Rare Diseases Become Common

Rare Diseases Become Common

Rare events do happen. Some days I think it is basis of my practice, since I often only get called for the weird stuff. But in a big enough population eventually even rare events will happen.

Vitamin K is required for the production of clotting factors and is found in green vegetables and made by the bacteria of the colon.

Because newborns are not eating broccoli in utero and have not yet developed a colon bacteria flora, they can be born with a vitamin K deficiency. That can lead to Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn and they can bleed into the brain and other organs. Because of this risk, every newborn gets a shot of vitamin K a delivery.

If you google vitamin K shot, in the first dozen hits is Skip that Newborn Vitamin K Shot, although after the Science Based Medicine review of the topic.

The Skip site suggests

Since studies have linked large doses of vitamin K with childhood cancers and leukemia, this large dose of synthetic K administered within minutes of birth seems questionable at best.

and, of course, mentions toxins:

this little being has very limited to no ability to detoxify the large dose of synthetic vitamin K and all other the dangerous ingredients in the injection cocktail including:

  • Phenol (carbolic acid – a poisonous substance derived from coal tar)
  • Benzyl alcohol (preservative)
  • Propylene glycol (better known as antifreeze and a hydraulic in brake fluid)
  • Acetic acid (astringent, antimicrobial agent)
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Lecithin
  • Castor oil

Some have taken this bad information to heart and are refusing vitamin K for their newborns, even though there is no link between vitamin K shots and leukemia. Even Mercola’s screed against the vitamin K shot recognizes that bit of reality.

The results? Rare events becoming less rare:

A total of seven infants between 7 weeks and 20 weeks old were diagnosed with a rare bleeding disorder in Tennessee after parents refused vitamin K injections at birth.

Mark and Melissa Knotowicz declined shots for their twins last summer because they heard that a preservative in the shot could lead to childhood leukemia. Vanderbilt physicians say an old, debunked study linked the two, but no follow-up studies could replicate those results.

One of the twins became sick and a pediatrician suspected blood poisoning until he was taken to the ER at Vanderbilt children’s hospital, where doctors asked if he has ever had the shot.

CT scans showed the infant suffered multiple brain bleeds. After a week in the hospital, the boy is undergoing physical therapy for neuromuscular development issues.

Measles, newborn bleeding, mumps. Diseases that should be of historical interest are coming back to kill and injure.  

Points of Interest: 5/07/2014
Points of Interest: 5/05/2014