Good morning all. I hope everyone enjoyed his or her weekend. I
don't know about anyone else reading this, but last week felt like
the longest short week ever, it seemed as if that 4-day week was
never going to end. I think part of the reason why last week
dragged on was because I was still getting over a cold that I came
down with the weekend prior.
Speaking of the cold I came down with, I'd like to share how I
treated myself like a guinea pig with my remedy. So a couple of
Thursdays ago, I started the day with a ton of sinus congestion
that progressed to a nagging headache by later that afternoon. That
night as the headache persisted, my throat began to hurt, and I
developed a low-grade fever. Friday morning, Dr. Rudy Heiser wisely
sent me home so that I didn't get anyone else sick. But before I
took off, I was reminded of Dr. David Seaman's cold remedy by my
pal and 8th tri intern Khong Lamvichit.
The regime consists of mega-dosing vitamin D (1600 IU,
approximately 4mg), zinc (100mg to 250 mg), vitamin C and a ton of
fluids for three days. The solution sounded a little extreme, but
what better way to see if a remedy works for your patients than to
try it on yourself. So I did. The idea behind the treatment regime
is to kick-start your immune system. The zinc prevents bacteria
adhesion, the vitamin D helps the body produce its own natural
anti-biotic, cathelicidin, the vitamin C helps the immune system
vitality, and the fluids flush the system.
By Saturday afternoon I had no more fever, and my sore throat
was gone. Monday morning came around and, aside from my usual
allergy congestion, I felt darn close to being back to normal. So I
suppose the moral of the story is that this regime worked for me.
I'm not saying this is the cure-all for all colds, but at least now
you may have a tool in your mind to help out your future patients
who would rather not try the prescribed antibiotic route. As with
any intervention, there are inherent risks with benefits, and
should not be prescribed without a past medical history and exam of
the current issue.
This weekend I felt great and was at the Trop cheering on the
Rays from the third baseline against the Baltimore Orioles. Of
course the only game of the series I attended, we got spanked, but
it was a good time none-the-less. I hope everyone enjoys the blog
today and hopefully it helps some people developing a cold of their
own. Any questions, don't hesitate to send me an email. Hope
everyone has a good week, and a relaxing weekend.
Catch y'all on the flip side,
Good morning and welcome back. I hope everyone's long
Thanksgiving weekend helped as much as mine did. I needed a little
break to gas the engine back up for finals. The weekend was full of
good food, good people and good times.
Thursday could not have been better. I have to give thanks for
my family. They've always been there to support me in any way I
needed, as well being excellent cooks and putting on a heck of a
The Florida State Seminoles also deserve some praise after
getting a big win against the Florida Gators on their home field,
Saturday. It's the second straight season the Noles beat the
Gators, and the first time since 2003, that we've gone undefeated
to all the teams in the state of Florida--not too shabby!
We may celebrate the holidays a little differently down here in
Florida than in Illinois. The weather is beautiful this time of
year, and we tend to be outside as much as we can. If you're a dork
like me, then you would realize more sun = more vitamin D! Yes, my
brother and cousins made fun of me on Thursday after spitting off
some facts about vitamin D and its numerous health benefits. Being
that I didn't get to finish my rant then, I'll take the time now to
give shed some light (pun intended) on this unsung hero.
There is almost no population of people studied thus far that
maintains an average vitamin D level above 36ng/mL, with the normal
physiological range being 32-100ng/mL. I believe these levels are
as low as they are because people aren't given the proper education
on D's benefits and dosing. Vitamin D is unique because it
functions as a hormone rather than a vitamin. Vitamin D has as many
mechanisms of actions in the body as the 1,000 human genes it
Research has shown that doses as low as 2,000 IU per day of D
may produce enough of the naturally occurring antibiotic
cathelicidin to cure common viral respiratory infections such as
influenza and the common cold. So maybe taking some more vitamin D,
may be an option rather than taking a flu shot each year (just a
thought)? The common cold and the flu aren't the only things
vitamin D is good for.
Research has proven that Vitamin D supplementation can be
beneficial in managing conditions such as hypertension,
osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, MS, depression, type 2 diabetes,
musculoskeletal pain, and it can even prevent insulin-dependent
diabetes. In a recent study, a total of 341 out of 360 subjects
suffering from chronic lower back pain were completely relieved
from supplementing with vitamin D for 3 months.
The current upper limit of Vitamin D supplementation set by the
Institute of Medicine is 4000 IU a day. This is simply not enough;
research has shown that 4,000 IU/day of D has no effect on calcium
levels in the serum or urine. Our optimum serum D levels should be
in the range of 32-100 ng/mL. We could achieve this by
supplementation of 4,000-10,000 IU/day.
How vitamin D is absorbed and utilized by each person is
different, and dosing is therefore no different. A good rule of
thumb for vitamin D dosing is: If you are under 110 lbs., you may
want to supplement with 5,000 IU/day; if over 110 lbs., 10,000
IU/day. I know 10,000 IU sounds like a ton of supplement, but in
reality 10,000 IU only equals 0.25mg.
Feels good to get that off my chest finally. I hope everyone has
a killer week, and start studying, if you haven't already, for
finals start next week.
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