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Vitamin D Deficiencies: From Rarity to Public Health Concern

By Jesse Davis, DC

Vitamin D research papers indexed in Pubmed Central have more than tripled from 2002 to the year 2012,[1] far outstripping the growth of other micronutrient-focused research. First discovered in 1913 by E.V. McCollum and others, its existence and actions has been hypothesized since ancient times.[2] Today, despite a growing understanding of its many activities in the body, Vitamin D deficiencies have actually increased in many populations overall the last few decades. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic in 2011, “Vitamin D (VD) deficiency has re-emerged, after more than hundred years, as a public health problem worldwide.”[3]

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