There are websites that have it, but in general that dose, because of, you know, sort of concern about such a high dose, though it’s certainly not, is often given by prescription.
Let me make another comment; there’s the vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. There’s a controversy in this in terms of studies, but in general it seems like the vitamin D3 stays around a little longer. So I usually recommend my patients to get that D3. There’s no study suggests that D2 is better; some suggest D2 and D3 are equivalent, and some suggest D3 is better. So they have to go, look, go to their health food store and look for the D3 and see if they can find that 50,000 units, and if not, they have to load up on a lot of 2000 unit pills or 5000 unit pills or try to get it from the Internet or from the doctor by prescription.
And I think primarily, if I could boil down what you just said is, if you are deficient, and your blood test will indicate if you are or you aren’t, but let’s say you are deficient, then you need to ramp up, and depending on how deficient you are will determine the length of the ramping up. And then once you get to proper levels, you then go on maintenance, and the maintenance is something like 2000 or 2500 IUs of vitamin D3 per day. Is that pretty accurate?
Dr. Theodore Friedman:
That’s pretty accurate, yes. And I think we are only in the infancy stages now to figure out why some people need more and some people need less. Some of my patients, you get them up, and you are happy and they are happy. All of a sudden you check them a couple of months later, and they are down again. Other patients, you get them up, and they seem fairly okay to stay up there pretty easily.
That definitely does have to do with fat and weight; the more person’s fat has on it sort of acts as a sink to absorb that vitamin D, but there’s probably other factors going on besides just the amount of fat.
And Dr. Friedman, if I understand this correctly, vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory. So, it helps the entire system by decreasing inflammation.