In the last few decades we have been taught to fear the sun.
You will get skin cancer if you spend too much time outside so cover up and bathe yourself in sunscreen right? You’re a bad mom if your kid doesn’t look like Casper the ghost every time he/she spends more than 5 minutes outside. I find this ironic as humanity has lived under the sun for thousands of years without sunscreen of any kind and very little skin cancer. So what’s the deal?
Mark Sisson, a popular health guru who closely follows the science on all things wellness related, has some interesting views on sun exposure. For starters, he shares the extremely ironic fact that getting enough sunshine on your skin seems to be very protective against many forms of cancer. These include breast, prostate, lung, pancreatic, colorectal cancer and others that total over 1 million diagnosis each year in the U.S. So how many diagnosis of melanoma occur each year? About 75,000. Hmm…
My doctor brother always laughs at me when I start talking about things that should be or are intuitive from a health stand point. Well little brother this is another one to add to the list! It makes a lot of sense to me that we should not be scared of the sun despite what we are told by the media. As usual it goes back to being smart about it. For example, getting burned is obviously not a good idea at all. That is an example of not listening to your body and what it needs.
Mark brings up another point that intuitively makes sense to me. He shares data from one study suggesting that “recreational sun exposure” is usually associated with greater melanoma risk. These folks tend to overdue it when outside, and most importantly are not used to sun exposure as they spend too much time indoors. He then shares another study illustrating how occupational sun exposure (those who spend a lot of time outside) have a lower risk of melanoma overall.
Then there is sunscreen. Most of them block upwards of 90% of Vitamin D synthesis in the body, and contain toxic ingredients connected to poor health outcomes. So, you are blocking critical Vitamin D production, absorbing toxic ingredients, and increasing your risk of many cancers all at the same time, wow. Something I teach my clients is how to choose the right sunscreen to avoid this problem.
So what about our little virus friend from 2020? Does having enough Vitamin D also protect us from him? As I mentioned last December in another post, over 120 scientists and medical experts from around the world strongly believe that to be the case. This came after reviewing 70 studies on Vitamin D and its correlation to bad C-19 outcomes. Maybe not yet proof, but intuitive? Yes, absolutely.
Proper Vitamin D levels:
decrease all cause mortality
decrease infections by activating our killer T-cells
modulate the immune system to work more effectively
reduce chronic inflammation
protect against at least 6 different cancers, likely more
vastly improve mood and happiness
promote mineralization and growth of bones
and many, many other things….
It never ceases to amaze me the unnecessary fear created around us sometimes. We are led to believe so many things that have proven in hindsight to be untrue. Remember the low-fat craze? Remember how tobacco was safe, DDT, asbestos and many, many other carcinogenic chemicals? BPS? I could go on and on and on. Lets not add the sun to this list please. If you ever have doubts, just follow the money. Glysophate will be the next so called “safe” thing to be debunked.
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