Double Kids' Vitamin D! --UPDATED--

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests DOUBLING children’s intake of vitamin D to 400 units daily. Experts recommend a vitamin D supplement for breast-fed and partially bottle-fed infants and teenagers who drink little or no milk; the Associated Press reports.

Vitamin D is an important, but often OVERLOOKED nutrient—especially for kids! Previous reports have shown vitamin D staves off rickets in children and giving babies vitamin D may help PREVENT type-1 diabetes.

I asked Dr. Fuhrman, and he agrees that the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin D is too low, since MOST people are deficient in vitamin D and this leads to an INCREASED risk of disease. Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium and build stronger bones.

UPDATE: Hey all, GREAT news from Dr. Fuhrman:

I upped the Vitamin D in the Pixie-Vites last year. We must face the realization that we have a nationwide epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency, it has been going on for years, and is a contributing cause of cancer and other diseases. Anything we can do to assure Vitamin D adequacy is likely favorable.
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Heather - October 14, 2008 9:27 AM

I'm disappointed that Dr. F would support this new recommendation. Why are they not screening pregnant women and putting them on Vit D? This would prevent the problem in the first place. Breastilk is naturally low in Vit D(note I said low, not deficient)and babies get the vast majority of their Vit D in utero. When they are born, they are designed by nature to live off their stores until they spend enough time outdoors to get it for the sun. This recomendation is yet another stab at undermining breastfeeding by formula copanies. Guess who makes the Vit D drops? That's right, formula companies.

Kirsten - October 14, 2008 9:50 AM

So does Dr. F agree with the doubling of dosage? Or are his pixie vites with lots of greens going to still be our best practice for the kidlets?

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