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Government Vitamin D policy lags behind research
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Financial Times

Financial Times, October 23, 2009
Posted: July 5th, 2010

Reinhold Vieth, [a] professor at the University of Torontos Department of Laboratory Medicine and Patho-biology, ... is among the most knowledgeable people in the world on the subject of vitamin D. In the US and Canada, official vitamin D policy is set by the Institute of Medicine. And in the opinion of Vieth, the current recommendations 200 International Units per day for people under 50, 400 for people aged 51-70, and 600 for those 71 and older are outrageously low. Vieth and other vitamin D advocates have good reason to think there will be minimal changes made to dietary guidelines. Last December, the World Health Organisations International Agency for Research on Cancer issued a 465-page report that concluded there was no need to raise vitamin D recommendations. The evidence favouring vitamin D is probably as good as the evidence that shows smoking is bad for you, Vieth says, explaining that just as smoking is correlated with certain cancers, so are low vitamin D levels. But when these government officials see the same kind of evidence that deals with vitamin D as they see with smoking they go, Oh wait a minute. We cant really trust this. Vieth pauses, as though he can barely stand to talk about such a miserable state of affairs. Its easy to say dont do something dont smoke. Its very hard to say take this. Take vitamin D.

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