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Posted on 02-22-2018
The American Academy of Pediatrics has gone on record as saying that breastfed infants should now get vitamin D supplements to prevent rickets. Infant formulas contain much more vitamin D than breast milk, and there is an apparent resurgence of the condition among babies who have been nursed.
This reminds me of a true story I read years ago in a paper by the World Health Organization. In the early 1950’s, the Dayak people of Borneo were suffering terribly from malaria. The World Health Organization (WHO) had a solution: It sprayed large amounts of DDT to kill the mosquitoes that carried the malaria. The mosquitoes died and the malaria declined quickly, so the WHO celebrated its victory.
But, their victory celebration was cut short when, in just a few short months, the thatched roofs of people’s houses began falling in. It seems that the DDT also killed a certain type of parasitic mud wasp that had previously dined on the larvae of thatch-eating caterpillars and kept the caterpillars under control. In addition, the DDT-poisoned insects were eaten by the small lizards known as geckos that were in turn, eaten by cats.
As the cats started to die, rats began to flourish and the people were then threatened by potential outbreaks of typhus and bubonic plague. To cope with these problems, which it had itself created, the WHO came up with the only answer they could think of. They parachuted 14,000 live cats into Borneo!
Now, what does the recommendation for Vitamin D supplements in breast fed babies have to do with this story? Well, you see, babies used to get all the vitamin D they needed by getting ten to twenty minutes of sunshine every day. The sunshine converts what is called “provitamin D” into active vitamin D. The problem is, doctors are afraid to recommend the sunlight anymore because of fears the babies will get skin cancer.
“But wait a minute” you say, “most babies do get 10 – 20 minutes of sunshine every day!” And, you are right. BUT, they are usually wearing sunscreen! Sunscreen blocks the sunlight and prevents it from making the vitamin D! “But don’t they need the sunscreen,“ you ask. Well, did you know the incidence of skin cancer has only gone up in areas that use lots of sunscreen?
If the sunlight caused all the skin cancer, why did it only become a problem after we invented sunscreen? Is it possible that putting powerful chemicals on your skin and then going out into the hot sun and allowing your pores to open up and absorb the chemicals more easily might have something to do with it?
Here’s what I know to be true. We were put together with everything we need to be happy and healthy and to express our purpose and our potential in life. We have within us a perfection called our “Innate Intelligence” that helps us adapt to all of the physical, chemical and mental stresses we encounter every day. This Intelligence also heals us from the effects of the subluxation process and helps us continually grow physically, mentally and spiritually so that we can express our purpose and our potential in life as completely as possible in each present moment.
If we can remain free of interference in our nerve systems by receiving specific chiropractic adjustments and living a healthy lifestyle, we will rarely have a need for ‘outside-in’ interventions. In fact, the only thing we will really have to watch out for is all of those parachuting cats!
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