Integrative Health Blog

Why Vitamin D is So Important

Posted by on Wed, Feb 16, 2011

Vitamin D is one of those essential substances that we cannot function well without.  It is common knowledge that the body makes its own Vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight.  It is that form that we use most efficiently.  While Vitamin D supplements are great, “homemade” is better.  That is not a “free gift” to go into the sun at great lengths.  Small amounts are necessary; too much is not good (that is another story). 

Vitamin D plays a role in many body systems.  We need it to help with calcium absorption, it is  considered by many to be protective against some cancers, helps regulate blood pressure and glucose metabolism.  Therefore is essential in the management of diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.  Again, this is not saying that Vitamin D treats any of these issues but it is essential to maintenance and restoration of health. 

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Tags: holistic primary care, vitamins and minerals, integrative health

Could Cholesterol be too Low?

Posted by on Sat, Nov 20, 2010

by Tracy Freeman MD

Many Americans are preoccupied with high cholesterol.  But, are you aware that cholesterol can actually be too low? 

Unfortunately, this diagnostic clue is often overlooked.  A low cholesterol can signify many issues including hyperthyroidism, liver disease, manganese deficiecy, malabsorption, or malnutrition.   A total cholesterol less than 160 has been associated with depression and anxiety, while less than 150 has been linked to strokes.  In hospitalized patients, a cholesterol less than 100 is linked to an increased risk of death.  Without proper cholesterol, you can't make vitamin D.  Furthermore, a person with a low cholesterol is more likely to have aggressive behavior, violent death, or suicide. 

Can you just eat your way to a normal cholesterol? Not necessarily.  Perhaps a liver and/or nutritional evaluation is in order among other examinations.  So, if you are concerned with low cholesterol, I recommend you see a physician to undergo a work-up.  


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Tags: cholesterol, vitamins and minerals, integrative health