WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS DRUG-RESISTANT TB SPREADING FAST

[Image 2]Drug-resistant TB is spreading across the world much faster than medical experts had feared, warned the World Health Organization on February 26, 2008. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. says the U.S. is likely to fall far short of its goal to eliminate TB as a public health problem.

ACTION: Take a vitamin D3 supplement daily. There is some good evidence that vitamin D3 raises your immunity to TB. One study gave healthy adults who had been exposed to TB a single, large oral dose of TB or a placebo. After six weeks, the researchers found that the vitamin D supplement significantly enhanced immunity to TB compared to placebo.

World Health Organization. New survey finds highest rates of drug-resistant TB to date. Available from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2008/pr05/en/index.html

Bornman L, et al. Vitamin D receptor polymorphisms and susceptibility to tuberculosis in West Africa: a case-control and family study J Infect Dis. 2004 Nov 1;190(9):1631-41.

Martineau AR , et al A single dose of vitamin D enhances immunity to mycobacteria. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. July 15, 2007.

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