Healing In the Light of Day   Pt. 12

Healing In the Light of Day Pt. 12

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What is it about Skin Cancer and Sunscreen?


There is much controversy on cancer and sunscreen.  It is true that the sunscreen manufacturers have spent millions of dollars to promote the mindset that sunscreen prevents cancer and is pretty much a essential when you are going to be in the sun, any sun, or you are going to die, die, die, a horrible death.  


While I may have express that melodramatically, they are pushing the fear button.


The International Agency for Research on Cancer gives an interesting  recommendation that clothing, hats and shade as primary barriers to UV radiation should be used when in sunlight and further says that “sunscreens should not be the first choice for skin cancer prevention and should not be used as the sole agent for protection against the sun”.  Fear the sun?  You need to be protected against it.  Fear. Fear. Fear.


Sunlight is not our enemy.  We can abuse our friend, but of itself sunlight, full spectrum light, is good and healthful for us.  The evidence is clear.  


Sunscreen is by its producers own statements intended to insure that you do not have full spectrum sunlight.   Who are we to say that the eliminated light wavelengths that are screened out are to beneficial in moderation?  The evidence of our ignorance is clear on this subject.


I remind you here of the juvenile jaundice treatment with sunlight.  The researchers have told us that direct sunlight is 6.5 times more effective in treating this problem than artificial lights of the supposed needed lightwaves lengths alone.  It would seem to be obvious that some things in the other wavelengths are beneficial in heliotherapy.  That is, there are some things useful in the natural light that we are ignorant of.  


When we start eliminating from full spectrum light certain waves, we are stepping out in ignorance.  We do not know everything.  We are losing the balanced light of heliotherapy.


While sunscreen may be effective in preventing sunburn, beyond that little is known about its overall safety.  For some reason the FDA stopped its study into its safety and effectiveness in 1978.  Therefore there are no official safety standards.  


Some interesting facts.


There is no agreement that sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer.  There has been a lot of one sided advertising by the  companies.  However, that notwithstanding there is no agreement on this.


If fact there is some evidence that sunscreen may cause the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.  

skin cancer

Some researchers speculate that free radicals released by sunscreen chemicals breaking down the sunlight may be a cause of the promotion of melanoma.  


*There are more high SPF products than ever before, but no proof that they’re better.


*Some scientists are now saying that too little sun could harm you, reducing the body’s vitamin D levels.


*The common ingredient in sunscreens is vitamin A, which may speed the development of cancer.

There is an FDA study suggesting that a form of vitamin A, which is  retinyl palmitate, may when used topically in sunlight, may speed the growth of skin tumors and lesions. The sunscreen manufactures put vitamin A in 41 percent of sunscreens.


*Sunscreens have free radicals and other skin-damaging byproducts in them.


When sunscreen is applied too little or reapply infrequently scientists say that the sunscreens are expected to cause more free radical damage than UV rays on bare skin.


Healing In the Light of Day   Pt. 5

Healing In the Light of Day Pt. 5

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What is it about Heliotherapy and Vitamin D?


It is fairly common knowledge that exposure to sunlight causes the body to produce vitamin D.  While the mass media is telling us this, we are warning us to avoid sunlight, especially midday sun, as it has been implicated in skin cancer, skin damage and premature aging.  These two messages seem to be contradictory.  


The drug companies tell us about the harm of sunlight
sun fear

and offer us the solution in supplementation.  Follow the money.  In effect they are saying that we have low vitamin D because we have a pharmaceutical deficiency.  


How can something that is good for you be bad for you?  Is that self contradictory or what?  It is good for you, but you should avoid it because it is bad for you.  True science does not speak out of both sides of its mouth.


In the Bible Timothy was instructed to drink a little wine for his stomach’s sake and often infirmities.  


That is medically a good thing for some illnesses.  However, if Timothy took that advise to use a little wine as license to be a wino,


he would, in spite of the malady related good, do longterm injury to himself in that use of wine.  So the Bible approves medicinal wine and condems drunkenness.  


Caffeine is another good example.  It is an antioxidant.  But if you overindulge in it, it becomes a negative.  It is not that you should go caffeine free.  Do that, and you miss the antioxidant properties.  But you should not over indulge in it.  Have a cup of full natural coffee or tea


and know that you done something good for yourself.  Do not be the victim of mass media propaganda.  [Tell a lie; tell it long enough; and it becomes the truth.]


It appears to me that the current hysteria about sunlight is a misinterpretation of the abusive use of sunlight, too much sun.  If you overindulge in the sun, you may develop things like skin cancer, skin damage, and premature aging.  But that says nothing about the judicious use sun therapy, heliotherapy.  [In logic we might call this the fallacy of converse accident, hasty generalization.]


If the truth be known, sensible, non-burning sun exposure, even at midday, with no sunscreen applied, is good for your health and not only because it is known to boost Vitamin D levels into optimal range.   Researchers have established that there are many healthful benefits which the sun provides our skin and body.  Some of these are not commonly known and appreciated by modern people.   While Vitamin D is important for healing and maintaining skin health, sunlight exposure benefits go much deeper.  
vitamin D

What is vitamin D good for?  One way to answer this question is to look at the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.  You might be surprised to find that 75% of Americans have a vitamin D deficiency.


We see a lot of the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency nowadays.  It is a quiet epidemic for one simple reason. — People do not get enough sunlight anymore. — Our bodies only produce vitamin D as a result of exposure to ultraviolet rays.


While our bodies are designed for spending most of our time outdoors, we in the modern world spend our days confined inside and away from direct sunlight.  Compounding this problem of alienation from our natural environment, well meaning public health officials have declared war on the sun exposure for decades.  They urge people to avoid their historic natural full spectrum light exposure.


Put on that sunscreen or else!  


The fact is, moderate full spectrum direct sun exposure is good for you.  Sunscreens block 100% of vitamin D production, which is related to ultra violet light waves.  


Vitamin D deficiency may not have symptoms early on, but as it lingers on it can causes many health problems that are often misdiagnosed as just getting older.  Pain, thinking problems, mood fluctuations, fragile bones and a weak immune system gives you a few common low vitamin D symptoms.   The doctor may say you are just getting older and give some symptom reduction drug [and the side effects thereof] and never address the vitamin D deficiency.  


Research studies have concluded that low vitamin D levels bring into your life an increased risk for serious health conditions often resulting in premature death.  Growing scientific evidence points out that if you have any chronic problems that your doctor seemingly can not answer, increasing vitamin D levels may just provide the answer that you have been looking for. Get some sun.


Vitamin D deficiency may include things like aches/pains, heart problems, low energy, weight gain, vision loss, cognitive problems, weakened bones, mood fluctuations, and weakened immunity.  All of these issues may be addressed or mitigated by heliotherapy, natural production of vitamin D.  


My research has found only two ways to get vitamin D for optimal health, direct sun exposure and vitamin D supplementation.  Vitamin D, some say, has little to no toxicity, and that is doubly true of natural vitamin D that you produce for yourself with the sun.  Plants make from sunlight chlorophyll; you make vitamin D.


How much sun do you need for vitamin D production?  There are some very complicated charts for timing different skin types, but The Vitamin D Council gives a general rule of thumb.  The best recommendation is to bathe in the light of day the amount of time it takes to be halfway toward your skin turning pink.  Notice you are not turning pink.  It is halfway to the pink.  The standard is exposing one quarter of your skin to the full sunlight, no sunscreen.  


Any area that has the sunlight should be allowed this general timing for a full treatment in that area.  If you are exposing your arms, leg, face and neck, you are not that far from a quarter of your skin.  The more skin you expose the less time is needed to receive the general full heliotherapy session for vitamin D. And the less skin the longer a session should be, but remember do not go into pink.   


Take a walk in the sun.  

walk in sun

Go a little longer every day.  You will find your limits and be getting healthful exercise too.


There are factors that affect the amount of vitamin D your body makes from sunlight. These include:


*1) How much skin you expose.  With more skin you exposed, you can produce more vitamin D.


*2) How old you are?  With age, your skin has a harder time producing vitamin D.


*3) What altitude are you at?  The mountain sun is more powerful than beach sunlight. With more altitude, you make more vitamin D.


*4) Is it cloudy?  The clouds block some of the UVB.  So as a result your skin makes less vitamin D.


*5) Is there air pollution?  Polluted air tends to absorb UVB or reflects it back into space.  Therefore, there is less vitamin D production.


*6) Are there glass between you and the sun?  Glass tends to block UVB.



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