vitamin D deficiency associated with 630% increase in death risk in hospitalized patients with covid
a look at the israeli study
people ask all the time “what can i do to reduce covid risk?” well, “be sure you get enough vitamin D” is a great start.
it’s absent from diet and lifestyle.
we don’t get enough dairy and eggs. mushrooms work too.
we’re not eating oily fish (though the scandinavians, all of whom barely showed any excess mortailty over the last 2 years sure do.)
we don’t get enough sun and when we do, we block it with sunscreen. (your body makes vitamin D out of cholesterol when exposed to sunlight)
around 2/3’s of americans wind up vitamin D deficient by end of winter.
here’s the data:
25.6% of those who were deficient (<20ng/ml) died. 3.5% of those over 20 did.
0 people over 30 ng/ml progressed to critical covid.
(note that this is all WITH, not FROM or FOR covid)
there are a few cofounds on age and on comorbidities (as this is a retrospective and certainly not an RCT) but not enough to look to explain this kind of variance.
note that this is a FAR greater level of efficacy than that shown in societal data from vaccines.
it’s also almost certainly understated, possible by an order of magnitude. why? because this looked only at the hospitalized. high levels of vitamin D also likely keep you out of the hospital in the first place.
if it works about as well on hospital risk as death risk, this compounds. (i’m guessing here as an example and have no actual data)
86% less hospital and 86% less death if hospital = 98% overall risk reduction. it could well not be that high. maybe it’s 95%. maybe it’s 80% if you adjust for risk factors etc. still, that’s a HUGE number.
it’s WAY better than a vaccine.
and vitamin D is cheap, safe, easy to get, and has lots of other benefits.
maybe we should be mandating vitamin D passports. (yeah, right. there’s no money in it, so don’t hold your breath.)
this has been known since the middle of last year. but, as ever, it’s all “get vaxxed” and never “get healthy.” because that’s what pharma pushes and what americans are trained to clap like seals for. (at least the seals get oily fish when they do)
so, look, this is really simple:
go get tested.
your doctor can test your vit D levels. it’s easy and inexpensive.
if you are low, FIX IT. get some supplements. get some sun. eat better.
there are basically no downsides and lots of likely benefit.
everyone should do this.
or if you must, supplements.
but do it.
it’s probably the single most effective thing you can do.
(a little exercise wouldn’t kill ya either…)