Vitamin D or specifically Vitamin D3?

by Debba Lewis
(Spokane, Wa. USA)

I was originally diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1994 and in 2009 was rediagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. My symptoms are Very similar to MS although I do not have lesions on my spinal cord. My walking is difficult and numbness in right hand and arm plus sensitivity to the heat.

Should I take higher doses of Vitamin D and also be in the sun as well? I was told to take 3000mg of Vitamin D3.

Which is best?

I would do almost anything to heal my body.

I take good care of myself, eat healthy and teach several yoga classes a week. What else can I do?



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Vitamin D and Transverse Myelitis
by: Kerri Knox, RN-The Immune Queen!

Hi Debba,

Thanks for writing. Since transverse myelitis is so similar to Multiple Sclerosis, it would seem that you could try the same remedies as for MS. And since it is also an autoimmune disease, they would be the same things that I would recommend for most of my autoimmune patients anyway.

How much Vitamin D you 'Should' take is a difficult question. First, you MUST Check Your Vitamin D Level in order to know where to go from here.

Taking an arbitrary 4000 IU's may or may not correct your Vitamin D Deficiency if you have one. So, it's important to get a baseline level.

Now, the levels that are on your laboratory report will likely say that 'normal' is between 30 to 100 ng/ml. But researchers are saying that that is too low and that 'optimal' blood levels are no less than 40 ng/ml, so you should tailor your supplement and sunlight intake to attempt to get your level to at least 40 ng/ml.

Living in Spokane, it's likely that you can get some good sun exposure in the summer if you feel comfortable getting your Vitamin D that way. I won't go into the pros and cons of sunlight exposure vs Vitamin D supplements as that discussion is VERY long.

Now, the next thing to take a look at, for ANYONE who has an autoimmune disorder, is diet. You say that you eat right, but do you really?

Keep reading to the next comment and I'll tell you why you are probably NOT eating right...

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

Autoimmune Disease and Your Diet
by: Kerri Knox, RN-The Immune Queen!

The prime reason for the vast majority of autoimmune diseases is a condition called 'Leaky Gut Syndrome' also known as Increased Intestinal Permeability.

While Increased Intestinal Permeability can be caused by many things such as stress and toxins, one of the biggest culprits is the dietary protein called Gluten.

You can read about Gluten Sensitivity Here.

So, one of the first things that I recommend that ANYONE with an autoimmune disorder do, is to get off of all gluten immediately and completely!!!

This is the first step in healing your digestive tract. A great resource for the first time Gluten Free person is The Essential Gluten Free Guide. It walks you step by step on how to eat and live gluten free.

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

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