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Ask the Doctor: Longer life without vitamin D?

I take vitamin D to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I also heard that people with low vitamin D live longer. Should I be taking vitamin D?

The study you’re referring to was a Dutch study published this past November. The researchers looked at 380 families with 2 siblings who lived into their 90s. […]

The Sunshine Vitamin and the Winter Blues

It’s a good time to start thinking about vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because the first step in making vitamin D involves ultraviolet light penetrating the deep layers of the skin. Cholesterol that is found in the deep layers of the skin absorbs a portion of ultraviolet light. […]

Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerances: Protein

Food allergies are the best-known negative reaction to food proteins. In classic food allergies, a protein in certain foods (eg. peanuts, shellfish or egg whites) interacts with an antibody, IgE. Once that reaction occurs, our immune system goes into high gear releasing histamine. Histamine causes an immediate response, and can trigger everything from a scratchy […]