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Sun Exposure and Cancer

An American study scheduled for a June release compared the health of some 1,200 female patients, some of whom took a vitamin D supplement, while others did not take it.

The number of patients who reduced their risk of cancer by taking a vitamin D supplement - 60 percent - was so unexpectedly high that some initially believed it to be a typographical error.

This study and many similar ones may force conventional medicine to re-evaluate its vitamin D recommendations. A deficiency in vitamin D figures into many diseases in addition to cancer. One researcher pointed out, "We don't really know what the status of chronic disease is in the North American population, until we normalize vitamin D status."

Globe and Mail.com April 28, 2007