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Osteomalacia, Osteoporosis and Vitamin D3

May 8, 2009 by  

Osteomalacia, Osteoporosis and Vitamin D3

Each month I try to think of what information my subscribers need most, as most of my readers are in the 50 to 90 age group. Of course we all need health and wealth, which is the basic theme of The Bob Livingston Letter.

And one cause of poor health among people in this age group is Vitamin D deficiency.

I have been so mesmerized, excited and overpowered with the benefits of vitamin D3 and sunshine that I have accumulated a small library on the subject.

The vitamin D3 excitement grows exponentially for seniors. I myself am in that age range. I have good seasoning like fine whiskey! I didn’t say that I drink it, just age like it—to perfection!

Increasing numbers of adults are developing a vitamin D deficiency-related bone condition known as osteomalacia (pronounced os-tee-oh-muh-lay-sha), sometimes called "adult rickets." This condition, characterized by vague bone and muscle aches, is frequently misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or arthritis. This is a typical diagnosis of "conventional" or "orthodox" doctors. I just saw this happen and the patient (or victim) wouldn’t touch vitamin D3 and had to go on disability.

Activated vitamin D or vitamin D3 or sunshine is directly related to bone health and muscle health. It is in fact its main job.

Osteomalacia refers to bone pain with muscle ache. Osteomalacia is a condition in which the bones don’t harden properly during the building or rebuilding phase. Vitamin D3 deficiency is the most common cause of osteomalacia.

Yes, even seniors are always building bone and unhardened bone produces complaints of muscle achiness and weakness. Winter months produce this more when there is little or no sunshine.

Vitamin D3 deficiency affects seniors most simply because few of us get any sunshine or enough sunshine, including me. So my wife and I take large daily doses (10,000 units) of vitamin D3 almost without fail. If we slack anything else, we take vitamin D3 in tablets or liquid.

The rule is to take large doses daily. You should take it on and on. As with any natural nutrient, it will take a while to get D3 solidly in your system, say two months. Then we have to keep it there by continuing to supplement. It may take longer for some. Remember that you acquired this sunshine deficiency over a long period of time.

If vitamin D3 deficiency continues it will weaken your bones and predispose you to fractures, especially of the lower spine, hip and wrist. In fact some researchers suspect that carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by vitamin D3 deficiency. And most importantly, a D3 deficiency causes instability of balance. Seniors fall more than younger people, a whole lot more. Of course when they do, they break their bones, as you well know.


All seniors know what osteoporosis is. Osteoporosis is a basic deficiency of vitamin D3 which compromises the bone regrowth and remodeling process—which goes on until death. Vitamin D3 deficiency inhibits efficient absorption of calcium from the diet. Calcium enters the bloodstream and with the help of vitamin D3 is deposited in the bones. If this pattern doesn’t happen because of D3 deficiency, the bones become riddled with holes and become porous, brittle and weak. This is osteoporosis and can be verified with a bone density test.

The result of osteoporosis is death. How many seniors over the centuries have broken a bone, developed pneumonia and died? This was all needless, according to vitamin D research.

Our strongest impression is that you should take your daily units of vitamin D3 above all else.

Normally I wouldn’t include specific product names and links in my editorial articles, but I get so many questions as to which exact products I use that I thought I should do so here. I recommend you take Advanced D3 from Health Resources™.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Pat Peeler

    My vitamin D3 is 700iu per tablet . How does that differ from from your 10,000 units . In other words – are units the same as IU s ?

    • Personal Liberty Support


      Yes, “IU” stands for “International Units”. They are one and the same. I personally just take very high dosages of Vitamin D as a matter of personal preference. After thousands of hours of study on Vitamin D and its benefits, I’m confident that very high dosages are not only safe and effective, but are of great benefit for my health. Bob.

  • peter hof

    If memory serves, you used to recommend Cataplex D from Standard Process as the best vitamin D supplement. Is this no longer your recommendation?

    Cordially, Peter Hof

    • Bob Livingston


      Cataplex D from Standard Process is an excellent product and I do still recommend it. I also recommend (and take daily myself) Advanced D3 Plus from Health Resources ( Both are great supplemental forms of vitamin D. Thanks for the question. Bob.

  • Bryan S.

    Thanks for the info and I’ve been hearing a lot about vitamin D lately. I recently heard that people with dark skin require 3 times the amount exposue to sunshine as do those with light skin in order to get adequate D naturally. This made me wonder if there is evidence of dark skinned people showing more signs osteoporosis or other D deficiencies in areas where there is little sunshine. Have you ever heard of such a study?

    Thanks, Bryan

  • Gayle

    I take V-D 1,000 units a day and after your research will up my dose. I have thin bones and at 68 years young do not want a fracture of any kind. This is a great site full of good information.
    Thank you very much.

  • patricia

    just spen t a beautiful week in Jamaica. i spoke with people (young & old) who spend a lot of time in the sun, but i never saw any signs of skin cancer. i spoke with people who were well educated, and the general consensus was that their bone density is high (strong) because they do spend so much time (working or not) in the sun. ok, but what about the skin cancer? is it posssible that certain fruits or other types of food play a role in what appears to be a skin cancer free society? or am i all wet?? Vitamin d-3? i’m a very active 62 year young lady, & i contribute the reversal of my osteoporosis to d-3. my back seems to be a lot stornger, and most of the pain is obsolete. THANKS to this web site i now convinced my husband to start taking d-3 too!!

  • Merl Elton

    Most doctors will not tell you this. Why is that? Anyway, I have been suffering from what appears to be osteomalacia since my early 40s. I have advanced osteoP.
    I plan to take D3 on a regular basis; and see what happens. However, I hear too much regular vitamin D causes liver problems and certain cancers. See research on effects of high doses of vitamin D. I plan to research if high doses of D3 have the same effect.

  • theresa

    we are starting a study of D3 in mega doses to help with m.s. its helping alot of people!!!!! As soon as i find some i will start it too! thanks for info!

  • Beryl Mitchell

    Hi Bob

    I first read about D3 on Earth Clinic and started taking it immediately afterwards. First of all I was taking 1,000 iu daily, then upped it to 2,000 per day. At first I felt absolutey fantastic, I suddenly discovered that I’d got the energy to cope with the house and garden, did lots of walking, and was thoroughly enjoying life. Then suddenly that wonderful feeling of increased energy stopped. So a couple of times I upped my intake of D3 to 5,000 iu, but the increased energy never returned. By the way I am 71 years of age.

    Do you have any thoughts on this Bob?

  • http://BobLivingston Marie

    I take a calcium channel blocker for my heart. How can I get absorbtion of calcium? I do not want osteoporosis medication. It has bad side effects and bad write ups.I investigated alot and have not found a solution.


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