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Heart Attacks Spike at Christmas

December 8th, 2009

I know exactly what you’re thinking:

Shoveling snow with a weak heart!

No, that’s not it. A big problem for sure, but not the underlying reason of what actually “triggers” the weakness in the first place.

Breaking news hit my desk this morning, and it is of such vital importance, we’re rushing it out to you as a health alert, as it could very well save your life or a loved one in your family.

The “Sunshine Deficit” and Cardiovascular Disease

If your levels of vitamin D are too low, you are at significantly increased risk for stroke, heart disease and death, even among people who’ve never had heart disease, says a new study released by the Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center in Utah.

For more than a year, the Intermountain Medical Center research team followed 27,686 patients who were 50 years of age or older with no prior history of cardiovascular disease. The participants had their blood Vitamin D levels tested during routine clinical care.

The patients were divided into three groups based on their Vitamin D levels:

  • normal (over 30 nanograms per milliliter)
  • low (15-30 ng/ml)
  • very low (less than 15 ng/ml)


The patients were then followed to see if they developed some form of heart disease. After a year, researchers found that patients with very low levels of Vitamin D were 77 percent more likely to die, 45 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease, and 78 percent were more likely to have a stroke than patients with normal levels.

Patients with very low levels of Vitamin D were also twice as likely to develop heart failure than those with normal Vitamin D levels.

These statistics are frightening! It means any of us with low levels of Vitamin D could have a fatal or life debilitating stroke at any time, with no warning.

Luckily, there is an answer – and one we have been trumpeting for weeks now – high Vitamin D!

“We concluded that among patients 50 years of age or older, even a moderate deficiency of vitamin D levels was associated with developing coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke and death,”

study co-author Heidi May, an epidemiologist with the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, said in a news release from the center.

“This is important because vitamin D deficiency is easily treated. If increasing levels of vitamin D can decrease some risk associated with these cardiovascular diseases, it could have a significant public health impact. When you consider that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America, you understand how this research can help improve the length and quality of people’s lives,”

May added.

Because this was an observational study, a definitive link between vitamin D levels and heart disease points to the need for further research, said study co-author Dr. Brent Muhlestein, director of cardiovascular research at Intermountain’s Heart Institute.

Vitamin D – the Miracle Vitamin

Regular readers of my newsletters and Health Alerts know only too well of my passion for daily dosages of Vitamin D-3. It is turning out to be the greatest miracle nutrient of the century without a doubt.

Vitamin D-3 has been conclusively proven to halt the flu viruses, (including H1N1 swine flu) fight all forms of cancer, including breast and prostate, alleviate Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, arthritis and diabetes.

These are all primary killer epidemics in our life today. And all can be eliminated or relieved with high, daily dosages of Vitamin D-3.

The US Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of D-3 is ridiculous – just 400 iu’s (international units) a day.

Smart researchers and students of facts like me, opt for far higher levels – up to 10,000 ius a day – and even more if fighting a possibly fatal prognosis.

Vitamin D3 bottle imageOur High Potency Vitamin D-3 formula is a blockbuster, with each Softgel a whopping 2000 IU’s in an easy-to-take gelcap.  And you get 120 gelcaps in each bottle!

To help everyone boost their protection against Flu and Heart Attacks during the Christmas or any season,

Vitamin D fights air pollution, anti-convulsing drugs and Multiple Sclerosis. Of vital importance, it is the catalyst to convert raw Calcium into bone material, thus stopping and reversing all bone disease, especially Osteoporosis.

The American Heart Association has more about vitamin D and heart health. In a review published last year in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, Sue Penckofer, a professor at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University in Chicago, observed that:

“Chronic vitamin D deficiency may be a culprit in heart disease, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome.”

Sue and her colleagues reviewed a number of studies that linked Vitamin D deficiency to heart disease. The studies said rates of severe heart disease or death may be 30 percent to 50 percent higher in sun-deprived heart disease patients.

Did you catch that? 30% to 50% Higher!

Diet alone isn’t sufficient to manage vitamin D levels, Penckofer and her team concluded. Treatment options, such as vitamin D2 or D3, may decrease the risk of severe heart disease or death. The preferred range in the body is 30-60 ng/mL of 25 (OH) vitamin D-3.

“Most physicians do not routinely test for vitamin D deficiency. However, most experts would agree that adults at risk for heart disease and others who experience fatigue, joint pain, or depression should have their vitamin D levels measured,” Penckofer said.

Don’t wait a second longer. Protect yourself and your family this Holiday season for just pennies a day.

As always, here’s to your Contagious Health!

Dr. G

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