I am talking about a low-cost, consumer vitamin-D-sensing device. It would be a device like a thermometer that you would put in your mouth, or snap onto your finger, to give you a vitamin D reading (detailing how much vitamin D is in your blood). Ideally, it should be available without a prescription like a thermometer, and it should be low-cost, meaning something under a hundred dollars in today's market. It should also feature one-button operation in order to be easy to understand and use.
Why is such a device a desperately needed piece of technology that stands to improve the health and lives of so many people around the world? Today, vitamin D deficiency is widespread among the populations of the world, and especially in wealthier nations where people spend less time outdoors. This problem is even worse in countries at Northern latitudes like Canada, Germany and the U.K. These are all regions that don't get much sunlight. Since sunlight creates vitamin D in your skin, living at higher latitudes typically results in vitamin D deficiency in the population.
And yet we're learning that vitamin D is quite simply one of the most important nutrients in the human body. I call it a super vitamin. It is a vitamin that, all by itself, can reduce the risk of some cancers by 50 percent. No prescription drug even comes close to achieving that kind of success record in preventing or treating cancers.
Vitamin D is indeed a super nutrient. It is important for our health and I truly believe that the vast majority of diseases we're treating in modern society today, whether it's cancer, diabetes, heart disease or high cholesterol, are the result of nutritional imbalances. This can be from the lack of nutrients or from the ingestion of toxic nutrients such as hydrogenated oils or refined sugars. Vitamin D plays a pivotal role in the metabolism of so many diseases that it seems ridiculous not to do everything we can to make people more aware of this vitamin's power. The development of the portable vitamin D sensor would be the answer that we need.
The trick is that vitamin D is a hormone, which is not the easiest thing to test. Currently, it can only be measured through blood tests, but it is my understanding that one laboratory is planning on a vitamin D saliva test, which would really be a breakthrough, especially if it were cost-effective. If it could be done for something less than $50 per test, it would open up vitamin D testing to a huge number of people who could use this test to raise their awareness of potential vitamin D deficiencies. Then, with the help of a qualified health practitioner, they could adjust their vitamin D levels accordingly so that they could experience all the benefits of adequate vitamin D intake.
Current vitamin D testing requires a blood draw. Click here to read a description of modern vitamin D testing procedures (plus illustration).
Being a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D does have a toxicity level. It's unwise to simply start ingesting large amounts of vitamin D if you don't know where your current levels are, and that's why this vitamin-D-sensing technology could be such a positive breakthrough. It could not only help people treat and reverse vitamin D deficiencies, it could also help people make sure they don't overdose on vitamin D to the point of toxicity.
Technically, as Dr. Michael Hollick explained in an interview, the excess vitamin D created through exposure to ultraviolet radiation is broken down and consumed by the body. It is essentially created and then destroyed, so the net effect is that your body will never, on its own, create too much vitamin D from sunlight exposure. The only way to overdose on vitamin D is to do it through supplementation or the mass consumption of substances like fish oils. Given the fact that people don't eat very much fish oil, it's very difficult to overdose unless you're actually chugging processed fish oil by the cupful. Cod liver oil is probably the best source of vitamin D, which is why I consider cod liver oil to be a superfood crucial for those people living in Northern climates who don't have access to natural sunlight.
Thus, tanning beds can actually treat -- yes, treat -- osteoporosis, depression and even various cancers. You can quote me on that. But of course, thanks to our modern environment of FDA-enforced medical censorship and oppression on anything related to real health, tanning salon operators would be arrested if they made such claims. In my view, tanning salons should have the right to explain this process to their customers and I think that in the near future, we may see a whole new wave of interest in tanning booths for health purposes. Get a tan and help prevent prostate cancer. It's not an exaggeration. It sounds ridiculous at first, especially if you've believed all the crazy hype about sunlight being dangerous, but the truth is that if you have a healthy tan, your odds of ever getting prostate cancer or breast cancer, or suffering from these many other diseases are dramatically reduced.
Just remember that tanning is not smart if you don't have lots of antioxidants in your diet. It is the dietary antioxidants that help protect your skin from UV damage. So eat lots of blueberries, superfoods and nutritional supplements. Get the garbage out of your diet (refined sugars, refined grains, fried foods, etc.) and you'll be able to experience the health benefits of sensible UV light exposure.
But did you know that sunlight works on everybody? If you go out and get natural sunlight on your skin, you will automatically produce vitamin D. The only exceptions are people with extremely rare genetic defects that interfere with the enzymatic reactions necessary for the production of vitamin D. So sunlight works on virtually everyone. It lifts your mood. It balances and regulates your hormone levels. It eliminates depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and the vitamin D coursing through your blood will boost calcium absorption, bone density and brain function, as well as help eliminate behavioral disorders and greatly reduce your risk of cancer.
The positive effects from vitamin D are absolutely astounding. It is simply one of the most miraculous nutrients to yet be observed. What we need to complete the loop is an affordable vitamin D sensor. This would allow us to self-diagnose our vitamin D deficiencies in our homes, in our public schools or our medical clinics. Anywhere that we could get people to participate in this test, we could help dramatically reduce the vitamin D deficiency across the population, which would have enormously positive consequences for the health of newborns especially.
This is exactly why sunscreen manufacturers would be outspoken critics of portable consumer vitamin D sensors. I predict this will happen in the future. Dermatologists, who are closely aligned with sunscreen manufacturers, may even join the outcry against the vitamin D sensor. In doing so, they will cause great harm because they will prevent the smooth and rapid introduction of this key technology that has the potential to save literally millions of lives and improve the quality of life for several billion people around the world.
And who knows what the cancer industry would do. Cancer is big, big business, and anything that could actually prevent half of all cancers would be viciously attacked by the cancer bosses who depend on the continuation of this disease for their own power, profits and egos. It's no exaggeration to say that the cancer industry prevents prevention and, instead, focuses on profitable treatments for the disease. Even today, the American Cancer Society still runs silly public service ads that try to scare people away from sunlight exposure. Click here to see an example ACS ad.
That is why I think we need such technology so desperately. If I had the research money, I would try to research and produce such a device. I'm sure there are better-qualified individuals and companies out there who have expertise in this area, and I hope that this kind of information encourages them to move forward with the knowledge that, if such a device existed, I would be one of its strongest proponents.
I'm guessing Dr. Michael Hollick would support it as well. More and more doctors are becoming aware of the benefits of vitamin D, and they would gladly recommend patients test their own vitamin D levels at home so they could increase their consumption of healthy fish oils or vitamin D supplements, or boost their sensible exposure to sunlight so that they could be healthier individuals.
I think a low-cost vitamin D sensor represents one of the most desperately-needed technologies for enhancing public health and preventing disease in a way that would make much of today's expensive cancer treatments utterly obsolete. And that, my friends, is exactly why you'll never see this technology. Anything that prevents cancer at near-zero cost, without drugs, surgery or chemotherapy, would spell disaster for the multi billion-dollar cancer industry -- an industry that depends on the continuation of disease to guarantee next quarter's profits.