Vitamin D: Naturopathic Powerhouse
A new report by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (not known to be a hot bed of alternative medicine sympathizers) made a startiling announcement at their 2012 meeting; over 77% of Orothopedic Trauma patients had Vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency.
The implications of this finding are profound: Over 300,000 hip fractures occur in the United States annually. Add to that vertebral fractures and other broken bones and we see that Orthopedic Trauma is common. Approximately 15-20% of patients with hip fracture die within 1 year of their fracture.
In this context, Vitamin D may be a life saving medical breakthrough.
Vitamin D actually meets the definition of a Hromone. It’s synthesized in the body and acts all throughout your system. Vitamin D has potent immune modulating effects and some doctors are even touting it as a potent-antiviral medication.
We make Vitamin D in response to sun-exposure. Unfortunately, with the prevelance of sun cancer we’ve had to become somewhat sun-averse and in turn are producing less vitamin D.
It’s high-time that Vitamin D testing becomes as routine as cholesterol testing. Ask your doc for a Vitamin D3 level at your next physical. In our Phoenix clinic we routinely run Vitamin D3 levels on our patients. Acupuncture always works better when a person’s nutritional status is optimized. For otherwise healthy patients we shoot a target range at the higher end of normal – (around 55 ng/ml) of course everyone’s needs are different.
We’ll talk more about Vitamin D in future posts, but I could not wait to pass on the news about this Orthopedic study.
This is the year of Vitamin D!