has profound effects on human immunity. 1,25(OH)2D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive expression of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the 'oxidative burst' potential of macrophages. Perhaps most importantly, it dramatically stimulates the expression of potent anti-microbial peptides, which exist in neutrophils, monocytes, natural killer cells, and in epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract where they play a major role in protecting the lung from infection. Volunteers inoculated with live attenuated influenza virus are more likely to develop fever and serological evidence of an immune response in the winter. Vitamin D deficiency predisposes children to respiratory infections. Ultraviolet radiation (either from artificial sources or from sunlight) reduces the incidence of viral respiratory infections, as does cod liver oil (which contains vitamin D). An interventional study showed that vitamin D reduces the incidence of respiratory infections in children. We conclude that vitamin D, or lack of it, may be Hope-Simpson's 'seasonal stimulus'."[4]

January 11, 2018 - "...Homeopathy Successfully Treated Flu Epidemic of 1918"[5]

March 21, 2018 -

While posting the top article from Dr. Carolyn Dean I edited out the previous references in this blog regarding high doses of Vitamin D. From a "Chef-Doctor" perspective the first recommendation to be made is a truly nourishing diet - i.e. Nourishing Traditions. Once a nourishing nutrient-dense diet is in place then the possibility of supplemental nutrients in therapeutic doses can best be determined/prescribed by an enlightened nutrition therapist. One exception may be the use of cod liver oil and or high-vitamin butter oil - as Dr. Weston A.Price recommended. I also do not have concerns re: high doses of Vitamin C. However high dose Vitamin D supplementation is best thought of as a hormone and that deserves monitoring.






These last three links were found on a page devoted to "Swine Flu Protection" at:


[6] "The results of this study are the opposite of what we have been encouraging the public to believe."



Influenza, Vitamin D, flu, colds, upper respiratory tract infection, swine flu, magnesium, supplementation, bone hormone, parathyroid, calcium absorption, calcium transport, vitamin K2, osteoporosis, kidney stones, arthritis, heart disease, gall stones, heel spurs, breast tissue calcification

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