I never thought vitamin D would be as hot as TikTok’s most viral clips. Then again, I didn’t think going viral would be an aspiration. Yet, here we are.
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about vitamin D and COVID. Legions of Americans are inhaling vitamin D faster than disinfectant ANYTHING, because they think that it will cure or stave off COVID-19. If vitamin D cured Coronavirus, Merck would’ve made an insanely priced vaccine that nobody’s insurance would cover.
Encouraging the public to consume mass quantities of vitamin D, is as perilous as Trump begging us to shoot up Clorox. We expect nothing but ignorant, dangerous lies from that shit stain. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your purview, we assume doctors are the gold standard for disseminating credible information.
Not all doctors are cut from the same cloth. Speaking for myself, I only trust three doctors. They always tell me the truth and when they’re wrong, they tell me.
Vitamin D is billed as curative to some degree, and a supplement that can ward off our risk of how sick we might get if we contract COVID-19. Without context, doesn’t that strike you as irresponsible?
I am fucking enraged by doctors, scientists, and respected medical institutions for not giving people comprehensive information about vitamin D, including, but not limited to, getting blood-work before taking vitamin D. Malabsorption issues. Though rare, overdosing on vitamin D and vitamin D toxicity. Taking the wrong type of vitamin D. People with autoimmune and other diseases that are notoriously Vit-D deficient. Equally important, African Americans are the highest ethnic group to be vitamin D deficient because of their skin pigmentation. Sidebar: I’m still researching this. Historically, African Americans are grotesquely abused, misdiagnosed and mistreated. They’re also the highest demographic acquiring COVID-19.Here are some stats to review: State by state COVID demographics and CDC rate of illness and deaths in African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Caucasians. Personally, I am struggling to trust the CDC under tangerine Hitler.
I read this from the Mayo Clinic, “For most adults, vitamin D deficiency is not a concern. However, some groups — particularly people who are obese, who have dark skin and who are older than age 65 — may have lower levels of vitamin D due to their diets, little sun exposure or other factors.”
Are you fucking kidding me, Condiment Clinic?! Why omit the aforementioned issues I raised above? Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, which states, in part, “First do no harm.” By withholding facts and omitting information, they’re causing harm.
If a doctor said to me, “Katie, I’d like you to take a 10-day course of antibiotics” without explanation, would I take it? Fuck no! I’d ask why they were prescribing them and what it was supposed to treat. If they didn’t give me a credible reason and had no blood-work to corroborate their treatment plan, I’d tell them to take their prescription and shove each pill up their ass for ten consecutive days.
When it comes to supplements, why don’t we follow the same logic? Why are we so eager to believe that vitamins and supplements, and in this case, any type of Vit-D we choose, is safe to take? Vitamins and supplements can be as risky as any prescription medication, street drug, or sucking on a Lysol wipe. Frankly, I don’t understand why vitamins and supplements aren’t prescribed. Perhaps it’s because they fall under the umbrella of homeopathy, which sits neatly between organic and natural, and is an absolute LIE. Vitamins and supplements aren’t natural or organic. Shit, they aren’t even FDA approved. Something made in a factory that’s FDA approved doesn’t mean the product itself is FDA approved. Props for slick AF marketing.
As someone with Graves’ disease, more often than not, I’m Vit-D deficient. I know this because I get blood-work every three months. My doctor shows me my blood-work and tells me what type of vitamin D to take. If I’m really low, then I need a high dose of prescription Vit-D. If I’m not so low, I can take a specific over the counter Vit-D. The moment I’m tanked up, my doctor tells me I can stop taking it.
I know we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Going to the doctor is terrifying. That said, I am deeply concerned that people are free-balling their vitamin D intake. I worry about the consequences of that.
What are your thoughts, Scissorheads?
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