Sunday, May 16, 2010
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.
Friday, May 14, 2010
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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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.