I don't think VJP is trying to say that vitamin D is unimportant or not worth discussing.
(GAG to VJP)How on earth do you think we can profit from Vitamin D? It is one of, if not THE, cheapest supplements available.
You are referring here to a question VJP asked in a different thread.
First, let's get the red herring out of the way...the fact that a supplement isn't expensive doesn't mean someone can't profit from promoting it or selling it, so the fact that Vit D supps are "cheap" is irrelevant.
VJP's question was a legitimate one and shouldn't be dismissed with flippant comments about being unable to "patent sunshine." The supplement industry is big business, as is marketing those supplements. Likewise for selling and marketing the blood tests. Likewise again for the promotion of websites with interest in vitamin D. VJP wanted to know if TMV (and you, too, I'd guess) have any financial incentive in promoting vitamin D or other supplements (or vitamin D testing) or whether you profit financially in any way from doing so. To this, I'd add a question of my own about whether you are affiliated with any of the groups promoting vitamin D (e.g. Vit D Council) or other supplements. If you do profit financially or are affiliated with groups who promote vitamin D, it represents a conflict of interest and an obvious bias, and it puts your postings and intentions on FluTracker in a very different light.
Given how much people -- yourself and TMV included -- have complained that Big Pharma companies' information is untrustworthy due to conflicts of interest, it's only fair to know whether the two biggest promoters of vitamin D supplementation and testing on this website have an undisclosed conflict of interest.
It's not a spurious question, and everyone on the board deserves an honest answer.