Watering Hole: Monday, January 16, 2012 – Vitamin D

There’s a been a lot of chatter lately regarding the value of Vitamin D.  It seems like this vitamin prevents any disease or disability (only fooling around with this statement).  There are some really crucial benefits to Vitamin D.  Here are a few:

  • Needed for the absorption and metabolism for calcium and phosophorus.  These elements are vital to bone formation and other various functions within the body.
  • As an immune system regulator, it may arm the immune system against the common cold.
  • There may be a connection between insufficient Vitamin and the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Some studies are beginning to show a lower risk of some cancers in people with higher Vitamin D levels.
  • WebMD has a more information regarding the benefits of Vitamin D.

With all this good news about Vitamin D and our health, what would be the best sources for us to get this valuable vitamin?  That would be our bodies.  There is no risk of overdosing when our body manufactures Vitamin D.  Supplements are another source of Vitamin D.  When using supplements as a source, then it is advised that no more than 2000 IU be taken daily as an overdose may occur.  This is one reason that Vitamin D levels in the blood should be measured on a regular basis.  When the body manufactures Vitamin D, it also creates another chemical which stops the Vitamin D production when blood reaches its optimal level of Vitamin D.

Doctor Oz has a good animation on how the body manufactures Vitamin D.

People living above 40 degrees latitude have a difficult time getting sufficient Vitamin D during the winter months.  This is where supplementation with Vitamin D 3 may help.  Another source would be 4 to 6 minutes, depending on skin type, under tanning lights 2 or 3 times/week. In the warmer climates and the warmer weather, step outside for a walk in the sunshine.

This is our Open Thread.  Speak Up!

160 thoughts on “Watering Hole: Monday, January 16, 2012 – Vitamin D

  1. Found this at http://sunshinevitamin.org/

    Humans make 90 percent of our vitamin D naturally from sunlight exposure to our skin – specifically, from ultraviolet B exposure to the skin, which naturally initiates the conversion of cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3.

    Because sunshine is a free commodity with no publicist or lobbyist, the Sunshine Vitamin Alliance is established as a coalition of right-minded physicians, individuals and organizations who advocate natural vitamin D production through regular, non-burning sun exposure.

    This week in St. Augustine the UV Index will be a moderate 3 – 4 with the temperature reaching 75 on Tuesday and a low of 49 Wednesday night.

    It just might be a good time for a walk on the beach to watch the female snowbirds that have migrated here! 😀

  2. Given Romney’s experience as a Corporate Raider, can you imagine what he would do if he were in control of the U.S., replete with its cash-flush Social Security fund? Not to mention all the public lands he could sell off….

  3. The most obvious problem with Huntsman was that he was just dull– on a debate stage, a campaign rally or nearly any other venue. What I remember of his campaign kickoff in front of the Statue of Liberty was the fact that a tugboat parked itself directly behind him as he spoke and that his staff spelled his name wrong (John) on his campaign materials. Memorable.

    • Goodness gracious me… they are beginning to bail out. Would this be voluntary or are the corporate owners putting pressure on the candidates? Big money wants Romney so that they can complete their corporate take over of our country. They want our SS money and the government properties and our shared national lands. I can visualize the drool dripping out of their mouths as they dream about getting all of our national assets. They will be kings. Wait a minute, there can only be one king. That would cause some infighting over how to design their monarchy and who would be king.

      • History is filled with puppet Kings backed by a small group of Kingmakers who pull the strings. They’ll be no visible infighting, except when they wnat you to think that the democracy is still working.

      • Speaking of public lands and their potential demise, here’s a brief excerpt from something Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., wrote in 2005 during the Bush presidency entitled For the Sake of Our Children. It offers some interesting detail on a project which will, without doubt, swing into full action if Romney should somehow gain the presidency (the top paragraph is my own introductory note written circa 2006):

        Legal environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. understands full well and has seen first hand the ever-accumulating evidences of George Bush’s environmental malfeasance. Kennedy writes:

        “This is the worst environmental president that we have ever had. You simply cannot speak honestly about the environment in any context today without speaking critically about this president. If you go to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s web site you will see over 400 major environmental rollbacks that have been promoted by this administration over the last three and one-half years. It is a concerted, deliberate attempt to eviscerate thirty years of environmental law. It is a stealth attack, one that’s been hidden from the public.

        “We found, in 2003, a memo from Frank Luntz, the president’s pollster, to the president saying that if you go through with the evisceration of America’s environmental law, you are going to alienate not just Democrats but the Republican rank and file. Eighty-one percent in both parties want clean air, they want stronger environmental laws and they want them strictly enforced. Luntz said that to the president, and he said, if we do this we have to do a stealth attack. He recommended using Orwellian rhetoric to mask this radical agenda: They want to destroy the forest, they call it the Healthy Forest Act, they want to destroy the air they call it the Clear Skies Act. Most insidiously, they have installed the worst, most irresponsible polluters in America, and the lobbyists from those companies, as the heads of virtually all the agencies and sub-secretariats and even Cabinet positions that regulate or oversee our environment. The head of the Forest Service is a timber industry lobbyist who is probably the most rapacious timber industry lobbyist in American history. The head of public lands is a mining industry lobbyist who believes that public lands are unconstitutional. The head of the Air Division at the EPA is a utility lobbyist who has represented the worst polluters in America for twenty years. The head of Superfund is a woman whose former job was advising companies how to evade Superfund. The second in command of EPA is a Monsanto lobbyist – these are not exceptions, these are the rules across the agencies.”

        Around the same time when Congress was trying to authorize and pass a major environmental travesty, drilling the ANWR, Rush Limbaugh exposed his runty environmental IQ for all to see when he said:

        “If you put together a video of ANWR, you would see nothing but snow and rock. It is no place anybody’s ever going to go. The wildlife that lives there wishes it didn’t, but it’s too stupid to figure out how to move anywhere. They don’t have moving vans sent to their places like people in Philadelphia do when they want to get out of someplace. This is absolutely absurd.”

        And the beat goes on. No way will a GOoPer-controlled government EVER allow public lands to remain protected from the money grubbers and power mongers. NO WAY!

        • The disgusting thing about Frank Luntz’s role in this is that he recognized the public would never support the destruction of the environment, but rather than advise the president to not go through with it, he advised him to do it in a stealthy way. What a fucking prick. Whatever level of contempt I had for that person before, it has now doubled. (BTW, Luntz was the “pollster born in Hell” I mentioned in my song parody.)

  4. Weather report from N. Michigan, courtesy of a fellow on a discussion site that I read:

    I just got off the phone with a friend who lives in northern Michigan. He said that the snow is nearly waist high and is still falling.

    The temperature is at fifteen degrees and still dropping… and the wind is increasing to near gale force.

    Even the plows are having a hard time getting around.

    The schools are closed, and alerts are on all the TV and radio stations urging people to stay off the streets.

    He said his wife has done nothing but look through the kitchen window for hours on end, just staring.

    He says he’s concerned that if it gets much worse, he may have to let her back in the house.

    • Wow, great timing, Pachy!

      Yep, snowed in. 😉 I was just taking pictures of the half inch of snow out there.

      32 degrees and I’ve been hearing sirens on Hwy 101 all morning, so there’s no way I’m going out there with those idiots today.

      • The people to watch out for are the ones who were raised in the snow, they tend to think they can handle such a piddly amount. Six inches of fresh snow is a lot safer to drive in than a small amount that freezes. IMHO

        Need any help warming up? 😀

        • I don’t think coast people have that much experience with snow — in any amount. That’s why I’m staying in until it melts off this afternoon.

          Mmmmm, dark hot chocolate with a shot of coffee concentrate. So warming. 😉

          Don’t you have some snowbirds to grease up? 😀

          • With rare exceptions, Oregonians are pathetic drivers in the snow. Hell, a lot of them are pathetic in the rain, but snow puts them into a complete panic. They know nothing about slow acceleration, slow stopping and how to avoid fishtailing into parked cars. They also have no judgment about when it simply isn’t safe to drive.

            Oregon has a really stupid law about studded tires, so the streets of Portland are chewed up all winter by morons who insist on them even though we can go an entire winter without snow or ice. People out in the country, or who have to travel mountain roads — that I get. Some putz driving his SUV to Tigard, though, BAH.

            • Studded tires are ALLOWED in the Portland metro area? Bizarre! I didn’t have studded tires in Moscow, for heaven’s sake. I did have studded tires when I lived up river, but no one drives the river road in winter without them, cuz the road gets icy and going into the river just ruins your whole day.

              I’m going to start listening for the click-click-click of studded tires in Oregon. 😆

            • Studded tires are apparently still legal in Colorado, but it seems to me Minnesota outlawed them decades ago because of the way they chewed up the pavements in the Twin City metro area.

    • I suspect I’m the one sporting breeding plumage today. I can’t be certain – its been so long – but I did have the desire to shave and trim my mustache!

    • Bob’s hens are laying eggs again, thank FSM. They were out of commission for a couple of months, which meant my weekly deliveries of blissful hens’ eggs dried up.

      In their case, this is all normal, since Bob makes no effort to trick them into thinking it’s still summer. Since they spend most of their days scratching and nibbling bugs, they couldn’t be fooled anyway.

  5. Very good post today, Cats. 🙂

    I’ve been dealing with a severe Vitamin D deficiency for a couple years. The normal range is 30.0 to 74.0 (ng/mL), but mine was at 9.0. The doc at student health said, “No wonder your joints are screaming!” Until that point, I’d never heard of the effects of a Vitamin D deficiency.

    I’ve been taking 2000 IUs of Vitamin D3 (started at 3000 IUs) since then, get myself into the sun whenever I can. It definitely helps. Only the most obnoxious of my joints still yell at me. 🙂

    • Early last year one of my labs showed me with bottomed out Vitamin D levels. My MD put me on weekly mega-giant-humongous doses for a few months and I now take supplements every day, right along with the Fish Oil. I can’t say I’ve noticed any improvement with joints, though.

      • I take supplements when I remember. Mostly, I enjoy a walk around town in the cold and then head off to the indoor sun machine. I spend about 4 minutes under the “super lights” and I feel great afterwards. Sun screen is applied heavily to my face, ears and neck. The rest of the body just enjoys the warm rays which stimulate the creation of Vitamin D in my body. The doctor put me on D 3 supplements. He told me that I would feel better. I didn’t.

      • What does the sun look like? I don’t remember. I My doctor gave me the mega doses too. More for fatigue and other issues but now that I think of it my joints do feel better than they used to.

    • Excellent article, Shayne.

      To use the terms Obama first employed in his inaugural address: the president begins by extending a hand to his opponents; when they respond by raising a fist, he demonstrates that they are the source of the problem; then, finally, he moves to his preferred position of moderate liberalism and fights for it without being effectively tarred as an ideologue or a divider. This kind of strategy takes time.

      This is what the impatient lefties need to understand.

      • I think that impatient lefties are sometimes led astray by the propaganda machine that is the MSM. It’s hard to see the facts when falsehoods are thrown at us all day.If Obama had satisifed progressives completely there’s no way he could get reelected. And if he isn’t reelected were screwed.

        • I agree with you, Shayne. The American people are bombarded with lies, half truths, and incomplete information on a constant basis. It’s very difficult to sort through the mess.

          We are completely screwed if our next president is a repiggie. They would finish the job of dismantling this country that was started by Reagan/Bush I/Bush II/Cheney over 30 years ago.

          • Exactly. Even without the historic levels of obstructionism it’s a monumental task to even slow the momentum of the Reichwhiners. The complicit “librul media” makes it even harder.

          • I’ll be the first to admit that the first three years of the Obama presidency weren’t what I’d hoped they might be. Like a great many of his supporters I wanted a rapid return to a progressively idealistic country, one where The People rule, where the powers of the corporate world and the filthy rich are severely diminished, a world where the poor are elevated and where there is no more poverty, a world where a huge middle class is bright, educated, healthy, and runs that ‘gleaming city on the hill’ (or whatever the myth calls it). Unfortunately, there remained way too many of the GOP slime molds scumming up the surface of the pond to make it unswimmable. And here we are, a nation which smells much the worse because of it all. But all is not yet lost — we can still save the place, but NOT by abandoning Obama who, at the moment, remains our best shot at gaining at least some ground in the never-ending battle against scum.

            He has my vote. Again. And who knows, maybe with luck his lady Michelle will one day carry the load and go for the gold! I mean, think of it: the first BLACK WOMAN as president! Conservatives and fascists everywhere would self-annihilate!

  6. Before I read the link, I’m going to say I think along these same lines. Barack Obama is a very intelligent President who I believe will do the best job of correcting the course. I have had no expectations of his being able to fix in 3.5 short years what Dufous Bush demolished in 8. Obama has a hard slog against the obstructionist Congress and their sole action of standing in the way of any positive works. Whatever and whomever the Rethuglicans manage to cobble together by November, we have to hold our ground, vote to re-elect the President, and hang on for the ride.

  7. I forgot to share my New Year’s prediction. Look for gasoline to be well over $4.00 a gallon in November regardless of supply and demand. Short of terrorist attacks and/or a new war; it’s the best election strategy for the Reichwhiners.

    • That’s a given, petelngh! The price keeps rising. That’s ok with me..too effen many SUVs in this town. Anything that’ll cull that motor vehicle gets my vote.
      Irks me to no end when the behemoth pulls into a space marked “compact” – its rear end hanging feet into the narrow lane impeding traffic flow in public parking garages.

      • That’s the real pisser. The price doesn’t always rise. It does, however, always rise when it looks like a Democratic incumbent might win an election.

        I too would welcome gas prices that would force people to drive cleaner, greener, cars but I fear that Democrats stand to lose more than the makers of gas guzzlers. Politics aside, I would love to see graduated gas prices. The lower the mileage of one’s car? The more one pays per gallon. Humvie owners would be paying about $15.00 a gallon while those who drive a compact that gets 40 mpg would be paying $2.00 a gallon.

        • I love my Honda Element. True, it doesn’t get good gas mileage but it carries equipment that I use in my business and it’s great in the snow. We do get snow and I live out in the sticks so all wheel drive and trucks are the norm. When I move to the city, I’ll get a puddle jumper with better mileage. I won’t get rid of the Element because it will be a “classic” someday as Honda stopped making them.

          • Oops! I should have mentioned that my dream for a graduated gas price structure would be for passenger vehicles. There are plenty of valid commercial reasons for hauling cargo. The 5,000 pound SUVs sitting at stop lights with a single occupant and no cargo, that have never hauled cargo or been on a dirt road, are the ones that make my blood boil. Even they wouldn’t bother me so much if they weren’t overpowered. There’s just no excuse for building bloody behemoths that do 0-60 in 5 seconds.

            I’ve spent most of my life in rural Minnesota. The most dangerous vehicle I’ve ever driven on snow/ice was a 4X4 Ford pickup. It didn’t matter how much weight I added or what kind of tires I used. The damn thing would rather spin in a circle than travel a straight line. The best was a 1980 Chevy Citation with a manual transmission. The second best is the 1986 Mazda 323 that I currently own but only drive about once a month. It gets 35 mpg and handles like a snowmobile. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve driven my “puddle jumper” past a ditch full of SUVs and pickups. I will choose a front wheel drive with a manual transmission every time.

    • Not me. It wouldn’t be long before I ended up slapping the shit out of some smug neo-liberal punk trying to tell me what’s real.

      I view TNR with deep suspicion. There have been too many periods when they were actively attacking the Left for me to trust them.

      • I’d go down in flames anyway, but you wouldn’t. As ong as he editors let one write and some of the articles point that way I’d be happy to get the word out. Alas, I am not an adequate pen.

  8. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/01/16/the-tea-party-for-obama/
    The Tea Party For Obama?
    ‘Yeah, you read that right. It looks like not all Tea Partiers are die-hard conservatives with no brains. A Tea Party group has seen the light and is supporting President Obama for re-election. The website is called Tea Party for Obama and their message is simple. President Obama is the ONLY choice to lead our country because the conservative candidates are “incompetent and weak.”’

  9. Just a reminder that tomorrow is the big day in Madison, WI. The trucks will roll on the GAB offices and make an extra special, nonXmas delivery of lots of presents for Snotty Wanker.

  10. Bizarromundo:

    Virginia lawmaker: Children with disabilities are God’s punishment to women who previously had abortions.

    By Amanda Terkel on Feb 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Bob Marshall On Thursday, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall (R) spoke at a press conference against state funding for Planned Parenthood. He blasted the organization for supporting a women’s right to choose, saying that God punishes women who have had abortions by giving them disabled children:

    “The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.

    “In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”

    Marshall is also fighting against health care reform, saying that “Obamacare” is trying to take “your soul.” Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been pushing back against high-profile figures and entities who have been attacking people with disabilities. Will she speak out against someone in her own party?

    • I’ve a lot of problems with Bertie. The ethical stuff he did that might actually have some legs he explicitly declared to NOT be philosophy — only his logico-mathematical stuff (a great part of which is just wrong) was he willing to call philosophy.

      There is a difference between being publicly opinionated and genuinely committed to a principled stand. I cannot quite get why Bertie couldn’t get that, yet he insisted that the stuff he did that actually mattered was just some “thing” that he himself was doing.

  11. Oh jeebus, there’s a repiggie ‘debate’ on Fux tonight.

    I’ll be keeping an eye on TPM’s coverage, but I’m not giving Fux any ratings encouragement.

  12. Speaking of Bertrand Russell, here’s his Bible-based ‘age of the earth’ analysis:

    “The date of the creation of the world (according to the orthodox view) can be inferred from the genealogies in Genesis, which tell how old each patriarch was when his oldest son was born. Some margin of controversy was permissible, owing to certain ambiguities and to differences between the Septuagint and the Hebrew text; but in the end Protestant Christendom generally accepted the date 4004 B.C., fixed by Archbishop Usher. Dr. Lightfoot, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, who accepted this date for the Creation, thought that a careful study of Genesis made even greater precision possible; the creation of man, according to him, took place at 9.00 A.M. on October 23rd. This, however, has never been an article of faith; you might believe, without risk of heresy, that Adam and Eve came into existence on October 16th or October 30th, provided your reasons were derived from Genesis. The day of the week was, of course, known to have been Friday, since God rested on the Saturday.” (R.S.p51/2) ~Bertrand Russell

    • I was 13 the first time I read the Bible. I made it as far as “In the beginning God created” when I said; “ah, fiction”. From that very moment I have struggled in vain to figure out why seemingly rational adults haven’t reached the same conclusion. I don’t much care about those who don’t even seem rational.

  13. God made man on the 6th day, took the 7th day off. World mighta been a whole lot better off if God had taken the whole weekend off!

  14. hmmm….

    God told Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann to run for President, and the Evangelicals back Santorum. Could they know something God doesn’t?

  15. (the audiences continue to show class)

    Per TPM:

    9:49 PM ∞ t witter

    SC Debate Audience Boos Mexico
    The audience at the South Carolina GOP debate interrupted a question to Mitt Romney that referenced his family’s ties to Mexico to boo the country as soon as it was mentioned.

    Romney’s father was born in Mexico, where his parents were part of a Mormon enclave that had moved temporarily from the United States.

    • Neutered is an arrogant bastard.
      If true that more people are on food stamps under the Obama admin. than any other pres. —- who does Neut think put the country in that position…
      His effen Elephant dung tea pottiers!

    • I can’t believe the candidates aren’t tipped off to the questions in advance in any debate run by Fox. Too many answers lead to Obama-bashing for me to tolerate listening to it. Thursday night the debate is on CNN. It can’t be worse.

    • I go back and forth between blaming the leaders and blaming the followers for their hatefulness. I don’t much like either.

      In Newt’s case I think that he’s just playing a calculated game that panders to those who others have stirred up. That might make him more despicable.

  16. Romney is “not a serious hunter.” No more varmints. Just elk. And there was a moose in there somewhere all of a sudden. I love it when he has to pull that shit out. It’s fucking hilarious.

    Huntsman bails and the debates get funny. Who knew?

  17. 10:51 PM ∞ t witter
    Awkward: Romney Calls McCain’s Campaign Law A ‘Disaster’
    Mitt Romney has been pretty buddy buddy with John McCain lately, touting his endorsement and making joint appearances with him in key primary states. But apparently tensions are still in the air — Romney called McCain-Feingold, the Arizona Senator’s campaign finance law that’s typically considered his signature legislative achievement, a “disaster” in Monday’s debate.

  18. Heh. I just got booted off my youngest sister’s FB Wall for trying to educate a doofus about Allen West and Marines serving with honor.

    Mrs Cranky Pants. 😆

  19. Occupy protestors stranded in Amarillo, kicked off bus

    Occupy protestors from California are stuck at the Amarillo Greyhound station as of Saturday night after they say the bus driver kicked them off because he didn’t approve of the Occupy movement.

    They were on their way to DC for a rally.

    They say he called them “you people” and said they were not welcome in DC or anywhere else.

    Watch the video at the link.

    HT: cryptoclearance

    • Heh. My mother lives in Amarillo. I went there for the weekend for her birthday. She turned 81 on Sunday. I was extremely surprised that she didn’t say anything when this was covered on the news (a different station). {She watches Fox news regularly.}

      Amarillo is kinda the last place that I would expect to hear ANY news about the Occupy movement.

    • I wonder what A&R Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning will say about the bill that they will receive from the station because of hits from our blog.

  20. I don’t understand the amazement over this evangelical powwow to consolidate their support behind one ‘not-Romney’, that there may have been ‘voting irregularities’ in the decision to support Santorum. They are Republicans. Election rigging is what they do.

  21. Self-aggrandizing prick:

    11:29 PM ∞ t witter
    Newt: Here’s Why The Audience Gave Me A Standing Ovation

    Speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity after the debate, Newt Gingrich addressed why the crowd gave him a standing ovation during this session. He said it was because he was speaking about the dignity of work, and “I think the audience felt spontaneously that that was a value that most Americans really cherish.”

  22. I thought I’d never see a more conflicted Republican splinter group than the Log Cabin Republicans, but Rachel has on her show, the chairman of the Lunchpail Republicans, a pro-union PAC in Indiana. They plan to support pro-union Republicans in the primaries against anti-union incumbents. Good luck with that. Watch the CU money pour in to crush them quickly.

  23. When we cheer our soldiers urinating on corpses we condone others urinating on the corpses of our soldiers.

    We went to war for regime change, and cry out to invade Iran, for regime change. We condone others attacking us to change our government.

    We cheer torture, ergo we condone torture.

    The world doesn’t hate us for our freedoms, they hate us for what we condone.

    The Republican Party, and the monied elite that keeps it in power, caters to our lowest common denominator, and give it air time 27/7. This, to keep the conflict going. If the rational among us, the thinking and caring that make up the vast majority of Americans were given time to be the face of America, much of the world’s strife would end. That, my friends, is the single biggest threat to the ruling class, for without us fighting each other, we would turn our attention to them.

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