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8/23/09 8:18 A

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10 years ago we all assumed that everyone got enough Vit D from sunlight, but that's just not true anymore. Lifestyle changes keep us indoors and covered up more, and so Vit D is this decade's "vitamin of the month" and people are getting tested.

My DH was tested and is deficient. I take a multi-vitamin but just had the test (will get results soon).

Vit. D used to 'make the news' in newly industrialized cities in the 1700s and 1800s. There was so much smoke and pollution in London, for example, that the sky was permanently darkened and kids didn't get enough sunlight. Vit. D deficiency causes rickets, a disease characterized by bowleggedness due to soft bones in children's legs. Early attempts to clean up cities reduced the incidence of rickets. We don't see rickets today and that's what was probably lulling folks into a false sense of security - no one simply bothered to check blood levels.

And as for the Vit D/sunlight connection, we (and other mammals) synthesize a Vit D precursor molecule that is converted to Vit D upon sun exposure. Fortifying milk with Vit D is as simple as exposing the milk as it's being processed to ultraviolet light...simple but effective.

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8/19/09 9:41 A

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That is odd..but I'm glad y'all had it tested and can address it now!



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8/19/09 9:21 A

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BTW -- my son just had a follow-up with his doc, and she is giving us a prescription for vit. D for him to take once a week for 8 weeks, to bring up his levels. Said at these numbers he needed the prescription strength.

Interestingly enough, my number was a couple of points lower than his and my doc DIDN'T give me a prescription, just told me to take 2,000 i.u. of vit. d a day. But everything I've read on the internet since then says I should be getting a prescription... hmmm.....

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8/17/09 6:03 A

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Thank you.

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8/16/09 8:16 P

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The link for the .gov site didn't work emoticon

So here is a different one:
www.ehow.com/facts_4814805_good-sour
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8/16/09 10:12 A

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What are some good sources for vitamin D? I always thought it was something our bodies made when exposed to the sun.

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8/10/09 12:57 P

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Both my son & I had blood tests this spring and it was the first time vitamin d was tested (I guess our docs are adding it to the routine tests now) and we were both seriously deficient. I think anything under 20 or 25 is considered low, and we were 12 & 13.

We're not milk drinkers, and I guess the vit. d & calcium fortified o.j. that I buy is not enough (plus you don't want too many juice calories!). My doc explained that living in the northeast it would be pretty impossible to get the amount of vit. d you need from sunshine during the fall, winter & spring, and that he takes vit. d, too.



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8/9/09 12:42 P

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I have my son taking Koala Pals by Melaleuca.....so far they have been the best multiviamin supplement that I have found out there. And the adult version is just as great.

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8/4/09 9:04 A

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Thanks for the info. I need to research more so my children don't end up like that young fella. My 2 boys are very active and that would be horrible. Thanks again.

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8/3/09 6:07 P

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If you read the article, you'll understand why. I would have thought I got plenty, too..but I was wrong. I was actually deficient. I read in Reader's Digest about a year ago about a young athlete, male, who definitely got plenty of sun and exercise, but turned out he was absorbing so little D that one day when he threw on his backpack, he FRACTURED HIS SPINE emoticon There are things that can stop some people from absorbing it well.
If you're a parent interested in your child's best health, you'll ask to have this tested at their next visit or physical.



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8/3/09 4:08 P

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I never heard of checking for a vitamin D level. Why would you check for this as long as your children get enough dairy and sunshine I wouldn't think this would be necessary.

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8/3/09 9:50 A

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www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32265598/ns/hea
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Do you have any idea what your child's Vitamin D level is? If a doctor hasn't specifically checked it by doing bloodwork, you might be surprised. If you haven't read any articles that are cropping up w/more and more frequency about this vitamin, you may also be surprised at how VERY important it is to your health..including heart health.
Apparently some insurance companies still want a 'specific' reason to cover testing for it. Well, I say our HEALTH is a good enough reason!



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