THE ROLE OF VITAMIN D3
In reference to low vitamin D3 levels there is a correlation with depression, the lower the vitamin D3 level the greater chance of depression as high as 11 times greater in the lowest quartile (lowest quarter or lowest 25%) compared to those with normal levels. The Environmental Working Group has this to say:
The main source of vitamin D in the body is sunshine, and the compound is enormously important to health – it strengthens bones and the immune system, reduces the risk of various cancers (including breast, colon, kidney, and ovarian cancers) and regulates at least 1,000 different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body (Mead 2008). Over the last two decades, vitamin D levels in the U.S. population have been decreasing steadily, creating a “growing epidemic of vitamin D insufficiency” (Ginde 2009a). Seven of every 10 U.S. children now have low levels. Those most likely to be deficient include children who are obese or who spend more than four hours daily in front of the TV, computer or video games (Kumar 2009).
Dr Seneff of MIT has done studies on cholesterol, statins, and sunlight exposure among other things. (You can read more on her thoughts about statins in my statin chapter). Based on her studies she has discovered that the sulfated form of cholesterol-cholesterol sulfate-is the key to preventing atherosclerotic heart disease. Where does the body get cholesterol sulfate? Of course it comes from the skin when exposed to sunlight. Same with vitamin D3 the only form that’s active is the sulfated form from…you guessed it sunlight.
Our theory suggests that the skin actually synthesizes sulfate from sulfide, capturing energy from sunlight in the form of the sulfate molecule, thus acting as a solar-powered battery. The sulfate is then shipped to all the cells of the body, carried on the back of the cholesterol molecule.
Evidence of the benefits of sun exposure to the heart is compelling, as evidenced by a study conducted to investigate the relationship between geography and cardiovascular disease (Grimes et al., 1996). Through population statistics, the study showed a consistent and striking inverse linear relationship between cardiovascular deaths and estimated sunlight exposure, taking into account percentage of sunny days as well as latitude and altitude effects. For instance, the cardiovascular-related death rate for men between the ages of 55 and 64 was 761 in Belfast, Ireland but only 175 in Toulouse, France….So, in my view, the best way to avoid heart disease is to assure an abundance of an alternative supply of cholesterol sulfate. First of all, this means eating foods that are rich in both cholesterol and sulfur. Eggs are an optimal food, as they are well supplied with both of these nutrients. But secondly, this means making sure you get plenty of sun exposure to the skin. This idea flies in the face of the advice from medical experts in the United States to avoid the sun for fear of skin cancer. I believe that the excessive use of sunscreen has contributed significantly, along with excess fructose consumption, to the current epidemic in heart disease. And the natural tan that develops upon sun exposure offers far better protection from skin cancer than the chemicals in sunscreens. [Emphasis mine]
Both cholesterol and sulfur afford protection in the skin from radiation damage to the cell’s DNA, the kind of damage that can lead to skin cancer. Cholesterol and sulfur become oxidized upon exposure to the high frequency rays in sunlight, thus acting as antioxidants to “take the heat,” so to speak. Oxidation of cholesterol is the first step in the process by which cholesterol transforms itself into vitamin D3. [Emphasis mine]
Finally there is someone, other than me, saying that the best sunscreen is a tan hello?
You see this correlation with low vitamin D and heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and hypertension, as well as many other diseases like certain deadly forms of cancer listed above. Vitamin D3 manufacture comes from the sun’s photons. In the natural state with unadorned skin, we make it during sunlight exposure to bare skin in as little as 10 minutes in those with fair skin but perhaps this is just the beginning.
It turns out that dozens of compounds are also manufactured on your skin after direct sunlight exposure.
In a newsletter from Dr Cannell of the Vitamin D Council, he describes an aging Dr Deluca’s research quest into these other compounds beyond vitamin D. A new generation of scientists will need to grab the baton and investigate these substances. Some of which I know will prove to be as or more important than vitamin D.
In reference to Dr DeLuca’s candidacy for the Nobel Prize in chemistry: I have been particularly impressed with his latest line of work. Nine-hundred twenty-six peer-reviewed papers on vitamin D ought to be enough. But not for the 81-year-old DeLuca. At 81, he turns his back on vitamin D and says that something in the sun, something other than vitamin D, is active against a range of illnesses. In his latest work, that something he is studying is active against an experimental model of multiple sclerosis. Perhaps it is one of those dozens of vitamin D-like compounds that sunlight makes in the skin. Compounds similar to (but not exactly) vitamin D; compounds we know little about; compounds DeLuca helped discover; compounds patiently waiting for one of the hundreds of scientists that DeLuca trained to focus their considerable scientific skills in the never-ending effort to understand the natural world. [Emphasis mine]
My better half is Italian so I basically don’t burn. As a consequence I have been able to play in the sun my whole life. I have always loved being in the sun because I like the way it makes me feel. It makes me feel alive, and it gives me a powerful sense of well being better than any other practice besides meditation and working out. Look at it this way. For those of you who can tan and haven’t been knackered into thinking the sun is a toxic, cancer causing, poisonous and diabolical foe you should continue to sunbathe to generate these fabulously healthy, feel good molecules. For decades now I have also been saying that there is something in sunlight that energizes and heals us. Who knows what else they do. It may take decades before we unravel many of the mysteries of these sunlight molecules. I’ll bet they are very good for you in ways yet to be imagined. I also see a future where the pendulum swings back full force and the clueless elites finally acquiesce and actually recommend sunbathing as a source for healing just like we used to do decades ago before our doctors became enlightened.
For comparison in the winter I take a vitamin D3 supplement but I don’t feel anything after taking it. I’ll occasionally use a tanning bed as well but I don’t feel particularly swell after that either. Yet, as soon as the sun starts to display its warmth and brilliance-at tanning azimuths-starting around April in Wisconsin, I can lie out there (in a snow bank) for an hour or two-not stir frying- and feel as if my entire body was just recast from pewter into gold.
Beside potent anticancer properties, Dr Blaylock lists a few other powerful health boosting properties of vitamin D in his May 2012 issue of the Blaylock Wellness Report:
It boosts immunity if it is deficient and suppresses immunity if it is overactive.
Vitamin D3 also stimulates the body to produce a protective antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal chemical called antimicrobial peptide, which protect against autoimmune diseases. This helps explains the finding that the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis is much more common in the northern latitudes, where the sunshine is less intense and prolonged. The same is true for flu complications and other communicable infections. Children with higher vitamin D3 intakes have far fewer infections and recover faster when they are infected. Interestingly, exposure to excessive UV light (sunlight) also can suppress immunity in the skin and even overall immunity. This is a common symptom with sunburns. I think this goes a long way toward explaining why some of us used to catch a cold the first day or two in Florida during spring break. A low vitamin D3 level (from lack of sun exposure) has been proposed as an explanation for the higher death rate from heart failure during the winter months.
What all this means, especially in face of the fact that the vast majority of adults are deficient in vitamin D3, is that millions of people may be unnecessarily suffering from heart disease and hundreds of thousands are dying each year purely on the basis of this deficiency. Despite the extensive number of studies confirming the importance of vitamin D3 for cardiovascular health, most physicians — even most cardiologists — continue to ignore this critical association.[Emphasis mine]
We can be absolutely certain that vitamin D3 is critically needed in much higher doses in our present population. Dr Cannell recommends that you take at least 1,000 IU’s per 25 pounds body weight and for most you’ll need to take more. I’ll discuss this in greater detail in the diet chapter under the cancer prevention section.
There may be much more to this equation. As I briefly mentioned above someday researchers are going to discover something else in sunlight or rather something else sunlight makes in your body that is nothing short of miraculous. In Autobiography of a Yogi P. Yogananda talks about lying in the sun absorbing Cosmic Rays. Perhaps he is referring to one of these special compounds made on the skin.
Category: SUN EXPOSURE