The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Better to get vitamin D from food and supplements

    That’s the latest recommendation from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

    But what about natural sources like sunlight or indoor tanning devices?

    Emphatically no. The AAD is opposed to “unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.” And that includes sunlight and tanning parlors.

    According to AAD, the best sources of vitamin D come “from a healthy diet that includes foods naturally rich in vitamin D, foods/beverages fortified with vitamin D, and/or vitamin D supplements.”

    AAD also recommends that “physicians should discuss options for obtaining sufficient dietary or supplementary sources of vitamin D with their patients.”

    • Epidemiological studies suggest an association between low vitamin D blood levels and increased risk of certain types of cancers, neurologic disease, autoimmune disease, and cardiovascular disease.
    • However, further research is needed to determine the appropriate blood levels of vitamin D needed for overall good health.
      • Guidelines for vitamin D are listed here.
    • Higher doses of vitamin D supplementation may be needed for people with known risk factors for vitamin D deficiency — dark skin, elderly, and photosensitive patients.

    The bottom line?
    AAD’s main concern is to have people avoid unprotected exposure to UV radiation — sunlight and tanning devices — in order to reduce ultraviolet-related cancers.

    12/6/08 1:01 JR

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