I received three messages in the last couple of days from people asking about the protocol and saying they were taking 20,000 iu D3 daily and not seeing any results. I wrote back telling them to reread the protocol.
Then I reread the website protocol and OMG it said to take 20,000 iu daily. NO, NO, NO!!! I took 20,000 iu TWICE daily.That means 40,000 iu daily. This falls under the category of “shit happens”.
Mike, our web guy got on it immediately and made the changes.
[website and PDF Protocol have been updated – changes in red, please download the updated protocol version click here].
Let’s just back up and explain D3 consumption. There is no absolute/for sure/works for everyone dosage. In 2014 I took between 30-40,000 daily based on what Flintchick was taking and it worked for me. It only took 6 weeks to clear my skin.
When I had the flare two years later (caused by consuming almond milk highly fortified with calcium) I definitely took 40,000 iu daily for two months.
But Dr. Coimbra (who has worked with high dose D3 for several decades) gives his patients 1000 iu D3 per kilo (2.2 lbs) of body weight. As I weigh 120 pounds, if I was following his method I would have taken 56,000 iu daily. He also has his patients take ALL the vitamin D at one time, with their largest meal.
Now, after reading Dr. Coimbra’s research I kind of breathed a sigh of relief because I was a bit scared of the high dose vitamin D. The fact that a medical doctor had been using high dose D for a couple of decades was reassuring.
It seems logical to take more or less vitamin D dependent on body weight. Someone who weighs twice as much as I do might need twice as much D3.
When I get my little 11 pound dog, Lucky vaccinated, they give her the same amount of rabies vaccination as a Great Dane. It makes me crazy. They give my little dog half the dosage that they give a bloody horse. It makes no sense.
So what I’m saying is that there may be a bit of leeway on the upper end of vitamin D dosage. But where the problem lies is in NOT TAKING ENOUGH!
Now, this is just my intuition, but I think the high dose D3 somehow shocks the immune system into working more effectively. That’s when the D3 pulls the excess calcium from the psoriasis plaques. If the dosage is too low, this doesn’t happen. Or it’s painfully slow.
Now, about testing for vitamin D levels. According to Dr. Coimbra, the current testing is not very effective for people with autoimmune diseases who need to consume vitamin D. As they don’t metabolize the D effectively, they need to take more of it.
I did get my D levels tested in 2014 after taking high dose D and they were a bit high but not enough to cause concern. After reading Dr. Coimbra, I stopped testing and haven’t had any noticeable side effects. But then after my skin got clear I reduced to only 10,000 iu daily as a maintenance dose.
And 10,000 iu D3 daily has been recommended by numerous doctors and naturopaths in both the U.S. and Canada. The reason for this is that most people are no longer working outside and getting natural sun. Or they live in miserable, rainy places like Vancouver. Or they slather on sunscreen or cover up and don’t let the natural sun touch their body. Hence the huge number of people who are deficient in D.
Ok, I think that covers most of the issues around vitamin D consumption. But I do apologize for not rereading the website and catching that mistake. I don’t care about making mistakes that affect me but I sure don’t like making mistakes that hurt (or delay results) for anyone else. So, I sincerely apologize for this mistake.
If I’ve missed anything and you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’ll do my best to answer all your questions.
Dakota and Lucky and Charlie