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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Vitamin D deficiency found in alarming percentage of teenage girls

A new study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood has found that more than 70 percent of British teenage girls are deficient in vitamin D -- an essential nutrient for proper growth and development.

The researchers noted that the white girls in the study had higher levels of vitamin D than non-white girls, likely because of increased skin exposure and lighter skin pigmentation. Experts recommend that people with darker skin get more sunlight than light-skinned people, because it takes longer for dark skin to develop vitamin D.

"This finding is alarming not only because it shows such a high percentage of teenage girls are deficient in this essential nutrient," explained Mike Adams, a consumer health advocate and holistic nutritionist, "but also because health authorities like the American Cancer Society continue to scare people away from sunlight exposure with fear-mongering public service announcements that claim sunlight may kill you. In reality, sunlight exposure could save hundreds of millions of people from suffering the well-documented effects of vitamin D deficiency, which include osteoporosis, cancer, depression and calcium deficiency."

"Today, we are raising a generation of vitamin D deficient children and teenagers," Adams added. "And the future health care costs of such short-sighted public health policies are incalculable."
Gary Moller comments:
I have been saying it for years and I will continue to say it for as long as is necessary to bring some sense to what can only be described as hysterical public health policies that run contrary to the growing body of research that confirms that we cannot live without sunshine.

Thanks to sunshine fear-mongering by public health experts, school officials, parent organisations, dermatologists, cancer groups and sunscreen manufacturers, we're raising an entire generation of children with virtually no exposure to sunlight and, hence, almost no vitamin D. This is especially so for our darker-skinned kids, including mine unless they go against the rules.
The only beneficiaries of the consequent epidemic of horrlble health consequences are the drugs companies who get to supply the expensive drugs to treat the consequences. After all, why should they promote sunshine for health? There's no money in that!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Queensland Cancer Society have just started another round of SLIP SLAP SLOP advertising on T V. Obviously they are wanting to sell the sun screen stuff. I shall email your article about it and see what they say!! Winifred