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The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem

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The world's leading expert on vitamin D reveals the missing link to achieving optimal health

Vitamin D deficiency is the most common medical condition in the world. In America alone, over 200 million people lack sufficient levels of vitamin D and may consequently suffer from chronic health conditions, ranging from daily annoyances like fatigue and pain to life-threateni
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Hudson Street Press (first published 2010)
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Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health-books
There are quite a few good vitamin D books out there and this is definitely one of them. The message in each of them is simple. Getting regular sun exposure on as much of your body as you can, without ever burning, is a great idea and if needed this should then also be boosted with D3 supplements to get your vitamin D levels optimised.

The book is a bit repetitive but overall is easy to read. It contains specific dosage advice for D3 raising and maintenance D3 levels. Doses of 400 IU are inadequa
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, health
Holick's book is both thorough and written in a very accessible style on why Vitamin D is so critical to health and wellbeing. As a result, I will ease up on my sun shunning ways a bit and supplement with 2000 IU of Vitamin D3 from now on. I was very surprised to learn that the upper limit for supplementary Vitamin D toxicity is much higher than I would have expected (10,000 IU, taken over a very long period of time - months, if not years). And of course, you can't overdose on Vitamin D from the ...more
Dee Dee Walker
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-exercise
This is the *Go To* book on Vitamin D(which, by the way, is a hormone not a vitamin--who knew?). Anything and everything you ever wanted to know is in this book! At this point in my life (I'm 42) I'm thinking more about health, nutrition and aging.(Sigh) This book is one of the more suprising books on health that I've read. After hearing for years that the sun is bad for you and causes skin cancer, someone is finally bringing something new to the table. Getting sensible sun exposure is vital to ...more
Jessica Lyman
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
I liked the message of this book - to get outside and into the sunlight more often - but the writing was a bit dull. For better or worse, endless recitals of statistics just don't hold my interest. After dutifully reading the introduction and first three chapters, I skipped ahead and read only the chapters that interested me (i.e., chapters 6, 8 and 10). ...more
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Get this book. If you want to discover the missing link to achieving optimal health, then get this book. The best part of all is that the missing link is free - provided to all of us by the Creator Himself. Backed by a lifetime of study, research, and practical application, Dr. Holick offers a compelling method that will inspire you to take control of your own health in just 15 minutes a day.
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Save money: go to his websites and read the faq section, and watch his lectures on youtube.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super informative and uses scientific research to explain. I learned a lot about the importance of vitamin D in all areas of the body and in implementing the doctor’s suggestions I’ve definitely seen improvements in my health and well-being. Definitely worth reading!
Apr 24, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was good, but I didnt like the author's writing style very much. He came off as being a little fake to me. Maybe because he was writing to a mass audience. ...more
Jarmo Larsen
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, thesun, sun
This is a really interesting book about the many, and I mean MANY, health benefits you can get from sunlight. Most of theese are overlooked by the medicine industry, even when they carry a strong scientific hold. Michael F. Holick does a good jobb with pointing the reader to the many scientific evidences where your health clearly depends in getting enough sunlight, and especially "vitamin D-light" (UVB). Holick could have written more about the circadian rhytm and the importance of morning sunli ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something everyone must read and follow to ensure good immunity and good health. Surprising undiscovered nuggets I didnot know. Started taking D3 supplements as suggested. Would make morwe sense to follow as the pandemics are likely to increase.
Esther Kuppers
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Easy-to-read book on the benefits & necessity of taking Vitamin D3 supplements.
Marcos Malumbres
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very good in general. Perhaps too biased for vitamin D but he may be right and I completely agree with the need of sun light etc. An essential read.

I did not get what the 3 steps are, though.
Sandie Graham
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This book had great ideas but I struggled to follow his thinking. I learned a little about our necessity for vitamin D and that was good
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another good reason to get outside is to increase your vitamin D level. The exhaustive data in this book led me to be taking 2,000 IU of D daily, after a blood test one month ago resulted in my doctor diagnosing me with a deficiency. This topic is big in the medical and health field right now. Holick is the lead proponent of the need for supplementation for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. He also has some very interesting takes on the current "demonization" of exposing one's skin ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is an extraordinarily good book. I think everyone should read it. There is a lot of science in the book. It is explained quite well for a lay reader.

The author is in the fore front of Vitamin D research. He is also a medical doctor. He sees patients on a regular basis. It gives him an advantage. Some of the scientific work he does translates itself to medicine. It gives him a perspective that most people do not have.

He does not make statements. He gives the science behind each idea, and exp
Hamood Alsudais
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
it is an important book for every person. The writer, Dr. Holick, is an example of a scientist who devotes his time for the sake of science! I meet him in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2008 or 2009, and since then I did my best to raise the awareness about Vitamin D in my family.
In this book Holick used his long years of experience to present the perfect vitamin solution to every body. The book is convincing and full of evidences, and the best thing was the way that it present the information! The bo
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading Michael F. Holick's book on vitamin D. He shows how people who live closer to the equator have lower levels of certain diseases which he feels is a result of higher levels of vitamin D. There are studies that show when women are diagnosed with breast cancer and are vitamin D deficient they are 75% more likely to die from the disease. Vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium helping to prevent osteoporosis. There are numerous effects of vitamin D on the body and areas it affect ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I found out that I had a severe vitamin D deficiency my doctor prescribed 50,00 IU's a week of vitamin D3 for 15 weeks. I started the supplements and I started looking for answers... this book is a great resource. It has been several months since I started treatments and my levels are slowly but surely increasing. It saddens me to think that there are so many of us that suffer daily with symptoms that can easily be cured by taking a pill once a week or once daily. I tell anyone who will lis ...more
Joella Barone
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consider the Source

This guy has been studying Vitamin D for the last 40 years, a top scientist in the field and has done numerous published, peer reviewed studies. If you read this book, you will probably know more about the health benefits of Vitamin D than your doctor, but more importantly you will know how to protect yourself from the most common health problems, including certain cancers. He backs up common sense sun exposure with loads of studies. I've read 3 books on Vitamin D, but this on
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book

Vitamin D is such a critical part of our health, deficiencies of this vitamin has been linked to so many different health issues that it is vital we maintain healthy levels. And that is harder than I ever thought. Eating well and taking supplements is not going to cut it. What do you know, our mom's were right! Fresh air and sunlight are important to living a healthy life!
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dr. Holick is one of the worlds foremost vitamin D researchers. This book describes many of his incredibly significant findings and also contains practical recommendations on how to optimize your vitamin D intake and in so doing, optimize your health. But Dr. Holick's diet recommendations appear to be a bit main stream and dated. ...more
This is a brilliant book that highlights the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency in the US and elsewhere. It provides logical, sensible information about the advantages sun exposure and that is backed by hundreds of scientific studies.

This book will shatter many of the myths that heliophobes have been spreading for decades. If you care about your health, you will read this book!
Evangeline White
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a must read! Great information on how we are skimping out on sunshine and vitamin D due to misinformation from the media. Improving our intake is one of the most simple and important things we can do for our health. Outstanding research, studies, and statistics. A must read for anyone interested in preventative, safe, and natural remedies to the most common health problems!
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. So much good scientific research to back it up. I highly recommend everyone reading this book. I've seen how increasing my own Vitamin D has improved my skin in a few months. I'm excited to see if increasing my sons Vitamin D will reduce his asthma symptoms. ...more
Madame Leitura
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Livro muito interessante, principalmente porque eu sou o tipo de pessoa que sempre foge do sol e toma um banho de protetor solar antes de sair de casa. Se eu puder, eu estou na sombra. Definitivamente é algo que precisa ser mudado na minha rotina.
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can't recommend this book highly enough!!!!!!!!!! Particularly if you are related to me!!! This book opened my eyes to a lot of health problems, convinced me to talk with my doctor and really push him to figure this out. My health is improving in so many ways already!!!!! PLEASE READ!!!!! ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book expanded my knowledge of Vitamin D and the question of how much sun one should be exposed to. It identifies which test to see if you are getting enough vit. D. The three ways to get this vitamin is thru sun light, diet and supplements.
Elaine Gullotta
Very, very informative. I bought this after learning I had a vit D deficiency like so many others in the US. This book really explained why I should care...everyone should be tested and get on replacements if they are low.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great compilation of lots of research results about our understanding of vitamin D, the roles it plays in our health and why we should be concerned about deficiencies. Pretty convincing! This is a NEED to know topic.
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