Let the sun shine on me…As I mentioned in PART THREE of Chasing a personal butterfly, I was depressed. At least I was starting to believe that was all it was. I started reading self-help books and eating all the right foods. My body was just exhausted. My muscles were tried. My bones would ache. I knew in my heart I wasn’t depressed but I was on the verge of being convinced, because no doctor could find anything wrong. Did I mention I was having shortness of breath? I was. I appeared to be healthy. (Except the bags under my eyes and looking tired.)
Finally I returned to the doctor for my blood work results. My thyroid check out good. My blood cells also were good. My kidney and liver function too, was good. My iron was low but not drastic. My vitamin D was extremely low. No biggie right? So in my mind I’m thinking I should grab the script for the Anti-Depressant while I was there, because Vitamin D was for bones and teeth, you know, helps your body to absorb calcium. (Which by the way my calcium was good.) Something in my mind made me decide to wait on getting that prescription right now. The foods did seem to help a little and was I really ready to be dependent on ANOTHER medicine to FEEL like my old self again? He told me to go pick up some Vitamin D3 2000IU and take one a day. No biggie I thought, I was already taking a multi-vitamin when I would remember too. Part of me was a little disappointed that nothing was wrong with me physically. Was I imagining all the ach and tired-ness? Was I REALLY not feeling well or was I using it as an excuse? I KNOW THERE IS MORE TO THIS!!! After leaving the doctor’s office I was relieved nothing serious was wrong with me, but dumb founded. There was(seriously)times when I thought I was dying and the doctors just weren’t finding what it was. So I stopped at GNC and got the vitamin D3 and popped one in my mouth. I returned home and sat down on the couch with my lap top in my hand and started researching Vitamin D deficiency signs and symptoms.
Symptoms and Health Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency
Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet, even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:
- Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive impairment in older adults
- Severe asthma in children
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Okay I can say it was probably part of my problem, but it gets better.
Am I vitamin D deficient?
The best way to discover vitamin D deficiency is to take a blood test that will measure the level of the vitamin in your blood. You can either ask your doctor to administer the test or buy a home test kit do the test yourself. However, you are certainly vitamin D deficient if you have any of the following ailments, and you need to consult with your doctor regarding your preventive, as well as curative, options as soon as possible.
1.) The flu – In a study published in the Cambridge Journals, it was discovered that vitamin D deficiency predisposes children to respiratory diseases. An intervention study conducted showed that vitamin D reduces the incidence of respiratory infections in children.
2.) Muscle weakness – According to Michael F. Holick, a leading vitamin D expert, muscle weakness is usually caused by vitamin D deficiency because for skeletal muscles to function properly, their vitamin D receptors must be sustained by vitamin D.
3.) Psoriasis – In a study published by the UK PubMed central, it was discovered that synthetic vitamin D analogues were found useful in the treatment of psoriasis.
4.) Chronic kidney disease – According to Holick, patients with advanced chronic kidney diseases (especially those requiring dialysis) are unable to make the active form of vitamin D. These individuals need to take 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 or one of its calcemic analogues to support calcium metabolism, decrease the risk of renal bone disease and regulate parathyroid hormone levels.
5.) Diabetes – A study conducted in Finland was featured in Lancet.com in which 10,366 children were given 2000 international units (IU)/day of vitamin D3 per day during their first day of life. The children were monitored for 31 years and in all of them, the risk of type 1 diabetes was reduced by 80 percent.
6.) Asthma – Vitamin D may reduce the severity of asthma attacks. Research conducted in Japan revealed that asthma attacks in school children were significantly lowered in those subjects taking a daily vitamin D supplement of 1200 IU a day.
7.) Periodontal disease – Those suffering from this chronic gum disease that causes swelling and bleeding gums should consider raising their vitamin D levels to produce defensins and cathelicidin, compounds that contain microbial properties and lower the number of bacteria in the mouth.
8.) Cardiovascular disease – Congestive heart failure is associated with vitamin D deficiency. Research conducted at Harvard University among nurses found that women with low vitamin D levels (17 ng/m [42 nmol/L]) had a 67 percent increased risk of developing hypertension.
9.) Schizophrenia and Depression – These disorders have been linked to vitamin D deficiency. In a study, it was discovered that maintaining sufficient vitamin D among pregnant women and during childhood was necessary to satisfy the vitamin D receptor in the brain integral for brain development and mental function maintenance in later life.
10.) Cancer – Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC discovered a connection between high vitamin D intake and reduced risk of breast cancer. These findings, presented at the American Association for Cancer Research, revealed that increased doses of the sunshine vitamin were linked to a 75 percent reduction in overall cancer growth and 50 percent reduction in tumor cases among those already having the disease. Of interest was the capacity of vitamin supplementation to help control the development and growth of breast cancer specially estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.
HOLY COW!! I was opening up a whole world of great info. This was only a few sites. The MEDICAL sites had very vague info. but the NATURALISTS sites had studies done over the years on vitamin D Deficiencies and all the function it does for our body! It isn’t even a vitamin it is a hormone the body NATURALLY produces from sunshine!! They have been scaring us with skin cancer and wearing sun block that 50% of our population is D deficient.
HERE… THIS ARTICLE WAS THE BEST
They want you to remain ignorant!
The inescapable truth of the matter is that modern medicine wants people to remain ignorant about the healing effects of vitamin D. The financial survival of the medical industry absolutely depends on it, so the most influential medical organizations systematically downplay the importance of this vitamin while outright refusing to recommend it to patients.
The NCI doesn’t recommend vitamin D, nor does Komen for the Cure. The AHA, AMA, ADA and FDA all refuse to recommend vitamin D, all while strongly promoting synthetic, patented high-profit medications that cure nothing.
There is, in essence, a conspiracy of silence about vitamin D among the sick-care industries that depend on disease to bring them business. And there always will be, of course, because companies are in business to make money, and if you’re in business to make money from disease, you generally don’t go telling people how to heal themselves for free. From a purely profit-minded perspective, teaching people about vitamin D makes absolutely no business sense to the sick care industry. It’s profits over people (as usual).
I am very thankful my doctor respected my wishes of trying to do what I could holistically. I also have been taking the vitamin D for three weeks and I am 150% better than I was. I am absolutely AMAZED!!! And ladies, there is a ton of benefits! Get your dose of vitamin D3. PLEASE read this one, You will not regret it- I PROMISE!
TO BE CONTINUED….