The Truth About Vitamin D

Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, is not strictly a vitamin. It is actually a hormone that affects thousands of our genes, including genes linked to conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Over the last few years sales of vitamin D supplements have skyrocketed, and are now second only to multi-vitamins. But are these supplements really beneficial or do they pose a health risk? And what exactly should we do to avoid vitamin d deficiency during the long cold winters? This lecture tackles these questions, offers you a better alternative to supplements, and shows you how to properly boost your immune system via the vitamin D pathway.

 

Narrowband UVB Phototherapy Device

I fully endorse and recommend the company Solarc Systems for the purchase of your light therapy device. You can receive a 5% discount on the purchase of any unit as well as a supplemental Vitamin D manual by entering the following coupon code – Markito – at checkout on Solarc’s website. (You must order directly from Solarc).

I discovered Solarc Systems a few years ago as I began learning about light therapy. I quickly exchanged several long emails with the president of the company, Bruce Elliot. As we went back and forth discussing the benefits of UVB-NB phototherapy, it became quickly apparent that the driving force behind his company is the desire to help others. The unit I purchased for my home is the E-Series Master device. It comes with very clear and detailed documentation, and Solarc follows up with each client to make sure that you have all the support that you need. Their devices are Health Canada and US-FDA compliant.

We enjoy and appreciate having the benefits of phototherapy in the comfort of our home, especially during the long Canadian winters.

Marc Jaoude
Health Educator
Nutrition & Exercise Specialist

 

A few follow-up notes:

  • Solarc recommends that, when using phototherapy for vitamin D, it is sensible to exclude areas of the body that have received significant amounts of UV in the person’s life, or areas that were previously sun burned. The device I use comes with an optional face shield, or you can simply stand on a little stool to raise your face above the top of the device.
  • Bruce Elliot from Solarc Systems emailed the following: “I concur with your comments on UVB-Narrowband and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). We get consistent excellent patient feedback. Someday I will get Health Canada to add it to the indications for use.”
  • Solarc’s UVB light therapy equipment is approved by Health Canada for the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema and vitamin D deficiency.
  • UVB provides photoprotection. People with fair skin are amazed that they no longer burn in the sun as they once did when vacationing down south.
  • Bruce says it best: “The dermatology community’s message of ‘zero sun’ is I think an effort to provide one very simple message for the masses; a conceit of sorts that ignores the intelligence of the rest of us. I think it should be replaced with NEVER GET BURNED!”
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46 Responses

  1. may be a dumb question, but can a good UVB light/therapy every week, like mentioned in the video, begin to reverse Celiac Disease by chance? Celiac is a very complicated & difficult Auto-Immune Condition to have

    1. Frank Behnke Your question is not dumb at all. There are associations between psoriasis, a condition helped greatly with phototherapy, and celiac disease. Autoimmune diseases share some common mechanisms, and when we have one we are more likely to be diagnosed with another. This is also why we see improvements in many aspects of a person’s health once proper lifestyle changes are implemented.

      I have not seen any evidence that UVB light therapy can reverse celiac disease. However, my clients suffering from both thyroid disease as well as IBS and IBD (Crohn’s, colitis) report feeling much better once beginning phototherapy. I should note that the biggest factor to their success is a change in diet. I’ve seen incredible and consistent improvements in gut health with every single client who has transitioned to a proper plant-based diet. I should also stress the importance of truly being diagnosed with CD as opposed to assuming we have a problem with gluten when, in fact, it could be other factors at play. My video entitled “Exposing The Whole Grain Myth” touches on this issue. It can be found on my website here: http://markitonutrition.com/videos/whole-grain-video/- as can several articles on digestive issues. All the best.

  2. Fantastic video, thank you very much! I live in Canada…where can I purchase one of those phototherapy devices?

    1. Maple Hill Thanks for watching. If you visit my website at http://markitonutrition.com you will find more information on the light therapy device I recommend and that my clients have used for years. If you have any questions you will be able to contact me directly through the site. The good news is that Canadians do not require a prescription to purchase it, and it qualifies as an allowable Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC) that can be claimed on your income taxes. You will find more info on the website, and don’t hesitate to email any questions. Thank you.

  3. Let the Truth be known. medical industry. politicians. 24/7 365 industrial capitalism production line madness political correctness madness. civilization is an exploitation machine

  4. Markito Nutrition
    was given the news after a blood test that my vitamin D level was really low too. However, I do not want to be popping pills the rest of my life. I would rather take Cod liver oil, eat fish and drink fresh orange juice. Any other suggestions are welcomed???
    Ty for your input in advance Markito Nutriton.

    1. Hello Trina, I would recommend that you watch my video entitled “What About Fish” to understand why I do not recommend fish consumption. If you’re not getting enough exposure to sunlight- the best way to boost your vitamin D level – then you could look into narrowband UVB light devices. For more information and recommendations visit http://markitonutrition.com/videos/the-truth-about-vitamin-d/ and read the notes below the video. Thank you.

  5. Hi Mark, please advice me, I have horrendous back pain as well as joint pain (on my right arm – so it hurt my trapeze) I hVE mri SCAN, IT SHOWED THAT MY JOIN ON THE BONE IS chlass each and its irritated my muscle and nerve, the only thing they can do is to have key hole surgery to slightly shape it so that the bone does not over laps the other …as it showed on the scan how swollen it was, on the hand hand the spine (back-lumber) showed degenerative (wear and tear) I stop eating lots of bad food, from gluten to fried food, and also eats lots of nuts (pumpkin, chia, brazil, almond) but it still pain, what do you have in your shop can guarantee me to reverse this pain?, THANKS MARKITO

    1. Hello Brigitta, the best way to deal with back pain is through proper movements and exercises that are appropriate for your particular case. I do offer online training and consultations through my website at MarkitoNutrition.com. All the best.

  6. I take VD2 5000 BTU over the counter due to not being able to afford to go to the doctor..my vitamin D is low. I was on VD 2 50,000BTU. so from tge looks of the video you posted..im not sure what to take😐

    1. Hello Dashonda, as my video proposes, the simple answer to get adequate sun exposure and to eat a proper plant-based diet. Just 20 minutes in the sun can give most people 20,000 IUs of vitamin D. If you live somewhere with long, cold winters, you could consider obtaining a UVB light as discussed in this video. If you have any further questions you can contact me through my website at MarkitoNutrition.com.

    1. Many things sold in stores, including health stores, are not healthy. It’s up to the consumer to become better educated in order to make better choices.

  7. This video was truly educational, especially on the effects of animal protein. I will have to eat more dark green leafy veggies during the colder months to gain greater benefits of vitamin D. Thank you again for this video.

  8. When a video starts with “The Truth about … “, I get very suspicious. From what I understand, Vitamin D interacts with many other vitamins, minerals etc. (esp.the other fat soluble vitamins), and it is within that “symphony” that the keep us healthy. I don’t believe in taking supplements, but I also don’t believe that we can’t be healthy without UV-B lamps. Our ancestors had neither, and they were just fine. // Synthetic fish oil is just another supplement. How about just eating more fish instead of popping pills?

    1. My video clearly explains the benefits and importance of getting some natural sun exposure. UVB light therapy is a viable option for people living in places with very long and cold winters. Migrating to a warmer climate during the long cold winters has always been a natural tendency for animals, including humans. That’s the best option for people who can afford to travel. Regarding your comment about eating more fish, I recommend that you watch my video entitled “What About Fish” to understand why I do not recommend that solution. You say that any video that begins with “the truth about…” makes you suspicious, so hopefully when you watch this one you will not be too suspicious to see that what is being suggested is first and foremost exposure to natural sunlight and a healthier overall diet. The video also covers in detail why looking at vitamin D in isolation, as with any other single nutrient for that matter, is a reductionist and wrong approach to health and nutrition. This was something you also mentioned in your comment, so I gather you agree with most of my video. Another part of the video discusses how light therapy has helped people suffering from chronic and debilitating skin conditions, giving them a better option than the steroid creams that are often overly prescribed and worsen the condition over time. In Canada, UV lights qualify for a medical expense tax credit for the treatment of vitamin D deficiency as well as various skin disorders. Of course, new biologic drugs are slowly replacing light therapy treatments because pharmaceuticals are more profitable. If we are to be suspicious, that would be one place to start, and probably not with a video that is intended first and foremost to remind people of the importance of natural and healthy living. Thanks for watching.

      1. Please don’t get me wrong, I absolutely agree with what you said about the importance of natural and healthy eating. My personal journey is “back to the basics”, and so I don’t believe that it is necessary to deal with long winters by moving to a warmer climate or purchasing UV-B lamps. // As far as consuming fish is concerned (I haven’t watched your video so far), we keep hearing about mercury and the like. Nevertheless, there are studies about children who consume all kinds of fish and seafood on a daily basis, and even though these fish contain mercury and other toxins, these kids are MUCH healthier (physically and mentally) than children who eat less fish (or none at all).

        1. I understand and respect where you are coming from Anima. As far as studies go, one of my primary tasks at my health center is to teach my clients how to become better consumers of scientific information. I highly recommend that you watch my video entitled “The Absolute Truth About Your Medical Treatment” as it teaches you one simple yet extremely important tool for interpreting such information. If it weren’t for time constraints, I would publish several more on this important topic. My video on fish goes way beyond contamination, and I am sure you will find it quite interesting. For more information you can visit my website at http://markitonutrition.com – it is all about going back to basics. Thanks again for commenting.

  9. No I’m talking about the sun. I went to some dermatologists and they told me that the UV light is the thing that makes your skin age. It damages the collegen in your skin that’s why people’s get saggy skin and wrinkles as they age. It’s just the accumulated effect of years of exposure to the sunray.You mention that taking vitamin D can cause other harmful effects, but what you’re talking about is actually the effect of D2, not D3. (You never mentioned D2 and D3 in the supplement part at least) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspxIt says that “The analysis of 50 randomized controlled trials, which included a total of 94,000 participants, showed:A six percent relative risk reduction among those who used vitamin D3, butA two percent relative risk increase among those who used D2” Also in this site:https://www.anabolicmen.com/vitamin-d-testosterone/There are so many searches showing that taking D3 supplement increases the testosterone level in men. And it also improve your hormonal system like reducing oestrogen, increasing DHT etc. In this news it says it DOES lower blood pressure:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3299349/Taking-Vitamin-D-supplements-lower-blood-pressure-boost-fitness-says-new-research.html“Researcher Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta, from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, said: ‘Our pilot study suggests that taking vitamin D supplements can improve fitness levels and lower cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure.'” These reports already showed that you saying “Taking vitamin D has NO BENEFITS” is wrong.

    1. You are right, over exposure to sunlight does damage and age the skin. On the other hand, getting zero exposure is detrimental to our health. Light therapy has been successfully used to treat a variety of chronic skin conditions as well as infected wounds. Also, if using light therapy for vitamin D, one need only expose areas of the body that have not received a lot of accumulated sun exposure. Studies on high dose vitamin D supplements, including D3, have shown negative effects. What may work in the short term is not necessarily recommended for the long term. One of the studies you cited involves a relative risk reduction- and so I recommend you watch my video titled “The Absolute Truth About Your Medical Treatment”, it teaches you what relative risk reduction means and provides important tips on how to interpret scientific studies, also recommending that people read the actual studies as opposed to articles in the media that often provide manipulated interpretations of the science. All the best.

      1. You’re right about the light therapy, and in fact I have one sitting in my room. I use it to heal my acnes and it works. HOWEVER, mine doesn’t emit any UV lights.If you click the link I sent you, they all do include multiple studies from NCBI and I read some of them. I don’t trust videos that don’t provide the source since I know some studies are heavily funded by some untrusted institutions (like your video. I guess you could try to include the studies in the description?)And what do you mean by risk reduction? I don’t understand why you mean.Also, PLEASE, when you say “vitamin D supplements blah blah blah”, specifiy whether you’re talking about D2 or D3. If you don’t even talk about them separately, you’re just maxing them two up and this is incredibly misleading and I question your motive behind this. Thanks a lot.

        1. Besides, we’re talking about taking supplements, not taking HIGH DOSE of supplments. Too much of everything is bad. Please don’t try to change the subject and mislead people. Too much D3 supplements? Yes it’s bad. However, too much of sunshine? BOOM CANCER. We’re talking about stuffs in moderate content. Please make make progressive contribution to the discussion instead of saying “Yeah supplements are bad because if you take too much of them then it’s bad so it’s bad.”

        1. Tommy, vitamin D supplements raise vitamin D levels in the body, no-one argues that. Same way that no one argues that blood pressure medications lower blood pressure, and cholesterol drugs lower cholesterol. The more important questions we must ask is whether or not these treatments improve health outcomes that really matter, such as reducing the risk of stroke. As my video implies, there is no pill that can substitute the beneficial affects of natural sun exposure. Yes, supplements are very important, especially when composed of 100% whole foods. However, when it comes to vitamin D, I maintain that natural sunlight is the better choice. Due to time constraints I cannot respond any further. I understand your line of reasoning. Thanks for engaging with such passion.

    1. Hello, we are not talking about tanning beds that damage our skin. The UV lights discussed in the video are narrowband UVB only, and there is no tanning or burning involved. All the best.

      1. No I’m talking about the sun. I went to some dermatologists and they told me that the UV light is the thing that makes your skin age. It damages the collegen in your skin that’s why people’s get saggy skin and wrinkles as they age. It’s just the accumulated effect of years of exposure to the sunray.You mention that taking vitamin D can cause other harmful effects, but what you’re talking about is actually the effect of D2, not D3. (You never mentioned D2 and D3 in the supplement part at least) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspxIt says that “The analysis of 50 randomized controlled trials, which included a total of 94,000 participants, showed:A six percent relative risk reduction among those who used vitamin D3, butA two percent relative risk increase among those who used D2” Also in this site:https://www.anabolicmen.com/vitamin-d-testosterone/There are so many searches showing that taking D3 supplement increases the testosterone level in men. And it also improve your hormonal system like reducing oestrogen, increasing DHT etc. In this news it says it DOES lower blood pressure:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3299349/Taking-Vitamin-D-supplements-lower-blood-pressure-boost-fitness-says-new-research.html“Researcher Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta, from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, said: ‘Our pilot study suggests that taking vitamin D supplements can improve fitness levels and lower cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure.'” These reports already showed that you saying “Taking vitamin D has NO BENEFITS” is wrong.

        1. You are right, over exposure to sunlight does damage and age the skin. On the other hand, getting zero exposure is detrimental to our health. Light therapy has been successfully used to treat a variety of chronic skin conditions as well as infected wounds. Also, if using light therapy for vitamin D, one need only expose areas of the body that have not received a lot of accumulated sun exposure. Studies on high dose vitamin D supplements, including D3, have shown negative effects. What may work in the short term is not necessarily recommended for the long term. One of the studies you cited involves a relative risk reduction- and so I recommend you watch my video titled “The Absolute Truth About Your Medical Treatment”, it teaches you what relative risk reduction means and provides important tips on how to interpret scientific studies, also recommending that people read the actual studies as opposed to articles in the media that often provide manipulated interpretations of the science. All the best.

          1. You’re right about the light therapy, and in fact I have one sitting in my room. I use it to heal my acnes and it works. HOWEVER, mine doesn’t emit any UV lights.If you click the link I sent you, they all do include multiple studies from NCBI and I read some of them. I don’t trust videos that don’t provide the source since I know some studies are heavily funded by some untrusted institutions (like your video. I guess you could try to include the studies in the description?)And what do you mean by risk reduction? I don’t understand why you mean.Also, PLEASE, when you say “vitamin D supplements blah blah blah”, specifiy whether you’re talking about D2 or D3. If you don’t even talk about them separately, you’re just maxing them two up and this is incredibly misleading and I question your motive behind this. Thanks a lot.

            1. Besides, we’re talking about taking supplements, not taking HIGH DOSE of supplments. Too much of everything is bad. Please don’t try to change the subject and mislead people. Too much D3 supplements? Yes it’s bad. However, too much of sunshine? BOOM CANCER. We’re talking about stuffs in moderate content. Please make make progressive contribution to the discussion instead of saying “Yeah supplements are bad because if you take too much of them then it’s bad so it’s bad.”

                1. Tommy, vitamin D supplements raise vitamin D levels in the body, no-one argues that. Same way that no one argues that blood pressure medications lower blood pressure, and cholesterol drugs lower cholesterol. The more important questions we must ask is whether or not these treatments improve health outcomes that really matter, such as reducing the risk of stroke. As my video implies, there is no pill that can substitute the beneficial affects of natural sun exposure. Yes, supplements are very important, especially when composed of 100% whole foods. However, when it comes to vitamin D, I maintain that natural sunlight is the better choice. Due to time constraints I cannot respond any further. I understand your line of reasoning. Thanks for engaging with such passion.

  10. The issue is simply people in the Northern Hemisphere, typical, get less light exposure and so need supplementation during Winter months. Taking a supplementation of VitD25 is better than none at all. Sunlight, full spectrum, is of course the preferred method, if you have that luxury ! As long as the supplement is the best quality you will be fine. Also, nothing works in isolation in the body so why not research what else you may be deficient in !? Selenium, Magnesium, Potassium etc etc.

  11. Beyond antibiotics, vaccines, acute trauma care and rare genetic diseases doctors are fucking useless.

  12. I subscribed your channel because of this video which is true and it is a significant fact for me from suffering of being alcoholic and smoker for the past 5 years and I develope some serious problems in my health to make the story short I’m still fighting my ill through exercise which jogging under the sun 3pm which makes me feels good and healthy and gives me strength and eat healthy foods drink a lot of water and milk . especially when you mentioned the multiplesclerosis one of the disease that requires vit. D from sunlight .

    1. +Mark Aires Ramas Congratulations on taking charge of your health. Your jogs in the afternoon sun sound wonderful. I do not recommend the consumption of milk and dairy. There is consistent evidence showing the links between animal based food (including dairy) and diseases such as MS. Keep up the good exercise, and keep working on improving your nutrition- especially adding more plant-based meals.

  13. Hi Marc,
    Thanks for a great video. It was so informative. Do you also recommend the light therapy for people with rosacea? My daughter cannot tolerate a lot of sunlight without her skin becoming very inflamed and painful.

    1. Thanks for watching Jeanne. If your daughter does not respond well to natural sunlight than I would not recommend UV light therapy. There is substantial evidence that gastrointestinal tract disorders are associated with inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea. My first recommendation is to improve the health of her gut by cleaning up her diet. This in turn will lead to a stronger immune system while also correcting possible nutrient deficiencies. During this process I would recommend that she keep a food diary in order to discover potential triggers.

  14. *Marc This Video Is Fantastic* Thank you So much for all of the time and effort that you put into making this Very Important & Informative Video..Your Work & Research is Perfection.Debra

  15. Hi, Marc. How about Keratosis Pilaris? Many dermatologists said Sun Exposure is the worst enemy for the sufferer. Never expose to the sun, always apply sunblock, they said. I know because my cousin had the worst KP.

    1. There is quite a bit of overlap as well as several underlying causes behind most skin conditions, and no two cases are exactly alike. There is no general consensus that keratosis pilaris patients need to avoid the sun. In fact, many people report improvements during the summer months and, although no official studies exist, anecdotal reports- including some coming from paediatricians, suggest that KP improves with sun exposure. The message of “zero sun” should be replaced with “never get burned.”

      Unfortunately, many dermatologists are sometimes too quick to recommend harmful topical treatments, such as cortisone creams, that can worsen skin conditions over time. Like antibiotics, steroid creams often worsen the underlying causes of many chronic health and skin problems. The most difficult case I ever witnessed was someone that was prescribed cortisone on and off for over a decade, and eventually developed a severe skin infection that got worse following antibiotics. Dermatologists and doctors had no answer other than to prescribe more creams and more antibiotics. In the end the problem was resolved with the help of nutrition therapy (a complete change in diet) and UVB light therapy. It can sometimes take years for someone to recover from the use of steroids and antibiotics.

      Lifestyle changes, such as proper nutrition, exercise, and sensible sun exposure, should always be our first line of defense as we treat the skin from the inside out.

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