John Cannell, MD

Executive Director: The Vitamin D Council

[2010 Dec] Today, the Food and Nutrition Board has Failed Millions by John Cannell, MD

Epidemic Influenza And Vitamin D By J. J. Cannell

We proposed that annual fluctuations in vitamin D levels explain the seasonality of influenza........which cause recurrent and predictable wintertime vitamin D deficiency, predispose human populations to influenza epidemics. We raised the possibility that influenza is a symptom of vitamin D deficiency in the same way that an unusual form of pneumonia (pneumocystis carinii) is a symptom of AIDS. That is, we theorized that George Bernard Shaw was right when he said, "the characteristic microbe of a disease might be a symptom instead of a cause."  Epidemic Influenza And Vitamin D By J. J. Cannell