Huge controversies over vitamin D

Over the last few decades there have been huge controversies about whether there are widespread vitamin D deficiencies and whether vitamin D supplementation could prevent many chronic illnesses. Dr. Michael Holick claims there is a vitamin D deficiency pandemic. Dr. Holick points to association of vitamin D deficiency with a myriad of acute and chronic illnesses including preeclampsia, childhood dental caries, periodontitis, autoimmune disorders, infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, deadly cancers, type 2 diabetes and neurological disorders.

However, a umbrella study that addressed meta-analyses that addressed studies where vitamin D supplements were given did not show much effectiveness in terms of outcomes when vitamin D was supplemented.

Dr. Holick is a lot more right than wrong. Taurine is required for calcium homeostasis. See also this paper. See also this paper. With taurine deficiencies calcium homeostasis is upset. With taurine deficiencies individuals can develop severe cases of osteomalacia even where vitamin D levels are normal.

Very unfortunately supplementation with vitamin D alone is not enough to treat these dysregulations of calcium homeostasis. The umbrella study as to the efficacy of vitamin D supplementation alone is also correct. To treat dysregularities in calcium homeostasis due to deficiencies in taurine, L-taurine must be supplemented, calcium hydproxapatite must be supplemented and vitamin D must be supplemented.

Opioids or taurine, calcium hydroxapatite, and vitamin D for back pain?

Opioids are very frequently prescribed for back pain. Opioid addictions are a horrendous problem in the US and around the World. If a lot of back pain is due to a hidden osteomalicia then there could be a switch away from opioids to treat back pain to taurine, calcium hydroxapatite and vitamin D. Thousands and thousands of lives could be saved by switching to taurine, calcium hydroxapatite and vitamin D3. Mexico could be brought back from the abyss that drug cartels have brought Mexico to.

A point about a hidden osteomalacia is that in a hidden osteomalacia calcium homeostasis is dysregulated. Along with osteomalacia there would be a plethora of very negative psychological effects due to dysregulations in calcium homeostasis. People with back pain due to a hidden osteomalacia would not only be in physical pain but would also be in very serious psychological pain. Indeed back pain would be an indication that opioids should not be prescribed as individuals with back pain would be very prone to addiction to opioids due to the psychological pain that goes hand in hand with back pain.

The psychological pain associated with a hidden osteomalacia could be the driving force for addictions to opioids where there is back pain as opioids are not all that effective for the physical pain attendant on back aches.

If taurine, calcium hydroxapatite and vitamin D3 would be infinitely preferable for the treatment of back pain compared to opioids.