Vitamin D & the Healing Power of the Sun

WELL BEING JOURNAL November/December 2008 By Paul A. Stitt, M.S., C.N.S.

THERE IS NOTHING LIKE the healing power of the sun to improve one's life. The sun produces all energy and light that has ever existed or will ever exist on this planet. All oil, coal, and food come from the action of the sun. Two wavelengths of light from the sun have a special vibratory energy. One, at 450 nanometers, a green color, enables chlorophyll in plants to convert carbon dioxide into sugar, cellulose, fats, and protein - the building blocks of food, wood, etc. Other wavelengths have various effects on the human body, and some of these we know very little about. But one in particu1~ong, iri th~ Qr range, con~s"cholej;terol Oilille surface of our skin ~n D, whiGh-tlrerriscollverteolrythe liver=i:iITo-ap0we:tll:osteroid hormone=th,*"af.f-e:as-aU-th€-ee-ns-lICQ~ bodies. This enables the cells to function fully as they were intended to by nature. For example: 1. Sunshine is essential for the body to have strong bones, strong muscles, and healthy joints .. 2. Sunshine is important in absorbing calcium from our food, depositing it in the bones and preventing calcification in breast tissue, arteries and muscles.

3. Sunshine is important in building a strong immune system. It enables the immune system to produce cathelicidin, a strong antibiotic known for killing cancer cells, bacteria and viruses.

4. Sunshine helps prevent the immune system from turning upon the body and attacking it, causing autoimmune diseases; it also helps prevent diabetes, autism, arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, and a number of other neurological diseases.

5. Sunshine may help prevent chronic pain, which afflicts half of the population on a daily basis.

6. Thirty minutes of exposure to the noonday sun 3 times a week has been shown to reduce blood pressure by 40 points.

7. Sunshine has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that prevent undue inflammation and prevent free radicals from our food from attacking our body tissues. Vitamin D reduces swelling, thus decreasing pain and increasing flexibility. It also helps eliminate toxic compounds from the body.

8. Sunshine causes the brain to produce endorphins, which lower anxiety and can help prevent and cure depression, according to John Cannell, M.D., a psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital, in California. Being out in the sun can help people feel more calm. Michael Holick, Ph.D., M.D., a professor of medicine at Boston University, has estimated that one billion people in this world are deficient in vitamin D. Nearly all people who work inside all day are deficient, as are people who cover their skin most of the time.

If you are not able to get 30 minutes of noonday sun every day, you would be wise to find a good vitamin D supplement. Adequate amounts of vitamin D in our bodies can help eliminate the chronic, degenerative disease crisis in the Western world. Go for the sun or a good supplement. Your best medicine just might be chicken soup, an apple a day and a good sun bath. ~

PAUL A. STIIT, M.S., is author of Vitamin D: Is It the Fountain of Youth? For more: 434-953-9253 or HYPERLINK ""




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