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   Posted 11/21/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I just reached my goal. I have been taking 5000 UIs of D3 dailyfrom about 8/1/2010 to bring my Vit D level from 48 to 65-70 range.  It hit 68 with my last blood test. I think that I'll drop back a little 2-3,000 UI's daily and see if I can maintain it.

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   Posted 11/21/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
BB:  From everything I read Vitamin D is a real key to good health.  Especially living up in the Pacific Northwest you can't get it from the sun most of the time so I supplement between 4-6,000 a day also. 
I know this will drive some of the readers on this board crazy but i see a naturopath along with my Onc. to round out treatment, in fact the Naturopath was reccomended by my Onc.  The Onc. believes in leaving no stone unturned in treatment.  

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   Posted 11/21/2010 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I like your oncologists position. Too bad that there are not more docs open to all the pontential options for battlmg PCa. I would ask for his name, but it won't help me being in CT. BTW I had to cancel my vacation trip to the Olympic Peninsula for SRT this summer. Maybe next year.
Dx PCa Dec 2008 at 56, PSA 3.4
Biopsy: T1c, Geason 7 (3+4) - 8 cores, 4 positive, 30% of all 4 cores.
Robotic Surgery March 2009 Hartford Hospital, Dr Wagner
Pathology Report: T2c, Geason 8, organ confined, negitive margins, lymph nodes negitive - tumor volume 9%, nerves spared, no negitive side effects of surgery.
PSA's < .01, .01, .07, .28, .50. HT 5/10. IMRT 9/10.
PSA's post HT .01, < .01

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   Posted 11/22/2010 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
BB, congratulations on getting your D3 levels up.  I just had mine tested and its the same as last year - 30 - even though I take close to 2,000 IUs of D3 each day.  My OB/GYN and my regular MD do not wish me to take more than 2,000 a day and say that my D3 level is within normal range.  Recently had to start taking Vit C for my gums since I have been treated for periodontal problems for the past 10 years.  My dentist recently noted some slight bleeding during a check-up and recommended that I increase my Vit C level until I can see my periodontist.  Will be interesting to see if Vit C has any impact on my gums.

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   Posted 11/22/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sephie,

Make sure you take your D3 with a meal containing fat and NOT fiber. Even on an empty stomach eat a few walnuts before you take the D3 will ensure that most of the D is absorbed. Make the fats good fats for an added bonus. salmon also has good fats

Lack of fat during digestion with cause most of the D to just be excreted and have no value

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   Posted 11/22/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Question MrGimpy.....
Can a Vit D supplement be taken with a dose of fish oil as a fat substitute? Or is food and a full stomach preferable?

52 yr old, newly diagnosed. PSA 3.5, Gleason 6 with 3 of 4 top nodes (0%;1%;10%;1%) cancerous. Bottom 2 floors are clean.
Da Vinci surgery scheduled for 12/30/10

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   Posted 11/22/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
By taking 50,000 IU of Vitamin D-3, once a week,  from July to October, I was able to raise my level from 36 to 57. I'm continuing for another 3 months, and have 60 days to go when we will measure that and a lot of other things. Interestingly, my serum testosterone went from 337 in July to 496 in October. Coincidence?-I think not. D-3 is a pre-hormone and is related to proper functioning of the endocrine system. Free "T" is still very low as is the % of free "T".............I also raised my zinc levels which probably helped with the "T" rise.............will be checking my 2-yr PSA in January. I have not supplemented with exogenous "T" to this point.------------I take the 50K pill with a well-balanced breakfast every Friday morning in to ensure proper absorption.
Arnie in DE

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   Posted 11/22/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Funny I asked that of my Dr as I also take coq10 which is also fat soluble

He said, if the fish oil were liquid such as found in bottle of cod liver oil, then yes its fine that it be the only fat. If its a pill then it takes time for the outer capsule to break down and release the fish oil. It would require timing to determine when the pill oil were released

But as Arnie said you can time your dosage to weekly high fat content meals as the D is stored and does not need to be taken in separate doses to be effective, a few larger doses a week will work just as well as a smaller dose daily

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   Posted 11/22/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Around the time my PSA shot up this summer, a test revealed that I had a vitamin D level of 24.

I'll never know, of course, but I wonder if that had anything to do with my PCa.

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   Posted 11/22/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I too am a huge believe in a naturopath. I have been on a vitamin regime every sense I started ADT3. Some may say it is a waste of money but for me I believe.

peace to all
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)

My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
I was on Lupron, Casodex, and Avodart for two years with my last shot March 2009. I am currently (7-22-2010) not on any medication.
My Oncology hospital is The Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion IL
PSA July of 2007 was 16.4
PSA May of 2008 was.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01
PSA OCt 15th 2009 is .11
PSA Jan 15th 2010 is .13
PSA April 16th of 2010 is .16
PSA July 22nd of 2010 is .71
Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May

T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
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