I happen to be a (self-proclaimed) Co-Captain of the Scurvy Prevention Squad. Rachel, the other Captain, and I are very serious about the buisness of scurvy prevention. We reach out to pirates, college students, and other at-risk populations to educate them about the dangers of scurvy and ways to keep it from happening to them.
What is scurvy?
You may well ask. Scurvy is a Deficiency in Vitamin C. It is characterized by bleeding gums and large gross sores on the arms and legs. Nasty stuff. It isn’t pleasant at all. Nowadays few people actually come down with scurvy, but there is always that risk.
Who can get scurvy?
Historically, pirates and other sea-faring folk were highly suseptible to scurvy because being out on a boat for months on end, they had little or no access to vitamin C. Today, college students often come down with scurvy because without a parent around to remind them, they often forget to eat vitamin C, or they choose not to. But even if you are not a pirate, sailor, or college student, you are still at risk. Scurvy can happen to anyone!
When was scurvy a big problem?
Effective methods of scurvy treatment were not proven until 1763, so it was a problem throughout ancient history right up until the early days of the American colonies.
Where can I contract scurvy?
Scurvy is not a communicable disease, so being near a sick person or in an at-risk region will not affect you. All the same, no matter where you go your body still needs vitamin C, so you can get scurvy anywhere at any time.
Why is scurvy prevention so important?
Umm, hello! Scurvy is a dangerous and unpleasant disease. Fatal too. Prevention and treatment are super important.
How can I help?
To join the scurvy prevention squad, you must be knighted by a current member. I will be happy to knight anyone who is willing to devote his or her life to scurvy prevention. Do not undertake this mission lightly! Scurvy prevention is a serious and a lifelong endeavor! If you wish to help in some other way, keep yourself and your friends, family, and aquaintences informed. Knowledge is key to preventing a scurvy epidemic in our times.
Here is a list of foods high in vitamin C to get you started on the path to health:
-Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons and other citrus fruits
-the Arbor Vitae tree
-Flinstones Vitamins (These, in my case, are actually doctor recommended!)
-Emergen-C (A powdered drink mix made of vitamin C and minimal sugar. Mixed with water, they become liquid health!)
“When Life Gives You Scurvy, Make Lemonade!” ~Mental Floss Magazine