'Veils and Vitamins':
In the controversy over Moslem women and the veil, no one is addressing the possible health consequences for women wearing the niqab. Perhaps they missed Grade 11 biology.
In Saudi Arabia and in Afghanistan, women wearing excessive covering suffer from back problems and osteoporosis, a condition characterized by bone loss with resultant weakening of the skeleton and bones that fracture easily.
Human beings have an inherent need for sunlight. Many chemical reactions in the human body are mediated by sunlight. Tryptophan, an amino acid, is light-sensitive and in daylight converts to the "feel-good" chemical serotonin, lack of which can cause depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Ultraviolet light is also necessary for the synthesis of the D vitamins that promote the proper metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, the two major constituents of bone. Lack of vitamin D3 causes the aforementioned osteoporosis.
The eyes, which are exposed by niqab wearers, are the very things that should be shielded from ultraviolet light, which is a factor in the formation of cataracts and in macular degeneration.
So, ladies, wear your niqab if you wish, but protect your health by vitamin D supplements and by consuming foods high in vitamin D (salmon, sardines, herring), vitamin-D fortified milk as well foods high in tryptophan (chicken, turkey, almonds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts) and by wearing sunglasses. Otherwise, down the road, you will be making the manufacturers of walkers and wheelchairs very happy.
The Q'uran doesn't require Muslim women to wear these clothes* [How to Hijab - Your Guide to the Islamic Dress Code.
The Q'uran requires only that men must "respect women." Because Muslim men are like men of any religion, anywhere around the world (resistant to change), if you want them to stop oogling women and acting upon their aggressive impulses, e.g. raping, battering, etc., it's women who have to change and became invisible. "Allah forbid," men should have to exercise restraint.
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