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Are they Sun Smart in China?

By Marc Sorenson, EdD, Sunlight Institute

Perhaps the Chinese people are smarter about sunlight than people in the U.S.  A real-estate developer there had to pay a family the equivalent of $15,650.00 for robbing them of their sunlight. One of the developer’s skyscrapers exceeded legal height and partially blocked the sun that enabled the family to obtain their government-mandated sunlight allotment during the coldest time of the year. The allotment was two hours per day, but the skyscraper reduced that allotment. The skyscraper allowed only 1-2 hours of sunlight.

The Judge in the case said, “We can’t live without sunshine” and told the developers that they had to respect the rights of the people to enjoy the sun. We need more judges like that in the U.S.!

What a contrast to the Dermatologists’ societies in the U.S.! In the 1990s, a president of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) stated that she lived for the day when everyone would move underground! She also said that melanoma would cause more cancer deaths than any other cancer by about 2010. Fortunately, we are not yet living underground, and melanoma is nowhere near the top of the cancer-deaths charts.

It appears that the Chinese are a whole lot smarter than the AAD! The AAD’s insistence that people avoid the sunlight is much more likely to destroy the health of the American public than soaking up some unobstructed sunshine. So enjoy some safe, non-burning sunlight, winter and summer while you improve your health!

To read the article, click here: http://www.shanghaidaily.com/national/Sunlight-suit-Family-wins-payout/shdaily.shtml

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