Public health authorities around the world suppressed scientific evidence that Vitamin D deficiency was associated with severe Covid outcomes, and furthermore, some officials misled the public about alleged studies showing the vitamin did nothing for treating the viral infection.
A ‘Nature’ report published in mid-November called the “Association between vitamin D supplementation and COVID-19 infection and mortality” is cause for concern for lockdown proponents.
Vitamin D deficiency has long been associated with reduced immune function that can lead to viral infection. Several studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increases the risk of infection with COVID-19. However, it is unknown if treatment with Vitamin D can reduce the associated risk of COVID-19 infection, which is the focus of this study. In the population of US veterans, we show that Vitamin D2 and D3 fills were associated with reductions in COVID-19 infection of 28% and 20%, respectively [(D3 Hazard Ratio (HR) = 0.80, [95% CI 0.77, 0.83]), D2 HR = 0.72, [95% CI 0.65, 0.79]]. Mortality within 30-days of COVID-19 infection was similarly 33% lower with Vitamin D3 and 25% lower with D2 (D3 HR = 0.67, [95% CI 0.59, 0.75]; D2 HR = 0.75, [95% CI 0.55, 1.04]). We also find that after controlling for vitamin D blood levels, veterans receiving higher dosages of Vitamin D obtained greater benefits from supplementation than veterans receiving lower dosages. Veterans with Vitamin D blood levels between 0 and 19 ng/ml exhibited the largest decrease in COVID-19 infection following supplementation. Black veterans received greater associated COVID-19 risk reductions with supplementation than White veterans. As a safe, widely available, and affordable treatment, Vitamin D may help to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statistical analysis showed that “Vitamin D3 supplementation was associated with a 33% lower risk of COVID-19 infection ending in mortality within 30 days,” the study noted. “However, results for vitamin D2 were statistically insignificant.”
Vitamin D insufficiency affects almost 50% of the population worldwide. Vitamin D supplements may have been helpful not only for treatment and prevention of Covid-19 treatment, but a host of other chronic illnesses. It was a win/win for the patients to get more sunshine and Vitamin D supplements, but arguably, a loss for public health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry that had gone into overdrive pushing a ‘vaccines or nothing’ Covid response.
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The ‘Nature’ study further throws into serious question the decision to enforce lockdowns during the Covid pandemic, which compelled millions of civilians to stay indoors, and deprived them of the Vitamin-D-promoting powers of sunlight. Furthermore, there is scarce if any evidence that Covid-19 is spread outdoors.
Adding to the public’s confusion on the matter, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock misled the Parliament in 2020 by stating that a Vitamin D study was conducted that showed it was not effective for treating Covid.
“Health Secretary Matt Hancock was told to ‘get his facts straight’ today after shooting down vitamin D as a potential coronavirus treatment despite a growing body of evidence from around the world suggesting it works,” the Daily Mail reported at the time.
“Experts have for months been calling for officials to look into the immune system-boosting nutrient’s effect on Covid-19 patients after a mountain of research showed a link to vitamin D deficiency,” the report added. “Mr Hancock told the House of Commons last week he had green-lit a Government-funded ‘trial’ investigating vitamin D and that it did not ‘appear to have any impact’.”
In 2020, however, there were data that showed strong correlations between Vitamin D and Covid outcomes. A University of East Anglia study showed that case rates tended to decrease with higher Vitamin D levels among the population.
A University of Chicago study found 60 per cent higher rates of Covid-19 with low levels of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ among a sample population of 500 Americans.
A study by Tehran University, in Iran, and Boston University analysed data from 235 hospitalised patients with Covid-19. Patients who had sufficient vitamin D – of at least 30 ng/mL— were 51.5 per cent less likely to die from the disease.
Vitamin D isn’t the only alleged ‘fake news’ treatment to have been vindicated in recent weeks. Without going into arguments about the efficacy of the medication, doctors have won a concession from government lawyers that prescribing ‘Ivermectin’ for Covid infections in an off-label capacity is within the discretion of physicians.
Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine and Vitamin D have one thing in common: They were all low-cost alternatives to Covid vaccination and expensive treatments that Big Pharma dismissed out-of-hand during the pandemic. Was their rush to dismiss these treatments based on the Science or based on their profits? Further research is leading many to believe that it was much less of the former than the latter.
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