Friday, October 9, 2020

Covid-19: "Is Vitamin D a Silver Bullet?"

We were tipped to this site by someone at FT Alphaville, maybe Dan McCrum* some months ago.
*(just kidding Dan, it was one of those who remained at FTAV, call them, ahhh "remainers", while you went off in search of skullduggery)

From Lockdown Sceptics
8 October 2020. Updated 9 October 2020.
by Mikko Paunio MD, MHS Medical Counsellor

Smoked salmon is a great source of Vitamin D. Order some from Bleiker’s Smokehouse in Yorkshire

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As a cabinet officer in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, I am convinced that Finland’s COVID-19 control strategy should now include recommendations of vitamin D supplements to all age groups except children. Daylight is becoming shorter by the day. Thus, our ability to produce vitamin D in skin diminishes markedly. As a seasoned epidemiologist and public health specialist, I consider it scientifically proven that high levels of vitamin D provide both protection against severe COVID-19, but even more importantly there is strong evidence that high vitamin D levels slow markedly virus circulation and might even provide ‘herd immunity’ to populations according to a study published a month ago. It is as yet non-peer-reviewed but already can be considered a milestone study. It is a remarkable matched case control study of 52,405 COVID-19 cases and 524,050 matched controls picked up from Clalit Health Services (CHS), which provides comprehensive health services to over 4.6 million members in Israel.

Vitamin D now appears to provide us with a silver bullet solution to protect the most vulnerable and provides us with the means to get rid of these socially disastrous lockdowns even before there is a vaccine available.

The Great Barrington Declaration, which has been signed by almost 4,300 epidemiologists and public health specialists, around 7,700 medical professionals and 108,000 members of the general public, calls for protecting the most vulnerable and opening up society. Vitamin D supplements could significantly improve public acceptance of this alternative strategy, which would allow us to normalise societies.


I have never taken any vitamin supplements in my life and have always overlooked modern snake oil entrepreneurs’ promotions. But after reading the current evidence of how vitamin D levels protect people from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, I have started two weeks ago to take 100 micrograms of vitamin D daily.

I also take note that the US COVID-19 tsar Dr Anthony Fauci finally admitted – after being silent for eight months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – that he takes 150 micrograms of vitamin D daily! The World owes a lot to a British doctor named John Campbell, who has been active in disseminating in his popular YouTube podcasts the good news related to vitamin D and COVID-19 for months. He also recently revealed to the world Dr Fauci’s daily dose of vitamin D.

In this article I will discuss the huge implications of the Israeli study by providing an extra ‘peer review’ to highlight the crucial message of this study.

There is now abundant observational literature showing the inverse association of vitamin D blood levels and severe COVID-19 and risk of COVID-19 contraction (see references), but there is also abundant experimental, though heterogenous, evidence that vitamin D can reduce risk of respiratory infections....


 Quite honestly the picture of the salmon had me staring for a few seconds before I woke from my reverie.

The U.S. recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin D is 600 international units (IU), which is 15 micrograms (mcg) for most adults.

100 grams of wild salmon can contain up to 160% of that amount, 960 IU's while farmed salmon is all over the place with from 250 to 1000 IU's per 3.5 ounce serving, depending on what the fishies were fed on their way to your plate.