The Vitamin D Cure by James E. Dowd, M.D., and Diane Stafford
October 23, 2009 by Bob Livingston
The average American is Vitamin D deficient and that deficiency is behind many of the diseases and ailments suffered by people of all ages, according to James E. Dowd, M.D., and Diane Stafford in their book, The Vitamin D Cure.
The book is written in simple prose and printed using large print, which makes it an easy read. And Dr. Dowd backs his hypothesis with real-life examples from his medical practice.
After treating his patients for years for the symptoms of muscle and joint pain, back pain, sleep disturbances, severe fatigue, muscle cramps and headaches, Dr. Dowd found himself dealing with some of those symptoms himself. As he began to try and diagnose the cause of his problems, he realized they began three years after he moved from Texas to Michigan.
He had gone from a sunny climate to a darker one. His diet had also changed as he had begun to eat foods richer in salt, pasta, bread, cereal and cheese. He had reduced the amount of exercise he was getting and had hired a gardener so he wouldn’t have to spend his off days doing yard work.
He asked himself if lifestyle changes could be behind his problems. The answer? Yes.
He improved his eating habits and began taking Vitamin D supplements and his symptoms disappeared after just a few months. He then added an exercise routine which eliminated the neck and back pain.
The result led him to do more research on the importance of Vitamin D.
He learned that if a person is suffering from the symptoms of: fatigue, joint pain and/or swelling, muscle pain, cramping and/or weakness, uncontrolled weight gain, high blood pressure, restless sleep, poor concentration and memory, headaches, bowel problems (constipation, diarrhea or both) or bladder problems (urgency, frequency or both), a lack of Vitamin D may be the culprit.
And if a person is suffering from the diseases of: depression (including seasonal affective disorder [SAD]), fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, gum disease and tooth loss, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, erythematosis, and cancer) an increase in Vitamin D levels will help.
Dr. Dowd explains that the urban lifestyle that has forced most Americans indoors to fulfill the duties of their occupation has deprived them of enough sun exposure for their bodies to produce sufficient Vitamin D naturally. This has led to an increase in the occurrence of the listed maladies. About the only people who now have enough naturally occurring Vitamin D are those who use tanning beds three times a week, according to Dr. Dowd.
The book contains a chart to help you determine how much Vitamin D supplement you should take depending on your skin type, weight, age and geographic location. It also contains a diet and exercise program to follow to help make sure your body has the proper nutrients to produce and use Vitamin D for maximum benefit.
If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the conditions or maladies Dr. Dowd has identified as resulting from a Vitamin D deficiency, you must read this book and learn whether his simple solution—Vitamin D—can provide the needed relief.