Book Recommendation: The Vitamin D Cure

January 17, 2008 by  
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The Vitamin D Cure is a controversial new book written by American doctor, Dr. James Dowd.

Working at the Arthritis Institute of Michigan, Dr James Dowd has been prescribing vitamin D to people suffering from chronic disorders such as arthritis, back pain and headaches.

Dr. Dowd claims that the result is a huge improvement in their symptoms.

As written in the UK Daily Mail:

In his book, The Vitamin D Cure, Dr Dowd describes a number of success stories using this approach. One of his patients, Barbara, for instance, was obese, and suffered from arthritis in one leg as well as high blood pressure.

As Dowd explains: “In the past I would have given her anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medication, a pill to lose weight and drug treatment for hypertension.”

But several years earlier he himself began to suffer symptoms of joint pain and fatigue and after researching other treatments, devised a very different “and much more effective approach”.

He believes that he, like Barbara and millions of others in America and Europe, was seriously deficient in vitamin D and was eating foods that were making his condition worse.

He devised the ‘Vitamin D Cure’ which he used on himself, and patients such as Barbara.
Dr Dowd says: “Within six weeks she told us that she could hardly believe how much better she felt.”

The cure involves a high dose supplement of vitamin D and simple dietary changes, including cutting out wheat and cheese and encouraging a greater variety of fruit, vegetables and protein. It also involves a certain amount of exercise.

“It sounds almost magical,” Dowd admits, “but in fact it’s just common-sense medicine based on good science; the sort that has eluded many physicians for decades.”

Dr Dowd says his approach works for patients complaining of a wide range of symptoms.
“Many of them are obese and have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases.

“Usually they believe their problems are down to their genes or just because they are getting older. In most cases this is selfdefeating nonsense.”

Vitamin D is essential for good bone health, but as research now suggests, it is also important in chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is also available as oral supplements.

Usually for bone health, calcium supplements comes with Vitamin D.

However, please consult your doctor before taking Vitamin D supplements.

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3 Responses to “Book Recommendation: The Vitamin D Cure”
  1. celiac says:

    Recently diagnosed celiac – probably low on all vitamins, and grateful doc DID check my vitamin D. It was low. My gut healed with gluten-free diet (ie, NO GRAINS for me anymore – this may seem too strict, but I’m also possibly pre-diabetic. I personally find grains a joke) and therefore figured it absorbed nutrients better, so I stopped taking supplement and that was a big mistake.

    I read Dr. Dowd’s book, and promptly agreed (because I read A LOT about malnutrition as a consequence to having a malabsorption disease). Higher alkaline diet with good fats and supplements took me out of depression, and fibro-like pain I’d had for 19 years or since my first pregnancy. It’s a cheap miracle if there ever was one. Now I CAN exercise to lose weight because I’m not in pain all the time. Good luck to everyone in your search for help. This book helped me a lot.

  2. Combine this informations with active living by regualr exercise will make a big change to your artritis

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