COVID SCIENCE AND DATA ALERT
VITAMIN D AND COVID
So some new studies were just published showing a correlation between lower Vitamin D levels and a worse interaction with COVID, especially in the Black community. First, it’s important to understand that Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin, it’s a hormone and it is needed for probably a great many functions in the human body. I have been advising people to supplement D (in the form of D3) in the fall and winter for almost 20 years now, and I posted about the need for Vitamin D in relation to COVID way back in late April of 2020 – you know, when guidance from the “experts” (I’m looking at you Anthony Fauci) was leading to people being arrested for walking in the park or laying on the beach. We’ve known for years that D3 has immunomodulatory effects. That is, D3 inhibits T- lymphocyte activation and proliferation and ALTERS (DECREASES) THEIR CYTOKINE EXPRESSION profile. Hmmm, cytokines, cytokines. Where have I heard that word before? Ah yes, it’s the dreaded “cytokine storm” that destroys the lungs and kills people with COVID! Well, we wouldn’t want to do anything naturally that might possibly reduce the potential for a cytokine storm, would we? To be fair, the great and powerful Fauci did say last September (after the summer was over) “If you are deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. So I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself taking vitamin D supplements.” Wow, way to go out on a limb! He also said “I started taking vitamin D supplements, and now my vitamin D level is typical.” If you haven’t noticed, “typical” in America ain’t so good. Maybe if Fauci had put in half the effort promoting Vitamin D as he spent promoting the dopey masks (masks do almost nothing), a lot fewer people would have gotten really sick or died. We’ll never know. Why couldn’t the campaign have been “Wear your mask and take your D!” Could it be because Vitamin D makes no money for the drug companies? (QAnon alert!) Asking for a friend…
Anyway, if you live north of about the 35th parallel (anywhere north of Atlanta), even if you ran around outside naked all day, you would not make enough Vitamin D from the sun during fall and winter, so you should supplement. The best source is probably cod liver oil but a good supplement in liquid or pill form should suffice. I personally take 4,000 to 6,000 units of Carlson Labs D3 plus K2 per day in the fall and winter in a liquid supplement (2 to 3 drops per day). I’m a fan of Carlson products and no, they’re not a sponsor. Many will say that is too much as the government (you know, “experts”) recommends only about 600 to 800 units per day with a “typical” blood range of about 20-50 ng/ml, but anything below 40 ng/ml is way too low and a great many Americans (about 40%) hover below 20 ng/ml. And just so you know, while the “experts” say 4,000 units per day is the upper limit of safe intake, if you go outside in spring and summer around noon and sit in the sun with as much skin exposure as you can (no sunscreen) for about 10 to 15 minutes (depending on skin type), you will produce somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 units of D naturally. That’s in 10 minutes, so how can 4,000 units (or worse yet, 800 units) a day be “too much”? Remember, it was the “experts” who spent the last 40 years scaring us out of the sun and telling us not to eat red meat, eggs, and liver which are three of your best food sources for Vitamin D, (along with oily fish like salmon or sardines). Thanks experts! Have I mentioned you should stop listening to the experts? And stay away from Vitamin D “fortified” foods like cereals. Processed foods are all garbage.
So here comes Spring. Get out in the sun, it’s healthy for you. Just don’t burn. For some good guidance on healthier sunscreens, check out ewg.org. As I have mentioned before, it is the complete disconnect from our natural environment and existence that has created a weak and susceptible population. “Experts” always think they’re smarter than nature. How’s that working out?