Health news

Well, I’ve been striken with the holiday plague. To spare sensitive people, I won’t describe the symptoms, but trust me, you _don’t_ want this. And it’s been going on, more or less, since December 23.

The bigger news is, of course, that a review of over 60 papers has provided strong evidence that Vitamin D may lower cancer risk. Quite striking, when you realize that the direction cancer therapy is naturally taking is targeted drugs which are highly effective for a few people, with chemotherapy and radiation as catchall standbys. The whole process of treating cancer is very expensive and emotionally draining, and the new therapies are getting even more expensive (and emotionally draining).

This has major implications, of course, for those individuals who for some reason or another do not get full exposure to sunlight (i.e. very sensitive to sunlight, living in extreme latitudes, or are dark-skinned).

This study doesn’t make Vitamin D3 the new wonder drug of cancer, but it ought to raise some very important questions about your diet.


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  1. While regrettable, the fact that radiation and chemotherapy are the only means of cancer treatment available to the general public are not at all surprising to a health sociologist. In fact, from the sociological standpoint, there exists something called the social gradient of health, which is effectively a relationship between income levels and how much access to healthcare one receives. Another interesting thing to look at is the social and income position of people who do not get enough sunlight. Floor factory workers, for instance? Unfortunately, economic inequalities in society (which are, of course, direct results of the capitalist structure) perpetuate inequality with regards to health by exposing the less privileged classes to worse working conditions while at the same time denying them access to better treatments.


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