Monday, March 08, 2010

Scientists find why vitamin D is crucial

"Vitamin D is vital in activating human defenses and low levels suffered by around half the world's population may mean their immune systems' killer T cells are poor at fighting infection, scientists said on Sunday."

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Scientists find why sunshine vitamin D is crucial:

To hear Doctors talk to doctors about Vitamin D view this lecture.

You will notice in the lecture Black People and Melanin are not mentioned. Except for the concept of using equatorial Africans as the standard for optimum natural nutrition no studies of substantial melanin producers are mentioned. You will also note that the doctor speaking, indicates that MediPlex's drug companies have no interest in this subject, as there is no "Money" in it for them.

If you are going to learn about vitamin D, you are mostly going to have to do it on your own. Here is one doctor who actually talks about African Americans.

Simply supplementing with Vitamin D is not the hole answer. Supplementing and Testing is the road map to help you get where you need to be. I have taken 5 to 25,000 IU's of Vitamin D depending on my blood work. My Goal is to keep my Vitamin D level at 80 to 100 ng/dl.

I first heard about the relationship of Vitamin D to melanin from my doctor, Dr. Kokyi and other African American doctors talk about the Melanin/D Relationship in Black People above 30 degree latitude. Most Black People above this latitude are chronically D deficient.

This reality has profound implications regarding the cause of illness in Africans living in the cold latitudes. This also raises questions about effective dosing in Melanin producing humans vs. minimal melanin producing humans.

If 5,000 IU's is recommended for non substantial melanin producers, say skin type 1 to 3, If you are skin type 4-6, what should you take. This is where a culturally competent doctor who has had experience with your skin type (person who produces melanin at your level) can come in handy.

What do I do. I started taking 2,000 IU's of Vit D daily, along with my 1,000 milligrams of Vit C as prophylactic against colds. My first Blood test was 27 ng/ml. I upped my dose to 5k IU's daily and my next test 3 months later was 47 ng/ml. I increased my dose with my goal in mind to 10,000 IU's daily. So it is interesting to note in the relatively conservative medical lecture video, that the studies showed about 1 ng/ml increase for every 100 IU's taken. My guesstimation sounds about right my next blood test will tell.

The studies show no adverse effects at 200 ng/ml. They show dosing of fifty thousand to 10 million IU's, not recommend. I have heard Doc's explain, that giving 50,000 IU's in their practice to get a patients level up is not on common. Then naturally dropping the patient to a more normal dosing to maintain the target level.

Ethno-neutral medicine is a myth. If you are part of the Black ethnic group or the White ethnic group dramatically impacts your Vitamin D dosing.

The Bottom line is, this is new ground for most allopathic M.D.'s. You now have more information about Vitamin D then most allopaths today. It is OK to "trust" your doctor but verify. Pay close attention, test you individual level and let Ma'at guide you.

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1 comment:

Aunk said...

I would add the following information about dose. I am not a Doc, and the FDA did not Approve my thoughts, like Anti-vitamin McCain is trying to get them to do with his new bill.

The MediPlex Allopathic filled FDA recommended 400 IU's, despite the fact that they were told by homeopaths and other natuopaths for years, that this was far to low for minimal health. They have now raised it to 1000 IU's a day. Still to low IMHO.

The VA Hospitals just started measuring Vitamin D. They refused to test me for years, and you will still catch hell asking of a Vitamin panel from most of the MediPlex allopathc MD's

Black People Alert:
One of my doc has said he has never seen a substantial melanin producing patient, above 30 degrees latitude, who was not Vit D deficient. This is not one of those mythical ethno-neutral situations. As my mother use to say a word to the wise should be sufficient. Pay close attention.

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