Winter – Relieving Back Pain Without the Sun

It is that time of year when viral infections ravage the populations in the form of colds and the flu.  Disease states worsen and are manifest as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  More pharmaceuticals are prescribed to relieve illness and the side effects are extremely destructive as this is the third leading cause of death.  Young and old people alike die at higher rates from the reduction in the total state of health.  Winter, an evil time of year, calls for renewal and the hope of spring.  And the effects of reduced health are the pain alarms going off all over the body, in particular the central nervous system as characterized by back spasms.  Longing for the warmth of the sun, a state of blue sadness envelops us.

Ah, but then the sun rises higher in the sky and we once again reach a state of hope as renewal is just around the corner.  What are we to do as we wait?  Celebrate life and enjoy the understanding that this sadness of winter is not necessary.  It truly is a matter of nutrition and getting the essentials from the sun that are available in abundance in the summertime.  So two things happen that impact the quality of life.  First at latitudes further away from the equator, we lose the exposure to ultraviolet light as the angle of the sun declines during winter.  Second, we do not have access to a large of abundance of fresh unprocessed foods.  Not enough ultraviolet light and we do not make enough vitamin D, the hormone that is the master of our biological systems through the connection with the sun.  Processing foods for food safety destroy the enzymes necessary for biological thriving.  All of the minerals necessary for the body electric normally consumed in fresh foods are lost in the water of the cook pot.  And worse, potable water safety has driven us to systems that take all of the minerals out of our drinking water.

As you know if you read this blog regularly, I have recovered from a number of very serious diseases that were stealing my life.  This by the consumption of supplements because we are not getting the require essentials for life through our modern systems of living.  So here is what I personally take to sustain my biological systems.  But before I state those, I would like to say that the less pharmaceutical products that you take, the better chance of survival you have.  When you take more pharmaceuticals to offset the side effects of what you have already been prescribed, be extremely careful as you heading done a path of complexity that our medical professionals struggle to solve.  There have not been any double blind placebo controlled studies that describes what happens when you are taking more than two things in combination.  The more pharmaceuticals you take the more complex it gets.  The average number of prescriptions for people over sixty five that are on Medicare/Medicaid has sky rocketed to fifteen.  The complexity of this many things combined is beyond the scope of most physicians.  Nutrition is just the opposite of this as variety is critical to obtain the essentials for life.

Consider that I weigh two hundred thirty pounds and am now six feet two inches in height – adjust according to your weight:

Vitamin D3 -10,000 IU per day from all sources.    As this hormone is added to many different products and you make it from the sun, it is necessary adjust what you require as a supplement of just vitamin D3.  It is not how much you take that is important, it is what level of 25(OH)D3 is in your system.  This is the amount of vitamin D to keep my results between 60 ng/ml – 80 ng/ml.  Brand type is important because all brands do not replenish your systems the same.  The only way that you know is through testing.

Vitamin A – 5,000 IU per day – Vitamin A from fish liver oil.

Vitamin C – 4000 mg per day

Vitamin B – whatever is in my multiple vitamins plus a 100 B-complex per day.

Multiple Vitamin – Here I make sure that it has the trace elements that are necessary.  This includes the essentials of manganese, molybdenum, and silicon. I depend on this tablet to contain my required vitamin E.

Magnesium – 800 mg per day as a chelate, ie. – malate, glycinate, etc.

Calcium – 800 mg per day

Sulfur – Triple strength glucosamine, chondrotin, and MSM – like Osteo – Biflex or Schiff’s brand.  Here I want to be sure that it has hyaluronic acid.  This is usually two caplets per day.

Or – 4000 mg MSM  Methalsufonylmethane

Or – One fourth to one half teaspoon of Epson Salt (magnesium sulfate, pharmaceutical quality) in my morning beverage.

If you do not want to practice variety in your sulfur consumptions, then stick to the triple strength products.  I also eat a lot of garlic, onions, and eggs – all very rich in sulfur.

Iodine – 12.5mg Iodine/Iodide

Potassium – I try to use as much potassium salt as a substitute for sodium salt as possible.  If I feel any cramping – I will drink twelve ounces of low sodium V-8 juice which gives you about 1000 mg of potassium.   In general, your salt consumption should be about five grams of potassium and five grams of sodium each day.  If one is higher than the other, then try to make the potassium consumption higher than the sodium through diet choices.  Typical American diet is about 1.5 grams of potassium and 7 grams of sodium.

Fish Oil for omega-3 fat

Five hours per week of exercise at the gym.  This is essential for nutrient flow along with spinal decompression using an inversion table.

I take no prescription pharmaceuticals.  The medical professionals say that you cannot grow new cartilage.  I disagree.  The above nutrients and lots of exercise that allows the flow of replenishing fluids to cartilage have given healthy cartilage.  Spacing in my spine has increased enough to clear all of the nerve roots to relieve pain.  The one place that the cartilage had completely disappeared has not grown new cartilage.  All other joints are now healthy.  None of the above supplementation would be necessary if I ate lots of raw foods and drink natural mineral rich water and lived in the sun.

Faith and Hope brings the very spark of life – Love!  – Pandemic Survivor

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8 thoughts on “Winter – Relieving Back Pain Without the Sun

  1. Thanks so much for this blog entry. After five years of excruciating thoracic back pain, which then spread to the lumbar region, I recently stumbled upon the link between vitamin D deficiency and back pain. The pain improved noticeably after taking 1,000iu D/day, and even more after increasing to 5,000iu/day. After finding this blog I tried adding calcium and 700mg magnesium daily, and the results have been nothing short of miraculous. I believe this is the missing factor that was preventing my back from healing for all those years. I work long hours in an office and get basically zero sunlight.

    I should add that a number of other bizarre health problems started to clear up as well after starting vitamin D supplementation, not to mention immense improvements to my mental clarity and attention span.

    Thanks so much, and God bless.

    • Because you have not been getting an adequate amount of vitamin D3 your liver has become ‘clog’ with too much vitamin A. After several months with a serum level above 40 ng/ml (25OHD) you may consider supplementing with vitamin A from fish liver oil or eating a piece of liver once per month about the size of your hand (100,000IU vitamin A). The cartilage cell differentiation comes through a dimer that is a combination of vitamin A and vitamin D3 that attaches to the receptor cites as VDR/RXR (vitamin d receptor/retinal complex receptor).

  2. Thanks so much for this blog entry. After five years of excruciating thoracic back pain, which spread to the lumbar region, I recently stumbled upon the link between vitamin D deficiency and back pain. The pain improved noticeably after taking 1,000iu D/day, and even more after increasing to 5,000iu/day. After finding this blog I tried adding calcium and 700mg magnesium daily, and the results have been nothing short of miraculous. I believe this is the missing factor that was preventing my back from healing for all those years. I work long hours in an office and get basically zero sunlight.

    I should add that a number of other bizarre health problems started to clear up as well after starting vitamin D supplementation, not to mention my mental clarity and attention span.

    Thanks so much, and God bless.

  3. Thanks so much for this blog entry. After five years of excruciating thoracic back pain, which spread to the lumbar region, I recently stumbled upon the link between vitamin D deficiency and back pain. The pain improved noticeably after taking 1,000iu D/day, and even more after increasing to 5,000iu/day. After finding this blog I tried adding calcium and 700mg magnesium daily, and the results have been nothing short of miraculous. I believe this is the missing factor that was preventing my back from healing for all those years. I work long hours in an office and get basically zero sunlight.

    I should add that a number of other bizarre health problems started to clear up as well after starting vitamin D supplementation, not to mention my mental clarity and attention span.

    Thanks so much, and God bless.

  4. Hello, great blog. I just discovered your posts looking up inversion tables and itching. I recently purchased an inversion table that I love and noticed itching in my legs and connected the two (perhaps incorrectly) but I will be taking my vit D supplements as I do in the winter and will let you know what happens.Thanks again. I don’t have back pain, but notice that the inversion table makes me feel great. I’m so glad I got one.

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  6. Beautiful post, Mark. I shall be sharing it with my family and friends.

    I would like to add that spirituality (as you’ve written) is very important. My parents’ strong faith has kept them fairly optimistic and resilient. Unfortunately, their faith in God is not the only one as they have faith in the medical establishment as well.

    My father is 69 years old and the drugs they’ve put him on for his borderline HTN have lead to a significant loss of muscle mass. He will not listen to me about their marginal benefits but really dangerous side-effects. He has gone in a few years from a strong, physically active man to one who struggles to open a can. His arms seem to have shrunk over the past year alone.

    We can’t really change people (it is hard enough to change ourselves) but I would do anything to have him switch to a more holistic nutrition/supplement based approach to his blood pressure issues.

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