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5.0 out of 5 stars Crossing Off, 14 Oct. 2013
For six years the boxes I checked were growing in number. From arthritis to vertigo and dozens of other conditions in between my health questionnaires began to resemble a medical dictionary of ailments. I saw osteopaths, rheumatologists, gynaecologists, psychologists, then at long last an endocrinologist, who performed a simple blood test that revealed I was extremely deficient in vitamin d. All of those years spent chasing answers for the cause of my debilitating muscle and bone aches,tendinitis, fatigue, insomnia, high cholesterol and blood sugar results, plus unexplained weight gain just might be due to this deficiency. I have been prescribed 60,000iU of dekristol (d3) per week for 3 months and didn't question the dose. After reading your book I decided to take an additional over the counter d3 dose of 5000iU each day as well as the weekly dose. I also take vitamin k2, cod liver oil and a vitamin b complex. I am going to use a uvb lamp. I was just diagnosed 5 days ago but I have had two good night's sleep, Achilles pain and tendon pain in hands has diminished, I feel energised and happier. I'm not a dairy fan but have increased calcium intake. I would not have done this had I not discovered your studies and references. It makes sense to me. Docs have pumped me full of potentially addictive painkillers, stomach damaging anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-seizure drugs and appetite suppressants as well as cortisone injections and steroids to try to control (not cure) my health problems. I took them without question and in desperation took them all. They caused short and long term damage to me, so experimenting with vitamin d3 seems like a walk in the park in comparison - but with REAL results in a short space of time. Thank you for giving me to take my endocrinologist prescription just that little bit further with your excellent book and case studies and reassuring cross references about the importance of high doses of vitamin d for optimum health in a way that the lay person can understand. I'm really looking forward to crossing off all those ailments from my very long list of health problems that have stumped my doctors for years. Your book gets a huge tick of approval from me.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2013 22:08:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Oct 2013 22:09:59 BDT
You should not take cod liver oil as animal vitamin A blocks vitamin D, as said by Dr Cannell and Dr Hollick
You should not take calcium supplements, this is not beneficial for bones and potentially dangerous (heart, cancer)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2014 22:02:22 GMT
Tammy says:
So what should we take instead?

Posted on 26 Nov 2014 19:57:46 GMT
Hi Susannah. I'm just another fan of vit d3 and hugely grateful to Jeff Bowles for getting out there, doing all the leg work and enlightening us. You really have been in the wars but I'm sure that d3 will help you enormously and you will be aware of all the little improvements as well as the big ones. It gets confusing when others make brief judgements and give snappy advice. Take your time, research and research some more and you will find confidence in your body and what it's telling you. If you're on the wrong track im pretty sure you'll have an indication. All the very best and a really hope you get well very soon.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2015 21:18:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Feb 2015 21:20:02 GMT
L. Llewellyn says:
Hi Tammy, I think the advice is just to take Vitamin D3 and K2.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2015 10:22:03 GMT
There are reasons not to take cod liver oil as normally sold in the UK, but not the reason you state. (The reason is that the natural vitamins are removed in the processing, and synthetic ones put back in - that's why I stopped taking it. There are better versions of it available from the US, but at great cost).

I haven't read the people you cite, but I have read other experts, and it seems that vitamin A and D are synergistic. As for animal sources, well, people have been consuming e.g. organ meats and butter for centuries and done well on them.

Whether you need calcium supplements or not is entirely dependent on the condition of the individual. The balance between Ca and Mg is important. Most people probably need more Mg, but some people will need both Ca and Mg. And of course D3 and K2 are important. It's hard to get enough of these from the diet, and in the northern hemisphere we don't get much sun for a quarter of the year, so supplementation is important.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2015 14:40:19 GMT
It is not entirely correct statement, according to Vitamin K2 and the Calicum Paradox, Vitamin A prevents vitiman D toxity when vitamin A above miminal requirements to "switch on" the protection. Same goes for vitamin D prevents vitamin A toxicity when vitamin D is above the miminal requirement that enable to "switch on". These "switch on" provide protection otherwise vitamin A toxicity is happened when vitamin D is too low and vice versa.
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