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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Importance of Sunshine

The sun is a source of energy for all plants, and indirectly, for all animals. The light and heat from the sun are indispensable to all nature. Sunlight is a basic component from which all life originates, develops, and even heals.
Dr. Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D, warns against looking at the sun directly, or exposing ourselves to it between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., while emphasizing that light is a nutrient for the body. He says people need to be outside in natural light, without sunglasses or sun block, for a minimum of one hour a day.
He believes that warm-white and cool-white fluorescents "should absolutely be avoided." People who cannot get outside regularly should equip their work areas with full-spectrum light fixtures. Those of us who live in the North Eastern part of the United States know this only to well. Lack of direct sunlight can cause depression, vitamin deficiency, loss of bone density and a host of other maladies.
The reason for this post was a show about American Eskimos that live near the North Pole. While their diet consists of plenty of fresh fish they lack good sources of fruit and vegetables and as a result they appear overweight and seem to have a less than desirable lifespan. Also, I can't imagine living in 6 months of darkness! I know how my energy level falls off drastically with a lack of sun and conversly picks up in the summer as I spend as much time as possible at the beach.
If vitamin D3 levels among populations worldwide were increased, 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancers could be prevented each year, according to researchers from the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This study also examined the dose-response relationship between vitamin D and cancer, and is the first to use satellite measurements of sun and cloud cover in countries where blood serum levels of vitamin D3 were also taken possibly showing the neccesity of sunlight in the proper assimilation of Vitamin D.
Overall, people who lived in the highest solar radiation range (in states like Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, and Texas) had 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) according to a recent Naational Institute of Cancer study.
Vitamin D is essential to the body's assimilation of Calcium which can be directly linked to ostoperosis (the loss of bone density). And the body cannot fully assimilate vitamin D without sunlight!
I wonder how we made it thusfar without sunscreen, sunglasses and coverups. What is the instance of skin cancer in Africa, South America, and other Equator lying countries? Is all the news about the ozone layer and global warming scaring us into unhealthy and unnecessary practices? While almost anything in excess can be dangerous, almost anything in proper moderation can be beneficial. I tend to agree with Dr. Liberman's advice. For optimum health stay out of the sun when it is the strongest 10am - 2pm but get some natural sunlight each and every day possible.
According to the Bible, Genesis 1:3-5 says, And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. The Holy Bible : King James Version. electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version. Bellingham WA : Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995, S. Ge 1:3-5.
Interesting that light was the first created thing recorded and that evening starts the day. I believe that's because the darkness was there and God created light in preparation for the creation and maintenance of our beautiful planet and those of us on it.
Grace and Peace,
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