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    Vitamin D3

    Asked by NNN on Monday, December 28, 2015

    Vitamin D3

    I was reading the ingredients in Vitamin D3 which I'm taking in Winter due to the fact that I live in Chicago area and found out that it has soy, corn, additives and of course all of them are GMO's..YUK.
    My question is; do you know an organic safe brand for vitamin D3 supplements that you recommend?
    I have asked more than one doctor and one said that she purchase the Target brand and the other Trader Joe's .....lol...they are all GMO's.
    Please help!

    23 Answers from the Community

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    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      I'm curious...how do you know they contain GMO's? Does it say that on the label with the ingredients?

      over 3 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      Amazon has some that say they are GMO free.

      over 3 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar
      NNN

      TXHills, In the United States, any thing not labeled organic and or Non-GMO and have corn and soy, that is GMO.
      In regards to the GMO free supplements on Amazon, they might contain synthetic ingredients and that's bad as well... :(

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Two choices of which I know, NNN.

      A brand called Garden of Life which gets its D3 from mushrooms or actual mushrooms themselves which have been exposed to hours of daylight.

      http://www.swansonvitamins.com/garden-of-life-vitamin-code-raw-d3-5000-iu-60-caps

      Nothing is perfect. One just does the best one is able.

      Happy New Year!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Irishrose's Avatar
      Irishrose

      NNN--
      You sound like me reading ingredients. I eat a paleo lifestyle so don't eat soy, corn, dairy, etc and stay away from GMO's. I also live in the Chicago area, western burbs. I just found an integrative MD for my primary and his wife who runs their holistic clinic. My oncologist had me on D but only 1600 IU and never tested my levels. I wanted to find someone to help with my nutritional needs so had the new doc check my levels. I was low normal at 31 ( normal was 30-80 ), they wanted me to have levels at 70. The wife put me on a professional brand called, Pharmax, Vitamin D 5,000. She put me on 30,000 IU a day to boost me. My levels are 47 now and she cut me back to 20,000 IU. She wants my levels around 70. She is trying to strengthen my bones and giving me some other supplements as well. She does bio feedback testing to see what's going on in my body. I had stomach issues which she gave me an amino acid and I had my appetite back after that, she also cleared up a facial rash I had from Ibrance. I was seeing a dermatologist for 5 months and rash would start again any time I stopped the creams, since taking zinc/c drops , I don't need the creams the last few weeks. The bone strengthening drugs made me so sick so I stopped taking them and doing this approach instead. I looked up the Pharmax company and they are GMO free.

      over 3 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      Irishrose (great Chicago name BTW) - I wish your clinic were out here! Thanks for the info....

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      That is interesting, Irishrose. I was one point below 30 and the same nurse practitioner who wanted me to stop taking 5,000 units of D3 the year before, suddenly wanted me to take 50,000 units all at once.

      Being the distrustful *itch I am, I refused to follow her instructions for a second time. Hmmm, I know fols who take 10,000 units per day.....

      Glad you feel better.

      over 3 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar
      NNN

      Irishrose, Thank you for the info, I would love to contact your integrative MD. I live in Des Plaines and willing to drive west.

      geekling, believe it or not, I was on 50,000 units a week for 3 months and it increased my D3 level to 51.
      I'll order Garden of life brand. Thank you

      over 3 years ago
    • Irishrose's Avatar
      Irishrose

      NNN- I think they will be out of the office in Jan til Jan 12 but normally they are open 5 nights til 8 and Saturdays til 4 or 4:30. They are all Polish and I love them, it's just the doc and not a big outfit so I feel like I am going to a doc in a small town in Poland. They take just about all insurance, including Medicare. They greet me by name and lady at front desk said my face looks so great now, Everyone notices my clear face now , my entire face in the summer and neck looked like leprosy ( I have pics ) Most of their testimonials I found online were in Polish so I couldn't read them ( I have to figure out how to use translator to convert to English ) I read one review how Renata, the wife saved a guy's foot from amputation, docs were going to amputate since antibiotics were not working. The office also did an ultrasound on my aorta. but that was ok.

      Here is the info for their office.
      Dr Richard Izewski, MD
      Renata Izewski, MS ( think her degree is in pharmacology but she says its like a PA in Poland.)
      1094 S Roselle Rd
      Schaumburg , Illinois
      [phone number redacted]

      They are in a strip mall on west side of Roselle Rd, turn right at Hartford Dr , across from Burger King and Jewel. The strip mall that they are located in has a Polish grocery store,bank and restaurant.

      I met both of them at a Schaumburg library event about medical marijuana which I have been taking .My oncologist signed the paper work for the state program but I wanted a supportive primary doc also and he and Renata both are.
      You can tell them I am their patient they met at the library event and seeing them now, just mention my face she helped and she will know who I am.
      I hope this helps and let me know if you try them and if they help.

      By the way, I met Jordan Rubin , founder of Garden of Life years ago at an event he was speaking at. I recently found out he healed himself from cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • Irishrose's Avatar
      Irishrose

      NNN- not sure why the phone number didn't post but will try again.

      [phone number redacted]

      over 3 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar
      NNN

      write it using words
      e.g. eight four seven....etc.

      over 3 years ago
    • Irishrose's Avatar
      Irishrose

      Here goes:
      eight -four-seven---three-zero-one--one-three-seven-seven

      I am actually seeing Renata today for more bio feedback,,.She is going slow with me since I react to so many meds and even natural stuff.

      over 3 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar
      NNN

      Thank you so much Irishrose.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      WOW! Food for thought. I have been taking the Costco brand of D3 5000 un for almost 7 years now and I just read the ingredients. First thing was Soy Oil. Now I am going to have to find a brand that doesn't have all those things in it. We have a Food Co-Op here that sells all organic and chemical free supplements. That is probably where I will go to get a different Vitamin.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar
      CAL

      NNN,
      I go to an integrative Oncologist in Skokie (a 3.5 hour drive for me as I live in Champaign, Ill.
      His wife also works in the practice as a psychologist who helps with the complementary therapies. They also have nutritionists and massage therapists. They check my nutritional status every time I go--it is called a Terrain panel. The supplements they prescribe are specially designed to be organic. The biggest problem I have with them is the cost but they are organic and designed specifically for cancer patients. The practice is the Block Integrative Oncology Center and they have a website. It is on Old Orchard Rd, Skokie, approx 1/2 mile off I94 The phone number[phone number redacted]

      over 3 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar
      NNN

      Thank you CAL, Yes I have contacted them last year and have also mentioned them to my oncologist, she told me they are so expensive but she also said that they are good.
      My problem is; they didn't take my insurance so the cost would be higher to pay as out of network.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      Wish I had a place like that here in Mount Vernon, WA, but all we have are naturalpathic doctors and they do not provide the type of service your talked about getting. I have been taking 20,000 iu for years now and I don't know what my level is. Doctor won't order the test because it's too expensive and the insurance probably won't pay for it. Oh well, such is life, skid marks in the sky. That is an old Navy saying about the planes leaving a white trail behind them during their take off and land practices on the carrier.

      over 3 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar
      NNN

      Nonnie, ask your general practitioner to order it for you once a year along with other tests. Be careful as too much Vitamin D3 can be toxic. My general practitioner ordered it for me for the first time this year when I have requested my annual check up, I notify her that I get it done through my oncologist and don't want to do it again in less than 3 months. I have also asked for vitamin C test and she told me that they don't do it any more. but they are doing vitamin D now a days.

      over 3 years ago
    • Irishrose's Avatar
      Irishrose

      NNN-- I saw Renata yesterday. They are leaving for vacation today
      but she said the office will be open a few days to take appts, etc.
      so asked her when we had to test D levels again since it went up quick from
      31-47. She said it will go up quickly and then slow down so we don't need to
      check for several months . I am on 20,000 IU now. She said cancer patients are usually deficient in zinc .
      She has me on zinc drops but said she wants me on a better one that only one company
      in Germany makes. It's on back order so she keeps trying to get it for me. My face is still rash
      free on this zinc so I am happy. She is from Poland so knows all the good European products. She uses homeopathics to do gentle kidney detox and now for affects from radiation with frequent scans.

      My holistic dentist , Dr Boehm in Hoffman Estates gave me name of his integrative MD in Wheaton. It's a husband / wife MD and both are naturopaths. I was looking for a new primary. They have a great website, think it's
      Oak tree Wellness or something like that . I didn't go to them since they don't accept insurance
      so you have to pay upfront and send to insurance which would be out of network. They do vitamin C infusions and have info on cancer on their website.

      I also see Dr Shah in Hoffman Estates at the hospital for acupuncture and therapeutic massage, he is also a chiro and fixed my tail bone from hurting when I was sitting or in bed too much in hospitals and rehab facility. He treated some Cubs players so he told me he is going to get me well and send me to a Cub game, he has season tickets.

      Nonnie--My oncologist and primary both did the test so surprised they wouldn't do it .
      I have no idea how much it costs since I haven't seen the statement yet. Maybe also ask your insurance if it's covered.

      Cal-- my family checked out Block Center ( my brother lives in Skokie ). I like their integrative stuff
      on their website. I was so ill this year , on oxygen, pleurx catheters and doing so much better but still not enough energy to drive and it is about an hour away but too far for me to get frequent rides to. My friend knows someone who worked there and said several were laid off and they were having financial issues , don't know if any of that is true. I started with St Alexius in Hoffman Estates and switched to Northwestern/ Cadence in Warenville.

      I love all of this networking and sharing of info. , thanks NNN and everyone else. Good luck to all of us..

      over 3 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar
      NNN

      I'm so grateful Irishrose for all these info, I'll call them and make an appointment.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      Thanks NNN. I have asked my GP for that test and he said I didn't need it. So I guess I will ask again when he does my next AC1 level. Thanks for the info. I have been taking that dose for several years now and I haven't noticed any ill affects from it. But I will ask my GP again.

      over 3 years ago
    • Irishrose's Avatar
      Irishrose

      I get mercola.com newsletters. On Dec., 27 I just saw a long article about why we need vitamin D and info from top researcher, talks about cancer in article also., article is called Sunlight Does a Body Good.

      NNN- If you use the doc, he is covered by insurance. Renata is not covered by insurance but she is reasonable price compared to other places I have gone, you of course have to pay for any supplements . She wanted me to see the doc first to get established as a patient. I did need a new primary and since he supports medical marijuana and you need a bona fide relationship with your doc and he wants to see how I am doing on it, all reasons I saw him first. I saw him again after he ordered ultrasound of aorta when my stomach was bothering me. I think then I had a consultation with Renata so wrote down all my issues. She spent maybe 60+ min with me. I see her every two weeks ( she said it could be up to three weeks ) for bio feedback and think that is $60 and she spends around an hour , sometimes more and I have been getting good results so worth it to feel better. Unfortunately getting health back costs money.

      Happy New Year to all and glad we can connect and help each other on this site.

      over 3 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar
      NNN

      Thank you Irishrose, I'll call them and ask few questions to see if they can help me or not.
      Feeling better worth millions.

      I get Mercola newsletter too, last summer I depended on the sun only and my vitamin D was 27, my oncologist wants me to take 2000 units, but my general practitioner thinks 27 is boarder line and don't want me to take supplement...Dr. Mercola believes that cancer patients should have their Vit. D level between 40-60..

      I hate drugs and don't like to take supplements. ( I took two pills of Tylenol 375 mg after my lumpectomy and had a good night sleep)

      Get this,
      after I took the 50,000 unit a week vitamin for 3 months, the level went up to 51, then she put me on 1000 unit daily to maintain the level. it went down after 6 months to 39. When I asked her why?, her reply was; it's winter and there is no sun! then I stopped taking the pills for 6 months and that was during spring and summer, the level went down to 27.
      seriously, I think all these supplements which we are purchasing over the counter are useless..

      I'm suspecting that the aromatase inhibitors are affecting the level of Vitamin D in my body, when I asked my oncologist, she said they don't.
      I read a book (Drug muggers by Suzy Cohen RPH Registered Pharmacist) she believes those aromatse inhibitors are muggers of many vitamins including D.
      I spend at least 30 minutes a day in summer in the sun and that should be enough for the whole year as our bodies store vitamin D.

      Doctors and the registered Pharmacist contradict each other and I'm in the middle of all that.

      Happy New Year to all, Wish 2016 will bring you health and happiness.

      over 3 years ago

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