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In all honesty, there is no way for me to vet everything that I see coming in daily. However, the more in depth I go into one science article means that quite likely I will miss something important elsewhere. At the same time, I want you to see what all is out there, so if you choose, you can evaluate it for yourself. Hmm... thoughts, anyone?
Something that troubled me yesterday was seeing articles circulate based on a new study in the journal Allergy (link to the study) - Food Allergies In Children Linked To Mother’s Vitamin D Intake During Pregnancy (link to article about the study).
The thing is, we know that environmental factors during prenatal/postnatal life are critical to a child's development, hence, strong recommendations like avoiding alcohol (prevent fetal alcohol syndrome) and taking folate (prevent nervous system defects) during pregnancy. As a mother, I want so very much to give my child the best start possible for a lifetime of good health. I knew that my second child would be at increased risk for allergic disorders, so I personally took measures during pregnancy and early postnatal life that I believed could be preventive based on the current evidence. One of the measures happened to be Vitamin D supplementation. Akkk!!!!
Anyway, upon closer inspection, the fanfare to the general public over this particular study seems premature at best, in my opinion. Whew, personal crisis of setting my second child up for allergy temporarily averted, especially since we are currently trying to figure out what we think is a food allergy, gosh darn it (see previous post) :(. However, what I'm wondering is how many out there don't have the experience to read between the lines and realize the study is premature? How many out there are considering changing their behavior as a result of this study? Worse yet, how many out there begin having trust issues with science when one week you should "vitamin D," only the next week you find out you shouldn't "vitamin D?"
I really want to provide people with access to scientific studies, but at the same time, I don't want to be a purveyor of unnecessary angst and worry - the vitamin D study a prime case in point.
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