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Hi. I have been taking 10,000 IU for about a year and my Serum D level reached 130.54mg/nl. After stopping the supplement for 4 weeks, the level dropped to 73 mg/nl. Should I start taking the D tablets again and try to maintain that sort of level and if so how much? Has anyone been harmed by taking too much Vit D and what would too much be? Thanks for any advice.

Asked by  harryarcos22873000 on March 4, 2017

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  • harryarcos22873000
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    See title

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  • IAW
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    The first thing I would ask is do you feel any different at the level of 73 as opposed to the level of 130 and/or if you have any health issues did they get worse?
    If the answer is no, then you should probably cut back on the amount you are taking. (If you cut back and something changes, then we should reevaluate.)
    The “official” safe upper limit is 150ng/ml but some people have higher levels and do not have any issues. Another way to look at it, is that you would have to take 40,000iu per day for several months and you may then become toxic.
    Vitamin D can only cause issues if it starts to cause hypercalcemia and you will get symptoms if this happens. If it were to happen then you have to stop the supplements and do not get any sunshine, until your levels decrease and you no longer have symptoms. There is no permanent damage.
    If your answer above was “no” I do not feel any different, then try 5000iu a day and start taking it now. It usually takes about two months to reach a new “steady level” on any given amount you take. Summer is right around the corner and may add to those levels which is fine. If you do this make sure that if you start or increase any symptoms, then maybe you should reconsider and take more. As an example let’s say two months from now or even eight months (winter again) you notice you have less energy or maybe are slightly depressed or you never use to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and now you do. In other words reach for more D first and see if it solves the issue.

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  • harryarcos22873000
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    I feel little different to how I felt from before taking the vitamin and there has been no effect from stopping. I read an ebook by Jeff Bowles and thought Vitamin D might improve my sleep, IBS and CTS. Sadly not. However, the book mentioned “Incomplete healing” where old injuries which had not healed properly because of low D levels, were ‘revisited’ and healed again. I have had this experience with my elbow and back.

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  • IAW
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    Just so you know Harry, I am not a doctor and any suggestions I give, “you” need to decide how to proceed.
    There is a doctor, Dr Stasha Gominak’s that believes the best Vitamin D level to have is 60-80ng/ml and any level over or under that is not beneficial. (I run my level over.) With that being said there is a doctor in Brazil that is “curing” MS patients with very large amounts of Vitamin D and in a sense ignoring levels.
    So the good thing for you is that even with your IBS, you are able to absorb Vitamin D since your levels did increase. I “googled” jeff bowles and “Incomplete healing” because I was not sure what you meant by “incomplete healing” but now I think I understand. The website I found myself at was basically discussing that if you were missing “even one co-factor” that was needed to healing something, then you will not heal at all or all the way. Makes sense to me. (I have not read his book.)
    So have you ever taken “pro” biotics or “pre” biotics? (This is promoted by Dr. Cannell for intestinal issues.) If you have taken a lot of antibiotics or too much sugar can cause loss of important microbes or yeast overgrowth. Do you have Vitamin D’s cofactors covered by diet or supplements? See http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/.
    I found this when I looked really quickly http://drpescatore.com/simple-vitamin-improves-ibs-symptoms-by-70 and he talks also about Vitamin A.
    You may want to “first” try the “biotics” listed above one at a time. If that does not work than you may want to try more Vitamin D than the 10,000iu. You could try 15,000 or go straight to 20,000iu. If nothing is different after several months of 20,000 iu a day, then I would say more is not going to change anything and go back down to 10,000 or 5000iu.
    Let me know if you have any more questions. If you also try any of the above and it works, come back and tell me.

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  • harryarcos22873000
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    Thanks. It is all very complicated! I have been taking ‘Super K’ and feel that I have a good intake of other minerals and vitamins, with the possible exception of vit A, so I will try taking a supplement – I ditched sugar many years ago, along with salt.

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