My daughter (who isn't a nudist), has been having all kinds of problems, we couldn't figure out what was the cause of them....

Chronic Fatigue, Muscular Aches, Depression, Irritable Bowel....

You name it, not problems you would expect for a 27 year old...

We chalked it up to her being mom to a houseload of kids, and stress...

Finally today, after being told she had everything in the book (in the past), she found out she is deficient in vitamin D...

50 nM/L is normal, 30 nM/L is Deficient, hers is 18 nM/L (a level that increases your risk of death by ALL factors significantly)...

Now we don't know if it's because she has some problem with absorption of Vit. D, or if she just doesn't get out in the sun much (which she doesn't)...

The Doctor told her she would have to drink 40 glasses of milk a day to get enough Vitamin D, or move to Arizona (seriously), he didn't however mention that she could become a nudist...

So now she is starting on a prescribed Vitamin D supplement of 50,000 units a week...

According to the article the average person can make about 20,000 units from 20 minutes of sun exposure...

I suppose that may vary if you live too far from the equator ...

Actually in winter above 35 degrees north of the equator or below 35 degrees south of the equator, the chances of your body making vitamin D are nil...

She Lives in central Illinois (haven't worked out what latitude that is yet)...

Brenda and I haven't mentioned to our family that we are nudists (or even home nudists)...

After I told my her she should lay out at least 20 minutes 3x a week (=60,000 units), I jokingly told her she should become a nudist...

She kind of laughed and said "they have camps for that", I told her I was calling her from one - LOL


Anyway here is the article, hope it is informative...


The Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency

Published by Sandy Robinson at under Drugs/Supplements (on the Fighting Fatigue Blog)...

To Read It From The Original Source Click Here...

http://www.fightingfatigue.org/?p=1220

I wrote an article online about the dangers of Vitamin D deficiency and thought it would be fitting for this site. Never try to diagnose yourself. Always see a physician with any questions on Vitamin D Deficiency or any other health issues.

I never realized until I was diagnosed with a serious Vitamin D deficiency what all problems this could cause. My doctor was very concerned because my levels were dangerously low and he immediately put me on a high dose Vitamin D supplement. Some other health problems my doctor told me Vitamin D deficiency could cause include heart disease, chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, hypertension, arthritis, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, PMS, Crohns Disease, cancer, MS and other autoimmune diseases.

The Vitamin D Council states that Vitamin D deficiency can also cause stroke, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting and birth defects.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists released a report in October of 2007 that stated approximately one in four patients who have chronic pain issues were also found to have low levels of Vitamin D. This was according to a new study that the American Society of Anesthesiologists conducted. Their study also found that those with lower levels of Vitamin D required higher doses of morphine over a longer period of time.

According to the Vitamin D Council, if you are someone who completely avoids the sun you will need to take approximately 4,000 units of Vitamin D per day. You would have to drink 40 glasses of milk a day or take 10 multivitamins a day to get the required amount of Vitamin D. Naturally neither one of these methods is recommended so what are we to do? Many people now fear the sun due to the increasing awareness and prevalence of the deadly skin cancer, Melanoma. The Vitamin D Council says that most people typically make about 20,000 units of Vitamin D after 20 minutes of sun exposure, which is about 100 times more than the daily amount of Vitamin D the FDA says we need. Tanning beds are another option to get the required amounts of Vitamin D also. Personally I will not use a tanning bed or spend excessive amounts of time out in the sun due to fear of skin cancer.

There is another option if you are not a sun worshiper. You can have your physician administer a 25-hydroxyvitamin test to determine if you have optimal levels of Vitamin D in your blood. The Vitamin D Council considers optimum levels to be approximately 50 nM/L. The 25-hydroxyvitamin test measures the amount of calcidiol (a prehormone found in the blood that is produced in the liver). This is considered the most reliable form of testing for Vitamin D deficiency. If this test shows that you are indeed Vitamin D deficient, there is also a supplemental vitamin D3 cholecalciferol you can take.

In order to get the proper amount of Vitamin D your body requires, you need to be able to find a healthy balance of sunlight, but still reduce your risk of skin cancer, particularly Melanoma. Wear sunscreen every time you are in the sun and keep your sun exposure to 20 minutes at a time.

Sources used for this article include:

ImmuneSupport.com - Vitamin D Inadequacy May Exacerbate Chronic Pain

Vitamin D Council - Vitamin D Research and Research Requirements Link

Other Fighting Fatigue articles on Vitamin D Deficiency:

Low Vitamin D Associated With Increased Risk of Death

Vitamin D Deficiency: A Disease of Neglect

Low Vitamin D May Be Harmful to Bones of Those with IBD

Vitamin D & Vitamin D Deficiency Links

Vitamin D Deficiency Tied to Back Pain In Older Women