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Quick quiz

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What do mindfulness, medical marijuana, vitamin D supplements, and probiotics have in common? A raging army of supporters. A host of testimonials and sworn affidavits. And a nearly complete absence of hard data to show that any of them work better than placebos for the myriad conditions they are so highly recommended for. So maybe […]

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Watch Out: Another mark against vitamin D

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So here’s yet another mark against supposed benefits from extra vitamin D. Observational studies have shown that low vitamin D levels are linked to a higher risk of upper respiratory infections in kids, particularly colds. Ergo, some in the very populated vitamin D crowd have concluded, bring kids’ vitamin D levels up with artificial means […]

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Watch Out: You may be taking the wrong Vitamin D

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A new small study that’s about vitamin D supplements is spurring a lot of discussion in health circles. In this Australian study, researchers divided a group of 325 south Asian and Caucasian women into 3 groups: one got vitamin D supplements in the form of vitamin D 3, one group got vitamin D 2 supplements, […]

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Watch Out: Too much of a (maybe) good thing

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From likely the same people who hyped hormone “therapy” for menopausal women (for chronic disease prevention) and vitamin E (for heart disease protection) and selenium (for prostate cancer protection), none of which work and some of which cause significant harm for some people, we are being bombarded with hype for vitamin D (a supposed cure-all for […]