Many people living in the Portland area are deficient in Vitamin D. I have been surprised how many patients tested had very low levels of this important vitamin. The following is the information from vitamin D council. This website is very informative and all claims are substantiated with links to supporting research. I suggest you visit their website at vitamindcouncil.org and become informed of this problem affecting many of us here in Portland.
With proper testing we can determine the correct amount of supplementation you may need. We have a home test kit available.
“The high rate of natural production of vitamin D3, cholecalciferol, in the skin is the single most important fact every person should know about vitamin D — a fact that has profound implications for the natural human condition. Technically not a “vitamin,” vitamin D is in a class by itself.
Its metabolic product,calcitriol, is actually a secosteroid hormone that targets over 2000 genes (about 10% of the human genome) in the human body. Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.
Vitamin D’s influence on key biological functions vital to one’s health and well-being mandates that vitamin D no longer be ignored by the health care industry nor by individuals striving to achieve and maintain a greater state of health.”