Thursday, May 14, 2020

Vitamin D Day

UVB Recipients,

 This is a really limited message today, which is to obtain and take 5000 International Units of vitamin D per day until you croak from old age. This is a simple and obvious public health measure, which you can do, yourself, and you can give "cheap and safe" vitamin-D tablets or gelcaps to people you would like to help.
I'm trying to buy 5000 doses of 5000 units today. The online interface says I'm doing it, but I have my doubts.
I have gone through several rounds of buying vitamin-D bottles and giving them to people for themselves and their families in the past 3 months. This time is bigger. I really feel that this is a moment of crisis, where power factions are at each other's throats, and with no common ground for repair.
Vitamin-D for everybody can be that common ground.

Let's say it reduces morbidity and mortality by 50%. 
That's what is speculated here, but I think it would do better than that. 
Let's do the experiment!
10,000 IU/day"for a few weeks", followed by 5000 IU/day thereafter is what they recommend, and it is exactly what I have recommended since early February, except I would say "a few" is 8 weeks.

Vitamin D determines severity in COVID-19 so government advice needs to change​ ​by Trinity College Dublin
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin are calling on the government in Ireland to change recommendations for vitamin D supplements  

Low vitamin D levels could explain why African Americans and even African immigrants in Sweden appear to be disproportionately hard-hit by the coronavirus, regardless of socio-economic factors, researchers have suggested.
Vitamin D can protect against getting a severe case of COVID-19
, a group of Swedish researchers and doctors have suggested in an article in the medical magazine Läkartidningen.

"Sunshine Superman"


  1. Hi Cartero. I looked at that blog. I see typical griping and name calling; nothing constructive, and a lot of partisan denial.
    I'm trying to be useful and constructive. There is plenty of finger pointing and name calling, and I do believe that the world has been run through conspiracies and lies for all of history, including now, and we can't even tell who is really running the show. It's not Donald Trump, as far as I can tell.
    Anyway, I do what I can.

  2. I put this comment together before I read your response to the first comment. Anyway, thanks for your work and suggestions.
    I don't get it. Assuming that vitamin D helps with holding the virus at bay and hydroxychlorquine and zinc are effective in treatment once you get infected and if Japan can keep cases down by everyone wearing masks, then why is there so much opposition to using these methods? Are there really that many sociopaths in the world that would rather make money than save people's lives? Or is it that you just need a few sociopaths in key positions and boatloads of asskissers working for them to run the whole thing into the ground? It's enough to make go into permaculture.

    1. Vitamin-D helps your immune system function normally and well, to deal with the virus appropriately. It doesn't keep it away, but makes it a more ordinary viral infection.
      There are a lot of different political agendas, and taking away people's right to travel and associate is a very big deal. Only the wealthy and powerful seem to be protected from loss, and given lots of free money, as the economy collapses.
      That can't last forever, I think.
      I see so many clues to the massive elite power struggles in the world, but there is the smoke screen of public relations, and corporate news, so that I can say "I know that I don't know what is really going on", at least not the details.
      This viral pandemic is far less bad than we were told at first, and even today. We are all confined to home, and the actions of governments to limit testing and deny treatment, have made this pandemic far worse for the people it has already affected.
      We should each do all that we can to mitigate this crisis, and bring some reason to the process. The elites are running roughshod over the rest of us, and that is not the new social contract that will allow our species to progress in a healthy way and start to mend the wounds of the last 300 or so years on people, animals and ecosystems.
      I got a little broad there. Take vitamin-D and grow vegetables.

  3. Interesting post by Gail Tverberg of the blog, Our finite world
    Looks at the interaction between resource decline and the Virus whose name is mutating even more frequently than the virus itself.
    Her general thesis is that according to the Club of Rome model we were already headed for an economic downturn that many writers in the media are predicting will be caused by the pandemic. The pandemic as a consequence is a good smokescreen for a process that already was in play and politicians have little control over.
    She also points out that the model, pessimistic as it is, does not include effects of pandemics. I would also add that the model does not include effects of sea level rise, climate refugee, crop failures and so on.
    What is significant about the Club of Rome approach is that their model is primarily based on physical constraints such as availability of energy and other resources, something that politicians have very little control over and that economists like to ignore.

    1. Hi Wolfgang,
      The Limits To Growth, 1972, Meadows & Meadows was more than a good book, and not at all pessimistic, nor deterministic. The assumption of all three authors was that when they put the best computer in the world to work, with the best analytic modeling tools of Systems Theory, which they were pioneering, that the general results would be useful to advise sensible changes in human society, to avoid hitting hard limits.
      They were mistaken in that assumption.
      The "Business as Usual" model that Gail shows has held remarkably well since 1972, and I disagree with her about the inflection point. I think the world is past that inflection point. The last I addressed this in a post was September 2017.
      The model was remarkably robust, and it was not intended to be predictive, but "instructive".
      Still, it has been pretty close.
      The 30 year anniversary update of The Limits To Growth is really the version to buy and read. I'm sure yo can find it used. Its18 years old now.
      I was made aware of this model in 1974, January or February, in 10th grade, and I have held it as the likely path since that time.
      It still looks that way.
      The Club of Rome is criticized for being elites, owners of the human herd, but that is a comfortable way that people protect themselves from looking into the validity of this work that they funded. It was good, original work, by idealistic and talented scientists at MIT.
      I do also think that the real elites did pay attention, and decided to set up a different future for themselves, while telling the rest of us that everything would be fine. I think that their intention is to massively cull us and only keep the most useful and blindly loyal servants and retainers.
      I don't think that will work out for them.
      I think that growing vegetables and developing little food production systems and local economic ecosystems is the right answer to their schemes. They will not have the energy they will need to sustain the level of technology they presume to have.
      People and blogs that see the world this way include The Automatic Earth, Cassandra's Legacy, John Michael Greer (The Archdruid) and James Kunstler at Clusterfuck Nation. Dmitry Orlov gets it too. Deng Xiaopeng of China really took that book to heart, though he played it China's way, to rush to the front in the window of opportunity at the end of resource abundance.
      You may see statements from Charles Hugh Smith that this virus just came when the broken system was failing, and precipitated the form of that, but did not cause it.
      The system is completely corrupted by parasites, our beloved owners and masters.
      That is sucking the life from it.
      We can now do work as small human groups to create some efficient small economies.
      We do this under their radar, staying small.
      This coronavirus is a lab virus. Which lab? National interests released it, or transnational globalist interests? I can only look at possibilities, only the ones I her about or think of, but I do not have good information to really know.
      It's the fog of war, and these are early days of modern hybrid war for control of global resources and workers.
      We can all die, and there is a possible path that we can transcend being owned and ruled by sociopaths at this moment in history.
      I'm not placing bets, just doing my best, so I can live without regrets.

  4. Thank you Dr. Day, it was during the spring of 1974 in ecology class, 10th grade, that I had my revelation too, LOL! Seems like 2 lifetimes ago.

    1. Good on Ya, Mate!
      Take vitamin-D, grow veggies and make sure your bike fits you right.
      I don't have any great epiphanies.
      We got to live through the peak of industrial society.
      Heady times.
      Let's make some stuff that's worth passing down.