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Seasonal Colds

People often work themselves into holiday colds. - I suggest extra sleep and extra vitamin C and vitamin D.

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Seasonal ...

I am suffering thru my seasonal Thanksgiving cold. It seems like I get a nasty cold or pneumonia every year at this time. It sucks. But I reckon it could be worse. Colds can be such an irritating ailment. I have been coughing my head off. I coughed myself into a headache. But, tis the season… I ...

Winterizing Your Fitness Routine (November 25, 2008)

... temperatures, the body reacts differently and needs certain nutrient boosts in order to perform and stave off colds and flu. In particular, try to include foods that supply the following vitamins, at each meal: * Vitamin C: your immunity fights hard to protect your body when you exercise outside ...

10 Ways to Prevent a Cold

... impact. You don’t necessarily have to take tablets, some of these are also available in the form of herbal teas. Avoid people who have a cold or are in close proximity to those who have colds. Although common colds are seasonal, with more occurring during winter, experiments so far have failed ...

Are High Doses of Vitamin D Safe for Children?

Giving very high doses of vitamin D to school children is safe, and
some researchers believe that it may be necessary to bring their blood
levels of vitamin D up to the amount necessary for optimum bone growth
and health.

Vitamin D deficiency is common in children around the world.

A short-term study included 25 school children randomly assigned to
receive a placebo or 14,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 per
week for eight weeks. In an additional long-term study, 340 study

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Bonnie and Dale

Are High Doses of Vitamin D Safe for Children?

Giving very high doses of vitamin D to school children is safe, and
some researchers believe that it may be necessary to bring their blood
levels of vitamin D up to the amount necessary for optimum bone growth
and health.

Vitamin D deficiency is common in children around the world.

A short-term study included 25 school children randomly assigned to
receive a placebo or 14,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 per
week for eight weeks. In an additional long-term study, 340 study
participants took a placebo, 1,400 IU weekly, or 14,000 IU a week, and
were followed up at six and 12 months. No signs of vitamin D
intoxication were seen in any of the children.

Currently, the Institute of Medicine recommends a daily vitamin D3
intake of 200 IU for children. The high dosage used in the study was 10
times that amount.

Sources:

There is a simple blood test for vitamin D (a “25 Hydroxyvitamin D blood test”) that everyone should ask for when they see their doctor. The results of the test will guide you as to the amount of vitamin D3 you should take daily. Have your children's blood tested and give them a tablespoon of cod liver oil or a capsule of 5,000 IUs every Sunday then have their blood tested again in 6 months to see how they are doing (do this for yourself too).

If You Are Not Taking 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 Daily You May Not Have Enough Vitamin D3 In Your Body

Vitamin D3 Update

If you are not taking 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 in a capsule daily, especially if you rarely get sun exposure, you may not have enough Vitamin D3 in your body to prevent disease. For instance, without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen and in the Health Professionals Follow Up Study (Walter Willett, Principal Investigator, Meir Stampfer, and colleagues, 1989) men who were deficient in vitamin D were twice as likely to have a heart attack as men who had adequate levels of vitamin D and there is evidence that vitamin D plays a role in controlling blood pressure and preventing artery damage.

I recently learned about a simple blood test for Vitamin D (a "25 Hydroxyvitamin D blood test") that everyone should ask for when they see their doctor. I learned about it when I attended a Hormone's for Health Seminar July 9th and 10th, 2008.

Because I've been taking 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily for a year and wanted to be sure I wasn't taking too much, after the seminar I made an appointment with my Primary Doctor at Kaiser Permenante and requested a 25 Hydroxyvitamin D blood test. A week after I had my blood drawn at the lab on July 25th, the results arrived in the mail and I was relieved to learn I am not taking too much. My Vitamin D level is only 62 ng/mL (the normal range is 30 to 100 ng/mL). (I thought it would be much higher since I live in the San Francisco East Bay area where there is no shortage of sunshine.)

At the seminar we were advised to question our doctor about Vitamin D3 and if he or she is not keeping up with the research on it (if he or she is still recommending 400 IU to 800 IU of Vitamin D daily, for instance), we were urged to either change doctors or at least read for ourselves the published articles on Vitamin D3 and ask our doctor to order a 25 Hydroxyvitamin D blood test.

A good example of doctors not keeping up-to-date on the Vitamin D research is my experience last year at Kaiser. In July 2007 Kaiser's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or "DO" recommended that I take between 400 IU and 800 IU of Vitamin D3 (adequate calcium and exercise was also recommended) to prevent osteoporosis in my spine, when I was already taking 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily and my bone density test showed that I have osteopenia, which is a pre-osteoporosis condition, in my lumbar spine. His recommendation came by mail after I had a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry Hologic machine test or "bone density test."

I believe he should have recommended that I take 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily and ordered the 25 Hydroxyvitamin D blood test to be done then and another one a month later for comparison. (On my own I increased my intake of Vitamin D3 from 2,000 IU to 10,000 IU because of published articles I read at the time.)

Some informed doctors in the San Francisco Bay Area are recommending 50,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily temporarily for their patients who have low amounts of Vitamin D3 in their blood. The patients are tested again in a month to see if there is an improvement.

Learning about asking my doctor for a 25 Hydroxyvitamin D blood test was worth the attendance fee for the seminar ($1,000) because seeing the blood test results put to rest any concern I had about taking 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily.

Have you had a bone density test lately?

If not, ask your doctor for a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry Hologic machine test and a 25 Hydroxyvitamin D blood test also. When you see the results you will know if you are getting enough Vitamin D.

Love,

Bonnie

PS I plan to request another bone density test at Kaiser next year to see if I'm any closer to my goal of reversing the osteopenia in my lumbar spine by continuing to take 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily (along with calcium and excercise).

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