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Vitamin D & the Law of Unintended Consequences

By Dr. Jerry Mixon October 23, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

In medicine as in so many walks of life, one thing we have to learn over and over is the law of unintended consequences. A series of new studies about vitamin D proves this in spades!

For many years, medical societies and government committees have warned us all to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. These same experts have cautioned us to use sunscreens on a daily basis to minimize the amount of inadvertent sun exposure we get in our day-to-day lives. But a new study indicates that this may be a bad idea, with far-reaching (and completely unintended) health consequences. It’s true that avoiding excess sun exposure and using sunscreen may well minimize your risk of getting malignant melanoma, and can certainly improve the look of your skin as you get older. But since exposure to sunlight causes our bodies to produce vitamin D, all these precautions can dramatically decrease the amount of vitamin D in our systems. These low levels of vitamin D have been linked to a variety of metabolic disorders that can actually affect multiple generations.

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