Posts for category: Vitamin D and Calcium
Vitamin D plays such an important role in our health. Now it appears it is more effective than even the flu vaccine against flu In my practice, I try to optimize my patients' vitamin D levels via application of potent topical antioxidants on a regular basis, which makes it safe for you to expose yourself to the sun's rays for short periods of time withpout sunscreen on. These antioxidants include Vitamin C and green tea polyphenols. The fiormulation, strength and pH ar critical, so only certain products are effective.
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A new study suggests that taking isotretinoin (also known as Accutane) for acne can decrease levels of Vitamin D and calcium in the blood, and increase bone alklaline phosphatase levels. Further studies are needed to understand the effect of isotretinoin on Vitamin D physiology and the health of bones, but this is just another reason to consider carefully the potential side effects of this medication before it is prescribed for acne.
In my office, I am often able to get even severe nodulocystic acne under cpontrol with topical Tazarac, a Vitamin A derivative, sometime with a course of oral medication. If this does not result in complete clearing, the Cool Touch laser can be employed for permanent improvement in acne. On might argue that this is a safer way to go.
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Taking Vitamin D and calcium did not change the risk of melanoma in a large group (32,282) of women studied by Stanford University researchers. But, women who had already had skin cancers like squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma, but not melanoma, developed 57 % fewer melanomas than women with similar histories who did not take the supplements over a period of seven years of follow up.
If you had had a skin cancer, would you be willing to take Vitamin D and calcium if it might reduce the chances of you developing a melanoma? Let me hear from you!