Vitamin D Newsletter
Vitamin D, Asthma, and Allergic Hypersensitivity
Harry from Pennsylvania writes:
My asthma is completely gone!
Dr. Cannell: This is a letter of gratitude to you! Ever since I read what you wrote about asthma several years ago, I have taken first 5,000 then 10,000 IU daily of Vitamin D3 from Bio Tech my energy has improved DRAMATICALLY and my asthma is completely gone! It has taken over a year, but it worked!
I have thrown away all of my allergy medicines and all of my asthma medicines and have never gone back!
Dr. Cannell replies:
The same Japanese randomized controlled trial just published that showed vitamin D prevented influenza A also showed that the placebo group was six times more likely to get an asthma attack than the vitamin D group, and that was with only 1,200 IU per day in ten-year-olds.
There is a growing literature suggesting that vitamin D may not just help asthma, but may cure it.
There is a growing literature suggesting that vitamin D may not just help asthma, but may cure it. In my experience, how long it takes to help asthma depends on how long you have had asthma. Adults with asthma should take 10,000 IU per day and shoot for a 25(OH)D of around 100 ng/mL (250 nmol/L). Children with asthma should take at least 2,000 IU for every 25 pounds of body weight, also shooting for a 25(OH)D of around 100 ng/mL (250 nmol/L). Like depression, asthma is a disease with a serious morbidity and mortality, thus more aggressive dosing is indicated.
After the asthma disappears, slowly reduce your asthma meds under the supervision of your doctor, then slowly reduce the dose of vitamin D to standard doses of 5,000 IU/day for adults, and 1,000 IU/day for every 25 pounds of body weight in children, keeping 25(OH)D levels between 50 and 80 ng/mL (125–200 nmol/L).
Trish from California writes:
Dr. Cannell: I had asthma for 20 years with allergies and severe breathing issues. After it was too much to bear any longer, I went with very high doses of Vitamin D3 and was able to quit the prednisone. I took about 30,000 IU per day for I think a few weeks then 10,000 IU/day for the last year and have not had ANY asthma again this spring! I threw out all my inhalers and I stay at 10,000 IU per day now! Life is good! I love my vitamin D3!
Dr. Cannell replies:
You are welcome. The "Stoss" or short-term high daily dose for a few weeks is a good idea to get your levels up quickly if you have a serious illness. It would have been better to put your asthma meds in a drawer rather than throw them out, as asthma is an episodic disease and it is too early to know for sure that it will not come back.
Also, when on 10,000 IU/day get periodic 25(OH)D levels; to date, no one has published literature on long-term safety (years) of 10,000 IU/day.
Jerkko Mause from Finland writes:
Migraine headaches, which used to be 1–2 times a week, have dramatically diminished. She has had only 1 migraine attack for the last 4 months, compared to average 16–32 attacks previously during the same time period.
Dr. Cannell: I appreciate greatly Dr. Cannell`s good work for this fundamentally important issue of getting the knowledge about the importance of vitamin D for health and prevention of disease, through to the consumers.
I am testing every patient of mine for vitamin D. Not surprisingly, all of us Finns or anybody living here in Finland is vitamin D deficient, the average winter-time blood value being only 18ng/l ( equals 45 nmol/l.) for my patients.
Case: A 30 yr old lady had her first blood test done only 4 months ago. It gave 10ng/l. She has suffered of severe atopic dermatitis since early childhood with a lot of itching and even bleeding of skin after scratching the skin during the night. Additionally, she has obtained severe migraine headaches, leading to vomiting in the end, since the age of 14 onwards. She has got pollen allergies and during the last few years she has developed severe food allergies as well. She has not been able to sunbathe, because it has caused intolerable burning and itching sensation in her skin. The atopic dermatitis has been getting worse by exercise and sweating and sauna. The latter points have come to the picture 5 years ago and have gotten worse by time.
Four months ago, I gave her a detailed supplementation program, in which D3 plays a major role (5,000 IU/day). I have included calcium and the cofactors you have in your formula as well in the treatment, such as magnesium, zinc, boron and K2.
She has made an amazing recovery of almost all of her symptoms. Skin problem is completely cured, no itching, no scaly dead skin, no redness, no inflammation any more. Migraine headaches, which used to be 1–2 times a week, have dramatically diminished. She has had only 1 migraine attack for the last 4 months, compared to average 16–32 attacks previously during the same time period.
She is slowly increasing the number of previously intolerable foods into her diet. She can now exercise with full energy and sweating is not a problem anymore, as it does not cause any burning or itching sensation either. She has had only minor pollen symptoms now, which is also completely new for her. She has not been using any antihistamines so far this spring. Earlier she was forced to use prescription allergy-medications every year.
She looks better, because the skin of her face has become clear and beautiful, with a healthy-looking, shiny complexion. She is so happy of this progress that she cannot stop smiling. She is going to re-test now her vitamin D-value and we will take care of the right dosages accordingly.
This case is just one example of what the right supplementation may do for a severely suffering patient, with no side-effects. This lady had never heard of you but she does now.
Dr. Cannell replies:
This case is just one example of what the right supplementation may do for a severely suffering patient, with no side-effects.
That is great news; I wish all patients would experience the same miraculous recovery. I'm glad you used the cofactors, magnesium, zinc, boron, and K2, as deficiencies in these four are probably as common as vitamin D deficiency. That is why I added them to my vitamin D formula, which Purity Products markets via telemarketing. (Disclosure: my family gets a buck for every bottle sold.)
Also, I doubt anyone can get toxic on my formula. For example, if you decide to take 50,000 IU per day of my formula, it would require 20 tablets a day and you will be getting 1,250 mg of magnesium per day and, after a few weeks, you will have so much diarrhea that you will not have time to get to the medicine cabinet.
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