The following article is well-written and provides a history of sunlight as it relates to the discovery of vitamin D. The author indicates that vitamin D fortification had made rickets a thing of the past, but with that point I disagree. Rickets is making a comeback due to the sunlight phobia promoted by dermatologists. Nevertheless, the article is well-worth reading.
The people of Dubai have one of the highest bone disease risks in the world; about 1/4 of the population has bone disease. Lack of sunlight exposure due to obvious cultural habits cause reduced vitamin D levels, resulting in an incredibly high risk of osteoporosis. There needs to be some serious thinking in the medical community there to find methods of optimizing vitamin D levels.
This article is one of several now indicating that children develop nearsightedness when they do not play outdoors. What could be more natural than safely participating in sunny activities? Could it save the sight of our children?
Recent research from England suggests that the amount of sunlight available to your pregnant mother in the month of your birth may have a profound influence on the direction of your life. The message here is to optimize the vitamin D blood levels during pregnancy.
There are so many positive aspects of the sun: It warms our planet; it is the source of all life on earth; it brightens our moods and it helps us to maintain health. As this article demonstrates, it is the essence of our existence.
Boro Petric makes that case that we shouldn’t “throw the baby out with the bath water” while worrying about skin cancer. I agree. Excessive baking in the sunlight, or burning in the sun, can be damaging. However, without the vitamin D and other metabolites received from sunlight, we can crumble and die form numerous diseases.
According to Dr. Sujata Udeshi, 98% of her patients present with deficiencies of either vitamin D or vitamin B12, which she attributes to lack of sunlight exposure, the use of sun blocks and the consumption of processed foods. And interestingly, she recommends that sunlight exposure takes place between the hours of 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, exactly the time of day that the sunscare practioners tell us to avoid sunlight. It is good to see more health practitioners suggesting reasonable sun exposure.
July 25, 2011
Not only is having a green thumb a great way to stay healthier and happier, but new research shows it can actually protect you from cancer.
Noted cancer treatment and research center M.D. Anderson, at the University of Texas, found in a study that time spent gardening once or twice a week can reduce the risk of cancer by 50 percent in lifelong nonsmokers. Moreover, researchers found, the same level of gardening activity by former smokers can reduce cancer risk by as much as 40 percent.
And while researchers said they weren’t exactly sure if gardening reduced the incidence of cancer more than other physical activities, they did find that it was the most commonly shared trait among the study’s participants.
The cancer-prevention benefits of gardening are also echoed by the American Institute of Cancer Research, which said that gardening is a physical activity that not only helps prevent cancer but also contributes to overall health and endurance.
People who garden tend to eat better food – food that is untainted by chemicals and poisons and food that is much tastier than what you’re used to buying in a supermarket.
Along those lines, gardening means exposure to the sun and its known vitamin D-supplying qualities that have been linked to the prevention of some cancers and a wide variety of other illnesses and diseases.
In fact, along the lines of exposure to the sun, scientists now believe that exposure can actually help prevent skin cancer because sunlight exposure helps in the body’s manufacture of vitamin D, a cancer-stunting agent in its own right.
“Melanoma (skin cancer) patients tend to avoid the sun as sunburn is known to increase the risk of melanoma. We use sunshine to make vitamin D in the skin, so melanoma patients’ levels of vitamin D may be especially low,” said Prof. Julia Newton Bishop of the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, and lead author of a recent study which found that higher levels of vitamin D were linked with better skin cancer survival odds.
Another reason why gardening may contain some anti-cancer, better health qualities, is because contact with soil, and the nutrients it supplies our garden-grown fruits and vegetables, tends to be good for us as well.
Finally, home-grown vegetables also contain anti-cancer nutrients and flavonols that can decrease certain cancers, like pancreatic cancer.
You may have thought you didn’t have a thumb that was green enough to be able to grow your own food, but based on continuing research that verifies the healthy, cancer-busting qualities of such a wonderful, self-fulfilling activity, doesn’t learning how sound like a fantastic opportunity to stay healthy?