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It is 12 ng/mL is this severe?

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Severe Vitamin D deficiency
by: Kerri Knox- The Immune Queen

Hi Bella,

I'm so glad that your doctor was proactive enough to check your Vitamin D level.

Yes, your Vitamin D level is fairly severe. It is about HALF the lower limit that is recommended by researchers.

Unfortunately, your doctor has probably given you a dose that is not going to raise your level up very quickly.

4,000 IU's per day is really a MAINTENANCE dose and not a dose to TREAT low levels.

While 50,000 IU's per day for a short time would likely not cause any problems, that is too high a dose to take for an extended period of time.

Dr. Mark Hyman, a Functional Medicine doctor who has written many books, treats Vitamin D deficiency with 10,000 IU's per day for approximately 3 months then retests the levels.

He states that he has used this dose on thousands of patients and has never had an issue with toxicity.



The vast majority of Vitamin D researchers agree that 10,000 IU's per day is safe for adults to take and SHOULD be considered the 'Tolerable Upper Limit' dosage as there have been NO RECORDED CASES of Vitamin D overdose at that level.

Being in such pain, it would probably benefit you to 'fill up your tank' more quickly than 4000 IU's per day will allow.

Please speak to your doctor right away and express your concerns.

Alternatively, you could continue to take the 4000 IU's and also sit in the sun and expose as much of your body as possible to sunlight for a few minutes each day- as long as you don't get pink or burned.

But Spokane is a bit far North to get enough sun to do that right now (March), although it is getting to that time of the year that you should be able to start making Vitamin D with sun exposure.





Vitamin D deficiency can absolutely contribute to body aches and most doctors continue to overlook this extraordinarily important reason for body aches and pains.


Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune Health.com







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