The Anonymous Widower

A Personal Vitamin D Tester

I’ve thought that the ability to purchase one of these over-the-counter in your local Boots, Superdrug or any or the umpteen pharmacies, would be very worthwhile for some time. But I’ve nver found anything on the web.

Tonight I found this article on the Natural News web site, which is entitled Over-the-counter vitamin D tester would be a boon to public health, cancer prevention.

The writer makes some good points and would be very in favour of the sale of such a device.

Read the article and see what you think.

With my engineering hat on, I can only think that no-one has come up with a simple method akin to the one I use to test my INR.

I also believe there are a lot of doctors, who believe patients doing their own testing is a no-no! Possibly becuase it blows a hole in his staff needs and therefor reduces their budget. Nurses doing lots of testing gives the feel-good factor of a busy surgery.

But then the Healthcare Industry all over the World, is the last one to start using Twentieth Century managenment methods. In private medicine, it is a sensible way to inflate the bill and in the NHS, it means you don’t have to make unnecessary staff redundant.



January 11, 2017 - Posted by | Health | , ,


  1. It would be good. There is a vegan cooperative in Manchester called “On The 8th Day”, and they have a woman who looks after all the “natural remedies”. They will test for anything, they use hair and shiny lights and all manner of snake oil! I decided against it, because I don’t have faith in their techniques, or the accuracy of their practice. So I paid local private hospital £103.00.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | January 11, 2017 | Reply

    • The great thing about testing yourself, as I do for my INR, is that you get to know how to do a quick and accurate test, even if it means asking a partner, friend or child to help.

      If they could do vitamin D, they could do B12 and a few other things too!

      Strangely, a lot of us don’t like partners, sticking needles in us. Celia didn’t like me injecting her at first when she had cancer.

      Comment by AnonW | January 11, 2017 | Reply

  2. I think a reason they don’t offer Vitamin D self test kits is that unlike INR and blood glucose, it is a test which only needs to be done periodically – typically about every 12 months. With little economy of scale in the manufacture, it would be very expensive. However, I am surprised York Labs haven’t started to offer one.

    When I have been ill, Neil has done my blood tests, and it hasn’t worried me – it is a lancet not a needle of course, but similar idea.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | January 12, 2017 | Reply

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