A study by Dr. Wanquing Chen and colleagues in China demonstrates that lack of sunlight leads to increasing rates of several cancers, including those of the cervix, rectum, colon, stomach and esophagus. It is good to see that sunlight and vitamin D deficiencies are now being recognized throughout the world as detriments to optimal human health.
This article from India is generally a good explanation of the benefits of sunlight and vitamin D, but its most interesting point is that Indian physicians are recommending sunlight exposure for babies. Congratulations to these brave doctors!
Another study has just been released that adds more evidence that sunlight exposure, far from being a carcinogen, reduces the risk of cancer. This time, sunlight exposure is shown to associate with a lowered risk of pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly. Bit by bit, the falsehoods being promulgated by the sunscare movement are exposed to the public. This is an excellent read!
By: Marc Sorenson, Sunlight Institute–
A recent study in the journal Blood, shows a remarkable reduction of the risk of a group of cancers known as lymphoid malignancies, i.e. non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, multiple myeloma and classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Researchers in California measured exposure to sunlight among residents in different geographic areas and compared the different categories of exposure to the risk of contracting these cancers.[i] Those residents living in the areas with the highest quartile (fourth) of sunlight exposure, when compared with those in the lowest quartile, showed a 43% reduced risk of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and a 64% reduction of risk of one of its subcategories known as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The risk of another subcategory, chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma, showed a 54% reduced risk. Multiple myeloma was also associated with a reduced risk of 43% among those living in areas with the highest quartile of sunlight exposure. Interestingly, dietary vitamin D was not associated with the risk of these cancers. The researchers stated, “These results support a protective effect of routine residential UVR exposure against lymphomagenesis through mechanisms possibly independent of vitamin D
This last finding is doubly important, since it indicates that sunlight exposure may have protective effects against cancers independent of its stimulation of vitamin D production by skin, or that the type of vitamin D produced by sunlight stimulation of skin is superior to that obtained through food or supplements. It appears that Mother nature know best, and that sunlight, one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind, should not be ignored a as preventive therapy.
[i] Chang ET, Canchola AJ, Cockburn M, Lu Y, Wang SS, Bernstein L, Clarke CA, Horn-Ross PL. Adulthood residential ultraviolet radiation, sun sensitivity, dietary vitamin D, and risk of lymphoid malignancies in the California Teachers Study. Blood 2011;118:1591-9.
Low vitamin D, which is primarily a result of low sunlight exposure, is closely related to the ability to conceive in both women and men. Couples spend thousands of dollars on fertility clinics when perhaps all they need is some time in the sun.
People living in the northern (sunniest) area of Australia, have a much smaller risk of allergies and eczema than those living in the southern area. Greater vitamin D levels due to sunlight exposure may be one of the major reasons. Safe sunlight exposure is absolutely essential to your health!
The evidence mounts that high levels of sunlight exposure may predict a 52% reduction in the risk of Crohn’s disease and a 38% reduction in the risk of ulcerative colitis. So why does much of the medical community still recommend that we avoid sunlight exposure?