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My doctor prescribed Vitamin D. Do I need to take Vitamin D supplements?

Saturday, Jan 31 - 2015

VITAMIN D

This week during our integrated homeopathic meeting. the midwife Deanna Wildemann, asked me how much Vitamin D I usually recommend. 

  • Not as much as you would think! Vitamin D is is essential for bone health. Recent research suggests it may have other benefits, too, such as protecting against colds and fighting depression. However I  am a bit cautious about recommending the pill form of Vitamin D. I suggest people provide lots of Vitamin D to their body in the form of food and in the case of my native sunny Manitoba sunbaths twice a week in front of a window and let the body figure out exactly how much it needs. 
  • In the summer time I recommend sunscreen be limited to mid summer peak hours of sunlight and days at the beach rather than everyday so that we get enough of the sunshine Vitamin to store up for the winter months. Overuse of sunscreen is actually affecting our vitamin D levels. That while it is useful for preventing skin cancer, overuse can lead to Vitamin D deficiency so it should be used judiciously. Exposure of 10 - 15 daily to the sun during the summer especially of at least your hands is actually very important.
  • Because Vitamin D is a stored Vitamin, our bodies are already designed to have some stored up for the winter months so when it needs topping up I provide good nutrition to let it select the exact balance it needs. This balance is called Homeostasis. In the case of Vitamin D there is a fine balance maintained int he body through a feedback loop which involves the skin, bones, parathyroid gland, the liver where it is stored and the kidney. According to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, with adequate diet and adequate exposure to sunlight for most people no dietary supplements are needed. 
  • So my answer is: it depends where you live and what you eat.
  • Here on the coast we can get Vitamin D by eating our native fish  like salmon, tuna  halibut and other oily fish. 
  • However, if you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies or adhere to s strict vegan diet or suffer from inadequate nutrition, people may be at risk for Vitamin D deficiency in which case I would recommend Vitamin D in the form of fish oil a supplement in the winter months. 
  • Now, if someone has seasonal effective disorder and I suspect it is due to Vitamin D deficiency, I don’t just recommend Vitamin D. This is because for one they are usually on it and still have the problem. The issue is not necessarily the amount of Vitamin D they are taking as it is difficulty assimilating and absorbing it. There is actually a wonderful feedback loop involved in the production of Vitamin D which includes the parathyroid gland, the liver, the bones and the tubules of the kidney. The cell salt Kalium phos 6d is the homeopathic remedy given to aid in Vitamin D absorption. 

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Shoshana

 

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