Shining Light on Diseases: How’s Your Vitamin D?

Girl-Holding-the-Sun-Sunrise__32633-480x320I recently found out after a blood test that I am very low in Vitamin D. The doctor told me to take a supplement of Vitamin D3 — like 4 times the dose I was already taking! Wow! I knew that I am a gal that likes my sunshine and that Vitamin D is made by our bodies utilizing sunshine. Therefore, the winter months, having less sunshine because the hours of daylight are less, as well as the fact that I usually don’t spend a lot of time outside in my shorts outside in sub-freezing temperatures, would naturally mean a decreased amount of Vitamin D in me.

What I DIDN’T know was just how very many problems can stem from not having a sufficient amount of Vitamin D in our body. I learned a LOT by doing a little research on Vitamin D online. The most interesting aspect of it all is that Vitamin D is NOT a vitamin . . . it was misnamed . . . it is actually a hormone and therefore very important in the regulation of body function. Additionally, Cholesterol is needed by our skins production of vitamin D as it reacts with sunlight. When vitamin D levels are low the body will naturally make more cholesterol to be available for conversion to the needed D.  WOW! What a wake-up call.  So the doctor finds that my cholesterol level is high, so he prescribes statin drugs which reduce the cholesterol and my vitamin D level goes down and then all these problems get even worse. Wow! Additionally, not all Vitamin D supplements are the same.  I mean to say, Vitamin D3 is the proper form for us humans to take. When Vitamin D was first studied and named it was done so with testing on rats which are nocturnal mammals. Since they don’t produce the vitamin D with the help of sunshine like we do, it was believed that Vitamin D was obtained solely by diet; thus the term Vitamin… as in, coming from a source outside the body.

Then too there is the fact that we humans have different skin pigmentation and live in different climates. Those of us who live in areas that experience Winter season with fewer daylight hours and cold temps are obviously not going to have the same Vitamin D levels as someone who lives close to the earth’s equator and temperatures conducive to more time spent outdoors in sunshine. On the contrary, our lifestyles of less time outdoors and more times inside of buildings under florescent lights and in front of computers does nothing to bolster our stores of HORMONE D.

I came upon this fabulous wealth of information by Stasha Gom­i­nak, M.D (a neurologist at Tyler, TX) when I listened to a lecture she gave on Sleep, Chronic Pain and Hormone D. Here is a video Dr. Stasha Gominak Discusses Sleep & Vitamin D (all 5 parts). Listening to all of the video took about an hour and a quarter but it was subdivided into five parts so one could watch or refer to one section at a time if that were easier. I watched it as a whole as well as took note of the power point slides that she gave listing resources and references. This was a professionally done lecture which was communicated in such a way that a layperson could understand. My understanding by what she said during the talk, this was given to a group of caregivers and not just doctors. Therefore it is not full of medical jargon that is beyond a person’s comprehension. Rather it is a very logical account of how HORMONE D is behind so many health problems that many people have today.  I think it is important to mention that she points out the pioneering work done by  Dr. Walter Stumpf and the name “soltriol ” that he coined for this important biological hormone.

In doing more reading and research I found it absolutely fascinating that D3 has an important role throughout various functions in the body. There are receptors in the heart, the brain, the pancreas, the gut, muscles, etc. There is a direct correlation between insufficient D3 and several diseases: neurological dysfunction, migraines, sleep disturbances and quality, pain perception, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, acid reflux, diabetes, irritable bowel disorder, heart issues, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, etc. Man!

This all is supported by my own personal experiences. Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome came first, then Insulin Resistance, then Fibromyalgia, acid reflux (I blame that on the meds),migraines started after an auto accident, in 2009 I developed Foreign Accent Syndrome, then my cholesterol was too high. Finally, I had neurological abnormalities after being put onto a statin drug. I KNOW it was as a result of being on a statin drug that I suffered a faux heart-attack and then sever muscle weakness to the point of not being able to stand up or walk. Sure enough, after being off of the statin and employing Physical Therapy, I got better within about three weeks. THEN, I discovered several people (including a parent) that had similar horror stories from being on a statin drug. Then I did research online and saw hundreds of similar complaints. There were even commercials on television stating that there was a class action suit whereby statins were associated with causing people to become diabetic, suffer muscle weakness, heart problems, etc.  I declared “NO more statin drugs for me,” I will use fish oil or krill oil, but absolutely refuse to take that detrimental medication ever again.

Which brings us up to today, I started 2014 with a ten day hellish migraine that wouldn’t go away. Now it’s cluster headaches. Putting together what I have just learned as being the vast number of receptors in our body that NEED vitamin D3 and the fact that I am deficient in it now makes sense. So I have increased my intake of D3 and am going to monitor that with periodic blood tests. Additionally, I’ve learned that Magnesium plays an important role in helping to reduce headaches as does vitamin B.

I am much more informed on the physiology of my body when it comes to Hormone D (soltriol). It explains why I often crave time in the sun and suffer more in the winter. Perhaps a good long tropical vacation is in order.

Let me also recommend Dr. Stasha Gominak’s blog about this subject to you at Vitamin D Hormone: Sleep, Chronic Pain and Headaches.  I personally am excited to have found this information and am sharing it with my doctors and friends. Experience is an excellent teacher and mine is saying to me, “we may just be onto something here; something that can restore health and eliminate disease! I think the overuse of statin drugs is going to do more harm than good unless people see the importance of the cholesterol / Hormone D balance in our bodies.

NOTE: I am NOT a doctor and hold no medical degree. The information contained here is from my own personal observation and experience. It is intended to simply offer my opinions and point to the opinions of others. If you are having any medical concerns, please seek the care of your physician. Although I have stated my dislike for certain classes of medications, one should follow the instructions of their physician along with their own personal convictions. These are intended to point you to some resources and give you a reason to think about your plan of care and overall health. God bless you on your journey to achieving a better state of health.


Taking it Up a Notch

Take it up a notch – Acts 19:8-10 The Apostle Paul & the Halls of Tryannus.
I LOVE GOD’s WORD!! It is forever enlightening me to God’s wondrous ways! It fascinates me how God’s word is overflowing with discoveries of treasures that I have passed right over in previous readings. Suddenly a word, thought, term, place or person will “jump off the page” and stir my curiosity, enliven my spirit, or in some other way cause me to dig deeper.

That is what happened this morning! I made an interesting observation while Bible reading in preparation for hearing the next in a series of messages taught by my church’s pastor on Sundays. God’s Holy Scripture says: “And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. (Acts 19:1, 8-10 ESV)”

Here is what jumped out at me. Initially, the apostle Paul was holding true to his pattern of behavior while on mission trips (this was known as his 3rd missionary tour) he would always go to the synagogue (or closest thing to it if there wasn’t one) and preach, teach, reason and debate according to the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These visits were usually cut short by arrests, jail time and/ or beatings and being run out of town.

But here we see Paul “step it up a notch” as he entered the city he “found some disciples” and Paul took them into the synagogue WITH him where Paul spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. After three months, when some were not only stubborn in their unbelief, but also spoke evil against “the Way” (the Gospel), Paul withdrew from them because those in the synagogue had hardened their hearts against truth and were now rejecting the truth of Scripture and Paul’s Gospel message.

So Paul left… taking the disciples with him. It appears that Paul didn’t want those he was discipling to hear such evil, nor to sit under false teaching so he took them WITH him. He led by example and did not return evil for evil, nor insist on his own way. He was learning through experience how to continue despite adversity and opposition. Paul remained faithful to the mission, the Word, the Gospel AND to those he was training.

But where did they withdraw too? I noted a place unfamiliar to me; “the Halls of Tyrannus”. I have read over this phrase several times. What IS this place? From my limited Web search I discovered this place may have been like a university or place of learning that was owned by a fellow named Tyrannus. It’s not a very creative University name, but I guess it is distinctive.

Tyrannus himself may have been a scholar who lectured here and was sympathetic to Paul. Some articles on the internet suggest that Tyrannus lectured up until 11am and then again after 4 pm, daily. The culture at that time was such that work ceased daily from 11am to 4 pm because of the extreme heat. So this “leisure time” was a time when Paul could reason, speak and evangelize from within these halls of learning to great congregations. A secular place being blessed by Holy teaching. I wish we had that going on at All of our schools today.

Profound things that I’ve noted in just these three verses from Acts: (1)Paul is now actively finding and training disciples IN the place he evangelizing. He used to bring disciples with him that would typically continue on with him. Here I see Paul is actually training up native disciples that live there.
(2) Paul is not going into just the synagogue of jews any more. He is now teaching and evangelizing jews, greeks and anyone and in a secular place. As a result of Paul withdrawing and not fighting in the synagogue, by following the wisdom found in the Scriptures to live at peace with all men inasmuch as it depends upon you … shake off the dust off your feet and move on… the Word of God never fails to accomplish what God intends).

The Gospel is NOW being spread. Did you see that?! It says ALL the residents of Asia! No longer confined to just the men within the walls of a single synagogue, the Truth of God’s Word and the saving Gospel are being proclaimed everywhere! To everyone who are actually seeking and it is being received. This is a stark contrast to the close-minded, stubborn group he left back at the synagogue.

(3) I think it is especially worthy of note that Paul taught DAILY at the Halls of Tyrannus… for TWO YEARS. 700 days of such a passionate teacher of the Gospel that Paul was, can you even imagine that? What an impact that had on the Kingdom of God growing among men!! Plus, I am sure that Paul much preferred the accommodations of this great hall and the type of people interactions that he had here in contrast to the dingy, dank cells of imprisonment in which he had previously been contained.

Finally, I wish to close with the main thought that repeats throughout the book of Acts. “Regardless of the circumstances we face in life. The Message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ WILL be proclaimed. God’s Word will never fail and His gift to us of the Holy Spirit will help us to live out the Greatest Commandment to love the Lord, your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength AND to love your neighbor as yourself. Then that same Spirit will help us accomplish the Great Commission of going out into all the earth proclaiming the Good News Gospel which saves the lost and condemned thru the sacrificial blood given on behalf of all who will believe and place their trust in Jesus Christ.

We are so blessed to be given this glorious Word of God! Our Savior Jesus Christ is a treasure to us for eternity. The Holy Spirit can work through and with us to make a difference. Now!, right this moment, there are people who’ve not even heard or don’t even know how God wants to love them. I am sure you know of at least one person; someone near you right now. 2014 is a new year. Will you join me in purposefully “looking” for disciples? I am continuing to pray for revival among the people of God, not just IN the churches, but even moreso outside those walls and amongst the people. For one Day EVERY tribe, tongue and nation WILL proclaim that Jesus is Lord, but those who continue to reject Him now will been viewed as an enemy and not a beloved child.

We have a mission… every single one of us! We do not need to preach from a pulpit or lecture to a crowd to impact another for all eternity. Right now, with what the Lord provides, YOU and I can make 2014 be a year in which people enjoy true rebirth that will last forever. All we need to do is “take it up a notch”.