This is a very painful post to write. It’s about my mistakes. There have been so many missed opportunities over the years and many times I have been on the right track but given up too soon not having clearly understood what was happening. What am I talking about? I gave up on ozone, vitamin D and sunshine and it set me back a year. My sleep had improved so dramatically a year ago, I was giddy with excitement about my recovery. But at the time, I didn’t understand how I had made such remarkable progress. Too many things going on at once.
Now I’ve come to believe that 33 years of vitamin D deficiency was a key driver of my illness. Of course we are all deficient – that is unless you are a landscaper or a roofer or anyone who spends morning hours outside in strong sunlight. But I’m the canary in the coal mine because I have homozygous (the worst) mutations for the VDR BSM and TAQ genetic defects. Those are vitamin D receptor flaws. I’ve also been working behind computer screens for 28 years and it turns out the blue light they emit destroys dopamine and melatonin and other hormones necessary for good sleep.
I’ve always understood that poor sleep was behind my decline. I knew it in my bones. And I’m pretty confident that the vitamin D deficiency (and maybe blue light exposure) is what lay behind the poor sleep. The vitamin D deficiency packs a heavy punch because it destroys sleep and weakens the immune system at the same time.
Yes, I had heavy metal toxicity, and I have Lyme disease and multiple co-infections and viral infections but I’m looking at those as symptoms now, not primary problems. Lots of people get exposed but they aren’t felled by them. My brother for example is relatively healthy. I looked up his genetics yesterday and he has heterozygous mutations (not the worst) of VDR TAQ and BSM. He also did not become a computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur.
How did I get on the right track two years ago and then abandon it? I’ve always been fascinated by the therapies that I could not tolerate. For example, I’m extremely sensitive to ozone. Why? Because my body is loaded with infections. As soon as I increase my oxygen, it starts killing pathogens and I feel like garbage. Small amounts of vitamin D like 2000 IU daily for a week would result in intense migraines that lasted three or four days. Why? It boosts the immune system which starts attacking pathogens, releasing neurotoxins and I get a migraine.
Two years ago, I was researching these vitamin D migraines and came across Dr. Jack Kruse and Dr. Stasha Gominak – that’s when I really started to believe in the vitamin D master theory. Watch this from beginning to end – it may change your life:
Sadly, when you are as ill as I am, the complexity of detoxification can derail your recovery. If you get hit by a three day migraine that totally incapacitates you every time you try to take vitamin D, you may give up as I did many times. I’m seeing a homeopathic doctor now and when she examined me the first time, she said that my lymphatic system was hardly moving at all and that if I could not get it going, she wouldn’t be able to treat me for Lyme disease. And that’s my theory on the migraines. My lymphatic system gets overwhelmed easily. I’m working on it now and believe I’m making great progress.
The point is, if you’ve been ill for 15 years or more as I have, recovering is not just a matter of knowing what caused your illness. There is some magic in putting together the right step by step recovery program that considers the best timing for each step.
But knowing as much as possible about your condition does help. Knowing that I have Lyme disease and co-infections helps me understand my reaction to vitamin D and that helps solidify my commitment to breaking through any barriers necessary to raise my vitamin D level. Dr. Gominak says her patients sleep well when they get their 25 Hydroxy D levels to the 60-80 ng/ml range (and deteriorate above that).
So what about Dr. Jack Kruse? He is extraordinary and I highly recommend you consider his message also. He agrees with Dr. Gominak that our professional lives have created a physiological permanent winter for our bodies. But he also says that our addiction to technology is equally destructive of good health, both exposure to blue light and cellular / Wi-Fi radiation.
He’ll tell you not to take supplements and explain the physics behind his reasoning (he’s a neurosurgeon and self-taught physicist). He recommends you eat lots of seafood, get in the sun every morning, maximize your oxygen levels, and take ice baths or other cold therapy, all to rebuild your mitochondria and restore your sleep. Dr. Kruse Is not the only one recommending we avoid vitamin D supplements – don’t forget about Morley Robbins and his copper/ceruloplasmin Crusade.
Jack will also tell you that you need to do whatever it takes and that might mean moving from Canada to Florida or Louisiana for stronger sun. He also strongly advises rural living because the average person has seven wireless devices now, so if you live as close to your neighbors as I do, you have a dozen Wi-Fi devices are more showing up in your home even when your own is turned off.
For any other readers with VDR SNPs like me, Dr. Kruse says that they are irrelevant for anyone getting plenty of sun.
Where does that leave me? I’m on the warpath with ozone, sauna, sunshine, blue blocker sunglasses, black lights and all kinds of lymphatic therapy. Going back through my old calendars, I discovered that my sleep had improved dramatically when I had reached six minutes of ozone (via ear insufflation). So I’ve been increasing five seconds every day and I’m at just over four minutes now. With any luck, I’m a month away from the better sleep I’m so desperate for.
I have not had a serious migraine in a couple months so I’m very hopeful that the big setbacks are behind me and I’m really going to reach my destination this time. I’m doing so many things though that I will really never know what it was that got me over the migraines which was my biggest obstacle.
Here’s what I’ve got going on:
- almost daily near-infrared sauna – 25 mins at around 135 degrees Fahrenheit
- daily ozone by ear insufflation
- I sleep on a PEMF device made by EarthPulse and have documented improvements via breath hold testing
- german homeopathic drainage kit for lymp, liver and kidney
- one minute of rebounding before saunas
- 15 mins of chi machine
- 10 to 20 minutes of sunshine before noon
- starting with a bit of vitamin D3 – 1,000 IU daily at breakfast
- Jarrow DHA Max x3
- ordered a grounding stake and pad for my desk
- ordered UV lights to supplement my incandescent office lighting (UV light meters too to make sure I’ll get a lot less than the sun would deliver)
Dr. Kruse doesn’t believe in supplements but I know from my mineral balancing reading and experience that people do recover this way and my own family’s hair tests show the efficacy. Also, my reaction to small amounts of vitamin D probably shows that my body is starving for it. In any case, I plan to take a hybrid approach. In the summer, sun only. The rest of the year when I can’t get enough sun I’m going to take this 5,000 IU D3 from Innate Response (I use their raw Vit C too).
You might be thinking, what about skin cancer? Well my preliminary research leads me to believe that it mostly affects people who live in a permanent winter and then go out in the sun and get sunburned. Apparently roofers and landscapers have lower skin cancer rates than the rest of us. Here’s a dermatology professor and vitamin D researcher with some thoughts on this:
And what about Lyme Disease? Here’s Dr. Klinghardt on Vitamin D and Lyme Disease:
“ALS, MS, cancers, etc. are all vitamin D deficient states. Lyme spirochetes utilize vitamin D3 to stimulate their own growth. It helps the spirochetes to multiply much faster. Sarcoidosis is a condition of lumps in the lymphatic tissue and lungs. It is often caused by Lyme disease. Dr. Marshall is not an MD or a chemist. Dr. Klinghardt has not seen one improvement on the Marshall Protocol except in a sarcoid patient. It has not been helpful for pure Lyme cases. If a person is Vitamin D deficient and being treated for Lyme, it seems to take longer for them to recover. When you give vitamin D and Lyme treatment together, the patient does far better. Lyme disease multiplies every 22-36 days. With Vitamin D, that process may be every 19 days. The organisms are most vulnerable to treatment when they are multiplying.”
Lastly, I wish I could explain how I got knocked off track a year ago after having made such dramatic improvements… I had reached 10 minutes of daily ozone. I had accomplished this by increasing five seconds every day, so it was a very slow ramp up, and my sleep improved somewhat slowly also. Around the same time I had started Fenbendazole and Ivermectin and I think I was attributing my improvements to those treatments.
Having reached 10 minutes by ear insufflation, I thought I should try rectal insufflation because it directly stimulates the liver. I found it too messy however. At that point I should have restarted the ear insufflation, but I was ramping up Fenben and thought it too much. Then I started to fear the effects on my liver of daily Fenben and stopped that but forgot about ozone. I may have also been experimenting with Mitosynergy’s copper around that time. Basically it was the fog of war. I screwed up.
Still hungry for more Vitamin D info? Here’s one more for good measure:
What do you think?