Just a quick post tonight, because I have been online way too much over the last 2 days and I need to sleep.
I also need to get this off my chest, or I might not sleep very well.
I was kind of disturbed, tonight, to get a text from a client who’d just found out she was very low in vitamin D.
She had told me, a week ago, that she was generally tired, experiencing muscle weakness, experiencing some muscle cramps, and having problems getting over a sinus/flu bout.
She thought that maybe some of this was related to an existing thyroid condition, and she was already scheduled for blood work to confirm.
I suggested she make sure to get her vitamin D checked.
She texted me tonight to tell me that I was right and she was definitely low in vitamin D, but she also texted to ask me what kind of D supplement to buy and how much to take.
Why was she asking me this?
Because her doctor only told her to buy some vitamin D pills and take “one or two a day.”
Note that there are different kinds of D supplements available to purchase.
Note that you can buy those supplements in several different doses of IUs.
Note that her current vitamin D level was low enough to warrant an even more aggressive treatment that “one or two a day” — possibly even 10000 IUs a day for up to 6 months.
Note that he told her none of this.
And note that, as far as I’m concerned, nutrition & dietetics training in medical schools is horribly deficient.
A physician needs to be able to provide the details behind his dietary recommendations.
My client shouldn’t have to ask me to do her doctor’s job.
Are our physicians adequately prepared to provide diet or supplement advice to patients?
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