Lower Cancer Risk When Getting enough Vitamin D

What is your blood Vit D level?

Does it matter?

A recent study looked at 2300 women over 55 years old and found that if their vitamin D serum level were greater than or equal to 40 ng/ml, then they had a 67% lower risk of cancer than those with serum levels <20 ng/ml (P-value = .02). Read paper.

The standard recommendation levels of vit D level is 40-60 ng/ml.

So, why should we test, rather than just take vitamin D supplements daily?

The same people who did this study also found that when measuring vitamin D blood serum levels, supplementation response varies greatly person-to-person.  For example, 2 people could both take 4,000 IU/day, they both measure their vitamin D levels and one could have the level 10 ng/ml, while another could be 120 ng/ml – a 10-fold variation in response to the same supplementation dose of 4,000 IU/day.

Reasons for such variability can be due to skin tone (those with darker skin tones need to spend more time in ultraviolet light to make vitamin D than those with lighter skin tones), gut absorption, and utilizations in the body.

So rather than just supplement your vitamin D,  check your serum level with your doctor.  It’s called Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D.  Read more about Vitamin D here.

Reference: Grassroothealth.net



Reading Books Help Us Live Longer

Reading books is a popular way of relaxing and escaping stressful thoughts, as well as passing the time.  It is also found now correlated with living longer lives.

A study1 came from Yale University of Public Health recently showed that in 3600 men and women that they followed over the course of 12 years, adults who read books survived almost 2 years longer than the adults who did not read.  If they read more than 3.5 hours per week, they were 23% less likely to die over the 12 year follow-up, compare to those who do not, and 17% less likely to die if they read up to 3.5 hours per week.

So in the spirit of promoting this pleasurable tools for longevity,  I recommend a few great reads for you this week:

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Do you believe your thoughts can affect your physical being and your future? If you do, this book gives you examples, and research that proves how spirituality and science are so interconnected by combining the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics.  Dr. Joe gives tools on how we can rewire our entire being and affect our emotions and physical being.  Fascinating read.  If  you liked “What the Bleep do we know”  then you’ll like this one.



A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle gives us the tool to freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.”  He then expands on how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Great book if you are feeling loss in how to contribute in this messy state of the world at present.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  by Marie Condo

A detailed guide by Marie Condo in helping you learn how to determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), as a result help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.  It has changed how I view my day to day belongings, and bring practicing mindfulness and awareness to my immediate environment.  One of the most influential books for me.  Simple and beautiful.




  1. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953616303689 Read 3/8/2017