Oliver Gillie's reports on Vitamin D's benefits available online



Reports describing Vitamin D3's benefits by Oliver Gillie,  a freelance medical researcher and writer, are available online.  

Here's the latest.  Note the recommendations by Drs Vieth, Holick, Holis, etc on pages III and IV.   It's a very interesting article, and one well worth the 30 minutes it takes to skim:

Scotland's Health Deficit:   An explanation and a plan


His older books can be viewed from here:

The Health Research Forum:  Reports


About the Author:

Oliver Gillie is a freelance medical researcher and writer. Formerly he was medical correspondent of The Sunday Times, then medical editor and later special correspondent of The Independent newspaper. He has a BSc and PhD degrees from Edinburgh University where he studied genetics and developmental biology under Professor C.H. Waddington at the Institute of Animal Genetics, Edinburgh. He also undertook research at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, under Sir Peter Medawar. 


By the way, although I believe the above reports make an important case for the involvement of low levels of Vitamin D3 in the pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis and other "autoimmune" diseases, IMHO, the expert researchers on Vitamin D3 may also be missing much of the reason for this, namely the importance of Vitamin D3 in controlling or preventing the infections that have been linked with these diseases.  

The article above mentions the antimicrobial peptides (cathelicidins) that so require Vit D3 for their production, but it really only mentions these cathelicidins in reference to tuberculosis.   The article also mentions Vit D3's importance for normal cellular apoptosis, but again it only mentions this in reference to cancer.  

IMHO, these researchers may be missing the importance of these two (and probably other) effects of Vit D3 in in controlling infections that may cause disease.   As we are aware, Vit D3 may influence levels of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection through its effects on the ability of the Chlamydia pneumoniae to prevent apotosis (and replicate protected inside a cell) for instance.   And cathelicidins may be important in keeping the henchmen Herpes viruses dormant, where they belong.

These researchers also don't seem to ever mention the relatively recently discovered importance of Leukotriene B4 for the induction of cathelicidins upon immune system detection of pathogens. What effects did the introduction of modern medicines that block the production of Leukotriene B4 so well and therefore significantly reduce the induction of already reduced levels of cathelicidins (due to low levels of Vit D3) upon immune system detection of pathogens have on disease rates?    I wonder...

Although I have no medical background, I personally believe the pathogenesis of many of the "autoimmune" diseases that these researchers point to heavy involvement of low levels of Vit D3 in their pathogenesis may actually be far more complex than these researchers realize.    Still, bless these researchers for the efforts!

Treatment for Rosacea

  • CAP:  01/06-07/07
  • High-Dose Vit D3, NAC:  07/07-11/08
  • Intermtnt CAP, HDose Vit D3:  11/08-01/09
  • HDose Vit D3, Mg, Zn: 01/09-

Red- thanks for your quick summary of the Vitamin D web here in terms of Cpn. Because of your interest in Leucotrines related to rosacea, you probably have a better grasp on this than any of us of these interactions.


CAP for Cpn 11/04. Dx: 25+yrs CFS & FMS. Currently: 250 aithromycin mwf, doxycycline 100mg BID, restarted Tini pulses; Vit D2000 units, T4 & T3, 6mg Iodoral