Sunday, 3 January 2016

A Late-Days-of-Christmas Song: Avitaminoses

POST #114
PARODY-LYRICS
ORIGINAL SONG"The Twelve Days of Christmas", traditional carol, of English or possibly French origin, published in its current known form by Frederic Austin 1909.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January, 2016.

KEYWORDS: traditional, holidaysong, medical

This parody-song is just in time for the end of Twelvetide.  Recently there has been some emphasis on the excessive use of multi-vitamin supplementation pills in the general population. But, many of our processed foods are already enriched with these essential chemical nutrients, and freedom from vitamin-deficiency diseases (avitaminoses), such as rickets, beriberi and pellagra is a gift for all mankind.
The pronunciation of the chemical names is a bit difficult, and for some of them, alteration from the typical was necessary to fit the meter of the original; these instances have been flagged by capital letters indicating the vowels which require emphasis; e.g. ribOflavin, pEllagra. 
The bracketed material is included for further information and for comparison with the original lyrics, and is not meant to be sung. In the second verse, (?)indicates cases in which a clinical deficiency state is not certain.  

THE AVITAMINOSES

(to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"- final verse)

Twelve funky diet factors,
Funk named them vitamine *:
(12.) Ascorbic Acid (vit C)
(11.) Retinol’s good for vision (vit A)
(10.) Cholecalcif’rol (vit D)
(9.) Alpha-tocoph’rol (vit E)
(8.) K – phylloquinone (vit K)
(7.) Hydroxo-cobal’min (vit B12)
(6.) Then, Folic Acid (vit B9)
(5.) Next, bIOtIn  (vit B7)
(4.) PantOthenate (vit B5)
(3.) Niacin (vit B3)
(2.) RibOflavin (vit B2)
(1.) And the first ‘B’ known as ThiamIne (vit B1)

For each vitamin, twelve-odd,
Its lack will cause disease:
C-lack gives scurvy
A-absence gives night blindness
Rickets and fractures (vit D)
‘Oxidative damage’? (Vit E)
K-lack gives bleeding
C. Eijkman 1929
Nobel Prize in Physiology
discovery of anti-neuritic factor (B1):
commemorative stamp 
Anemia pernicious (vit B12)
Fetal malformations (vit B9)
Low fertIl-I-tY? (vit B7)
NeurOpathy? (vit B5)
PEllagra (vit B3)
Amplifies B3 (vit B2)
Brain disorders and beriberI. (vit B1)

(Outro)
A dozen Nobel Prizes
Awards in Chemistry,
And Med’cine and Physiology.

* Casimir Funk, working to elaborate the 'antineuritic' property of rice bran for potential therapeutic use in beriberi, isolated a substance that he called 'vitamine' as it contained an amino- chemical group.  



























Performing Notes

THE ORIGINAL SONG
On the [C] twelfth day of Christmas my [G7] true love gave to [C] me
[G7] 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping
10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a-milking, 7 swans a-swimming
6 geese a-laying, [C] five {D7] golden [G7] rings,
[C] 4 calling birds, [F] 3 French hens, [G7] 2 turtle doves, and a [C] partridge
[Am] in a [G7] pear[C]tree.















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