November 2nd is Vitamin D Day!
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|November 2nd, 2010 is Vitamin D Day in Vancouver
Vancouver, November 1, 2010 - Vancouver City Council has proclaimed November 2nd as “Vitamin D Day” in an effort to raise awareness of what vitamin D can do to help prevent cancer.
A series of public events planned for the day will be spearheaded by Vancouver-based InspireHealth, Canada’s foremost integrative cancer care centre. Scheduled activities include a special Vitamin D talk at InspireHealth, the distribution of samples and information on vitamin D at select Skytrain stations.
Dr. Hal Gunn, CEO and co-founder of InspireHealth, points out that a research study published in the Annals of Epidemiology in July last year suggests that more than 100,000 new cases of cancer could be prevented every year in North America with the help of vitamin D, and that deaths from breast and colorectal cancers could be cut by 75 per cent.
“It is simply untenable that we are not doing more to engage people in this simple, safe approach to cancer prevention and treatment,” says Dr. Gunn.
"The Canadian healthcare system is in a funding crisis and the current treatment model is proving to be unsustainable. It is time we look at simpler and inexpensive ways such as vitamin D to prevent and treat cancer.”
Dr. Gunn adds that apart from its cancer fighting properties, evidence exists to suggests that vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of many common chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and even the flu.
Vitamin D helps boost the immune system and is essential for the absorption of calcium, which builds and maintains bone strength. It is obtained mainly from exposure to the sun or artificial sources of ultraviolet light, but is also present in a few foods, including fish with high oil content such as salmon, mackerel and tuna.
The Vancouver region’s lack of sunshine due to rainy weather between October and March means residents are particularly susceptible to vitamin D deficiency and should definitely supplement their intake, says Dr. Gunn.
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