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Nutritional Health Supplements: A Lack Of Vitamin D

Recent news has underlined the need for taking daily nutritional health supplements. The Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, has been reported as concerned that medical professionals are not advising patients to ensure their intake of vitamin D is maintained.

Rickets, once a disease thought to be virtually eradicated, has started to appear in children once more. This condition causes the bones of children to become weaker and softer and leads to weak muscles, bowed legs, reduced growth and pain. It is directly attributed to a lack of vitamin D and calcium and is best treated of avoided by taking a good natural diet supplement.

There is a similar condition called osteomatacia sometimes found in adults.

Vitamin D can be absorbed from sunlight or oily fish (such as sardines, tuna, mackerel and salmon) or even egg yolks. Generally rickets is found in countries with less sunshine than others. Babies receive vitamin D from their mother’s milk but can suffer if their mother is also lacking in this vitamin.

At one stage the incidence of rickets was less than 1 in 1000 children but new research suggests this may now have increased to 1 in 4 toddlers. Previous generations recommended children take a daily dose of cod liver oil to avoid the problem but sadly this practice has been largely discontinued.

To add to the debate, two senior medical professionals have discovered that a vitamin D deficiency may be a factor in some unexplained infant deaths.

Dr. Marta Cohen and Dr. Irene Scheimberg studied the cases of children who had died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Their initial findings indicate a need for more children to take a good natural diet supplement to combat any problems in vitamin deficiency.

The research was a result of a court case in 2009 when Rohan Wray and Chana Al-Alas were accused of shaking a four-month-old baby to death. Both defendants were acquitted following evidence from Dr. Scheimberg that the fractures sustained by the baby could easily be the result of severe rickets.

The subsequent study found thirty cases of vitamin D deficiency in London and a further 45 in Yorkshire. A significant number of childhood deaths examined (around three quarters) were deficient in vitamin D. The resultant weakness of the bones could easily lead to brittle bones and severe fractures. Equally, a vitamin D deficiency can cause hypocalcemic fits, which are a result of low blood calcium levels.

The belief amongst senior medical staff is now that many people in the United Kingdom are deficient in vitamin D and need to take a good natural diet supplement to compensate.

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