re: doctor says more than 2000 vit d can be harmful for me

by Celina
(Texas)

My rheumatologist urged me to stop taking 10,000 vit d3 daily, because my Calcium levels are normal. My physician says my Calcium will raise and cause me kidney stones and possible other complications. I was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency after i went in complaining of extreme bone pain. My original Vitamin D level was at 11, I was told to take otc vit d 2000mg. Which I did, levels went up to 22 after 3 mths, now i'm at 36.1... But i'm still experiencing extreme bone pain, itchy skin, hair loss... I'm worried something is being missed.


My thyroid was checked and was normal, my antibodies were elevated but my Dr. says thats nothing to worry about since my tsh was normal. I'm back on 2000 mg of vit d daily

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Doctor shows basic lack of knowledge of Vitamin D
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Celina,

Your doctor shows a basic lack of knowledge of vitamin d action. Vitamin D ONLY makes your calcium levels go up IF you become toxic. The fact that your levels are 36 shows that you are not even close to being toxic and so her fears are unfounded.

While your levels are in the 'normal' range per your doctor and your laboratory sheet, they are not yet in the 'optimal range' as I outline on the Normal Vitamin D Levels page. What your doctor is not understanding is that it's not the DOSE that causes problems, it's a LEVEL that is too high. If you were a lifeguard or otherwise a sun worshiper and your level was 110 ng/ml, then sure, 2000 IU's might cause your calcium levels to rise and lead to kidney stones. However, taking 2000 IU's per day with a level of 36 ng/ml after taking 10,000 IU's per day will likely cause your levels to drop and have you suffering with continued deficiency symptoms.

As far as your thyroid antibodies are concerned, this is another basic lack of knowledge by your doctor. You have an autoimmune disease that has created antibodies that are DESTROYING your thyroid. But because your doctor has no solutions to autoimmune diseases, she is saying that she can't do anything until your thyroid is so damaged that it finally starts to show up as an abnormal TSH Level on your thyroid test. Once that happens, she can give you drugs that replace the functioning of the part of the thyroid that has been damaged, but she can do nothing to stop the gradual destruction of your thyroid. And since SHE can't do anything about the destruction of your thyroid, she's telling you not to worry about it!

But I WOULD worry about it. You have an AUTOIMMUNE PROCESS that is destroying your thyroid and you CAN do something to stop this insidious process and retain your thyroid functioning. First, you need to read my pages on:

Gluten Sensitivity

and

Increased Intestinal Permeability

to better understand the underlying cause of this autoimmune process and to learn how to stop it.


Kerri Knox, RN

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