This just in:
Ilkka T. Harvima, MD, PhD, et al., from the Department of Dermatology, University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland, has filed a preliminary, but significant report, titled “regular vitamin D supplements may lower melanoma risk”.
The thrust of the paper is that ” Individuals who regularly take vitamin D supplements are significantly less likely to have a history of malignant melanoma or any type of skin cancers than non-users”.
The study, published December 28 in Melanoma Research, involved almost 500 individuals attending a dermatology clinic who reported on their use of vitamin D supplements.
Regular users had a significant 55% reduction in the odds of having a past or present melanoma diagnosis, while occasional use was associated with a nonsignificant 46% reduction. The reduction was similar for all skin cancer types.
Although Dr. Harvima’s report gives neither the dosage taken by “regular users”, nor the blood levels of vitamin D in the population studied, and although a proactive study of vitamin D is role in prevention of skin cancers should be done, I take this report as supporting my recommendation that we all should supplement vitamin D3 on a regular basis (please see the page on vitamin D).
Hormones RULE! - Tell your friends
Published by Dr. Gervais Harry
I am a Toronto-trained Urologist. I practiced in downtown Toronto, from 1977 to 1997, when I went to Saudi Arabia as chief of Urology at the Armed Forces (teaching) hospital in Tabuk.
Returning to Toronto in Y2000, I switched to family practice.
In 2007, began to prescribe Hormone Restoration Therapy and in 2012, I became a member of the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine [A4M].
I successfully wrote the A4M's written examination in December, 2013 and In May, 2016 I passed the oral examination, for accreditation as a BHRT consultant.
In 2014 I began BHRT practice in Collingwood, Ontario and in January, 2017, joined the Stone Tree Naturopathic Clinic.
Now I am 82 and have retired, but it seems wasteful to jettison my learning and experience: the medical establishment knows nothing of BHRT / Functonal medicine and I feel obliged to offer my knowledge in the interest of those who are willing to think outside the box.
MB, BS, (from UWI), 1964. LMCC 1969. FRCSC (Urology), 1974. ECFMG 1984. Florida license 1998 [inactive], ABAARM Certification [A4M], 2016.
I am a Member of CSAMM [the Canadian Society for Aging and Metabolic Medicine], the OMA&CMA, SUSO, CUA, RCP&S/C.
PRACTICE TO DATE:
Consultation in Functional Medicine, including assessment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Andropause, Menopause, Teenage and Postpartum Depression/Panic Attacks, Thyroid Hormone malfunction, Infertility, Sexual Dysfunction and “the Undiagnosable”.
ALL ARE WELCOME to read, comment or question!
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