An interesting little example here of quite how much recent mass immigration has changed Britain. Note that Britain has always been changing as a result of immigration so this is nothing new. It’s just that this is a little different – as shown by the specific point we’re going to talk about – and of a scale not seen for a long, long, time. The underlying genetics have changed sufficiently that Vitamin D dosing for all babies is now being considered:
All babies should be given vitamin D from birth, say experts
Lack of Vitamin D causes rickets. Largely so, Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin from the requisite precursors. Sunlight is required for this process.
Those of us evolved – evolution meant in the proper sense here, those who didn’t do this died, or didn’t have children at least – for these more northerly and less sunshiney climes have lighter skin. A major reason for this being to synthesize more Vitamin D out of that sunlight.
Those more recent arrivals will not have the genetics to support this. Thus:
Högler says all babies should have it from birth and those not taking it should be picked up when babies are given their vaccinations. “Why are we preventing infections but not preventing rickets in the same way?” he asked.
The paper Högler co-authored describes three cases of babies of aged six months or less who became very ill because of lack of vitamin D in the journal BMC Pediatrics . The other two recovered. All were born to women of black, Asian and minority ethnic origin. Dark skin and a lack of sunshine – either because of living in a northerly climate or through covering up – reduces the amount of vitamin D that the skin produces. So does a lack of calcium in the diet.
The UK has a “vitamin D winter” – insufficient sunshine for dark skins in particular to make the vitamin – for six months of the year. “It is no surprise,” says the paper, “that the cases we report presented in early spring.”
Note that calcium in the diet, that’s one of the precursors. Britain had endemic rickets among the poor in the past. That free school milk that St. Maggie stopped was one of the cures for that. But both are needed, the precursor and the sunlight through a light skin. A darker skin requires either more light or those supplements.
Now, all of the above has been known for a long time. It shouldn’t surprise any at all. The interesting part of it being that this problem – one limited to those not genetically adapted to the climate here – has become so widespread that the recommendation is that the entire population be dosed to deal with it.
That’s a symptom of pretty large scale immigration, isn’t it?