Knowing these Vitamin D facts make us aware of the importance of natural sunshine and/or using some good Vitamin D supplements.
Without an adequate amount, our immune system weakens, creating fertile territory for any disease, including skin cancer. A Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to osteoporosis, prostrate cancer, breast cancer, and it even affects diabetes and obesity.
Having had stage 3 skin cancer, 20 years ago, I’ve been quite aware of all we are told about the dangers of the sun.
Unfortunately, not much emphasis is put on the health benefits of Vitamin D from the sun.
Natural sunshine remains our best source.
When deprived of sufficient sunshine then we must be sure to be supplementing with a good whole food source of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D Facts
Our body produces Vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the rays of natural sunlight.
The beneficial rays of natural sunlight cannot penetrate glass. In our home or in a car, we cannot receive the beneficial Vitamin D.
It is very difficult to receive adequate amounts of Vitamin D from our diet. Sunlight is the most reliable way.
It would take at least ten large glasses of Vitamin D fortified milk daily just to get a very minimum level of supply.
The further you live from the equator, the longer sun exposure is needed to generate Vitamin D. Canada, the UK and most US states are far from the equator.
If you have dark pigmented skin you may need 20 to 30 times as much exposure as fair skinned people to generate the same amount of Vitamin D. Because of this sunlight deficiency, prostrate cancer is prevalent among black men.
A sufficient level of Vitamin D is necessary for absorption of calcium in your intestines. A deficiency of this vitamin renders calcium supplements useless.
A chronic deficiency of Vitamin D takes months of supplementation and sunlight exposure to reverse and rebuild your bones and nervous system.
One of the Vitamin D facts that most people wouldn’t suspect is that overuse of sunscreen blocks your body’s ability to generate Vitamin D by 95%. This can create a deficiency and actually cause disease. Note that I said “overuse of sunscreen”, as sunscreen and protective clothing are necessary beyond a certain amount of exposure.
It is impossible to generate too much Vitamin D into your body
from exposure to the sun. Your body will naturally only generate what it
needs. A word of caution is that after this point you are overexposing
yourself to the UV rays and this is when damage occurs on your skin.
See “sunscreen facts” for more information on this.
Press on your sternum firmly and if it hurts, you may be suffering from a chronic Vitamin D deficiency right now.
Before your body can use Vitamin D it is activated by your kidneys and liver.
If you have kidney disease or liver damage, the ability of your body to activate Vitamin D may be greatly impaired.
Vitamin D from natural sunlight is one of the most healing influences in your body and it is absolutely free. Again, if you’re unable to obtain enough sunlight exposure, do take a good quality Vitamin D supplement along with any other vitamin/mineral supplements you may need. Any qualified holistic doctor could help to determine any deficiencies in your body.
Knowing these Vitamin D facts early on in life and carrying them throughout your lifetime would be a wise decision for anyone to lead a healthy life.
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Skin Cancer critical? Enjoy life? Gary does too!
Gary, the publisher, grew up during the 40’s and 50’s in
Massachusetts. Most people didn’t get any type of cancer until they were older.
There really wasn’t any focus on good health, prevention and being on an
exercise program. Like many, he enjoyed a more active lifestyle.
He spent lots of time in the sun and ate the mainstream American diet. In his 30’s, he began working out at the gym and taking a lot of vitamin supplements.
At age 47, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma cancer, head and neck cancer or throat cancer.
This type of skin cancer can grow inside your body, although it originally appeared on his skin.
He was shocked, filled with fears, emotions and questions. “Will I survive?”..He determined YES!
He chose an alternative medicine approach focused on healthy eating/lifestyle with the guidance of several counselors.
However his cancer continued inside his throat and he feared that if it doesn’t stop soon, he may not survive.
At that critical and frightening point, he began to consent with all the conventional treatments the medical doctors were advising; chemotherapy, major surgery, followed by radiation.
The treatments almost killed him and to this day (since 1990) he deals with life-changing side effects.
Given 5 years to survive, later told 10, he’s been surviving since 1990.
He wants to awaken you to skin cancer and how serious any cancer can be. This site is his passion to share his experiences and the experiences of others who wish to share their stories.
You can find support, encouragement and help making decisions through him and others as well.
He believes a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential to all healing and prevention.
Gary believes that this should be the first choice when facing disease and conventional medicine as the alternative.
He strongly recommends seeing counselors (alternative and conventional) before deciding on your own.
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let
me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that
skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that
was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one
told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my
computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
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