Very stressed and upping the dose

by julie mcfadden
(Ky)

Hi Wray,
I have been using 1/2 tsp. (us) morning and 1/2 tsp at night and thought it was working pretty well. Not great but better.
I have been under extreme stress lately taking care of my mother who has Alzheimer's and is dying of kidney failure. My 23 year old son causes me the most stress really and I've also got a 4 year old that I am trying to be the best mommy I can be during this horrible time in our lives.
I could feel symptoms creeping back in so I upped it to 1 1/2 tsp. in morning and 1 1/2 tsp. at night. Feeling a little better but not a lot and wondering .... I feel like I should have been taking more than the 1/2 tsp. anyway and due to all the stress even more so wondering if I need to be taking more than I am or
Maybe I should stay where I'm at for a while and then up it again if I feel I need to . Hair loss is horrible still and weight gain has gotten worse as well.
Thanks so much
Julie

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Sep 17, 2013
Very stressed and upping the dose
by: Wray

Hi Julie You are under huge stress! Are you using Natpro, or some other brand? The 1/2tsp would give you about 80mg, so 1tsp 160mg/day. If another brand 1/2 tsp usually contains about 40mg, giving you 80mg/day, which would not be enough for all the stress you're under. I don't believe 160mg/day will be either. 3tsp of Natpro would give you 500mg/day which should be helping. But what is your vitamin D level? This has a critical role to play, too low and progesterone does not work effectively, if at all. Please have a test done. Please get your level up to 70-100ng/ml. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the following websites, Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L, and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. I feel you could also do with some of the calming amino acids too. There's a list of these on our Anxiety page. You're not in a position to reduce the stress, so maybe you could consider trying EFT. It does help stress, not by reducing it, but by giving us coping mechanisms. There's an introductory video on our Stress page. On another page we have there's an amusing and encouraging comment about stress from a lecturer, see here. Scroll to "Stress Management is no joke..." We also have a page on Hair Loss you could look through. Take care Wray

Sep 17, 2013
to wray
by: julie

Wray,
I cant remember where to respond so I am hoping this is in the right place.

Thanks so much and I have been on 10,000 IU's of Vit D since you told me to, I think its been about 8 months or so.Noticed a big change with that. Yes I am using Natpro.

Sep 17, 2013
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by: julie

Wray,

Thanks so much and I have been on 10,000 IU's of Vit D since you told me to, I think its been about 8 months or so.Noticed a big change with that. Yes I am using Natpro.I will keep using the 1 1/2 tsp morning and 1 1/2 tsp at night and see how I feel . Also I'll try to calming amino acids.
Thanks for all you do Wray.
Blessings
Julie

Sep 22, 2013
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by: Wray

Hi Julie Thanks for the clarification. It's just 3tsp of another brand will only be giving you 1/2 the amount of progesterone which I didn't think enough. Very happy the vitamin D has made such a difference, ti does. Do hope you're also taking magnesium too, it's the most important co-factor, with insufficient vitamin D doesn't work as well. Let me know if the aminos help, I've found them remarkable for calming people. Take care Wray

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