Excellent article! Shocking that so many children are deficient, but then again I wouldn't have expected so many OBESE children as young as Kindergarten age, either, but it's already the 'norm' in this country.
The article at Cheeseslave also lists some very basic things you can do to ensure you and your children have enough Vitamin D...things like sending those couch-potato video junkie children outside, in the sun, to play more often. Eating foods such as fish, bacon, pastured eggs and not factory-raised chicken eggs, even cooking with real honest to goodness lard again.
All things your Grandmother did for her family. Back when there wasn't much in the way of malnutrition in our country, whenchildren were outside from sunrise to sunset working and playing, and when we ate real foods, fresh and pastured at home, lots of veggies and fruits, solid red meats and even got a dose of cod liver oil for good measure. Back when chemicals weren't in everything from the air we breath to the TP we wipe with :o(
Just another reason to get back to a more traditional way of living, a more agrarian lifestyle that keeps you healthy.
(Excerpts below shared from Cheeseslave -- click link above and read the entire article!)
>About 70 percent of U.S. children have low levels of vitamin D, which puts them at higher risk for bone and heart disease.
"We expected the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency would be high, but the magnitude of the problem nationwide was shocking," said Dr. Juhi Kumar of Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center.
>Nowadays, many American children are subsisting on a low-nutrient, low-fat diet. Instead of whole milk, they drink juice, soda pop, or skim milk (or soy or rice milk). Instead of eggs and bacon, they eat cereal made from refined flour. Instead of butter, they eat margarine. Instead of meat and fish for dinner, they eat pasta or salad. Is it any wonder they are vitamin D deficient? We've all been conditioned to be afraid of animal fat, red meat and sun.