Three other websites point here:
VitaminDStopsCOVID.com, VitaminDStopsCOVID19.info and
VitaminDStopsCOVID19.com. The aim here is to raise
awareness of the importance of vitamin D in general, and in particular
the role vitamin D deficiency plays in severe COVID-19 symptoms and in
the increased viral shedding which drives its spread.
This site and the infographic on the main page ../
is solo project. Although I work with vitamin D researchers and advocates, I created this my own way without checking with anyone else
- with the exception of what I wrote on the main page about the the
three vitamin D compounds, endothelial protection, autocrine and
paracrine signaling and the one hormonal function of circulating
1,25OHD. An earlier version of this was checked a few weeks ago
by a senior vitamin D researcher and found to be good. It
is important to correct the common misunderstanding that "vitamin D" in
general - or just the 1,25OHD form which activates receptors - is
a hormone. The one hormonal function is circulating 1,25OHD.
Some MDs, researchers and vitamin D advocates are working towards an
Open Letter advocating robust vitamin D supplementation for essentially
all people in the world, since only a few percent of the world's population get enough vitamin D3 all year round
from UVB exposure and limited food sources. (More on this
effort below.) What you read here is not directly tied to such work or
to any organisation or group.
Although I argue that population-wide vitamin D supplementation aiming for 50ng/ml
(125nmol/L) 25OHD levels will mean there is no need for vaccines to protect against COVID-19 or influenza, arguments about the potential dangers of vaccines are not the concern of this site
I am simply arguing that proper nutrition would do a much better job,
with less expense, no medical involvement and numerous other health
benefits - so vaccines for these particular diseases
not be necessary. This is on the basis that COVID-19 and
influenza severe symptoms are highly dependent on the weakened and
dysregulated immune system responses which are caused primarily by
vitamin D and which will be greatly alleviated or eliminated by the
robust vitamin D supplementation I and many others are
advocating. Some common cold viruses are like this
too. There are many other diseases for which vaccines are a
good - or the only choice - for prevention.
Hopefully some nutritionists, MDs, nurses, researchers and nutrition advocates
will like what they see here and will support what I have written to
some extent at least. If you spot any mistakes, or think I have
misunderstood or misrepresented something, please let me know. I
don't care that what I write here is at odds with conventional
guidelines. However, if you know of actual observations
which contradict what I write - including the research I cite - please
let me know. Please also point me to other sites and
research articles of interest.
If you like some of what I write here - especially my suggestion for vitamin D supplementary quantities as a ratio of bodyweight
- please let me know. If you link approvingly to parts of this
site from your own site, I would like to know about this, acknowledge your
support and provide links to your site.
I was born in Wantage, south of Oxford, west of London in 1955 and
since 1961 have lived in Australia. My wife Tina and I live
in Daylesford, north west of Melbourne, Victoria. I am an electronic technician
specialising in musical instruments
. I am also a C++ computer programmer
working with mining optimisation and music synthesis. I contributed to the Csound
In 2011 I wrote to the major Restless Legs Syndrome [WP
researchers with my opioidic, dopaminergic, dysregulated
soft-touch-activated foot withdrawal reflex circuit etiological
RLS. I guess they get a lot of people writing to them with pet
theories, and none of them took any interest. I received some
appreciative feedback from some RLS sufferers and two
neurologists. The etiology of RLS is still officially a
mystery. As far as I know, my hypothesis
is the only comprehensive explanation for most aspects of this common
neurological disorder. One day I will write this up as an open
access peer-reviewed journal
article, but it is a lot of work and the open access fees cost a few
thousand US dollars.
Since about 2018 I have been planning a website to highlight
particularly interesting research into some under-recognised nutrients,
including especially vitamin D, boron and omega 3 fatty acids.
I have boxes of articles here to read and annotate and one day I
hope to pursue this too, at 5 Neglected Nutrients: https://5nn.info
, which is currently empty. The main part of my boron research library is pictured here
. The vitamin D and potassium / sodium / blood pressure / stroke research libraries are bigger still.
In January 2020 I became alarmed about the Wuhan coronavirus. In
February and March I wrote extensively about it at the Quillette Circle
closed web forum, attached to the excellent sociological article
and discussion site https://quillette.com
By late March I realised that weakened and/or dysregulated immune
responses were causing some people with COVID-19 to be seriously harmed
or killed, and that nutritional deficiencies, particularly of vitamin D,
are driving a lot of this and must be fixed, globally, as a matter of
extreme urgency. I began writing to experts, the WHO STAG-IH
etc. about the need for new vitamin D factories and a global repletion
program. Then I added a page to my aminotheory.com website: https://aminotheory.com/cv19/
and have been adding to it until mid-October 2020, by which time the main page there had become unreasonably long.
I also spent most of July tackling the problem of some fake articles by
Mark Alipio, "Raharusun" and "Glicio" regarding vitamin D and COVID-19, and
created a website devoted to these and the other 20 or so articles
which were part of the same program of academic fraud: https://researchveracity.info/
I founded the NISH list (below) in June and was hoping to bring together enough
vitamin D specialist researchers and MDs for them to make a decisive and
influential statement about the need for robust vitamin D
supplementation for most people. This never occurred.
These people are much harder to herd than cats! I got to know
some of these people and vitamin D advocates.
Karl Pfleger and Gareth Davies took the initiative to gather the most
prominent vitamin D researchers to write an Open Letter to world
leaders and MDs regarding the need for robust vitamin D supplementation
to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. They are pursuing this in a
way which I though was not bold enough, but I got no support for my
idea of how to proceed. The ratio-based vitamin D supplementation
suggestion I have on this website is the first public version of what I
proposed for the Open Letter.
I have been trying to support MDs and researchers by drawing their
attention to research articles of interest, such as the little known but vitally important articles on vitamin D
deficiency in children with Kawasaki disease https://aminotheory.com/cv19/#2015-Stagi
and the likewise beautiful work by McGregor et al. on the precise
cellular mechanisms by which autocrine signaling in the Th1 lymphocytes
of severe COVID-19 patients fails to turn these cells onto their
anti-inflammatory program, due solely to the lack of 25OHD vitamin D: https://aminotheory.com/cv19/icu/#2020-McGregor
. I will continue to do this - including highlighting how almost
all of vitamin D's functions in the body involve autocrine and
sometimes paracrine signaling, which is completely unrelated to vitamin D's
one well-known hormonal role in calcium-bone metabolism.
I was - and still am - hoping to support MDs and other properly
qualified people to take the best actions regarding advice on
nutritional supplements and treating hospitalised patients, such as
with 25OHD. (I was arguing for this well before the stunning
Cordoba trial results were published.)
However, in late October 2020 - instead of hoping that my efforts would
prompt other, fully qualified, people would take a leadership role in
awakening the entire world to vitamin D's crucial role in fighting
COVID-19 - I decided to make this infographic and new website.
I had never seen rising and falling seasonal vitamin D levels depicted
alongside the falling and rising graphs of COVID-19 case numbers,
hospitalised patients and deaths.
I am not trying to develop a reputation as someone who can reliably
advise people on nutrition. That is a very serious
business. I have tried to write a good analysis of the
research and have suggested ratio based supplementation guidelines
which I hope will be widely supported, or at least prompt the creation
of something better.
In doing this I have one great advantage not available to the MDs and
. Their careers are at stake
when they suggest something out of the ordinary - and the ordinary in
medicine is often dull and sometimes completely broken.
I can make a complete fool of myself, in public, regarding nutrition
and it won't matter a hoot to my work in electronics or computer
programming. So I can write exactly what I think is best,
without worrying about who it might be upset.
Doctors, in particular, are highly vulnerable to criticism, no matter
how unsoundly based. This is all the moreso in an age of vicious
social media and global panic about COVID-19. There is a
word in the English language which should not be uttered, even quietly,
within 50 metres of any good doctor. I will not mention it
here, but you know the one - it concerns the sound made by a particular
subset of waterbirds.
Doctor's literally cannot afford such words to be mentioned about
them. For me, it would be of no consequence - water off a
I want widespread attention for my work, which unfortunately means some
attention to me. The reputation I am keen to develop is not
one of an expert on nutrition etc. but along the lines of:
If Robin Whittle says we should take a
serious interest in X, Y and Z, then we had better take a good look at
it, since it is likely to be very interesting and probably important.
If you have a serious interest
in nutrition and immune system health, please consider joining the email discussion list I established in June 2020: the Nutrition for Immune System Health (NISH)
list. The details are at:
You can enter your email address there, but it would be best, instead, to write to me:
Robin Whittle <email@example.com>
and tell me about yourself so I can introduce you to other list
members. The NISH list is a discussion list, not an agreement
list. It for this purpose solely - not to lobby as a group
or make any proposals. Our members include MDs and
nutritionists from many countries. Three senior vitamin D
researchers - each with 15 years or more experience and long
histories - are also members. We have some prominent
advocates and our membership includes people like me, with no formal
qualifications. However, this is not for dabblers - you
need to have a very keen interest in nutrition the immune system and
the numerous illnesses which arise from dysregulated immune responses,
including chronic, low-grade inflammation.
PhD in the USA and Gareth (Gruff) Davies
PhD have established an email discussion group for the express purpose
of bringing an end to the vitamin D deficiency pandemic, by way of an Open Letter
to MDs and leaders of governments in all countries. They
are working with the foremost vitamin D researchers and are aiming to
gain a wider endorsement from researchers and MDs in other fields,
including infectious diseases, epidemiology and immunology.
If you are an MD, nurse, nutritionist, researcher or serious vitamin D
advocate, please get involved with this effort, by writing to Karl and
Gareth, whose email addresses you can find via the above two links.
With the exception of quoted material, everything at this site is copyright Robin Whittle 2020 and onwards.
Since my purpose is to promote discussion of these matters, please
quote freely from what I write, with proper attribution by way of a
link to the page where you found the text.
Do not copy whole pages or slabs of text and graphics anywhere!
I update these pages and don't want out-of-date and so potentially
misleading copies of it floating around on other websites, forums etc.
Please do link to the pages as you like, or print copies to give to
your friends and chosen healthcare professionals. The URLs
are quite stable.