Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vitamin D: Prana in a Pill?

Do people forget what it feels like to be well? I think so. While I was sick with a sinus infection, I remembered running around with my best friend last year, going dancing two or three times a week, and wondered how I ever had the energy to do all that. This morning, I woke up feeling healthy (even though I'm still coughing a little, and still taking Mucinex since I'm really afraid of a relapse). I got up at 6:30 (can't remember the last time I was up that early on a weekend), did some laundry, cleaned out the refrigerator, loaded and unloaded the dishwasher, changed the sheets, took out the trash, bought some groceries and got to work around 10. Concentrating on my work was so much easier than it was when I was sick. (That it was Saturday helped, too.)

I still have some symptoms of vitamin D toxicity. No vomiting, but I've had some momentary but severe acid reflux. I'd forgotten how painful that is. Nevertheless, I'm feeling better than I have in months.

My mother felt a cold coming on yesterday and started taking 50,000 IU of vitamin D per the SWAMP treatment plan. She'd felt listless for quite some time due to an infection, but it's been cleared up for awhile now. When she took a vitamin D test a few months ago, her level was 40--the low end of normal, and below optimal. For reasons I don't understand, her get-up-and-go returned when she took the high dose of vitamin D.

ETA: Dr. Davis noticed octagenarians, like my mother, renewing their energy with vitamin D back in 2007.


FredT said...

Any big dose vitamin or mineral does wonders if we are deficient, but not much positive if we are not deficient. I tried some of the other common frequently sub-clinical deficiencies, iodine, magnesium, Vit C and B. All had a small impact, so I stayed on a small dose of those, as well as D.

Lori Miller said...

Agreed--magnesium and zinc made a big difference for me. What I've started wondering is if an infection or other illness can make a person burn through a lot of vitamin D and leave them deficient and feeling under par.