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Critical illness, acute stress, and vitamin D: Part 2

Critical illness, acute stress, and vitamin D: Part 1 puts into focus a follow up story a woman told me last week. Her aging father had been admitted to the ICU with generalized kidney and liver failure along with a number of chronic illnesses. The doctors had told her that they did not expect him to live.She had called me after he was admitted and asked me what I would do with vitamin D as her father’s doctors refused to test his level or give him any vitamin D.

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  About: John Cannell, MD

Dr. John Cannell is founder of the Vitamin D Council. He has written many peer-reviewed papers on vitamin D and speaks frequently across the United States on the subject. Dr. Cannell holds an M.D. and has served the medical field as a general practitioner, emergency physician, and psychiatrist.

One Response to Critical illness, acute stress, and vitamin D: Part 2

  1. Big problems with low vitamin D in the ICU:

    *Children stay in ICU 2 days longer if have low vitamin D

    – – – http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=3532

    *Plasma exchanges which may happen in ICU reduce vitamin D levels by half


    *IVs (often used in ICU) only provide 200 IU of vitamin D per day


    *5 days longer in ICU if low on vitamin D


    *Much higher cost of ICU (and problems) if low on vitamin D


    *Adding blood in ICU typically reduced vitamin D levels by 35%


    *Fat soluable vitamins (such as vitamin D) decrease quickly after trauma


    The above are samples of 88 articles in VitaminDWiki which have ICU in their titles