• UNDETECTED SCURVY IN THE 21st CENTURY

    Posted October 31, 2018: by Bill Sardi

    MODERN DAY HORROR STORY: INFANT HAS ARMS AND LEGS AMPUTATED

    In the archives of medicine is found record of the first sign of scurvy – a severe form of vitamin C deficiency. In an era between 1500-1800 AD sailors on board long sailing ships came down with purple blotches underneath their skin, what was called “purpura nautica” at the time.

    In a recently reported case, a 2-year old infant with purple blotches underneath his skin (shown above) had all four of his limbs (arms and legs) amputated due to purpura and loss of circulation to the child’s extremities.

    Boy: amputated legs and arms

    News reports call it a “mystery illness.” And that it is. Modern medicine is still clueless to the signs of scurvy, imaging it has been eradicated.

    Today, when a young infant is brought to the emergency room with these same red blotches under his skin, doctors seek to culture tissues to determine which antibiotic to give to the child. But whatever the infectious microbe, it is only a secondary occurrence to scurvy, which likely initiates a lack of blood platelets and weak capillaries that emanate as bleeding underneath the skin.

    A recent report cites cases of scurvy (lack of dietary vitamin C) as a cause of purpura in the 21st century. Scurvy can induce a shortage of blood platelets, needed for clotting purposes.

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