…or, The Unintended Consequences of Cultural Behaviors
Our Swedish correspondent LN sent a most intriguing news article yesterday — at least personally intriguing to me since I have been researching this problem for my own interests (I will discuss those findings further down in the post).
The following is a partial translation of an article from [yesterday’s] Dagens Nyheter. But autism isn’t the only illness that is due to D-vitamin deficiency — all the others are even more expensive for the taxpayers.
Walking like the cat around the plate of hot porridge as usual, they are.
The Swedish public medical service is walking on its knees. HIV-AIDS-TBC and multi-resistant bacteria are taking up resources…
Then will come all the congenital and consanguineal illnesses à la Zenster of the NEW SWEDES — OLÈ!
For the moment, let us see what this news article has to say about the problem as it applies to Somali immigrants:
Doctors warn of autism epidemic: Too little sunlight can be a key factor behind the dramatic increase in autism in Sweden.
Dark-skinned people are more affected, since they require more sunlight for vitamin D to be formed in their skin. The differences between Sweden and Somalia in the intensity of the sun may well be the reason why autism among Somali children has become so much more common in Sweden than in their former homeland.
Somalis in Sweden have dubbed autism as “the Swedish disease” because autism has become a common feature among Somali children in recent years. They ask themselves why, in their home country autism was clearly not normal.
Measles vaccination was previously identified as a possible trigger for the small child, which, however, has been rejected by the scientific community.
Nevertheless, many Swedish Somalis would “rather be safe than sorry”, which is why we can expect a measles epidemic now that many of the Somalis avoid vaccination for fear of triggering autism.
The cause (or causes) of the rise in autism should be sought among the key environmental factors that separate Sweden from Africa and which affect Somalis to a greater extent than other immigrant groups.
Fatty fish like herring, mackerel and salmon are among our few significant dietary sources of vitamin D and this diet has historically certainly helped to keep the worst deficiency away.
Dark-skinned people need significantly more sunlight for vitamin D to be formed in the skin. The combination of a full veil and a dark complexion seems particularly unfortunate, not least if the person does not eat fatty fish.
[IS FATTY FISH HALAL? — LN]
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We can expect that a not inconsiderable part of the Swedish population who are either black or wear a full veil are suffering from more or less severe vitamin D deficiency. [emphasis added]
Studies of Pakistanis living in Oslo, Arab women in Denmark and dark-skinned Swedes support this assertion.
The question that follows is — can we afford it? Of course not.
The question of whether fatty fish from the cool waters of Scandinavia are halal or haram is important for the Somali Muslims who have traveled from Africa to live in the long dark winters of northern Europe… here is a dietary guidance list for observant Somali Muslims:
Under the Islamic Law, all sources of food are lawful except the following sources, including their products and derivatives which are considered unlawful:
The guideline mentioned below points out that the term halal may be used for foods which are considered lawful. Under the Islamic Law, all sources of food are lawful except the following sources, including their products and derivatives which are considered unlawful:
1. Food of animal origin 1.1 Pigs and boars. 1.2 Dogs, snakes and monkeys. 1.3 Carnivorous animals with claws and fangs such as lions, tigers and bears. 1.4 Birds of prey with claws such as eagles, vultures, and other similar birds. 1.5 Pests such as rats, centipedes, scorpions and other similar animals. 1.6 Animals forbidden to be killed in Islam, ants, bees and woodpecker birds. 1.7 Animals which are considered repulsive generally like lice, flies, maggots 1.8 Animals that live both on land and in water such frogs, crocodiles. 1.9 Mules and domestic donkeys. 1.10 All poisonous and hazardous aquatic animals. 1.11 Any other animals not slaughtered according to Islamic Law. 1.12 Blood. 2. Food of plant origin. Intoxicating and hazardous plants except where the toxin or hazard can be eliminated during processing. 3. Drink 3.1 Alcoholic drinks. 3.2 All forms of intoxicating and hazardous drinks.
There is a further listing of Mash-Booh (suspect) ingredients here.
It takes great vigilance to live a virtuous life as a member of the religion of submission.
Last year, I wrote about this problem among the chador-clad. At the time, I noted that Fjordman had reported on this phenomenon back in 2003:
The disease has two factors: dark skin and insufficient sunlight. The darker your skin, the greater the need for sunlight in order for the body to produce sufficient vitamin D to avoid rickets or its more serious follow-up disorders if left untreated. As Western Resistance says:
… they later began to show typical signs of the condition commonly called rickets — bowed legs, caused by tiny “greenstick” fractures in the bone. This condition is caused by softening of the bone, a condition called osteomalacia. Once the child became an adult, the deformities and short stature were visibly apparent. But along the way, other side-effects could occur, such as seizures. These seizures (hypocalcemic seizures, brought on by an increase of parathyroid hormonal byproducts in the body) are common ways of detecting rickets in very young children, under nine months. They are less common in older children.
In severe cases, the distortions on bone in the pelvis caused women to be unable to deliver children, usually with fatal results.
In other words, no matter where you live, if you wear a chador all the time, chances are you’re deficient in vitamin D. There is a simple solution — aside from uncovering your arms, which is a good way to get killed — and that is to buy a sunbow and a bottle of vitamin D capsules.
And make sure you give them to your children.
So as it turns out, this geographical move was not a good choice in terms of Somali health, especially given their dress code. Across Europe, dark-skinned immigrant Muslim women from warmer climates, covered from head to toe in dark cloth, are going to develop health problems, as are their children.
as it turns out, Westerners are not much better off. Many health-minded people have followed the precepts of modern medicine which warn them of the dangers of skin cancer. Sun-screen products are a big business as people slather on the cream in order to avoid melanoma and other skin cancers.
Well, guess what? Just like anything else, it turned out to be too much of a good thing. Here is an American website, discussing the possible link between Vitamin D deficiency and autism in this country [the emphasis is mine]:
The theory that vitamin D deficiency, during pregnancy or childhood, causes autism is just a theory. However, the theory has a plausible mechanism of action, explains all the unexplained facts about autism, subsumes several other theories, implies simple prevention, and is easily disprovable-all components of a useful theory.
A genetic lesion (abnormality) in some component of the vitamin D system-a lesion vitamin D’s unique pharmacology could overcome-would explain why monozygotic (identical) twins are highly affected while fraternal twins are not.
Varying brain levels of activated vitamin D during later life would explain why some identical twins get severe disease while others are barely affected.
Falling vitamin D levels over the last 20 years due to sun-avoidance explain autism’s rapid increase in incidence during that same time. The very different effects estrogen and testosterone have on vitamin D metabolism may explain why boys are much more likely to get it than girls are.
Lower vitamin D levels in blacks may explain their higher rates of autism. The vitamin D theory has tenable explanations for all the epidemiological features of autism.
The blog, Acting White, has some suggestions:
If autism is, in any part, the worse possible result of epidemic-levels of vitamin D deficiency, showing itself in 6 of each 1000 children (US), how might millions of children and adults manifest lesser symptoms in ways that correlate to D levels from the melanin in their skin and the amount of sunlight they are getting each day? Black children in the US score an average of 15 points lower than white children on the same controlled intelligence tests, for reasons that continue to elude the best psychological and educational research.
So not only are we coming to understand that the higher rates of internal cancers, diabetes, hypertension, et al, in black adults has correlated origin in vitamin D deficiencies, but that black children are likely at the front of the line of getting short-changed in their neurodevelopment, beginning nine months before taking their first breath.
New York City Schools will shortly begin a highly-publicized cash incentive program for coaxing improvement out of under performing black kids, and this may be well and good, but paying kids money to learn when their essential vitamin D levels are slowing them down, like a drag-shoot, makes little sense. The vitamin D levels of most of these kids, like their parents, are so low that they fail to register at all in health screening.
Innovate sure. But, while we are at it, how about wrapping some free vitamin D around a promotional campaign? It’s just a cheap pill and our future, regardless of race.
Take D and live! (and get some for your kids, too!)
Finally, my own interest in Vitamin D. I have learned that my chronic pain and fatigue may be due, at least in part, to a deficiency in Vitamin D:
According to peer-reviewed clinical research, inadequacies of vitamin D have been linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain of various types, muscle weakness or fatigue, fibromyalgia syndrome, rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis, hyperesthesia, migraine headaches, and other somatic complaints. It also has been implicated in the mood disturbances of chronic fatigue syndrome and seasonal affective disorder.
Current best evidence demonstrates that supplemental vitamin D can help to resolve or alleviate chronic pain and fatigue syndromes in many patients who have been unresponsive to other therapies. Vitamin D therapy is easy for patients to self-administer, is well tolerated, and is very economical.
As I understand it, chronic fatigue and seasonal affective disorder are not “mood disturbances” (though mood disorders may manifest themselves as one of the symptoms). Instead, these are probably immune system disorders and they may be brought on or exacerbated by the extremely low levels of Vitamin D in the western diet and culture.
As usual (on non-controversial subjects like this), Wikipedia has a good summation of the types of Vitamin D and how they work in the body. If this is a subject of interest to you, it’s a good place to start [go to the link for their bibliography references, which I removed from this snip]:
Vitamin D2 is derived from fungal and plant sources, and is not produced by the human body. Vitamin D3 is derived from animal sources and is made in the skin when 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts with UVB ultraviolet light at wavelengths between 270-300 nm, with peak synthesis occurring between 295-297 nm. These wavelengths are present in sunlight at sea level when the sun is more than 45° above the horizon, or when the UV index is greater than 3. At this solar elevation, which occurs daily within the tropics, daily during the spring and summer seasons in temperate regions, and almost never within the arctic circles, adequate amounts of vitamin D3 can be made in the skin after only ten to fifteen minutes of sun exposure at least two times per week to the face, arms, hands, or back without sunscreen. With longer exposure to UVB rays, an equilibrium is achieved in the skin, and the vitamin simply degrades as fast as it is generated.
If you have young children, you would be well-advised to study the crucial importance of this vitamin. If you slather sun block on your kids or yourself, it is imperative that you understand what to do to avoid Vitamin D deficiency.
Hint: an occasional can of tuna doesn’t do it. Besides, you know the dangers of mercury in tuna, right?