For about 3 or 4 years I had been experiencing some very strange symptoms in my health some severe some very slight. The first things I experienced was consistent tiredness and fatigue, this has been going on the longest but in all honesty I put this down to my less than perfect diet, the fact that I work long hours and my on and off trouble with sleeping. I also experienced a mild to severe depression on and off and a total lack of motivation to complete tasks or achieve anything as it were. Again I thought this was down to other cuases such as because I had been single for a while, and was not in my ideal job est. But about two years ago things started to get a lot worse, and I experienced the onset of two very worrying health conditions. Firstly my hair started to fall out, every time I washed it, it would come out in handfuls. I found this very stressful as I am only 31 years old and previously I had very long hair which was in great condition, and although it has never been thick it was thick enough to hold a style nicely. As time went on my hair started to look noticeably thinner and scraggly and I no longer dared dye it for fear of making things worse. I went to my GP about the hair loss but all the blood tests they did came back as normal, then after about 4months it just randomly stopped falling out as quickly as it started, I was over the moon! obviously I was still worried as to why it had started in the first place but was just so relieved that it appeared to have stopped and as the months went by my hair started to thicken up again.
Then last October time the hair loss randomly started again, but even worse than it had been the year before. On top of this I noticed that my vision was becoming blurry ay work and I was struggling to focus on people when I was speaking to them, almost like my eyes were wanting to go in opposite directions from were I wanted them to! I started to experience horrendous migraines which I had never suffered from before and then one day a couple of weeks after this had first started the muscle in my right eye simply seemed to give up the ghost and I was left with a lazy eye! I would be looking at someone or something when all of a sudden my eye would start drifting around and there were absolutely nothing I could do about it. I went to my doctors who were useless, the doctor seemed very disinterested and simply said I would have to go to the opticians. By this point I had also developed what was called nystagmus in both eyes, which is were the eyes move either from side to side or up and down uncontrollably. it was extremely uncomfortable as my eyes became so sore and red as they were constantly moving around even when I was a sleep and it made it virtually impossible to focus on anything. I couldn't even see the TV unless I was virtually sat on top of it! Writing this I have almost forgot how bad things were, but it really was one of the most difficult times of my life. I was terrified as I didn't understand what was happening to me or if it would ever get better, and to top of it all my hair was still falling out as well. The opticians on the other hand were brilliant, and referred me to the hospital were eventually after several months I underwent an adult squint operation to correct the movement in my right eye, as the muscle I later learned literally had given way. Luckily this operation has sorted out the problem although my eye didn't heal very well, as I have been left with scar tissue so when I am tired or stressed part of my eye turns very red and sore and I still suffer from mild nystagmus, although this is nowhere as bad as it was. I had also been suffering from reoccurring bouts of thrush for about 3 years and no matter what I tried I just couldn't shift it, it made sex painful and uncomfortable and if nothing else was just a nuisance. In addition I started to suffer from reoccurring fungal nail infections which I would treat, new nails would grew then the fungus just seemed to return again.
Several months ago I also finally got to my wits end about my hair falling out, as again this year in October it once again started to fallt. I went back to the doctors again but still no joy, so I decided to make a consultation with a hair specialist (trichologist) at the Claremont hospital. The first thing he recommended was certain blood tests but in different reference ranges to what the doctors would normally measure with, he advised that apparently the levels doctors class as sufficient of certain vitamins a specialist would class as way under, so he wrote to my GP and off I went for my blood tests. When the results came back everything was ok other than MY VITAMIN D this was way, way under what it should be at 22ng/ml. I gave the specialist my results and he immediately said this was the problem, potentially together with my implant contraception which is progesterone based. Progesterone although a female hormone which is mainly used to support the development of a pregnancy, is derived from testosterone so if levels are too high it can result in hair loss. Because my vitamin D levels are so low the doctor has started me on 20,000 iu of vitamin D a day for 3 weeks, and it was this discovery in my deficiency that sparked my interest in reading this book.
After reading Jeff's book I feel like I have stumbled upon a gold mine, absolutely everything I have been experiencing for the past few years finally makes sense. The chronic tiredness which I had pretty much wrote off "as one of those things" the mild to severe depression, the total lack of motivation to do anything or make any progress with things. My hair loss, the reoccurring bouts of thrush and fungal nail infections that I just couldn't shift. I am even potentially putting my eye problems down to this as well, as vitamin D deficiency causes muscle weakness and although the surgeon suggested that I had probably always had an inherent weakness in my right eye, the fact that I have been vitamin D deficient for so long has probably caused the muscle to be pushed "over the edge" and finally given up the ghost in being able to function sufficiently. I have been taking the vitamin D prescribed by the doctor for about a week now, and in terms of energy levels I am already feeling better to the point were I am struggling to get to sleep at night as I am simply not tired! I had forgotten how it felt not to get to 9pm and be ready for bed when I am only 31years old! What I did find slightly worrying though was that the doctor did not recommend me taking any K2 vitamin to balance out the high levels of vitamin D she had prescribed for me. Whether she thought this wouldn't matter as she only put me up a 3week course of 20,000 iu which was to be reduced to 800 iu for 2 further months after, or if this is because she simply doesn't have the knowledge I don't know! but I think it highlights how far behind the medical profession as a whole really are...
On reflection my vitamin D deficiency is not surprising. I work at a veterinary practice so work long hours, often 11hour shifts at a time and in winter I arrive at work in the dark and leave work in the dark, we do not get proper lunch brakes to enable me to go outside to get any fresh air and I have not been abroad the last couple of years to top up my levels. I agree with Jeff that probably the majority of the nation are vitamin D deficient and simply do not realise it. I will be telling everyone I know about the wonders of vitamin D and believe it is something which should be made common knowledge to people. I also definitely agree with Jeff that the big pharmaceutical companies have a lot to answer for and I do think he is at least partially right in that they do withhold certain information from the general public in order to make money. This has happened in many areas such as with St Johns wart, I know a lady who used to work for a big pharmaceutical company and she said as soon as they latched on to the effectiveness of St johns wart as an antidepressant they went out of their way to make it as difficult and expensive for people to get hold off as possible, as if used properly would likely leave the majority of antidepressants redundant. The more research I do the more I am starting to think that there is a natural alternative to virtually all medication and in order to ease all health conditions. I do believe we are kept in the dark "literally on purpose" as I am starting to put all the pieces together and have come to the conclusion that it is our modern day life styles that have created potentially most if not all of the health conditions we suffer from. We have lost the natural rhythms of life which used to work in tune with nature, as fresh air, sunshine and natural grown foods without the addition of additives and chemicals used to keep us healthy and happy. I am hopeful though that as time goes on more and more ancient knowledge will start to come back to help us and that eventually the self created "dark holes" we seem to have put ourselves in will be eradicated and we will once again return to nature.
Just a quick update, I have been taking the 20,000iu vitamin D for around 3weeks now and started to run into a few problems sleeping at night, as I literally have too much energy now! but have since discovered that vitamin D should always be taken first thing in the morning as it temporally blocks the production of melatonin which is the hormone that helps us get a good nights sleep. I took it first thing yesterday and did seem a lot better last night so fingers crossed I've cracked it now :)