New light on sunshine vitamin
Regarding the article “The power of D” (SN: 7/16/11, p. 22), I was very surprised that there was no mention of the positive effects of this vitamin on the debilitating effects of depression. I have lived in northern latitudes between upstate New York and now Vermont since my birth in 1954. My mother reminds me how she used to worry about the annual return of my severe depression as a young child, which turned more serious in January. I have childhood memories of colds, bronchitis and pneumonia.
However, after attending a lecture in Lenox, Mass., two years ago on the subject of vitamin D, I have been taking larger doses of vitamin D and my depression has virtually disappeared.
When my doctor learned that I was doing this, he shared his concern about potential toxicity. But tests showed my blood levels for vitamin D were normal. I would imagine that everyone has to define the ex