How The Sunshine Vitamin Zaps Disease

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August 01, 2006 | 11,860 views

Dr. John Cannell's latest Vitamin D Newsletter describes experiments demonstrating how irradiating blood with ultraviolet light creates pharmacological amounts of vitamin D, which can work as a safe, natural antibiotic.

The experiments were based on Dr. Niels Finsen's Nobel Prize winning work on sunshine as a cure for tuberculosis of the skin more than a century ago.

Photoluminescense Therapy

Vitamin D can increase your body's production of naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides, which destroy the cell walls of viruses and bacteria. Blood irradiation, also known as "photoluminescense therapy," can cause the blood to produce vitamin D. Many substances, including milk, develop vitamin D activity when irradiated.

Commonly Used 50 Years Ago

In the procedure, about 300 cc of the blood is removed, irradiated with ultraviolet light, and then returned to their body. This technique was used in hospitals around the country in the 1930s, '40s and early '50s. The procedure rapidly cured both rickets and tetany, both commonly caused by vitamin D deficiencies.

Cures Life-Threatening Infections

Studies have shown a variety of beneficial results; in one case series, doctors used the procedure to treat more than 400 patients with life-threatening infections, and cured nearly all of the patients with moderately advanced infections, and had a 45 percent success rate on patients with highly advanced infections. These results rival those of other standard procedures.


Getting your vitamin D naturally from safe sunshine exposure is one of the best things you can do for your health, as it works just like a drug to treat all sorts of conditions, from strengthening your bones to treating or preventing cancer or heart disease. And it can increase your body's supply of naturally occurring antibiotics that destroy viruses and bacteria, including tuberculosis.

One of the interesting elements of alternative medicine is the use of blood irradiation for serious infections. This is a procedure where a volume of blood is removed from a person, exposed to ultraviolet light and then infused back into the person.

Hundreds of studies have been published describing the antibiotic-like actions of blood irradiation, a powerful testament to the healing powers of vitamin D. Blood irradiation appears to be a highly effective alternative to potentially dangerous and ineffective drugs, especially when the infection is a virus, which will be unaffected by standard antibiotics.

You haven't heard much about the studies on blood irradiation for a good reason: The AMA took steps to refute the results (their tests found hemo-irradiation to be safe but ineffective). Irradiation treatments eventually found their way to <st1:country-region>Germany</st1:country-region> and, later, <st1:country-region>Russia</st1:country-region>, where it remains a standard tool doctors use to treat severe infections.

But the AMA's disavowal of the procedure didn't stop food manufacturers from trying to "protect" us by irradiating milk and some commercial beef, a process that does far more harm than good.

Whatever the merits of blood irradiation, the major point is this:

Why do you need a supplement or a drug-based "cure" when you could get a safe and natural therapeutic dose of vitamin D -- a method supported by hundreds of studies in the best of medical journals -- that works like an antibiotic straight from the sun?

Drug companies don't make money on natural treatments like sunshine, and there is a strong incentive to suppress information on treatments like this, which might detract from their expensive options.

By paying careful attention to sun exposure, and using UV lamps in the winter months, it is possible to maintain healthy vitamin D levels that will serve as a highly effective boost to your immune system, making it very difficult for any illness to affect you.

Just remember that you will need to be very careful with vitamin D if you use it like a drug to treat a serious infection. The key points to remember are:

1. Avoid oral doses of vitamin D and receive it from exposing your skin to ultraviolet radiation, either sunshine when possible, or sun lamps when not. This will virtually eliminate the risk of vitamin D toxicity.

2. Monitor your blood vitamin D levels to be in the theraputic range of 50-55.



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