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The Vitamin Deficiency Signs That Can Send You to Prison – Feb 2014

Epidemic of Infantile Rickets May have Put Thousands of Innocent Parents in Jail for Child Abuse

Video Interview of Dr. David Ayoub by Dr. Mercola: 27 minute

transcript is attached at the bottom of this page

Mercola blog post headings and highlights

  • How Metabolic Bone Disease in Infants Gets Confused with Child Abuse
    The risk of rickets in a twin pregnancy is 25 times higher than in a single pregnancy
    We know that collagen requires vitamin D as well.
  • Pregnant Women: Beware of Taking TUMS!
    What has now been found is that calcium carbonate can actually wreak havoc on both vitamin D levels and your bone density.
    Calcium carbonate was used to cause rickets in rats in studies in 1920’– 1950’s
    Need the normal ratio: 2:1 calcium to phosphorus.
  • Acid Reflux—An Overlooked Sign of Vitamin D Deficiency
    dyspepsia, bloating, constipation, and reflux symptoms are all quite common among those with vitamin D deficiency
        because of reduced esophageal motility and sphincter dysfunction
  • Vitamin D Is Critical During Pregnancy


  • Most Infant Formulas Have an Adverse Effect on Baby's Bones
    2006 study of infant forumula: palm olein has unintentional physiological consequences,
       including diminished intestinal absorption of fat, palmitic acid and calcium and lower bone mass.
  • What About Babies with Bleeding in the Brain?
    Autopsy studies . . . show that about 20 percent . . . have bleeds in the head
  • Widespread Systemic Changes Are Desperately Needed

See also VitaminDWiki

IU Cumulative Benefit Blood level CofactorsCalcium $*/month
200 Better bones for mom
with 600 mg of Calcium
6 ng/ml increase Not needed No effect $0.10
400 Less Rickets (but not zero with 400 IU)
3X less adolescent Schizophrenia
Fewer child seizures
20-30 ng/ml Not needed No effect $0.20
2000 2X More likely to get pregnant naturally/IVF
2X Fewer dental problems with pregnancy
8X less diabetes
4X fewer C-sections (>37 ng)
4X less preeclampsia (40 ng vs 10 ng)
5X less child asthma
2X fewer language problems age 5
42 ng/ml Desirable < 750 mg $1
4000 2X fewer pregnancy complications
2X fewer pre-term births
49 ng/ml Should have
< 750 mg $3
6000 Probable: larger benefits for above items
Just enough D for breastfed infant
More maternal and infant weight
Should have
< 750 mg $4

Some of Dr. David Ayoub publications

A critical review of the classic metaphyseal lesion: traumatic or metabolic?

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jan;202(1):185-96. doi: 10.2214/AJR.13.10540.
Ayoub DM, Hyman C, Cohen M, Miller M.
Clinical Radiologists, SC, 1120 Williams Blvd, Springfield, IL 62704.
[http://www.ajronline.org/doi/abs/10.2214/AJR.13.10540|PDF costs $20 from publisher]

The purpose of this study was to review the hypothesis that classic metaphyseal lesions represent traumatic changes in abused infants and compare these lesions with healing rickets.
Using a PubMed search, a multidisciplinary team reviewed studies that reported the histopathologic correlation of classic metaphyseal lesions. Selective studies of growth plate injury and rickets were cross-referenced.
Nine identified classic metaphyseal lesion studies were performed by the same principal investigator.
Control subjects were inadequate.
Details of abuse determination and metabolic bone disease exclusion were lacking.
The presence of only a single radiology reviewer prevented establishment of interobserver variability.
Microscopy was performed by two researchers who were not pathologists.
Classic metaphyseal lesions have not been experimentally reproduced and are unrecognized in the accidental trauma literature.
The proposed primary spongiosa location is inconsistent with the variable radiographic appearances.
Classic metaphyseal lesions were not differentiated from tissue processing artifacts.
Bleeding and callus were uncommon in spite of the vascular nature of the metaphysis.
The conclusion that excessive hypertrophic chondrocytes secondary to vascular disruption were indicative of fracture healing contradicts the paucity of bleeding, callus, and periosteal reaction.
Several similarities exist between classic metaphyseal lesions and healing rickets, including

  • excessive hypertrophic chondrocytes.
  • "Bucket-handle" and "corner fracture" classic metaphyseal lesions
       resemble healing rickets within the growth plate and the perichondrial ring, respectively.

The age of presentation was more typical of bone fragility disorders, including rickets, than reported in prior child abuse series.
The hypothesis that classic metaphyseal lesions are secondary to child abuse is poorly supported. Their histologic and radiographic features are similar to healing infantile rickets. Until classic metaphyseal lesions are experimentally replicated and independently validated, their traumatic origin remains unsubstantiated.
Comment in
Commentary on "a critical review of the classic metaphyseal lesion: traumatic or metabolic?". [AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014]
PMID: 24370143

Fractures: abuse or rickets?

Radiology. 2012 Aug;264(2):614-5; author reply 615-7. doi: 10.1148/radiol.12120120.
Ayoub D. letter to the editor attached at the bottom of this page

New Zealand government reimbursed their costs and returned the child.
The first legal battle was not successful and the parents had an expert flown in from England to testify in the appeal - which they won.
$125,000 NZ = $105,000 US

Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis That Divides the Medical World New York Times Sept 2015

Does not contain "vitamin D" nor rickets
"in 2013, more than 1,500 children in the United States, or four a day, died from various forms of abuse or neglect. Nearly three-fourths of the victims were under the age of 3. "

Shaken Baby Syndrome - Movie April 2016


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