Sunday, October 31, 2010

Vitamin D Deficiency and Multiple Sclerosis

 There is an epidemic in Scotland of Multiple Sclerosis and I want to share a link to a wonderful Campaign there. It's called Shine on Scotland and it's worth a look because this is a concern for our whole world.

Research has shown that people  with Vitamin D Deficiency are at a higher risk of developing MS. MS is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks brain tissues and nerves. Comparison of those living at varying distances from the equator shows it is somewhat rare for folks closer to the equator to develop MS. Some studies seem to indicate that those having MS are more likely to have been born in Springtime so a larger percentage of time in the womb was during the winter.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vitamin D and Diabetes

Although I have never been diagnosed with Diabetes, both of my parents and one brother have it. They are all taking various medications and finally agreed to take Vitamin D3 about 3 months ago. I suspect that they all have Vitamin D deficiency because they don't get much sun exposure and they all have high cholesterol. I have been trying to get them tested and on Vitamin D3 ever since I was diagnosed with severe Vitamin D deficiency.

For several years, my Dad, who has more health issues related to the illness, has had edema or swelling in his ankles. I think it is related to or caused by his Diabetes. Amazingly, the swelling is gone, COMPLETELY! I have to believe that it is resolved because his blood serum levels of Vitamin D have come up. He has had pain for years in his back and his knees which I think might lessen if he stays on Vitamin D3.

It is incredibly satisfying to see the astonishment in someones eyes as they experience relief from a long-term symptom. I am very excited to watch and see what relief he will report next! I hope they all find the same relief I did and it seems my Dad is well on his way.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Vitamin D and Autism

I have some thoughts I would like to share in light of the news I have been reading about the link between Autism and Vitamin D. I am doubly intrigued because my brother is severely Autistic.

I was thinking about the fact that he was born near Maryland in early March. What if my Mother had been vitamin D deficient over the Winter or simply because she was living at a higher latitude? My brother is 1 year older than me and I was also born near Maryland. The interesting thing is that we moved to the southwest before I was 3. My brother had lived there for almost 4 years. We actually moved here shortly after my folks figured out there was something wrong  with him.

He was diagnosed as Autistic in the early 60's and at the time, research on Autism was being done at a University here. My brother became the subject of study at the University and although they learned something, sadly, my brother remains severely Autistic.

Sometimes I wonder if I escaped my brother's fate simply because of sunshine...

If you want to read more about this subject,  Read Dr. John J. Cannell's  Vitamin D Theory of Autism  at the Vitamin D Council website.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Flu Season and Vitamin D

With flu season fast approaching, I want to talk about the connection with vitamin D level and respiratory infections like the flu. I have been reading about research that has been done that indicates higher vitamin D levels actually may prevent colds and flu! I found one study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

This will be my first flu season at optimal blood level of vitamin D and when the season ends, I'll post an update on my health through the season. Flu season peaks in November through April.

Just one more reason to get your level checked by your health care provider right now. Don't wait because the death toll from the flu, worldwide, is estimated to be between 250,000 and 500,000. Ask your provider to test your blood for vitamin D level. Ask for a test called 25-hydroxyvitamin D test, also called a 25(OH)D.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Losing Weight With Vitamin D3

I have lost 30 pounds in the year and a half since I was diagnosed with severe vitamin D deficiency. I am convinced that my own weight loss is a direct result of of my increased blood level of vitamin D.

My level was only 18 at my initial diagnoses and was considered severe. Over the first year, I reached a level between 35 and 45. At the end of the first year, I had lost 12 pounds. That's 1 pound per month. Honestly, I can not identify any other variables that would have contributed to my slow but steady weight loss. I do believe that higher Vitamin D levels must boost metabolism.

I gained a lot of weight in the 3 years after my bout with Valley Fever which I shared in a  previous post. Since I spent 3 years with little to no sun exposure, my Vitamin D level obviously dropped drastically and would seem to be linked to the drop in my metabolism.

Over the next months, taking Vitamin D3, my level continued to rise. I saw the rate of weight loss grew to almost 2 pounds per month. Although I am sure that a good diet would help me lose weight, my own experience convinced me that my vitamin D level is just as important.

I'm looking forward to losing another 20 pounds and returning to what I consider my normal weight. Wouldn't that be amazing? I'll let you know when I reach my goal!