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Vitamin D and Cancer – Vitamin D Outperforms Pharmaceuticals at Treating Cancer

Mike Barrett
June 1st, 2012
Updated 05/20/2013 at 1:16 am
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Everyone is deathly afraid of coming down with cancer, yet the very lifestyle that promotes cancer is the most popular. Cancer has been one of the leading causes of death in the United States, UK, and many other nations for years. Something is terribly wrong, as the war on cancer is failing miserably. The use of pharmaceutical drugs is not the answer, and the idea of prevention is seldom voiced. Luckily, making some dietary changes can reduce your cancer risk significantly. One example is showcased with research showing that a relationship between vitamin D and cancer exists; raising vitamin D levels can be more effective and much safer than dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and treatments. It costs a whole lot less as well.

Vitamin D and Cancer

Angus Dalgleish, a consultant medical oncologist residing in a city known as Tooting in south-west London, tests all of his patients for vitamin D levels and prescribes supplements for when the levels are low. Dalgleish noticed that patients at his clinic at St Georges suffering from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, almost all were vitamin D deficient. Not only does the medical oncologist prescribe vitamin D for his melanoma patients, but he also prescribes the vitamin for other patients who are stricken with other types of cancer.

“If we supplement people who are low they may do better than expected. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if vitamin D turns out to be more useful in improving outcomes in cases of early relapse than drugs costing £10,000 a year,” said Professor Dalgleish. “I spent a decade studying interferon for which the NHS paid £10,000 annually per patient for years for very little benefit. Vitamin D is much more likely to give a benefit in my view.”

Other research from the University of Leeds showed similar connections between vitamin D and cancer, specifically melanoma. Patients with the lowest vitamin D levels had the gloomiest outlook and were also 30 percent more likely to suffer from the disease in the future than those with higher vitamin D levels.

At Creighton University in Nebraska, Joan Lappe, a professor of medicine, also noticed a strong link between vitamin D and cancer. He took note of the vitamin d and cancer relationship when cancer patients who received vitamin d and calcium supplementation increased their survival rates significantly. Although the trial was originally meant to evaluate the effects of supplements on osteoporosis, this accidental finding led Lappe to examine  the effects of supplements on cancer.

You May Not Be Getting the Vitamin D You Think You Are

Of course, none of this matters if you aren’t giving your body the necessary amount of vitamin D to work with. Foods fortified with vitamin d contain a synthetic, potentially harmful type of vitamin D called vitamin D2. Vitamin D2 is both inferior and could be harmful, so you may not want to search for fortified foods like milk and cereal just yet. Instead of chomping down on fortified foods, consume foods that naturally possess vitamin D such as cod liver oil, eggs, and seafood such as salmon, oysters, catfish, sardines, or shrimp. However, be careful when consuming fish, as most fish is toxic due to contaminates and chemicals residing in the water.

The best source of vitamin D is the sun, but the amount of vitamin D produced from sun exposure can vary greatly. Getting sun exposure in the summer when the rays are very strong can produce a lot of vitamin D – as much as 10,000 IU’s in just 20-30 minutes (a bit longer for dark skin). But soaking up the rays in winter months will not produce the same amount as the sun is less powerful.

One last thing to remember is to avoid using sunscreen if possible. Not only does research show that sunscreen causes cancer, but lathering on sunscreen also compromises your body’s ability to produce vitamin D from UV rays.

Additional sources:

Creighton University

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail Vitamin D and Cancer Vitamin D Outperforms Pharmaceuticals at Treating Cancer Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • DM

    My vit D was 3 and my platelets are 87000, History of melanoma removed. I have consult with Hemotology group, should I be very worried?

  • John

    Can anyone provide me with a solid link to the study that demonstrates a drastic improvement in 5 year survival rates if the vitamin d is introduced after diagnosis and is independent of the vitamin D deficiency? Because the idea of vitamin D and the correlation with prevention is not something that is under wraps or so, it is supported by major medical establishments. Including the sources mentioned, which are reports of decreased cancer risk not "treatment" I would rule out conspiracy, considering many medical professional organizations advise vitamin D intake and the research in the citations are largely funded by the NIH. To clarify I'm just having trouble locating this "treatment" study and am interested, thanks.

  • suzy

    also works wonders for Fibromyalgia pain AAAAANNNNND….

    burns in the kitchen.

    i use liquid D3 with a olive oil base. super awesome stuff :D

    please know the quality of the product is so very,

    VERY important. i don't sell any but i'm happy to share where i get mine, just ask!

    • shari

      Yes i would like to know where you purchased your D.

  • Tim Webb

    If melanoma is a worry, there is now available an extract of eggplant which shows a powerfully therapeutic effect on the lesions. Also see Rick Simpson's film "Running from the Cure" which reveals the fact that cannabis oil taken at a drop per day onto the growth will rid you of it in a couple of weeks.

  • Tim Webb

    Remember that you don't have to lie in the sun or eat fortified and possibly contaminated foods to get your Vit D. Sheep lanolin is irradiated with u/v to produce a capsule which is readily available at the 10,000iu level, and it is very cheap. One of these per day is all you will need. And it has the added advantage of not leaving scars on your cleavage.

  • charkee

    Vitamin D seems to work because it does not kill like Chemotherapy or radiation. According to an Australian study, 5 year survivability is higher without any treatment whatsoever.


    watch for the movement by big pHArmA TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL

  •!/karen.steffa Karen Steffa

    I think one of the reasons why many people fear the sun's rays so much is because we way over did our sun exposure in the 60's when it was popular to have a deep tan. My 65 year old sister recently had melanoma removed. My brother had melanoma surgery when he was 50. So far, I'm O.K. even though I went to Hermosa Beach all day every day of the summer when I was a teen. However I'm kind of a health nut who tries to eat my vegies and work out. Moderation is the key in my opinion. Don't do like I did and lay in the sun until the exposed part of your breasts blister, then lay in the sun some more after the blisters pop and put scars on your cleavage for the next 20 years.

  • Windi

    I just read this week that chemtrails are reflecting the suns rays, including the frequency that provides the Vit D we so desperately need. Apparently up to 90% of people are deficient to some degree and the sun is no longer helping as it used to due to the ionosphere filter created by our government, military, and scientists for whatever nefarious purpose (eugenics?). This is causing an epidemic of diseases due to the lack of Vit D. Iodine is also deficient in most people.