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Allina doctor takes issue with new vitamin D recommendations

[KARE-TV, November 30, 2010] Vitamin D and calcium have long been touted as two of the best things for strong bones, muscles and teeth. But get too much and some experts say vitamin D may damage the kidneys and heart.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released new recommendations Tuesday. It now recommends adults get around 1000 milligrams of calcium and 600 international units of vitamin D daily, with a slightly higher doses of each for the elderly.

But Dr. Gregory Plotnikoff of Allina's Penny George Institute for Health and Healing said, "The report is deficient because it's too easily misinterpreted. They focus strictly on osteoporosis and the general population."

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