November 16, 2016
Preterm birth is the March of Dimes’ #1 issue… yet, we see no activity by them to address the easiest thing they could do to decrease its incidence — get mothers’ vitamin D serum levels to 40 ng/ml. How can we get them to use their considerable resources to address this? We are open to your suggestions.
We are making progress with hospital groups, yes, hospital groups, that know they must solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic (those less than 40 ng/ml) right now. They are indeed taking action. Along with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), we are adding Palmetto Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, and a new hospital (name to come) in Montana. Hospitals KNOW this needs to be done.
We need each and every one of you that knows something about vitamin D to help us move forward with the message that we absolutely MUST have a serum level of 40 ng/ml or above, especially in pregnancy. Please use some of the resources in this newsletter to take to your friends, your local institutions, the WORLD to help get people to take action this very day… and, applaud all the great organizations like those mentioned above that are already doing so.
It’s always up to US to make change.