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Guess Who Is Two Years Old Today?

Brady Thomas Eilers
I still remember being in the delivery room that morning. At 11:15 a.m., I heard the nurse say, "Ten fingers and ten toes. He's perfect."

I cried.

Babies are a gift from God. These past two years with Brady have been special. More than anything, I'm thankful he is such a happy and healthy little toddler.

So Happy Birthday Little Man! Daddy loves you!

Vitamin D To Fight Colds and The Flu?

It's cold and rainy today. Tomorrow we're expecting ice and possibly snow. And you thought spring was just around the corner...

Anyway, we've all heard sunshine is good for us and produces vitamin D. Technically, however, vitamin D is not considered a vitamin. It's actually a hormone our bodies make. When sunshine hits our skin, it converts cholesterol into what we call vitamin D.

We need vitamin D for strong bones and teeth, as well as overall health. When we don't get much sun during the winter, we don't produce much vitamin D, and this can lead to colds and the flu.

But low levels of vitamin D can also lead to less protection against colon cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Multiple Sclerosis and more. Not only that...

"A review of studies conducted by researchers at the Mid-America Heart Institute suggested those with vitamin D deficiency - a designation estimated to include about half of American adults and nearly one in three chil…

Vitamins: It's The Dose That Does it

I thought the following piece was good enough to post in its entirety:
There is a spin to most media reporting on vitamin research. The recent anti-vitamin media blitz, led by the Associated Press and USA Today, provides yet another demonstration. "Vitamins C and E don't prevent heart disease" - The Associated Press, November 9, 2008 and USA Today. With a paternalistic pat on the head, the media once again seeks to send you off to play with the reassurance that, well, vitamin therapy HAS been tested, and it just does not work.

Nonsense. Thousands upon thousands of nutritional research studies provide evidence that vitamins do help prevent and treat serious diseases, including cancer and heart disease, when the nutrients are supplied in sufficiently high doses. High doses are required. Low doses fail. Says cardiologist Thomas Levy, M.D.: "The three most important considerations in effective vitamin C therapy are dose, dose, and dose. If you don't take enough, you…