Day 13: Sunlight and Sunbathing
Heliotherapy, The Latest Astounding Vitamin D Research
“Separation from sunlight will result in disease, just as surely as will separation from fresh air, food, and water.” –Dr. Zane Kime, Sunlight
Welcome to Day 13!
Studies show that it is important to get a healthy amount of sunlight each day for ocular, skin, mental, and bone health! As you will read in today’s Downloads, Heliotherapy: The Principles and Practice of Sunbathing by John Fielder and my file on Sunlight and Sunbathing, the sun is a healing agent on many levels, and this has been known for millennia.
This reality is corroborated and expounded upon in recent years in books such as The UV Advantage and The Vitamin D Solution by Michael Holick, MD; The Healing Sun by Richard Hobday, PhD; and Sunlight by Zane Kime.
Only recently with the advent of processed foods and resulting skin cancers has the sun been demonized to such an extent. You will see this more fully illustrated in today’s articles, in which Mike Adams has done a thorough job showing just how heliophobic modern medicine has made us.
Having distanced ourselves from nature, we now fear and blame it for the very problems nature – in the form of sunlight – can prevent and heal.
Sunlight and Sunbathing
Steve Arlin, author of Raw Power! writes: A common myth is that the sun causes skin cancer. The sun doesn’t cause skin cancer, the sun causes all life on Earth! Skin cancer is caused by toxicity within the body. When this toxicity is detoxified through the skin (our largest eliminative organ), it is sometimes “baked” onto the skin, bringing forth a cancer condition. Blaming the sun for skin cancer is like blaming fresh air for lung cancer.
You must have internal protection from the sun’s rays in the form of proper, natural, raw-food nutrition. External “protection” like sunscreen is an abomination. The same internal mechanism that keeps a plant from burning up under the hot sun can keep you from sunburning. A plant is in direct sunlight for hours upon hours every day of its existence. A plant dries up and dies when it no longer has the internal protection that it requires. The second best protection from sunburn is knowing when to retreat to shade for a rest.
David Wolfe nicely summarizes some of the health benefits of sun in The Sunfood Diet Success System:
Sunlight lowers blood sugar. It is a natural insulin. A diet high in sweet fruit must also be accompanied by Sunshine on the skin to help metabolize the sugar. Sunlight helps to store the sugar as glycogen in the liver, muscles, and cells for later use.
Exposing the skin to the Sun stimulates the capillaries and brings more blood to the skin surface. This helps to heal cuts, bruises, and rashes. In World War II it was discovered that exposing abrasions, open wounds, and broken bones to direct Sunlight led to quicker healing.
Fungus is destroyed by direct Sunlight. Candida cannot survive in direct Sunlight. I have worked with numerous people with candida. The first step to overcoming candida is Sunlight on the naked body (reference Lesson 13: How To Use The Sunfood Triangle, Eating To Overcome Candida).
Sunlight increases the strength of digestion. Sunlight increases the body’s internal “fire.” In Chinese oriental medicine we find the concept of yin-yang balance and we see that “cold” raw foods may be balanced with hot Sun energy.
Sunlight improves the eyesight and regulates the hormones. Occasionally bringing direct Sunlight into the eyes just for a brief moment, unmitigated by glasses, windows, or filters, will help balance the body’s hormones.
This topic is HUGE. One question raw vegans are often asked is about their calcium levels and vitamin D. A recent study was done on raw vegans, and the results on vitamin D levels surprised Dr. Fontana, who headed the study. He wrote:
The [raw vegans] also lacked other biological markers that would signal osteoporosis in other populations. “These people are clever enough to expose themselves to sunlight to increase their concentrations of vitamin D,” speculated Dr. Fontana. “I thought vitamin D might have been a problem for them, but it was not.”
The study can be found by looking up: Archives of Internal Medicine: Fontana et al. “Low Bone Mass in Subjects on a Long-term Raw Vegetarian Diet.” Arch Intern Med. 2005; 165:684-689 or you can download it in today’s Downloads.
More detailed information on Vitamin D can be found in my file on D that I have for you to download, containing excellent information from The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. (which we will discuss in full later on in the Juice Feasting Program), Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., and much more. Later in the Juice Feasting Program, you will see the file on Osteoporosis to finish this thought process on Sunlight, Vitamin D, and Calcium.
Enjoy the downloads, the sun, and your JUICES – all-important elements in your Juice Feast and beyond!
Here’s to living without fear of the sun, and to embracing it over every inch of our amazing bodies.
See you in The Green Room!
P.S. Here’s a Juicy Tip for Today: The TV is Gone!
You may have noticed on the Juice Feast that doing anything that is inauthentic is very difficult.
That is because you are strongly drawing in only the best things possible.
Television, as you may have noticed, is full of less than the best things, including advertisements and themes that encourage you to eat and buy anything and everything. Studies have shown that watching TV increases your weight, risk of heart disease, and diabetes. Children have lower IQs who watch TV. Ever wonder why they call it Television Programming?
In the interest of a much better life, and a Juice Feast without pizza, beer, and hamburger commercials, we are encouraging you to throw out your television programming. This does not mean that you are cut off from world events, entertainment, or education. You can get all of that from using the internet, which we have found is far more dynamic, and when the best sites are visited, is absent of ad nonsense, which is difficult even on PBS or the Discovery Channel. Watch DVDs on your computer!
Katrina and I have had our best years when we live without the crazymaking TV. Katrina grew up without a television, and the highest SAT/verbal score David ever knew of was from a friend who did not have television in the house. Love yourself and your family, and chuck the TV for better, more nutrient-dense information sources. We salute you and offer our congratulations as you take this heroic step in clearing your life of clutter and draw in the best things possible.
"Sunscream" by Mike Adams and Dan Berger
The idea that sunscreen prevents cancer is a myth. It's a myth promoted by a profit-seeking tag-team effort between the cancer industry and the sunscreen industry. The sunscreen industry makes money by selling lotion products that actually contain cancer-causing chemicals. It then donates a portion of that money to the cancer industry through non-profit groups like the American Cancer Society which, in turn, run heart-breaking public service ads urging people to use sunscreen to "prevent cancer."
The scientific evidence, however, shows quite clearly that sunscreen actually promotes cancer by blocking the body's absorption of ultraviolet radiation, which produces vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D, as recent studies have shown, prevents up to 77 of ALL cancers in women (breast cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, brain tumors, multiple myeloma... you name it).Meanwhile, the toxic chemical ingredients used in most sunscreen products are actually carcinogenic and have never been safety tested or safety approved by the FDA. They get absorbed right through the skin (a porous organ that absorbs most substances it comes into contact with) and enter the bloodstream.
Once in a great while, a report emerges from the medical establishment that’s so myopic and devoid of wisdom that it boggles the mind. Today, a new candidate for the “most ignorant medical advice” emerges from none other than the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force — a group of over 100 doctors and nurses who collectively have failed to publicly recognize any significant link between diet…
Sunbathing Boosts Men’s Testosterone (Thanks to Vitamin D)
By increasing circulating levels of vitamin D, sunbathing may help increase men’s testosterone levels and thereby their sex drive, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Medical University of Graz, Austria, and published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology.
Depression, Osteoporosis Correlation Misreported by Junk Science Media, Ill-Informed Health Researchers by Mike Adams, December 11, 2007
Conventional medical researchers around the world are scratching their heads over new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that shows a strong correlation between depression and osteoporosis. Amazingly, none of them apparently have the presence of mind to consider the simple, common cause behind both conditions: Chronic vitamin D deficiency. This new research found that…
Should the President Declare a National Emergency? by William Faloon, Life Extension Magazine, October 2007.
In 1941, the first scientific study was published showing that greater sunlight exposure resulted in lower cancer mortality.1 People living in northern latitudes were shown to contract more cancers than those in southern latitudes, where there is greater year-round sun exposure.
Researchers subsequently identified vitamin D as the cancer-protective factor generated from sunlight. Published scientific studies have shown cancer risk reductions of 50% and more based on higher vitamin D status. In all, we have identified 89 studies that describe how greater vitamin D levels reduce cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, esophagus, pancreas, ovary, rectum, bladder, kidney, lung and uterus, as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
The idea that sunscreen prevents cancer is a myth. It’s a myth promoted by a profit-seeking tag-team effort between the cancer industry and the sunscreen industry. The sunscreen industry makes money by selling lotion products that actually contain cancer-causing chemicals. It then donates a portion of that money to the cancer industry through non-profit groups like the American Cancer Society which, in turn, run heart-breaking public service ads urging people to use sunscreen to “prevent cancer.”
The four steps to getting more vitamin D to prevent cancer, osteoporosis, depression and more by Mike Adams
After years of denying the health benefits of sunlight, conventional researchers are finally starting to recognize the important role that ultraviolet light plays in human health. Getting sunlight on your skin, research now shows, is extremely important for preventing and even reversing chronic diseases. I’m talking about prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, mental depression, osteoporosis and even, to some extent, type 2 diabetes. The interactions between sunlight and body chemistry for these diseases are quite complex, and I’m not going to go into them all here, but let me give you the highlights.
A new study by researchers at the University of California found solar ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation can significantly reduce the risk of 16 different types of cancer by naturally stimulating the production of vitamin D in the skin.
Do you realize that one of the most powerful cures for cancer is streaming over our heads each and every day, free of charge? It’s sunlight, which is astounding in its ability to prevent and cure cancer. If it were a mainstream drug, it would probably make the cover of Time magazine and be heralded…
Vitamin D myths, facts and statistics by Mike Adams
Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and even effects diabetes and obesity. Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That’s probably because it’s free: your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin. Drug companies can’t sell you sunlight, so there’s no promotion of its health benefits. Truth is, most people don’t know the real story on vitamin D and health. So here’s an overview taken from an interview between Mike Adams and Dr. Michael Holick.
Vitamin D: The Underrated Essential by Dr. Michael Holick, author of The UV Advantage
Despite being one of the most crucial components of healthy bones, a protector against cancer and diabetes, and a valuable component of the immune system, vitamin D has gone largely unnoticed in the public eye. To uncover some of the benefits of this underrated nutrient, Life Extension spoke with Dr. Michael F. Holick, a vitamin D researcher at Boston University’s Medical Center and the author of The UV Advantage.
Vitamin D Insufficiency Linked to Parkinson’s Disease by Reuben Chow
Vitamin D, also called the sunshine vitamin, has already been shown in studies to be important for a healthy immune system, preventing and even reversing cancer, as well as strong bones; it has also been linked to lower incidences of depression…
Vitamin D Halts Growth of Breast Cancer Tumors by Mike Adams
[Article Group] Vitamin D Articles Page on NaturalNews.com
Media, Films, & Documentaries
Interview with John Cannell and Mike Adams on Vitamin D
Mike Adams recently interviewed the Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, Dr. John Cannell, MD, in order to obtain more information about the nutrient which has been gaining ground as a proven necessity for cancer protection, good overall health, and a strong immune system. Vitamin D has been proven to reduce the risk of many types of cancer.
Some examples of what else you will learn from Dr. Cannell in the interview:
• What the Vitamin D Council upped the daily Vitamin D dose recommendations to for adults, teens, children, and infants
• The links between Vitamin D deficiency and mental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism, as well as Vitamin D deficiencies and other disease like: diabetes, bone disorders, kidney health, cancer, mood, heart disease
• Why Vitamin D level affects so many different aspects of health and areas of the body through its numerous mechanisms of action
• How Vitamin D affects your genetic code and works in a very primitive way to treat and heal a variety of diseases
• Why Cannell recommends at least 5000 units of Vitamin D a day
• What percentage of breast milk in the US has no Vitamin D in it… it’s a startling statistic!
• What percentage of human genomes are directly regulated by Vitamin D
• How Vitamin D affects the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of seasonal vaccines
• Why weaning toddlers from formula to juice is dangerous for their health and Vitamin D levels
• How you can calculate how much Vitamin D you are making outdoors just by viewing your shadow
• The best place to buy an affordable in-home blood test that properly measures your Vitamin D levels
• The effect our country’s obsession with soap and cleanliness could be having on our Vitamin D levels
• How the cosmetology industry has played a huge part in the generation of the myth that sunlight is a carcinogen
• How Vitamin D acts as a chelating agent to rid your body of heavy metals and toxins
Mike Adams: Preventing Cancer with Vitamin D
This groundbreaking talk discusses the reason that sunlight, Vitamin D, and cancer rates – particularly among persons with darker skin – are related to such a strong degree that it is criminal this information has not been made available to the public. NOW you will KNOW about this essential relationship of sunlight, D, and cancer prevention.