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Burned children

Posted on: January 24, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD


I remember with horror the pediatric burn unit when I did a surgical internship: seeing children with burns over most of their body; burns so deep muscle tissue was showing; children in such pain, both physical and psychological. I developed a deep respect for those who care for burned children.

In November of 2011, Dr. Gordon Klein, of the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Burns Hospital, one of the heroes who do care for burned children, attempted to explain why burned children have such low calcium and vitamin D levels. However, he missed the most likely explanation.

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2 Responses to Burned children

  1. Margot

    Fascinating. It would be interesting to learn more about the storage of vitamin D in healthy people and the complete depletion of the store in cases of illness or injury, and also the full range of mineral deficiencies that result due to the absence of vitamin D – and how best to bring those levels back to a stable state. Just a little something I am going through right now.

  2. glen2240

    Interesting, I had a knee replacement a couple years ago and my recovery was amazing to both my therapist and doctor. I suggested that it might be because I had, in the past, done quite a bit of yoga (thinking of the cross-leg posture) and maybe because my tendons had been stretched so that the dislocation of the knee necessary for the surgery might not have been as injurious as for most people. Now, because I had been taking (and continue) to take 2,000 units/day for several years before the surgery, I wonder if that might have been a major help. I am quite sure I’ll be getting a left knee replacement soon so now I am sure I will at least double my dose for a couple months before the surgery and see how this knee goes compared to the other. Talk about the finding and my being a member of your group and getting this news! Thanks

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