Petition for Health Canada to Re-evaluate Vitamin D Guidelines

The Institute of Medicine in collaboration with Health Canada fund the resources that go into establishing recommended dietary intakes to meet the nutrient requirements of Canadians and Americans. Although that body is independent of the government, your taxes pay for these services.


Nutrition is one of the most important ways to improve health and prevent chronic disease. Networked with nutrition, vitamin D is continually demonstrating its crucial role in the proper functioning of the body. However, in order for the promotion of good health to be successful the guidelines for establishing optimal nutrition need to be accurate.


The recommendations for vitamin D published in 2010 are flawed[1]. Recent evidence demonstrates a drastic statistical error made during the calculation of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D.


I support policies for the maintenance of optimal health and prevention of disease. The RDA for vitamin D needs to be re-evaluated by Health Canada.


[1] Veugelers PJ, Ekwaru JP. 2014. A statistical error in the estimation of the Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamin D. Nutrients 20;6(10):4472-5.


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