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The Greatest Public Health Mistake of the 20th Century

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  • The recommendation to avoid sun exposure and always use sunblock when outdoors may be the greatest public health mistake of the 20th century
  • Previous research has found vitamin D may prevent 30 deaths for each death caused by skin cancer
  • For every skin cancer death in northern Europe, 60 to 100 people die from stroke or heart disease related to hypertension — a health problem associated with vitamin D deficiency, and lack of sun exposure in particular

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin D received its name because scientists initially assumed it was a vitamin, but further research showed it had been incorrectly categorized. It’s actually a prohormone, produced by your body from cholesterol in response to sunlight striking your bare skin. As a prohormone, vitamin D has enormous influence on your health, and it’s the only known substrate for a powerful repair-and-maintenance steroid hormone. Receptors that respond to vitamin D have been found in almost every type of human cell.


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