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Subject:The Power of Vitamin D-- anyone familiar?
Time:02:48 am
I just finished the book The Power of Vitamin D, by Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi. I found it to be an interesting read, but I'm not entirely certain what to think of it-- I'm having trouble finding balanced opinions of his work.

His arguments are compelling. Most people are significantly deficient in vitamin D, which is something that I've heard from many sources (including my own physician.) Vitamin D is a hormone that is vital to quite a few metabolic processes, and deficiency can have some fairly nasty repercussions. I'm not a biochemist, but his arguments feel relatively sound to me. It's consistent with other material that I've read about the topic.

On the other hand, his book has more than a whiff of quackery about it. Whenever I see one thing promoted as the miracle cure for a variety of ailments, I get suspicious. When the author says that (some set of people) don't want you to know about this because (whatever reason, usually because it cuts into their profits), I raise a very skeptical eyebrow. When the author has his own line of products to sell you, complete with his smiling mug on the labels, I pretty much call bullshit on the whole thing. Dr. Zaidi scores a bullshit bingo here.

Even with all of the red flags, his book feels to me like it's probably more true than false.

Anyone have information on this?


Also, I really wish it was possible to just waltz into a lab and order your own bloodwork.
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Time:2012-03-07 05:25 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about the book, but my endocrinologist put me on Vitamin D supplements 3 years ago because of my crazy labs after the full body cramping incident that sent me to the ER. Mostly it was because my calcium was an issue and they wanted the Vitamin D to help me process that better. For a long time I believed it was keeping the cramp situation at bay and then a few months later I got smacked back into reality and a whole new slew of tests. I spent about 8 months pumping myself full of prescribed vitamins and then I lost interest/was getting too overloaded with the constant maintenance of keeping 16 pills a day organized. My nails grew really fast but it didn't change my symptoms or my depression after a physical event.

Since late January I've avoided taking anything but the occasional Tylenol PM. I haven't had an event that caused screaming screaming screaming since October 15 & 16, after which my neuro-muscular specialist told me I had to stop boosting calcium or it could kill me. Now I overdose on high fruit content juices for a couple of days before every physical exertion (like a gig or going for a walk) and hope that's enough.

I don't know for sure yet, but signs are pointing to the fact that extraordinarily rigid control of diet might be just as effective as supplements, at least for me.

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