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Importance of Vitamin D September 24, 2006

Posted by jeffrooney in Uncategorized.

I have been hearing about the importance of vitamin D and just came across a very useful tract about it on an internet site. You can access the interview and where it says to download just click the button. It is free now. I think the report usually costs $9.95. Here is a summary of the authors points:
Fifteen Facts You Probably Never Knew About Vitamin D and Sunlight Exposure: (Compiled by Mike Adams, based on an interview with Dr. Michael Holick, author, The UV Advantage) 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.
1. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight.
The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. So you don’t generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or home.
It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D in your own body.
A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get minimum levels of vitamin D into their diet.
The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to the sun in order to generate vitamin D. Canada, the UK and most U.S. states are far from the equator.
People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 – 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fairskinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D. That’s why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men — it’s a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency.
Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.
Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin D supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild the body’s bones and nervous system.
Even weak sunscreens (SPF=8) block your body’s ability to generate vitamin D by 95%. This is how sunscreen products actually cause disease — by creating a critical vitamin deficiency in the body.
It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs.
If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum, you may be suffering from chronic vitamin D deficiency right now.
Vitamin D is “activated” in your body by your kidneys and liver before it can be used.
Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body’s ability to activate circulating vitamin D.
The sunscreen industry doesn’t want you to know that your body actually needs sunlight exposure because that realization would mean lower sales of sunscreen products.
15. Even though vitamin D is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in your body, your body makes it absolutely free. No prescription required.

Further into the actual interview Dr. Holick makes basic recommendations for how much sensible exposure to sunlight is necessary on average. Apparently his book has charts for how much sun is necessary depending on location relative to the earth’s equator. For example, many people would benefit from about 5-10 minutes of direct sunlight 2-3 times a week as an average. This would be exposure without sunscreen. The remaining exposure beyond that time would include use of some sunscreen.

If you are a new reader of this blog you know that one of my interests in people being made aware of the measures they can take either free or at low cost to really improve their quality of life and health. This is one of the reasons this interview and summary caught my attention.



1. Jen Simmons - December 7, 2006

Go sun!

2. Jen Simmons - December 7, 2006

Go sun!

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