Can't find a doctor knowledgeble in vitamin D- need advice

by Mary
(Valhalla,New York,USA)

Last March during a routine physical I told my doctor I was not feeling well. She told me it was part of aging because everything was fine with my check-up. Not satisfied I did some research and had my vitamin D level checked by a 25 hydroxy test. My level was 28, and that was 3 weeks after I started taking 1600IU a day of vitamin D(cholecalciferol).

The doctor said I was slightly deficient and to continue what I was doing. Still not satisfied I started getting more sun this past summer and started taking an additional 5,000 IU once a week. I had another test taken October 1 and my level is 49.

I am feeling much better, but I am wondering if my level should be even higher? I am also concerned that in the winter months this dosage may not be enough to maintain, and would it be better to take all my vitamin D daily instead of 5,000 a week in addition? 2,000 or maybe 3,000 a day?

I cannot find a doctor knowledgeable of vitamin D let alone any supplements in my area that takes my insurance-so

I am carefully doing this on my own.

Would love some advice on dosing.

Thank you.


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Can't Find a Good Doctor...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Mary,

That's not unusual to not be able to find a doctor who doesn't know about Vitamin D. And it sounds like you're off to a GREAT start.

49 ng/ml is right within the optimal range that I outline on my Normal Vitamin D Levels Page according to most scientists.

Then, you can get information about maintenance dosing on the Vitamin D Requirements page.

If you are needing more specialized advice than what I offer on my website to help manage your Vitamin D Levels, then I do offer Telephone Consultations where I can give you more specific advice, including looking over any laboratory testing and helping out with diet.

Unfortunately, Mary, just like Car insurance only provides care when your car breaks down and doesn't pay for oil changes, 'Health Care' is really 'Sick Care' and doesn't pay to keep you well. If you want 'Well Care', then unfortunately, the American Medical Association and Pharmaceutical Companies have made it to where you need to pay for that yourself.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Health Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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Doctor not helping what can I do
by: Kris

I am having muscle weakness, fatigue, sever joint pain, heart palpitations, and frequent heart burn. I saw my doctor and got a blood test. The blood test showed that my vitamin D level was 12. My doctor told me to take 1000 IU of vitamin D per day and I would be better in two weeks. I did not feel better so I contacted my doctor and she tested me for Celiacs disease and Lime disease, these tests came back negative. My doctor told me to just keep taking the 1000 IU of vitamin D and good luck. I was so upset, I did some on line research and then went up to 3000 IU of vitamin D and I also get 20 min of sun per day, I have been doing this for 3 weeks and am still not better yet. What else can I do on my own to bring up my vitamin D level

YOu can read the thread
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

You can start by reading the thread that you posted on and following the links that I referred the other person to read. Then you can continue reading some of the more than a thousand questions similar to yours that I've already answered and follow the instructions that I've given to those people.

Or if you prefer not to read the many years of free information that I've compiled for you to solve your problems and that I've already provided for you in concise formats to make it as easy as possible for you to find, you could purchase a consultation from the Health Consultation page and I'll be happy to help you out personally.

Kerri Knox, RN

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