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!!!Emergency!!!Special Message from Dr. Cannell Presented by Dr. Kennedy (Vitamin D Council Newsletter)


  Special Message from Dr. Cannell Presented by Dr. Kennedy

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Date: Sun, Feb 15, 2009 9:56 am

Vitamin D Council Newsletter

Friday the 13th, February, 2009.


On Friday, February 6, 2009, Medicare announced its intention to stop
paying for vitamin D blood tests in many Medicare districts. If this
rule passes, the change will quickly extend to all Medicare
districts. Private insurers will then follow suit, denying payment
for vitamin D blood tests, even for the diagnoses of vitamin D
deficiency. Medicare proposes to pay for vitamin D blood tests for
only few limited indications, such as rickets, osteomalacia and
chronic renal failure.

Draft LCD for Vitamin D Assay Testing (DL29510).

This rule change flies in the face of an enormous amount of research,
some of it published in the last few months. For example, several
weeks ago, the British Journal of Cancer reported that in men with
prostate cancer, those with highest vitamin D blood levels were 7
(seven) times more likely to survive than were men with the lowest
levels (RR 0.16). If any media stories appeared about this amazing
discovery, I am unable to locate them.

Association between serum 25(OH)D and death from prostate cancer

Apparently, Medicare’s reasoning is not understood in England. A week
ago, researchers at Oxford discovered the long-sort genetic link
vitamin D has with multiple sclerosis. According to Medicare’s new
rules, if you have MS, or don’t want your unborn baby to develop it,
or have a family history of MS, or just don’t want to get MS, you will
have to pay for the blood test to decide how much vitamin D you should
take to optimize your 25-hydroxy-vitamin D level.

MS link to vitamin D deficiency hailed by politicians as giant leap

If you are pregnant, and want to reduce your risk of caesarian section
by four-fold, you will have to anti up.

Low vitamin D may increase chance of a caesarean delivery

Patients with diagnosed colon cancer are 48% less likely to die if
their vitamin D levels are high. If you have this dreaded cancer, how
do you know if your levels are high?

Vitamin D May Promote Colon Cancer Survival

If you fear getting demented, pay up. Recent research indicates
people with impaired cognition are twice as likely to have vitamin D

Vitamin D is mental health aid

If you have Parkinson’s disease, or don’t want to get it, get our your

Study finds link between low vitamin D and Parkinson’s disease

Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recently stated,

“Given the growing evidence that adequate maternal vitamin D status is
essential during pregnancy, not only for maternal well-being but also
for fetal development, health care professionals who provide obstetric
care should consider assessing maternal vitamin D status by measuring
the 25-hydroxy-vitamin D concentrations of pregnant women.”

Prevention of rickets and vitamin D deficiency in infants, children,
and adolescents.

That is, the American Academy of Pediatrics now suggests vitamin D
blood levels be measured in all pregnant women. Expectant mothers,
concerned about their baby’s “fetal development,” will soon have to
pay for the only test that will do what the American Academy of
Pediatrics now advises, tell them if their unborn baby is vitamin D

I could go on and on. Now is the time the Vitamin D Council needs
your help. I want you to do two things:

1) Email the person taking comments, Medicare’s Ms. Gina Oliveri, at, and tell her your feelings about this proposed
rule change. Include your reason why this test is crucial for the health
of Americans.

2) Send an email to your Congressperson and ask them to investigate
Medicare’s “Draft LCD for Vitamin D Assay Testing (DL29510).” Tell
your representative not to let this happen. Simply click on the link
below, fill in your state and zip code, go to your Congressperson’s
website, and then click on “contact.”

Write Your Representative

Of course, this rule change will help the finances of the Vitamin D
Council, as it will increase sales of ZRT’s in-home Vitamin D test,
which generates ten bucks per test to us. However, this rule change
will end up killing Americans. We cannot let it happen.

I can’t stress enough how important this is for the public health of
the United States. On February 21st, in just nine days, Medicare will
not allow any further input by citizens, so email both and your Congressperson right now.

John Cannell, MD
The Vitamin D Council
9100 San Gregorio Road
Atascadero, CA 93422

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