Sunday, February 13, 2011

Can Vitamin D Treat or Prevent Infections?

After reading several articles about the infection rate in hospitals, it is obvious that more research needs to be done to find out if Vitamin D can help to treat or prevent infections.

During my own geneology research, I found out that many of my ancestors died from Tuberculosis Infections or it was a contributing factor. Looking at the old photographs, I noticed that the clothing of the day, covered all of their skin except for their hands and face. Sufferers were sent to "Sanatoriums" where they spent a lot of time outdoors. Arizona was considered one of the best places for treatment. That probably had a lot to do with more sunlight which led to higher Vitamin D levels.

People with lower Vitamin D levels have a higher rate of respiratory infections as well as ear infections which often  follow respiratory infections like the flu. The flu or influenza is more active during the winter months when there is less sunlight available. Dr. John Cannell spoke about naturally occurring antibiotics called antimicrobial peptides which act on bacteria, fungal infection, TB and other infectious diseases. Production of antimicrobial peptides in our bodies is greatly increased by higher Vitamin D levels.

The infection rate in hospitals is a continuing problem. According to a representative of The HAI Watch from Kimberly Clark, while there have been some improvements, hospitals still have work to do to put an end to the ongoing - but solvable - problem of Health care-Associated Infections (HAIs). To help achieve this goal, Kimberly-Clark Health Care launched "Not on My Watch" (www.haiwatch.com), a website that provides tools and information to help facilities eliminate HAIs. I wonder if Vitamin D could play a role in these types of infections as well.

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  1. Vitamin D appears to reduce many hospital infections
    Sepsis, MRAS, and Staph
    http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=1855

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