Vitamin D Devious Research

Majid Ali, M.D.

An Article of Devious Research Series

 What Is A Devious Research Study?

I coined the term devious research for a project that is designed to produce deceptive results for nefarious results. In this article, I report on an example of devious research published by The New England Journal of Medicine on October 15, 2015.

I prescribe 3,000 to 5,000 units of vitamin D for my patients to get to blood levels of the vitamin to a range of 50 to 75 ng/ml. I never prescribe just 1,000 units for any patient because that is completely inadequate. So, any project which tests this small dose to draw any conclusions, in my view, falls in the category of devious research. This was exactly the case of vitamin D study published by The New England Journal of Medicine. It claimed that vitamin D had no value in the prevention of colon tumors.

Below is verbatim the conclusion of the Journal article:


Daily supplementation with vitamin D3 (1000 IU), calcium (1200 mg), or both after removal of colorectal adenomas did not significantly reduce the risk of recurrent colorectal adenomas over a period of 3 to 5 years. (Funded by the National Cancer Institute; number, NCT 00153816.

N Engl J Med 2015; 373:1519-1530

Who Paid for This Devious Study?

Your guess is as good as mine. It was you and me and every other taxpayer.

Suggested Additional Readings

  • Dr. Ali’s Nutrition Course
  • Dr. Ali’s Top Seven Series (which presents my guidelines for natural remedies for various disorders

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