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So now we NEED sunshine!

Posted Sep 14 2008 8:02pm

No big surprise, but once again scientific research is contradicting long standing beliefs held by mainstream medicine and most of the population. (I have been amazed at the frequency to which this occurs.)

Here a researcher, Dr. Edward Giovannucci, a Harvard University professor of medicine and nutrition, lays out the case for sunshine and it's necessity for our health. We have long been warned about the terrible dangers of the sun. We are told to bathe ourselves in sunscreen and in fact AVOID the sun whenever possible. According to Dr. Giovannucci's research, "vitamin D might help prevent 30 deaths for each one caused by skin cancer."

I personally have been reading information and research along these same lines for many years. But finally, here is a mainstream article pointing out the fact that humans were designed to be in the sun. That is the only way that our body can produce Vitamin D which is critical for our health! It is also how our sleep cycles are established.

I have also read consistently for the past several years that the government's RDA for Vitamin D is woefully low. Dr. Giovannucci believes that the RDA should be closer to 1,500 IU's per day in order to prevent cancer. Almost 400% higher than the current RDA!! Is that why Cancer rates are so high? People don't get enough sunshine and Vitamin D? It is a fact that a few hours in sunlight will cause the body to produce far more than 400 IUs of Vitamin D. So perhaps our bodies know better than the Government bureaucrats? Duh!

The article goes on to say, “Thirty years ago, Dr. Michael Holick helped make the landmark discovery of how vitamin D works. Until last year, he was chief of endocrinology, nutrition and diabetes and a professor of dermatology at Boston University. Then he published a book, " The UV Advantage," urging people to get enough sunlight to make vitamin D.

"I am advocating common sense, not prolonged sunbathing or tanning salons." Holick said.

Skin cancer is rarely fatal, he notes. The most deadly form, melanoma, accounts for only 7,770 of the 570,280 cancer deaths expected to occur in the United States this year.

More than 1 million milder forms of skin cancer will occur, and these are the ones tied to chronic or prolonged sun tanning.

Repeated sunburns -- especially in childhood, among redheads, and very fair-skinned people -- have been linked to melanoma, but there is no credible scientific evidence that moderate sun exposure causes it, Holick contends.

"The problem has been that the American Academy of Dermatology has been unchallenged for 20 years," he says. "They have brainwashed the public at every level."

The head of Holick's department, Dr. Barbara Gilchrest, called his book an embarrassment and stripped him of his dermatology professorship, although he kept his other posts.

So much for freedom of speech at Universities! How many other incredible discoveries that challenge Generally Accepted Medical Science are not being reported to the public for fear of the same kind of censorship and reprisal?

Scary to think about but it is a fact that many things are known by researchers and don’t get reported because they are censored or for fear that they will lose their jobs! It should not be that way!!

I read the following quote from Michael Critchon in Dr. Donald Miller's review of his bookState of Fear. I find it to be extremely fitting!

"I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels… In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results… Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough."

UPDATE: This topic has now been picked up in several places across the blogosphere...Glen Reynolds the Instapundit (who also references a year old story from Bill from INDC Journal ), and Outside the Beltway.

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