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Nutritional Information

Crosby Chiropractic St. Peters

Crosby Chiropractic & Acupuncture Centre carries many products to help speed your recovery, keep you from having future problems, and enjoy good health. Here are some of the products and supplements available at our location:

The Importance of Vitamin D in COVID Recovery

In May we sent an email that stated that Vitamin D levels appear to play role in COVID-19 mortality rates.  A pilot study from Spain has now confirmed that treating patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19 viral pneumonia significantly reduced the risk of needing ICU treatment.

J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2020 Aug 29 : 105751.
doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2020.105751 [Epub ahead of print]

It is very easy to get a blood draw for Vitamin D to know if your Vitamin D is in the normal range. Any doctor can order the test. 

For patients with a high deductible or no insurance, a Vitamin D test through Quest (code 17306), ordered through Dr Crosby is $32.00.

Patients with severe Vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to experience major complications with COVID-19.

Two Early Studies both point to Vitamin D’s role in immunity and in prevention of immune over reactivity.

Date: May 7, 2020
Source: Northwestern University, Chicago

Summary: Researchers analyzed patient data from 10 countries and found a correlation between low vitamin D levels and hyperactive immune systems. Vitamin D strengthens innate immunity and prevents overactive immune responses.

Buy a Vitamin D test (pay us, use Quest) $32

After studying global data from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers have discovered a strong correlation between severe vitamin D deficiency and mortality rates.

The researchers noted that patients from countries with high COVID-19 mortality rates, such as Italy, Spain and the UK, had significantly lower levels of vitamin D compared to patients in countries that were not as severely affected.

By analyzing publicly available patient data from around the globe, these researchers discovered a strong correlation between vitamin D levels and cytokine storm — a hyperinflammatory condition caused by an overactive immune system — as well as a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and mortality.

Not only does vitamin D enhance our innate immune systems, it also prevents our immune systems from becoming dangerously overactive. This means that having healthy levels of vitamin D could protect patients against severe complications, including death, from COVID-19.

“Our analysis shows that it might be as high as cutting the mortality rate in half,” Backman, one of the researchers said. “It will not prevent a patient from contracting the virus, but it may reduce complications and prevent death in those who are infected.”

Before deciding on a Vitamin D dose, simple blood testing can be done to help assist with knowledge of your personal Vitamin D level and needs.

This fat soluble Vitamin will accumulate over time, so a large loading dose to assist with getting into the mid-normal range is not necessarily the dose you would need to stay on to maintain a mid-normal level.

For $32, our office can have Vitamin D blood labs performed at Quest and assist you in identifying your correct Vitamin D dosage.

Interested in this testing but not sure you want to go for a blood draw to Quest? For $50 we have a wonderful phlebotomist who can take your blood in your home! (She wears a mask, gloves and carries plenty of hand sanitizer!)

Chicago Northwestern University. “Vitamin D levels appear to play role in COVID-19 mortality rates: Patients with severe deficiency are twice as likely to experience major complications.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 May 2020

For additional reading on this early research into Vitamin D and COVID-19 severity, please read this journal article published in  in the Lancet/diabetes-endocrinology on May 20,2020.

https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/landia/PIIS2213-8587(20)30183-2.pdf