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Did Mozart die of a lack of sunlight?
Guardian ^ | August 22, 2011 | Marc Abrahams

Posted on 09/06/2011 10:18:32 AM PDT by billorites

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has died a hundred deaths, more or less. Here's a new one: darkness.

Doctors over the years have resurrected the story of Mozart's death again and again, each time proposing some alternative horrifying medical reason why the 18th century's most celebrated and prolific composer keeled over at age 35. A new monograph suggests that Mozart died from too little sunlight.

The researchers give us a simple theory. When exposed to sunlight, people's skin naturally produces vitamin D. Mozart, toward the end of his life, was nearly as nocturnal as a vampire, so his skin probably produced very little vitamin D. (The man failed to take any vitamin D supplements to counteract that deficiency. But that wasn't Mozart's fault. Only much later, in the 1920s, did scientists identify a clear link between vitamin D, sunlight, and good health. Vitamin D supplements did not go on sale in Salzburg and Vienna, Mozart's home towns, until many years after that.)

Stefan Pilz (who, if he plays his cards right, will hereafter be known as "Vitamin" Pilz) and William B Grant published their report, called Vitamin D Deficiency Contributed to Mozart's Death, in a journal called Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Pilz is a physician/researcher at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. Grant is a California physicist whose background is in optical and laser remote sensing of the atmosphere, and atmospheric sciences.

Pilz and Grant explain: "Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna, 48º N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about six months of the year. Mozart died on 5 December, 1791, two to three months into the vitamin D winter."

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: cosifantutte; godsgravesglyphs; mozart; rickets; vitamind

1 posted on 09/06/2011 10:18:33 AM PDT by billorites
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To: Borges

Pingy.


2 posted on 09/06/2011 10:19:22 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites
Medical Problems of Performing Artists

LMAO! Must be a constant discussion of alcohol abuse and heroin addiction. I would love to get some back issues from the 80s!

3 posted on 09/06/2011 10:22:58 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: billorites

I thought he croaked because his notes were too tight?


4 posted on 09/06/2011 10:24:20 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama can't count.)
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To: billorites

Well, he was awfully pale... ;^)

5 posted on 09/06/2011 10:24:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: billorites

Oh my. My dermatologist has been telling me for years how BAD sunlight is. The American Academy of Dermatology will not be happy with this news. ;-)


6 posted on 09/06/2011 10:26:51 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: billorites; SunkenCiv

Another interesting but baseless and pointless theory


7 posted on 09/06/2011 10:26:56 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: billorites

Way back when I took my ten year-old to see Amadeus. At the end they dumped his body into a common grave with other paupers and then threw in what I thought was probably lye. The boy said, “Ah, he was so poor they had to bury him in flour”.
Still makes me laugh.


8 posted on 09/06/2011 10:28:45 AM PDT by all the best
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To: RexBeach
....notes were too tight...

There were just too many of them and just a few needed to be cut. Well, there is is.

9 posted on 09/06/2011 10:30:07 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: all the best

LOL, nice.

Mozart’s obituary notice should have read “No flour by request”


10 posted on 09/06/2011 10:32:45 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: re_nortex

Wow. I wouldn’t have guessed that they cut his notes.

Oh, the shame. Oh, the humanity!

At first, I thought he might have been wearing his flats too tightly.


11 posted on 09/06/2011 10:32:58 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama can't count.)
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To: all the best

Years later, when people would pass by the common grave they heard this weird music, like a symphony being played backwards. They finally concluded that it was just Mozart decomposing.


12 posted on 09/06/2011 10:34:09 AM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: agere_contra

Now I will also be laughing about “No flour by request”.
Thanks!


13 posted on 09/06/2011 10:35:13 AM PDT by all the best
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To: re_nortex

LOL again. Oh that Emperor Joseph II, what a card.


14 posted on 09/06/2011 10:36:00 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: all the best

I am quite certain that he died as a result of Rheumatic Heart and REnal disease. Vit D deficiency was probably endemic in the Winter months...but you don’t die from that...

Another example of mental masturbation by our intelligentsia...probably by way of a gov’t approved research grant.


15 posted on 09/06/2011 10:39:28 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: Martin Tell
The Decomposing Composers
16 posted on 09/06/2011 10:49:54 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: billorites

He should have stayed in Salzburg, where he was born—it’s not as far north as Vienna.


17 posted on 09/06/2011 11:06:46 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: nikos1121

> ... Vit D deficiency was probably endemic in the Winter months...but you don’t die from that...

Besides a lack of the sunshine vitamin, in the late winter months, people used to run out of vegetables and greens and ate mostly meats. They then contracted what was called “Cabin Fever” or “Spring Fever”. It was actually a lack of vitamins of various kinds. The contracted rickets, scurvey, beri-beri and many other things. When vegetables were available in the late spring, the diseases subsided.


18 posted on 09/06/2011 11:15:57 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: all the best

Lye?

Try lime. Limestone.

Both are corrosive but quite different.


19 posted on 09/06/2011 11:18:51 AM PDT by wolficatZ (Somebody once wrote "Revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold".)
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To: wolficatZ

Meant lime. Thanks for the correction. Actually have no idea what it was.


20 posted on 09/06/2011 11:30:55 AM PDT by all the best
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To: billorites

Interesting hypothesis. (But, jeez, who wrote this? A 14-year-old?)


21 posted on 09/06/2011 11:53:36 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: GeronL
Another interesting but baseless and pointless theory

Another constipated comment from you -WHAT is the deal?

Baseless? It's a medical analysis of a probable vitamin deficiency that has a known effect on human life.

Pointless? Not only is it history - it's MOZART. And if THAT means nothing to you...

...nothing more need be said.

22 posted on 09/06/2011 12:48:08 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: GeronL
You are correct, however the one factor that was left out was the fact that during that particular era Europe was experiencing several centuries of a phenomenon called “The Little Ice Age." There was a continuous lack of sunshine during this period, so Vitamin A was obviously lacking throughout the years.

Add that to Mozart's nocturnal habits, and it's pretty much a no-brainer that he was lacking in Vitamin A. I don't know if that's what killed him, but it surely didn't make him much of a happy camper.

23 posted on 09/06/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! !)
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To: Talisker
I am sure it was based on a thorough examination of Mozart.

It's a medical analysis of a probable vitamin deficiency that has a known effect on human life.

That is not in dispute, the question is: did this KILL Mozart.

answer: Not nearly enough evidence to say it did.

24 posted on 09/06/2011 1:09:57 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: GeronL; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ..

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks GeronL. But are you tellin' me you didn't like *this*?!?
Stefan Pilz (who, if he plays his cards right, will hereafter be known as "Vitamin" Pilz) and William B Grant published their report
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


25 posted on 09/07/2011 4:39:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti

26 posted on 09/07/2011 4:45:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Well, it was a dark day when he died...
27 posted on 09/07/2011 4:45:41 PM PDT by null and void (Day 956 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: BuffaloJack

The precise reason for the origin of the Christmas tree...tea made from evergreen needles kept our Euro ancestors alive during the winter. Good source of vitamin C...


28 posted on 09/07/2011 4:46:19 PM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: billorites; decimon; SunkenCiv
My doctor placed me on 50,000 IU of vitamin D a couple weeks ago. I had been taking 4,000 IU per day for the previous 18 months. After two different blood analysis, he said, "your vitamin D level is way low."

Anyway, it's been two weeks now and I'm not dead yet, lol.

I probably would have objected to such a large dose but I'd recently read in Science News about people on doses of 100,000 IU's.

29 posted on 09/07/2011 5:00:19 PM PDT by blam
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To: RexBeach
At first, I thought he might have been wearing his flats too tightly.

Forget about his flats and sharps. It was clearly an accidental death.

30 posted on 09/07/2011 5:02:53 PM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (The world will be a better place when humanity learns not to try to make it a perfect place)
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To: billorites

31 posted on 09/07/2011 5:19:10 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: blam; neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; conservative cat; ...

Ping

Thanks, blam.

If vitamin D deficiency weakens us then I can see where that may have contributed to his succumbing to just about anything.

Good that they mentioned the effect of latitude.


32 posted on 09/07/2011 5:52:56 PM PDT by decimon
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To: billorites

From the article:

“Rival doctors and historians have presented arguments, in medical and other academic journals, that Mozart perished from acute rheumatic fever, bacterial endocarditis, streptococcal septicemia, tuberculosis, cardiovascular disease, brain hemorrhage, hypertensive encephalopathy, congestive heart failure, uremia secondary to chronic kidney disease, pyelonephritis, congenital urinary tract anomaly with obstructive uropathy, bronchopneumonia, hemorrhagic shock, post-streptococcal Henoch-Schönlein purpura, polyarthritis, trichinellosis, amyloidosis, and quite a few other unpleasantnesses.”

I mean, come on, with all that, the guy didn’t stand a chance!


33 posted on 09/07/2011 10:08:29 PM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: billorites
At the latitude of Vienna, 48º N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about six months of the year.

I live at 45º N. I work at night and sleep all day. Yikes!

34 posted on 09/08/2011 1:20:16 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: blam

The sawbones here has had me on D-3 and Niacin, this as a way of addressing numbers he didn’t like in my blood work.


35 posted on 09/08/2011 1:32:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: decimon

Maybe that was the problem in 2008.


36 posted on 09/08/2011 1:33:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Still taking 5000 to 6000 ius D3 daily but it hasn’t stopped the ageing;~)


37 posted on 09/08/2011 6:15:36 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG... "Those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.")
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To: billorites

About 2 decades ago, most of the Derms in Wino Country declared war on any sunlight skin exposure,

They wanted people to put on sun blockers after showering and again during the day to avoid any sunlight on the skin.

Besides the sun blocking, they wanted their patients to wear wide brimmed hats, long sleeve shirts/blouses and heaven forbid no shorts/tees or swim suit during sunlight.

These Derms were not by themselves. They were part of a nationwide anti sun religion.

Since then, we have seen increases in cancers associated with low Vitamin D levels, Parkinson cases, D2, brittle bones in women and men and allergies/asmatha in children and adults and many more diseases often linked to low D levels.

I can remember good Internal Medicine and FP docs being concerned about the lack of Vitamin D due to sun light blocking throughout the day. It appears that they were correct re the religion of no sun even in moderation has/is taking a terrible toll on people.


38 posted on 09/26/2011 9:04:33 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: Grampa Dave
Every time we take our kids to the pediatrician he makes his pitch for vitamin D supplements. "Adolescents just aren't getting enough Vitamin D." he says.

I think recommending supplements has probably become part of the standard of care in pediatrics like using seat belts or bike helmets.

39 posted on 09/26/2011 9:38:05 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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