View the latest video clip of Dr. Holick speaking about …’The D-Lightful Vitamin D for Good Health‘, from I.H.M.C. lecture, published March 16, 2013 – click here to view the video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiGBVDcbFVk&feature=youtu.be
“Influence of Vitamin D Status and Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Genome Wide Expression of White Blood Cells: A Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial”
“Influence of Vitamin D Status and Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Genome Wide Expression of White Blood Cells: A Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial” was recently published in PLOS ONE and is available online by clicking here to view: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0058725
Dr. Holick’s Responses to Participant Questions During the December 5, 2008 Live Webinar Presentation “Vitamin D & Chronic Disease Risk”
VITAMIN D AND DISEASE STATES
I have heard that vitamin D may play a role in epilepsy, possibly due to interaction with anti-epileptic drugs. Is this becoming an acknowledged effect? And how much vitamin D is necessary to combat the interaction to reduce seizures?
Response: Epileptic drugs will enhance the destruction of vitamin D making patients who are on anti-seizure medications at higher risk for developing vitamin D deficiency and osteomalacia or rickets. Measurement of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] is important in patients on antiepileptic medications. Often twice as much vitamin D is required to maintain a blood level of 25(OH)D of > 30 ng/ml. Thus, 2,000-4,000 IU of vitamin D/d is usually needed. An alternative is to take 50,000 IU of vitamin D2 either once every week or once every two weeks depending on the serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level.
What is your position on vitamin D and depression and schizophrenia?
Response: There is evidence that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy increases the risk of the child developing schizophrenia during their adult life. There is also evidence that vitamin D receptors exist in the brain, and that the active form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, Read more of this article »
It is known that if you are born above 35° latitude at approximately Atlanta, Georgia, and live at this latitude for the first ten years of your life that you have a 100% increase risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Recent studies have suggested that women and men who increase their vitamin D intake above 400 IU of vitamin D a day reduces risk of developing multiple sclerosis by approximately 40%.
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