Before you read, don't let this thread become fodder for some new war of words. Not my intention, though I will be mentioning a couple of touchy subjects. I like it when its peaceful and helpful here best.
Today I had my long over due visit with my GP, he's been seeing me for over 15 years, has been through all my cancer episodes and everything else with me. We spent at least a half hour together, perhaps more.
First, I was wrong, and some of you were right. No problems with me on that. My Vitamin D is in terrible shape. It was the first time I have ever been tested. It was 18.9 out of a normal range of 32-100. So much for my theory on that, I expected to be in the bottom of the normal range. This doctor is very anti-supplement and vitamins, with the exception of Vit D. He went to lengths to explain why it is important, especially to someone in my condition. He wants me on Oral Vit D, 50,000 units twice a week, on Monday and Thursday, for 12 weeks, then reduce to 2,000 units daily until the number is decent. He doesnt want it checked again for 6 months. Be interested in some constructive remarks on this plan. I will do it, as this is one doctor that is very conservative and I have a high level of trust in.
Second, got my first ever baseline testosterone level, it came in at 502 out of a normal range of 193-740. On the good side, he said that even some 40 year old guys don't have a level that high, but on the bad side, its keeping the cancer cells very happy. Purpose of test - to establish a baseline in case I ever went to HT.
The rest of the stuff was mundane, won't waste anyone's time on it, the other blood work numbers are all good in all areas. No changes in any of the few meds I take.
If the bone scan doesn't show any spread of cancer, and its not expected to, then he wants me to see this good orotpedic surgeon for an opinion of the bone scan, to see why that hip is in such pain.
Now this last paragraph, again, not intended to be a shot at anyone's thinking. As part of our experiences, I believe in sharing what doctors tell me, like most of you do, so don't shoot the messenger.
I asked him point blank (without telling him any opinion on my mind) is Pomegrante juice medical useful, or just a current health food fad. He said as a doctor, he has read every possible study on the subject, and he found absolutely no medical benefit for drinking it. He said, if you like it, drink it, but its not going to cure, change ,or improve anything in particular.
As far as multi-vitamins or other vitamin supplements, he still feels that if you eat 3 decent meals a day, even if its not always what we would call healthy, then there is no one in this country that is going to be vitamin deficient, and that the supplements just make expensive urine.
He promotes a heart healthy diet to all of his patients, and gets frustrated with patients obsessed with extreme dietary changes and heavy supplement uses that continue to smoke. He said the smoking part completely negates the rest of the effort. His words - not mine, and of course, one doctor's opinion.
So now, its getting ready to prep for tommorow kidney scan.
David in SC
Post Edited (Purgatory) : 3/2/2011 5:24:44 PM (GMT-7)