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Vitamin D: modulator of the immune system

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Vitamin D: modulator of the immune system. Several epidemiological studies have linked inadequate vitamin D levels to a higher susceptibility of immune-mediated disorders, including chronic infections and autoimmune diseases. Baeke F. (PubMed) Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2010 Aug;10(4):482-96. (Also see:Vitamin D and Autoimmunity)

 

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Craig Roothoff

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International Scleroderma Network(ISN)

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This is so interesting to me. When I first saw a rheumatologist, who diagnosed CREST two years ago, she checked my Vitamin D levels and they were below acceptable levels. I took a prescription of 50,000 IU per week for 8 weeks then another 4 weeks when a blood test still showed it low.

 

I continued taking about 5-6000 IU per day after that even though some doctors said I needed to reduce it as it could be dangerous. But if I did, my joints hurt so bad that I upped it again. 5000 IU okay - 4000 IU not okay.

 

My blood tests for the total D levels were okay but the ones for the 25-hydroxy only slowly crept up into normal levels.

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