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Epidemic Influenza and Vitamin D
Epidemic influenza and vitamin DIn 1981, R. Edgar Hope-Simpson proposed that a 'seasonal stimulus' intimately associated with solar radiation explained the remarkable seasonality of epidemic influenza. Solar radiation triggers robust seasonal vitamin D production in the skin; vitamin D deficiency is common in the winter, and activated vitamin D, 1,25(OH)2D,...More
Flu & Colds
flu & ColdsRecent scientific reports indicate that colds and flu may be more prevalent and more exascerbated by the lack of sunshine exposure during winter months.Less exposure to sunshine means less production of vitamin D in the body, potentially affecting the immunity system and making people more susceptible to viruses....More
On the epidemiology of influenzaThe evidence that vitamin D has profound effects on innate immunity is rapidly growingVirology Journal 2008, 5:29doi:10.1186/1743-422X-5-29AbstractThe epidemiology of influenza swarms with incongruities, incongruities exhaustively detailed by the late British epidemiologist, Edgar Hope-Simpson. He was the first to propose a parsimonious theory explaining why influenza is,...More
More Effective Than Vaccines in Preventing 'Flu
Vitamin D more effective than vaccines at preventing flu infectionsVitamin D is more effective at reducing the risk of flu infection than vaccines or antiviral drugs, according to a study conducted by researchers from Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.Researchers conducted...More