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  • When food, which is the best

    When food, which is the best medicine, itself gets contaminated, or is eaten wrongly, or is made wrongly,taken at the wrong time, is of the wrong season, is in excess for the particular body constitution or is junk food or is dead/stale food, it becomes poison and blocks nutrition instead of giving nutrition. Vitamin D deficiency, cancer, asthma etc are all symptoms of imperfect nutrition in a way.

    Also, many people don't know how to take the sun and dozens of cosmetics exist such as creams (sunblocks and otherwise) with enough artificial preservatives and chemicals/antioxidants, emulsifiers/stabilisers/perfumes etc which get absorbed into the body through the skin and slowly accumulate to create barriers in nutrition and therefore health, working in unknown ways--which could lead to any number of symptoms--from heart disease, thyroid deficiency, lethargy, depression/mood swings, osteoporosis, etc etc.

    So the best solution for great health is
    good air, good water, good diet, daily exercise, humour/laughter/positive attitude, sunlight, spending sometime in prayer/meditation/gratitude daily and a routine.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • Excellent article.. hugely

    Excellent article.. hugely long tho.. on whats become a somewhat complex issue... it doesnt simplify, paraphrase.. gloss over.. delves deep... and so it goes on and as long as it does...
    for those whove had or have a Vit D deficiency like me... it doesnt suggest any clear courses... i have to glean them...
    and it is un exposure, and foods rich in Vit D... !
    and the need to clear up our air and environment of toxins.. !

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • The information is providing

    The information is providing better platform to start larger study for formulating the policy for our people. It is more important for those workers, who enter in their ac rooms early in morning and come out after sunset. Scientists and Government must take initiative as early as possible .

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • It's all related to the

    It's all related to the architecture of the workplace where there is no natural lighting nowadays--direct sunlight exposure for a few hours in the office/home or a courtyard in the office is preferable but relentless advertisements on TV have caused so much disinformation about the sun for ageing the skin that most members of the fairer sex now over-cover themselves while walking/moving in the sun.

    Whereas a simple application of coconut oil/ghee/edible oil/haldi with besan paste/lemon juice/egg/papaya/cucumber/curd/mehndi/neem etc can rejuvenate the skin/hair almost instantly, provided it is applied for at least an hour. Anything natural, good and edible can be applied to the skin and will be absorbed by the skin(thereby nourishing it) and will protect it from the sun's ageing effect, provided that the angle of exposure of the body's surfaces to sunlight is also constantly changed so that no body part is unduly heated by the sun, and personal discomfort signals when its time to take a break from the exposure to direct sunlight.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • This is one of the most

    This is one of the most comprehensive article bearing logical facts about Vitamin D.
    My congratulation to the author(s)

    SS Raghav
    CFL, Kolkata

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • I often tease people in

    I often tease people in family and around, young (in SSC) and old (graduates), where do you get vitamin D. Invariably the answer is some often advertised and popular supplement-product on television. I questioned Internet search engine/s, and invariably answers are industrially processed products.

    There is something fundamentally wrong in our British-made education system. Besides giving alienation about The Other, it fails in providing 'life-supporting-skills' to the students, in the constantly changing social-economic-political environment.

    You may find my comment irrelevant to the matter in the article, but ultimately, the question remains: How do we use any event - an article, school-book lesson, or a tool (TV or Text book)? That is why the experts in certain fields may be ignorant about other fields. We lack holistic thinking and action.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • very good investigative story

    very good investigative story by vibha varshney....

    thanks for story....


    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • i want to know what is the

    i want to know what is the preferable time of the day when sunlight should be taken on the body as a preventive medicine, in Indian weather conditions. I read that sunlight before 8 a.m. is good. Any experts/doctors who can enlighten me on this? Thanks.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • Regarding Vitamin D , one

    Regarding Vitamin D , one aspect needs to be considered from environmental considerations.
    For supply of Vitamin D by pharmaceutical industry, main source is from skin oils of the slaughter house animals-cows and sheep mainly. By solvent process the skin oils are of these animals are extracted. The oils thus extracted are treated with UVB and the precipitates are supplied as Vitamin D. Second source is krill form oceans. Both these sources are overstretched and unable to meet the rising demand for Vitamin D supplements.
    Best alternative is change of life style by staying more out doors. Even 15 minutes walk in the morning before 9 AM in mornings or and after 4 PM in the after noon when the relative strength of UVB to IR spectrum is high provides maintenance dose of Vitamin D, without causing any skin worries to protect against sunburn.
    Indian traditional ritual of Óñ©ÓÑéÓñ░ÓÑìÓñ»Óñ¿Óñ«Óñ©ÓÑìÓñòÓñ¥Óñ░ and giving ÓñàÓñ░ÓÑìÓñÿÓÑìÓñ» to morning sun ensured this.
    Second important method is still seen in hill areas when vegetables are sun dried for consumption throughout the year. Latest Swedish researches have found the sundried mushrooms are practically bombs of Vitamin D. This should explain the Kashmir delicacy of  , that is nothing more than a sundried mushroom. This could perhaps find mention in your "First Food" book that was launched so successfully at Habitat on 7th Sep 2013.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • excellent has

    excellent has touched all the aspects related to vitamin D...very informative...This article shows we need to revisit our food and drugs act meticulously and people are to be informed.The recommendation and use of food supplements should be regulated.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply
  • Congratulations and Many

    Congratulations and Many thanks on such a comprehensive article. Although long - this is great food for thought - for scientists, policy makers. I know this comment is almost over a year after the article-post. Keen to know if ICMR/NIN/GoI has done a survey of VitD levels in different populations vis-a-vis health. The other thing I'm keen is about the error margin in the CLIA of VitD. If diagnostic centres are predominantly still using CLIA methods, are we to assume that an error correction mechanism (standards/NABL etc) is in place? Would be thankful on any updates on this subject from the author and other experts.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply
  • how much sunlight is needed

    how much sunlight is needed for good health- for prevention of deficiency, for optimum health benefits.

    what time sunlight

    what band of UV rays (means what nm of wavelength of UV rays) in India.

    please give scientific information with valid references

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply
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