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Resurrecting The Dairy Industry Rickets/Vitamin D Lie

Is somebody futzing with our psyches? Is there a concerted subliminal effort by Voldemorts with pitchforks and horcruxes filled with genetically engineered bovine growth hormones to brainwash consumers into increasing their dairy consumption?

On December 13, 2010, Cognitive deficiency was linked to low vitamin D levels.

On December 14, 2010, Breast Cancer was linked to low vitamin D levels: On December 15, 2010, Hip Fractures were linked to low vitamin D levels.$800290219.php On December 16, 2010, frailty in women was linked to low vitamin D levels:

On December 17, 2010, Obesity was linked to low vitamin D levels: Shhh. I gotta ask you a question, and I don't want many people to get mad at my tone, so this is just for your ears, ok? Is your doctor a dumb schmuck? Is today's 2010 doctor all that much different than the doctor of 1970? See my favorite one-minute YouTube MD video:

OK, I could have used the words 'ignorant fool' or 'uninformed nincompoop' but that would not have so adequately communicated my complete lack of respect for most of the nation's physicians who seem to have bought into Vitamin D as the 21st century snake-oil fad that it has become. 'Dumb schmuck' accurately describes those fools in Mercedes and BMWs who put their welfare about your healthfare.

Where did this current Vitamin D ignorance originate, and how could so many educated men and women have had the lanolin pulled over their eyes?

Answer: It all began about ten years ago with a phony rickets scare that the dairy industry promoted to the nation's media. In order to get widespread coverage, dairy admen traded dollars for publicity. Doctors are people too, and they read milkstache ads in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, so that they bought into the dairy-brainwashing simultaneous to their patients.

In 2001, the National Fluid Milk Processors promoted a phony scare-story regarding rickets, and America's media fell for it by reporting a new rickets epidemic when there really was no scientific basis for such a claim.

In 2001, the dairy industry began their rickets lie by advertising: "The childhood ailment rickets - in which vitamin D and calcium deficiency leads to soft bones and poor growth - is making a surprise comeback...because young toddlers are not consuming adequate amounts of milk - the primary dietary source of calcium and vitamin D."

The press release referred to a report that was filed by Norman Carvalho, MD, a pediatrician at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

How soon we forget! Children are taught in first grade that Vitamin D is the "sunshine vitamin." Vitamin D is a steroid hormone and is synthesized in one's body after skin is exposed to sunlight. Once the body has made enough, it will produce no more. Too much Vitamin D can be toxic and lead to bone loss.

Here is how the Centers for Disease Control responded to the dairy industry's phony study:

Shanna Nesby-O'Dell DVM,MPH Epidemiology Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer wrote:

"Currently in the U.S., there is no national surveillance for nutritional rickets due to vitamin D deficiency. Therefore, data are not available on the current prevalence of vitamin D-deficient rickets among U.S. children. However, studies indicated that between January of 1997 and June of 1999 there were six Georgia children hospitalized with rickets. That represents 5 kids per million with rickets."

Some resurgence!


In 2001 there were 416,474 people living in the city of Atlanta. That's where Dr. Carvalho did his research. (Carvalho---isn't that frozen pus with sugar added?)

If one-quarter of those residents are children between the ages of 1 and 10, then less than one child in Atlanta would have developed rickets.

One-half of one kid does not make for a rickets epidemic. (Was he a heads or tails, it's anybody's guess!)

The real numbers were not reported by the news media, just the headlines. Who sponsors these news items anyway?

They dairy industry claims:

"The rise of rickets in the U.S. is a major concern. We're trying to educate parents and alert pediatricians to the problem. If toddlers are not drinking enough milk, it is highly unlikely that they will receive enough calcium and vitamin D in their diets."

Vitamin D comes from the sun. Humans synthesize Vitamin D in their skin. Atlanta is a pretty sunny place. Unless kids are kept chained in the closet, they will manufacture all the Vitamin D-3 that is necessary for their bodies. One additional child in Atlanta with rickets. That is the science behind the dairy industry's claim. One kid represents the so-called rickets epidemic.

Next thing you know, they'll be promoting milk for its estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and melatonin.


"Exposure to sunlight provides most humans with their vitamin D requirement." (Journal of Nutrition 1996;126,4 Suppl)

"Adults need 10-15 minutes of sunlight, two or three times a week to ensure proper Vitamin D levels." (Journal of Pediatrics, 1985; 107, 3)

"Consuming as little as 45 micrograms of Vitamin D-3 in young children has resulted in signs of overdose." (Pediatrics, 1963; 31)

"Testing of 42 milk samples found only 12% within the expected range of Vitamin D content. Testing of 10 samples of infant formula revealed seven with more that twice the Vitamin D content reported on the label, one of which had more than four times the label amount. Vitamin D is toxic in overdose." (New England Journal of Medicine, 1992, 326)

"Vitamin D increases aluminum absorption, and high aluminum levels in the body may cause an Alzheimer's-like disease." (Canadian Medical Association Journal 1992 147, 9)

"Eighteen breast milk and 17 formula-fed infants, ages 2 to 5 months, were studied. The serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (Vitamin D) level was significantly lower in breast milk than formula-fed infants but bone mineral content was not different. This demonstrates adequate mineral absorption occurs from a predominantly vitamin D-free transport mechanism." (Journal of Pediatrics, 1998 Apr, 132:4)

"To investigate whether greater intakes of calcium, vitamin D, or milk products may protect against ischemic heart disease mortality, data from a prospective cohort study of 34,486 postmenopausal Iowa women were analyzed...results suggest that a higher intake of calcium, but not of vitamin D or milk products, is associated with reduced ischemic heart disease mortality in postmenopausal women." (Am J Epidemiol, 1999 Jan, 149:2)

"It has since been discovered that the Vitamin D necessary to absorb the calcium moving down the intestine must already have been in the bloodstream for a while; what is present with that calcium (in milk) is useless at that stage. Vitamin D is part of the mechanism to break bone down so that it can then stretch and grow. Thus an overdose of D can eventually lead to osteoporosis." (Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition, by George Eisman, M.A., M.Sc., R.D.)

Robert Cohen

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