Ok, So here goes. When I was 19 I went on accutane for moderate acne. I was on it for four months, and it began to give me depression and insomnia. It would often take me 3 or 4 hours to fall asleep at night. Immediately after stopping it had erectile dysfunction and had no libido. I had just started college and was not eating lots or exercising much either. I was put on antidepressants, my testosterone was 380 and was given Viagra. The only time I really gained a high sex drive was when I was taking L-Dopa, which felt great. When I went off the antidepressant my testosterone rose to 480. Since then I was on a variety of meds for problems sleeping, had little sex drive and came to associate sex with failure, so I stopped even trying. Fast forward to a few months ago. B12 started to help my sleep, I found out my blood values were not that great HDL:46, LDL: 122, Triglycerides: 115, Apo-B: very high. My vitamin D level was 41, and that was with supplementing 5,000 units per day. I had spectracell done and was found to be deficient in glutathione and moderately deficient in retinol. B12 and Folate were not deficient but not high either. 23andme showed problems with methylation, but nothing wrong with the main MTHFR gene. Since taking NAC and retinol for 3 months my testosterone jumped to 700 ng/ml. I also take DHEA 50 mg every day, and my cortisol levels were very high so I quit caffeine and take phosphatidylserine. I had slighty high free estrogen, but fine total estrogen. I have begun taking SAM-e and and extensive b-complex, and I had my homocysteine levels measured, will find the results soon. SAM-e and folic acid seem to help my mood and sleep. I realize that I have some psychological hurdles to overcome as well, but I was in pretty bad shape. I still do not feel like I have the drive that I used to, and for sure long term stress and long term health problems have something to do with that. Anyway, if you have any advice or other perspectives please let me know.
(Also I have not taken any RX drugs since Februrary)
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on October 20, 2016
at 04:20 PM
According to the Weston Price Foundation (Update on Vitamin A and D [The Ideal ratio]), Dr. Masterjohn recommends maintaining a 4:1-8:1 Vitamin A to Vitamin D ratio. Sciencebasedprevention.co m also recommends the same.
Essneitally that means if you take 5,000 IU/day of Vitamin D, take 20,000 IU/day of Vitamin A. Science based prevention explains nicely using references that risk of toxicity is exagerated.
Merck manuals says you'd need to take 100,000 IU/day of Vitamin A for months to develop toxicity, and 50,000 IU Vitamin D/day to develop toxicity.
I personally take 30,000 IU vitamin A, and 7,500 IU Vitamin D