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What about Hormone-D?*
Pssst…. I bet your doctor never told you that Vitamin D is really a hormone.

Testing is the Key to Hormone-D

In order to have intelligent conversations about your vitamin D status, we ask that you complete 4 lab tests.  Vitamin D has become so main stream and most of us do not understand the dangers to over supplementing.  It is only because we care and want you to make an informed choice.

1. Magnesium RBC (Red Blood Cell): it’s the KEY catalyst for creating “Storage” and “Active” forms of this Hormone…

2. 25(OH)D blood test: it’s the measure of the “Storage” form, the precursor to “Active” form of this Hormone…

3. 1,25(OH)2 D3 blood test: it’s the measure of the “Active” form of this Hormone…

4. “Ionized” Serum Calcium blood test (NOT a standard serum test!): given that Calcitriol’s JOB in the body is to put MORE Calcium into the blood stream, it only makes sense to know exactly how much you have there already, right?…

So, please, look BEFORE you take a “D”ive!


The Vitamin D Controversy

In this article Morley  Robbins explains the path Hormone-D takes in our bodies and his opinion as to why not to use it.

Vitamin D Deficiency = Mg Deficiency. Period.

Magnesium plays an important role in helping your body’s Vitamin D status.  Make sure your getting enough Maggie along with animal based Vitamin A throughout the day to raise your D naturally.

Hormone-D, Mastery of the Minerals

Understanding all the minerals and systems that Hormone-D has an effect on is confusing but very necessary.  Food for thought when your Doctor tells you your Vitamin D is low and hands you an RX.

Simple Explanation of Hormone-D    

(Vitamin D is really a hormone.)

Simply put, there are two Seesaws with Hormone-D:

o Seesaw #1: the balance of Active Hormone-D (1,25 Hydroxy) which your doctor NEVER tests to Storage Hormone-D (25 Hydroxy) which is what is ALWAYS tested... They ride on a rail together…

o Seesaw #2: the balance of Calcium to Magnesium... They, too, ride of a rail together..

Now, this is the most important part:

o Magnesium & Storage Hormone-D are tied together...
o Calcium and Active Hormone-D are tied together…

So, when Storage Hormone-D is LOW, this is what it REALLY means:

1) Magnesium is likely deficient or certainly Low...
2) Active Hormone-D is HIGH -- they are on a seesaw!
3) Calcium is ALSO HIGH -- again, it's on a seesaw with Magnesium…

And, when Storage Hormone-D is low, it means you need Mo'' Magnesium (and Mo' Cholesterol) in your diet...

Worrying about Hormone-D in isolation of these OTHER critical components of your overall health is very risky business...

How to Get the Tests.

Your doctor can order the four “D” blood test for you and your insurance should cover the cost.

Otherwise, those in the USA can order the tests themselves via

Test Results.

1. Magnesium RBC - 6.5 mg/dl with 7 mg/dl being heaven.

2. 25(OH)D - nothing over 21 has any clinical beneifit

3. 1,25(OH)2 - should be no more the 1.5 to 2.0 times of 25(OH)D

4. “Ionized” Serum Calcium

Now, what to do? The “D”ilemna.

”D”angers of isolated vitamin D3.

When ingested, synthetic vitamin D products mobilize calcium from the bones into the bloodstream, producing hypercalcemia, kidney failure, central nervous system depression and heart failure – all signs of parathyroid dysfunction.

No cofactors

Too much taken on a prolonged basis

Kidney potassium wasting

Increased calcium in the blood

When taken in by the sun your body will only take in what it needs.

Talking about Vitamin D

Morley Robbins,  - April 21, 2013


Whole food sources of Hormone-D,
with all its cofactors

Cod liver oil

The fats of grass fed animals

The fats of free range chickens and their eggs


Other sources:
sun light
     (When taken in by the sun your body will
      only take in what it needs.)
increasing Magnesium
tanning beds with UV-B lamps

Magnesium plays an essential role in the synthesis and metabolism of vitamin D

Magnesium plays an essential role in the synthesis and metabolism of vitamin D and magnesium supplementation substantially reversed the resistance to vitamin D treatment in patients with magnesium-dependent vitamin-D-resistant rickets.

We hypothesized that dietary magnesium alone, particularly its interaction with vitamin D intake, contributes to serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels, and the associations between serum 25(OH)D and risk of mortality may be modified by magnesium intake level.

BMC Med. 2013; 11: 187.

Published online Aug 27, 2013. doi:  10.1186/1741-7015-11-187

PMCID: PMC3765911

Magnesium, vitamin D status and mortality: results from US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001 to 2006 and NHANES III

Xinqing Deng,1 Yiqing Song,2 JoAnn E Manson,2,3 Lisa B Signorello,3 Shumin M Zhang,2 Martha J Shrubsole,1 Reid M Ness,4 Douglas L Seidner,4 and Qi Daicorresponding author1,5

Storage D levels:
No benefit above 21.

In an article published online in The American Journal of Medicine, Amer and Rehan Qayyum, M.D., M.H.S., also of Johns Hopkins, describe their review of data from more than 10,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2001 to 2004. They matched those data with mortality data from the National Death Index through Dec. 2006.

When they looked at deaths from all causes and cardiovascular disease specifically, those with blood levels of 21 nanograms per milliliter of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D -- at the top of the range that the IOM considers "adequate" and at the low end of "normal" -- cut their risk of death in half. Above 21 nanograms per milliliters, the data suggest that the protective effect appears to wear off.

In research published in January 2012 in the American Journal of Cardiology, Amer and Qayyum found that increasing levels of vitamin D in the blood are linked with lower levels of a popular marker for cardiovascular inflammation -- c-reactive protein (also known as CRP). Beyond blood levels of 21 nanograms per milliliter, any additional increase in vitamin D was associated with an increase in CRP, a factor linked to stiffening of the blood vessels and an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. The team's unpublished research also suggests a link between excess vitamin D and elevated homocysteine levels, another danger sign for cardiovascular disease.

Morley Robbins on Revolution Health… how Vitamin D could actually do harm and effect your genetics and be involved in Anemia!  August, 2018

Facebook video hosted by Jason Dean, DC

Another gem is the podcast discussion between Ben Edwards, MD, on his radio show “You’re the Cure”, and Morley Robbins, July 2018.  They discuss the dynamics between hormone-d, retinol (vitamin A) and toxic iron.

You’re the Cure, Ben Edwards, MD, host,
July 2018

More by Morley Robbins

Youtube Channel

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