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Unravelling the Vitamin D Mystery

One of the disturbing facts about having done my formal training in nutrition a little over ten years ago is that some of what I was taught has been superseded by new information.

A case in point, and one very much on my mind as winter approached, was the mystery of Vitamin D.  And a mystery it is, since we don’t yet have all the answers.  However we do know the following:

  • Vitamin D regulates a large number of critical processes in your body
  • And you’re almost certainly Vitamin D deficient 

Hmmm…. sounds like the start of a serious problem you might want to nip in the bud.  

To help you understand the essential facts about Vitamin D, here’s a great explanation by Dr. Joseph Mercola:








As Winter Approached…

Back in October-November last year I did some research on the Vitamin D question and consulted some experts to try to learn more about how it contributes to maintaining your health and personal resilience.


Living in the second coldest national capital on the planet, where getting sunshine on your skin is a real challenge from November through April, I was looking for a solution for myself and my family.  Yes, it can be nice and bright outside with all the snow, but you’re all bundled up because of the cold.  Good thing you can absorb at least some Vitamin D through your eyes, as long as you’re not blocking UV-B rays with sunglasses, of course.

But that’s no guarantee of maintaining adequate D levels.  Far from it.  So I was looking at supplements and naturally ran into some concerns about the source, quality and absorption (perennial problems with supplements) when I came across the “Sunshine Mist” non-aerosol Vitamin D spray Mercola mentions in the video. 

After using it for a couple of weeks now, I can truthfully say I’m delighted with it and much more confident about getting enough Vitamin D this winter!  So if Vitamin D is one of your concerns, I’d advise you to check it out!

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger  

 **The contents of this blog post are not to be considered as medical advice.  Always consult a physician before beginning / modifying a fitness program or before undertaking lifestyle modifications that could impact your health.**


A Revolution in Exercise Science

Here’s something I feel absolutely compelled to share with you about your exercise program.  It’s the very latest in exercise research and comes from highly reputable sources.  Moreover, it coincides with what many of us have felt to be the case for a very long time – distance running is NOT the answer to your exercise needs, and here’s what IS the answer…

Courtesy of Dr. Joseph Mercola, that tireless researcher of sane solutions for your health, here is a series of videos (4 in all) he recorded with exercise coach Phil Campbell regarding an entirely “new” approach to exercise AND the science behind it:




Campbell’s basic thesis, based on extensive studies, can be reduced to this:

  • Ordinary cardio, typified by long-distance running, does not in fact work all the muscles and energy systems of your heart.  It gives you aerobic exercise but not the vital anaerobic component.
  • This type of exercise (which also includes much of standard weight training) also fails to work your fast and super-fast muscle fibers, leaving them underdeveloped and atrophying
  • When you work the fast and super-fast muscle fibers and the aerobic and anaerobic components together, your body produces large amounts of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which improves cellular regeneration, improves your physical performance and retards the aging process. 

In these videos, you’ll learn a whole new way of exercising that can unleash these benefits for you.  Even better, this type of exercise takes very little time.

I mentioned above that many of us had intuitively felt for years that distance running and similar endurance training methods were unnatural, unnecessary and responsible for a depressingly high body count (it seems every time I hear about a marathon somewhere, it’s because one of the competitors dropped dead).  

As Dr. Mercola mentions in his own article on this, kids and animals in the wild do short, intense exercise, not long distance.  I’d add that from my studies of ancient Warrior cultures, they focused largely on short, intense exercise.  

And as a side note, to all of you who are using Matt Furey’s famous Combat Conditioning system – don’t stop!  The reason I began recommending Furey’s program a few years ago was because he was promoting short, intense exercise and not a 2- hour jog.  His system is superb for building core strength and endurance using high intensity in a minimum time frame.  

So, if you’re concerned about your fitness and your health, do take the time to digest this information from Phil Campbell.  Even though I’ve been doing short, intensive training for years, I’ll be making some adjustments in the coming week based on this new information and I’ll let you know what I discover.  Please feel free to share your results too!

Just remember – you should not begin any new program of physical exercise without first consulting your medical doctor.  

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger 🙂 




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