News & Comment – May 2017 | The Dr. Rath Health Foundation
Important health information
There is growing evidence that vitamin D deficiency is now a serious global health problem. Even in Australia, a country where people typically enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with plentiful sunshine, deficiency is said to have reached crisis levels. In the United States and Canada, the problem is similarly known to be widespread. In Europe, blood levels of vitamin D have been shown to be low in 50 to 70 percent of the population. Pregnant Arab women have an “extraordinarily high prevalence” of deficiency, with India also now home to a growing epidemic of it.Significantly, therefore, a new clinical review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association suggests that overuse of sunscreen has caused a dramatic increase in the number of people with deficient or insufficient levels of this important vitamin. Also describing how some chronic diseases greatly inhibit the body’s ability to metabolize vitamin D from foods, the paper points out that almost 1 billion people worldwide now have inadequate levels of it. To learn more, read this article on our Foundation website.