Sunday, May 16, 2010

My story

After surviving Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis), the aches and "bone" pain never went away. I felt old for years and thought I would always suffer. I kept "spraining" my wrists just getting up from a chair. My symptoms included lower back pain as well as foot and leg pain. Diagnosed as slightly osteopenic (osteoporosis), I was told to take calcium. No one said anything about vitamin D. I was finally diagnosed about a year ago with severe vitamin D deficiency and the day after my treatment began, all of the pain was gone.

It makes sense that I became deficient because after I had Valley Fever, I spent the next 3 years mostly indoors. The sunlight made my eyes hurt and I could not stand the heat of summer days. No sunlight=no vitamin D.

I tell everyone I meet about my experience and now have 20 people diagnosed and treated. Still trying to convince others who are suffering unexplained pain, one friend told me his doctor said "I won't test you for that because it is a women's problem."

Vitamin D Deficiency can affect ANYONE, male and female. In fact, EVERYONE is at risk, even children! The only way to know is to have a blood test called 25-hydroxyvitamin D test, also called a 25(OH)D.

It is important to find a doctor who will work with you. It is best to have a blood test and know your level. If you have a severe deficiency, your doctor can order the correct prescription for you. If you are mildly deficient, an over-the-counter dose may be recommended.

Watch the video below to see expert, Dr. Michael Holick explain what vitamin D is, how it evolved, what it does, why you need it and how to get it. He also uses case studies to show what happens when you don't get enough vitamin D.

Dr. Michael Holick

Michael Holick, MD, discusses vitamin D relating to bone and muscle health and the prevention of autoimmune and chronic diseases.



Courtesy of Grassroots Health

Friday, May 14, 2010

NEJM article. Vitamin D Deficiency Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D.

Once foods were fortified with vitamin d and rickets appeared to have been conquered, many health care professionals thought the major health problems resulting from vitamin D deficiency had been resolved. However, rickets can be considered the tip of the vitamin D–deficiency iceberg. In fact, vitamin D deficiency remains common in children and adults.

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My first friend is diagnosed.

Once I was diagnosed and began my treatment, I thought about a close friend who had suffered years of bone and muscle injuries and surgeries. I told her my story and asked her to have her vitamin D level checked. Some months later, she called with the news that she had a severe deficiency and her doctor started treating her with prescription doses of vitamin D.

She was also taking cholesterol lowering medication and almost a year later, called to tell me her cholesterol is now at normal levels. Her doctor has recommended that she discontinue the medication. I do not know if this is directly related to her increased vitamin D level but it sure is suspect.

After this news, there was no going back. I knew I had to spread the word. My life was changed as well as my friend. If there was a chance that someone else could find relief, then I had to tell anyone who would listen.

The implication that low vitamin D levels may be tied to diseases like cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, etc. allows for nothing less than my attempt to reach as many people as possible.

More from Dr. Michael Holick.

Read more from Dr. Michael Holick about vitamin D.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Low vitamin D tied to depression

Are low levels of vitamin D a cause of depression?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older men and women with lower levels of vitamin D in their blood are more prone to become depressed over time, new research shows.

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Welcome to Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome! My name is Sunshine Sara and I am dedicated to eliminating vitamin D Deficiency by sharing information.