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Child Abuse Or Vitamin D Deficiency?

January 24, 2012 by  

Loving parents are being charged with child abuse because authorities fail to consider low levels of vitamin D in infants as a cause of broken bones and head trauma.

Many pediatricians warn parents to keep their newborns out of direct sunlight and use sun block to protect their baby’s skin. Pediatricians don’t routinely check infants for vitamin D levels. But breastfed babies, particularly black babies born in late winter and early spring and living above latitude 35 degrees, are susceptible to low vitamin D levels, according to John Cannell, MD., of the Vitamin D Council.

Insufficient vitamin D in infants causes soft bones that break easily. In severe cases, brain hemorrhaging that mimics shaken baby syndrome can occur. So parents who handle their infants appropriately can be accused of child abuse even when they haven’t done anything wrong.

A recent case in Great Britain is a prime example. A couple whose child died from a head injury was charged with murder. The couple denied having abused their child, but prosecutors insisted the brain damage could have occurred only if the child had been violently shaken or slammed against a wall. Medical, professional and expert witnesses were unable to agree on the cause of the baby’s injuries.

The couple was acquitted by a jury because the autopsy revealed the child had a severe case of rickets, caused by a vitamin D deficiency in the mother, who was breastfeeding.

It’s happening in America as well. Cannell has published numerous letters written to him by couples in similar straits.

The criminal justice system in those cases considers only the possibility of abuse, even though there are no other signs of bruising or injuries accompanying the broken bones and brain hemorrhaging. Prosecutors then offer the parents a Gordian knot-type deal: The father must agree to plead guilty to abusing the child in order to allow the child to remain with the mother. If the father refuses, the child is taken away from the parents and put on an infant formula.

The formula, which contains vitamin D supplements, leads to the child’s improvement, which, in the minds of authorities, proves the child suffered from abuse. They attribute the lack of additional injuries to the fact that the child is out of an abusive environment rather than the addition of vitamin D supplementation through the change in diet.

Be sure to have your pediatrician check your infant’s vitamin D levels during checkups, particularly if the baby is being breastfed. Failing to do so could lead to severe injury or death of your child and a world of legal troubles for one or both parents.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Bev

    I imagine there are many babies who are nutritionally deficient, but there are also many babies who die at the hands of those who are supposed to “love” them. We live close to a large city in south Texas and I hear stories on the news practically every night about another child who was injured or killed at the hands of their parent/s. I suffer from two chronic illnesses and my rheumatologist frequently does blood work to check my Vitamin D levels. I call it my miracle vitamin because it helps me to stay active and with a lot less pain.

  • s c

    Maybe it’s finally time to demand that the FDA and their whizbanger wunderkind bunkies stay out of the equation. Let researchers and real scientists do the work, document and tell the people what’s what.
    The FDA seems to think that proper nutrition is an insignificant factor in good health. The FDA also dabble in designer research, which makes the FDA the equivalent of a concentration camp guard. Let researchers and real scientists compare notes with their counterparts in other countries. America has a fatal flaw in its approach to healthcare, and its name is the FDA.

  • p

    The FDA/CDC/WHO/AMA are all lap dogs of big pharma & big agri. They get bushels of payola to let these criminal enterprises screw arond with food products & foist dangerous dope on the population.Monsanto is one of the worst & are right up there with dope peddlers of big pharma. They are all screwing around with genitic modification of natural products in food & in humans.These people are ruled by the dollar sign & nothing else & they could care less whether people are healthy or not. It’s all about lying & how many suckers they can reel in to spend the money on false promises.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Jan Ferraro

    After going through 4 Drs. looking for answers, I finally went to a Rheumatolegist who checked Vitamin D levels. They were in the basement, he put me on 5000 IU a day for 3 months, retested and the level was up to about half, so I just stay on Vit. D every day, either 2000 or 5000 IU and it makes a great difference. To bad it took so many different Dr.s to find the problem.
    I also test Low Normal for Thyroid even though I have many signs of low thyroid. Off to the Naturopath I go to check that out.
    J

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