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Drea
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Ruthigirl's results are why I'm shocked and disappointed that my own PCP (who is mainstream Western medicine) is telling me to back off to 800 IUs per day.


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Ruthigirl's results are why I'm shocked and disappointed that my own PCP (who is mainstream Western medicine) is telling me to back off to 800 IUs per day.


Apparently he hasn't gotten the memo..    And he's not up with the journals. My biochemist who thought I was OD'ing when I told her that I was taking 5,000 a day showed me a journal article last month that the new recommendations from MD's is 4,000 a day.
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He is a she, which makes it worse for my gender support...

Thanks for the info, Mayflowers! That validates my choice to continue with 5000 IUs per day...


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I don't know what dose my PCP wants me to take. I won't discuss it with her until my annual checkup in November. At first I was taking 4,000-5,000 per day. When my results came in low (33) she had her nurse call me and tell me to take 2,000 iu per day.   When I told the nurse I was already taking 5,000 iu daily, the nurse took the message, spoke to the dr, and called back telling me to take 10,000 iu per day. When it was up to 83 (after not really watching how much I was taking) the instructions were to back off to 1,000 daily- I assumed because it was now "too high" and it needed to be lowered. I stopped taking it altogether for about a week, then took only 5,000 for a few months.

It was on this thread (or a similar one on this board) when I realized that maybe my low energy level was due to low D again.  I increasead my dose to 10,000 iu daily. I should have had it retested then, before my levels picked up again, but I didn't have the energy to deal with it.

Now it's at 64, after another few months of 10,000 per day. I honestly don't care what the dr thinks I should be taking daily. 10,000 is the absolute minimum I'm willing to take, and I may take more temporarily if I get sick or otherwise feel like I need extra.


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He is a she, which makes it worse for my gender support...

Thanks for the info, Mayflowers! That validates my choice to continue with 5000 IUs per day...


You're welcome. You know I thought your doc was a she..I kept sensing a 'she' but I said he ...oh well.
Working in a Medical School, you get a lot of up to date information coming in.  
A friend of mine on FB, had a level of 25 and she was taking 2,000 a day. A year later, her level was 29.  So I don't think 2,000 is going to do much.

My levels being at 40, I haven't noticed any difference in mood, or energy improving. The only thing I noticed is a little better immunity to colds. I guess I'll notice more improvement when I get the levels up over 60
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http://www.vitaminduv.com/  


For those of us who have trouble with vitamin D3 or want a more natural way to make D I found this.

Ok that's it. I've decided to go to a tanning salon and get my D levels up higher. Since I'm having trouble with taking D3..
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That link isn't working for me MF.


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That's weird. When I click on it from my drop down in the url's it goes right there.  Try typing it in.
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Nope; it doesn't work for me, either, not even typing it in...


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But here's their home page...http://www.vitaminduv.com/index.php


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Thanks, Drea, for the link.  I have been reading the information there.  There is a vitamin D newsletter to subscribe to in one of the links so I immediately subscribed to it.  I'm glad this discussion about vitamin D is ongoing as I think all this input is very important.  I have developed a guideline, now, as to how much vit. D  to strive for and ways to achieve it.  Very helpful!!  Thanks to everyone.  
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Thanks Drea. I can't figure out why it didn't work?
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I am in the sun all the time here.  In the Summer I get it from being out in the pool or working on my loofah plants on my sunny wall.  I haven't seen an increase in my D.  I just got a call from my doctor the other day that wants me on a minimum of 5000 iu's daily.  My bone density scan came back worse than last year UGH!!! Osteoperosis it's just not getting any better.  I am adding more calcium and weight bearing exercise (that won't aggravate my back) to help with that too.

It's worth a shot to try the tanning bed MF.  At the very least you will have a nice tan.


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It's worth a shot to try the tanning bed MF.  At the very least you will have a nice tan.


Interesting that tanning beds do not get the bad rap there that they get here in my country? I would love to use a tanning bed to 'cover' facial redness...but they are usually framed here as 'un-safe'.
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IMHO I think they are unsafe, but that doesn't keep people from using them.  I am also pro sunscreen on fitzpatrick type 1 and 2, due to the risks of sun exposure on those types.  But that is just MHO.


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IMHO I think they are unsafe, but that doesn't keep people from using them.  I am also pro sunscreen on fitzpatrick type 1 and 2, due to the risks of sun exposure on those types.  But that is just MHO.


Old school. Check this out:

Tanning Beds Produce Vitamin D
Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Boston University research team, including vitamin D guru Dr. Michael F. Holick, showed that subjects who used a tanning bed had 90 percent higher vitamin D levels compared to non-tanners and significantly higher bone mineral density.
"Since some exposure to sunlight is beneficial to your health, it is reasonable that if you wish to be exposed to sunlight, that you can do so with relative safety if you make sure that you do not receive a sunburn."
Dr. Michael F. Holick
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I used tanning beds for my vitamin D production. I would tan using the older beds since they have UVB (which makes vitamin d). My hair started drying out and that is why I eventually stopped (and also, I was taking supplements and feeling much better than being sick at 14).

I might go again soon since I loved the dry heat feel. I will make sure to cover my face and hair, though. I have the reflector face and hair covers along with peeper goggles.

Start out at 6-7 minutes and then build up gradually. Going every other day is ideal since it will give your skin and body time to adjust. Don't get burnt. I ended up a mild sunburn and it was not fun.

Even my doctor (M.D. endocrinologist) said tanning is helpful for me since my levels are low.


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I use to use the tanning beds 20 years ago when I lived in Oregon.  I had light sensitive depression and back then my doctor said use a tanning bed to get the sunlight.  For the most part it worked for the depression and I had a really nice tan.  

Today, I get plenty of sun and yet my Vit D levels are very low. I would hate to think what my Vit D level would be at if I didn't get the sun that I get.


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. Going every other day is ideal since it will give your skin and body time to adjust. Don't get burnt. I ended up a mild sunburn and it was not fun..


Too late..I got a little bit of a burn on some areas that were not exposed this summer..   I'll just wait a few days.  Hey, I'm new at this.  
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Today, I get plenty of sun and yet my Vit D levels are very low. I would hate to think what my Vit D level would be at if I didn't get the sun that I get.


I wonder if being in the pool blocks the UVB rays? You actually are in the sun 30 mins every day? That's what the recommendation is. Tank top and shorts.
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I am most definitely getting 30 min of sunshine a day. With exception to doing my exercising in the pool, I am usually on my raft.  When I am not in the pool, I get sun in the back yard when I am out with my dogs in the morning and working on my loofah plants on my sunny wall.

If I am not in a tank top and shorts, I am in a bathing suit, except when I go into the office I wear scrubs.


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I'm looking for the thread from about two days ago where Policychecker(?) wrote a list of the subs that where common to the protocols for O. Anyone know where that is?


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If I am not in a tank top and shorts, I am in a bathing suit, except when I go into the office I wear scrubs.


And no sunscreen?
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I'm looking for the thread from about two days ago where Policychecker(?) wrote a list of the subs that where common to the protocols for O. Anyone know where that is?


"Search" policychecker and his posts will come up.
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Hi guys, I got my vitamin D levels tested and my level is 16. I'm wondering how poorly this is making me feel? or how poorly others have felt with a similar level?

I am VERY tempted to go on a sunbed.  
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