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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Vitamin D and the risk of dying

    Ordinary doses of vitamin D supplements seem to be associated with lower mortality rates.

    First, the details.

    • Two researchers form France and Italy re-analyzed (meta-analysis) the results from 18 studies of more than 57,000 people.

    Here’s what they found.

    • There were 4,777 deaths from any cause over about 6 years.
    • Intake of “ordinary” doses of vitamin D supplements was associated with decreased total mortality rates.
    • Daily doses of vitamin D supplements varied from 300 to 2000 IU.
    • Taking calcium didn’t change the results.

    The bottom line?
    The first thing I did was read the label on my Centrum bottle, which contains 400 IU of vitamin D per tablet. So, if in fact there is a causal association between vitamin D and death by any cause, I’m at the low end.

    In fact, the usual concentration of vitamin D in a multivitamin tablet is 400 IU per tablet — the recommended daily intake for adults between 51 and 70 years.

    Centrum Advantage has 800 IUs per tablet. And I found a product called Animal Pak — yes, it’s for people — that has 680 IU per serving.

    Last year, Dr. Heike Bischoff-Ferrari from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston put forward the position, “The dose of vitamin D in the management of osteoporosis should be no less than 700-800 IU per day.”

    The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements has more information on vitamin D here.

    9/11/07 19:58 JR

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