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  1. Ruth Ann Nordin
    September 30, 2016 @ 6:45 pm

    The only thing I don’t like about autumn is the cold and flu season. But I do love the change in colors on the trees. It’s a mixed blessing. 🙂

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    • Kristy K. James
      October 4, 2016 @ 7:06 pm

      It sure is. LOL…I spend half my time in public places wanting to shout at people, “Cover your mouths/noses when you cough/sneeze because I shouldn’t have to catch what you have because you can’t be bothered.”

      One thing that helps, seriously, is Vitamin D3. I researched the heck out of it when my doctor tested my level and it was at 12. The bare minimum is 30, with something like 50-70 being optimal. It was the same blood test where my hypothyroidism was diagnosed but you know what? My next appointment was almost a month away. However, the doctor IMMEDIATELY phoned in a prescription for 50,000 i.u.’s of vitamin D – that I was supposed to take twice a week … yet she waited nearly four weeks to do anything about my thyroid.

      Personally, I thought she was a quack. A hundred thousand i.u.’s of vitamin D … every week???!!! Yeah, not. The RDA is a fraction of that and I thought she was trying to kill me or something, lol. So I did tons of research, and made phone calls to other medical professionals, and I was surprised at what I discovered.

      One, prescription vitamin D isn’t absorbed anywhere near as well as over-the-counter D3. Two, anyone living north of the Longitude (or Latitude??? – never can remember which is which) of Atlanta, Georgia is likely very deficient in vitamin D. Three, you could take 20,000 i.u.’s a day, every day, for months – and probably years – and it wouldn’t hurt you. Four, you’re immune system sucks if your levels are too low. And five, a deficiency can mimic depression and other ailments.

      This is a good article on vitamin D deficiency, and the Vitamin D Council (https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/) has boatloads of great information about it.

      But the best reason to take it – and I take 5,000 i.u. a day now – is for the immune system. I think the only reason I got so sick this spring – for the first time in two or three years – is because I was doing way too much and getting far too little sleep for too long (like five months).

      I’ll apologize in advance if the links are screwed up. I don’t think I’ve ever done them in comments before. 🙂

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