Tim G said...Wow, Tim, 20 years? You were way ahead of the curve on that one.
Thanks for the clarification, Billy Bob. The comma makes a big difference. Personally, I have no issue with taking Vitamin D, and have taken it daily at 2,000 units, for 20 years. I had a low blood level because (a) I live in the far north (b) I never go outdoors without sunscreen and (c) It's virtually impossible to get enough Vitamin D from diet. I get the RDA of other vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet as recommended by the American Heart Association.
Covid-19 is a mystery in many ways, and anyone who says they fully understand it is likely selling snake oil products on the side. Even if the vaccine against the coronavirus is less than 100% effective, I'll take my chances, even though up to half of the population won't take it. I was a microbiology major in college and that has formed my opinion on the subject of vaccines.
From the For What It's Worth Department , I actually did have a very bad reaction from an allergy shot I got as a kid.
Did your doctor put you on to that, or was it just you that came up with the idea? Now here is what I would be interested to know(and you may have already answered this in a poll that I recently ran): how do you fare when it comes to flu (and colds) every year, compared to those around you?
.... Not, I realize, that it will really tell us anything, for several reasons other than just being anecdotal. First, 2000 is a good dose(and probably good enough) but not really all that big for an adult male who lives in the far north. OTOH, I got over 2000 yesterday just sitting outside with my wife(she wanted to warm up after getting too cold in church) in shorts with shirt off. I have an app that calculates D produced based on latitude, time of day, cloud cover, amount of skin exposed, etc. Actually, I was going to sit for 30 minutes but I got hot and it was a good bit less than that, maybe 20 at most, and I still generated well over 2000. It would seem that nature intended for us to have plenty of this substance. Next, so many people supplement with D these days, that might dilute any difference in you and the folks around you.Next, you already take all known vaccines, so you might not get sick even if you were not taking D. OTOH, it's not like people that take the flu shot don't get both the flu and severe respiratory infections.
I know I often did, back when I was very faithful to get my flu shot. And most everyone I know got them. But still, whether I had a flu shot or not, almost every year I would be in close contact with folks who got the flu shot and still got either the flu, or severe respiratory infections, or both, both friends and family. And that would include me until 6 years ago, flu shot or not, the only time I actually had flu- plus pneumonia- was one of those years I took the annual flu shot at work(surgery).
They would come around handing them out free for all of us hospital workers, and I was always first in line to get them.
But, anyway, flu shot(almost always) or not, I am often in contact with friends and family who get the flu, and/or severe respiratory infections, and I do not. At least until this year. Apparently, since Covid-19, I finally convinced all family members to look into some extra D. I know my step son is taking 10K per day and has a blood level of 50 ng/ml. And at a recent family gathering, several of them commented that, for the 1st time that they can remember, they just got thru a cold and flu season without a single severe cold or flu. They mostly said they usually average at least 2 bad ones, first one often in the fall, but this year zero. But, there is no change in their vaccinations, they always get the flu shot. The only things that have changed is the added D and their decreased frequency of respiratory infections, and even flu. And my step son is on the PD, essential worker, so he has been out at work every day during the shut down, often dealing with criminals who were not wearing masks or social distancing. Thus, even though you take all vaccinations, I'd still be interested knowing how you feel you do most years, as a long term D taker, compared to those around you? Thanks!
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