Vitamin D Does Not Cure Covid-19 But It Plays an Important Role

Mish

Those with vitamin D deficiency have a greater chance of Covid-19 complications.

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting study on Vitamin D and Coronavirus Disparities.

Researchers last week released the first data supporting this link. They found that the nations with the highest mortality rates—Italy, Spain and France—also had the lowest average vitamin D levels among countries affected by the pandemic.

Vitamin D is produced by a reaction in the skin to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Many Americans are low in vitamin D, but those with darker skin are at a particular disadvantage because melanin inhibits the vitamin’s production. 

In 2018 a longitudinal study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital looked at whether vitamin D supplementation had any health benefits, specifically in regard to heart disease and cancer. The overall conclusion was that it didn’t, for most people. Yet buried in the results was one that should have made headlines: Vitamin D supplementation in African-Americans reduced cancer risk 23%. How? Cancer cells develop regularly in most animals, including humans, as the result of toxic injuries or glitches in DNA replication, but a healthy immune system destroys them. There is evidence that low vitamin D levels make the immune system go blind.

Dozens of studies confirm that deficiency is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which disproportionately afflicts African-Americans.

During the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic, the Camp Brooks Open Air Hospital in Massachusetts, had the unique distinction of being an outdoor recovery unit. The mortality rate for patients there fell from 40% to 13% when they were moved outside. 

Perhaps its not warmer temperatures that matter, but rather exposure to sunlight. 

Mish a Supplements Guinea Pig

I have been taking vitamin D supplements daily for years. I wrote about it in 2013: Cancer Free: I Beat Prostate Cancer; Mish the Guinea Pig

This is not medical advice, but I believe a cocktail of things cured prostate cancer. I took a mix of things that worked in a University of Wisconsin study. 

Vitamin D was not one of them, but I added that after a test by my doctor showed I had a deficiency. My doctor wanted me to have injections, I asked, "why not just pills?"  He replied "studies show that is not effective." I said "Let's try it and see."

The results came in. I had too much vitamin D so I had to lower my dosage. 

Vitamin D is toxic in excess levels so don't just go out and start taking massive doses of this stuff. 

By the way, and again this is not medical advice, but several readers reported similar levels of success with Prostate cancer following the regimen above. 

Further Comment on D3 and B12

A Word About Medical Profits

Mike "Mish" Shedlock


Comments (56)
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Sechel
Sechel

I"m glad you wrote 'deficiency'. There will be some who will think that taking vitamin D is some type of cure or preventative. Only relevant if one has a deficiency

thimk
thimk

This article is a godsend , thank you , just got my blood work back- elevated psa level 8.9. will apply info into my decision making . thank you .

Gman007
Gman007

majority of Americans are deficient...according to Scientific American 3/4

vitamins A, C, D & iodine...IV if need it. Magnesium is another big one.
can nebulize iodine and/or hydrogen peroxide
lots of essential oils as well
see Dr. Brownstein's blog, Dr. Sircus treatment, and numerous others...

Cocoa
Cocoa

May be why countries at higher latitudes are having more cases. California also has better weather and more sun days than NYC plus lower density in it's cities

RonJ
RonJ

Months ago, i saw a story on the news, which said that vitamin D supplements had no value. I kept using it anyway.

I tend to stay out of the sun as much as possible, so it is good to know a D3 supplement was helpful to Mish.

I have seen posts on comment boards, talking about vitamin D in relation to CV-19, but have not been concerned to take it because of that. More so of zinc in that regard.

Silver2020
Silver2020

In 1918 Spanish flu doctors found out if they put patients outside in the Sun for an hour with circulating fresh air 73% recovered within a week!

Sechel
Sechel

Eat some sardines, calcium vitamin d , omega 3. All good

Tim E
Tim E

I supplement with a multi-vitamin daily and believe it helps. What also helps is some serious low-impact, but highly aerobic exercise, and being in the natural sunlight. For that I choose to bicycle - and despite my excessive consumption of Whiskey - I remain healthy and active. This is bicycling for an hour or more - and varying speeds and exertion - getting the lungs pumping , forcing huge amounts of oxygen in & out while working leg muscles to the limit. Might not work for everybody, but it works for me.

And you're not going to bicycle for long and hard rides with a Wally World bike - generally heavy, loaded with unnecessary "look good accessories" and cheap components - you need something which is light and responsive. My choice is - and I'm not shilling - is a carbon fiber Motobecane Immortal Spirit - very lightweight, responsive, quality components and while expensive, if you are mechanically inclined you can save thousands and get one ready to build at Bikes Direct - again, I'm not shilling, but if you check it out, you will see what I mean.

I can't recommend riding a bicycle dressed in the way I do - but it is how I do it - and despite my addiction - I remain healthy and active. I don't go to Doctors - can't afford them anyways. I live in Racine WI and Winter basically shuts me down, plus road salt will chew up your bicycle components - but warmer weather is coming and tomorrow should be a good day to go out. Be sure to wear a helmet, good shoes, and proper clothing. If you happen to see me riding hands free on the street - be sure to throw up a Peace sign - and I will respond back.

amigator
amigator

Oh no! Now Trump is going to start recommending vitamin D. Well at least we heard it here first! Wow it may pay off to have a healthy body and mind. Who would have thought the simple things that could make a difference. Any results on effect of being obese or even just over weight and taking on Covid-19? Might be even more I'm important than Vit. D.

Realist
Realist

I highly recommend reading “The Big 5”, by Dr. Sanjiv Chopra. A simple guide to 5 things to do every day to live a long and healthy life. One chapter is devoted to the benefits of taking vitamin D.

My wife and I have increased our intake of vitamin D, zinc, and various immunity boosters since the outbreak of Covid19. Since she is on the front lines in her hospital, she has made sure that we are doing as much as we can to boost immunity and stay safe. Every one in her hospital wears a mask (or many masks) for an entire shift, even in administration.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

You could do what my 80 year old dad does everyday - sits in the Texas sun for an hour every afternoon with his face away from the sun and with sunscreen on.

Sechel
Sechel

African Americans have above average incidents of Vitamin D deficiency. They're suffering disproportionately from the virus although I believe they're saying its infection rates and not mortality.

ChiBears
ChiBears

So what you're saying is if you do have this, the best way to fight it is to be outside in the sun and not locked in your house?

mrutkaus
mrutkaus

Lot of megavitamin research on D. I've taken 10,000 units a day for several years. Nothing wrong with me!

Me either.

Greggg
Greggg

Mish - Before you started taking vitamin D, were you getting muscle spasms that just wouldn't quit? Cramps and spasms are thee classic sign of vitamin D deficiency. I only take 5000 units every other day to put me in the middle of the normal range. 2000 units per day only kept me on the lowest point of normal @ 25 ng/ml. Never needed vitamin D supplements until I started taking statins to control cholesterol.

RSM
RSM

Be careful with taking too much B12. Talk to a doctor about proper dose. A family member took too much and fainted. Luckily she wasn’t injured.

RayLopez
RayLopez

"They found that the nations with the highest mortality rates—Italy, Spain and France—also had the lowest average vitamin D levels among countries affected by the pandemic." - strange, since these countries get a lot of sunshine...

Brendar203259
Brendar203259

Good article, may I suggest that maybe, during the Spanish flu pandemic, it was the fresh air and not the sunshine that made the mortality rate decline? I say this because when I was sick, fresh air helped so much when I felt that I couldn't breathe, plus it helped with the sweating and keeping my temperature down, this was back in October 2019 before COVID-19. There have been similar stories of people having got sick like they never have been before. Two members of my community died in February 2020 of double pneumonia, a week apart from each other but they were from different regions as well. I often wonder if the virus was here already. Only God knows I suppose. Miiyah.

Sudo
Sudo

"During the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic, the Camp Brooks Open Air Hospital in Massachusetts, had the unique distinction of being an outdoor recovery unit. The mortality rate for patients there fell from 40% to 13% when they were moved outside. "
Both fresh air and vitamin D3 are helpful. Just shows how smart it is to close our beaches and parks here in Florida.

Jim Henely
Jim Henely

Mish - I want to thank you again for the information you shared about your approach to prostate cancer in 2013. I had a skyrocketing PSA and adopted your regimen, and along the way adopted the Dr. Dean Ornish dietary approach, as well. So far, so good.

For those readers who are interested in protecting against the Covid virus with natural substances, Bill Sardi, who blogs over on Lew Rockwell, has many excellent articles on natural compounds which will dramatically improve immunity and overall health.

I would like to extend my condolences to any of your readers who are laboring under a For-Profit Healthcare System, governed by "regulatory-captured" bodies like the AMA, CDC and the FDA.

Healthy Regards

UKMark
UKMark

Mish - this is a really interesting piece. A puzzle for us Europeans has been the big differences in the experiences of Sweden & Germany (fewer deaths) vs UK, Italy, France, Spain (more deaths). Furthermore, a study has just been launched here in the UK to try to work out why such a high proportion of our BAME citizens appear to have died from COVID (i.e much higher % than their demographic). I'm wondering whether your piece may help to explain both phenomenon? Do you know any stats for Vit D levels in Sweden or Germany? I managed to find that Sweden has long been worried about low D levels in its citizens during winter, so it fortifies various dairy products to help address this. Also I'm guessing that the UK (and France) are much more ethnically diverse than both Germany and Sweden, which I suspect are both still very white? Hum...

bayleaf
bayleaf

Yes, doctors can sometimes be crooks. But I'd rely on clinical trials if they're available. Fortunately, there have been several on resveratrol.

ThePeej
ThePeej

There's an oufit called Grassroots Health, which focuses very much on Vit D. I joined, costs a few $, they do research, they also provide Vit D testing. Their latest e-mail deals with racial health disparity. Here's a link to a chart:

Hansa Junchun
Hansa Junchun

A nutritionist friend insists Vitamin D is THE way to beat cancer and sunlight is the best way to get it, followed by foods and supplements. A recent guest on RT's SophieCo says vitamin supplements are useless and even dangerous, and says we tan to block intake of excessive Vitamin D. I thought tanning helps fight UV, but I'm not an MD.

Still: everyone's saying open air hospitals were used in 1918 to help treat Spanish Flu victims, so clearly fresh air and sunlight aids the immune system.

Sechel
Sechel

Vitamin D is a fat soluable vitamin. It should be consumed with fats. I just had a kale salad with avocado and Sockeye Salmon. I could not help but notice the canned sockeye said 90% of the required vitamin D.

Anon1970
Anon1970

Good information on Vitamin D here: www.grassrootshealth.net
The experts that contribute articles to this web site recommend a Vitamin D level of 40-60 ng/ml. If you have not been tested for your Vitamin D level, you should do so. Most likely, the low intake level recommended by various medical groups (600 IU daily) will not get you to the optimal range noted earlier. Vitamin D is very inexpensive to manufacture and there is no patent on it. So you won't see it on those "ask your doctor" commercials.


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