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Sun scare has left us D-eficient

The Washington Times sure is behind on the times. The paper recently reported that “Sunshine vitamin stirs new debate.”

Where have they been? The debate has been raging for years between sunscreen manufacturers (who spend BILLIONS to convince you that the sun is your worst enemy) and people who know that the sun-will-kill-you myth is just that… a myth.

But what’s bringing it to the forefront this time around is a soon-to-be released book called The Vitamin D Solution by Dr. Michael Holick. Five years ago, Holick got fired from his position as a dermatology professor at the Boston University School of Medicine because of his sun stance.

But that didn’t shut him up. And now, thanks to books like his – and a growing body of research – people are finally starting to see the aftermath of decades of hiding from the sun has done.

It isn’t pretty.

As you know, sunlight is one of the best sources of vitamin D. This nutrient helps boost your immune system, fight cancer, lower your risk of osteoporosis, control blood pressure, improve insulin resistance, and so much more. And, of course, when you don’t get enough of it, you’re opening yourself up to all sorts of problems.

One new study published in Clinical Endocrinology confirms earlier research, which shows that the less D you have, the sooner you’ll kick the bucket.

Believe me, you don’t just want this stuff – you need it.

That’s why it’s so alarming that more than 50 percent of the world’s population is suffering from a deficiency in vitamin D – and Americans are in the worst shape of all. According to Consumer Reports on Health, more than three quarters of Americans – 77 percent, to be exact – suffer from vitamin D deficiency.

Holick told the Washington Times that this deficiency is “probably the most common nutritional and medical condition in the world.”

The best way you can correct that is to spend at least 15 minutes a day soaking in the sun.

I know you hear that nonsense about how the sun causes skin cancer so often that it’s hard not to believe it. But believe me when I say that not all skin cancer is equal. The most common skin cancers linked to sun exposure are nothing to worry about and can be treated with quick outpatient procedures.

Deadly melanomas – the skin cancer you SHOULD worry about – are far rarer and are actually caused by not getting enough sun! Studies have shown that a lack of sun can even make these cancers worse.

So get outside, bask in the sun, and use a little common sense. Don’t use sunblock (which has also been linked to cancer) and simply get inside before you burn.

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