“This is like the Holy Grail of cancer medicine; vitamin D produced a drop in cancer rates greater than that for quitting smoking, or indeed any other countermeasure in existence,” wrote Dennis Managan, a clinical laboratory scientist, in an article from the VitaminDCouncil.org.
I am so glad to see so many articles coming out about the value of sunshine in relation to our health. About 8 years ago I started reading about this and became convinced that the sun PREVENTS, not causes cancers. Vitamin D is such an important element for our immune systems to be optimal.
A doctor in my city died a few years ago from breast cancer. She was a very beautiful IVORY skinned woman who preached and warned constantly to her patients, including me, to stay out of the sun, period. She advised wearing sunscreen all over every day and she even sold sun protective clothing in her practice. I remember her stating to me once when she saw me, “You’re not a brown bunny! You need to protect your skin!” because I had a bit of a tan on my arms and face. Today I wonder if she had allowed the sun to touch her skin, would she be alive today?
Dr. Mercola reports that the rates in melanoma have been increasing over the last three decades and this increase is NOT due to sun exposure, even though the blame has traditionally been on too much sun exposure. Instead, it seems the increase is simply due to an increase in classifying non-cancerous lesions
misleadingly as “stage 1 melanoma.”
Thankfully, the evidence is mounting up that “appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer. In fact, melanoma occurrence has been found to decrease with greater sun exposure, and can be increased by sunscreens,” states Dr. Mercola. Further, Dr. Mercola quotes from the Lancet: “Paradoxically, outdoor workers have a decreased risk of melanoma compared with indoor workers, suggesting that chronic sunlight exposure can have a protective effect.”
The more I study health and wellness, the more faith I have in Mother Nature. The sun is vital for plants and all living things on earth, right? So wouldn’t that logically include humans too? Moderation is the rule. In fact, regarding how much is too much sun, the rule is simple. Just do not get burned!
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Written By Guest Blogger: Theresa AuCoin
VitaminDCouncil.org article: Cancer
Mercola.com article: The Surprising Cause of Melanoma (And No, it’s Not Too Much Sun)