Monday, November 30


I watched an old movie called Plymouth Adventure on Thanksgiving Day. It was a very Hollywood-ized version of the story of the Pilgrims' sea voyage, with all the familiar names popping up ("They need a good carpenter on this ship. Maybe you'd like to join them, Mister--" "John Alden, and I might, at that." etc.). It made me curious whether that kind of earnest history is even taught anymore. It barely was when I was a kid. I'm not sure it needs to be, though it comes in handy for trivia quizzes.

It also reminded me of the importance of preventing scurvy!
From Wikipedia:
Scurvy can be prevented by a diet that includes certain citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons. Other sources rich in vitamin C are fruits such as blackcurrants, guava, kiwifruit, papaya, tomatoes, bell peppers, and strawberries. It can also be found in some vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, potatoes, cabbage, spinach and paprika, as well as some pickled vegetables. Many animal products, including liver and oysters, contain vitamin C. Though redundant in the presence of a balanced diet, various nutritional supplements are available that provide ascorbic acid well in excess of that required to prevent scurvy, and even some candies and most soft drinks contain vitamin C as a preservative.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, someone in public health should really apply for a grant to launch a campaign for "Scurvy Prevention Awareness."