Found this website looking for flea remedies and found so much more! I too am always looking for remedies other than what are mainstream, just because it seems to me there has got to be more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak!
Read about Vitamin D deficincy in The Star Tribune by a doctor at the U of MN who discovered how many people suffer from a lack of it. Of course, I am a blue eyed blond who frys like a lobster in the sun and can't remember when the last time was that I went outdoors without sunscreen and and hat so I began taking a D supplement right away. I take 2000 IU of vitamin D daily. I have to say that I feel pretty darn good considering I have arthritis in all the major joints of my body.
I also have been using lysine to take care of my Herpes simplex outbreaks for years and would not be without it. I find that if I take 4-6 500 mg tablets at the first sign of the itch/tingle on my lip, and then 2 tablets every couple of hours after that, I can most times, stop it in its tracks and completely skip and signs of the break out. If I am nowhere near my supply of lysine and I get those symptoms, taking it at first opportunity causes the leisons to heal very rapidly. In any case, it works for me.
Am going to try the apple cider vinegar thing as well, for arthritis and for the flea problem. Weird that it will be for 2 such unrelated problems but If it works, who cares. It is certainly safe enough. Thanks for being here as a sounding board and gathering of natural remedies.
EC and contributors, thank you for your dedication in helpful health and wellness information. I am confused about the vitamin D issue. I understand vitamin D is a steroid rather than a vitamin. If this is so, would the D actually suppress or support the immune system. I am very low in D and would like to supplement with it once my confusion is cleared up. So can someone please shed some light on this issue for me. Thanks Regards Patti
With all the hype around vitamin D3 nowadays, I thought I would try it. But this is my second time I've tried and stopped because I hate the way it changes my body odor, including my "female parts" and when I work up a sweat. Even my cats have noticed when sitting in my lap....
Perhaps it's because I rarely eat meat that I really noticed the change, but I can't tolerate it. I feel really animal-ly. I noticed my libido increased a bit and I had a touch more energy, but it's not worth it for me. I'll just try to get more sunshine in the winter.
(South Bend, Indiana, USA)
I have AS, diagnosed nearly 8 years ago. I have tried everything and stumbled upon something that has made a remarkable difference to my pain. I have been taking a supplement with vitamin d3 1000iu per tablet, boran(from borax)1mg, selenium 50mcg, and natural vitamin E 33 mg. I have been taking this supplement two mid morning and one in the afternoon. At the same time I am taking red algea (lithothamnion calcareum) 500mg, twice a day (taken at same time as red algea). Before trying this, talk to your Dr, not everyone is vitamin D difficient. I avoid the sun as I am fair skinned and burn easily.
Rosacea and Vitamin D
Have had mild rosacea for a year with broken capillaries on checks. Condition worsened considerably this past winter with pustules within red swellings appearing on face and neck in new places almost daily. I wondered why my skin was calm, with no redness, when I got up in the morning. I read a blog about Vit. D helping rosacea. Hmmm, I took my 1000 IU of Vit. D at night; perhaps that was why my skin was calm in the a.m., I reasoned. I started taking 1000 IU Vit. D when I got up in the morning as well as before bed. I noticed significant positive results immediately. My skin is almost entirely cleared up in one week, even the broken capillaries and redness in the cheeks has subsided. But the best thing is that the oozing pores and pustules have almost completely ceased. I still have maybe one pustule appearing per day, but it's isolated, and not like before where a 1/4" round area of my skin became very red with numerous oozing pores and one pustule within that area that took several days to calm down. I can't believe how easy this was. I'd read that rosacea is worsened by sunlight, so during this past winter I wouldn't go outside without sunscreen and a hat. My rosacea got much worse during this time period. I think I just got low in Vit. D. I'm 58 so that lower ability to absorb Vit. D may be part of it, too.
Seasonal Affective Disorder ..SAD
I am totally convinced that I am suffering from SAD. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I'm looking into getting a therapy light and also wondered if anyone had any suggestions on that. I've searched the internet and there are so many. I do supplement with vitamin D, magnesium, b complex and all the rest of the vitamins and minerals. I try to eat healthy most of the time and exercise (although I need to do more). I do miss the sunshine:(
It looks as a vitamin D deficiency can mess up your sleep. Bad sleep is preventing the body from self healing. The link below may give you more details. If interested you may also watch one of the videos. http://drgominak.com/vitamin-d-3/
I feel as people in developed country are missing a lot the sun benefits. Most of the time you are inside and the windows have UV blockers and when you go out you put sunscreen. Also winter is sometimes too long. I am not sure that D3 intake will fix the missing vitamin D in the body(without messing up something else) but it is the option we have now -at least for the long winter season.
What does cod liver oil have to do with cholesterol? When you get exposure to sunshine (which excludes most people in N. America) on a daily basis, your body uses cholesterol to make vitamin D. This is one reason you body makes an excess. Of course, if you do not get any sun exposure, you don't use up the extra cholesterol, nor do you produce much vitamin D. Most of the diseases that they warn you about resulting from high cholesterol, are really vitamin D deficiencies. Try having your vitamin D levels checked. You may be surprised. Also, low HDL is worse than "high" cholesterol levels, as evident in many heart conditions. A current study shows that the one thing people who live very long lives (over 100 yrs.) had in common was very high HDL levels. If you can't get any sun exposure, at least you can take cod liver oil (some brands taste OK) but you will still have high cholesterol levels. Niacin will raise your HDL level. FYI. Details: (On the importance of vitamin d levels) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43711-2004May20.html http://www.mercola.com/2002/feb/23/vitamin_d_deficiency.htm
HI U GOOD FOLKS DOIN, , , , , , , , , jus came in from being in the sun for about 2 hours on this gulf beach. There was not a cloud in the sky and I figure we got about 50,000 iu units of Vitamin D 3. And will go out for more later.
A number of years ago the FDA said all you needed was 800 iu units a day but lately they have raised this to 2000 iu. Our Anti-Aging Knoxville doctor says you should supplement in the winter with 50,000 iu units a day every other day. Our Progressive folks in Atlanta say 20,000 a day for a large adult.
Here is a URL that explains how the sun makes Vitamin D 3 by shining on your skin capillaries.
When you supplement, then beware of Vitamin D2 because it is not natural and is synthetic and is a waste of your time.
Another fallacy is to get your sun in the early morning or late afternoon. That is bull. The rays you need for Vitamin D are at high noon. You just don't need to stay as long and don't use sunscreen. Getting a tan and making Vitamin D are two different things.
Use sunscreen if you are going to be out all day. That is a no brainer. Like the authors of the latest health book I am reading said, medical science is not fact, it's just conclusions from a basis study. If it a law that God came up with, then buy in, otherwise, be leery of yo fellow man's opinion. If it's a natural law, then it never changes. So much of medical facts change:i.e. don't eat eggs, yeah now it's OK to eat eggs.... don't eat fat, yeah now it's OK to eat fat. Drink coffee, no don't drink coffee. You know the story.
Your best bet is to grow veggies or buy from farmers that are good stewards of the land.
Read good health books, take a break and then read some more. Your health is largely dependent on your knowledge. Folks on EC help, but even weigh what they say.
I took 10,000iu of vitamin D3 plus a k2 supplement for 3 weeks and developed nasty side effects. My joints all started clicking, my knees became painful and my muscles started twitching. I could also feel a weird sensation in my teeth and had lower back pain. A muscle allergy tester diagnosed calcium deposits in all my joints and tendons and recommended phytoplankton 3 times per day and ACV 3 times per day. I have been taking these for 2 weeks and have had slight improvement (I'm not twitching much anymore). I added a magnesium oil yesterday which appears to have helped my back pain.
But my joints still click (everywhere! ) and my tendons are painful. Other people on vitamin d forums have mentioned their joints clicking too. Have you got any suggestions? Should I try the chanca piedra? I'm scared to put any supplements into my body anymore.
Vitamin D Side Effects
My Vitamin D level is very low and my doctor told me to take vitamin D. I started vitamin D3 and I have muscle pain. I started with Magnesium 500mg and I was ok. I am not sure what kind of Magnesium I can take with vitamin D. Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Chloride or other kind of Magensium. Please help
Vitamin D Side Effects
A few months ago, I was feeling a bit down and slightly depressed, perhaps due to the lack of sunshine during our rainy winter, and decided to take Vitamin D. I am pretty picky when it comes to my health so I selected a reputable brand of D3 (cholecalciferol) and started taking 6000 IU a day. First, my energy level increased and my mood brightened up but after hardly a week, I started feeling very tired, and not well. My legs felt very heavy, like if I had poor blood circulation; going up the stairs became challenging and my muscles were shivering - or felt like it. One night, I woke up, my body in spasm. This is when I stopped taking D3. All symptoms disappeared within 24-48 hours.
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
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Would love to know if anyone has tried this company for an at-home blood spot test for vitamin d levels? My husband's friend (a chiropractor) just emailed him this link. Costs $75 per test. This test is not available for residents of New York, unfortunately. And if you live in California, you will need to have a prescription from a health care provider before you can order the test.
Please send us your feedback if you've used this (or any other online company) to test your vitamin d levels. Thanks!
Here is a wonderful youtube video by Dr John Cannell on the importance of vitamin D and getting the sun to on your skin "without sunblock". Sunblock has some terrible chemicals which enter your skin easily transdermally to the rest of your body.
He also mentions that wearing sunglasses is blocking the sun from your eyes and is not heathy either.
Anyone who is sick or not feeling well (or wants to stay healthy) should spend time out in the sun with skin exposed on a regular basis.
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
I have 1 gr. of vitamin D3 and I want to make the integrator mixed it with olive oil. How many oil have to be used to obteine the right dosage? Thank you!