“Officials are at a loss to explain why,” the article says. And they don’t even mention vitamin D. Why? What’s up? Is it because it’s not in Big Pharma’s interest because they can’t patent vitamin D?
A Google search for “birth defects” and “vitamin D” results in 300,000 hits!
And it should be common knowledge that most Alaskans have pitiful low vitamin D levels in winter. My hygienist says Alaskans’ teeth are horrendous, compared to Texans’, where she moved from. And all it takes are simple blood tests to find out. The sun doesn’t get high enough in the sky during much of the winter, so the atmosphere shields out the vitamin-D-producing rays.
And wasn’t the traditional diet of Alaska natives high in vitamin D, but now many eat a more Americanized diet, even with fast-foods?
From: Anchorage Daily News
Alaska infants are twice as likely to be born with major birth defects as infants in the U.S. as a whole, according to a new study by the state Department of Health and Social Services — and officials are at a loss to explain why.
All races of Alaskans exceed national rates for “major congenital anomalies,” according to the review of seven years of data (from 1996 through 2002) drawn from the Alaska Birth Defect Registry.