why my level hasn't improved after a year of treatment

by Shelly
(Akron, Ohio)

I found out that I had low vitamin D in November of 2010, my Doctor started me on a 12 week course of 50,000 units of vitamin D I do not know what my levels were at start but every test i had it was to 22. Well in December of 2011, I ran out of vitamin D so I waited almost a month and finally got another blood test and my levels were at 16.

So why hasn't my levels improved? I've tried losing weight, and Ive done every diet and excercise but nothing. My skin is really, really dry, my teeth are cracking and crumbling out of my mouth. What can I do to help get my levels to a normal range, so i can stop being so miserable? Also, I've had my thyroid check and it was normal, should i get the parathyroid check?

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Diet, exercise and loosing weight??
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Shelley,

I don't know what doing every diet, exercise and loosing weight have anything to do with bringing up your vitamin d levels or why you would expect that to do anything for your levels.

Please read my page on Vitamin D Therapy and follow the instructions I've given.

Also, if you have such dry skin, etc., it sounds like you are not eating enough FAT. You NEED fat, and even if you think that you are getting 'enough' fat, you almost certainly are not and you likely only think that you are getting enough because we live in a fat phobic culture that tells you to not eat fat. Indigenous cultures ate FAR FAR more fat than most processed food eating westerners and were neither fat, nor unhealthy. Also, it's likely that the fat that you ARE eating is in the form of Vegetable Oil, something that you should not go NEAR and that could be contributing to your health problems.

In addition, if your teeth are crumbling and your skin is so dry, you obviously need to make some DRASTIC changes in your diet. I would HIGHLY suggest that you get and follow the instructions in The Healthy Urban Kitchen as well as TRIPLING or QUADRUPLING your current fat intake.

Kerri Knox, RN

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