Dr. Soram Khalsa Donates Vitamin D to the Downtown Women’s Center
Los Angeles, CA – Soram Khalsa, M.D., has generously donated hundreds of bottles of vitamin D supplements to the Downtown Women’s Center. According to Dr. Khalsa, author of ’The Vitamin D Revolution,’ vitamin D deficiency is especially prominent in inner cities and amongst the elderly and poor. Individuals in these circumstances have a difficult time gaining access to supplements and preventive care, often have overlooked health issues, and frequently experience an exacerbation of diseases.
The addition of vitamin D to the center will boost the immune system of frequent DMC visitors and aid in the prevention of countless medical issues. Most of the women that visit the DMC are above the age of 45 and statistically the most susceptible to developing chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and osteoporosis, all proven less likely to occur given the correct daily dosage of vitamin D. “We are so incredibly grateful for the donation Dr. Soram has given Downtown Women’s Center. Access to adequate healthcare is something that affects everyone today and especially for those who are living in poverty. Providing avenues for suitable nutrition is needed in this community. The women at DWC are thankful and are eager to add the Vitamin D to their nutrition routine,” explains Steven Alvarez, Volunteer Coordinator at DWC.
The DMC was founded in 1978 and is dedicated to serving the unique needs of homeless and very low-income women. Over 128 women visit the center each day, with over 100 meals and at last 50 showers provided daily. This totals to about 2,500 women served annually; the majority being homeless, formerly homeless, or facing extreme poverty while coping with mental and chronic illnesses, physical disabilities, chronic abuse, domestic violence, and aging related issues. A new edition to the downtown facility is a medical and mental health clinic for uninsured women, where thanks to the help of supporters like Dr. Khalsa, low- income and homeless women will now have access to immune-boosting supplements, such as vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency is a growing epidemic, with well over 50% of adults and 70% of children considered to have insufficient amounts of vitamin D in their body. A low level of vitamin D has been linked to an increased risk for 17 different types of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, childhood asthma, diabetes, and chronic pain.
Sunscreen usage and indoor activities have cut down on vitamin D consumption and relying on the sun as one’s main source of vitamin D has proven more ineffective than common perception. Dr. Khalsa explains that, “It is very difficult to reach optimal levels of vitamin D through sun exposure, especially since much of the world does not receive enough UVB rays during winter months, even on a sunny day during the winter. The farther one is from the equator, the less UVB rays reach the earth and therefore, little or no vitamin D is created.” In order to ensure an optimal level of vitamin D, Dr. Khalsa recommends taking a daily supplement as the primary source of absorption.
Chosen by his peers in 2007 as one of the best doctors in America, Dr. Soram Khalsa is a board certified pioneer in the field of Internal Medicine, a clinical professor of medicine, and past chairman of the advisory committee for the Environmental Medicine Center of Excellence at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. He is also a member of the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council for the State of California and serves as the medical director for the East-West Medical Research Institute.
With over 30 years of dedicated patient care, Dr. Khalsa is known for his effective blend of eastern and western medicine, along with his mastery of the disciplines of homeopathy, nutrition, and yoga. He is a founding member of both the American Holistic Medical Association and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and a past member of the Outside Scientific Advisory Board for the NIH-sponsored Center on Botanical Studies at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Khalsa is the author of ’The Vitamin D Revolution,’ a guide to the importance of a vitamin D-rich lifestyle and methods to maintaining a sufficient daily dosage.
More information: www.vitaminDRevolution.com
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