Home Christian Lifestyle Healthy Living Your Vitamin S Deficiency by Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.

Your Vitamin S Deficiency by Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.

16 min read

There’s a widespread deficiency that may be the secret cause of nearly every American health epidemic.

It has nothing to do with vitamins, minerals, or nutrients. It’s not in the air or water either.

The CDC estimates that at least 35% of adults don’t get enough of it, and it’s wreaking havoc on our health and well-being—increasing risk of obesity, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and more by 22-40%.

Yet there’s virtually no way to test for this deficiency—not in your blood, saliva, hair, skin or urine.

But the longer you go without identifying if you’re deficient, the greater your risk of health problems.

Heart disease, diabetes, depression and fatigue…SOLVED?

There’s nothing you can eat, drink, or inject to reverse this deficiency…but there IS a solution, and it just became unbelievably simple.

You’ve probably never heard of Vitamin S. Very few people have.

The term is even new to the researchers who just uncovered our widespread deficiency and its shocking connection to nearly every major health challenge in our country.

We now know that EVERY living creature requires Vitamin S to live. But it’s not in your food or water. It’s not in the air. And the CDC estimates that 35% of all adults are deficient.1

Standard blood tests can’t detect it. In fact, most doctors won’t even think to look for this “stealth” deficiency—that’s at least part of the reason it’s become such a widespread problem.

Research shows that even minor deficiencies are associated with fatigue, stress, lapses in judgment, high blood pressure, poor blood sugar control and inflammation.2

In fact, a commission led by Stanford University researcher, William Dement, explored the effects of this widespread deficiency.

What they discovered is that the lapses in judgement, reaction time and mental acuity that lead to major catastrophes, like the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, can be tied to major deficiencies in Vitamin S.3

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimates up to 100,000 car accidents and 1,550 crash-related deaths can be attributed to Vitamin S deficiency every year.4

If that sounds scary, hang on. I’m just getting started. Because, over the longer term, the consequences become even more grim.

Left unchecked, a Vitamin S deficiency can contribute to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, even early death.5

Rats deprived of Vitamin S die after 32 days. And humans would last only a little longer than that.6

In fact, there was a time when intentionally depriving people of Vitamin S was used as a form of torture!7

But you CAN protect yourself—and the solution is shockingly simple

I’m Dr. Connealy, a practicing physician and the founder and director of the Center for New Medicine in Irvine California. It’s one of largest integrated medical practices in the country.

Although my career began in a mainstream medical practice, over the years I got frustrated with the standard protocols that didn’t help my patients recover and heal.

While many of my colleagues are content to scribble out a prescription or address only their patients’ symptoms…I look at the whole person.

I don’t just want to know how you feel—I want to know how you live. I want to know about your diet, your stress levels, how happy you are at home and at work.

I want to know how many hours of sleep you’re getting every night

Because, just in case you haven’t already connected the dots, Vitamin S isn’t a vitamin at all. Vitamin S is “code” for getting a good night’s sleep.

And if you think I’m making a big deal out of nothing, you couldn’t be more wrong.

If you’re awake for 17 hours (or more) at a time, it has the same impact on your physical and mental performance as .05% blood alcohol—considered the legal limit in a lot of countries.8

And, according to the CDC, more than 35% of all adults get less than 7 hours sleep per night—the number of hours considered optimal for health and well-being.9

Adults getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night are…10

  • ✓  22% more likely to be obese…
  • ✓  34% more likely to have a heart attack…
  • ✓  32% more likely to have coronary heart disease…
  • ✓  40% more likely to have a stroke…
  • ✓  33% more likely to have asthma…
  • ✓  25% more likely to have diabetes…

…than those who get 7 hours or more.

So, while preaching better sleep habits might sound like much ado about nothing, the research and the statistics speak for themselves.

And they’re pretty scary if you ask me.

We, as American’s, are actually discouraged from sleeping

To paraphrase a 1993 New York Times article, American society is actually sleepist in the extreme.11

Sleep is frowned upon. People who nap are considered lazy. Even kids are taught from an early age not to be a “sleepyhead”.

We’ve become a 24/7 culture. It’s amping up our stress levels, robbing us of our sleep—it’s slowly killing us. Quite literally.

We need to start treating sleep as a priority, rather than a luxury…because it just might be the key to preventing (and reversing) many of these chronic medical conditions.12

So, if you’re one of the 90-million adults who  struggle to get agood night’s sleep—at least 7 hours every night

Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t always easy.

For many of us, it’s our worries that keep us up (or wake us up) at night.

We worry about our to-do lists, our health and our family. We worry about money and finances. We worry about the future.

On top of our worries is our addiction to caffeine.

Nearly 75% of Americans over 55 drink at least one cup of coffee a day.13

And coffee drinkers average about 300mg of caffeine per person, per day…that’s roughly 3 times higher than the world average.14

In fact, Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day making us the biggest coffee drinkers in the world15.

Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee, too. Not only is it delicious and invigorating, it comes with loads of antioxidant health benefits.

But the half-life of caffeine is up to 5 hours. That means, 5 hours after that cup of Joe, your body has processed half of its caffeine…5 hours later, you’ve processed half of what’s left…and so on.16

That means, 10 hours after your morning cup of coffee, 25% of its caffeine is still circulating in your body—effecting not only your total sleep time, but reducing your total deep sleep time.17

Deep or non-REM…that’s where true rest, healing and recharging happens. And, as you just learned…

Not getting enough deep sleep is making us tired, fat, and
vulnerable to a host of terrible diseases

It becomes a terrible cycle of relying on caffeine to wake up in the morning, only to rob ourselves of deep, restful and restorative sleep at night.

To make matters worse, we are forever surrounded by our illuminated, high-tech gadgets.

Our bodies naturally produce less melatonin as we age. And it’s a terribly cruel trick of Nature since our aging bodies NEED restful and recharging sleep to stay strong and healthy.

Plus, the blue light-emitting screens on our smartphones, laptops and televisions actually deplete your melatonin—the hormone that tells your body it’s time for bed.

Since these gadgets are clearly here to stay, it might make sense to simply take a melatonin supplement, right?

If you need help to get enough sleep click here


  1. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/data_statistics.html
  2. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/08/08/magazine/fight-sleepism-nap-now.html
  4. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/10-results-sleep-loss#1
  5. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3655374/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3655374/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3655374/
  9. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/data_statistics.html
  10. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/data_statistics.html
  11. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/08/08/magazine/fight-sleepism-nap-now.html
  12. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/08/08/magazine/fight-sleepism-nap-now.html
  13. https://www.creditdonkey.com/coffee-drinking-statistics.html
  14. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk
  15. http://www.e-importz.com/coffee-statistics.php
  16. http://www.sleepeducation.org/news/2013/08/01/sleep-and-caffeine


Load More Related Articles
Load More By Editor
Load More In Healthy Living

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally by Diana Chandler

WASHINGTON (BP) — Religious restrictions continue to spread globally in Pew Research…