med light assocSunlight and Vitamin D

Extract from Medical Light Association Study

What is known to us as "vitamin D" is actuality not a vitamin at all, but a naturally occurring hormone that is activated by sunlight penetrating skin. As we know, nutrition in the form of vitamins and minerals help people maintain proper health. Sunlight is also a critical part of our diet. Vitamin D (7-dehydrocholestrol hormone) helps with bone growth and density is now known to affect many other biological and physiological factors that are just beginning to be understood. The sunlight activates a 72 hour multi biochemical process beginning with 7-dehydrocholestrol, then ending up in the liver as dihydroxuyctimin referred to as "soltrol". Hormones are chemical messengers produced by the body controlling growth, reproduction and many other systemic functions.

vit d synthesisUltraviolet radiation in sunlight activates the release of this important hormone into the body. This hormone is stored in body to carry us through the winter months. The human organism has to get enough summer sun exposure to last though the entire winter.

The body makes optimum use of this hormone when it is naturally derived from the sun. It helps regulate the balance of calcium and phosphorous necessary for bone formation and remodeling, increasing the body's ability to absorb magnesium.

When vitamin D levels are low the body cannot absorb enough calcium to stay healthy, no matter the amount ingested.

Calcium is essential for DNA synthesis, a healthy immune system, teeth and bone growth and maintenance. People who use sun block can inhibit hormonal synthesis needed for their body. It seems as if the body responds better to sunlight if it is not trying to cool itself down. Sunbathing in morning, evening or on cool days seem to get the best biological response.

There is scientific evidence that points to vitamin D as being a crucial factor in helping prevent a number of diseases. People who reside in cities close to the equator have much lower incidence of cancer, melanoma included. The only cancer that can be blamed on the sun as its procuring cause is basil cell carcinoma, when properly treated is over 90 percent successful. Minimal bodily exposure to direct sunlight is the probable cause in the rise of cancer according to research. It has become evident that sunlight could help prevent several medical problems including: osteoporoses, heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, multi sclerosis and other aliments. Sunlight can have beneficial effects on a number of skin disorders as well; psoriasis, acne, eczema, mycosis and other bacterial or fungicidal infections. Ultraviolet light has also shown to help alleviate atherosclerosis (hardening of the arties).


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