Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

by Ellen

NOTE: Ellen is troubled by a wide range of health complications that I believe to be symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. My response follows her question below.

Hello, thanks for sharing this info with us. Your website is very informative. I have two ongoing issues that, just like with you, doctors can't seem to find a problem.

I feel that I'm having yeast problem due to the fact that I've had vaginal candidiasis for over a year now. I have seborrehic dermatitis on my scalp and severe hair loss.

My hair loss started after a car accident I had (no surgery) about three years ago and only got worse after my second baby which never happened with the first one.

No doctor seems to know what is causing my problems. I went to a naturopathic physician who squeezed my husband's wallet and I'm waiting on test results (mainly thyroid antibodies, candida antibodies, food allergy, and stool test).

I don't know what else to do. I don't eat white flours, cakes, candies, sodas, nothing. The doctor took me off of dairy. I don't eat eggs anymore, so my menu is very limited and I'm feeling frustrated.

My daughter started having hair problems too, and she is only 6. She can't seem to focus well and she suffers from joint paint and weakness. The only thing that came up with her were parasites (blastocystis hominis and endolimax nana). The doctor gave her Tindomax for that but I'm scared to give it to her and make her problems worse. I treated her in the past with a medication for parasites but was ineffective.

I don't know what to do. Doctors say my thyroid is fine, everything is fine. My hair is dry and ugly now. Please advice.

I KNOW you are not a doctor, but maybe you can direct me on where to start or what YOU will do if you were me.

Thank you and god bless.

By the way, I'm 29 and never taken birth control pills and not currently taking medications except a multi-vitamin, iron pill, mineral drops, probiotics, free amino acids, and an anti-fungal natural herb supplement. All the supplements were given to me by the naturopathic doctor except the antifungal supplement which contains caprylic acid, undecyleic acid, oregano leaf extract, garlic extract, olive leaf extract, protease, cellulase enzymes. Thank you for your time, and i really hope you can direct me a little.


Hi Ellen,

I am sorry you are going through this. I can sense your frustration and can empathize with you.

You suspect candida albicans, and that certainly could be a possibility. But the health complaints you describe sound to me like classic symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.

I'm pretty sure your young daughter is vitamin D deficient too. Especially if she is having joint pain, weakness, and difficulty concentrating.

The hair loss you are both suffering from could be related to too little vitamin D as well. Hair follicles do have large numbers of vitamin D receptors.

Although we currently do not understand why those receptors are there, it is thought that adequate vitamin D levels stimulate hair follicles and the hair shaft. It is also well known that vitamin D treats psoriasis and other skin ailments like your scalp condition (seborrehic dermatitis).

So I would strongly recommend finding out where your vitamin D levels fall (here's information of vitamin D testing) and starting on a natural vitamin D supplement.

Hopefully this has been helpful to you.

Best regards,

Approach Wellness

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