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Rabbit getting Poison/"Vitamin A" toxicity from CARROTS, humans get the same thing!

Hyperostotic polyarthropathy in a rabbit--a suspected case of chronic hypervitaminosis A from a diet of carrots.

Chronic hypervitaminosis A can occur in many species after excessive dietary intake of Vitamin A (retinol). The most common presentation of chronic hypervitaminosis A is a polyarthropathy with hyperostosis and ankylosis of various joints. This case report describes a probable case of naturally occurring hypervitaminosis A-induced polyarthropathy in a rabbit after chronic ingestion of a diet made up almost exclusively of carrots. Carrots do not contain retinol, but are rich in provitamin A (or beta-carotene). Rabbits are unique in that they can convert 100% of dietary beta-carotene into retinol. A syndrome of naturally occurring hypervitaminosis A-induced polyarthropathy has not been described in a rabbit before.

Hyperostotic = excessive growth of bone, may lead to exostosis (benign outgrowth of cartilaginous tissue on a bone), occurs in many musculoskeletal disorders.  Think of this as the "big knuckles" one sees in osteoarthritic folks.

Polyarthropathy =  poly- means multiple, arthropathy is a disease of a joint. Arthritis is a form of arthropathy that involves inflammation of one or more joints.

Translation:  Excess beta-carotene from carrots alone (NOT supplements!) caused this rabbit to get arthritic, bony joints all over its body.  Sounds like an autoimmune condition, if you asked me.

Could the EXACT SAME disease happen in a person that got too much Poison/"Vitamin A"?  Yes, absolutely.  Here you go!

Hyperostotic and destructive osteoarthritis in a patient with vitamin A intoxication syndrome: a case report.

The authors present a case report of a 59-year-old female suffering from hyperlipidemia who developed chronic vitamin A intoxication syndrome after ingestion of 30,000 IU retinol/daily over a period of six years. The patient's main complaints included severe headaches, morning nausea, myalgias and disability around the hip, knee, and ankle joints. Radiologically, hyperostosis of the acetabular circumference and the spine was demonstrated. Because of rapidly increasing pain, total hip replacement was performed. Histology of cross sections from the femoral head revealed destructive osteoarthritis. Since no other causative reason was found, retinol may not only be responsible for hyperostotic bone and soft tissue formations but may perhaps also account for rapid progressing of degenerative joint disease. Despite the cessation of vitamin A intake the clinical symptoms persisted due to hyperlipidemia. The enlarged number of chylomicrons and the higher fraction of very low density lipoproteins may represent a second retinyl ester pool in case of overloaded fat storing Ito-cells in the liver. Therefore, rheumatological treatment reducing risk factors such as hyperlipidemia is mandatory.

Make sure to click the quote box above, so you can see where these authors are seriously trying to blame her autoimmune arthritis on hyperlipidemia aka HIGH CHOLESTEROL???  Are you kidding me?  Do you see why the state of medicine in the Western world is so abysmally bad?  If anything, there would be Poison/"Vitamin A" in the cholesterol because the body is trying so desperately to get rid of it that way...lowering the cholesterol is only going to make the problem worse!  Oh wait, Grant Genereux did a whole blog post about how statins are likely making Poison/"Vitamin A" problems worse, you say?

What I really want you to notice is how that even when she quit the supplement, the symptoms persisted.  This is because she was likely still eating Poison/"Vitamin A" enough to keep the problem going, and she had a long way to go to detox all that Poison/"Vitamin A" out of her tissues.  This is the exact thing that is addressed in the Poison/"Vitamin A" and Glyphosate Detox Program.

Dr. Garrett Smith, the "Nutrition Detective"
Licensed Naturopathic Physician (NMD) in Arizona, home of the Love Your Liver program
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