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Amazing Magic Cure All Pill Equivalent

I think you'll enjoy the approach of this interesting Los Angeles Times feature about the newest "wonder pill," guaranteed to treat congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes and tuberculosis, that isn't a drug at all. It's vitamin D, the "sunshine" vitamin.

Hard to believe vitamin D was officially discovered some 80 years ago, thanks to the landmark work of Nobel Prize winner Adolf Windaus. Or that, for the longest time, conventional science believed vitamin D did nothing more than strengthen bones.

Of course, space is given to the naysayers, who begrudgingly give vitamin D its well deserved due. One Purdue University professor goes so far as to claim, "Too many people expect nutrients to work like drugs." In the case of vitamin D, however, it's not a bad idea to treat sunshine, like exercise, like a drug that needs to be monitored and prescribed to work effectively.

The key is to get outside regularly. Invest some time, working up to the point when you can get regular sun, if possible, every day. Once your skin turns the slightest shade of pink, that's when you've had enough sun and need to seek shade.

Los Angeles Times June 12, 2006 Registration Required

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