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ria123
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
 How many mg to I get and do I get Vitamin D3 or just plain Vitamin D?
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Vitamin D-3 is best but you should get your levels checked by your doctor first so you know how much to take.
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ria123
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Is that with a blood test to check levels?

ria123
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
by the way I love your Quote so very true..

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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you:) Yes, it is very true.

Yes, you have to check it through a blood test. A vast majority of people with Lyme have low Vitamin D levels. I just had mine checked again and am waiting on results. Mine was very low two years ago.
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   Posted 9/11/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Btw, there may be a "safe" level you can take, but I'm not sure what it would be. Maybe someone else can chime in.
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ria123
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   Posted 9/11/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks I will look into that. Because they also say it is good to take to help fight against the flu..
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   Posted 9/11/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Vitamin C and Echinacea are also good for the flu and colds.
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ria123
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   Posted 9/11/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
To prevent them or to take if you have them?

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   Posted 9/11/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Vitamin C is good to take everyday to prevent colds and flu's and Echinacea is used more to get over a cold or flu faster. There is a debate on whether or not someone should take Echinacea everyday because some sites say to just take it when you are sick and others say you can take it continuously. I guess that would be up to you to decide. It is an immune system booster and I find it helps tremendously. Golden Seal drops of Echinacea are the best to take.

I take 1000mg of Vitamin C everyday and have been taking Echinacea everyday with it for about three weeks. I will probably take a break from the Echinacea soon, then get back on it again.

I used to take Echinacea only when I had a cold or felt like I was coming down with something and it got me over that sickness in 2 days.
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ria123
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   Posted 9/11/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for all tha information.
Have a great weekend. : )

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   Posted 9/11/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Was told by more than one endocrinologist that the body uses 4-6000 IU Vitamin D per day, so unless you spend a lot of time outside in the sun between 10am and 2pm, you need to be taking a Vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D3 is the best form to take; Vitamin D2 has to be converted by the body to D3 anyway, so might as well make it easier on the body and just take the D3 form.

There are 2 tests for Vitamin D - the 25 hydroxy vitamin D and the 1,25 dihydroxy vitamin D (active vitamin D). Usually, the 25 hydroxy vitamin D is the test that shows you wether or not you are deficient in vitamin D. In some situations, the 1,25 dihydroxy vitamin D test is important. See http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/vitamin_d/test.html for more info.

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   Posted 9/11/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Vitamin D levels can be tricky. I was not taking any and was not out in the sun and my vitamin d blood level was through the roof. I actually had to avoid sunlight and foods with added d in them.

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   Posted 9/11/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I better get my Vitamin D levels rechecked. They put me on rx vitamin D three months ago. 50,000 Units once per week. I kinda thought it should have been checked before now. Now that I tested positive for Lyme it kinda got thrown to the side. I will get tested now.
I would ask your Doctor which vitamin D to take. Especially since some antibiotics attach to vitamins (D in particular) and exit the body without being absorbed. So, if you are on antibiotics for your lyme then you wouldn't want that to happen:)

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   Posted 9/12/2009 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my Vit D level checked a month ago and it was on the low side of normal. My endo told me to take 2000 IU a day of D3
 
I have been taking 1000 IU of D3 plus what was in my multi vit for over 2 years so didn't expect it to be low.

ria123
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   Posted 9/12/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys,, I am going to tell my doc to check my VitD level in a blood test..

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   Posted 9/13/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
A nurse that I work with was recently diagnosed with vit D deficiency.  I don't know the amounts she was told to take but that seems to be already answered here.  Just want to add that getting outside in sunlight for about 15 minutes a day before you put on sunscreen is also good.  She was told that the reason so many people are getting low is sunscreen does not allow your skin to absorb what it needs to produce the vitamin D. 

ria123
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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Turquoise Sky
Thanks for that helpful info. I love the sun : )

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   Posted 9/14/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Vitamin D3 is actually a hormone.  It is a naturally occuring substance in the body.  You could produce tens of thousands of IU with a day at the beach.  The advice here is good!  You can safely take 4 - 6 thousand IU daily and not worry about any sort of toxicity levels.  You can also expose as much of your skin to the sun daily for 15 to 20 minutes or just before your skin starts to turn red.  That time is slightly different for everyone. 
 
Because D3 is a naturally occuring hormone in the body, there is very little risk of toxicity.  For most people, (even the healthy ones) they are well below what they should have.  D3 is also called the "antibiotic" vitiamin, as it is a strong immuno booster. 
 
By they way, this is all stuff I have researched/read or heard from doctors; by all means talk to your doctor before adding anything to your regimen.

ria123
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   Posted 9/14/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks : )

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   Posted 9/14/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I was low and prescribed 5,000 IU of D3 per day. I feel much better on it. BTW, I am in the sun daily and over the summer, was in the sun ALOT. (most of me without sunscreen...). Some people do not absorb Vit. D as well as others.

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   Posted 10/13/2014 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you get better on treatment, also have low vitamin d and diagnosed with lyme.

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   Posted 10/13/2014 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't agree with some of the info on this thread. Get your physician to check both 25-D and 1,25-D. It is important to see both because one level may be normal and the other elevated, or one may be low and the other elevated. Genomic testing can show the status of two of the VDR's and if you are like me, I would suspect that your VDR's are at least partially blocked. I'm hetero on one and homo on the other. This allows the pathogens to survive as it suppresses our immune system.

If your VDR's are blocked, taking Vitamin D could be detrimental to your health. I would want to know the status of the VDR's and the level of both D2 and D3 before I supplemented.

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   Posted 10/13/2014 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I am with Georgia Hunter on this one.
Always check your Vit D levels before supplementing (this is not like excess vit C that dissolves in water and then leaves your body).

My 1,25-D was through the roof. It can cause a lot of extra symptoms on top of the Lyme&co ones.

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