Dismantling Vitamin D-3
A Discussion About the Hidden Harms in Popular Supplements
DPL and I sat down and had a fantastic discussion with Robin Stebbins of the Medicine Girl Podcast to explore the increasingly popular vitamin industry and go over the harms of Vitamin D-3, which has been a hot topic lately in the health freedom realm. Robin shares her story with us and we go over a few other paradigms in our talk as well and address some of the pushback we have received over this topic.
Some background: Vitamin D, like many other vitamin supplements, is not the wonderful healing alternative that we have all been led to believe. First and foremost, Vitamin D-3 supplements contain cholecalciferol, which is the main ingredient in rat poison. Most Vitamin D supplements are given with the idea that it is going to help support bone health by increasing the level of calcium in the body. What many people don’t understand is that there is such a case as “too much of a good thing” and are unaware of both the use of cholecalciferol as rat poison and the dangers of hypercalcemia, or too much calcium in the body. Hypercalcemia can lead to things like heart problems and atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries. Too much calcium in the blood can also have the antagonistic effect of reducing the calcium in our bones. Many are also likely unaware that when ingested, Vitamin D is actually a secosteroid hormone, and does the exact opposite of help your body with calcium. Instead, it causes the body to pull calcium from other areas of the body such as our bones, which causes things like osteoporosis. So instead of strengthening your bones, you are actually doing quite the opposite. Further, it is important to acknowledge that the Vitamin D we get from the sun is NOT the same as taking it in supplement form.
Vitamin D is also supposed to help with remyelination in the central nervous system (CNS) but emerging studies seem to be actually refuting this and challenging the existing studies, stating that the benefits in CNS remyelination remain elusive. I am not one to rely too much on medical journals and peer reviewed studies these days, as I have since uncovered that they are riddled with fraud. However, this is the evidence many will point to and use to back up their claims, so I am simply playing devil’s advocate here and trying to play on their field. It actually shocks me that I have been confronted by folks in the health freedom movement that want scientific evidence that rat poison is harmful. As you hear me mention in our chat about all of this, I simply don’t have time to entertain that type of willful and blatant ignorance. This has come from people who also poke at scientific studies and discredit them in a similar manner that I have, yet they want the scientific studies that rat poison is harmful in small doses, going as far to state that even water is toxic at high doses. If that is the game we are playing here, then why is ANYONE trying to create awareness about ANYTHING that is harmful, if it is ALL harmful at the end of the day? Ridiculous.
Another thing to consider is that the Vitamin D value that is being tested for in your blood serum is in most cases not even the correct value we should be examining. The following is an excellent video hosted by Robin that also features Jim Stephenson Jr. where they really dive into the testing differences between the 25 (OH) D test and the 1,25 (OH) (2) D test. This was something I had a bit of trouble understanding until I watched the video and it really drove it home for me as far as seeing what is happening here with the testing methodologies.
But what about the people who tell you that once they began taking Vitamin D they felt great? Well there is a reason for this, and it is quite simple, really. As with many steroids, it is going to give you that initial “feel good” effect, which is what many people attribute to it working for them. But long-term use, as I mentioned above, does not stand up to the previous studies and the benefits remain elusive.
Many will further attempt to rationalize and justify why taking the rat poison is ok, citing the weight differences between humans and rats, which I do want to acknowledge. Sure, it won’t kill you off right away, but the long-term health effects are no better, especially if you are macro-dosing it or if you are a child. It is disturbing that there are folks in the health freedom movement who, despite being given this information to look into, would still recommend taking such large doses!
Before I leave you, I want to point out the work of another Robyn (not the Robin we did this interview with) that writes about this on her Substack as well, and you can read her similar and more in-depth findings here:
Hope this helps anyone who was still on the fence about this! You can check out the additional resources below, some of which I do reference in the write-up, as well as during our interview discussion.