While much of the world is focused on coronavirus, there is another illness on the rise here in Canada. Researchers from McMaster University found that at least 13 people have had scurvy in the last nine years just in the city of Hamilton, Ontario alone. More than 50 other people had low vitamin C levels. This is a disease we associate with the 15th century or with pirates. How does someone get scurvy? Most of the individuals in our study were individuals who were socially isolated or impoverished and had poor access to fruits and vegetables. But there was also another subset of individuals who suffered from alcohol use disorder. Those individuals don’t often consume a lot of fruits and vegetables, which puts them at risk for vitamin deficiencies, and individuals who’d undergone geriatric surgery so, in those cases, were bypassing the digestive tract and they have trouble absorbing nutrients as well.