If you make an appointment with your doctor to complain about a backache or joint pain, chances are, you will end up with a prescription for a potentially-dangerous painkilling drug. Oftentimes, your doctor may recommend surgery.
If you have risk factors for heart disease, as my husband has, you will probably be told to take a statin drug for the rest of your life. The side effects of taking the drug will most likely be downplayed. And what about depression? Has your doctor prescribed some massively dangerous antidepressant for that?
Do you have weak, brittle bones? Oh, there’s pharmaceutical “solution” for that as well. Trouble with retaining memories? Your friendly Pharma has a pill for that too.
Granted these are real issues that go along with many other common “age-related” health issues. However, the possibility exists that they are also just symptoms of a common vitamin deficiency, so if you see a doctor, make sure that it is one who has had thorough nutritional training, because the majority of doctors do not. Most medical schools only require 3 hours of nutritional training, and some don’t even require that.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to all of the above-mentioned symptoms. They can all be corrected very easily, quickly and inexpensively. Before you stop reading because you’re under the impression that you are getting sufficient D, please consider this. According to my own doctor, an amazing 75% of adults in the United States have insufficient vitamin D levels.
Too few doctors monitor their patients’ vitamin D levels. As previously mentioned, learning about nutrition in med school and, therefore, gaining the ability to accurately diagnose nutritional deficiencies is an almost a non-existent part of their medical training.
Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic proportions for one simple reason:people don’t get enough sun exposure. Our bodies can only produces vitamin D in response to ultraviolet rays. The human body is designed to spend most of the time outdoors, yet most people spend the largest percentage of our days inside. Additionally, public health officials declared war on the sun decades ago, urging people not to go outdoors without first slathering themselves in sunscreen. The truth is, moderate sun exposure is actually good for you. While sunscreens do protect the skin, they also block 100% of vitamin D production. Also, most brands contain toxic chemicals that do more harm than they do good. A solution?
I only use Pangea Organics cosmetic products that contain an excellent all-natural sunscreen. Additionally, I take 10,000 IUs of Michael’s brand of Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K2.
Now I’m not recommending a dosage for anyone because I am not qualified to do so. What I do recommend, however, is that you do seek out a nutritionally cognizant physician or Naturopath and discuss this matter and ask for a recommendation about how much you should take for your specific body type and weight.
My own life has changed exponentially since I increased my dosage….for the better.