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Largest Physician Group Moves to Support Vitamin D Message

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The world’s largest physician organization voted last week to urge authorities to review official government vitamin D recommendations — citing research whose findings point to vitamin D levels that can only be obtained naturally through regular sun exposure.

The American Medical Association passed two vitamin D resolutions at its annual meeting last week — calls for action for the federal government to catch up with the powerful vitamin D message.

2008-06-23-ama-we-need-more-d-tanningnews-copy.jpg“The health benefits of Vitamin D are plentiful, such as strong bones and a reduced risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Steven Stack, an AMA board member, following AMA’s Annual Meeting last week. “It’s time to take a good look at the current daily recommended level of Vitamin D and ensure that Americans know the appropriate levels so they can reap the full health benefits.”

AMA also called for the organization to study recommending that doctors start including vitamin D blood tests in their regular testing regimen, calling for a report by the 2009 AMA meeting.

“All of this research is leading right to the fact that the only natural way to obtain the levels of vitamin D now being considered is to get regular UV exposure,” Smart Tan Vice President Joseph Levy said. “Indoor tanning was invented in Europe in light-deprived northern European countries to help people there realize the benefits related to regular UV exposure. The science is coming all the way back around to that.”

Click here to read the full text of the AMA resolutions.