Regardless of age or underlying conditions, people who catch COVID and are consistently deficient in Vitamin D are up to 14 times more likely to suffer from severe symptoms, according to a new study from Israel’s Bar Ilan University and Galilee Medical Center.
The study, which is being hailed as the “most convincing evidence to date” that vitamin D levels matter in the fight against COVID, went back two years in patients’ records to determine their vitamin D levels prior to infection. The results were so conclusive, researchers claim “they can predict how people would fare if infected based on nothing more than their ages and vitamin D levels.”
“We found it remarkable, and striking, to see the difference in the chances of becoming a severe patient when you are lacking in vitamin D compared to when you’re not,” Dr. Amiel Dror, a physician at Galilee Medical Center and a researcher at Bar Ilan, told The Times of Israel.
“What we’re seeing when vitamin D helps people with COVID infections is a result of its effectiveness in bolstering the immune systems to deal with viral pathogens that attack the respiratory system,” said Dr. Dror, who was a member of the study’s team. “This is equally relevant for Omicron as it was for previous variants.”
It’s difficult to believe that vitamin D could ever be considered controversial, but this is 2022, so, of course it is.
People — including doctors and virologists — who suggested vitamin D was an important and effective tool in the COVID arsenal were widely ridiculed and even deplatformed for pushing “misinformation.”
The Daily Caller wrote an article stating unequivocally that vitamin D “does NOT protect against COVID infection or prevent it from becoming severe,” following a Quebec study that claimed vitamin D levels in patients with COVID were no different than those in uninfected people.
And in light of such reporting, none have caught more fire for praising vitamin D than podcaster Joe Rogan, who has been touting the powers of vitamin D since the early days of the pandemic.
Vitamin D may reduce susceptibility to COVID-19-associated lung injury https://t.co/YAxtlPb8cu
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) May 14, 2020
It was a point Rogan returned to many times since, leading critics to smear the podcaster as an “armchair public health expert” who listens to advice from quacks.
Armchair public health expert Joe Rogan talking about vitamin D, sleep and water as prevention against COVID and referring to Canada's lockdown as the "Gestapo" pulling people over because "there's a cold floatin' around."
Jesus fucking Christ. https://t.co/3bwEgp1gY5
— Jonathan Jarry (@crackedscience) May 6, 2021
Currently, Rogan is under bombardment from musicians such as Neil Young, Joni Mitchel, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, who are threatening to pull their music from Spotify for spreading what they have deemed is “misinformation.”
While it may not change the minds of Liberal Blue Checks, the Israeli study is being used to vindicate Rogan, who noted in a recent Instagram response to the controversy that “misinformation” is difficult to define with the science is constantly changing.
“When science doesn’t match ‘The Science,'” wrote one user.
Classic @joerogan misinformation 🤣😂 When science doesn't match "The Science".
How many people died because Australia closed the beaches @OzraeliAvi?
The Times of Israel: Israeli study offers strongest proof yet of vitamin D’s power to fight COVID.https://t.co/pvcYh39Xlc
— Adam (@hairycheez) February 3, 2022
“Yet another piece of Covid ‘misinformation’ proves true,” wrote another user, echoing the thoughts of many.
Yet another piece of Covid “misinformation” proves true.
Israeli study offers strongest proof yet of vitamin D’s power to fight COVID | The Times of Israel https://t.co/WF8Iou55K9
— Joseph Boot (@DrJoeBoot) February 5, 2022
I know an Idaho Doctor who's been saying how important vitamin D was during this pandemic… I think the "experts" in the media tried to call that misinformation. 🙄https://t.co/dNDparJbie
— Janice McGeachin (@JaniceMcGeachin) February 4, 2022
I have been talking about #VitaminD deficiency since the start of all of this….. as a risk factor. Governments would have known about this before now but said nothing… https://t.co/v1frQ9mGBd https://t.co/4gU2M8WN4O
— Gillian McKeith (@GillianMcKeith) February 4, 2022
No word on whether Neil and the others will admit they were misinformed.
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