The Anonymous Widower

Vitamin D And Me!

On Tuesday, there was this article on the BBC, which was entitled Vitamin D ‘heals damaged hearts’. This was said.

Vitamin D supplements may help people with diseased hearts, a study suggests.

A trial on 163 heart failure patients found supplements of the vitamin, which is made in the skin when exposed to sunlight, improved their hearts’ ability to pump blood around the body.

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals team, who presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, described the results as “stunning”.

I have been discussing this with two of Europe’s top cardiologists and we’ve come to the conclusion, that I don’t get enough vitamin D.

And would you believe low vitamin D can cause; bad nails, conjunctivitis and plantar fasciitis.

I have all three!

One cardiologist pointed out that gluten-free bread and breakfast cereals aren’t fortified with vitamin D, like normal ones are.

No-one; coeliac, doctor or dietician, had ever told me that before!

So I get my vitamin D from the sun!

But as the devil has switched it off this winter, no wonder I’m in poor health!

That woman doesn’t like me!

On the other hand, I’m a London Mongrel of German Jewish and French Huguenot roots, with quarters of stubborn Devonian and solid Northants yeoman stock thrown in. A large proportion of my ancestors are also real East Enders and of course my father was a genuine Cockney.

So I hope I can give her a fight!

Incidentally, this winter, I’ve never found so many other people suffering from plantar fasciitis, so are we all suffering from a lack of sun and therefore vitamin D. Two of the sufferers were people, who had indoor jobs, that involved a lot of standing and walking.

Intriguingly, the only other time, I had bad plantar fasciitis was the winter of 2004/2005. I’m still looking for data on that winter’s weather, but this article on the  BBC from 2006 says this.

Deaths in England and Wales fell to 25,700 last winter, a decline of 19% on the previous year.

Office for National Statistics data shows the rate, which hit 31,640 in 2004/2005, is back to similar levels as the previous four years.

Statisticians look at deaths between December and March, and compare them to those during the rest of the year.


I shall not be surprised if 2015/16 has been a bad winter for the deaths of the elderly.

For myself, I’ve started taking a vitalimn D supplement as I have been advised.

I’d sit in the sun, if that woman would let it out!

You might ask, why I don’t go to the sun for a week, as I can certainly afford it.

But when you don’t like taking holidays in the sun on your own and can’t walk long distances to explore interesting sites because of the plantar fasciitis, you’re stumped!


April 7, 2016 - Posted by | Health | ,


  1. You could always put milk on your cereal – a good source of vitamin D.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | April 7, 2016 | Reply

    • I put yoghurt on it! I have a slight lactose intolerance, as do many coeliacs, so I tend to drink goat’s milk, which doesn’t have the aded vitamin D.

      Comment by AnonW | April 7, 2016 | Reply

  2. Hi James, this is interesting. My colo-rectal consultant has asked for vit D test for me; when he did all the tests after my 6 month sepsis follow up, he found that my gut flora were in poor state after all the antibiotics I had to save my life, but says they will re-colonise over time and it is better to do it that way than give me artificial ones. He also discovered that I have what he thinks is Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency – I don’t produce enough pancreatic enzymes to digest certain foods in my (very healthy he says) diet. Further tests are underway to see if it is autoimmune, or inherited, but he is expecting it to be autoimmune, and linked to coeliac. Since absorption of fat soluble vitamins is a key issue, my D needs checking. I am currently getting used to taking enzyme replacements before during and after each meal, depending on how much fat and protein is in whatever I am eating. Since I started taking it my waist measurement has shrunk dramatically, and I have lost going on for 2 stone without changing anything except taking the enzymes. He tells me that some people become very thin and some people become very fat when they have this problem and many people become the opposite when they start taking them. Not yet got my head around the fact they I may probably be fat because of an undiscovered enzyme deficiency!

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | April 7, 2016 | Reply

    • This is interesting. Next time, I’m in Manchester, we mjust get together.

      Comment by AnonW | April 7, 2016 | Reply

  3. Indeed we must – do you know when that is likely to be? I will email you my mobile number, that is the easiest way to get hold of me.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | April 7, 2016 | Reply

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