To infer causality is to satisfy certain stringent requirements called the Bradford Hills Criteria. Dr Gillie explains to us that the Bradford Hill requirement is met in regard to low vitamin D3 levels and certain cancers: establishing that insufficient vitamin D3 and/or insufficient sunlight is a major cause of cancer. Cancers that

closely meet his criteria are those of the:

  1. Breast
  2. Colon
  3. Rectum
  4. Bladder
  5. Oesophagus
  6. Gallbladder
  7. Stomach
  8. Ovary
  9. Kidney
  10. Uterus
  11. Lymphoma


This is the first level of proof linking vitamin D insufficiency to chronic disease. Now add to this the fact that high blood sugar, high fasting insulin levels and obesity promote cancers while phytonutrients prevent them; we can clearly see how losing weight, changing the way we eat by following my food pyramid suggestions and getting a tan can fundamentally alter the death trajectory of this runaway freight train called cancer. This is not that hard to do and shame on you if you do not start to make these positive changes. Furthermore, Dr Gillie goes on to explain that some 30 to 40 other diseases, many of them very common, may be caused at least in part by vitamin D insufficiency. Insufficient vitamin D is one of the big players in the league of risk factors for chronic disease. It is the root cause of an insidious pandemic bringing untold illness that reaches throughout the modern world.


I wish to bring to your attention that breast and prostate cancer, both constantly mentioned in the news media, can probably be entirely avoided by keeping your vitamin D3 level high. I bring these two up since they get so much media attention and the fact that after surgery women are left feeling that thay have changed sexually and men are left impotent from a radical prostatectomy.



From a Chinese medicine perspective the lower Dan Tian or energy is located about where the prostate is. As a consequence of prostate removal the sexual energy in a man is also removed or at least changed There are compelling data that suggest that prostate cancer can be treated as effectively as chemotherapy and surgery through proper nutritional regimens.



Curcumin combined with quercetin can dramatically reduce the growth and spread of prostate cancers both hormone and non-hormone dependent forms.[1] Dr Blaylock states that milk consumption is linked with prostatic cancer due to the high calcium intake especially the fat free version. Furthermore, a higher calorie intake of food is correlated with early development of prostate cancer especially with the intake of sugars and carbohydrates. High red meat consumption carries an estimated 200% increased risk for prostate cancer compared to control groups. From the Japanese we see that the higher the flavanoid intake the lower the risk. Selenium seems to be particularly good as well as gamma tocopherol.



As far as colon cancer goes we see from the Garland brothers that colon cancer is definitely associated with sun exposure: the less sun the greater your chance of colon cancer (CC). Inflammation also plays a central role; we see much greater rates of CC in ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease among others. Even the inflammatory disease diabetes increases your risk. Once again if you wish to keep your colon in your abdomen where it belongs instead of on a pathologists table, change your diet; just as I mention above stop the SAD and switch to my food pyramid which incorporates fish oil supplements. Fish oil, high in omega 3 FA’s has been shown to be helpful in preventing CC. Omega 3’s as you can see earlier in this chapter are powerful anti-inflammatory fats. They work on the same enzyme system as aspirin which, if taken daily as a baby aspirin, has been shown to decrease CC by about 30%. Likewise fish oil can help but without the bad side effects such as ulcer formation and possibly increasing bleeding risk. My pyramid shuns omega 6 fats. These highly inflammatory cheap seed oils have been shown to dramatically increase both the growth and spread of CC while low levels of B complex vitamins also increase risk. [2]



It turns out that an apple a day keeps the surgeon away. Apples and lentils are good sources of resistant starch (see my chapter on dysbiosis) as such they provide food for colonic bacteria which then produce powerful colon protective substances which fight the development of CC. Pectin, also found in apples, produces N-butyrate after colonic fermentation; N-buterate is a powerful colon protectant inhibiting all stages of CC formation and growth.[3]


By following the suggestions in my pyramid and all of the other helpful tid bits throughout this chapter you should not be a victim of CC. Dr Blaylock mentions a few other supplements besides B complex, gamma tocopherol, fish oil and flavonoids. Consider selenium, digestive enzymes, and N-butyrate supplements. Again juicing/blending (even better) richly colored fruits and veggies gets all of the flavonoids you need as well as the pectins and other resistant starches. One last word on CC: Review my chapter on nitrates and nitrites since they can cause CC and leukemia in children. Try not to cook over open flame since it generates heterocyclic amines (HA) which not only make flame grilled meats taste fabulous but also contribute to increased risk of colorectal cancer in several recent meta-analyses. However, a 2012 study saw no such correlation.[4] To help offset this effect it has been suggested to first marinate the meat in olive oil which tends to drastically reduce the formation of HA’s. Take vitamin C, 2 grams with your dinner and have a big salad with lots of different, colorful vegetables and fruits in it. Steer clear of Industrial Dinners like American cheese which is rich in aluminum and fluoride: both are highly toxic cancer promoters as well as having significant quantities of excitotoxins which can also fuel cancers. Lastly, remember to work out; exercise increases peristalsis and decreases colonic transit time both good news for CC prevention.



As Holick’s… New England Journal of Medicine review stressed, the litany of vitamin D deficiency diseases is now legion. Evidence even suggests that vitamin D is involved in the triple current childhood epidemics of autism,… asthma,… and autoimmune diabetes… Not only do tenable mechanisms of action exist to explain vitamin D’s role in all three, but epidemiological evidence suggesting a vitamin D connection to these devastating diseases is growing. For example, in May 2008, a group at the US National Institutes of Health discovered that boys with autism have unexplained decreased metacarpal bone cortical thickness….Whatever the connections are, all 3 epidemics appear to have blossomed after wide dissemination of sun avoidance advice in the 1980s.[5] [Emphasis mine]




There is considerable discussion of the serum concentrations of [vitamin D] 25(OH)D associated with deficiency (e.g., rickets), adequacy for bone health, and optimal overall health, and cut points have not been developed by a scientific consensus process. Based on its review of data of vitamin D needs, a committee of the Institute of Medicine [IOM] concluded that persons are at risk of vitamin D deficiency at serum 25(OH)D concentrations <30 nmol/L (<12 ng/mL). Some are potentially at risk for inadequacy at levels ranging from 30–50 nmol/L (12–20 ng/mL). Practically all people are sufficient at levels ≥50 nmol/L (≥20 ng/mL); the committee stated that 50 nmol/L is the serum 25(OH)D level that covers the needs of 97.5% of the population. Serum concentrations >125 nmol/L (>50 ng/mL) are associated with potential adverse effects. (Table 1).[6]

Table 1: Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] Concentrations and Health* [1]



Health status



Associated with vitamin D deficiency, leading to rickets in infants and children and osteomalacia in adults



Generally considered inadequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals



Generally considered adequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals



Emerging evidence links potential adverse effects to such high levels, particularly >150 nmol/L (>60 ng/mL)

* Serum concentrations of 25(OH)D are reported in both nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) and nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL).
** 1 nmol/L = 0.4 ng/mL

Next week I’ll get into the IOM’s recommendations in a little more detail. What they have stated publicly you may find shocking since it flies in the face of world authorities on vitamin D and their conclusions. Next as I promised the Scottish Effect. Say what? Plus more on world famous Dr Garland and the real recommendations on tanning and vitamin D levels and the true toxicity if any of vitamin D.  You will be happy to know that it is as safe as playing with matches-just kidding! Also we will talk about the relationship with sun exposure and multiple sclerosis.

[1] Blaylock Wellness Report. Vol. 9, No 1. Jan 2012. P. 6

[2] IBID p. 9

[3] IBID p. 10

[4] (Int J Cancer. 2012 Oct 1;131(7):E1125-33. doi: 10.1002/ijc.27546. Epub 2012 Apr 5) 02/27/2013

[5] John Cannell MD. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 117(11): 2008 864-870.p. 4

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Dr. Christopher Rasmussen (aka Reality Renegade) is the author of his upcoming book, "InflaNATION: Industrial Diners & A Doc In The Box." By deliberately avoiding harmful industrial foods and the Commercial Sick Care System with its Pills and Procedures paradigm, Dr Rasmussen cured himself of a deadly disease-which became the reason for writing this book. In the book, he provides the facts you must know and the solutions to regain your health, maintain wellness, and outlive your parents' generation in an extraordinarily toxic world.

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