Vitamin D: I start with the maximum. Then I double it.
During the winter, once a week, I take a 50,000 mg capsule of Vitamin D. I do this even though I live in the deep South of the United States, where I could just go out into the sunshine between 10 am and 2 pm for half an hour two or three times a week wearing shorts or swim trunks and get all the Vitamin D I need.
I could do this, but like most people, I don't.
A committee of the Institute of Medicine, which describes itself as "an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public," has just recommended slightly higher levels of Vitamin D supplements.
The recommendations are ridiculously low, as are the recommendations the U.S. government has been suggesting for years.
The committee says nobody should take more than 4,000 of Vitamin D a day. Too much can cause kidney stones, they say. I take nearly double that amount, all winter, every winter. There's no chance this will cause me to make kidney stones. There's an excellent chance it will help my immune system to fend off colds, the flu, and the lung exacerbations that increase in people with Alpha-1 during the winter.
Elena Christofides, MD, is appalled by the new recommendations. I agree with Dr. Christofides.