Monday, October 27, 2003

Rickets makes a comeback?

'Vegan and macrobiotic diets have led to the return of rickets in Britain, according to experts. They say cases among children are rising, more than 50 years after the disease was virtually eradicated by better health and nutrition,' reports the Independent today. While I am always slightly suspicious of stories that sound like a counter-panic, it is certainly true that many of the health obsessions of today are so myopic that they lose sight of the many health gains made in recent years. As a result, an unproven risk of skin cancer might lead to excessive avoidance of UV light and the possibility of vitamin deficiency.

Dietary fads blamed as childhood rickets returns, Independent, 27 October 2003

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