Is Australia Waking Up? Could their Stringent Sun-Avoidance Programs be Causing Bone Problems in Young People?

Is Australia Waking Up? Could their Stringent Sun-Avoidance Programs be Causing Bone Problems in Young People?

By: Marc Sorenson, EdD Sunlight Institute–

Hallelujah! At least some scientists in Australia are realizing that their sun-avoidance programs, probably the most draconian in the world, are causing health problems, particularly musculoskeletal disorders (bone, joint and muscle problems). According to this article, those maladies cause more disability than any other group of medical conditions and cost the Australian economy $9.15 billion per year.

The scientists are suggesting an increase in sun exposure; unfortunately, the amount of exposure they suggest is woefully inadequate to produce optimal health, but at least it is a step in the right direction. The scientists also state that ultraviolet radiation is the main risk factor for skin cancer. If they are talking about malignant melanoma, they are dead wrong. However, we must compliment them for suggesting regular sun exposure, a habit that could save millions of lives yearly.

Read the article.

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