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ON the first day of school in the 10th grade, I showed up wearing white painter’s pants, a jean jacket with the collar up, a bandana in a knotted triangle at the collar and gelled hair with a spiky part. This carefully selected look was meant to show everyone at West Springfield High School that over the summer I had become a seasoned member of the cultural elite. By third period, the bandana had lost its shape, the gel had dried, the collar had uncrisped, and I think I heard someone walking by my locker say the most damning word ever: “Poser.” In the high school known as New York City, we are all posers. Especially in early September when Fashion Week is in scary full swing, 700-pound issues of Vogue are lobbed around and the season officially kicks into gear with obnoxious musicals, serious films, hyped art events and exclusive restaurant openings. Suddenly everybody must put on their best, hippest, coolest clothes while running around hoping for a Tony, Oscar, Guggie, Obie or the appearance of Kate Hudson in their gastropub to signify that they spent their summer becoming members of the cultural elite and are cool and popular, finally. Still blissed out from summer, I was so not ready to enter into this annual frenzy, but the Steven Alan Annex was refreshingly free of pressure. Right away I noticed that the mannequins looked like real people, dressed in scarves and wool jackets that appeared mismatched and thrown on. The staff was nice and attitude-free, and the easily recognizable sound of Arcade Fire played through the store. A selection of women’s clothes in colors of turning leaves lined the walls along the front of the shop, but I headed to the back, where the men’s selections can be found in a grotto of racks and tables. STEVEN ALAN opened his first store on Wooster Street in 1994, well before the Hipster Age and its relentless focus on the wardrobe of a male anorexic. Basically his clothes take preppy style and make it more fitted, comfortable and less WASPy. He now has five stores in Manhattan and three in Southern California. This Annex carries Steven Alan’s own line, like a bright blue lightweight cardigan, a smart tan rain jacket or a pair of striped pants, along with selections from other lines, all displayed without bravado. I often found myself making comparisons between the Steven Alan line and the other labels it offers. A thin crew-neck sweater in bright Kelly green from A.P.C. for $360 was on a table near a similar crew neck in blue by Steven Alan for $295. A smooth, architectural zip-up jacket in an olive khaki material from Beauty and Youth ($189) hung by a less streamlined but cheaper olive-green zip-up jacket by Steven Alan ($109). Two finds I really loved were not Steven Alan designs: a chocolate-colored cotton-cashmere top by V::room ($185) had a thin seam down the sleeves; and a brown Relwen V-neck sweater in merino wool ($148) quietly referenced Ryan O’Neal in “Love Story.” Some of those offerings are strained. A shiny Moncler quilted down jacket ($750) was frighteningly clubby and would make me look like a mean-faced cokehead from Milan if I wore it out of the store. The trendy Repetto dance shoe, here for $220, and a Generic Man sneaker in a pistachio-color punched leather for $159 would be all the footwear you need for a busy schedule juggling work as a cast member of “A Chorus Line” and part-time clown. Near the shoes was an indestructible $228 fanny pack as well as a $350 “shoulder bag” that looked more like a dopp kit, available from Porter. Filson bags are piled in a mound in the corner ($345 for a washed duffel, $288 for an unwashed, less distressed version), as well as a large, silver hard-shelled suitcase ($595) from Rimowa. All of them made me wonder if there will ever be some kind of subprime bag crisis when prices will return to normal. Over all, I was happy with the selection and the range of sizes to choose from. The prevalent trend in New York boutiques is to have but eight hangers with thousand-dollar clothes preciously dangling on them as if they were glistening slices of mink meat. The clothes here are displayed in a cramped, overstuffed way. They seem to say: “Hey, whatever, try it on, maybe you will like it” instead of: “You are not cool, rich or Hugh Dancy. Leave now.” Shirts, especially, come in an array of patterns and styles. They are stacked in cubbies near the back of the store, and also hang on the racks, wrinkled and unpressed as if they are already preparing for a life crammed in a tiny closet. Steven Alan is worshiped for his shirts — tailored button-downs with little details like reversed seams, twisted plackets and hidden collar buttons — all of them washed to give them their friendly, wearable finish. I tried on one shirt in putty gray, another in a blue and black plaid, and a lightweight white one gridded with blue lines like graph paper. They all fit but were not overly fitted and had narrow sleeves that rolled up nicely and stayed there. I also found some great black cargo pants with a tight tailored leg and pleated side pockets that were flat and discreet, on sale for only $59. I fell for the Steven Alan nonstyle. His clothes seem as if they aren’t trying so hard, or maybe in some twisted marketing manipulation, they are trying so hard not to try so hard. Either way it works to his advantage because I bought the plaid shirt ($168), cargo pants and an adorable shirt for my nephew, Ben, who is having his third birthday this week. The shirt is blue, with a fine pinstripe and a quirky breast pocket sewn on the inside ($39). I like to think of this as a talisman for him: Wearing it this fall will ward off anyone ever telling him he is a poser — at least until he turns 5. referrence:www.sterlingtiffany.com
Pure silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. Although any metal can make up the 7.5 percent non-silver portion of sterling, centuries of experimentation have shown copper to be its best companion, improving the metal's hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color. The small amount of copper added to sterling has very little effect on the metal's value. Instead, the price of the silver item is affected by the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the craftsperson, and the intricacy of the design. Most high quality Tiffany silver items are stamped with a "fineness" or "quality" mark. This mark designates the precious metal content of the Tiffany jewelry, and under federal law, must be accompanied by a maker's mark or registered trademark. Because pure silver Tiffany is so soft, it should only be used when malleability is required, such as in handcrafted jewelry Tiffany featuring weaving and other intricate designs. Tiffany sterling silver is most often used for Tiffany jewelry and household accessories because of its combination of beauty and durability. Acceptable quality marks for sterling silver include: sterling sterling silver ster .925 With proper care, your fine quality silver Tiffany will last a lifetime. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your Tiffany silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your Tiffany jewelry box. Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver Tiffany. Care should also be taken to prevent silver tarnish build-up, a dulling that naturally occurs when silver Tiffany reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the ambient air. To clean your silver Tiffany, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish. You can find fine silver Tiffany polishes, solutions, or cloths appropriate to remove tarnish at most hardware stores or specialty craft stores. Tarnish is most easily removed when it first becomes visible. Although wearing your Tiffany silver jewelry often is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up, regular cleanings of all your silver Tiffany will prevent tarnish and keep your silver Tiffany bright and sparkling. Reference: www.sterlingtiffany.com
Tonight the fourth season of Janice Dickinson's Modeling Agency premieres on Oxygen. If you're anything like us, you probably knew that already because you canceled your life for this special evening ages ago. But in all seriousness, perhaps Dickinson's show is the one worth paying attention to? After all, as she points out to HX, ANTM's first transgender contestant may be getting all the attention right now, but Janice already had a transgender model on her show. The media is currently eating up the fact that there’s a transsexual model on the upcoming cycle of Top Model. Oh, please. I did it on my show first with Claudia. But you know what? There’s not going to be a moment where Tyra’s not going to knock me off, so I’m not bothered by her. Is there really room for a transsexual in the industry?I think that there’s room for a gorgeous transsexual if he or she has her shit together. Transsexuality is gorgeous. My Claudia was gorgeous, and that bitch had a beat on her walk that could blow anyone away. Have you ever received a little note or phone call from Tyra to congratulate you on the success of your show?Are you fucking kidding me? Hell, no. Never. Nothing … Believe it, baby. Nor did I ever get a note or call thanking me for helping to put her show on the map. Whatever. She’s not my favorite person. Aw, that's sad. We've missed Dickinson since she departed from ANTM after season four. Twiggy couldn't come close to being as loudmouthed and wacky as her. So for old time's sake, we pulled a video of Janice Dickinson's best ANTM moments of yore, after the jump. Reference: www.sterlingtiffany.com
When Jennifer Aniston's fling with noted lady-killer John Mayer ended this weekend, we were bummed — not because we'd booked seats on the Mayerston bandwagon, but because it's exactly what we expected. Consider the math: two Jolie-Pitt pregnancies, and two allegedly serious and tabloid-friendly Aniston relationships that lasted just long enough to ride out the fervor over her ex-husband's glorious new spawn. If you stop and smell the PR, it reeks. Jennifer is a bona fide star, yet her team seems fixated on proving she attracts beefy boyfriends, instead of projecting the image of a self-confident woman who attracts beefy roles. And frankly, we find that strategy questionable. Granted, Aniston's in a tough spot. Since her marriage to Pitt imploded, she's been the tabloids' favorite lovelorn punching bag, forever yoked to the glittering Brangelina and unfairly — not to mention archaically — doomed to be branded a dried-up crone until she spawns and/or gets hitched. So the suspiciously convenient timing of Jennifer's long-term relationships could be seen as self-preservation. But how does a string of toxic-bachelor boyfriends help? We’re not saying the girl shouldn’t go out and get some, just that maybe she should consider dating someone who isn’t more trouble than he's worth in column inches. Pairing up with boozy flirt Vince Vaughn yielded yet another round of “Poor Unlucky Jen” for her, once photos and rumors of his cheating emerged. Horndog John Mayer could get "squire for hire" printed on his business card, thanks to his history of lending himself to stars in need of a little tabloid TLC — like his ex Jessica Simpson (the twentysomething version of the tragic spinster Us Weekly wants Aniston to be) and that fling with a post-Timberlake, mad-with-jealousy Cameron Diaz. At this rate, if Angelina gets knocked up a third time, we'll be awash in headlines trumpeting Jen's six-month yachting vacation with George Clooney or hot-and-heavy courtship with Tommy Lee. Ergo, this weekend's breakup not only didn't surprise us but made us sad for her. Aniston used to be America’s most-loved comic actress. Now, thanks to her counteracting all that Brangelina PR with obviously labored stories — full of suggestive pictures and coy denials — about her own love life, we're barely able to name a single thing she's has done lately that doesn't involve hanging around with a bunch of notorious man-children. Or, worse, signing up to star in forgettable rom-coms with titles that hit a bit too close to home. The Break-Up was bad enough, but He’s Just Not That Into You? Honey, no. There's self-awareness, and then there's masochism. In fact, until we recently caught a late-night rerun of Friends, we totally forgot Aniston is actually quite charming and talented. If she really wants to prove she's risen from the ashes of her marriage — and who can blame her? — she ought to take a page from Nicole Kidman's book and let a kick-ass career be the best revenge. After all, she can't beat the Jolie-Pitts at their own PR game, but a memorable guest stint (How I Met Your Mother, anyone?), a self-effacing cameo, or even a regular TV gig would do the talking better than the tabloids ever could. Remind us why we took a shine to you in the first place, Jen. They didn't make those "Team Aniston" shirts for nothing Reference: www.sterlingtiffany.com
When rain washed out Sprint Cup qualifying at Watkins Glen International this month, a frustrated Boris Said had to park his No Fear Racing Ford for the second straight year at his favorite track. In May 2006, Said, veteran crew chief Frank Stoddard, and Mark Simo announced the creation of No Fear Racing, which receives technical support, engines and Ford Fusion bodies from Roush Fenway Racing and has SoBe No Fear, an energy drink, as its sponsor. Less than two months later, in only the team’s second race, Said stunned the NASCAR world by winning the pole for the Pepsi 400 on the high-speed banks of Daytona. He led nine laps during the race and finished fourth, losing the lead to eventual winner Tony Stewart with two laps to go. “I think he’s awesome,” four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon said. “I think he brings a lot of entertainment to the series. We’d love to see him out there. All the different types of cars that he’s driven and he’s had success in proves what kind of race car driver he is.” “He’s all about giving and just a huge asset to our sport,” said Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Dodge for Gillett Evernham Motorsports and one of many Cup drivers tutored by Said on the fine points of road racing. “His personality is second to none—larger than life. I’d love to see him full-time, and I think if he ever got the right chance with the right people he could make it work.” As Said’s racing career has blossomed, so, too, has his unique fan base, most of whom don Afro wigs made to look exactly like Said’s head of curly brown hair. Said’s take the first time he saw a group of “Saidheads” at Watkins Glen? “Frightened! I see guys like Jeff Gordon and Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. and Kasey Kahne, in all their fan clubs there are cute little girls yelling their name,” he said. “Me? I’ve got a bunch of 35-year-old guys (and gals) wearing wigs yelling my name. Reference: http://www.sterlingtiffany.com
NASCAR placed Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards on probation Wednesday for the next six Sprint Cup Series races, the result of their on-track incident last weekend at the end of the race at Bristol Motor Speedway. During the cooldown lap after Edwards’ Ford took the checkered flag for Roush Fenway Racing, Busch drove alongside Edwards and bumped his car. Edwards responded by driving the nose of his car into the right side of Busch’s Toyota, spinning him out. The postrace incident was apparently a reaction to Edwards nudging Busch aside with 30 laps to go Saturday night. Busch had led the previous 415 laps. Busch was unrepentant after the race, saying, “We’ll go on and we’ll race him that way in the Chase if that’s the way he wants to race.” Edwards wasn’t backing down, either. Both drivers were later summoned by NASCAR to explain their actions. This is just the latest development in a growing rivalry between the 23-year-old Busch and the 29-year-old Edwards, the winningest drivers in Cup this season. Busch, who drives for Joe Gibbs Racing, has been the most dominant driver this season, winning eight times and building a lead of 212 points over runner-up Edwards in the Cup standings with two races remaining before the start of the 10-race Chase. But Edwards, who now has six wins, has come on strong in recent weeks, winning two in a row and three of the last four races. The points race would have been even closer if not for a penalty Edwards received for racing without a cover on his oil tank after winning at Las Vegas. He was docked 100 points and NASCAR also took away the 10 bonus points for the win that would have transferred to the Chase. Once the 12-man lineup for the Chase is set, their point totals will be reset to 5,000 and they will then be seeded by victories. If the Chase began this week, Busch would be on top with a 30-point lead over Edwards. Start your engines! — Sign up for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Auto Racing '08 today. Reference: http://www.sterlingtiffany.com
Former President Clinton forcefully endorsed Barack Obama's bid for the White House on Wednesday, telling delegates to the Democratic convention that Obama is "ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world." Clinton pushed back on attacks — initiated by himself and his wife during the bitter primary campaign, and later taken up by Republican John McCain — that Obama is ill-prepared for the White House, especially on matters of national defense. "With Joe Biden's experience and wisdom, supporting Barack Obama's proven understanding, insight and good instincts, America will have the national security leadership we need," Clinton said. Clinton campaigned feverishly for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her long-fought primary battle against Obama, and took her loss hard. He had not spoken out as strongly in support of Obama since he clinched the nomination in June. But Wednesday, he was unambiguous in passing the torch of Democratic leadership to Obama. Jabbing a finger at thousands of cheering delegates, he declared: "I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November." Running just over 20 minutes, the speech by the godfather of the Democratic Party whipped thousands of delegates into an exuberant frenzy. Where a night before they had hoisted "Hillary" banners, on this night they waved American flags. The delegates stood on their feet and roared for nearly 3 1/2 minutes when Clinton walked on stage. The former president basked in their affection, but after several false starts at his speech, commanded: "Sit down!" Clinton, ever mindful of himself, likened Obama's presidential quest to his own bid for the presidency in 1992, when "Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander in chief." "Sound familiar?" Clinton said. "It didn't work in 1992, because we were on the right side of history. And it won't work in 2008, because Barack Obama is on the right side of history." Reference: http://www.sterlingtiffany.com
If you miss pasta, because you don’t eat wheat or you’re on a low-carbohydrate diet, this dish makes a nice stand-in for fettuccine. Be careful not to overcook — it will be al dente with a few minutes of cooking, after which it will quickly fall apart. When made just right, it’s silky and wonderful. You can serve as is, or toss it with a fresh tomato sauce. Use a vegetable peeler or mandolin to make the thin zucchini strips. 2 pounds zucchini (or a combination of yellow and green zucchini) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 3/4 cup fresh tomato sauce (optional) 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, for serving (more to taste) 1. Using a vegetable peeler, cut the zucchini into lengthwise ribbons. Peel off several from one side, then turn the zucchini and peel off more. Continue to turn and peel away ribbons until you get to the seeds at the core of the zucchini. Discard the core. You can also do this on a mandolin, adjusted to a very thin slice. 2. Cook the zucchini strips in two batches. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When it is hot, add the zucchini ribbons and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook, tossing and stirring the zucchini, for two to three minutes, until softened and beginning to turn translucent. Adjust salt and add freshly ground pepper to taste, and transfer to a serving dish. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and zucchini. Serve, topping with tomato sauce and freshly grated Parmesan if desired. Yield: Serves four Advance preparation: This dish is best served right away. But you can enjoy leftovers, which I like to eat cold, doused with lemon juice and a drop of olive oil. referrence:www.sterlingtiffany.com
The fun and games may be in Denver, but this year’s presidential election will likely be decided in critical states like Michigan, where many Democratic voters, despite being hammered by a wicked economy, are ambivalent at best about the candidate at the top of their party’s ticket. You could easily get the impression, through casual conversations, that Michigan will be a cakewalk for Barack Obama. Most people you talk to say that they plan to vote for him. Nearly all working families have been touched by the downturn, which has been longer and more severe here than in most other parts of the nation. Relatives in different parts of the state are seeing less of one another because of high gasoline prices. Auto industry workers, traumatized by the number of colleagues who have been laid off, worry that they will be the next to go. The anger at George W. Bush is white-hot. Margaret Schlack, who is married and the mother of four, talked about the election after attending Sunday services at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Livonia, a largely white, working-class suburb of Detroit. “This area has seen a lot of economic trouble,” she said. “A lot of people are out of work. The housing market is just awful. And I don’t feel that John McCain cares about the average person.” She said she plans to vote for Mr. Obama. Jack Davis, an assembler at an auto-parts plant in Grand Rapids, said of Senator Obama: “I don’t care if he’s polka-dot as long as he can get us out of this mess.” Senator Obama was up by 2 to 7 points in the most recent statewide polls. And he hopes to get a bounce from this week’s convention and his selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. So what’s the problem for the Obama campaign? The problem is the dog that isn’t barking. Talk for more than a few minutes with an Obama supporter in a white middle-class or working-class area and you’ll hear about a friend or relative or co-worker who has a real problem with the candidate. When Jack Davis’s wife, Joan, who also plans to vote for Senator Obama, was asked about Democrats that she knew who would not vote for him, she replied: “My mother! She’s 85 years old. I’m sorry to say, but she will not vote for him.” Joseph Costigan, a regional political director for the union, Unite Here, spoke candidly about the tension between the economic distress of working men and women and the persistent, though hard-to-quantify, resistance to Barack Obama’s candidacy. “We’ve been talking with staff in different parts of the Midwest,” he said, “and we’re all struggling to some extent with the problem of white workers who will not vote for Obama because of his color. There is no question about it. It’s a very powerful thing to get over for some folks.” Mr. Costigan believes — and hopes — that the number of people holding such views is relatively small, and that Mr. Obama, now with the help of Senator Biden, can surmount that obstacle. Surmounting it will be tough. Not only do the polls show this to be a close race, but the polls, when it comes to Senator Obama, cannot be trusted. It is frequently the case that a statistically significant percentage of white voters will lie to pollsters — or decline to state their preference — in races in which one candidate is black and the other white. After many years of watching black candidates run for public office, and paying especially close attention to this year’s Democratic primary race, I’ve developed my own (very arbitrary) rule of thumb regarding the polls in this election: Take at least two to three points off of Senator Obama’s poll numbers, and assume a substantial edge for Senator McCain in the breakdown of the undecided vote. Using that formula, Barack Obama is behind in the national election right now. The race issue can come up in peculiar and jolting ways. After hearing that some union voters had openly wondered about Senator Obama’s possible “demise,” I asked Dan Hammersmith, president of Unite Here Local 748 in Grand Rapids, if workers were really talking about whether Mr. Obama could survive as president. “That is a concern that I’ve heard, yes,” he said. “But I tell people, ‘Are we supposed to be afraid of that and not go ahead and try to do something different?’ ” Over the weekend The Detroit Free Press ran a chart showing how people responded when asked if they agreed with the statement that “there are people who want to hurt Barack Obama because of his race and sometimes I fear for his safety.” Fifty-seven percent agreed. referrence:www.sterlingtiffany.com
Until she was 11 months old, Aleanie Remy-Marquez could have starred in an advertisement for breast milk. She took to nursing easily, was breast-fed exclusively for six or seven months, and ate little else even after that. She was alert and precocious and developed at astonishing speed, her mother said, sitting at four months and walking by eight months. But once Aleanie started putting weight on her feet, her mother noticed that her legs were curving in a bow shape below the knees. Doctors diagnosed vitamin D-deficiency rickets, a softening of the bones that develops when children do not get enough vitamin D — a crucial ingredient for absorbing calcium and building bone, and the one critical hormone that breast milk often cannot provide enough of. “I thought I was doing the best thing for her,” said Stephanie Remy-Marquez, of Hyde Park, Mass., after blood tests showed her daughter had no detectable vitamin D. X-ray images of the baby’s wrists and knees showed the edges of the bones and growth plates as blurry and fraying instead of crisp and sharp. “Breast milk is supposed to be an entire meal, dessert and drinks included,” Ms. Remy-Marquez said. “I thought it was the ultimate cocktail.” Aleanie’s case was unusual enough to be written up in the journal Clinical Pediatrics in May, but several similar reports have been published in recent years. Some experts fear that vitamin D deficiency, which can be asymptomatic, may be more common than pediatricians realize and that rickets — perceived to be a 19th-century scourge that was wiped out with the fortification of milk — may be going undetected. Physicians have known for more than a century that exclusive breast-feeding may be associated with vitamin D deficiency and rickets, and that the condition is easily prevented and treated with inexpensive vitamin drops or cod liver oil. But doctors are reluctant to say anything that might discourage breast-feeding. Now some researchers are also linking vitamin D deficiency with other chronic diseases like diabetes, and even cancer, and there have been calls to include blood tests of vitamin D levels in routine checkups. “I completely support breast-feeding, and I think breast milk is the perfect food, and the healthiest way to nourish an infant,” said Dr. Catherine M. Gordon, director of the bone health program at Children’s Hospital Boston and an author of several studies on vitamin D deficiency, including Aleanie’s case. “However,” Dr. Gordon continued, “we’re finding so many mothers are vitamin D deficient themselves that the milk is therefore deficient, so many babies can’t keep their levels up. They may start their lives vitamin D deficient, and then all they’re getting is vitamin D deficient breast milk.” Some doctors and public health officials say conditions may be ripe for rickets to re-emerge: more infants are being breast-fed for extended periods, children are drinking more juice or soda and less milk, and they are spending less time exposed to sunlight, which enables the skin to synthesize vitamin D. Children with dark skin, like Aleanie, who is African-American, appear to be at even greater risk for rickets because they do not synthesize vitamin D through the skin as easily as those with light skin. The solution, Dr. Gordon said, is not to quit breast-feeding but to supplement breast-fed infants with vitamin drops, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The academy issued guidelines in 2003 recommending that infants be given 200 international units of vitamin D daily, and it may be increasing the recommended level soon. But pediatricians do not consistently prescribe vitamin drops. A 2004 survey of North Carolina pediatricians found that fewer than half routinely recommended them, and one in six never recommended them. Vitamin D deficiency may not be immediately apparent, even as it affects growth, muscle and bone mineralization, said Dr. Craig Langman, professor of kidney disease and pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “It sort of sneaks up on you,” he said. “So the worst scenario is the gas tank is empty and the car won’t go — you have rickets. But at very low levels of gas the car doesn’t perform very well and you start having intermittent loss of power and that sort of thing; as a result you may not be forming enough bone during childhood.” A recent review of 14 studies, done by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and published in The Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine in June, found that extreme vitamin D deficiency was rare in the United States, but that up to 78 percent of breast-fed babies who were not supplemented in wintertime were deficient. Meanwhile, the number of papers describing cases of nutritional rickets in babies and young children in the United States has been accumulating over the past decade or so, from places as disparate as Alaska, Minnesota, Nevada and Texas. The patients are more likely to be African-American and dark-skinned, and more likely to have been exclusively breast-fed for an extended period of time, without vitamin supplementation. Rates are often higher when there is less sunlight. In a study conducted by Dr. Gordon of vitamin D levels in 365 mostly African-American and Latino infants and toddlers, 40 percent had low levels and 12 percent were deficient. Although there is a debate about what levels are considered deficient, one toddler in the study was found to have rickets, 13 children showed evidence of bone loss and 3 had bone changes consistent with rickets. The study, published in The Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine in June, found that breast-feeding without supplementation was a significant risk factor. “Human milk is very low in vitamin D, absolutely — there is no question about that,” said Dr. Frank Greer, professor of pediatrics at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and chairman of the committee on nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Historically speaking, we probably got it from the sun, but now we’re afraid of the sun and we don’t go out as much.” Teenagers are also at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Although their large bones protect them against rickets, they are at risk for osteopenia and even osteoporosis, and may have weaker bones that are more likely to fracture, said Dr. Robert Schwartz, professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., who said he had observed cases of osteopenia and osteoporosis in teenagers. “The tragedy of this is that when they’re young, they’re building up bone for the rest of their life,” Dr. Schwartz said. As people age and their bones weaken, he said: “Those who had adequate vitamin D and calcium will slide down from the top of the mountain. These kids will slide down from the middle.” referrence:www.sterlingtiffany.com
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