The Big Skin Cancer Lie

I always knew the medical hysteria about sun exposure and skin cancer was a hoax. Come on, it didn’t make any sense. Humans have been constantly exposed to sunlight for hundreds of thousands of years, and until recently there was little or no skin cancer issues. Now all of a sudden literally everyone has gotten it or is at risk of getting it with almost any sun exposure.

If you check for skin cancer rates, it turns out that countries with less sun (northern latitudes) or with official “stay out of the sun” medical policies (like the United States) have much higher rates. It also turned out that rates are much lower in southern climates and areas where people get a lot of sun. And they have lower rates for not just skin cancer, but all cancers and almost all degenerative diseases. This is confirmed by study after study. So what does it give?

If you don’t live under a rock, you probably know that sun exposure is the primary way people get (or are intended to) get enough vitamin D. It seems that vitamin D (not really a vitamin, but a hormone) is involved. , in a wide variety of bodily functions, including, to some extent, protecting your skin against cancer. Most people are aware of the link between a lack of sunlight and increased rates of depression. The list continues on the many ways in which vitamin D is essential for good health. No messing around, if you want to be healthy you need to get enough vitamin D and the most efficient, inexpensive, safe and healthy way to achieve this is through sun exposure.

Having said that there are a few common sense guidelines to follow. Choose a consistent time to start so you can measure and monitor your progress. In the beginning just stay outside until your skin turns pink, which is just before it burns. For most, this will be 20-30 minutes depending on skin type. Work as slowly as you can tolerate, without burning for at least an hour in each session. Expose as much of your body as possible without getting arrested. Enter 4 or more of these sessions per week and your vitamin D levels should be nicely optimized. When you know you have enough, the best protection is to cover it up with clothing, as most commercial sunscreens are toxic.

I hope this makes sense and is not a big surprise to you. As usual, it turns out to be the best that nature has to offer, as long as you don’t do weird things and ruin everything.

So go out and catch some rays!

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