Vitamin D deficiency is the Killer in our Midst
We all know that sunshine causes skin cancer. Even little kids know that. Raising questions about it is likely to cause much rolling of eyes and shaking of heads. EVERYBODY KNOWS, as Leonard Cohen’s song goes. Sun exposure causes skin cancer, including deadly melanomas, end of story. SLIP SLOP SLAP. It’s a lot like FAT MAKES YOU FAT: Bumper sticker science.
So what do we make of this? The highest rates of melanoma are recorded in these cold states of the USA: Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Oregon, Montana, Iowa, Utah, Washington and Maine. The US states that get the most sunshine are Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Hawaii, California, and Florida.
It’s the same story in Europe, where the Scandinavian countries get the least sunshine yet have the highest rates of malignant melanoma. The map shows the incidence of melanoma in men in 2012, figures are per 100,000.
‘Vitamin D and Melanoma: What Do We Tell Our Patients?’
This heading of an article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology gives us a hint of the massive grey area that exists here. The conundrum is this: A number of studies have found that people ‘with low vitamin D levels might be at higher risk of developing cancer, having cancer progress, or dying of cancer including melanoma.’
Two decades of research have failed to shine any light on the darkness that is Alzheimer’s Disease, yet the answer is staring us in the face
Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for two thirds of dementia cases. AD is not reversible, and its progress is unrelenting; it’s a long, lonesome road with a dead end. We don’t know what causes it, we don’t know how to fight it, and there’s no cure. Alzheimer’s Disease is always fatal, so the experts tell us. The good news is that they’re wrong.
‘In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.’ Winston Churchill
The Blue Zones make a great story, don’t they? People living full and healthy lives, and going to the next world with most of their marbles and their dignity intact. So why is it that people in the richest countries in the world, those with the most advanced healthcare systems, don’t fare nearly so well?
And why is it that, despite medical experts and government health agencies giving us mountains of advice on how to live healthy lives, the rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia and obesity have risen to epidemic proportions?
Looking back over the last fifty years, we have to ask why so much of that advice was so wrong. Cynics among you could be forgiven for thinking that doctors were making us sick so they’d never run out of work. The truth is a bit more complicated.
Where are we Now?
After decades of expert advice from our health agencies on healthy living, and billions of dollars spent on promoting that advice, these are the results:
- 1985 – 40% of Australians overweight, 10% obese
- 2015 – 70% overweight and 30% obese
- 1985 – <1% of Australians live with type 2 diabetes
- 2015 – >5% of Australians live with type 2 diabetes, 16.3% pre-diabetic
- 1985 – 2015 – the number of new cancer cases diagnosed every year rose from 47,417 to 123,920. 5-year survival from all cancers increased from 46% to 67%.
In other words, cancer incidence more than doubled, while cancer treatment outcomes improved by just 45%.