Advice sought on proper dosage of Vitamin D

by Dave
(Upstate NY)

I am a 35 y/o white male, 167 lbs, good health overall. I was diagnosed IBS years ago and have battled stomach/intestine problems for years, and been prescribed everything under the sun from Paxil to Librax.

Recently, referred to a gastro when symptoms became unbearable for a year straight. Problems with weight maintenance. Had SIBO, got that resolved. C-diff neg, blood however showed a mod/severe corn allergy.

Fast forward 6 months on as corn-free a diet as one can do in the good old USA and I am doing much better. My concern is, I was told I was vitamin D deficient by the gastro, but he did nothing about it.

He said it would resolve itself once I worked out my diet to be corn free to resolve the mal absorption issues.

My Dr wont do another test and wont prescribe D3. I want to take D3 and magnesium myself but not knowing blood levels, am wondering what a good starter dose would be for D3 and for how long, followed by what maintenance dose?

I'm asking because the winter blues are really getting to me (SAD) and the sun wont shine here in upstate NY for another couple months. I need some relief!

Thanks in advance!

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What is the level?
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Dave,

If your doctor told you that you are vitamin D deficient, then I guarantee that he took a level. Just call the office and ask the secretary to send you all of your lab results and/or simply ask her what your vitamin d level is.

It will read as 25(OH)D level and it will NOT say 'Vitamin D'. You want the 'total' and ignore any other numbers.

And you are smart to be taking care of this yourself, your gastro is delusional if he thinks that this will 'take care of itself'. While I understand his reasoning about the malabsorption, the logic is flawed because it assumes that you are actually GETTING vitamin d from somewhere- and most people get about ZERO vitamin d in the winter.

So, find out your level or get a in-home Vitamin D Test and then you can refer to my page on Vitamin D Therapy for step by step instructions on exactly how much to take- there IS no 'starting dose' unless you have a level first.

Also, I'm SURE that you were tested for gluten sensitivity, but it's EXTREMELY unlikely that you are NOT sensitive to gluten if you have ANY degree of malabsorption. The MORE likely explanation is that gluten made you sensitive to corn, so I would HIGHLY suggest that you also go on a Gluten Intolerance Diet as well.

Be sure to read my page on why Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity is EXTREMELY inaccurate and shouldn't be trusted.

After you read those pages, let me know if you have any questions...

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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by: Dave

Wow, thank you for the lightning fast response!

I have asked several times and even threatened a complaint to the appropriate regulatory agencies. The Dr's staff still has not sent me the results and wont give them to me over the phone due to privacy laws. I've given up that avenue. The Dr I loved, but his staff is laughable at best.

I was tested for gluten (Promethius labs did the genetic testing) and it was negative. I have no problem at all with any other grains. Just corn. Actually, since I was a kid eating corn gave me stomach problems, but it took 35 years to put two and two together.

If I eat something with dextrose or one of the many hidden corn ingredients, I know it. I bloat, my gut goes into knots, and my mood takes a huge swing within an hour or two. Its frankly an amazing reaction, and explains the violent mood swings for years whenever we would dine out.

At any rate, I will try the home test and in the meantime, I have taken 25000 today, and will do so again this weekend. I will try 50000 a week for a month and see how that does in the interim. After that, if it works, I'll drop to 5000 a day maintenance until the sunny weather arrives.

I spend a lot of time outside in the sun during spring/summer. And, go figure, my mood is great during that time! But old man winter every year from 1/1 till spring thaw puts a hurtin' on me, cabin fever and winter blues for sure. Even a glass of red doesn't seem to fix it!

Thanks again,

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