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Too Simple to be True Healing Therapies Pt. 13

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Sun Therapy



I have written a book on sun therapy.  Look there for expanded information about this.   Another name for this is heliotherapy or phototherapy. This involves spending time in pure unfiltered sunlight, no sunscreen.  


There has been a modern propaganda campaign to raise fear about sunlight.  Anything can be abused.  But getting some full spectrum sunlight is good for you.  For example, the sunlight turns on our body to make vitamin D.  And a wonderful thing about self generated vitamin D is that is is customized D for you and your needs.  In our ancient history we were people under the sun.  It is good therapy.


When writing the book one of the interesting things I found was that there has been research by a subdivision of the CDC.  The researchers at their library in Bethesda, Maryland


were asked about sunlight and juvenile jaundice.  In some newborns the liver is not fully developed.  As a result, the body can not process and remove the natural breakdown of red blood cells.  This causes the skin to turn yellow.  


Doctors have found that using ultraviolet light they can stimulate the body to better process this waste and eliminate it until the liver fully develops.  

 liver light

A question arose among some doctors, “Since the sun has ultraviolet light in it, could they use direct sunlight as a therapy?”  [They were not talking about taking a baby and baking it in the sun, but rather giving it some sun as therapy.]


After the researchers did their research, they came to what I thought was a laughable conclusion.  Upon investigation it was found that direct sun light therapy was 6.5 times more effective.    So, of course as scientists they made the logical conclusion that sunlight is an effect therapy … if you do not have access to artificial ultraviolet light, which is less effective.  




There is such an inordinate fear of the sun.  But judiciously used it is good therapy.  


The trick is judicious to use it, that is not to sun so much that you start turning red.  


Most have heard about seasonal mood disorder.  With shorter days a people especial in far north and south areas go into depression when the days grow shorter.  The answer is to put them under full spectrum like that imitates sunlight.  

light lamp

When the longer days of sun return the artificial light is not needed as therapy.  The natural sun does the therapy.


I had a friend whose older mother was not feeling good.  It was not that she was sick; she had been.  But there was this lingering not feeling good.  I told her to get out and get some sun.  


She looked at me strangely and said that is what her mother would have said.  She started sitting in the sun a little


and she quickly started feeling better.  Taking a little sun is good for you and healthful.


I mentioned that sunlight causes your body to produce vitamin d.  Without vitamin d the body cannot properly deal with calcium and the lack of vitamin d is associated with onset of osteoporosis.  A little sun therapy can reduce the risk of osteoporosis.  


Evidence is growing that low levels of the vitamin D increases the risk of type 1 diabetes, and muscle and bone pain. If that is not bad enough there is a link believed be with low D for cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, ovaries, esophagus, and lymphatic system.  A little sun therapy raises your natural vitamin D level.  

heart disease

If you have high blood pressure, vitamin D may be just for you.  If you are looking to lower your risk of diabetes, or your risk of heart attacks, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis, vitamin D is a well known option suggested by many healthcare professional.   But why supplement with the unnatural when you can have the natural D from a little walk in the sun.  


Killing two birds with one stone, walking and sun therapy.  Why on a treadmill indoors when the sun is waiting to give you its benefits?  Double your pleasure; double your fun.


More research is always coming out on vitamin D.   Sun activated vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth.  Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, who heads the Vitamin D, Skin, and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine has been quoted as saying, “It also stimulates your pancreas to make insulin. It regulates your immune system.”


One theory has been postulated as to how vitamin D reduces blood pressure.  It is known to decrease the production of a hormone renin, which is believed to play a part in hypertension.


The Journal of the American Medical Association in December 2003  links vitamin D to a reduction in their risk of developing precancerous colon polyps.  Go get a little sun.


In a report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in February 2004, researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland showed that elderly women who increase their vitamin D while taking calcium for three months reduced their risk of falling by 49% against the option of consuming calcium alone. Those women who had a past history of falling appeared to gain the most benefit from vitamin D.  Add a little sun therapy.  


A study in the Jan. 13, 2004 issue of Neurology indicates that vitamin D reduced by 40% of the development of multiple sclerosis.

Before the advent of modern drugs sun therapy was a common treatment for tuberculosis.  

These are just a few of the benefits that may come with a little sun therapy.  It is too simple to be true, but it is.

light therapy

Healing In the Light of Day Pt. 11

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What is it about Juvenile Jaundice and Heliotherapy?


Juvenile jaundice is fairly common in newborns.  This is usually temporary and usually harmless.  


The issue arises after there is a buildup of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is naturally produced by the breaking down of red blood cells.  Everyone has low levels of bilirubin in their bloodstream. However in this form of jaundice, bilirubin begins to build up and is deposited within layer of fat tissues under the skin. The red/orange color of this deposit causes the infant’s skin and whites of his eyes to look yellow.


While this is normally a harmless and temporary issue, at times it can be serious.  That is when the bilirubin levels have gotten extremely high.  I am not intending anything I say here to be taken as diagnosis or medical advice.  It FYI from my research and call it my personal opinion.


The first treatment usually suggested is frequently feeding the baby.  It seem that increasing the hydration of the child tends to flush out the problem which normally only lasts 1 to 2 weeks anyway.  Some say these feeds should be scheduled every 2 to 3 hours.  Some of the extra feeding may be with watered down formula.  This protocol is for hydration in the extra feeding to flush out the excess bilirubin.


Phototherapy with or without a biliblanket (a medical device blanket that bathes the child in a particular light wave)
light therapy

is the most common form of treatment for jaundice. This treatment is used for a few days until the liver is mature enough to handle the bilirubin on its own.  


When the researchers are talking about phototherapy they are in the end talking about heliotherapy.  The sun has full spectrum light.  Those waves are included with many other good and healthful waves.  It seems that they are avoiding the natural sun like the plague.  


No one it talking about taking your child out in the sun and baking him like a sizzling roast.  

But look at is happening now.  It is the opposite extreme.  We keep the infant completely covered and shaded from any sunlight.  The sky would fall if the baby was exposed to direct sunlight.


I was watching a new mother getting out of her car to go into the grocery.  She, before she took the child out of the inside the car shade, completely covered the baby in a blanket.  It was like she was protecting the child from the rattlesnake strike of the sun.  


[I know the mother was lovingly intended.  Just saying.]    It would have taken her less that thirty seconds to be inside the store.  God forbid that the infant’s hands and face be in the sunlight for thirty seconds.   This is media driven hysteria.  


The sunlight is natural in our world.  We are through the generations adapted to live in a world that has sunlight.  While it is not there for us to abuse, it is there for us to use.  


Light treatment uses light to eliminate bilirubin in the blood. The skin  and blood absorb the correct light waves. When this has happened, they change bilirubin into products, which the baby can process and pass out of his system.


As used in hospitals for over 30 years, phototherapy treatments provide light shining directly on an undressed, but diapered, baby.  Their eyes are protected from the light with patches.  


Short periods of exposure to direct full spectrum sunlight by the child can be used to do a similar treatment.  This is heliotherapy.


I found this quote from National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD, 20894 USA.  [author unknown]


This is the conclusion of the question is sun therapy a good substitute for artificial phototherapy for juvenile jaundice.  



Data revealed that sunlight is almost 6.5 times more effective than a phototherapy unit when operating at the ward geometry after taking isomerization efficiency and area of exposure into consideration. Moreover, sunlight is still more effective during the winter season, when its intensity is lower. Thus, sunlight may be considered an alternative phototherapy source for the treatment of neonatal jaundice, particularly in areas where conventional phototherapy units are unavailable.”


That is an amazing quote.  But it raises a question for me …


If sunlight [heliotherapy, sun therapy] is 6.5 times more effective, why do they say that is true “PARTICULARLY in areas where conventional phototherapy units are unavailable”?  Why is heliotherapy even considered an alternative?  If it is 6.5 times more effective, and they know it is, It would appear that sunlight would be the first choice and the “conventional” choice should be the alternative to the better natural option.  


Man’s ego tends to make him think that he can do it better than nature.  And he often overlooks healing in the light of day.




vitamin D

Healing In the Light of Day Pt. 6

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What is the good of vitamin D from Heliotherapy?

It appears that the natural source of vitamin D is heliotherapy.  We try to exist in an unnatural reality when we think to live without sunlight.  That which is natural is fitting.  


When many years ago I was living in Louisiana, I was watching the local morning news show.  They were interviewing the rice queen, who was acting as a spokesperson for the rice industry.  She was a very nice beauty queen, but she just saying what she had been instructed her to say.


While talking about white rice,


she explained that to make it they took all the natural vitamins and minerals out of natural rice and then bleached it.  She quickly added that we should not worried about that because they put everything back in it artificially. It is enriched.  So it was nutritionally the same thing.  


Really, I thought.  Man is sometimes so self assured that it is almost laughable.  How do we know everything that is in the rice and that we strip out of rice?  And how do we know that we have put everything back in and in a bioabsorbable form?  That is human arrogance.  


Look at white rice compared to natural rice.  


It is a different color, something is different.  [Some people say color reflects the vitamins.]  Taste the two rices.  They taste different. White rice is bland; natural rice tastes kind of nutty.  Something is different.  [Some people say flavor reflects the minerals.]  Mother nature knows best.


Many people take calcium supplements.  Some good may be gained, but in the main these are not bioabsorbable, and we eliminate it in our waste.  You are not designed to assimilate rocks.  [Vitamin D is important in absorbing calcium.]


Cows do not take supplements, but their milk


is calcium rich.  Calcium is available in plant life, which is bio usable.  Maybe we should be thinking more natural and looking to calcium rich plant foods that provide calcium naturally.  Nature’s way is the most fitting way.


Supplements for vitamin D may do some good.  But they are not the same thing, not as good as the natural way of having vitamin D.  

Supplement your vitamin D with judicious sun therapy.  It is natural.  It has all the right things in it.  It is for sure bio-usable.  
[This reasoning would also be applicable to artificial lamp phototherapy.  It may do some good.  But it is not the same.  When possible, natural direct sunlight is preferable.]  



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