Friday, 19 August 2011

Exposure to the sun is good for you

The rehabilitation of the benefits of sunshine continues apace. Ten years ago, there was no prolonged spell of good weather without Cassandra-like warnings about the hazards of ultraviolet radiation, responsible seemingly for an “epidemic” rise in skin cancer. Now, we learn, as reported in this paper last week, that three hours’ sun exposure a day reputedly slashes the risk of breast cancer by almost half – due, it is claimed, to stimulation of the production of vitamin D by the skin.
It is salutary to recall how, in the Twenties, the enormous enthusiasm for the health-giving properties of the sun led to the formation of The Sunlight League, dedicated to “teaching the nation that sunlight is nature’s natural disinfectant, a stimulant to the body and tonic to the mind”.
These were no idle claims, with Neils Finsen, a Danish physician, receiving the Nobel Prize for demonstrating the curative effect of sunlight on tuberculosis of the skin. It is also beneficial in treating eczema, psoriasis and rickets. - James Lefanu, telegraph.co.uk/health
So the answer is to get some sun, in moderation.
Sun will increase your vitamin D intake, and help to reduce the effects of eczema, psoriasis and rickets.
For more help the application of a natural product will help too. Manuka honey has been shown to make a significant contribution to relieving eczema and psoriasis.

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