You must have all heard it before – about the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency among Indigenous people; it’s a scientific “fact”. The entire world knows about it. Almost every piece of literature you have ever read about vitamin D, it was included. It was that one glorified “fact” they never hesitated to introduce to the conversation. But how could it be wrong? That is exactly what the test says; it is what the diagnosis revealed. How can anyone dare question the results? Its science and science is factual. Isn’t that so? This is not hard to understand; if the scientific data says you are vitamin D deficient. That simply means you are.
Let’s also not forget that this same piece of “fact” became the cornerstone for the theory of evolution. This was one of the primary “evidence”, an absolute proof that validates the “fact” that pale skin is an evolutionary measure.
After so many years of dominance, of people blindly following and not questioning this so-called scientific data, it turns out that the test is seriously flawed. It was designed from a very bias (subjective) perspective, omitting all regards for biological diversity, while placing one specific type as the standard. The test didn’t take “race” and the subsequent differences thereof into consideration.
This flaw was discovered by Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital. It didn’t make sense that a group of people with the healthier bones, less osteoporosis, fractures and higher bone density, are constantly being diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency. Dr. Thadhani decided to do a little bit a testing of his own, only to find out the severity of the flaw within the test. Like we have said many times before, how the Indigenous biology process Sunlight is different from other biological types. Do you really need any further proof than what is presented here?
Different strokes for different folks. The one size fit all approach is asinine and will never work. In a very basic sense, they were using a factor (25-hydroxyvitamin D) that is naturally low in Indigenous people as a point of reference for their test. That is much like coming to the conclusion that a boat is not mobile because it doesn’t have wheels. If you use the wrong point of reference your conclusion will always be wrong. You can read more about this if you just Google: “the myth about black people and vitamin D” or do a search for the mentioned doctor, Ravi Thadhani.
Just imagine the countless amounts of people that have been misdiagnosed as being vitamin D deficient? Doctors prescribing them harmful drugs for a condition they don’t have? Imagine the harm that has created?
This is why we always say, you must question science, everything.