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Dr. Cannell, I'm Diego D'Urso, I'm writing from the south of Italy. My daughter – 2,5 years old- shows autism spectrum disorders. At the moment she's following a 15 h/week ABA therapy path (since past January and without any significant improvement). I know that the autism spectrum disorders have still not a wellknown antecedent and the Litterature analyzes AS disorders reffering them to few concurrent factors; so it seems to me that each individual is or can be different from the others; this pushes me to find an alternative and complementary treatment which can be particularly suited for my little child. I would like to ask which starting bloodtest parameters are to be analyzed (e.g. at least the vitamin D blood level) and which medical protocol is to be followed in order to assess and then implement the vitamin D supplementation. Sincerely your, Diego D'Urso

Asked by  ddurso16776400 on March 11, 2015

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  •  ddurso16776400 on

    See title

    Answered by  ddurso16776400 on
  •  IAW on

    Dear Diego,
    Sometimes Dr. Cannell is very busy so it may take him a little while to respond. So please be patient and keep checking back every few days, at least, for an answer.
    Does she take any Vitamin D and how much does she weigh?

    Answered by  IAW on
    •  John Cannell, MD on

      It all depends on the 25(OH)D level. 300 IU/KG/day is a good place to start but when you start getting the 25(OH)D, you will see that often more is needed, sometimes a lot more.

      Answered by  John Cannell, MD on
  •  ddurso16776400 on

    I’ll be patient.
    Thank you for the answear.
    She hasnt ever taken any vitamin until now. she’s 16 kg.
    Diego

    Answered by  ddurso16776400 on
  •  John Cannell, MD on

    Forget the blood test for now. Start her on 3,000 IU/day of vitamin D3.

    Answered by  John Cannell, MD on
    •  ddurso16776400 on

      Dott. Cannell,
      thank you for your attention.
      I ask for how many weeks the supplementation should be performed. Beste regards, dd

      Answered by  ddurso16776400 on
  •  John Cannell, MD on

    The child should be on at least 3,000 IU/day indefinitely. In 3 months have a vitamin D blood level done. Make sure she is taking enough vitamin D to have her blood level around 80 ng/ml or 200 nm/L. I have a book coming out shortly that you should read:

    http://www.sunriseriverpress.com/autism-causes-prevention-treatment.html

    Answered by  John Cannell, MD on
  •  bennardo on

    Hola se podría conseguir DR Cannel su libro traducido al español?
    Hello Can you get DR Cannel your book translated into Spanish?

    Thank you Anna

    Answered by  bennardo on
  •  bennardo on

    Hello DR Cannell:

    I have been giving my son D3 PLUS for several weeks, he has no diagnosis but autism traits, so in these weeks I have noticed many advances in my son especially when it comes to talking and relating, he says words that I never thought I knew. I give you 2 capsules of D3 plus 2500 ie to give you 5000 d3. He is 7 years old recently and weighs 20 kg, I have not yet made the vitamin D tests. I’m afraid of hypercalcemia and I do not know if those amounts are safe? Or should I give it more or less? I have read many blogs to go doing the guidelines. Do you think I’m on the right track? Thank you for everything, you give hope.

    Anna

    Answered by  bennardo on
    •  John Cannell, MD on

      Ana: He will not get hypercalcemia and you are on the right road.

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    •  bennardo on

      DR Cannell:
      Then I could give you 3 capsules a day of D3plus without problems to reach the 7500ie? I wonder if it’s a lot for magnesium, boron and zinc for him. At the moment I give only 2 capsules of D3plus in the morning in a yogurt. He is 7 years old and weighs 20 kg. He has really changed a lot, he asks for help with things and a lot of spontaneous language.
      Thanks for your attention

      • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 1 day ago by  bennardo.
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    •  IAW on

      I would give him 2 capsules of D3 plus. Then hopefully you could add to that 2000 iu of just “plain” D3 and not D3 Plus. That will give you a total of 7000iu a day.

      Answered by  IAW on
    •  bennardo on

      2000iu from D3 from any particular brand that you recommend me? Thank you. I use D3plus recommended by Dr. Cannell. Spain

      • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 1 day ago by  bennardo.
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    •  IAW on

      The same company that makes the D3 Plus also has Vitamin D with 1000iu per capsule. This is Bio-Tech Pharmacal. Here is one supplier at https://www.greenvits.eu/collections/vitamin-d or perhaps however you are getting the D3 Plus may also have them also.

      Answered by  IAW on
    •  bennardo on

      So my daughter could easily take 1 capsule of D3plus to get the benefits of vitamin D? She is 5 years and 19 kg, because the brother takes his difficulties because it suits her. Thank you

      Answered by  bennardo on
    •  bennardo on

      So my daughter could take a D3plus capsule to get the benefits of vitamin D even if she does not have problems like my son? She is 5 years and 19 kg, because the brother takes on his problems. Thank you

      Answered by  bennardo on
    •  IAW on

      Yes, give her 1 (one) capsule of D3 Plus so she can stay healthy. We recommend 1000 iu for every 25lbs (12kg) of body weight to stay healthy. We recommend more when a child has issues such as your son.
      Bennardo do not forget yourself. Adults should take 5000 iu day to stay healthy.

      • This reply was modified 3 weeks ago by  IAW.
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    •  bennardo on

      Thank you very much.

      anna

      Answered by  bennardo on
  •  John Cannell, MD on

    7500 IU/day for a 20 kg child is close to the doses used in the autism/vitamin D studies and the highest 25(OH)D in those two studies was 46 ng/ml. By all means get a 25(OH)D blood test every two or three months until you get his 25(OH)D to 80 ng/ml which is 200 nmol/L in the metric system.I am glad you are using D3Plus; it is the best vitamin D on the market. He needs magnesium, zinc, boron and vitamin K as well as D. I’m glad he has responded; remember get him to 80 ng/ml (200 nmol/L) and keep him there.

    Answered by  John Cannell, MD on

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