• Leading in the fight for the future of health freedom!
  • Our Mission - I

    Providing expert and positive representation in all matters relating to health and health freedom at international Codex Alimentarius meetings as the only health-freedom organization actively shaping global policy to protect food, beverages, nutritional supplements, and our general health
  • Our Mission - II

    Protecting the health rights and freedom of individuals and healthcare practitioners, including access to safe foods, beverages, and nutritional supplements in therapeutic values for optimal health as well as freedom of choice in healthcare practitioner and therapy
  • Our Mission - III

    Educating consumers, producers, healthcare professionals, and government and other leaders about health and healing modalities and how to secure and preserve health freedom
  • Your Voice For Health Freedom™
  • "The NHF is unique among health-freedom groups in having an opportunity to positively and directly affect the health and lives of some 7 billion individuals worldwide." —A.S.
  • "Thank you for being the voice of the consumer, the voice of reason and the voice for human rights. Your advocacy is greatly appreciated. Keep up this vital work." —B.W.

What is the NHF?

The National Health Federation is the World's first health-freedom organization—and the ONLY one able to speak, submit scientific research, and actively shape global policy at international meetings of Codex Alimentarius, which means “food code” in Latin. NHF protects the health and health freedom of 7 billion people on the Planet.

Become a Member

Your membership in NHF will impact 7 billion lives on our Planet.

Join Us

Support NHF’s Work!

Please consider making a gift today to support the NHF’s work.

Donate

Complimentary e-List

Get the latest updates impacting your health and health freedom!

Subscribe

The National Health Federation leads in the fight for the future of health freedom!

NHF's Mission

The NHF is an international consumer-education, health-freedom organization working to protect individuals’ rights to consume healthy food, take supplements and the choice to use alternative therapies without unnecessary government restrictions.

NHF's Vision

NHF envisions a World free of any and all artificial impediments to securing and retaining excellent, abundant health and health freedom. Individuals should be free to choose for themselves their own means of maintaining and regaining optimal health.

NHF's Promise

NHF, together with health-freedom friends and colleagues throughout the World, vows to change and save lives through our uniquely leveraged position on the international political stage impacting food, nutritional supplements, and healing.

Recommended daily intakes of vitamin D should be raised to 2,000 International Units, says a group of 18 scientists from the University of California.

The “call to action” by the UC scientists, led by Anthony Norman, echoes a number of others from leading academics across the globe, and may increase the need for policy makers to review current guidelines for the vitamin. Such increases could also open opportunities for food fortification and supplements.

Current recommended daily intakes (RDIs) of vitamin D are 200 IU for people up to 50 years of age, 400 IU for people between 51 and 70, and 600 IU for over the 70s years.

“The consensus among UC scientists who signed this statement is that 2000 IU per day of vitamin D3, a form of vitamin D, is the appropriate intake for most adult Americans,” said Norman.

“This intake is the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine’s upper limit for daily intake, and is 400 IU less than the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine’s ‘no adverse health effect’ level. Scientific concerns about this level of intake are minimal, based on the findings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Vitamin D refers to two biologically inactive precursors - D3, also known as cholecalciferol, and D2, also known as ergocalciferol. The former, produced in the skin on exposure to UVB radiation (290 to 320 nm), is said to be more bioactive.

Both D3 and D2 precursors are hydroxylated in the liver and kidneys to form 25- hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), the non-active 'storage' form, and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D), the biologically active form that is tightly controlled by the body.

“Our consensus on vitamin D is intended to support public health action,” said Norman. “The amount of research that is currently available provides us enough information to release such a consensus at this time.”

Previously, experts have noted that about one billion people are estimated to be vitamin D deficient with children and adults in Europe at particular risk, even more so since very few foods are fortified with the vitamin.

In adults, vitamin D deficiency may precipitate or exacerbate osteopenia, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fractures, common cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. There is also some evidence that the vitamin may reduce the incidence of several types of cancer and type 1 diabetes, said the UC scientists.

“While more research on this topic is highly desirable, it should not delay recommending a 2000 IU daily intake of vitamin D for most people,” said Norman.

Calls will not be silenced

Fifteen experts from universities, research institutes, and university hospitals around the world, led by Reinhold Vieth from Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in March 2007 that "international agencies such as the Food and Nutrition Board and the European Commission's Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General to reassess as a matter of high priority their dietary recommendations for vitamin D, because the formal nationwide advice from health agencies needs to be changed."

Moreover, researchers from the American University of Beirut-Medical Center, Lebanon said earlier this year that current recommendations for children should be raised to 2,000 IU in order to boost bone health and provide long-term health benefits.

Their study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that only children given the equivalent of 2,000 IUs a day of vitamin D3 increased their blood levels of the vitamin to the level considered optimal for adults.

Some of the things people are saying about the NHF

"A great group pulling for your right to choose not to be dictated to… keep up the good fight NHF!"
—Sunday M.
"An extremely worth while organization. They go out of their way to protect us. Please like and support The National Health Federation."
—Laura N.
"Thank you for standing up for us. I honestly can't think of anything more immediately important."
—Bob R.
"A great group pulling for your right to choose not to be dictated to… keep up the good fight NHF!"
—Sunday M.
"An extremely worth while organization. They go out of their way to protect us. Please like and support The National Health Federation."
—Laura N.
"Thank you for standing up for us. I honestly can't think of anything more immediately important."
—Bob R.

What do YOU think about the work of the National Health Federation? Send Your Testimonial Today!

NHF US Twitter

NHF on Faceboook

NHF Worldwide Twitter


Other National Health Federation Branches

NHF - Canada

logo image for NHF - Canada

NHF - Sweden

NHF - United Kingdom

logo link to the website for NHF - United Kingdom

Our Sister Organization

logo link to the website for our sister organization, the Foundation for Health Research