Vitamin D – An Effective Treatment for Insommnia

By: Dr. Gerard Guillory, MD

Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as “the sunshine vitamin” because our bodies synthesize vitamin D when our skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. It is also categorized as a fat-soluble vitamin because it is found in a few fatty foods, including fish liver oil, beef liver, and egg yolks. More accurately, however, vitamin D should be categorized as a hormone. Vitamin D has activity in most cells of the human body. It increases our ability to absorb calcium, assists in fighting infections, and even improves mood.

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Sensitivity to monosodium glutamate and aspartame (abdominal pains, bloating)

For 15 years, Neil Wiese regularly experienced abdominal pains and bloating that lasted all day, nearly every day.

"I went through many, many doctors," Wiese says. "I even went as far as the Mayo Clinic. Nobody could figure out what it was." In 2004, he attended a seminar by Dr. Guillory and, afterward, went to visit the doctor. After conducting tests and ruling out a number of potential causes, Dr. Guillory focused on the possibility that Wiese's digestive problems were related to monosodium glutamate (MSG), a widely used food additive.

Dr. Guillory recommended that Wiese avoid foods containing MSG. In addition, he recommended that Wiese steer clear of the artificial sweetener aspartame as well as high fructose corn syrup, also used as a sweetener. "I went on the diet and watched everything I ate," Wiese says. "I also kept a diary. And in the course of a month or so, I was better. I have slowly continued getting better for the last couple of years. My life has changed dramatically. It's a miracle for me."

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