Vitamin D shows promise but research still lagging

Greg Plotnikoff, M.D.

[Chicago Tribune, March 10, 2010] As far as Dr. Joseph Mercola is concerned, vitamin D is the magic bullet we've all been looking for. A lack of this wonder nutrient, the controversial natural health advocate said, can set the stage for no fewer than 33 disorders, including autism, cancer, diabetes and infertility. "Vitamin D appears to reduce your risk of dying from virtually ANY disease," he wrote on his popular Web site. His recommendation? Get more sun, relax in a tanning bed or try supplements such as "Sunshine Mist," a vitamin D spray he sells. Dr. Greg Plotnikoff of Allina's Center for Innovation says while these claims might be true, they need more supporting evidence. Read the entire article on the Chicago Tribune's website.

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