Vitamin D: Finding Your Best Dose
I intended to post today about creating a program to take control of your health. Then I remembered that I had failed to tell you how to find your best dose of vitamin D. I have a tendency to assume that if I know something everybody knows it. That assumption has gotten me into trouble many times. I'm glad I caught it this time before it was too late.
Finding your best dose of vitamin D. is vitally important and also tricky. It's tricky because people process vitamin D very differently. For example, when Genevieve takes vitamin D 4000 IU daily her blood level of vitamin D is over 100 ng (nanograms). When I take 6000 IU daily my blood level is 56 ng. The only way you can tell if you have your optimum amount is by a blood test.
The optimum amount for healthy people is 60 to 70 ng. The optimum amount for sick people, including those with chronic disorders, is 80 ng. Yes, I know that these blood levels are FAR above those recommended by conventional medicine. I encourage you to go to http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/and find the citations in Dr. Cannell’s newsletters on the scientific literature supporting these levels. You may also come across his comment that in light of extensive current research, the decision to reduce the recommended children's dose of vitamin D to 200 IU was idiotic. In addition to being an authority on vitamin D, Dr. Cannell is also an experienced psychiatrist, well qualified to diagnose idiocy when he encounters it. This same research supports a children's dose of 1000 IU for every 25 pounds of body weight.
I can tell you from my clinical experience that these doses and blood levels work far better than the 30 ng considered optimum in conventional medicine.
Because the way body processes vitamin D varies so much from one individual to another it is necessary to test for blood levels. The testing itself needs some discussion because there is some confusion about which test to order and some of the tests are inaccurate. Since this is such an important issue, I will address it in my next blog. The risk of toxicity occurs above 150 ng.
No, I haven't forgotten about outlining the program for taking control of your health but vitamin D is important enough to deserve the full treatment before we move on.