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Educate People on Benefits of Vitamin D

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 10, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. GROTHMAN. Mr. Speaker, I have spoken on vitamin D a bit in the past, and I know we are on the verge of passing another coronavirus bill.

I would ask people negotiating that bill to do something to make sure that the public is aware of the benefits of vitamin D.

Yesterday, I talked to a Dr. David Meltzer at the University of Chicago, a very brilliant man, and I hope some of the negotiators talk to him before a final deal is cut.

While he cannot nail down a specific amount of people who will not have to suffer the severe consequences of vitamin D deficiency, or even die at the hands of vitamin D, it is probably somewhere between 40 and 70 percent. Right now, about half of Americans have a vitamin D deficiency. That is going to get worse as we head into the winter months and people are not outside getting vitamin D.

So, I strongly request the negotiators to do something to make sure that we stand up to the public health establishment and educate people on the importance of vitamin D and see what we can do about getting products to the market which accelerate getting vitamin D into your bloodstream, because even if you start taking vitamin D tomorrow, you don't get the level that you should have for quite a while.

I am encouraging the negotiators to talk to Dr. David Meltzer, who will also fill you in on studies from Ireland, Spain, MIT, Harvard, and Northwestern.

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