Vitamin D/Sunshine Advocate Still Under Attack

When NBC News reported on the research of Dr. Michael Holick of Boston University, who studies the benefits of vitamin D as produced by sensible sun exposure, the reporter was scolded by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

According to the AAD, the information "endangers America's health," using the logic that once people hear that a little bit of sun may be healthy, they will use it as an excuse to be in the sun excessively.

The AAD's campaign to keep Americans out of the sun to avoid skin cancer has been a huge success, with many Americans now avoiding the sun or using sunblock regularly. Holick, however, says the advice is too extreme and has led to vitamin D deficiency in millions of Americans.

Every Cell Requires Vitamin D

While it was once thought that vitamin D was only useful in preventing the bone disease rickets, it's now known that vitamin D is required by every cell and tissue in the body. Along with helping to prevent osteoporosis, vitamin D is necessary to prevent heart disease, breast and prostate cancers and high blood pressure.

Many experts now say that at least 1,000 international units of vitamin D are necessary daily, an amount that either requires mega-supplementation or moderate sun exposure.

Although most agree that Holick's studies are reliable, dermatologists pressured him to resign from Boston University's dermatology department, where he is now on staff only in the endocrinology department. 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

The American Academy of Dermatology is one deluded group of irresponsible physicians. They have nearly single handedly chosen to ignore the mountain of evidence that is briefly addressed below.

This group has been the driving force at convincing other physicians and the American public that exposure to the sun is dangerous, should be avoided if at all possible and when that's not possible you should slather sunscreen all over your body.

If they ever wake up they will have a hard time living with themselves as they have been directly responsible for the death of 50,000 Americans EVERY year who pass away from common cancers like breast and prostate because their vitamin D levels were too low.

Yes vitamin D deficiency, from too little sun exposure, not from oral doses, is the single most common vitamin deficiency in the United States. Over 85 percent of the U.S. population has sub-therapeutic blood levels that will predispose them to the diseases mentioned below.

In their efforts to reduce deadly skin cancers like melanoma, they are throwing the baby out with the bath water and causing far more problems than they are solving. They are completely clueless to the fact that most melanomas are not caused by excessive sun exposure but rather a distortion in the omega-6:3 fat ratio

Fortunately, you don't have to be confused or deceived by their seriously misguided recommendations. You can start to reap the benefits of commonsense exposure to regular doses of sunshine and radically decrease your risk of cancer and other illnesses.

Your body was designed to regularly be exposed to sunshine and when you limit or avoid the sun you will start to suffer health problems. Vitamin D deficiency is one of the primary ones, but there are many others, and a large number of them have not even been discovered yet.

Good, old-fashioned commonsense tells you that it is beneficial to have some healthy sun exposure.

Now you might be wondering by now what some of the diseases are that vitamin D helps to prevent. I can assure you that vitamin D positively influences far more than seven conditions, but I stopped at seven below as it is a great illustration number.

Diseases That Vitamin D Positively Influences


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