What's the quickest way to elevate Vitamin D levels?
After two years of debilitating widely diffused chronic pain and being confined to a wheelchair, I have finally been diagnosed for Osteomalacia, a disease that is caused by severe long term Vitamin D deficiency. I have also put on a lot of weight, due to non-movement and the vitamin D deficiency.
Two months ago, I was administered an oral dose of Sterogyl 600,000 iu. I was tested two weeks ago, and my level had gone up a little bit to 5 nmol/L. I was then injected with another dose of Sterogyl 600,000 iu.
I live in France, and came to Australia a week ago to spend time with my family.
So far, I've been soaking up the sun for approx 30 mins a day with my arms, legs and face exposed with no sunscreen. I've also been taking 4000 iu of vegetarian vitamin D .
However, going online I've discovered that there are two different types of Vitamin D- D2 and D3...
I'm a little concerned, as it seems that D3 is more effective? The Sterogyl that I was injected with is D2.
I want to get well and out of this wheelchair, and the doctors really don't seem to know alot about Vitamin D!!
I'm begging anyone who has recovered or who knows a bit about the subject, to please help me put me on the right track.
I'm not expecting an overnight miracle, but I would like to be confidant that what I'm doing is the most efficient and prompt method of getting well.
I'm very very motivated and prepared to do whatever it takes to get better. Cod liver oil included!!!
Thankyou so much in advance - at the moment I feel so lost!!!!
- MrNeutralLv 69 years agoFavorite Answer
You need weight bearing exercise, you need to go to Mayo Clinic Rochester Minnesota.
- Kathy MillerLv 79 years ago
Everyone has excellent suggestions. I just wanted to add that I was told vitamin D from the sun has to be when the sun rays are close, or strongest, and if you take a lot of showers and use a lot of soap, without the natural oils on your skin your body cannot absorb the vitamin D from the sun. The softest skin I ever felt on someone was someone who rarely took a shower, and didn't use soap. You can wash parts of your body that need washing every day, but keep out of the shower...and don't use soap on the parts of your skin you want to pick up the sunlight. Vitamin D is toxic in large amounts in oil soluble forms, but one almost has to eat a polar bear liver to get that much...Adelle Davis tells in her books Lets Eat Right to Keep Fit and Let's Get Well, what the toxity amounts are, also taking Vitamin E helps keep it from being toxic. Digestive enzymes termporarily might help your body absorb the vitamin D. Something about cod liver oil, just one capsule a day, that's not enough oil soluable to do anything toxic, not even close, but I took a teaspoon one day, and I never sat us so straight ever, within an hour my posture was perfect, people who don't sand up and sit up straight could well be helped by cod liver oil, it's just easier in the capsules, so you don't have to taste it. You might try one of these a day, because it absorbs so well, or maybe your body can use it better, the oil soluable vitamins like the cod liver oil kind also absorb through your skin, although you wouldn't smell too great! Good Luck
- Anonymous9 years ago
You know there are other reason for osteomalacia. Kidney dysfunction, acidosis, liver problems and phosphate depletion. Make sure they are all normal. The best way to get Vit D is sunlight. You can also take supplements.. D2 and D3 does not have any real biological activity. Those forms must be converted into cholecalciferol the active form in the kidney or liver. That's why those organs must be functioning correctly.You can take Vitamin D supplements as well but remember that it is a fat soluble vitamin which means it is stored and you can get too much of it. Good luckSource(s): www.ForensicNutritionist.com www.HealthDirectorySearch.com
- thenoseknowsLv 79 years ago
Regular vitamin D/D2 is completely useless.
Vitamin D3 is the one you want to take. No studies have established an actual upper limit/toxic dose but it's guessed to be around 50,000iu a day for several months. No one does this in reality.
Vitamin D3 is actually a hormone.
You need to expose at least half your body to the sun for at least 30 minutes to manufacture about 20,000iu of D3.
You would be better off seeing a Naturopath or Homeopath than a regular MD. They get no training in nutrition, and what they know about vitamin deficiencies is very basic old information. They are trained to prescribe drugs. This is why most of them are still prescribing useless D2.
Mercola.com has a wealth of information on vitamin D testing, research studies, etc.
The current recommendation by natural health experts is 5 to 10,000iu of D3 daily as a maintenance dose in winter when people who live north of Atlanta can't manufacture their own D3 from sun exposure because the sun's rays are too weak to be of any benefit.
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- Chicago MikeLv 59 years ago
The best way to raise your vitamin D levels is by soaking up the sun as you are doing. I would stop taking the vegetarian vitamin D since that is D2. You want D3 which is natural and by taking D2 you are giving yourself a false sense of security. Your blood levels may rise, but it is the D3 that is the key to regaining your health. 
"Vitamin D is in a class by itself. Its metabolic product, calcitriol, is actually a secosteroid hormone that is the key that unlocks binding sites on the human genome. The human genome contains more than 2,700 binding sites for calcitriol; those binding sites are near genes involved in virtually every known major disease of humans." 
So what would be the best strategy to help raise your vitamin D levels? I would continue to get as much sun as possible and on days when it is not sunny you can use a tanning bed to help. It is important to remember that depending on where you are getting sun might not be enough. You get exposed to more UV-B rays the closer you are to the equator. So you might want to consider taking supplemental vitamin D3 temporarily until you get your blood levels up to optimal levels ( greater than 50 nmol/L.) 
I would also recommend that you consider taking additional supplements like a multi-vitamin and a magnesium supplement. I would avoid sources of D2 as it is possible that it may hinder your efforts of achieving a healthy vitamin D level.Source(s): 1 http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/vitamin-... 2 http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/ 3 http://drbenkim.com/vitamin-d-facts.htm D2 versus D3 http://www.thevitamindcure.com/blog/?tag=vitamin-d...
- Anonymous9 years ago
It sounds like you may be a vegetarian (^_^). There was a good article about vitamin D in "Natural Health and Vegetarian Life" magazine a couple of issues ago. I've just tried searching their website but didn't have any luck with it. (It is the magazine of the Australian Vegetarian Society.) The first answer here seems very comprehensive. Good luck with regaining your health.
- AndyboyLv 69 years ago
Here's something you may or may not know, Vitamin D is in the blue light spectrum of sunlight, and you can buy a special blue light for your house. This way you won't get burnt and will take in vitamin D in the comfort of your own home.
Try asking in a good health shop where you get one from. I thing they are about $60 though.
- ?Lv 69 years ago
Have you tried sitting in the sunshine for 30 minutes a day with as little clothing as practicable. It is the best source of vitamin D you can get.
- JanaLv 59 years ago
I am happy to see here that SOMEONE besides me says GO OUTSIDE!!! Free vitamin D right outside there.
Being a vegetarian is not going to make you deficient - your diet makes you deficient, and you're not getting enough sun.
Back in my day we heard those words every mornings: GO OUTSIDE!
- 9 years ago
Just go any pharmacy and ask, "Vitamin D complex" that's it!