Vitamin D Conference
November 3, 2009

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Toronto, November 2009 Vitamin D Conference - Dr. Cedric Garland at a conference in Toronto, Canada on November 2009 stated that breast cancer is so directly related to vitamin D deficiency that the risk of a woman contracting the disease can be "virtually eradicated" by elevating her blood levels of vitamin D to what is considered natural blood levels. The message was given at the University of Toronto School of Medicine's "Diagnosis and Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency" conference and was the largest gathering of researchers in North America in 2009. More than 170 health practitioners, researchers, and public health officials attended, gathering at the UT Faculty Club.

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Garland headlined the conference and it reviewed many aspects of the emerging vitamin D field. Conference organizers said that more than 3,000 academic papers were written in 2009 on the subject. That makes vitamin D the most copious topic in medicine of that year. The works included connections with heart disease, two dozen forms of cancer, and multiple scleroses to name a few. Dr. Rheinhold Vieth organized the event together with Grassroots Health, which is an international vitamin D advocacy group founded by Carole Baggerly, a breast cancer survivor. Baggerly asked Canadians to learn more about vitamin D and to raise their vitamin D levels.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, it was estimated that 22,700 women would be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

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The University of Calgary researchers stated that as many as 97% of Canadians are deficient in vitamin D, mainly due to Canada’s northern latitudes and weak sun exposure. Sun is the number one source of vitamin D with salmon and fortified milk being the second source. The third source would be supplementation.


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Thirty of the world’s leading researchers on vitamin D, Grassroots Health’s “D-action” panel, recommend 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily. They also recommend that blood levels should be 100 to 150 nanomoles-per-liter, which is measured by a vitamin D blood test. Veith pointed out that the vitamin D levels of mammals that live outdoors in sunny climates are actually higher than that. They can be up to 200 nanomoles-per-liter. Fewer than 9 percent of Canadians have had their vitamin D levels tested. In Garland’s presentation, which was “Breast Cancer as a Vitamin D Deficiency Disease”, stated that with those blood levels breast cancer risk is decreased by 77 percent.

It was once thought that vitamin only played a role in bone health by helping the body utilize calcium. Recent research shows that all cells have vitamin D receptors that control normal cell growth. In Garland’s presentation, he showed the new evidence that low vitamin D compromises the integrity of calcium-based cellular bonding within tissues, which allows rogue cancer cells to spread more easily.

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