I’m having difficulty seeing while driving at dusk. I’m having trouble, unsettled, when driving in the rain. I have stress when driving at night in the rain. I’m tired. My skin is so dry. The area around my scratches keeps turning red. My sinus drainage is often green. I have pink eye…. again. I can catch any virus, it feels like I can catch it by just looking at a kid with a snot river. I have warts. I think I need to go get glasses. My nail beds are pale instead of a healthy pink. I turn orange when I eat carrots. “If you don’t have adequate vitamin A in your diet everything is going to be stressful,” said Sally Fallon at the Weston A. Price Annual Conference.

If the body isn’t getting vitamin A, classified as a primary nutritional deficiency, or if it’s not absorbing vitamin A, classified as a secondary nutritional deficiency, there will be decline in bodily function. 

Other factors that negatively impact vitamin A stores are suppressed adrenals, physical exertion, exposure to toxins and a damaged microbiome. We live in an environment more full of chemicals and toxin exposure than every before in history. When newborns test positive for over 200 tested toxic chemicals, it’s past time for concern. 

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The Karolinska Institutet said, “Vitamin A (retinoids) is a nutrient that plays a central role in development and remains essential for cell growth and differentiation throughout life. Dioxins are polychlorinated organic pollutants known to negatively affect the storage and body clearance of retinoids.”

Specifically, they studied how dioxins cause disruption of vitamin A absorption. Bone density, bone strength, shorter and thinner bones, retinoid stores, vitamin D stores and gene disruption were all negatively impacted by dioxin exposure. 

Dioxins come from many areas including smoke from forest fires, industrial oil waste, the paper making industry,  Fallon says. “This exposure is unavoidable. Vitamin A is what protects us. We want to live in the modern world and vitamin A is what allows us to do that.”

Dioxins are classified as potent human carcinogens. They are endocrine disruptors, reproductive disruptors and immune disruptors, causing a downward spiral in health. Animal products are classified as high in doxins. POPs are persistent environmental pollutants, a group of chemically related compounds. The WHO (World Health Organization) says, “Dioxins are found throughout the world in the environment and they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals.”

The ratio of vitamin A to D should be roughly 10 to 1 or less. Food sources automatically have this balance in readily absorbable forms, synthetic supplements do not. 

“The body makes vitamin D out of cholesterol by the action of UV-B sunlight on the skin. It only comes when the sun is right overhead,” Fallon says. Vitamin D also comes from food sources such as pastured egg yolks, grass fed butter, homemade sour cream, fatty fish, liver and cheeses. 

Exercise asssists in boosting vitamin D in the body. “Vitamin D is associated with longevity.”

These vitamins have a symbiotic relationship. If one is low, it pulls the other out of effective range. Inadequate levels of vitamin D can lend to osteoporosis.

Other sources of food that are high are dried insects, fish paste, dried whole fish. Fat soluable vitamins in today’s diet like A and D mostly come from liver and other organ meats, sausage, pate, liverwurst and scrapple. Vitamin D found in lard contains nuerochemicals which help reduce depression. This was common knowledge in the early 1950s and prior. In fact is was such common knowledge it was used in advertising campaigns for lard. These ads were discredited when canned shelf stable oils came to market.

Adequate levels of vitamin A and D lend to healthy nutrition and growth.

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Dr. Weston A Price alternated high vitamin butter oil and cod liver oil alternating drops under the tongue.

The WAPF foundation recommends maintenance dose of 10,000 iu of vitamin A and 1,000 vitamin D. These doses can be increased during pregnancy and illness or times of high stress but it not recommended for long-term use.

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. [email protected]

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