Current Posts – 21 Nov 2013

With winter well and truly here none of us will be getting any vitamin D from the sun for four to five months. Unfortunately, writes Dr Oliver Gillie, we also won’t be getting clear evidence-based advice from the government on safe sun exposure.

Good evidence as well as good sense, are both in short supply, writes Dr Malcolm Kendrick, when it comes to licencing the first post-statin drug. It will only need to show it lowers cholesterol; no need to show it reduces heart disease, which is not the same thing at all.

Contrast that with the quality of evidence required before permitting any large scale push to tackle the UK’s serious vitamin D deficiency. Rufus Greenbaum has been investigating the little known government committee that is responsible for advising on supplementation. Its chairman explained it wasn’t concerned with how vitamin D might improve health, only with managing the risk it poses.


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