Professor Richard Gallo is a dermatologist from the University of California, San Diego, who was a member of the recent Food and Nutrition Board (FNB). In July of 2011, he wrote a spirited defense of why the committee recommended that a 300-pound pregnant woman and an 80-pound elderly woman take the same amount of vitamin D (600 IU/day), as well as a number of other senseless recommendations. Let it be known, he has a juggernaut to stop.
Dr. Gallo’s real motivation of being on the committee becomes clear as you read his defense of the FNB committee’s action. As a dermatologist, more and more scientists are subjecting his specialty to increasing criticism as being responsible for the three epidemics among our children, autism, asthma, and autoimmune illness, which all exploded with the sun scare. Dr. Gallo was on the FNB committee to defend the dermatologists against the vitamin D deficiency juggernaut.
To his credit, he tried as hard as he could. In the above paper, Dr. Gallo wrote,
“Common sense ruled the day; the recommended dietary intake was set in such a way that it supports dermatologists doing their best to educate patients to protect themselves from the sun.”
He also said,
“Blindly following disinformation promoted by overzealous advocates risks relegating vitamin D to the long list of failed wonder drug cures. Do not expect that simply providing supplements to everyone will be useful.”
Are people listening to Dr. Gallo? Not the owners and physicians from the Fraser nursing home chain in Canada, which recently placed all residents on 20,000 IU/week:
Juggernaut it is. I recently wrote,
“As far as stopping the vitamin D juggernaut is concerned, the FNB report will not. Once you take 5,000 IU/d for several months, most people notice a difference in how they feel, how they think and how they move. Not only do they buy another bottle at the pharmacy, they buy a bottle for a friend.”