Episode II in the epic journey of Is Vitamin D Toxic?
Well I made that trip to my doctor for my annual physical. I was pleasantly surprised at his laid back attitude of my high serum 25(OH)D. I thought that he would read me the ‘riot act’ instead his first question to me was how my healing with vitamin D.
Here is a doctor who has now been dealing with the benefits of vitamin D in his practice long enough to see how much effect that it is having on his patients. He also knew that I know enough about vitamin D that I would not have a long term high level of vitamin D. He could also see from my labs results that my serum calcium was perfectly normal.
So why was my vitamin D greater than 150 ng/ml? My wife had contracted a serious bacterial lung infection after being compromised by an exposure to soot and ash from an Ash Wednesday service. Yeah, I know. Anyway she passed this infection along to me. On the first Friday night in March my lung started to ‘gurgle’ and by Saturday morning I was coughing up blood. This bug had some very serious drillers that were digging deep into the walls of my lungs. I did not want to go the emergency room on the weekend or any other time for that matter so I decided to take a pharmaceutical amount of vitamin D3. I took 250,000 IU of D3 Friday through Monday. The break came on Sunday afternoon as I started to feel better. Believe me if my fever had spiked or more evidence of fluid in my lungs with that much vitamin D I would have been right to the emergency room.
My wife went the route of conventional medicine and took antibiotics. I went the route of the new understanding of vitamin D and went that route. Do not do this without being under the care of a doctor. It worked in my case, but if it had been a more serious infection like mrsa, I could have been in real trouble.
I did not take anymore vitamin D during March while waiting for my level to return to normal. It just happened that my lab test were two weeks after taking 1,000,000 IU of D3. Did that warrant a toxicity warning. I do not believe so in particular since my serum calcium was not high.
My doctor’s comments to me five years ago when I suggested that I was going to start taking large amounts of vitamin D3 was that he had learn in med school that my ‘organs would turn to stone’. Now they have their own Diasorin testing equipment and try to test everyone that they can. My doctors comment now is that he will be telling his patients about the benefits of vitamin D for a very long time. His concern now is the necessity for a change in the medical practice guidelines so that patients, doctors, and medical insurance can come together.
This doctor says that he has many patients that take vitamin D and has not seen a single high serum calcium level that could not be attributed to other causes. In other words he has not seen any vitamin D toxicity in his practice.
Our doctors are truly starting to learn about vitamin D and that all of their previous practice in medicine was on a vitamin D deficient population. This paradigm will truly change the face of medicine.
This doctor and his practice deserves a champion’s award in the Vitamin D Revolution. YOU ARE CHAMPIONS! -Vitamin D patient zero.
Survived another episode of illness with vitamin D. The sun is shinning today and you know where I will be. – Pandemic Survivor