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 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).
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.