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Mayflowers
Monday, October 3, 2011, 6:02pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Yeah, well, I know better now. I felt pretty good when my levels were 83, but at the time I couldn't find any information telling me that over 80 was OK, and I started to panic about toxicity. .


Toxicity is 790
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My lab results came with the phrase "normal range: 50-100" for Vit D. Since my levels were 56, I was considered "normal" . I consider them low.


The doctor told me 32 was normal..and not to worry!
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I've been taking 5000 IUs D3 a day plus what was in my Cal-Mag-Zinc for months now and playing golf (although usually it's after work) at least once a week and my D came back at 46!!!!  I thought it would be significantly higher.  I have an endocrinologist appointment tomorrow so I'll discuss it with him.  
NHG, I just added selenium too.  Hope that helps....
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My lab report said the "normal range" was 30-80. Fortunately, my doctor knew better, and advised me to supplement when I came in at 33!


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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It's kind of scary when the lab reports aren't standard, much less the doctors knowledge of the range...


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I've been taking 5000 IUs D3


Girl, looks like you need to take 10,000 a day which is perfectly fine according to the vitamin D Doctor.  Endos usually will put you on 10,000.
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Hello all BTD's,
    With all this talk about vitamin D, I would like to know what type of form of vitamin D do you all take. I have read time and time again that it is a whole lot better to supplement with the vitamin D3 form which is the natural form rather than take the synthetic form. My mother's rheumatologist had her vitamin D levels tested, and they were low(do not know for sure what her numbers were) he prescribed(yes wrote her out a prescription) for a synthetic vitamin D, D2 to take once a month for 3 months, after that she gets a refill for another 3 months on her prescription refill plan. I myself do not think that is smart. I would much rather take the natural form of vitamin D. They are only 1.25mg which is 50,000 units, I think that is a bit much to take. She also takes that osteoporois medication intravenously once a year and ads say to take calcium and vitamin D daily and I also read that it is smarter to take your vitamin D3 on a daily basis not on a monthly basis. What do you all think about this?
I have never had my vitamin D levels checked yet, but I hope to sometime soon. I do take cod liver oil daily which has some vitamin D in it and I take a daily multi vitamin for the hair, skin, and nails and it has vitamin D in it as well.
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Hi footprints:

Welcome back! (or at least I have not noticed any posts for quite a while).

I think most folks here prefer the D3 form.

However, high dose prescription D is commonly D2.

I do not know how low your mother was, but if someone is quite low it is not unusual to do 50,000 a week instead of per month.

Here is a blog post on 50,000 D2 versus other does of D3

http://www.dadamo.com/B2blogs/blogs/blog7.php/2008/11/11/i-m-walking-on-sunshine-o-non-explorer


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I've been taking D3. I got my levels checked two-three months after taking 5000 IUs of it (but I didn't test before I took it), and my level was tested at 56. I do, however, spend a fair amount of time in the sun per day.


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Hello all BTD's,
    With all this talk about vitamin D, I would like to know what type of form of vitamin D do you all take..


IMO, it's very important to have D levels checked at least 2 times a year. You can get cancer from having low D levels.. Also stroke, heart attack, flu, pneumonia.. constant colds..Depression, not to mention Osteopenia and Osteoporosis!

All of the studies I read on PubMed were using D2 that had such good results.  I was taking a brand of D3 (Now) for a year and starting getting a rash from it. I switched to vegan D which is  made from vegetables.. mushrooms? I have two, one is Country Life Dry D and I'm taking 4,000 ius of that or there's this vegan D3, 5,000 ius, Passionprincess found for me that's vegan and D3. I'm trying that one as well.  I'm going to go get my level this weekend. See if the D2 is working..I hope so.
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I've  been buying the capsules that contain 5,000 iu of D3 in olive oil. I search around for brands that don't contain any "avoid" oils; I could get the kind in soybean oil at Costco for a whole lot cheaper.

I usually take 2 pills a day (so, 10,000 iu D3 per day)  but some days I take 3 instead (15,000 iu per day.) 10,000 iu is my daily maintenance dose, and I take more if I'm feeling run-down or one of my kids is sick (exposing me to more germs than usual that week.)


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Ahhh, Blood type O. Of course she'd do better on D3 from an animal!    I was the reverse. I took D3 from lanolin for a year with little improvement. So interesting to see how the D2 vegan version works with me. I shall be the lab rat.
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MF,

I posted earlier in the day but I don't see it on here.  A computer glitch maybe.

I was advised to stop taking any fish oil supplements no matter where the source is from.  For many years I was taking a very good one.  So now I'm taking an Omega3 from Nutru.  The source is algae.

That's why I'm also interested in what you hear from the lab about your Vit D levels.  I'm taking a Vit D3 non fish capsule from lanolin.  I just purchased the Country Life Dry D2 that you are currently taking.  

As an A blood type also  I hope that if you get definite benefits from taking the dry D then I will continue with it.  

Thanks for sharing that.  Your information is very helpful.

Joy
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MF,
I was advised to stop taking any fish oil supplements no matter where the source is from.  For many years I was taking a very good one.  So now I'm taking an Omega3 from Nutru.  The source is algae.


Thank you Joy. I wanted to ask why you had to stop the fish oil? Who told you to? I take Iceland Health fish oil which is anchovies. I have cod liver oil as a beneficial. The Iceland Health, really helps my mood.     I seem to have trouble with a lot of flax seed so I take the fish oil too so that I can get the omega 3's.  
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MF,

The doctor indicated that for me (we all acknowledge that even within blood types everything is not the same and since I don't have SWAMI yet?) fish oil causes inflammation in my system.  Now I did say to him in defense of the purity of the fish oil I was taking and I called the company on this.  The company assured me that all the oil was tested and any impurities removed.  This fish oil was indeed supposed to reduce inflammation amongst other benefits.  

According to my doctor the fish oil industry is very big and has alot of money invested in this.

Let me reiterate, MF , that he wanted to get his point across in my case.  I can't say it applies to everyone else.

That's why I posted about the Vitamin D2 that you are taking.  I'm taking a closer look at all foods originating from vegetables or fruits.  I certainly didn't grow up on that theory.

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I wanted to share the Vitamin D Council's newsletter.  Anyone can sign up free and subscribe.

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f545cba30e1f9697fddbe8acb&id=7348adf8d9&e=6ecee0d596


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With my levels at 16, a doctor I saw the other day prescribed me with 20,000 units to be taken twice a day for a week. - this seems so much! 280,000 units over the course of a week. !!! I was bewildered because she was initially quite dismissive of my levels. 'low, but not alarmingly so' ... What would you guys recommend i take dosagd wise?
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The doctor indicated that for me (we all acknowledge that even within blood types everything is not the same and since I don't have SWAMI yet?) fish oil causes inflammation in my system..


I understand Joy.. that's fine. How did this doctor come to the conclusion that fish oil was causing inflammation in your system?  Just curious.
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With my levels at 16, a doctor I saw the other day prescribed me with 20,000 units to be taken twice a day for a week. - this seems so much! 280,000 units over the course of a week. !!! I was bewildered because she was initially quite dismissive of my levels. 'low, but not alarmingly so' ... What would you guys recommend i take dosagd wise?


My doctor gave me prescription D2 at 50,000 ius, 1 capsule a week when my level was 25. I was on that dosage for 10 weeks and my level went up to 29 from that. wow...Still deficient. Normal range is 32 which is very low as well. It took me a year to get my level up to 40 and I was taking 5,000 to 10,000 ius a day. So if 100 is considered normal and your level is 16, .. 5-10,000 ius a day is fine IMO.  

Many doctors are not trained yet on the importance of vitamin D  as it is a new discovery in the last few years. My son's doctor laughed at me when I said I wanted his level checked. Laughed at me. My son is 21 years old. His level was 17 ..I went back and the (I will be nice) doctor still dismissed it and said give him 1200 ius a day. I was giving him 5,000ius

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I wanted to share the Vitamin D Council's newsletter.  Anyone can sign up free and subscribe.

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f545cba30e1f9697fddbe8acb&id=7348adf8d9&e=6ecee0d596


Thanks for the link. I remembered Gary Null last year was suing his drink mix company for poisoning people. I tried some of his supplements a few years ago. I didn't like any of them. So the toxicity is now 194-1220?  I read a different number on another web site. Sheesh the information is so different because the doctors are still not sure how much the body makes in the sun!
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With my levels at 16, a doctor I saw the other day prescribed me with 20,000 units to be taken twice a day for a week. - this seems so much! 280,000 units over the course of a week. !!! I was bewildered because she was initially quite dismissive of my levels. 'low, but not alarmingly so' ... What would you guys recommend i take dosagd wise?


I would take the prescription stuff as the doctor ordered. When the week is up, I'd start taking 10,000 or 15,000 per day of D3.

Make sure you get follow-up blood tests. Besides making sure you get it up high enough, you need to make sure that all this supplemenation doesn't make your levels TOO high. Not likely, but still a possibility (which you'd treat  by cutting back on, not out, your supplements.)


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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I would take the prescription stuff as the doctor ordered. When the week is up, I'd start taking 10,000 or 15,000 per day of D3.


I don't agree with 15,000 ius a day. The Vitamin Council said up to 10,000 ius a day is ok.  Where are you getting your information from ruthie?
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Well it says on the Vitamin D Council page that if the person wants to go over 10,000 ius a day they should be monitored closely by a doctor.
Here's the link  for the information..
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-to-get-your-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-supplementation/

I'm unhappy about what it says regarding D2 but I may have to rely on a tanning bed if I can't take D3.
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Vitamin D toxicity can cause kidney stones (that is the biggest concern).

I am currently taking 10,000 D3 on a daily basis (at the suggestion by a BTD forum member, Mark). I also took my last 10,000 D2 tabbie a few days ago.

Last time I tested, I was at 33. I was at 14 six months before that while taking 10,000 D2 per week plus 1,000 D3 daily.

My energy level is much better and my appetite has decreased and returned to normal. When I was at 14, I was eating about 3 times my regular portion. It turns out the body is trying to force nutrients by increasing appetite... which also explains weight gain and the inability to get rid of belly fat.

My candida cleanse helped vitamin d absorption, too.

I do not have issues with constipation, nausea, etc. which are immediate signs of toxicity.

I took 15,000 yesterday because I bumped into some sick friends at the library.

I feel a bit off today but I am still functioning. I believe that is because of my high vitamin D intake. If it weren't for the vitamin D, I would probably be bedridden with whatever bug I was exposed to recently.

From what I heard about vitamin D toxicity, people know right away because they feel really sick - throwing up, etc.


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