Sun Exposure - Good or Bad?
By: Dr. Skip Hellen ND, CNC (Health Doctor)
Many reputable doctors and scientists challenge the modem myth that sunlight is dangerous to
human health. The sun was once used as a general tonic to heal almost everything
and man has run naked on this planet under the sun for centuries. The sun provides the basis for
on earth. The sun is the source of energy for all plants, and indirectly all animals. If the sun
causes cancer, man wouldn't be here today. Contrary to popular belief, sunbathing actually helps heal
cancer of the skin while sun block increases cancer risk.
Direct sunlight helps the body heal all wounds and injuries and helps overcome virtually any illness. Dr. Carl Hoffminster
wrote that soldiers in World War II healed and survived much better when their open wounds and broken bones were exposed to sunlight.
The current propaganda against sunlight and promoting chemical rich sunscreen products is part of a great cancer fact cover-up.
Panicked into avoiding sunlight, humans are now dying in our thousands from diseases linked to vitamin D (sunlight vitamin) deficiencies.
Despite the truth, the propaganda exaggerations and warnings keep marking on for profit, money and power.
According to the National Cancer Institute, lifetime exposure to sunlight may reduce the risk of some of the most common types of cancer.
In an analysis of death certificates from 24 states over an 11-year period, the NCI researchers found that people who lived in the sunniest
parts of the country, and those exposed to the most sunlight through their jobs, had significantly lower rates of breast and colon cancer
than control subjects. The scientists identified cases through a database maintained by the NCI, the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health, and the National Center for Health Statistics. The data was collected from 24 states from 1984 through 1995, and includes
information on occupation, state of residence at birth and at death, and cause of death. The researchers took significant measures to ensure
accuracy of their data. They included only people who were born and died in states in the same solar radiation range. And they classified
farmers in their own occupational category, separate from other outdoor jobs, as they have been shown to have higher overall rates of certain
types of cancer. They also narrowed down the cases substantially with a long list of exclusions.
Even after all those adjustments, the results were compelling. Overall, people who lived in the highest solar radiation range (in states
like Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, and Texas) had significantly less risk of dying of breast, ovarian, prostate, or colon cancer than those who
lived in the lowest range (states like Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Washington). The occupational difference was most significant with respect
to cases of breast and colon cancer; across all levels of solar radiation, people who worked outside had 20-25% less risk of these two types of
cancer. The benefits of outside work weren't attributable to the amount of hard labor. Even after the researchers adjusted for level of physical
activity, the reduction in risk remained. In their discussion, the NCI researchers theorize that sunlight offers cancer protection through its
contribution of vitamin D. Recent laboratory tests have shown that vitamin D can slow or halt the proliferation of breast and colon cancer cells.
Benefits of sunlight for human health
While it is prudent to avoid burning [Kennedy et al., 2003] or excess tanning from solar or indoor ultraviolet radiation (UVR), it should be realized
that solar UVB radiation (290-315 nm) is the primary source of vitamin D for most Americans and Europeans. Dietary sources are inadequate and
supplements should be used carefully.
Mid-day summer sun is the best source of UVB, since minimal exposure times are required, and the UVB to UVA (315-400 nm) ratio is highest. If
using sunscreen, it's best to get 10-15 minutes of exposure without sunscreen to generate a day's worth of vitamin D.
With respect to melanoma and other skin cancer, the following points are important
- First, while UVR generates free radicals that can do some of the damage, dietary antioxidants and skin pigmentation are nature's way of fighting
free radicals. A recent paper by Millen et al.  reported that diets high in antioxidants and low in fats and alcohol can reduce the risk
of melanoma by about 50%. Smoking is also a risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer.
- Second, occupational exposure to UVR is associated with reduced risk of melanoma [Kennedy et al., 2003].
- The health benefits of UVB through production of vitamin D are considerable, with more benefits being recognized at a rapid pace. My work
indicates that over 20,000 Americans die prematurely annually from insufficient UVB/vitamin D [Grant, 2002]. It is estimated that half of those
with multiple sclerosis in the U.S. would not have MS if they had as much UVB exposure as those living in
the southern states.
Sunlight and natural vitamin D are vital for not only optimal health but bone health, prevention of autoimmune diseases, cancers, cardiovascular disease
and many other common illness and diseases currently near epidemic levels
Sunlight is not just important it is a vital part of nature and human health. In fact, there would be no life on earth or anywhere ells without it.
Falling into the profit, money, power and control propaganda trap of avoiding sunlight can have serious ill health consequences. Ample scientific
fact verifies these facts. Sunlight is part of nature and a vital requirement to maintain optimal health and vitality. Get regular direct sunlight
regain and maintain optimal health.
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