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Infantile rickets a growing health problem


Radiologist David Ayoub of Springfield, Ill., has defended hundreds of parents against accusations of child abuse resulting from misdiagnosis of infantile rickets.

In infants with low vitamin D, bones fracture without fraying, giving the impression of child abuse. According to Dr. Ayoub, this is an epidemic causing perhaps thousands of infants with broken bones and innocent people to be jailed. Modern medical textbooks barely mention rickets.

Why has rickets returned? People need sunlight to produce D3, the active part of D, which is actually a hormone. Most medical experts have changed their propaganda from heliotherapy (sun therapy) to sun avoidance.

Sunscreens with ever increasing SPFs are being marketed as disease has proliferated. Med Pub, a medical data base, contains thousands of articles linking D deficiency to numerous diseases including, but not limited to, aches and pains, allergies, asthma, cancer, Crohn’s, heart problems, hypertension, irritable bowel, MS, PMS, obesity, psoriasis and ulcers.

Big Pharma started its assault on D3 in the 1930s when it renamed 20 mg of D 1,000,000 International Units and sounded the alarm on toxicity. At the same time, it tried to patent vitamin D.

The FDA set the required daily allotment for D to 400 IUs, regardless of skin color and latitude of residence. A minimally clothed human body, however, produces 20,000 IUs of D3, if it stays in the sun for 30 minutes.

The mothers of the rickets-afflicted infants had problem pregnancies. They lived in northern latitudes; they were pregnant in the spring when D levels are lowest; 80 percent had BMIs exceeding 30 (obese); they were heavy antacid users due to acid reflux; and their D levels were not monitored. Acid reflux is a sign of D deficiency.

Their D deficiency could have been exaggerated by dark skin and sunscreen use. Dark skin requires more sun exposure than white skin to produce an equal amount of D3.

Thus, the babies were born with low D levels. Probably, the mothers also kept them away from the sun and applied sunscreens on them.

More information is available at, and by Jeff T. Bowles, researcher and proponent of D3 mega doses. To paraphrase the old margarine commercial, you can’t fool Mother Nature. I am popping the D3 pill until summer when I will sit in the sun without sunscreen for at least 30 minutes per day.

Jane E. Bardon

Sackets Harbor

The writer is a trustee with the Bardon Trust for Transparency and Wellness.

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