“Sol lucet omnibus”. The sun shines upon us all. 
Gaius Petronius Arbiter (c. AD22–67). Copyright: Mary Camomile/Fotolia

The Truth about Vitamin D and Sun Exposure Demystified. Finding the Balance for Personal Health.

If you ask someone: “What is it most essential to have in life?” you will undoubtedly receive the response: “good health”.

New findings in the medical field show that we need to review our commonly shared understanding of the fear of exposure to sunlight and its association with carcinogenesis (creation of cancer).

There is a strong indication that inadequate levels of vitamin D in the human body can be the cause of some terminal illnesses and contribute to poor health.

Some people reading this article may ask themselves why an article on health-related aspects which are more likely to be addressed in a medical publication is shared on medium.com.? I believe we need to share what we already know.

Almost everyone, including myself in the past, has read something about vitamin D deficiency. More often than not, most of us believe that this problem only affects a small minority of people living in countries located in north, such as Iceland, Sweden, Finland or Norway. Far from it!.

Geographical location does play a role, but altogether 40 to 75 per cent of the world’s population is vitamin D deficient![1].

Sun is indispensable for life on planet earth. It has accompanied us human beings for hundreds of thousands of years and we have developed our existence in a very close relationship with it. It influences our daily rhythms, patterns of activity, behaviour, and more.

In evolutionary terms, humans as a species have only “recently” changed their outdoor, agrarian lifestyle due to the invention of artificial light.

Before the Industrial Revolution in the second half of the 18th century, and development of the first electric light bulb in 1880, the majority of the people living in cities were still spending most of the daytime in the open air, so lack of exposure to sunlight was not an issue.

Later, due to air pollution from the factories in the cities, very little daylight was able to penetrate the atmosphere. Also the towns were densely populated and the streets were narrow and received little daylight. Children began to develop visible bone deformation (rickets) and many believed it was a disease.

The first to discover the relationship between rickets and lack of sunlight
was the Polish medical practitioner Jedrzej Sniadecki, who was already
curing children from the industrialised area of Warsaw/PL by exposing
them to sunlight in 1822 and sending them to rural regions outside the capital, where their illness improved drastically.

Today we sit in enclosed offices under artificial lighting from early in the morning until late at night to perform the visual tasks expected of us.

We thus extend day into night day after day, week after week, season after season. As time passes by we reduce the number of hours of exposure to sunlight that our evolution has stipulated and still requires.

[1] http://www1.grassrootshealth.net/epidemic, also
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068797/

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