What To Do About Diabetes ?

Diabetes (Type 2) is caused when your body produces too much glucose from the food that you eat and your body cannot absorb it

It can be reversed within 1-3 months – for most people – by changing the food that you eat

There are 2 approaches that work:

Low Carb Healthy Fats

  • Reduce the amount of carbohydrates that you eat – to virtually zero

  • That means almost no sugar, bread, rice, pasta and some root vegetables

  • To provide energy and stop you feeling hungry you need to add healthy fats

  • Learn more about Low Carb Healthy Fat ( LCHF ) and Ketogenic diets

Intermittent Fasting

  • Some people eat one meal a day ( OMAD )

  • Some people stop eating at 7:00pm and fast until the same time next day

  • Some people do 36 -72 hour fasts, with just liquids such as bone broth

Learn more about this by following these 2 doctors and watching their talks:

Dr David Unwin



Twitter:  @lowcarbGP

Dr Jason Fung 



Twitter:  @drjasonfung


The Obesity Code, by Dr Jason Fung

The Obesity Code Cookbook, By Dr Jason Fung & Alison Maclean

Diabetes website

Dr David Unwin has recently reported on the 83rd patient in his practice who has reversed their diabetes and on many who have stopped taking drugs and injecting Insulin

Continuous Glucose Monitor

You can wear a small disc on your skin that measures your glucose continuously and shows you the result on your smartphone.  The Freestyle Libre disc lasts for 2 weeks at a time

This will show you how much your glucose rises when you eat a bowl of rice or pasta, or a sandwich or a banana – or even 2 carrots

Once you learn how different foods affect your glucose you can make more intelligent choices about what you eat and when

Learn more here:     https://www.freestylelibre.co.uk/libre/

Sunshine & Supplements

There are a few supplements that can help your body absorb glucose better

This information is not meant to be prescriptive, as your needs are individual and you should take advice from a health professional

Vitamin D

There is very good evidence that if you boost your blood level of Vitamin D to 4-6 times the level that UK doctors currently define as “Deficiency” it helps your body absorb the glucose better.

The UK definition of Deficiency is when Vitamin D 25(OH)D is less than 25 nmol/L.

Grass Roots Health suggests that your new target range should be 100-150 nmol/L

Learn more about this at:




You can do this by getting more sunshine on your body or by taking a high-strength Vitamin D3 supplement.  The average person will need 50-100 μg ( 2,000-4,000 IU ) per day or maybe more, rather than the 10 μg ( 400 IU ) currently advised by the NHS.  You can get a similar amount of Vitamin D from sunshine, but only when your shadow is shorter than you.  This is normally only possible in the UK between April and September and between about 10:00am and 4:00pm.

You may only need 15 minutes if your skin is very white or 2 hours if your skin is very black !


There is very good evidence that boosting your Omega-3 and reducing your Omega-6 will help improve your Triglycerides – and therefore your Diabetes.

Your new target is:

Omega-3 Index             >8%     Relevant for Diabetes and heart health

Omega-6/3 Ratio         <3:1     Is my Inflammation low enough ?

Learn more about this at:


Fats Of Life



There is good evidence that boosting your blood levels of Magnesium helps to regulate your blood sugar level – and therefore your Diabetes.  Dietary sources rich in magnesium include green leafy vegetables, unrefined grains, legumes, beans, and nuts.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Magnesium for adults is 300-420 mg per day.

You may respond differently to different types, so try combinations like Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Glycinate or Magnesium L-Threonate.  Avoid Magnesium Oxide which has poor bio-availability.

You may benefit from magnesium sprays or a long soak in a warm bath with magnesium crystals

Learn more about this at:


NIH Factsheet

Book: The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr Carolyn Dean

Get Expert Help

Most UK doctors are not comfortable advising about Diet and Lifestyle.  If they are, then take their advice.  You could also take advice from a qualified Nutritional Therapist who is a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists ( www.BANT.org.uk )

You can find a local practitioner at:  https://bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/practitionerSearch.faces

I suggest that you select 10 local ones and interview them to find their expertise and the one that suits you best.

Download a copy of this blog

What To Do About Diabetes – with hyperlinks ( PDF document )

What To Do About Diabetes ( Word document – ready to print )

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Can we boost our natural immunity ?

Our medical experts have offered us 2 ways to avoid the Coronavirus

1. Keep your distance ( Social Distancing )
2. Physical barriers ( Masks & visors etc )

Could there be a 3rd way ?

In order to return to normal life, I think that we will all have to find ways to boost our natural immunity against infection.

COVID-19 is a more virulent, and a very much more infectious, version of the influenza that occurs world-wide every year towards the end of the winter
– previous examples of which are SARS, MERS and Swine Flu.

A vaccine is NEVER going to prevent the next strain of Influenza, since vaccines take many months to develop, and we are always chasing ways to stop the last pandemic – not the next one
Vaccines work for established illnesses like Polio, Measles, Mumps etc, but are probably useless for a novel virus
We still don’t have vaccines for SARS and MERS  and Swine Flu !

Since most modern doctors do not understand anything which is not a licensed drug, I invite you to review this information below:

Dr Andrew Saul maintains that we should take much larger amounts of Vitamin C – when we are stressed or ill
He also reports how the Chinese and many USA hospitals are now using intravenous Vitamin C as first-line treatment for COVID-19.


Dr Cicero Coimbra, Dr William Grant, Henry Lahore and Dr David Grimes show strong evidence that high levels of Vitamin D boost our natural immunity against the annual Influenza – and COVID-19 –  and help to fight the cytokine storm


Vitamin D Supplements Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infection and Death


Dr Sarah Myhill suggests that we should inhale iodine vapour, since that coats our nasal passages and upper airways with an antiseptic that kills the virus when we breathe it in


Dr Paul Marik has a protocol involving Vitamin C, Vitamin B1 and steroids that have a synergistic effect in treating Sepsis, that also helps to treat Influenza and Pneumonia.

Dr Joseph Mercola has published “10-Tips to Beat Coronavirus” that add several foods, traditional herbal remedies and supplements, such as Elderberry, Spirulina, Beta Glucans, Glucosamine, Selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Sulphoraphane, plus Zinc and the traditional herbal remedy Echinacia

Patrick Holford summarises many of these treatments in his excellent book:  FluFighters
https://www.patrickholford.com/flu-fighters <-well worth reading

I am really not surprised that we are not going to hear much about these non-drug ways to build immunity, because most of the doctors in NICE in the UK do not understand them and the FDA in USA has banned anyone making claims for treatment or prevention using anything but licensed drugs.

Also Google and Facebook altered their search algorithms in June 2019 to block any claims that do not use licensed drugs, mostly as part of their war against Fake News but possibly to keep the advertising revenue from the drug companies.

Many of the general public do understand some of these natural methods of boosting our immunity, including how sunlight is the best disinfectant
– except that the dermatologists have taken over the lunatic asylum and told us to stay out of the sun !

It might save money and lives if the UK government gave everyone Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc

Until then:  Boots have 3 month’s supply of slow release Vitamin C + Zinc and high strength (75 μg) Vitamin D for £17.  If you buy in bulk to take advantage of their 3-for-2 you can get these for £12

Finally, we can end the lock-downs and all go back to work if our experts would simply tell our politicians to do a few simple things:

1. Wear masks in public and in workplaces. Wearing masks should be mandatory until the new infection numbers substantially drop, which would only require a maximum of 7-8 weeks.

2. Promote zinc, vitamin C and vitamin D to the population. Begin ramping up government funded manufacturing of zinc supplements to be given away for free to the entire population. Zinc is widely accepted to block the replication of viruses.

3. Remove barriers so that doctors across the country have access to IV vitamin C and hydroxychloroquine+zinc to treat serious and critical patients. This will save lives and reduce the time patients spend in hospitals, effectively clearing hospital beds to handle any future surge.

4. Maintain stay-at-home recommendations for those over the age of 65, or for people who have underlying comorbidity factors such as asthma or diabetes. But allow those under the age of 65 to resume normal life activities, subject to the three suggestions above.

5. To further stop the spread, ask all businesses to sanitize common surfaces twice each day, such as door handles, elevator buttons, light switches, meeting room chair armrests and so on. Similar sanitizing efforts should be made for all forms of public transportation where surfaces are shared and touched by many, such as hand rails.

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Do doctors know anything about the Innate Immune System ?

Are there any doctors worldwide who understand that we have an Innate Immune System that can protect us against a virus ?

What advice can they give to people at risk how to improve their Innate Immune System ?

Current containment of virus infection is based on mechanical devices (goggles and masks) that shield the entrance doors of the virus (eyes, nose, mouth), and on tight social restrictions to limit the possibility of contact among people.

Have you heard any doctors telling us how to protect ourselves when the virus does penetrate our eyes, nose and mouth ?

Here is an interesting review that does:

The fight against COVID-19 – the role of drugs and food supplements

Here is an Immune Support Pack that provides advice via a book ( FluFighters ) and some supplements including high strength Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc.

This is not going to stop you getting a virus infection, but it will boost your Innate Immune System so that the effect and symptoms are greatly reduced and last a much shorter time.

Have you heard any doctors telling us to change anything about our diet, because certain foods might help to protect us ?

  • Should we eat more eggs and less onions – or less eggs and more onions ?
  • They haven’t, because most UK doctors don’t understand “Diet & Lifestyle”
  • I met a doctor who proudly told me: “I know nothing about Nutrition”
  • How sad is that – and how dangerous ?

What about the many supplements that we read about in the press ?

  • Should I take Vitamin C and how much ?
  • Should I take Vitamin D and how much ?
  • Should I take Zinc and how much ?
  • Should I gargle with salt water ?
  • Should I inhale Iodine vapour ?
  • Doctors can’t tell you because they don’t know
  • And if they deviate from the NICE Guidance they might lose their license

NICE has just published a Quick Review of Vitamin D for COVID-19

They insisted on only looking at Randomised Control Trials ( RCTs ) specifically done on COVID-19 in the last 3-6 months, and not surprisingly only found 5.  Their conclusion was that “we cannot see any evidence for Vitamin D” which the press reported as “NICE said that Vitamin D does not work”

Work is in hand to review the NICE review and the conclusions will be published here as soon as possible !

All of this raises the bigger picture of why the medical profession has not given good advice about COVID-19

Let me make some quick comments and have a “rant” and ask a few questions here:

DHSC ( Department of Health & Social Care )

What were the failings of 2016 Exercise Cygnus that tested Pandemic response ?

If Vitamin D level of 100-150 nmol/L is required, they will have to defend their decisions to force the UK definition that Vitamin Deficiency is only 25 nmol/L

PHE ( Public Health England )

They run Porton Down and the Colindale infectious diseases unit, so they should know better

Did they ask the wrong questions of the wrong people ?

NHS England

Did they ask NICE the wrong questions ?


Why did they ignore submissions about Innate Immune Defence ?

Why did they ignore suggestions to let people aged under 60 to continue their normal life and only have lockdown for people over 60 years at risk of other infections ?

CMO ( Chief Medical Officer ) 

Why has he said nothing about Innate Immune Defence ?

CSA ( Chief Scientific Advisor )

Sir Patrick Vallance was previously head of research at GSK.  Does that mean that he only think about vaccines or does he know enough to give us advice about Diet and Lifestyle ?

Pharmaceutical Industry

Have they conspired to hide evidence, so that Evidence Based Medicine does not work properly ?

BMA ( British Medical Association )

Why do our Doctors not understand “Diet & Lifestyle” ?

I think that it goes back 100 years to the Flexner Report where Rockefeller money was used to change the curriculum for doctors’ training


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The hormone called Vitamin D – an essential part in our health

Since 2009 I have made many submissions about Vitamin D and health to senior people in the Department of Health and Social Care, including Public Health England, NICE, SACN and many others

This is because I am totally convinced that the hormone called Vitamin D plays an essential part in our health

I organised 3 scientific conferences about Vitamin D in 2011 in the Wellcome Trust conference centre

One of the speakers at all 3 events was Gastro-enterologist Dr David Grimes

He is a great resource and a wonderful source of knowledge and experience, as he probably knows as much as anyone about the public health aspects of Vitamin D

Please take 30 minutes to watch the YouTube video of his talk here:

You can download the slides here:

This talk – although focussed on Obstetrics – includes:

  • How important is Vitamin D ?
  • Genetic & non-genetic factors
  • Money / Housing / Place of residence / Religion / Ethnicity / Education / Hobbies
  • Diet
  • Micro-organisms
  • Maternal factors
  • Conception / Gestation / childhood
  • Seasonal factors ( 14 minutes )
  • Low vitamin D in winter / high levels in summer
  • Pre-natal factors and adult health
  • Birthweight / Heart disease / COPD / Diabetes / Multiple Sclerosis / Menopause
  • Ethnic Asian and Black men have a worse health profile than their fathers
  • He discusses their different Vitamin D levels at 27 minutes into his talk (Slides 135-139)
  • Asian people have dangerously low levels of Vitamin D
  • “White names” = 19 ng/mL
  • “South Asian Names” = 9 ng/mL
  • Sunshine or Supplement
  • How much ?
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Food and Supplements help limit infection from a virus

The book FluFighters and this online document describe how food and dietary supplements can help to limit the infectivity of a virus

Current containment of virus infection is based on mechanical devices (goggles and masks) that shield the entrance doors of the virus (eyes, nose, mouth), and on tight social restrictions to limit the possibility of contact among people.

There is another possible approach to limit the infectivity of a virus that could increase the efficacy of the immune defences of the human body, so that in case of infection the symptoms might not develop to full scale.

For example, if my target Vitamin D blood level is set to 100-150 nmol/L there is good evidence that my resistance to infection is increased.  I currently take 1,250 micrograms of Vitamin D3 once a week ( = 50,000 IU) and my 25(OH)D blood level is 143 nmol/L

There is good evidence that 50 grams of zinc and 300 grams of magnesium daily help to increase resistance to infection.  I take these as supplements each day.

There is good evidence that 3 grams of Vitamin C spread throughout the day helps to increase resistance to viral infection.

There is good evidence that adjusting Fatty Acid levels helps improve resistance to infection.  Target levels are:  Omega-3 Index >8% and Omega 6/3 Ratio <2.5:1

There is good evidence that a saltwater spray helps to form a moisturising protective and invisible film on the nasal cavity to provide a barrier against external viral infection.  I currently use Sterimar Stop & Protect spray each day.

There is good evidence that Echinacia and Iodine increase resistance to viral infection

I currently dissolve 3 grams of Vitamin C in water in a 500mL drink bottle, together with 20 drops of Echinacia ( A Vogel ) and 5 drops of Lugol’s Iodine

This drink helps to deliver the Vitamin C slowly throughout each day and coat my upper respiratory passages with Echinacia and Iodine to provide additional protection against viral infection.

I am not complacent, but I expect that when I am exposed to a virus I shall only have the mildest of symptoms and that I will be able to function fully and safely for the following 24-72 hours, by which time the infection will have cleared

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Improve your Immune Support with Supplements ?

There are some supplements that may help to prevent infection and provide remedies which may be helpful to take in onset of symptoms.
These can help to both protect you and assist a swift recovery.

Vitamin C is very helpful in assisting immune resilience, and dealing with heavy viral loads.

Look for both Liposomal Vitamin C which is a highly absorbable and also Vitamin C in capsule or tablet form.

Vitamin C has a short half-life in your body so you need to take it throughout the day

– If at work: 1-3g a day – spread through the day – morning, mid-day and evening
– Not at work: 0.5-1g a day

– Mild: 3-6g a day– spread through the day – morning, mid-day and evening
– Acute: 1g every hour

Vitamin D plays a critical role in promoting immune response. It has both anti-inflammatory and immune-regulatory properties and is crucial for the activation of immune system defences.

This explains why you might want to boost your blood level of Vitamin D to 100-150 nmol/L as fast as possible:  D*Action

You could take a Loading Dose of 350-1,250 μg each day for 7 days
– and then 75-250 μg a day for the next few months

Vitamin D strengthens your cells to make it harder for a virus to infect you through your eyes, lungs and mucus membranes. It helps reduce the pro-inflammatory cytokines and also improves your adaptive immunity and ability to produce antibodies against a virus.

Vitamin D has a half-life of 14-30 days so you can take an equivalent dose weekly

Zinc helps to regulate the immune system and its innate antimicrobial activity.

Preventative: 15mg a day
Symptoms: 30-60mg a day

Boots has some high strength and low cost Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc

• Each tablet of the Vitamin C:
500 mg sustained release + 15 mg zinc
90 tablets = 30 days @ 3 per day ( Morning, mid-day & evening )
2 bottles = 60 days

• Each tablet of the Vitamin D:
75 micrograms ( 3,000 IU )
30 tablets = 6 days loading dose of 5 tablets
60 tablets = next 60 days

• Total cost for 2 months: £10
Boots offers 3 for 2 for any mix of vitamins, so you can buy 2 bottles of the Vitamin C+Zinc and 1 packet of the 75 microgram Vitamin D for £10

If you are looking for higher strength or larger packs then check out the products at http://www.GreenVits.eu

Book:  FluFighters
Patrick Holford, a well-known nutritionist has recently published a new book: FluFighters Written in March 2020, it explains what to eat, drink and supplement when you are under attack to shorten duration and severity of colds and viral infections.    https://www.patrickholford.com/flu-fighters

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Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic – why the health differences ?

I maintain that there is very strong evidence that:

lower Vitamin D blood levels account for the many health differences  between BAME people and others

In order to understand the importance of Vitamin D you need to accept these 2 key statements as facts:

  • If your blood level of Vitamin D is less than 100 nmol/L then you are liable to suffer from some of 88 different health conditions.
  •  Vitamin D is made in your body from sunlight or supplements and very little can be obtained from food

Most doctors have wrongly been taught that only a very low level of Vitamin D is required, and that this is only to avoid problems with bones and muscles.

If you persist with this belief, then you will probably reject all the assertions and evidence that higher levels are needed for better health.

Read more about this here:




The UK definition of Vitamin D Deficiency is WRONG

The SACN report of 2016 about Vitamin D was a disgrace, as the definition of Vitamin D Deficiency was set at 25 nmol/L at the beginning of their study by mandate from the Department of Health,

  • probably to save money. 


What blood level should you aim for ?

  • UK Department of Health: Vitamin D Deficiency is when 25(OH)D is less than 25 nmol/L
  • USA Institute of Medicine: Vitamin D Deficiency is when 25(OH)D is less than 50 nmol/L
  • There are biomarkers for bone quality that change just above 75 nmol/L
  • Professor Robert Heaney, who was a world expert in Osteoporosis, said that Vitamin D

“enables the body to absorb calcium” and that the level should be set at 100 nmol/L

  • Dr John Cannell says there is “extreme substrate deprivation” below 125 nmol/L
  • Professor Bruce Hollis says that pregnant women should have at least 125 nmol/L
  • A group of 40 eminent experts at grassrootshealth.net have issued a

Call-To-D*Actioncalling for optimum blood serum levels to be between 100-150 nmol/L.

So, choose your expert and set your own target blood levels !

I organised some medical conferences about Vitamin D in 2011 and here is the link to the video of my overview talk where I show the levels in the UK.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAct_Dvb4A  ( First 3 minutes only )

I refer to a study of white people born in 1958 where the average level in the UK is 35 nmol/L in Winter and 70 nmol/L at the end of summer


I wonder – what is the typical level of Vitamin D in people with dark skin ?

Here is a study of the effects on this 1958 cohort of Vitamin D on Inflammation and Glucose


There is good evidence that a high level of Vitamin D helps to prevent or treat more than 88 health conditions.

See:  www.is.gd/proofvitd

There is good evidence that people with dark skin have lower blood levels of Vitamin D than people with light skin

and that when their levels are equalised then their health outcomes become similar.

See:  www.is.gd/BlackHealth

If you live further away from the equator than 30° north or south than you cannot make enough Vitamin D from the sun all year round

– and in your winter you will need to find another light source of UV-B or take Vitamin D supplements

Here is a delightful TED talk by Professor Nina Jablonski about the effect of health and skin colour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOSPNVunyFQ ( 15 minutes )

Many people who live an outdoor life near the equator, like African Maasai warriors or Hawaii lifeguards, have blood levels of 100-150 nmol/L.  An American doctor who walks on a Florida beach without a shirt every day has a Vitamin D level of 117 nmol/L

Vitamin D3 helps to boost your immune system as it is a powerful steroid hormone that controls 2700+ genes and helps to prevents infection

Learn more about Vitamin D here:


Learn more about optimum blood levels of Vitamin D here:


Learn more about how much Vitamin D you need here:


Now that you know more about higher blood levels of Vitamin D – what does this data tell you ?

Commentary here: https://www.grassrootshealth.net/blog/first-data-published-covid-19-severity-vitamin-d-levels/


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Improve Your Pregnancy by Taking Vitamin D

“It is evident that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is a serious public health issue that affects both mother and fetus” writes Dr Bruce Hollis

Pregnancy and Labour could be considered the biggest athletic event of your life. Therefore it requires a great deal of preparation to ensure the best chances of conceiving a healthy, happy baby. It is advisable to incorporate exercise into your daily routine to prepare your body for conception prior to getting pregnant. Likewise your diet and nutrition needs to be up to par. To ensure optimum chances of conception both you and your partner should work on being as healthy as possible.  Adequate sunlight is extremely high up on the list of required “nutrients” and for good reason; we will discuss the importance of Vitamin D / sunlight below.

What are the exact steps that we must take to insure adequate nutrition prior to conception and during pregnancy?

There are various steps that we must take to ensure that our pregnancy is successful. Including a balanced diet filled with fresh fruit and veg. However, it is extremely important to supplement daily with nutrients that may be deficient from our diet. This is especially important when it comes to high dose Vitamin D. There are some really eye opening studies that outline the massive benefits of incorporating a Vitamin D supplement into your diet. Including the fact that over 90% of premature babies are deficient in Vitamin D.

  1. It is important to note that stress depletes nutrients due to the increase in energy required for the fight or flight response. Therefore alongside ensuring that you have adequate nutrition, it is important to keep stress levels to a minimum to avoid miscarriage.

Vitamin D & Conception

The results from several scientific studies show a mind boggling correlation between taking high dose Vitamin D supplements and increased rates of conception. In fact, it has been shown that starting Vitamin D supplements at least 11 weeks before will increase your chance of conception by as much as three times. Furthermore, if the father consumes adequate Vitamin D the chance of conception rises even further.

Why does Vitamin D increase chances of conception?

Vitamin D from sunlight (and supplements) powers up our cells energy centres: the mighty mitochondria, and is an essential part of our diet. Every part of your body, from your cells to your muscles to your bones need Vitamin D so that your body has enough in reserve when required.  It is very normal for people living a modern sedentary lifestyle to be extremely deficient in Vitamin D.  This is especially true for people with dark skin or people who live the northern hemisphere and don’t get enough high-quality sunlight. Therefore to increase health and fertility BOTH the female and male should ensure they have a daily dose of Vitamin D.

Male Fertility is boosted with Vitamin D Supplementation

Sperm count and Testosterone levels rise significantly when a man has a proper dose of Vitamin D. The real reason for this is that humans were designed to spend a whole lot of time outdoors. This simply does not happen for most people in our modern society. Studies show that birth rates double when men take high dose Vitamin D supplementation (up to about 50 ng), making Vitamin D a go-to supplement for those looking to conceive. Despite the studies showing this correlation, it is still not normal for men to turn to Vitamin D supplementation when trying to conceive.

Why does Vitamin D reduce chances of miscarriage?

“It is important to have adequate vitamin D to increase tolerance of the fetus” says Dr Carol Wagner

A fetus has half the genome of the mother and half from the father. Therefore the DNA of the growing baby is foreign to the mother. This can result in the mother aborting the baby if she does not have a strong enough immune system. Increasing the intake of vitamin D via supplementation will insure that the mother’s immune system is strong enough to protect the fetus.

Severe Vitamin D DEFICIENCY found in up to 75% of women tested, is detrimental to early embryonic development and increases the risk of sub-clinical pregnancy loss. Miscarriage is 2.2 times more likely in the first trimester if there is lower than 50 nmol/L of Vitamin D in the blood eg: if there is a Vitamin D deficiency in the mother. The lack of energy in the cells in pregnant women who are deficient in Vitamin D makes pregnancy a hard task for the body. This can lead to miscarriage, preterm births and birth defects.

More evidence in Preemies

It is interesting to note that a study carried out in July 2015 showed that all preemies with Chronic Lung Disease had low Vitamin D levels. This shows that early supplementation is a key factor in ensuring that a baby is born with healthy lungs. Furthermore, it is widely accepted by physicians that supplementing preterm infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) with Vitamin D prevents rickets and increases bone density.

Vitamin D should be taken BEFORE, DURING & AFTER pregnancy

“A woman who is vitamin D deficient is at greater risk for gestational diabetes” says Dr Carol Wagner

Vitamin D supplementation helps boost the immune system, therefore reducing the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. Taking a loading dose of Vitamin D at 4 weeks could greatly reduce the risk of miscarriage, studies show. For best results; start to take Vitamin D prior to conception and continue the supplementation all the way through pregnancy and continue while breastfeeding. It takes time for Vitamin D to penetrate into all of your cells and enhance your overall health, therefore it must be consumed early on in pregnancy or ideally prior to conception to yield the best benefits. Then a daily dose of Vitamin D throughout the pregnancy is advisable.

How much Vitamin D is required?

The base level of Vitamin D required for pregnant women to take is about 50-100 micrograms ( 2,000-4,000 IU ) daily. The benefits are huge and the cost is extremely low at around £20 per year. The higher doses of 100 micrograms ( 4,000 IU ) taken during pregnancy have been proven to result in fewer complications. For breastfeeding mothers the best benefits have been recorded with a higher dose of 6,000 IU per day.

The amount of Vitamin D required as stated by the government varies from country to country. For example the amount of vitamin D advised in Finland is 20 times higher than what the US government suggests.

Everyone agrees that vitamin D is essential for health.  The UK Department of health recommends that new-born babies get 10 micrograms ( 400 IU ) of vitamin D daily. The recommendation for people aged 1 or over (including pregnant and breast feeding mothers) is 10 micrograms ( 400 IU ) each day. They suggest that upper limit is 100 micrograms ( 4,000 IU ) Vitamin D researchers state that the recommended dose is enough for bone health, however it is not enough for other issues, especially those related to pregnancy.

Can too much Vitamin D be harmful?

There is some concern that taking too much vitamin D, in the form of supplementation can be harmful. But how much is too much? The USA National Institutes of Health states that the threshold for vitamin D toxicity is between 10,000 and 40,000 IU per day. This would be an extremely large dose of vitamin D. So even the higher dose recommended by experts for breastfeeding mothers is nowhere near the threshold.  The European Food Safety Agency gives an upper safety limit for Vitamin D of 100 micrograms ( 4,000 IU ) a  day.  However,

  1. It is important to note the about 1 in 300 people have a mild allergic reaction to some Vitamin D supplements, so you might consider taking a mild low dose before taking a large or loading dose.
  2. Some people are very insensitive to Vitamin D, probably because they are deficient in other important minerals such as Magnesium or Zinc
  3. What matters is the level in your blood.  A group of experts have issued a Call-To-Action suggesting that the optimum level in your blood is 100-150 nmol/L ( 40-60 ng/mL )  You may consider having a blood test to check your Vitamin D level.

In Conclusion

The modern sedentary lifestyle requires us to take Vitamin D supplementation to ensure overall health. This is especially true for pregnant women, those breast feeding or couples who are trying to conceive. The lifestyle factors that impact our health are changes such as: more time spent indoors on multimedia devices, more indoor jobs, spending way less time outdoors, air pollution (which reduces Vitamin D), modern agriculture methods and more obesity – to mention but a few factors that impact our Vitamin D intake. Therefore, it is increasingly important to ensure adequate nutrition through supplementation to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

For more information:

Vitamin D Wiki

Vitamin D Council

Vitamin D Association

Grass Roots Health




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Can I take too much Vitamin D ?

What happens if I take too much Vitamin D ?

The European Food Safety Authority has stated that it is safe for anyone aged 11 or older to take 4,000IU (100micrograms) each day
They also state that a No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) is 10,000IU (250micrograms) a day
( http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/search/doc/2813.pdf )
They specifically include pregnant women, which implies that Vitamin D is very safe

Vitamin D is stored in your fat, rather than being water soluble, so your blood levels may depend on your size and weight

So a small person might choose to take 1-2,000IU (25-50micrograms) each day, while a large person might choose to take 5-10,000IU (250micrograms) each day

In 1999 the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a paper by Reinhold Veith with the title:
Vitamin D supplementation, 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations, and safety
He reviews the whole subject of sunlight and vitamin D and cites many studies of the effects of vitamin D supplementation. He states:
“If there is published evidence of toxicity in adults from an intake of 250micrograms (10,000 IU) per day, and that is verified by the 25(OH)D concentration, then I have yet to find it.”

Dr John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council recently wrote to me about a personal experiment that he ran:

In 2012 I decided to do a toxicity study on myself to help answer a few questions.
I started taking 100,000 IU/day (2,500 micrograms) in June of 2012.
I measured my 25(OH)D and Urine CA/Cr ratio every week. The 25(OH)D was run by two different methods. Towards the end I also had a 1,25 and 24,25 run.
My 25(OH)D slowly increased to 300 ng/ml (750nmol/L) by LCMS at about 4 months. My serum and urine calcium and urine CA/CR ratio remained normal.
I wanted to see if sun exposure would affect 25(OH)D so I started sunbathing an hour every day for 2 weeks.
My 25(OH)D levels decreased to 250 ng/ml (625nmol/L) despite the fact I was still taking 100,000 IU/day.
It seemed to indicate that sun exposure will help reduce elevated 25(OH)D levels.
By six months my 25(OH)D level was 350 ng/ml (875nmol/L) but my serum CA, 24 hour urine calcium and CA/CR ratios remained normal.
However, I started having anorexia and nausea (some symptoms of D intoxication) when I got to 350 ng/ml (875nmol/L) so I stopped the vitamin D.
It took about 6 months for my 25(OH)D to get under 100 ng/ml (250nmol/L). The anorexia and nausea went away in about a month.
The different methods of measuring 25(OH)D showed about a 25% variance on some measurements. My 1,25 never went above normal but my 24,25 level was elevated the last 3 months.
It is assumed that toxicity is a side effect of hypercalcemia.
I guess the anorexia and nausea may have been psychosomatic as I got very nervous when my 25(OH)D got above 200 ng/ml (500nmol/L).

What I learn from this personal experiment is that it is very difficult to cause harm by taking too much Vitamin D

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Back Pain

If you have back pain have you tried boosting your Vitamin D ?

A woman who had had back pain for over 20 years found that the pain went away after 2 weeks of high dose Vitamin D. Similarly, there are many people with Fibromyalgia who find that boosting their Vitamin D helps

Some people find that their back pain is seasonal. Since the Vitamin D in our bodies from the sun is at its lowest in January, February and March the New Year is the time of year in which back pain is often the worst
What is your experience ?

Boosting your Vitamin D has 2 advantages. It increases the strength of your muscles as well as helping your bones to grow stronger. This will help you take a little more exercise, which will also speed up the improvement.

You may wish to take a large Loading Dose for a few days to see if it works and provide faster relief.
How much should you take ?
See: https://vitaminduk.com/2012/02/21/how-much-vitamin-d/

How can you test if your Vitamin D is low ? There is a simple test which you can do for yourself at home. Press your sternum ( the lowest bone in your ribcage ) and both your shin bones as hard as you can to check if it hurts. Mayo Clinic in USA says that there is a 93% chance that a blood test by your doctor will then show that you are medically deficient
Read more about this at: http://www.vitamindwiki.com/Quick,+free,+self+test+of+vitamin+D+deficiency

Other things that you might try:
* Magnesium – relieves muscle tension
* Vitamin C – 500 mg each hour
* Vibration & massage – 2 minutes to improve circulation
* Back movement exercises while lying on the floor (Feldenkrais)
Read more here: http://www.vitamindwiki.com/Back+Pain

Which type of Vitamin D should I take and where can I buy it ?

Where can I buy Magnesium & Vitamin C ?

What works for you ?
Do post your comments and experiences


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