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Black people and fat people are the last refuge for medical scoundrels, the story behind Vitamin D

Black people and fat people are the last refuge for medical scoundrels, the story behind Vitamin D

I use the term fat owing to the work of  Sonya Renee Taylor. The body is not an apology. “Fatphobia is literally killing us; your intersectional analysis doesn’t advocate freedom if it isn’t dealing with thin privilege and bodily hierarchy.” —Taylor

There is a Boston Herald article from September going around regarding Vitamin D helping prevent COVID-19 as stated by Dr. Michael Holick. There are whispers of why do we need a vaccine if we have this miracle?!

If Vitamin D could reduce the risk of Covid-19 by 54 percent and that was published in September, IT would be huge news.

It is not huge news. It is right on the edge of disinformation by a quack.

COVID-19 is devastating countries, economies, and killing people. The entire world wouldn’t kill everyone to get African Americans, that is taking Afro-pessimism to ridiculous levels. If Vitamin D could cut rates by 54 percent with everyone, it would be used in that fashion, and Holick would get a Nobel. That is not even close to happening. White supremacists in the US have a long history and tradition of using the social construct of the white race, Western European body types, and rich people as the standard and pathologizing the differences of anyone who doesn’t fit the criteria into harmful policies —often harmful to Black people immediately and indirectly the community as a whole. 

Such as the misinterpretation of Charles Darwins’ work “On the Origin of Species.” White supremacists used that book for years to justify the racist treatment of Black people in the United States. The eugenics flavored achievement gap —that is owing to a malicious interpretation of Darwin’s work. 

So now there is a Vitamin D gap—it MUST be fixed!

Three of the most prominent doctors promoting Vitamin D are Dr. Michael Holick, Dr. Joseph Mercola, and Dr. Steven F. Hotze.

Mercola provides at least 40 percent of the funding for the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). NVIC is an anti-vaccination propaganda organization. He quit seeing patients in 2009 as he was making $3 million a month selling vitamins.

Holtze founded the “straight slate” an anti-LGBT rights “activist” group, has filed lawsuits to strike down COVID-19-related public health measures and invalidate ballots cast in the 2020 US election. Hotze has promoted conspiracy theories such as QAnon. He has asserted that the COVID-19 pandemic was a “global ritual” to “inject experimental nanobots and chemi-kills into our bodies to alter our DNA using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to turn us into zombie-like, controlled masses, and weapons of war.” Yes, he said that read more at the Daily Beast. He is the founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center and the host of a very popular wellness podcast, Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution.

Rising healthcare costs, increasing insurance premiums, and decreasing care – this is the current state of our healthcare system. The pharmaceutical industry continues to make empty promises by masking patients symptoms and providing a false sense of hope”

Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution

Holick is a disgraced doctor. In 2002 he prescribed tanning beds as a “recommended source” of Vitamin D “when used in moderation.” The devices were classified as carcinogenic (cancer-causing) in 2009. Boston University (BU) dermatology division asked Dr. Holick to resign from the department

In May 2017, Holick was barred from evaluating or treating children by Boston Medical Center and reported Holick to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for health care facility discipline.

While he was forced to resign from BU dermatology department and banned from treating children—he remains a professor at the medical school’s department of endocrinology, diabetes, nutrition, and weight management. Essentially he was relegated to the Black people department, so that he couldn’t harm any more thin, white people. 

Antiblackness and antifatness are cousins.

“Dr. Holick’s role in drafting national Vitamin D guidelines, and the embrace of his message by mainstream doctors and wellness gurus alike, have helped push supplement sales to $936 million in 2017. That’s a ninefold increase over the previous decade.”

 Liz Szabo “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It “NY Times (2018)

Dr. Holick was instrumental in getting the markers of Vitamin D deficiency changed, significantly impacting the interpretation of Black, Latino, and fat people’s health data, opening the door to Medicare AND Medicaid money. Medicare spent $567 million on running Vitamin D test a 547 percent increase since 2007.

“The BMC Proceedings report describes discussions amongst expert panelists that revealed that Black Americans gain no skeletal benefits from high doses of Vitamin D supplementation; and high levels of the current marker for Vitamin D status are almost certain to result in adverse effects in this population.”

Brown, L.L., Cohen, B., Tabor, D. et al.The vitamin D paradox in Black Americans: a systems-based approach to investigating clinical practice, research, and public health – expert panel meeting report.” BMC Proc 12, 6 (2018)

There have been warnings from the American Journal of Medicine (a peer-reviewed journal founded in 1946) on the 50,000 IU levels of Vitamin D prescriptions and the risk for death owing to calciphylaxis. Calciphylaxis is a serious, uncommon disease in which calcium accumulates in the fat and skin tissues’ small blood vessels. Calciphylaxis causes blood clots, painful skin ulcers, and may cause serious infections that can lead to death.

“One such case involved [a patient] who presented with nausea and vomiting and was found to have hypercalcemia (14.1 mg/dL). Her total 25-hydroxyvitamin D level at the time of diagnosis was 338 ng/mL. The time to toxicity was 5 months. In another case, [a patient] obese woman presented with calciphylaxis. She did not have any underlying renal disease, which is often the case with calciphylaxis. Besides her obesity, her only other risk factor was the fact that she had been on 50,000 IU of Vitamin D weekly for the past 4 years.”

Gorris M, Arora H., Lieb D, et al.”A Word of Caution When Prescribing High-Dose Vitamin DAMJMED (2016)

In 2015, an article in the American Journal of Medicine linked blood levels as low as 50 nanograms per milliliter with an increased risk of death. That’s within the level considered healthy by the Endocrine Society.

These suspected adverse outcomes appear to include increases in all-cause mortality (death) and increases in the rate of heart disease and some cancers. Limited evidence suggests that African Americans may be more susceptible to these adverse effects.

Taylor C., Thomas p., EdD, Aloia J, et al “Questions About Vitamin D for Primary Care Practice: Input From an NIH Conference” AMJMED (2015)

By the current blood test for Vitamin D, most African Americans are deficient, consequently many doctors prescribe supplement pills to bring their levels up.

But the problem is the test, not the patients, according according to a 2013 New England Medical Journal Study. Most  Black people have plenty of the form of Vitamin D that counts — the type their cells can readily use.

Low levels of Vitamin D–binding protein in blacks may provide protection against the manifestations of Vitamin D deficiency despite low levels of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D. The bioavailability of other lipophilic hormones, such as thyroid hormone, is known to be influenced by the concentration of carrier proteins.

Powe, C., Evans, M., Wenger, J., et al “Vitamin D–Binding Protein and Vitamin D Status of Black Americans and White Americans” New England Journal of Medicine (2013)


Why is this happening? What Is the game behind anti-vaccination movement and pushing Vitamin D?

From “Doctor” Rand Paul Antivaxxer, sole certified member and board member of the self-created National Board of Ophthalmology, and US Senator from Kentucky. Yes, that Kentucky.  The Mitch McConnell, Kentucky: 

“With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care you have to realize what that implies. I am a physician. You have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. You are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants, the nurses. … You are basically saying you believe in slavery.”

“Doctor” Paul in POLITICO explaining the right to healthcare is slavery.

Dr. Paul, Dr. Mercola, and Dr. Hotze are all Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) members.

The AAPS is a conservative organization founded in 1944 to stop any form of US Government healthcare. AAPS killed the Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill in 1945. The Wagner-Murray Dingell Bill was a proposal to institute a national medical and hospitalization program. It is ultra-right-wing and uses new-age quackery to justify racist and punitive medical policies, and currently to stop Medicare for All and dismantle the Affordable Care Act. AAPS is why the US has the Go Fund Me medical system and the rest of the world has socialized medicine.

AAPS is a litigious powerful fringe group of about 5,000 doctors that believes in “private medicine.”

“We have opposed attempts of governments and other third parties to intrude between the patients and the physicians,” says AAPS executive director Jane Orient.

AAPS sued to overturn the Affordable Care Act and claimed that moves to remove anti-vax content from digital media were censorship. The group also perpetuates mis/disinformation like questioning vaccine safety.

AAPS doctors make their money hocking vitamins, “wellness,” weight loss, and “white” wing policies, instead of promoting healthcare. 

The AAPS influences and guides the NVIC. NVIC is like their Proud Boys branch. 

Every good lie has a kernel of truth. You do need Vitamin D, but not in the levels that the AAPS is stating.

“Extremism in liberty is not a Vice.” —Goldwater. Goldwater built the foundation of the Southern Strategy.

Extremism in the name of quackery is no vice to them.

A 54-year-old man went to the hospital after experiencing permanent kidney damage. Doctors found he had dangerously high levels of calcium and Vitamin D in his blood from taking supplements for several years, according to a case report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ, 2019).

The overprescription and amplified narrative of Vitamin D is a right-wing conspiracy to dismantle our public medical system, dismantle Medicaid, dismantle ACA, and make sure that Medicare For All never sees the light of day. To accomplish this goal, they are going to disinform the general public and kill a bunch of Black people and fat people, and quite a few Latinos, Natives, and Asian Americans.

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Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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