- From Dr. John Cannell MD
- I'm writing to alert readers to a crucial email from
a physician who has evidence vitamin D is protective against H1N1 and to
ask you, the reader, to contact your representatives in Washington to help
protect Americans, especially children, from H1N1 before winter comes.
- Dear Dr. Cannell:
- Your recent newsletters and video about Swine flu (H1N1)
prompted me to convey our recent experience with an H1N1 outbreak at Central
Wisconsin Center (CWC). Unfortunately, the state epidemiologist was not
interested in studying it further so I pass it on to you since I think
it is noteworthy.
- CWC is a long-term care facility for people with developmental
disabilities, home for approx. 275 people with approx. 800 staff. Serum
25-OHD has been monitored in virtually all residents for several years
and patients supplemented with vitamin D.
- In June, 2009, at the time of the well-publicized Wisconsin
spike in H1N1 cases, two residents developed influenza-like illness (ILI)
and had positive tests for H1N1: one was a long-term resident; the other,
a child, was transferred to us with what was later proven to be H1N1.
- On the other hand, 60 staff members developed ILI or
were documented to have H1N1: of 17 tested for ILI, eight were positive.
An additional 43 staff members called in sick with ILI. (Approx. 11-12
staff developed ILI after working on the unit where the child was given
care, several of whom had positive H1N1 tests.)
- So, it is rather remarkable that only two residents of
275 developed ILI, one of which did not develop it here, while 103 of 800
staff members had ILI. It appears that the spread of H1N1 was not from
staff-to-resident but from resident-to-staff (most obvious in the imported
case) and between staff, implying that staff were susceptible and our residents
- Norris Glick, MD
- Central Wisconsin Center
- Madison, WI
- Dear Dr. Glick:
- This is the first hard data that I am aware of concerning
H1N1 and vitamin D. It appears vitamin D is incredibly protective against
- Dr. Carlos Carmago at Mass General ran the numbers in
an email to me. Even if one excludes 43 staff members who called in sick
with influenza, 0.73% of residents were affected, as compared to 7.5% of
staff. This 10-fold difference was statistically significant (P<0.001).
That is, the chance that this was a chance occurrence is one less than
one in a thousand.
- Second, if you read my last newsletter, you will see
that children with neurological impairments, like the patients at your
hospital, have accounted for 2/3 of the childhood deaths for H1N1 so far
in the USA. That is, the CDC knows, because they reported it, that patients
with neurological impairments are more likely to die from H1N1.
- The problem is that I cannot get anyone in authority
at the CDC or the NIH to listen. I need readers to email or call their
senators and congresspersons in Washington.
- Ask your senator or congressperson to contact the CDC
and NIH to complain about CDC and NIH inaction on Vitamin D and H1N1. Also,
ask your senators and representative to demand congressional hearings on
Vitamin D and H1N1, before it is too late. Here is the link below, just
click it and follow instructions to contact your own represenatives.
- John Cannell, MD
- Vitamin D Council
- 585 Leff Street
- San Luis Obispo, CA 93422
- Dr. Eisenstein's Comments:
- Even though the virus is not becoming more deadly the
vaccine army comes marching on. However, they have not been able to scare
nurses, doctors or in England pregnant women.
- When will they give up?
- No one knows what treatment will be effective against
the H1N1 Flu. However, the data from Dr. Norris is very compelling, that
Vitamin D will be protective for H1N1.
- To lower your families incidence of colds and flu this
winter and to lower your probability of Swine Flu, start by measuring their
vitamin D levels, keep it above 50ng/ml and by giving the whole family
daily probiotics and vitamin D.