Vitamin D In X-Rays?



By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

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?

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'Vitamin D In X-Rays?' have 5 comments

  1. January 4, 2020 @ 3:49 pm Atom

    There’s a downside to Weston A. Price. It’s for good reasons he is called “The Patron Saint of Crank Dentistry.”

    The truth as usual is somewhere in the middle.

    To be fair, the Weston A. Price Foundation has invented most of Weston A. Price’s “beliefs,” including the one about “fermented” cod liver oil.–e-books.php#Dead-Dentists-Dont-Lie


  2. January 4, 2020 @ 3:50 pm Atom

    Helen B. Thompson (“Recent Advances in Metabolism,” Dietary Administration and Therapy, Mar. 1926) wrote …

    “Most convincing as evidence that changes may soon need to be made in our terminology, if not in our ideas of the substances called vitamins, are the following recent studies: On imparting antirachitic properties to inert substances, by Hess and Weinstock and the induction of growth-promoting and calcifying properties in fats and their unsaponifiable constituents by exposure to light, by Steenbock and Black. In the first investigation wheat activated by ultraviolet light was found to retain its antirachitic potency for weeks. Dry yellow wheat and yellow leaves of lettuce were activated but a solution of chlorophyll was not made antirachitic by the same treatment, nor were hemoglobin, red blood cells, cream, phosphatid of egg yolk, or glycerol. Refined wheat flour may be activated. Vegetable oils are made protective for 6 months and can be activated in 2 minutes, or less.”–mini-e-books.php#Vit-D


  3. January 4, 2020 @ 3:51 pm Atom

    “Whenever in the privacy of the home the opportunity offers to take sun baths, use the following words to consciously approximate whatever element is needed from the sun’s living rays.

    “Oh, Vitalizing Sun, I recognize thy beneficent radiations as life giving and disease destroying.

    “I welcome thy vitalizing rays into my flesh.

    “I draw thy soothing force into my nerves.

    “I am a magnet for thy vitality and strength.

    “Thy life and power shining there in the heavens is in my nature.

    “I am strong with thy unlimited life.

    “I am inbreathing thy vitalizing radiations.

    “I also am a sun of God, a soul radiant with perfect life and power.”


  4. January 4, 2020 @ 3:53 pm Atom

    C. Claiborne Ray (“Let the Sunshine in,” The New York Times, Apr. 15, 2008) wrote …

    “Just as it is possible to get a sunburn on an overcast day, it is possible to get the ultraviolet-B radiation needed for the skin to synthesize vitamin D even when skies are cloudy and gray. Efficiency varies, however, with the season, the altitude, skin color, the length of skin exposure and the percentage exposed, and air pollution.

    “Complete cloud cover halves the energy of ultraviolet rays, and shade reduces it by 60 percent, according to the National Institutes of Health.

    “The wavelengths of ultraviolet light needed to make vitamin D are from about 290 to 320 nanometers, within the ultraviolet-B range, which is also associated with sunburn and skin damage.”


  5. May 8, 2020 @ 11:54 am Atom

    Back In the Day (2006?) …
    Master Chen told us he hoped this was his last lifetime, and that he would become one of the Immortals forever.
    He added that if God has other plans for him, he wouldn’t have any choice in the matter.
    Maybe the same goes for his move back to China! Hehehe!
    (Note from today: Chen didn’t stay in China — good karma for Colorado and the U.S. of A.)


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