Friday, November 14, 2008

Report: Women are Not Getting Enough Vitamin D

A very important and prestigious medical journal recently released a study finding that most women in the U.S. are not getting enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to such illnesses as breast cancer, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis.

In order to increase awareness of this possibly growing problem, I took to the streets of Washington D.C. with a fanny pack full of Vitamin D supplement samples. On a Saturday night, I decided to walk up and down 18th Street in the hopping Adams Morgan neighborhood of D.C. (during prime bar hours). My mission: to let the women of D.C. know that they need more Vitamin D (and that I have some for them—for FREE). Unexpectedly, I got a lot of pushback. I don’t know if D.C. women are in denial about their inadequate Vitamin D intake, but they certainly weren’t receptive to my offer.

Here are some snippets of my interactions:

“Excuse me; did you know that you’re probably not getting enough Vitamin D?”
“Ewww… Get away from me…”

“Pardon me, honey; how would you like some free Vitamin D? I’ve got some right here.” (*Pointing to fanny pack*)

“Good evening. How would you like some Vitamin D tonight?”
“I’m going to pass.”
“I’m thinking about your breasts.”
“Vitamin D will keep them healthy… I…”
“Leave me alone.”
“But I’ve got some right here…” (*Reaching into fanny pack*)
“She said leave her alone, man!”

Eventually, the gentleman-suitor of one of the women I approached decided to attack me. He punched me in the ear and I had to take a cab home. I guess no good deed goes unpunished.


skippy haha said...

toby, i believe that all supplements and vitamins taken in pill form are useless - that the body can't break down and use a chunk of processed vitamin.

you're right that we're suffering from lack of vitamin D, but i think the only real way to get vitamin D into the body is by being out in the sun. with everybody tied to their computers and scared of cancer, sun exposure is down.

so you may have a better reaction if instead of a fannypack full of capsules, you carried around a sun lamp.

regardless, thanks for calling attention to this issue.

Anika Sellier said...

i like the picture. it made me laugh.

i also like the picture for your title. it made me miss my pup.

mjlambie said...

"i just want to smell you, come over here. can i touch you?"