It's very likely
true but you're asking a complicated question of a person who thinks
there's no such thing as "vitamin D". The stuff in question
is actually a hormone synthesized in the body from cholesterol and
activated by sunlight under normal conditions. While inadequate
exposure to sunlight can cause "vitamin D deficiency"
it's really sunlight deficiency and the logical step is to spend
more time outdoors.
If you can't
do that then you do have to take "vitamin D" but be aware
that it's notoriously toxic when taken in excess and that it comes
in two forms. Cholecalciferol ("vitamin D3") comes from
animals and since cow's milk fresh from the teat only contains about
55 IU/quart it is usually supplemented with D3 (400 IU/quart) from
slaughterhouse by-products. Another form is ergocalciferol ("vitamin
D2") which comes from fungus and yeast and which does the same
job. However, that is no longer added to milk apparently for economic
reasons. You may be interested to know that the second highest content
of D(2) is found in shiitake mushrooms right below cod liver oil
As for how anyone
in any branch of our government gets away with doing anything, I
haven't a clue.
received a degree in physics from the University of California Berkeley,
where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received his degree in
medicine from the University of California at San Francisco, and
received his postgraduate training at San Diego County Hospital.
He holds a Medical License in the State of Hawaii. He has been an
Emergency Department physican since 1963, and the Director of the
Kaiser Permanente Vegan Lifestyle Clinic on Oahu until his retirement
in 1998. Dr. Harris is the author of The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism.
addition, he was the 1950 Big Ten Trampoline Champion, is an accomplished
hangglider and commercial pilot, and at age 70 became a skydiver
with 108 jumps to date. Dr. Harris has been vegetarian since 1950,
and vegan since 1963.