Ok as I have written in the past. I experiment on my poor body before I recommend things to you all. Yes, I do research to understand were the current scientific thought is going. I also spend time looking at what is the general opinion of others (though often there are some sites, that in my humble opinion miss the mark, who knows perhaps I am the one who is off) by searching social media sites that relate to vitamin D3.
Currently vitamin K2 has been the hot topic and its effect on, you guessed it, calcium. Of course, you need adequate vitamin D3. Which I argue in other blog posts and my book, you need optimal doses and blood levels. The question is do we need additional vitamin K2 to what we ingest and produce.
Many currently argue we don’t receive enough. As if you are not a big fan of fermented foods, like the Japanese who eat natto, or those who like cheese or sauerkraut, then you may ingest little. Though some of those who argue we need to supplement seem to have forgotten we also produce vitamin K2 in our gut.
At least in a healthy gut. We produce it from vitamin K1 which is in lots of different green vegetables, that many of us commonly eat and eat a lot of. As I blogged earlier it is very difficult to overtake vitamin K2 or so I thought. At least the scientific literature and web sites that discuss vitamin K2 would give you that idea.
Could they be wrong? Also, there have been books written about vitamin K2 and how important it is in properly metabolizing calcium. See everyone is SCARED and I mean really scared of calcium. Hey if clowns don’t scare you then you should have nightmares about calcium.
As I have written many times before, calcium by itself is not good or bad but necessary. It only becomes a health issue if your body is ill. For example, inflammation caused by a leaky gut, other internal infections, barotrauma (caused by high blood pressure) or possibly all the above.
Which in most is metabolic syndrome or leading to it. It is all about either preventing this or if already ill restoring your body to balance, a balance which currently most are not. No eating poor quality food isn’t helping (this will be the next blog series I have been working on) but we are not seeing the big picture.
I believe it all comes down to vitamin D3. As without optimal blood levels our body’s think “winter”. So, we add fat and become inflamed because our immune system faulters, further altering our appetite so eat unhealthy foods which further perpetuates this downward spiral. It is multifactorial.
However, I bet if not inflamed but with elevated calcium levels you probably would never develop either atherosclerosis or osteoporosis. No don’t test it. Yes, if you take much higher vitamin D3 doses to generate levels way above the optimal blood levels and eat lots of Tums like I did.
Trying, like I was, to deal with severe gastritis. I tried to avoid prescription medications as lowered my acid levels and vitamin B12 absorption. I did this because I am looking for miracles. If you are in same shape as I am and was you probably will develop atherosclerosis like I did.
But I have had and do have an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and c reactive protein (CRP). I have had them for years. Both are blood tests that indicate when elevated that your suffering from inflammation. The levels are much lower now but not normal.
Yes, I am so much better than I was prior to taking optimal doses and obtaining optimal blood levels. I am alive. There is only so much even vitamin D3 can do when you were as ill as I was. When I wrote in my book about how I felt in 2010, that “I believed I had only 3-5 years to live”. I was not exaggerating.
This was prior to when I started in November 1, 2010 taking higher and eventually optimal doses of vitamin D3 to obtain optimal blood levels. I was serious and not exaggerating when I wrote about my thoughts of limited survival without a major change. Too much hyperbole these days.
*The information posted above is for educational purposes only. Always check with your doctor before initiating any changes in your medical treatment. If you do not, then The Two-Minute Health Fact, Dr. Judson Somerville, nor The Optimal Dose is responsible!