Monday, May 13, 2013

Science: Sunlight Could Reduce Death Rate From All Causes

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Here's something I never thought we'd hear in this lifetime:
We suspect that the benefits to heart health of sunlight will outweigh the risk of skin cancer.
A lot of us are secretly, boldly basking for reasons like vitamin D, mood enhancement, happiness, skin issues, liver health, pain and more. Now there's never a reason to fear harm or feel guilty - you could save your heart - and prevent an untimely death!

The espoused fear for about 50 years has been skin cancer rates (which continue to rise), but researchers are finally surmising that years of hiding from the sun could lead to increased heart attacks - a much sooner demise than the risk of skin cancer in later years. Sunlight does so much more than vitamin D production.

A recent landmark study could turn the modern thought on sun exposure right on its head....

UK scientists from the University of Edinburgh discovered that when sunlight touches our skin it releases a compound in our blood called nitric oxide. This helps lower blood pressure and protect the heart from disease, cardiac arrest, strokes, and attacks.

Senior Lecturer in Dermatology, Richard Weller, and his colleagues believe there is such a greater effect overall from the sun in reducing life-shortening events like strokes and heart attacks, that sun bathing should not only be "risked" but incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. There was such proof and such emphasis that the world's largest gathering of skin experts flocked to hear about it recently at the International Investigative Dermatology event in Edinburgh.

The main emphasis is sunlight for heart health. They have connected some interesting dots:
  • Heart disease and high blood pressure rise in winter time
  • Heart issues correlate with location. Example: higher rates of problems in Northern Europe versus Southern Europe
  • Anywhere between 60 to 100 people die from strokes and heart disease for every person who dies from skin cancer (at least in Europe)
  • Vitamin D can lower heart disease rates but not so much with store bought supplements - it's sun-induced vitamin D
  • However, this production of nitric oxide is completely separate from vitamin D production, so it's something about sun-induced nitric oxide that is badly needed for heart health - does not come from vitamin D supplements
  • In past studies, sunlight has been found to zap infectious disease like chicken pox
A couple dozen volunteers basked in two separate 20-minute sunlamp sessions; one with only heat, and one session with heat plus both types of UV rays. Blood pressure sank and heart rates rose for the UV session only - and the lowered blood pressure lasted for almost an hour.

Weller, certain that overall benefits far outweigh cancer risks, also said:
The work we have done provides a mechanism that might account for this, and also explains why dietary vitamin D supplements alone will not be able to compensate for lack of sunlight. 
If this confirms that sunlight reduces the death rate from all causes, we will need to reconsider our advice on sun exposure. [emphasis added]
This study that was published in Journal of Investigative Dermatology in April was done with sun lamps - so you can imagine reaping the natural benefits of Good Ol' Mr. Golden Sun. Sunlamps did not produce vitamin D. Get the real deal, and not that God-forsaken chemical spray that makes people look like Oompa-Loompa Kardashians.

The sun is sexy again - just don't want to barbecue that lovely skin. Please avoid any sunblock containing these chemicals - nanoparticles are on the rise, which means they can penetrate further into skin and blood. Have fun and make your own natural sunscreen and use after you get some pure sunshine.


Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at and Like at Facebook.


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Anonymous said...

Thank you for this article!

Ancient Pollyanna said...

People have lived on the planet for millions of years in the sun. Hiding from nature and bacteria is what kills people.

Anonymous said...

A great article, light has long been a very fascinating scientific subject to study and there are still many mysteries to try to be resolved.

Basically sun/starlight is the "lifeblood" of the universe in my view(or at least is a byproduct of that "lifeblood") so it makes sense that it can be a good thing for our health.

Of course too much of a good thing can potentially be a bad thing but with proper precautions the negative effects are negligible.

Spending some time out in the sun having some fun or just relaxing is never a bad thing as far as both physical and mental health go.


Anonymous said...

I just have to wonder though, what are the chemtrails doing to the atmosphere including the rays of sunshine? Already the weather is so hot and miserable it's hard to enjoy being in the sun in the summertime,,(unless there's an ocean nearby) the "evil ones" seem to destroy anything that is good and beneficial to "mankind" ,,, makes me think they really aren't human,,,,,,,,,

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Already the weather is so hot and miserable it's hard to enjoy being in the sun in the summertime..... We don't have that problem in Scotland !!!!

Anonymous said...

then consider yourself special

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is pretty miserable in the dead of summer in most parts of the south. But I think the article was trying to reach out to us and realize something-- even twenty minutes a day is WAYYY more than what most of us tend to get now with our office jobs.

Just twenty minutes a day would greatly help our health.

I like to take my kids out to sit outside to do afternoon flashcard quizzes from school. Or just hang around and talk. Play with the cats in the neighborhood. Anything to be out in the sun for a while.

It doesn't take much to feel quite a bit better.

Sitting in your car only toasts one side of your body. That's not getting what you need. You need a much skin exposure as possible. All over.

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