Is Sun Shining On You Good or Bad? May 30 2015

The answer is YES! 

Let's face it, the sun is the center of our universe. There is no way it can be all bad. 

When you take a look at history, ideas about what is healthy and what is not healthy have swung in and out of fashion. The sun is no exception. In one decade sun is the cure-all, the next decade the sun will kill you! Well the pendulum is swinging somewhere in the middle right now.

Yes, too much sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots and melanoma, and, 

Yes, too little sun can lead to rickets, Osteoporosis, Multiple Sclerosis, depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, a host of mental disorders, allergies, asthma, general immune deficiencies and now over a 100 cancers have been linked to lack of sunshine. Sunshine is even shown to reduce blood pressure better than medicines and balance circadium rythms so you sleep better at night. 

Some swinging sun attitudes; 

  • 1800 + Heliotherapy used to cure skin conditions such as lupus vulgaris
  • 1900 + Bright sunlight can cause tropical neurasthenia; fatigue, irritability, insanity, death
  • 1925 + Sunlight used to treat rickets, a condition that affects bone development in children, schools got sunlamps, some schools taught outside. Other diseases that were treated with sun included TB, 
  • 1960 + Tanned bodies and beach vacations are popular, people are addicted to the sun
  • 1980 + skin cancer connection to the sun is firmly established, also people are spending more time than ever in-doors on computers, skin creams with SPF ratings are introduced. (SPF ratings were not broad spectrum)
  • 2000 + skin cancer is the leading cancer world-wide, vitamin D deficiency is tagged as a pandemic problem costing billions of dollars - as much as 30 billion dollars a year in the United States. Rickets is on the rise in children, and in particular darker skinned people. 

The swing is definitively pushing to the Yes, the sun is good for you, and Yes, too much is bad for you! That means that we need to find new ways to balance sun exposure. More and more leading doctors around the world are in agreement; 

Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
Sunlight is not always bad for your skin. Sunlight stimulates the skin to produce vitamin D, an essential nutrient that helps your body absorb calcium and may help protect against heart disease and other chronic conditions. Certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis, may improve with sun exposure. However, too much sun exposure can increase your chances of developing skin cancer; balance is key.
Ellen Marmur, MD, Dermatology, answered
The fact is that sun does cause injury to your skin and can effect a positive anti-inflammatory response too. Like most things in the medicinal world, a little bit of sun can be good, but too much is very bad.
Andrew Weil, MD, Answered
Our best source of vitamin D is sun exposure. The body synthesizes "D" using ultraviolet (UV) rays absorbed by the skin, and very little sun exposure is needed to provide your body's needs. Even if you live in an area such as Pennsylvania where you get little strong sun in winter, adequate exposure during the rest of the year will allow your body to stockpile enough "D" to last you through the gray winter months.

Dr's Mercola and Seneff, interview
  • Sulfur deficiency is common, and may be a contributing factor in obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer's and other chronic health conditions
  • Sulfur, cholesterol, and vitamin D produced in your skin as a result of sun exposure, are all intricately connected and necessary for optimal health, particularly heart health
  • When exposed to sunshine, your skin produces two types of sulfur: cholesterol sulfate, and vitamin D3 sulfate.
  • It is believed that vitamin D3 from oral supplements, which is unsulfated, cannot be converted to D3 sulfate, and may therefore not have the identical health benefits as the vitamin D your skin synthesizes

    How do we balance our sun exposure?

    The answer is obvious that we need to balance our sun exposure. Which precisely why me and my co-inventor developed the SunFriend® wearable tracker. We used technology based on his experience as a UV sensor designer at NASA to come up with a highly sophisticated UV sensor in a fun wearable that you can use to balance your sun exposure on a daily basis. We made it waterproof and durable for any sports condition. It eliminates two of the most basic questions you need to know — "How intense is the sun?" (aka the UV Index) And let's you know the answer, right where you are, not at some satellite weather station. And, what color or sensitivity level am I? We use a scale of 1-11, which is more sensitive than the EPA scale of 1-6. SunFriend is also Approved by the Vitamin D Council as a tool for optimizing vitamin D levels. 

    Balanced sun exposure is as important to a healthy life style as eating whole grains, exercising and being able to laugh out loud. and light skinned people need less time in the sun than dark skinned people. Wear your SunFriend, make sure you get enough sun but not too much. Teach your kids about balanced sun very early.

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