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Sunlight

 Solariums / Sun Beds: Rather than a danger could they actually ‘improve’ your health or even ‘save’ your life?

How the UV & Vitamin D benefits of sun beds can outweigh the dangers & why they should ‘NOT’ be banned

Based on both common sense, ancient wisdom and the latest modern science, the ‘intelligent’ use of ‘properly designed’ solariums or sunbeds may NOT only be entirely safe, but could potentially avoid many thousands of cases of serious illness and even deaths throughout the world each year. This might even apply to you or someone close to you. It applies most particularly during the winter months, where vitamin D producing sunshine is rare, or where individuals cannot access sufficient natural UVB radiation.

1. Brighten Things Up – Make a ‘Cheerier’ Workplace

In the pursuit of looking sleek, modern & professional, many workplaces can tend towards darker interiors, cold furnishings and a generally ‘smart’ yet not so healthy work environments.

Too much heavy/dark colours etc can tend to dull the mind and even contribute to lack of vitality and even depression.

With people spending 8 hours plus ‘in the office’, one of the most profound ways to increase morale, positivity and general health is to brighten up your workplace environment.

You may not realise but most commercial sunscreens are toxic. Seriously. If you think that because they have been sold in chemists and the like for decades they are safe, you are horribly wrong. What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body and most sunscreens are full of toxic chemicals.

If you are arenít aware of all this, check out a recent article by Dr. Peter Dingle he is not some faceless internet site scaremonger, he is the Associate Professor in Health and the Environment at Murdoch University, Western Australia

If you just want the basics,

  1. avoid using sunscreens as much as possible
  2. when you do have to use them, go for ones made of natural ingredients. E.g. ones that are;
    1. organic (this ensures most toxic ingredients will not be present)
    2. labelled free of synthetic chemicals (don’t go for ones labeled natural necessarily as this can be part of the name not a reputable claim
    3. labelled that ALL ingredients are listed (otherwise they often leave off the harmful ones)
    4. have ingredients that resemble food ingredients (e.g. plant-based oil, green tea, vitamin E)

The one I use if ever needed is called Soleo and Wotnot. Good for young kids also. We order ours in Australia from No Nasties (look under Body category)

A new study just out, adds even more weight to be the importance of people ensuring they have adequate vitamin D levels. As you know, I have been writing about this for over five years – Sunlight & Vitamin D Health – and this is another example.

The study showed that women who were vitamin D deficient had children who were more likely to have ‘significant’ problems relating to speech skills and language. They are much more likely to have difficulty gaining complex language skills and their overall speech development is impaired. I’ll say it again. If you haven’t had your vitamin D levels tested recently, please go and get a blood test ASAP. And, ensure your doing everything you can to most naturally optimise these levels.

Spring is the best time of year not only for cleaning your brick house but also for your more important house – your body.

So we have some tips for some ‘internal’ spring cleaning to help you feel great inside & out.

A Natural Wisdom Guide to the Importance of Sunlight, Why Getting ‘Too Little’ Midday Sun Can Be Fatal and a More Holistic View of Skin Cancer

This article is an extended version of what appears in Mark’s first book of his ‘Wisdoms of Health’ series: ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health’ – the simple secrets of the world’s healthiest and longest living people

Do you think that the only problem regarding the sun is getting too much…as opposed to too little?

Did you know that getting some sun at the exact time most experts tell you NOT to – in the ‘middle of the day’ – may in fact be absolutely critical for your health!

With some great media coverage and work by groups such as the Australian Cancer Council over the last few years, most of us are now aware of the widespread problems associated with vitamin D deficiency. These include most common cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, bacterial and viral infections, autoimmune diseases such as asthma and multiple sclerosis, depression and many others.

However, what most people STILL don’t realise is that the commonly heard advice to get our sun exposure in either the early morning or late afternoon may greatly compromise our health.