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Another vitamin D thread. Low vit D despite getting sun exposure

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 03, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I am prefacing this question with the fact that I am getting 20-25 minutes of midday sun without a shirt and shorts on. I also supplement with Cod liver oil. My vit D 2O is 9 NG/ML

There are websites that talks about autoimmune disease CAUSING low vit D rather than being the result of it, and one in particular recommends keeping the Vit D low and using antibiotics. I am asking this because I have to decide if I should correct my Vit D deficiency or try the antibiotic route.

I also suffer from Male pattern baldness, prostatitis and acne (i am 28)

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on November 04, 2012
at 03:03 PM

As for the level dropping fast -- though you were getting lots of sun, you can't have known what the level was during the summer without actually measuring it. (Have you had your iron levels checked? I'll bet you're iron-deficient, especially if you're drinking milk.)

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on November 04, 2012
at 03:02 PM

You also never mentioned if you'd been actually diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Are you seeing a doctor?

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on November 04, 2012
at 03:01 PM

If you want to get rid of the acne, I would lose the milk. I would even stop the cod liver oil. Why? Because I discovered, after years, that preformed vitamin A (retinol, as you would find it in CLO) actually made my acne worse. Yes to the magnesium.

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on November 03, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Another thing, I think the Marshall protocall is dangerous because they attempt to lower the Vit D with benecair. Other than that it is just low dose antibiotics long-term. I'd have to be 100 % certain it had a shot thought, and right now I dont have any evidence my problem is bacterial in origin.

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on November 03, 2012
at 07:12 PM

vit D being fat soluable wouldnt expect it to drop this fast

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at 07:09 PM

I live in kansas but I was getting tremendous amounts of sun this summer. Several suntans and mild sunburns. And I was also using tanning bed infrequently. I think I might end up using a supplemental vitamin D & K combo and using a tanning bed on top of that. Should I supplement magnesium? I only drink unfortified milk(raw)

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on December 02, 2012
at 02:38 AM

I'd fix my D3 by supplementing. You will only get D3 in your body in the summer, because there's not much UVB in the winter (unless you live in the tropics). Also, don't forget that Vitamin A, antagonizes D3 (your cod liver oil has A in it). Regarding dairy, cut them down except home-made goat kefir (which has almost no lactose left when fermented for 24 hours, and its casein is gentler than that of cows).

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on November 03, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Ah yes. The "Marshall Protocol". It's not based on any real science. You can safely ignore it. In fact, following it is likely dangerous.

Have you actually been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, or is this just a hunch you have?

At what latitude do you live? 20-25 minutes of midday sun is not likely to be sufficient at latitudes north of 38?? at this time of year.

How much cod liver oil do you take, and what's the concentration of vitamin D and A on the label?

How much fat are you getting in your diet?

Are you drinking milk? (Where do you live?)

All other things being equal: You need to correct this. You are in rickets/osteomalacia territory. 9 ng/mL is deficient by any standard, even the most conservative. I'd supplement, unless you want to hit a tanning bed twice a week. If you get your vitamin D level up above 30 ng/mL you might even find that your acne clears up. The cod liver oil is not normally enough to correct deficiencies as pronounced as yours.

Get a liquid supplement if you can, preferably with as few additional ingredients as possible. Start with 1000 IU a day, to see how you tolerate it, and inch it up to 3000 IU, then retest in two or three months.

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on November 03, 2012
at 07:12 PM

vit D being fat soluable wouldnt expect it to drop this fast

E8c2167284f0cdd16a12bea2741975b4

(476)

on November 03, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I live in kansas but I was getting tremendous amounts of sun this summer. Several suntans and mild sunburns. And I was also using tanning bed infrequently. I think I might end up using a supplemental vitamin D & K combo and using a tanning bed on top of that. Should I supplement magnesium? I only drink unfortified milk(raw)

E8c2167284f0cdd16a12bea2741975b4

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on November 03, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Another thing, I think the Marshall protocall is dangerous because they attempt to lower the Vit D with benecair. Other than that it is just low dose antibiotics long-term. I'd have to be 100 % certain it had a shot thought, and right now I dont have any evidence my problem is bacterial in origin.

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