Scotland has some of the highest disease rates in the world. In fact, the disease rates are so dramatic in Scotland compared to the rest of Great Britain, researchers call the phenomenon the ‘Scottish paradox,’ marveling as to why the rates are so much higher when the lifestyles are so similar. Does vitamin D play a role?
Readers may remember a 2005 newsletter I wrote, Paradigms and Paradoxes, but I didn’t include the Scottish paradox. Oliver Gillie, who does in Great Britain what the Vitamin D Council is trying to do in the USA, has written a wonderful paper on paradoxes, including the Italian paradox, the Swiss paradox and of course, the Scottish paradox.