Number of rickets cases on the rise in New Zealand
Rickets, a disease generally associated with 19th century deprivation and which resurfaced in New Zealand briefly during the Great Depression 80 years ago, is on the rise again.
One of the major causes of rickets is calcium deprivation. In other news today:
Families forgo ‘luxury’ milk as prices rise
Some families are forgoing breakfast due to the cost of milk, while a glass of it is a luxury in others, social agencies say. The average price for two litres of milk has jumped from $3.19 in May 2013 to $3.45 in May this year, Statistics New Zealand figures show.
The fact that we’re pricing our main calcium staple out of reach, and witnessing the reemergence of a calcium related disease of “19th century deprivation” is probably just a coincidence of course. Brighter future. Cusp of something special. It’s Labour’s fault.
Update: A later and fuller report makes it clear that NZ researchers are attributing the current increase in rickets to Vitamin D rather than calcium, though calcium (dietary deficiency or uptake problems due to Vitamin D deficiency) is always involved. So the link in the post to the price of milk, while tongue in cheek, is overplayed. But not much, and likely to be more of a factor in future. The fact remains that the re-emergence of these diseases of poverty in NZ, relating to diet and overcrowding, is a real indictment of our current treatment of the poor.