“Dr. Cedric Garland of UC San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center had just published a paper saying that the risk of breast cancer could be cut by 50 percent if people had vitamin D serum levels somewhere between 40 to 50 nanograms per milliliter. I just sat there and looked at that, and I started crying, thinking this can’t be true… I’m a very skeptical scientist,” says Carole Baggerly, Founder and Director of GrassrootsHealth in an interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola.
GrassrootsHealth is a public health promotion organization which is primarily focused on creating awareness about the profound importance of vitamin D for optimal health. The group is working to develop and substantiate research to support the use of vitamin D as a prevention strategy against diseases like cancer.
Carole Baggerly’s interest in the subject began with a breast cancer diagnosis in 2005. She was treated with conventional methods—surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Two years later she was diagnosed with osteoporosis, which—she was told–was most likely caused by a vitamin D deficiency. This led her to look into a possible link between vitamin D deficiency and cancer.
Baggerly discovered that the author, Dr. Garland, was not only well-respected, but had researched vitamin D and cancer for 30 years. In May of that year, she attended a conference focused specifically on vitamin D and cancer, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
“For two solid days, I listened to reports by scientists from all over the world talking about vitamin D and cancer,” said Baggerly. “Not all of them were things to jump up and down about, but there was so much there that was so positive… but the only action item they had was – “We need to do more research.”
As a result Carole and her husband, Leo (a physicist and a researcher who currently works with the kinetics of vitamin D) set off to meet with scientists across the country and Canada to devise a plan of action. She was determined to get the message out about vitamin D’s connection to cancer and other diseases, and GrassrootsHealth was created for that purpose.
Click here to view the entire interview with Carole Baggerly and Dr. Mercola.