Inflating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Cutting vitamin D test funding could lead to increased cases of bowel disease. Photo: Samael Kreutz via Flickr.This is the seventh of an eight part series exploring Ontario's decision to stop OHIP/Medicare funding for vitamin D testing.

If you suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD) and want to get your blood level of vitamin D tested in Ontario, it will also cost you $51.70. This is despite the fact that a recent study indicates that those who suffer from IBD are at a very high risk for osteoporosis and is likely to damage their skeletons without adequate vitamin D supplementation. There is absolutely no way of knowing what your level of vitamin D is without a blood test and you will have to pay to find out. How do you know how much to take without a blood test? It’s only when you actually can prove you have osteoporosis that Medicare will cover your vitamin D blood tests. Is there something wrong with this picture? Or, are doctors just going to swallow the absurd dictates of so called experts that work for the government?


By Dr. Zoltan Rona| February 18, 2011
Categories:  Blog

About the Author

Dr. Zoltan Rona

Dr. Zoltan Rona

Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1984). He is past president of The Canadian Holistic Medical Association (1987-88) and is the author of three Canadian bestsellers: The Joy of Health (1991), Return to the Joy of Health (1995) and Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection (1997). He is co-author with Jeanne Marie Martin of The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook (1996) and is the medical editor of the Benjamin Franklin Award winning Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (1998). He has had a private medical practice in Toronto for the past 35 years, has appeared on radio and TV as well as lectured extensively in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Rona currently writes regular articles for Reader’s Digest, Alive, Vitality magazine and for several web sites. His latest book “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin” was published in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Rona was named Chief Medical Advisor for NAKA Herbs and Vitamins and has developed a line of nutritional supplements (TriStar Naturals) which are sold in health food stores across Canada. He can be found at

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