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Vitamin D and Fibromyalgia

You may have noticed I’ve been sending out a lot of messages about vitamin D lately, but there’s a good reason for this. Worldwide, there’s much new research relating vitamin D to puzzling and seemingly unrelated medical conditions, and it’s important to keep up with the latest information as it’s published.

Since many of my readers either have fibromyalgia or know someone with this frequently disabling condition, I want to share this latest research finding with you. And if you know anyone with fibro, please forward this e-mail along.

Here’s the study: a group of doctors in Belfast, Northern Ireland, measured the blood levels of vitamin D in 75 women with fibromyalgia. They also administered a questionnaire to determine the degree to which anxiety and depression was part of their symptom list. Here were the results:

  • vitamin D deficiency is extremely common among fibro patients.
  • those with the lowest levels of vitamin D had the most significant anxiety and depression symptoms.

Although the authors made no specific recommendations about using vitamin D for fibromyalgia, I recommend the following:

  • take 1,000-2,000 IU of vitamin D daily, especially if your fibro symptoms are accompanied by anxiety and/or depression. If you can convince your doctor to measure your level of vitamin D, that would give you an idea of the extent of your possible deficiency.
  • walk in the sunlight, without sunglasses and in short sleeves, at least 15 minutes a day (your body makes vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight).

Readers of The Triple Whammy Cure are aware that fibro is one of the low-serotonin Triple Whammy disorders, along with depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue, among others. To raise vitamin D levels, your skin needs to be exposed to sunlight. To raise your serotonin, you need to “see the sunlight” unobstructed by sunglasses.

Here’s the vitamin D product we use at WholeHealth Chicago. Only one tablet a day is needed.


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