Of the 100 men who were ill with this complaint, 25 died and the rest recovered. The disease was probably scurvy, caused by Vitamin C deficiency.

We do not know exactly which tree Domagaya recommended, but it was probably hemlock, white cedar, or spruce. All these evergreens were used by First Nations in the area to help ward off scurvy during the cold Canadian winters when no fresh fruits or greens were available.


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