Vitamin D In X-Rays?
Over 100 years ago, rickets and its accompanying tetany (uncontrolled muscle spasms) were treated by four main methods …
1) exposure to sunlight
2) cod liver oil
3) exposure to a mercury vapor quartz lamp
4) exposure to ionizing radiation
Well, how much vitamin D is contained in ionizing radiation?
Did this commonplace X-ray treatment for rickets just slip down the memory hole?
Or perhaps the whole vitamin D theory of calcification is partly or completely false?
According to The Journal of the American Medical Association (Jan. 21, 1922) …
“In December 1918, Winkler reported the favorable effects of treatment of rickets with the roentgen ray. He used a medium soft tube at a focal distance of about 20 cm. The exposure did not exceed ninety seconds, and was repeated every other day. The treatment was at first directed against the craniotabetic lesions of the head. After five or six treatments, Winkler observed that the sweating of the head came to an end and sleep was improved. As the treatment progressed, laryngospasm and the ‘tendency to convulsions’ disappeared. The craniotabes vanished. The teeth erupted. Bulgings of the costochondral junctions disappeared. Calcium deposition occurred at the ends of the radius and ulna, as was plainly evident in the roentgenograms.”
I’m three miles north of the cheering section when it cones to vitamin D, but I’m even further north when it comes to blasting rachitic kids with X-rays.
But the primary question goes unanswered …
“How do X-rays override vitamin D, cod liver oil, sunlight, and mercury vapor quartz lamps?