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Why would my doctor think low Vit D levels are 'fine'?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 07, 2011 at 12:59 AM

At the doctor's today. Had to see him in order to get some labs. I wanted TSH and Vit D. When I said "Vitamin D" he does a face plant, shakes his head and asks why in the world I want to check my vitamin D. I told him my wife's vit D level was 7 and we eat the same stuff. He goes into this long spiel about how vit D is way overrated and people are doing themselves great harm by megadosing to get their levels in the 50's. Then said he himself had a vit D level of 8 and it's been that way for years. WTH?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on September 12, 2011
at 10:06 PM

and vitamin A......too.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 07, 2011
at 05:21 PM

Akman: Arva Chiu is in Fbks. HOWEVER, she has now changed her practice to almost entirely gastro. But, you could call her office and get a referral to another Doc.

69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

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on September 07, 2011
at 11:52 AM

The whole argument about how "vitamin D is overrated" argument. Like The Quilt said, the literature is clear on the healthfulness of vitamin D. I can't remember the exact numbers but being in the sun for 30 minutes is WAY more of a "Megadose" of vitamin D at around 30,000 IU.

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on September 07, 2011
at 03:45 AM

N=1 just bugs the shit out of doctors! ha

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

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on September 07, 2011
at 03:42 AM

He told me that if it's low, I should consult him before I start megadosing and hurt myself. Yeah, right! I didn't tell him I already take 5000IU of D# daily. Is Dr. Chiu in Fairbanks or Anch? I'm in Fairbanks. I would love to find a good doc, but frankly don't think I'll need a doctor for much longer.

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

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on September 07, 2011
at 03:41 AM

I printed it up and will hand it to him tomorrow. I work in the hospital so see him in passing often. I'm the same guy who quit taking Synthroid a month ago, can't wait to see my TSH--I didn't tell him anything about that, either.

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:49 AM

I hope he is saving sick leave for his cancer treatments.

69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:38 AM

Sadly, this is a concept lost on many of our practitioners. The best ones are those that haven't forgotten who pays the bills. I'm lucky to have found a cardiologist on wolf's network, and he's open to do anything cardiac related. In terms of labs, everything's related, so I get some great healthcare.

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:37 AM

You're paying him to test it anyway!

F46d472ee4e097afd7e0081ed6f6ab21

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Word. Tell it like it is!!!

F46d472ee4e097afd7e0081ed6f6ab21

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:30 AM

So true. A doctor's job is to care about you. You're their boss. If you want your damn Vitamin D tested, he should test it. If not, go to some who will. Go to someone who will respect you.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 07, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Akman: Arva Chiu is a excellent Internal Med MD in your area. I think she is only doing gastro now though. If you called her office for a referral, you could be assured of an excellent one. In Anchortown: Timothy Coalwell MD and Maria Freeman MD - both excellent.

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:12 AM

And when they say such incredibly stupid stuff about one thing how can you trust them on any other subject related to your health?

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Your doctor is just wrong; well, stubborn, arrogant, and wrong to be more precise.

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:02 AM

Time for a new doctor.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:22 AM

That is not even CW any longer.....tell him to read this and then tell him I said read a freaking book some time before he hurts someone. He is total embarrassment to our profession.

http://jackkruse.com/the-sunshine-of-your-life/

F46d472ee4e097afd7e0081ed6f6ab21

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Word. Tell it like it is!!!

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

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on September 07, 2011
at 03:41 AM

I printed it up and will hand it to him tomorrow. I work in the hospital so see him in passing often. I'm the same guy who quit taking Synthroid a month ago, can't wait to see my TSH--I didn't tell him anything about that, either.

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69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Well, clearly he's big on conventional wisdom. Instead of challenging you, he should have, at the very least, treated you like a CLIENT. And he should be of the philosophy that if Vitamin D levels are important to you, it better DAMN WELL be important to him. I swear, practitioners who lack the ability to listen to their patients is almost the norm these days. His ego tells him that he's got to be right, and that you have no idea what you're talking about.

Go elsewhere, and seek out a new practitioner. Find another DOC, or NP, preferably a functional med doc. Check out the paleo physician's network.

Sorry for your experience, as a Nurse and aspiring NP, I cringe when I hear crap like that.

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on September 07, 2011
at 01:37 AM

You're paying him to test it anyway!

F46d472ee4e097afd7e0081ed6f6ab21

(745)

on September 07, 2011
at 01:30 AM

So true. A doctor's job is to care about you. You're their boss. If you want your damn Vitamin D tested, he should test it. If not, go to some who will. Go to someone who will respect you.

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on September 07, 2011
at 03:45 AM

N=1 just bugs the shit out of doctors! ha

69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

(1020)

on September 07, 2011
at 01:38 AM

Sadly, this is a concept lost on many of our practitioners. The best ones are those that haven't forgotten who pays the bills. I'm lucky to have found a cardiologist on wolf's network, and he's open to do anything cardiac related. In terms of labs, everything's related, so I get some great healthcare.

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on September 12, 2011
at 11:36 AM

Just make sure you supplement K2 and Mg along with it. You don't want xtra calcium to finish on wrong places.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 12, 2011
at 10:06 PM

and vitamin A......too.

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