for your health
DAVID L. KEOUGH MEDIA BAKERY
Don’t deprive yourself of the D
By Dr. Michael F. Holick
THE SOLUTION TO many health
problems may involve vitamin
D, a secosteroid hormone that
may be the ultimate key to
optimal health and wellness.
Groundbreaking new research
by vitamin D researchers around
the world has linked vitamin
D deficiency to a wide array
of disorders that afflict up to
200 million Americans. The most common medical condition in the world, according to the New
England Journal of Medicine and researchers who
study vitamin D deficiency, this condition sometimes has devastating, even fatal, consequences.
Vitamin D is important for bone health, but
it also plays a crucial role in most metabolic
functions, as well as muscle, cardiac, immune,
cellular health and neurological functions, and in
the reduction of inflammation.
According to research at the Mayo Clinic and
the Harvard School of Public Health, experts at
the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the
Department of Family and Preventive Medi-
cine, and members of the American Dietetic
Association, increasing the amount of vitamin D in
your body can reduce your risk of or help treat a
remarkable number of ailments, including obesity,
osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases, high blood
pressure, heart disease, stroke, fractures, Type 2
diabetes, upper respiratory tract infections, infec-
tious diseases such as tuberculosis and swine flu,
fibromyalgia and many cancers, including breast,
lung, colon, ovarian and prostate cancer. It can
even enhance mood, weight loss and physical
strength. The published scientific literature is
clear: Just as we require a little fat, sugar and salt
for survival, we need the sun—our chief source of
vitamin D—in moderation, too.
Dr. Michael F. Holick is the author of The Vitamin
D Solution (Hudson Street Press, 2010).
The Costco Connection
At Costco, you’ll find a variety of vitamin D
supplements, including Kirkland Signature™
Vitamin D ( 2,000 IU per softgel).
AUTISM IS A complex developmental disability that typically
appears in the first three years of
life. It is the most common condition in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) group—also referred
to as pervasive developmental
disorders (PDD)—and affects
individuals to varying degrees,
from very mildly to severely.
Children with autism have
difficulties communicating and
interacting with others, and
exhibit different ways of learning,
reacting and paying attention.
According to the Autism
Society of America, approximately 1 percent of children in
the U.S. ages 3 to 17 have an
ASD, and prevalence is estimated
at one in 110 births. There is no
cure for autism, but the condition
is treatable. Early diagnosis and
intervention can significantly
improve the outcome and reduce
the cost of lifelong care.
Early signs of autism to look
for in children include:
• Lack of or delay in spoken
• Repetition of language
• Little or no eye contact
• Persistent fixation on parts
• Little interest in interaction
with other children
• No interest in “pretend” play
• Aversion to being held/cuddled
You can also learn more about
• Centers for Disease Control
• National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and
• Autism and PDD Support Network,
Medication safety tips
•Notify your doctor immediately of any adverse symptoms that
you experience, especially after
starting any new medication.
ACCORDING TO THE Institute of Medicine, the
health arm of the National Academy of Sciences,
www.iom.edu), at least 1. 5 million preventable
adverse-drug reactions occur in the United States
each year. Serious complications—even death—can
result if certain precautions aren’t taken.
• If you’re taking multiple medications, use of a
reminder system—such as a daily pillbox, calendar
or wall chart—is recommended.
To help avoid such complications, the following
steps are suggested.
• Write down the names and dosage levels of all
and over-the-counter (OTC)—
that you’re currently taking. Bring
this list to all doctor appointments. In case of an emergency,
keep a copy of the list in your wallet; one also should be given to a
family member or friend.
• Make sure that your primary-care physician is
aware of all medications that have been prescribed
by other providers, such as specialists; similarly,
inform all providers regarding medications prescribed by your primary-care doctor.
• Try to ;ll as many prescriptions as possible at the same pharmacy or chain; limiting the number
of pharmacies reduces the potential for prescription mishaps.
•Take OTC products only
a;er talking to your physician or
pharmacist. Many OTC medications can cause adverse reactions
or interact negatively with prescription medications.
• If you’re admitted to a hospital or nursing facility, or if you’re
receiving treatment in an emergency room, make sure that
attending health professionals
know your medical history and
• Some medications can cause
drowsiness, which can result in
injury. Ask your physician if there
are safer alternatives.