RE: Vegan sources of Vitamin D?
Posted Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:15 PM
Sorry, I didn't see this until now.
Yes, I always request a full blood panel at my annual checkups. My levels have always been fine.
I switched to plant milks and stopped using butter long before I went vegan--about 14 years ago--though I continued to eat some cheese until my vegan switch 2 years ago. Dairy milk (where the D is a supplement, not an inherent ingredient) and sunshine provide most people's D. So I must be getting enough D2 and sunshine. I didn't mean to imply I take extra supplements, just that D2 is included in my vegan multivitamin, which I take as "insurance."
So that's what works for me. I do also spend lots of time outdoors, except in the winter. I am also fair-skinned and always have on sunscreen, which I've read various things about.
But everyone is different and of course I agree that in situations of medical necessity there's no ethical problem with seeking treatment even if it happens to involve animal ingredients or testing. (And I am not in the habit of judging other people for their ethical choices, even if I would love everyone in the world to be vegan. ) Animal testing is very hard to avoid if you take any prescriptions, though PCRM and other orgs are making great efforts to prove animal trials are not reliable or necessary in many cases. So I am hopeful that eventually this will be easier to avoid also. Right now I take no prescriptions. My husband does, and he is also vegan, but without them he would be endangering his health. That's an easy choice to make.
I love the thoughtfulness displayed by everyone on these boards.