Saturday, January 13, 2018

Vitamin D Deficiency At Large

Jan 10, 2018
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been at the Embassy of Ecuador in London for over five years, making him a prime candidate for Vitamin D Deficiency. He could experience the same as any person confined indoors for years on end. This puts human health in jeopardy by lowering the immune system. There is a risk for all kinds of illness due to lack of daily sun exposure. Daily sun exposure on bare skin is how humans originally got Vitamin D.

Even if he can go outdoors, London, far from earth's equator, is a tough place to get enough sunlight year round to make much of a difference. As a result, D Deficiency is more prevalent there and at other higher latitude locations. Most people can correct the deficiency by taking vitamin D3 supplements. I used oil based type gel caps with breakfast - the sunshine vitamin right? I know but I never get tired of that one.✌

Nowadays in our technological, more and more indoor-based society, it doesn't really matter where you live. People are also at risk depending on age, weight, skin pigmentation, lifestyle, certain medications and medical conditions. Many of us work indoors, wear sunscreen or practice sun avoidance because of skin cancer diagnosis or fear of getting it. There are other conditions and some medications that also require sun avoidance. Did you know people diagnosed with skin cancer are much more likely to have low vitamin D levels? I would even venture to ask, "Show me one person with skin cancer who has optimal D level." Whatever your own situation more than likely D3 supplements could improve your health.

I noticed the following article today that if not fake news, makes me wonder if Mr. Assange is aware of his greater need for vitamin D3 supplementation?

If the news story is true, could the reported behavior be a symptom of depression? I have observed the same in myself and others living with depression which is now known to have an association with low vitamin D levels. Improvement of depression in humans has been observed by raising D levels with oral D3 supplements. Raising my own level close to optimal at 75ng/ml (as measured in the US), I did experience relief from my depression. In the UK, the same level will read 188nmol/L. UK, Canada and others use a different system with different letters and the number is more than double the US reading.

Along with published Vitamin D research, others have reported positive results. Because of these outcomes, I encourage further exploration of the subject. There are links to explore other related content on the web throughout my blog and one of so many good places to start is Vitamin D It includes lots of D-related information and you can learn about co-factors like magnesium. One person can't cover everything so it's important to do our own research.

Anyone living with depression would do well to get tested for Vitamin D deficiency. The 25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D test is what to ask for. Too good to pass up the opportunity when there is a very good chance for improvement. Adding the correct dosage of D3 can improve other areas of health too. Over the counter available, Vitamin D3 supplements are affordable and it was well worth my while to get tested and treated to regain better quality of life. 

"May you see sunshine where others see shadows, and opportunities where others see obstacles." ~Zig Ziglar

Monday, January 8, 2018

"The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

As a victim of long-term, undiagnosed Vitamin D Deficiency, I suffered the effects
which profoundly interfered with my daily life. So much was lost over those years.
Time, productivity, relationships, etc. Before I was ready to grieve the loss, I
wanted to do something to reach out to others who may be suffering and like me,
believed that it was simply the normal course of aging. Granted, I was only in my
20s when I started losing teeth and suffering repeated, unexplained aches, pains,
inflammation and infections. For many years, doctors continued to tell me it was
part of aging or normal for my age and to “take this medication.” I was not
diagnosed with severe Vitamin D Deficiency until I reached my late 40s. With
treatment, I experienced a medication/pain-free existence and this was profound.

I created this blog to help others wake up and maybe help them to reach a place
where they would have a better quality of life. I ran with this idea and put a lot of
heart, soul, research and time into this. At the suggestion of another, I opened a
Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome group on FB to see if we could reach more
people. We endeavored to make and keep the group public to reach as many
people as possible and include those who are not really “joiners” but want and
need information. The group took off thanks to the work of my partner and other
group members we now have over 10,000 members. As a collective, members
collaborate and share their own experience and research, much of which has
been used to create a Vitamin D Protocol.

At that point, the grief process washed over me and I stopped blogging. So much
of my life had been robbed from me and the urge to “make up for lost time” took
over. Many changes, good and bad came over my life and now I had the physical
and emotional stamina to face and embrace them. I needed to give myself
permission to live and to love, to process what happened to me and all that I had
lost because of it. I have done just that! My life is not perfect, I have ups and
downs but I would not trade the life I have now for anything else in the world!

I am grateful for this platform which allowed me to reach others who needed
information and to know that what was happening to them was real, treatable with
Vitamin D3 and that they are not alone. I give most of the credit to the scholars
and researchers who made their information and in some cases, their life’s work
available. These include people like Robert P. Heaney, Michael Holick, John
Cannell, Bruce Hollis, Reinhold Vieth and Carol Baggerly to name a few.
Number one on my list is my Family Nurse Practitioner who diagnosed me when
all my MDs missed it over many years. She truly gave me my life back. I’m sure
she has done this for countless others and surely, continues to this day.

Remember, just when you think things will only get worse, your life can change
with tried and true information. It happened for me and so many others. The
information is available and we had to work hard to find it and put it all together.
I hope you will consider visiting the sites linked above where you will find many
informative links to help on this journey. Remember too, the FB group will always
be public so don’t share anything personal that you don’t want friends and family
to see.