Devirusize Urself With Da Sun
In the first post of this series, I will discuss one aspect of Devirusizing, properly using the sun.
I spend time in the sun as much as I can. Colorado has about 360 Days of sun each year, even when it snows. After preparing this intensely researched post, I am much more educated about the sun.
The new information I gained was quite enlightening and will result in me adjusting my habits, as I hope will be the case for you. You may just learn sumthin.
The sun is over 93 million miles, yet it is still essential to life.
- When ancestors were diseased, it was termed as Suffering From “Diseases of darkness”. The power of the sun has been well-respected as a healer since ancient history.
- Ancestors had skills, knowledge, and technologies to simulate sunlight in climates that had limited sun. Where natural sunlight was not available, artificial sunlight was successfully used to fill the gap in medical treatments.
- But, though it was also proven that both artificial sunlight and natural sunlight could serve as major interventional tools to prevent devastating diseases when used with diligence, sunlight was superior to using artificial light.
- Before antibiotics Phototherapy was a state of the art treatment in contemporary medicine
- Many ancient cultures idolized the sun as God, including Asian, Native American, European, Brazilian, Mayan, Egyptian, and African.
For example, in African cultures the sun was honored in the following deities:
- Anyanwu, Igbo god believed to dwell in the Sun
- Magec, Tenerife goddess of the sun and light
- Mawu, Dahomey goddess associated with the Sun and the Moon
- Ngai, Kamba, Kikuyu and Maasai god of the sun
- uMvelinqangi, Xhosa and Zulu people’s god of the sun and sky
- iNyanga, Zulu people, goddess of the moon
- Ukhulukhulwanaa star, Zulu people’s ancestor who came from the stars. He taught them to build huts and taught them the high laws of isiNtu
- Many cultures idolize sun-like god
- Sunlight as divine power and source spiritual – Equated to God
- All plants and animals know how much sun to take
- Animals move to shade. Plants close their leaves
- Past Aspects of Sunlight
- Rhythmic Pattern – Time – Day/Night
In history, cultural sunlight behavior was overruled by religion, which was to be honored as the only highest deity.
The sun has served and still serves many practical functions in history and today, as well. It provides a source of light and vision. In early Egypt, it controlled germs in homes and on human skin
In Arabian history, it was discovered that the sun had health benefits, in a rather bizarre way. Egyptians noticed that the Persians’ skulls were easier to pierce than Egyptian skulls were. This was because Egyptians prayed to the sun, while Persians shaved their heads. Persians separated from the sun.
Positive Health Benefits
The sun produces Vitamin D in the human body. It’s believed that up to 90 percent to 95 percent of most people’s vitamin D can be obtained from casual sunlight exposure.
- Vitamin D –
- Grows Food
- Heals – Smallpox, Tuberculosis, even Coronaviruses
- Beauty – Skin Tanning, Glow, Lighten Hair Color
The sun can make us beautiful, whether our skin has a little or a great deal of melanin. Me, for example, I tan very easily, especially in Colorado sun, though I am naturally tanned already. Still, I produce more melanin, as we all do, when in the sun. Melanin is our skin’s response to the sun for protection.
Unfortunately, we have become so obsessed with being in the sun for its cosmetic effects that we disregard its dangerous aspects. We should rather aim to enjoy the sun, reap its huge benefits, as well as, avoid its wrath. If only we were just a bit better educated on the sun and how essential it is. we would realize that its benefits far outweigh its shortcomings. We can’t avoid it but can avoid its harm. We must learn to live better with the sun.
Health organizations may be partly responsible for society not putting the sun in its proper perspective. They have shifted the world from worshiping the sun to despising it, avoiding it. The health community has been on both extremes.
Fortunately, recent studies are recognizing the importance of the sun and the vitamin D that it produces. The best approach to the sun is to find balance in interacting with it. It should not be avoided, though, if you want to have optimal health, and practice additional complementary health and lifestyle regiments.
Harm From The Sun
The sun harms us primarily by exposing our bodies to UV rays. It is important to note that the damage may not always be noticeable, as damage can be done beneath the surface of the skin, and may surface later in life.
- Exposure to UV Light – UV exposure is a powerful attack on the skin, creating damage that can range from premature wrinkles to dangerous skin cancer.
- Exposure to UVB – Tan – UVB penetrates and damages the outermost layers of your skin. Overexposure causes suntan, sunburn, and, in severe cases, blistering. There is no such thing as a safe or healthy tan.
- Exposure to UVA – Deeper Skin Growth Repair Appearance – UVA radiation is proven to contribute to the development of skin cancer.
- Too much sun – Skin ages faster – Deeper layer damage though it may not be visible on the outside – Leads to skin cancer – This is the most common kind of cancer
To ensure that we are protected from the sun and serious damage we should:
- Examine Your Skin Regularly – How to Do a Skin Self-Exam – American Cancer Society
- Wear Protective Clothing – Sun-Protective Clothing – Skin Cancer Foundation
- Understanding Wearing Sunscreen
- For example, SP 30 means 30 times as long before skin burning
- Apply every 2 hours – but adjust for water and sweat and skin tone
- Sunscreen expires – Maybe not summer to summer
Present Day Regard For The Sun
Our current state with regards to the sun can be highlighted as follows:
- We’ve as a civilization learned how to suppress most diseases of darkness
- Most of us do not get enough sunlight
- Our barriers to sunlight (walls) include the work environment, housing, clothing, excessive sunscreens, limited time outdoors, workspace atmosphere control climates, season changes, and sunglasses
- WHO World Health Organization and the scientific community have wrongly:
- Classified sunlight as a class-one carcinogen
- Regards the sun is an enemy
- Has contributed to building the wall between the Sun and Us
- Uses animals for tests on human skin. Human skin is very complex. There is no other animal on the planet that has skin composition comparable to humans’.Hope
Effects of The Sun On Humans
Why the Sun is Necessary for Optimal Health – Jan 8, 2015 – University of California Television (UCTV) – Presented by Alexander Wunsch
- Dermal pooling shifts into the skin – from the inner body to outer skin
- Changes in the anatomical structure of the skin. The skin is a large organ with many parts which each serve various roles and activities in reaction
- to sunlight. Therefore sunlight is changing the structure of the skin – Called Solar Acclimatization – A thickening process to protect the body from the radiation of the sun.
- To absorb the UV rays naturally.
- Our skin detects the light in the environment to adapt our hormonal system to the needs of the body at that time and place – It varies and adjusts
- based on the conditions and time of day where we are. This works in conjunction with our eyes and the colors that we take in from the environment
- Working directly between the eyes and the pituitary and pineal glands which regular body hormones – Hormones produced Adrenaline, Noradrenaline, Cortisol, a.-MSH,
- B-Endorphin, TSH, Estrogen, Prolactin
- Geography and Temperature comes into play and the eyes pituitary and pineal glands and skin are regulated respectively
- The skin that covers the body, through the Pituitary Gland and Pineal Gland and the sun produce Vitamin D which Regulates Bones, Growth, Blood, Reproduction, Kidneys, Adrenals, Pancreas, Thymus, Thyroid,
- Melatonin, Sleep, and Melanin
- Keep summer levels of Vitamin D throughout the year
- But Darkness is also important too to the body…..For Sleep regulation, Cell Regeneration, Antioxidant, Lowers Estrogen Production, Stimulates Immune System
Safe Amount of Sun
- Studies have shown that 20 minutes of exposure can be enough to produce vitamin D –
- Classifying Sunlight as a Class 1 Carcinogen is only half of the store…the worse half – should not be the focus of WHO but rather The Physiology – How long does it take before the sun is damaging – Like the question of – how long does it take for the human body to receive its erythema reaction to the sun – Why the Sun is Necessary for Optimal Health – Jan 8, 2015 – University of California Television (UCTV) – Presented by Alexander Wunsch
- “Cedric F. Garland, a medical professor at the University of California, San Diego, says that maintaining a serum level of 55–60 ng/mL may reduce the breast cancer rate in temperate regions by half, and that incidence of many other cancers would be similarly reduced as well.” – Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health – M. Nathaniel Mead
- “He calls this “the single most important action that could be taken by society to reduce the incidence of cancer in North America and Europe, beyond not smoking.” Moreover, these levels could be readily achieved by consuming no more than 2,000 IU/day of vitamin D3 at a cost of less than $20 per year and, unless there are contraindications to sunlight exposure, spending a few minutes outdoors (3–15 minutes for whites and 15–30 minutes for blacks) when the sun is highest in the sky, with 40% of the skin area exposed.” – Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health – M. Nathaniel Mead
- “Holick, Vieth, and many other experts now make a similar daily recommendation: 4,000 IU vitamin D3 without sun exposure or 2,000 IU plus 12–15 minutes of the midday sun. They say this level is quite safe except for sun-sensitive individuals or those taking medications that increase photosensitivity.” – Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health – M. Nathaniel Mead
Why the Sun is Necessary for Optimal Health – Jan 8, 2015 – University of California Television (UCTV) – Presented by Alexander Wunsch
- Niels Ryberg Finsen 1903 Award – a method for treating TB with sunlight – Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology – Using light to treat – He discovered
- Light can penetrate the skin, kill bacteria, set skin into a state of inflammation (example – sunburn) – Early medicine used instruments, with magnifying glasses, on patients, while in the sun.
- After the use of magnifying glass on handled medical tools, Augus Rollier Leysin, created phototherapy machine to use artificial light for regions where there was limited sunlight
- Light Therapy – Heliotherapy – Never caused skin cancer, but treated it successfully
- Nobel Prize for was awarded to Adolf Windaus 1876 – 1959 for unlocking the secret of Vitamin D Synthesis, 1928Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health – M. Nathaniel Mead – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2290997/
What is Melanin & Its Relation To The Sun?
“Therefore, skin color is little more than an adaptive trait for living on a rock that orbits the Sun. It may absorb light, but it certainly does not reflect character.” – The science of skin color – Angela Koine Flynn – TED-Ed
When ultraviolet sunlight hits our skin, it affects each of us a little differently.
Melanin is the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. This ingredient comes from skin cells called melanocytes and takes two basic forms.
Though we all have the same number of melanocytes (which produce melanin and determine skin color), those melanocytes produce different amounts of melanin. People who moved to northern climates needed more UV-B rays to make vitamin D, so they produce less melanin response to solar radiation to prevent damage
Depending on skin color, it will take only minutes of exposure to turn one-person beetroot-pink, while another requires hours to experience the slightest change. Our varying skin tones were formed by an evolutionary process driven by the Sun. In began some 50,000 years ago when our ancestors migrated north from Africa and into Europe and Asia.
When skin is exposed to UV for long periods of time, the UV light damages the DNA within our cells, and skin starts to burn. If that damage is severe enough, the cells mutations can lead to melanoma, deadly cancer that forms in the skin’s melanocytes.
Sunscreen as we know it today didn’t exist 50,000 years ago. So our ancestors coped with the onslaught of UV by stimulating the production of melanin to shield cells from damage. Melanin all comes down to the skin’s response as sunlight strikes it.
Hope For The Future
As presented by Alexander Wunsch, at the University of California Television (UCTV), we much change our perspective on how we view living with the sun in the following suggested ways:
- WHO, surgeon generals, scientists, and dermatologists teach about Skin Pathology (the science of the causes and effects of diseases, especially the branch of medicine that deals with the laboratory examination of samples of body tissue for diagnostic or forensic purposes)?
But, need to teach about Skin Physiology (How long does it take before the sun becomes damaging – Like the question of – how long does it take for the human body to receive its erythema reaction to the sun).
- Classifying Sunlight as a Class 1 Carcinogen is ridiculous. It only focuses on the worse half of the sun’s effect. It would be as ridiculous classifying Oxygen as a Class 1 Carcinogen since it is a precursor to cancer.
- WHO, surgeon generals, scientists, and dermatologists should not draw conclusions from experiments with rodents because animal skin is complex and very different from that of rodents.
- WHO, surgeon generals, scientists, and dermatologist are wrong to extrapolate effects of artificial UV radiation to be the same as sunlight UV radiation
- We must learn to more prudently use and avoid sunlight
The bottom line is that you have to get sun, and perhaps supplement with vitamin D. The sun’s benefits to the body are too significant to ignore. You will not achieve a well-body resistant to viruses unless you get enough sunlight and vitamin D.
At the same time, we must understand how damaging the sun can be to us if we are excessively exposed. We must find practical ways to get just the right amount of sun that we require.
I used to place my mother in the sun in the morning, on the patio, for breakfast, recognizing the benefits to her when in her 90s. The time it took for her to finish a light breakfast was about the amount of sun she needed. Studies on elderly patients given sunlight have shown physical and mental health improvements.
I have a car with a sunroof. I have always gone for cars with sunroofs because they provide a convenient way to soak in the sun, without having to leave your automobile. You know, you will not receive the benefits from the sun through a window or other glass.
I’ve known of the value of the sun from an early age. In spite of this, I learned more about the sun and deceptions against it, after reviewing the videos and articles that I provide below.
There are many myths that I hope I may have dispelled for you. Please do additional research on your own.
The articles and videos below include fascinating facts, such as the fact that all plants and animals know exactly how much sun to take in, instinctively. Humans are the only living creatures that don’t know the optimal amount of sunlight they require, innately.
Have you noticed that cats and dogs just sit in the sun for a while and instinctively know when to move to shade? All animals have this innate ability. Plants do too, lowering and closing leaves when they get to the point where the sun is excessive.
Hopefully, the information below will clear up any cloudiness that you may have about the divine sun. I apologize if it’s overwhelming. Kevy
Everyone who goes outside is exposed to the sun. It is important to know the effects of sun exposure. Read More
- As a society, we’ve gone from being sun worshipers to having solar phobias.
- There is controversy about the sun because of its danger and damage are overblown, while its beneficial properties have been downplayed.
- No doubt, excessive amounts of the sun are not good for you.
- Recent studies and collection of data have shown that it:
- Helps you feel more positive
- Decreases depression and anxiety
- Increases the quality of sleep
- All by increasing the endorphins and melatonin and serotonin in your system.
- Increase red and white blood cell quantity and quality
- Thus improving our immunity and energy
- Research has shown that sunlight production nitric oxide which, when in the bloodstream, reduces blood pressure. The benefits of decreasing blood pressure, therefore, reduce heart attacks and stroke. The CDC concluded that the benefits of cardiovascular health alone outweigh any harmful effects of the sun.
- The sun is an antimicrobial antiseptic for the skin.
- The sun generates the formation of Vitamin D, a superior source, which helps bone structure, decreases inflammation, and improves overall health.
- Americans currently have a deficiency in taking in the sun.
- Too little sun is as bad as having too much.
- 1 million people die a year from lack of sun exposure.
- 10 – 20 mins each day, without sunscreen, provides the daily dose of vitamin D.
- Sunscreen blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D, though.
- Darker skin needs more sun to get the right amount of vitamin D.
- Two types of radiation in sunlight
- UVA – Bad radiation – Always available even on a cloudy day – Sunscreens blocks it – It is deeper penetrating
- UVB – Good radiation – Creates most vitamin D – it is intense at midday
- Sunburn should always be avoided. At least five times will increase your chances of obtaining skin cancer.
- Noon is the best time to get sun exposure
Tanning has become the enemy in our modern world, the scary source of skin cancer. Overexposure can be a problem, but sunlight can also be healing in small amounts. The sun is our source of life and provides a whole host of benefits from enhanced mood to lower blood pressure. Find out more from Doctor Weston and stop hiding from the sun. Read More
The Sun Doesn’t Cause Skin Cancer, But Sunscreen Does! – 182,435 views – iHealthTube.com – Published on Sep 25, 2014
- The sun is not necessarily bad for you.
- You should, however, practice caution when in the sun.
- It is best not to be in the sun for too long.
- But if in the sun at the proper time and for the proper amount of time, it is actually healthy for you.
- We need the sun to sustain life. …All living things.
- We can even develop cancer from the lack of sun.
- There has been misinformation with regard to the use of sunscreen lotions.
- They really are not good for you, and furthermore are based on old research, not recent studies that don’t support its use.
- Sunscreen is a leading cause of cancer. Most people are not aware of this.
Lack of sunshine causes skin cancer, according to Andreas Moritz. In this video from 2009, he explains why being in the sun is actually good for you and your skin. Find out why your sunscreen is doing more harm than good. Also, you need vitamin D to prevent cancer, and sunscreen may interfere with your exposure to vitamin D from the sun.
Also, refer to my post entitled – Benefits Of The Lightbulb In The Sky – Don’t Throw Shade – Let It Shine – Kevy Michaels
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