Official western health policy on Vitamin D has been blasted in a new book.
VITAMIN D: IS THIS THE MIRACLE VITAMIN, by journalist Ian Wishart, accuses the Ministry of Health of dragging its heels in the face of overwhelming evidence that New Zealand’s high rates of cancer, heart disease and other major illnesses may be directly linked to low vitamin D levels.
Wishart says a further aggravating factor is that Ministry of Health policy telling people to be “sunsmart” has contributed to the vitamin D crisis. Vitamin D is manufactured in the skin as part of the sun-tanning process.
“For nearly three decades we’ve been bombarded with the message – ‘avoid the sun at all costs’ – and over that same time our rates of cancer have gone through the roof,” says Wishart.
“Autism has rocketed up, allergies can be found in every second house, mental illness and depression have escalated hugely, and our rates of deadly melanoma have shot up over that time as well.”
In the book, Vitamin D, Wishart reveals all of these disorders, and many more, are now being scientifically-linked to a lack of vitamin D caused by sunsmart publicity campaigns.
“We became so scared of a minority killer like melanoma, that we forgot sunlight is utterly essential to our body’s immunity and cancer-fighting systems. Now, we are paying the price,” Wishart says.
Studies overseas (published in the book) have estimated that for every one life saved from melanoma because of slip, slop, slap campaigns, a further ten people have died from illnesses directly linked to a lack of vitamin D. In New Zealand’s case, that’s around 3,500 people killed every year because people followed Ministry of Health advice on skin cancer, compared with only 350 lives saved.
“By any stretch of the imagination, that’s a tragedy. Even worse, it’s an avoidable tragedy. The sunsmart campaign worldwide is backfiring in one of the worst public health policy mistakes in history.”
Adding insult to injury, there’s no credible evidence that modern sunscreens protect people from melanoma, meaning that for three decades health authorities and sunscreen manufacturers have misled the public about how safe sunscreens actually are.
“International studies have shown people who use sunscreens regularly are three times more likely to develop melanoma than people who don’t use sunscreens at all,” says Wishart in the Vitamin D book.
When confronted with the scientific studies in the book in a TVNZ current affairs debate on the Good Morning TV show, the Cancer Society had few answers:
VITAMIN D: IS THIS THE MIRACLE VITAMIN? By Ian Wishart, Howling At The Moon Publishing, NZ$38.99
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PS. Further to the Youtube clip above, this photo may shed light on how many millions of dollars the NZ Cancer Society has made from sunscreens through its subsidiary Daffodil Enterprises Ltd, over the past twelve years. The figures pictured are for the 2008 and 2009 years only.