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846 Vitamin D Debate

846 Vitamin D Debate

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Vitamin D has long been recognized as critical for preventing rickets in the bones of young children. Research over the past decade or so has also established that it is essential for warding off osteoporosis in older adults.
There is a mystery as to why so many different cells in the body have vitamin D receptors. How does this vital nutrient affect arthritis, blood pressure, diabetes, cognitive function, psoriasis and muscle weakness? Learn how much vitamin D you need, and whether vitamin D2 or D3 is better. How can we avoid toxicity?
Guests: Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics and Director of the General Clinical Research Center as well as Director of the Bone Health Care Clinic at Boston University Medical Center. His books include The UV Advantage (with Mark Jenkins) and The Vitamin D Solution. His website is www.vitamindhealth.org
JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, is Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). She is Professor of Medicine and the Elizabeth Fay Brigham Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School and Co-Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at BWH. Dr. Manson is one of the members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium. She is the Principal Investigator of the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL), which is testing the role of vitamin D in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. The website to learn more is www.vitalstudy.org

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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