Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Vitamin D against COVID-19?

It sounds like a football match. New reports from an Israeli health fund and medical academics have ‘shown’ that a lack of Vit. D correlates to getting COVID-19 and being hospitalized with it.

First warning sign: The reporter asks not one critical question. But she does convey how important this finding and these Israeli scientists are.

Second warning sign: It is unknown how the vitamin should protect us.

Third warning sign: This is not a proper statistical study–only an accidental statistical correlation. Which could be on the level of: We see fewer storks, fewer babies are born, so, babies are brought by storks. They adjusted the finding for “age, gender, socioeconomic status and chronic, mental and physical disorders.” But not for things that are relevant (see below).

Fourth warning sign: This is linked to food. Doctors know zero about food.

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Vitamins are essential molecules that the human body cannot build. That means that we either need to eat it or must eat something that the body can modify to create that vitamin.

Vitamin D is a very potent molecule that is involved in many biochemical reactions in the body, probably most of them still unknown. One function could relate to immunology, but there is much more.

What is known is that no diet contains Vitamin D. We all need to eat it as a supplement. The authorities in rich countries add  Vit. D to milk products.

But that means that people who are allergic to or dislike milk and milk products don’t get their D. Among them are Yemenite and many other Mizrachic Jews, who may eat meat daily and not even own one dairy spoon or plate (or only a few for the baby or the cat). After meat, they need to wait some 6 hours before they are allowed milk products and, therefore, may never consume any. Sunlight on our skin (and mushrooms) may make Vitamin D from a precursor but, many religious or traditional Jews do not expose their skin. Even their nose may fall under a big hat.

On the other hand, many religious Jews learned much too late the science behind corona, and got infected at Purim and Lag ba-Omer parties and now in cramped child-rich households from their family members.

So, of course, we see more COVID-19 infections among those with little Vitamin D. The correlation has nothing to do with Vit. D protecting us.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry, and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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