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  • Excess Vitamin D given to pregnant women can cause mental retardation in offspring, Zane Kime (1980)

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    Excess Vitamin D given to pregnant women can cause "severe mental retardation in their offspring" according to a wonderful book published in 1980 called "Sunlight Could Save Your Life" by Zane Kime, MD.

    Nutritional Experts Recommending 1000-8000 IU’s of Vitamin D per Day—This May Be a HUGE Mistake

    Taking this much vitamin D may be a HUGE mistake

    Currently, in 2012 and for the past several years, vitamin D has been heralded as a miracle nutrient, and many, many, many doctors, nutritional organizations and researchers are recommending that people take a vitamin D supplement.

    Some recommend taking 1000 IU’s per day.

    Others recommend taking 2000 IU’s per day.

    While others have recommended taking 4000, 5000, and even 8000 IU’s per day.

    However, this might be a huge mistake based on what Dr. Kime wrote in his book about Sunlight back in 1980.

    I Have NOT Looked at the Old Research

    I have NOT looked at the old research that Dr. Kime wrote about

    I have not gone back to look at the research that Dr. Kime wrote about, some of which goes back to 1935.

    I don’t know if perhaps the type of vitamin D they were using 30 and 40 and 70 years ago was somehow different than the vitamin D3 they recommend today.

    I am writing about this to encourage somebody to go back and look at the old research to make sure we are not making a huge mistake by recommending that people take large doses of vitamin D.

    Below is exactly what Dr. Kime wrote on pages 148-151 in his book.

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 148, Vitamin D added to many foods

    Vitamin D is added to many foods

    “Vitamin D is also added to baby foods, imitation dairy products, beverages, sweet sauces, prepared breakfast cereals, margarine, macaroni, noodles, farina, and flour (3).

    “Most store bread has 250-750 IU/lbs added.”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 148, Average Per Capita Vitamin D Intake [in the US is] 2435 IU’s Per Day

    Average Per Capita Vitamin D Intake from food supplemented with vitamin D: 2435 IU’s per day in the US

    “With all this supplementation, the average per capita intake [in the U.S.] is 2435 IU/day, or six times the recommended 400 IU/day.”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 148, Human Tissue Contains More Vitamin D than Swine Feed 14X the Recommended Amount

    Human tissue contains more vitamin D than swine fed 14X the recommended amount

    “The examination of human muscle tissue has revealed that human tissue may now contain more vitamin D than was found in the tissue of swine fed 14 times the National Research requirements (4).”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 148, Elevated Vitamin D Intake May Stimulate Heart Attacks

    Intakes of vitamin D just slightly above 400 IU’s per day may stimulate heart attacks

    “Effects of consuming this hormone

    “From the University of Tromso in Norway comes a report that a long-term intake of vitamin D, only slightly above the 400 IU recommended, may stimulate myocardial infarction, or heart attack.”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 148, Arthritis and Degenerative Joint Diseases

    Intakes of vitamin D just slightly above 400 IU’s per day may cause arthritis and degenerative joint diseases

    “Not only heart attacks but also degenerative joint diseases and arthritis are mentioned in the report, as diseases that are apparently promoted by an increased vitamin D intake (5).”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 148, Excess Vitamin D Causes Magnesium Deficiency in the Heart

    Excess vitamin D causes magnesium deficiency in the heart which may be the cause of heart attacks

    “Dr. Mildred S. Seelig, a physician in charge of nutrition and metabolism at New York University’s Goldwater Memorial Hospital, and associate professor of pharmacology at New York Medical College, has spent nearly a decade developing the theory that heart attacks are triggered by the loss of magnesium from the heart tissue.

    “She points out that excessive vitamin D causes a magnesium deficiency in the heart.”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 149, Excess Vitamin D Causes Heart Attacks in Animals

    Excess vitamin D causes heart attacks in animals that are indistinguishable from heart attacks caused by magnesium deficiency

    “Dietary vitamin D has been known for some time to cause heart attacks in experimental animals, attacks that are completely indistinguishable from those caused by a magnesium deficiency.”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 149, Large Doses of Magnesium Protect Against Vitamin-D-induced Heart Attacks

    Rats given 5X the normal amount of magnesium are protect against vitamin-D-induced heart attacks

    “Rats that are fed five times as much magnesium as they would normally obtain from their diet are protected from the heart attacks caused by the high intake of vitamin D (5).”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 149, Farmers taking vitamin D had higher cholesterol levels

    Farmers taking vitamin D had higher cholesterol levels

    “When research scientists compared diets and cholesterol levels of 100 farmers, they found that those who were taking additional vitamin D had significantly higher blood cholesterol levels than those who never took the vitamin.”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 149, Investigator recommends AVOIDING taking vitamin D

    Investigator recommends AVOIDING taking vitamin D

    “The investigator who reported this study advised ‘adults not to take vitamin D-containing drugs without a clear reason’ (6).”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 149, Vitamin D Irritates the Lining of Blood Vessels

    Vitamin D irritates the lining of blood vessels

    “Vitamin D has been identified as an angiotoxic substance (a substance that irritates the lining of blood vessels).”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 149, Arteries Damaged by Vitamin D Looked Identical to Human Atherosclerosis

    Arteries damaged by Vitamin D looked identical to arteries from people with coronary heart disease

    “Recently, a group of scientists investigated the effects of vitamin D-supplemented feed on the arteries of experimental animals.

    “When damaged arteries from the experimental animals were compared with atherosclerotic human arteries (obtained from bypass surgery), damages seen in human and animal arteries seemed identical, even though a number of the animals were on a low-fat, low cholesterol diet.

    “The exact role which vitamin D plays in damaging the artery wall is not known and is still under study, but the change that does take place is definitely a step in the development of atherosclerosis (7).”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 149, 62-year-old woman taking vitamin D had large areas of calcification in major arteries

    62-year-old woman taking vitamin D, an estimated 4000 to 5000 IU’s per day from food and supplements, had large areas of calcification in major arteries

    “A 62-year-old female patient was surprised when I told her that x-rays showed large areas of calcification in some of her major arteries.

    “She informed me that she had always taken the best care of her body and used very little food that contained cholesterol.

    “She had always purposely chosen polyunsaturated fats thinking they were preferred and had taken lots of vitamins.

    [Hobbs: As it turns out, substituting polyunsaturated fats for saturated fats has been a HUGE mistake. Increased intakes of polyunsaturated fats are associated with an INCREASED risk of cancer and other health problems.]

    “I asked her about vitamin D, and she assured me that she always took extra vitamin D in the form of a natural vitamin A and D capsule as well as in a multiple vitamin tablet.

    “Taking into consideration our supplemented food supply, I estimated that for years she had been getting dietary vitamin D in amounts between 4,000 to 5,000 IU’s day.”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 150, Rats Given 250 IU’s Per Day Got Hardening of The Arteries

    Rats given 250 IU’s of vitamin D per day got hardening of the arteries and aged fairly rapidly

    “It is interesting to note that rats, when given vitamin D in the amount of 250 IU’s/day, develop hardening of the arteries and elevated levels of cholesterol and calcium.

    “They also age fairly rapidly (6).”

    [Hobbs: Humans are 70-100 times larger than rats, so you can’t directly compare doses given to rats to doses given to humans.]

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 150, Pregnant Women Consuming Excess Vitamin D Can Cause Mental Retardation In Offspring

    Pregnant women taking excess vitamin D can cause kidney calcification, mental retardation in offspring, congenital heart disease called supravalvular aortic stenosis, and misshaped faces

    “There are particular problems associated with vitamin D and pregnancy, for pregnant women already subjected to high doses of vitamin D from widely supplemented foods are routinely advised by their obstetricians to supplement their diets with vitamin D pills.

    “Since vitamin capsules contain 400 IU, if one per day is prescribed, this adds to the already dangerous average per capita intake of 2435 IU/day.

    “Dietary intake of vitamin D by pregnant women has been implicated in kidney calcification and severe mental retardation in their offspring (8).

    “Children born to mothers taking extra vitamin D in their diet may be born with a certain type of congenital heart disease called supravalvular aortic stenosis (9).”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 150, Pregnant Women Taking Vitamin D Could Cause Offspring to Have “Elfin Faces”

    Pregnant women taking vitamin D could cause offspring to have “elfin faces”

    “These same children may show abnormal bone formations and have faces so abnormally shaped that physicians call them “elfin faces” (10).

    “Abnormalities of the bones of the face have been observed in 70% of the offspring of rabbits given large amounts of vitamin D during pregnancy (9).

    “Adding a potentially toxic hormone like vitamin D to milk creates more problems than if it were taken alone, for in our society many people consume large quantities of milk.”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 151, Adding Vitamin D to Milk Potentiates the effects of Vitamin D

    Adding vitamin D to milk causes a greater effect than adding 10-times that amount to cod liver oil

    “Milk also has the peculiar property of enhancing the potency of vitamin D.

    “This was shown over 40 years ago in experimental treatment of children who were deficient in vitamin D.

    [The paper that Dr. Kime references in his book is from 1935.]

    “It was seen that the effects of adding only 90 units of vitamin D to each child’s milk were greater than the effects seen when adding, to each child’s diet, 900 units of vitamin D in cod liver oil (11).”

    Dr. Kime’s Book: p. 151, Many Authorities Have Recommended We Stop Supplementing With Vitamin D

    Many authorities have recommended we stop supplementing with vitamin D

    “Stop supplementation

    “Many authorities have recommended that vitamin D be removed from our food.

    “Dr. Linden, who gave the report from the University of Tromso, makes this statement: “Attempts should be made to restrict the intake of vitamin D from all sources, save that produced by sunlighting the skin”.

    “Also recommending that vitamin D not be supplementally added to food is the British Medical Association (1950), the Canadian Bulletin on Nutrition (1953), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (1963, 1965).

    “The Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that non-supplemented milk be available.”


    Reference to Dr. Kime’s book on Sunlight

    Kime Z. Sunlight Could Save Your Life. World Health Pub, 1980.

    References from this chapter on Vitamin D

    References from this chapter on Vitamin D

    “Sunlight and the Vitamin D Mania “


    (1) Rosenbeim, 0., and King, H.: The Constitution of Calciferol (Vitamin D): A Review and a Suggestion, Chern Industr 54:699, 1935.

    (2) Holick, M. F., and Clark, M. B.: The Photobiogenesis and Metabolism ofVitanim D, Fed Proc 37:2567, 1978.

    (3) Tracor-Jitco, Inc.: Scientific Literature Reviews on Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) Food Ingredients Vitamin D, prepared for FDA, Washington DC: Natl Tech Information Serv, US Dept Commerce, 1974.

    (4) Kummerow, F. A., and Cho, B. H. S., et al: Additive Risk Factors in Atherosclerosis, Amer J Clin Nutr 29:579, 1976.

    (5) How Much Vitamin D Is Too Much? Medical World News pp 100-103 Oan 13) 1975.

    (6) Dalderup, L. M.: Vitamin D, Cholesterol and Calcium, Lancet 1:645, 1968.

    (7) Kummerow, F. A.: Nutrition Imbalance and Angiotoxins as Dietary Risk Factors in Coronary Heart Disease, Amer J Clin Nutr 32:58, 1979.

    (8) Committee on Nutrition, American Academy of Pediatrics: Vitamin D Intake and the Hypercalcemic Syndrome, Pediatrics 35:1022, 1965.

    (9) Friedman, W. F.: Vitamin D as a Cause of the Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis Syndmme, Amer Heart J73:718,1967.

    (10) Williams,}.C.P., et al: Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis,Circulation 24:1311, 1961.

    (11) Lewis, J. M.: Clinical Experience with Crystalline Vitamin D; the Influence of the Menstruum on the Effectiveness of an Antirachitic Factor, J Pediat 6:362, 1935.

    (12) Seelig, M. S.: Are American Children Still Getting an Excess of Vitamin D?, Clin Ped 9:380,1970.

    (13) Hodkinson, H. M.; Stanton, B. R.; and Round, P., et al: Sun- light, Vitamin D and Osteomalacia in the Elderly, Lancet 1:910 (April 28) 1973.

    (14) Neer, R. M., et al: Stimulation by Artificial Lighting of Calcium Absorption in Elderly Human Subjects, Nature 229:255, 1971.

    (15) Blois, M. S.: Vitamin D, Sunlight and Natural Selection, Sci- ence 159:652, 1968.

    Finding a Copy of This Book

    Search on BookFinder4U.com

    It appears that there were at least two printings of this book.

    It also appears that the title of the book was changed from “Sunlight” to “Sunlight Could Save Your Life”.

    I think that both of these books are EXACTLY the same, so I would buy whichever one is cheapest.

    You can search for the book on http://www.BookFinder4U.com.

    Here are the links to the two different printings.

    “Sunlight Could Save Your Life”

    “Sunlight” by Zane R. Kime, MD

    “Sunlight could save your life” by Zane R. Kime, MD

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