December 17, 2006

THEY DON'T CALL IT SAL-VATION FOR NOTHIN':

In Raising the World’s I.Q., the Secret’s in the Salt (DONALD G. McNEIL Jr., 12/16/06, NY Times)

Valentina Sivryukova knew her public service messages were hitting the mark when she heard how one Kazakh schoolboy called another stupid. “What are you,” he sneered, “iodine-deficient or something?”

Ms. Sivryukova, president of the national confederation of Kazakh charities, was delighted. It meant that the years spent trying to raise public awareness that iodized salt prevents brain damage in infants were working. If the campaign bore fruit, Kazakhstan’s national I.Q. would be safeguarded.

In fact, Kazakhstan has become an example of how even a vast and still-developing nation like this Central Asian country can achieve a remarkable public health success. In 1999, only 29 percent of its households were using iodized salt. Now, 94 percent are. Next year, the United Nations is expected to certify it officially free of iodine deficiency disorders.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 17, 2006 9:59 AM
Comments

Amazing, in response the environmental stimulus of increased iodine, a new more intelligent species of Kazakhstani has evolved!

Posted by: Pontius at December 17, 2006 3:30 PM
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