Vitamin D & Influenza

From the Vitamin Di Council:


The Vitamin D Newsletter

The Vitamin D Newsletter

February 24, 2009                                                


I know some of you want to unsubscribe but the system I used, like the

formatting in this newsletter, is beyond my computer skills.  Thus, accept

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As readers from 3 years ago remember, this newsletter first published

evidence vitamin D would prevent influenza and many varieties of the

common cold in 2005:<


I then published the theory in:                                                     


Cannell JJ, et al. Epidemic influenza and vitamin D. Epidemiology and Infection. 2006 Dec;134(6):1129-40.<


As Science News reported, I realized this after observing an influenza epidemic at Atascadero State Hospital.


The antibiotic vitamin: deficiency in vitamin D may predispose people to infection.  Science News, November 11, 2006<


Last year, we used vitamin D to explain virtually all of the many unsolved mysteries of influenza.


Cannell JJ, et al.  On the epidemiology of influenza. Virology Journal. 2008 Feb 25;5:29.<


Our second influenza paper is by far the most accessed paper in the journal this year.


Top 20 most accessed articles for last year in Virology Journal<


Today, researchers from Harvard and the University of Colorado, writing in the Archives of Internal Medicine, published convincing evidence my observations at Atascadero State Hospital were correct.


Vitamin D deficiency linked to more colds and flu. Scientific American, Feb 23, 2009<


Adit A, et al.  Association Between Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Level and Upper Respiratory Tract Infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(4):384-390.<


Influenza kill around 35,000 Americans every year and similar viruses cause additional mortality and untold morbidity. As I have said, It appears Linus Pauling was right about everything he said about vitamin C, but he was off by one letter. The Vitamin D Council, the nearly broke non-profit educational organization, now believes most influenza deaths and many other respiratory infectionsi, like the common cold, could be prevented if Americans, and their doctors, understood some simple facts:


·         Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a steroid hormone precursor, which has profound effects on innate immunity.

·         The amount of vitamin D in most food and nearly all multivitamins is literally inconsequential.

·         The correct daily dose of vitamin D for adults is approximately 5,000 IU/day, not the 200-600 IU recommended by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Medicine and the FDA.

·         The only blood test to determine vitamin D adequacy is a 25-hydroxy-vitamin D, not the 1,25-di-hydroxy-vitamin D test many physicians now order.

·         Healthy vitamin D blood levels are between 50-80 ng/ml, levels obtained by fewer than 5% of Americans.

·         Medicare’s new proposed rule change, which forbids Medicare carriers for paying for virtually all vitamin D blood tests (Draft LCD for Vitamin D Assay Testing (DL29510)<, will kill tens of thousands of Americans yearly.

·         The mechanism of action of vitamin D in infection, dramatically increasing the body’s production of broad-spectrum natural antibioticsi (anti-microbial peptides or AMP) suggests pharmaceutical doses of vitamin D (1,000 IU per pound of body weight per day for several days) will effectively treat not only influenza and the common cold, but help treat a host of other seasonal infections, including meningitis, septicemia, and pneumonia, in both children and adults.

·         In 1997, when the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) set the current guidelines for vitamin D intake, they forgot to correct for the widespread sun avoidance that began in the late 1980’s when the AMA’s Council of Scientific Affairs warned against sun-exposure<, and recommended that all Americans should make every effort to never let a photon of sunlight strike their skin.  The failure of the 1997 FNB to compensate for sun-avoidance, has led to millions of deaths around the world.

·         Physicians who ignore vitamin D deficiency will eventually suffer medical-legal consequences.

·         While many think the influenza virus causes influenza, Cannell notes it was George Bernard Shaw who first understood: “The characteristic microbe of a disease might be a symptom instead of a cause.” George Bernard Shaw, (Preface on Doctors, The Doctor’s Dilemma, 1911).


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John Cannell, MD<

The Vitamin D Council

9100 San Gregorio Road

Atascadero, CA 93422

Jim, Thanks for doing what I was considering doing with the above newsletter, all the links from it work so that is great. 

My target blood level has been set at 100mg/mL, of course I do have this history of chronic, persistent bacterial infectionsi for decades by history.  My daily dose is VitD3 10,000IU for the past 4 months and my level elevated to 68ng/mL.  

When I look at the types of chronic diseasesi in my family lines it is my personal opinion that I am working on prevention of the activation of same by the ingestion of a pharmacetical-level of Vit D3supplementation.  And I also see it as a strong adjunct to support my progression through CAPi.

I would value some discussion of the articles cited in this newletter by those who read them.  Always good to get various reads on a topic.

  • CAPi(TiniOnly): 06/07-02/09 for CFSi<
  • MethylationProtocolSupplements: Started08/08
  • Intermtnt CAP: 02/09-02/10
  • Full MethylProtocol & LDNi 02/09
  • Off CAP: 02/10, cont LDN & MethlyProtocol support
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