Vitamin D Day of Seasonal Change

SunWinter in the northern latitudes can be daunting. It is a time when there are more colds and flu. Also, there are many other diseases that take advantage of our reduced immunity during the winter. Chronic disease can make you very painful during the winter. Of course, going into the sun always makes us feel better. But why?

There are so many reactions of our body to the sun. However, since the 1960s, dermatologists have been tricked into constantly screaming about the dangers of the sun. We know that it makes us feel better, but what about our medical industry telling us otherwise? It is a difficult problem to sort out. Do the advantages of sun exposure outweigh the dangers. The answer is a resounding yes.

November second has been declared Vitamin D Day by the Vitamin D Council, Grassroots Health, and the Vitamin D Society. This has been done to promote the understanding of vitamin D and to encourage the use of supplementation during the winter months in the northern hemisphere. Also, to use exposure to full spectrum sunlight when possible. Here is a link to an informational page: http://www.vitamindday.net/

The question of whether to enjoy the sun without fear of causing cancer has become a ridiculous sidetrack in modern medicine. All the energy that is beneficial to our wellbeing comes from the sun. Whether it is the food we eat, products made from plants that are useful like furniture, or the chemical and thermal reactions in our body. Overexposure to anything can be dangerous, but are you going to stop driving your car because you might die in a car accident? Are you going to stop drinking water because overconsumption can dilute out your electrolytes and cause your heart to stop? Wear your seat belt, don’t spend time in the sun without sunscreen, and don’t drink too much water are all the same ilk. It is about the benefit of action versus the risk. Unfortunately, fear can make you have a very unhealthy life if it is over expressed.

Dermatologists are medical professionals specializing in the largest organ of the body. You would think that they would encourage the benefits as well as tell us about the dangers. The dangers have been overexpressed and the benefits not expressed enough regarding sun exposure. So, what are the benefits of sun exposure? There are many healing compounds that are made in the skin. Vitamin D is just the beginning as there are a host of sterols produced with ultraviolet light (UV) exposure that have significant action in our body. Not only was vitamin D discovered from UV exposure, there are many intermediate molecules that are generated. I suspect there are compounds that are beneficial to health from full spectrum sunlight that have not been identified. One area that does not have much study is the conversion of molecular sulfate esters and sterols during sun exposure (If health researchers want an exciting area of study, this is it).

On the other side of the visual spectrum from UV is near infrared light. The science being discovered about how near infrared light improves our health is amazing. To understand, think how good the warmth of sunlight makes you feel on a cold autumn day. It is not just the heat. It is the biological action that takes place in our body. We have discovered that near infrared improves wound healing, shrinks tumors, improves neurological health, increases cellular energy, detoxifies our bodies, and reduces pain.

With so many health benefits, why would you not want to go into sunlight? Is the increase of melanoma that parallels the increase of sunscreen a coincidence? Have our professionals created unintended consequences by inducing fear of cancer from sun exposure? Am I a voice in the wilderness telling you there is health in the sunlight? Medical science changes more than the seasons as it is an art. Let’s celebrate more than vitamin D Day. Let’s celebrate health from the sun. As for me, I’m going to spend time in the sun on this beautiful autumn day. –Pandemic Survivor

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Healing with Infrared Light

SunI have truly been amazed at the healing power of infrared light. It is not that I have some special coherent light device made with the technology of LEDs. It is just a plain ole heat lamp otherwise known as a brooder lamp for raising chicks. I wrote about the use of near infrared for healing back pain. In that article, I gave you links to the science of how it works and how to use the light. I believe the major benefit is adding cellular energy (ATP) to allow the natural healing processes to take place quicker. Here are three brief stories that I have seen firsthand with use infrared.

I had sprained my right wrist very severally.  I was not able to bend my hand passed vertical to my arm.  Normally a sprain like this would take days or weeks to heal.  I exposed the hand and wrist to the infrared light for about twenty minutes.  I held it close enough that I could feel the heat but not close enough to burn. During the exposure, a bright red line developed between my hand and wrist where the tissue had torn.  There was also a red spot that developed further up my wrist that was about an inch in diameter. I assumed this was injured tissue. The next morning I was able to have full use of my hand, but the wrist was still sore. By the second day, there was no indication of injury at all or the use of my hand had returned to normal.

I regularly have coffee in the morning, after spending an hour at the gym, with the folks at McDonalds. A welder sometimes joins us before he goes out for his work day.  He came in one morning with a limp. I asked what was wrong.  He described a knee injury. His doctor told him to stay out of work for two weeks to allow it to heal.  I suggested that he try the light.  ir-light-setuprHe told me that he had lots of this type of heat lamp as sometimes he used it to preheat the metal before welding. Two days later, he came in for coffee and was very excited. He said he was going back to work. He described his knee as no pain and normal function.

A family member had hernia surgery several months ago. He did not rest after the surgery to allow the wound to properly heal. He has a significant amount of scar tissue. If he stays on his feet for any length of time, he starts having severe pain. This happen recently during a visit with him. He had come back from our event for the afternoon and retired to his easy chair with a blanket pulled over this body. I went to the local Ace Hardware store and got a 250-watt heat lamp. I was amazed at the selection of sizes–farm country. The bulb was a GE. GE has caught on to the use of the lamp. It had directions on the side of the box that said normal exposure for personal body use was 20 to 30 minutes.

He exposed the scar tissue for about twenty minutes. A couple of hours later, I noticed he was down in the floor playing with his children. I asked if his pain was better. I was amazed at his description. Now understand, he has had this pain problem for months. He described his pain as a seven before using the heat lamp. At two hours later, he described his pain as a one–amazing.

I really don’t have a clue as to how this works other than what I described in my opening. However, you can bet that I will have an infrared light for my aches, pains, and injuries.  Scaring us from the sun over the last fifty years has been a serious health error.  –Pandemic Survivor

Back Pain Reduced with Near Infrared

I recently wrote about all of the nutrients and other needs for repairing cartilage to heal back pain. I also wrote about the necessity for sunlight.  A new revelation about near infrared light has now increased my understanding of the need for sun exposure for healing back pain. The exposure of near infrared light (NIR) is as critical as the exposure to the ultra violet light (UV). It is interesting to note that NIR and UV are not visible light but are found in the full spectrum of sunlight.

My first understanding about sun exposure for healing came in a very serendipitously manner. Some years ago, I was telling the owner of a book store about my return to health with nutrients.  I had explained to him that my cartilage had healed and relieved the stress on my nerve roots in my back.  He related a story to me that was a real surprise.  His mother was having back pain.  She had spent the spring and summer in her garden and her back pain had resolved.  She had grown an inch during this period and thought that was the reason for the back-pain relief.  I did not understand how just being outdoors could help the cartilage repair.  I thought then that it was exercise, the consumption of vegetables from her garden, and the increased amount of vitamin D from the sun.

The new revelation is this paper by George D. Gale: Infrared therapy for chronic low back pain, a randomized control trial. In this trial, patients from a clinic were randomly assigned to the treatment group or the placebo group.  The treatment group was given infrared light treatment in the wavelength of 800 nm to 1200 nm.  The placebo group was wearing the same exposure apparatus without the power connected.  The patients were asked to rate their pain on the numerical rating scale (NRS) of 0-10.  At the beginning of the trail the average on the NRS was 7 for both groups. In seven weeks, the treatment group’s pain was reduced to an average of 3, while there was no significant change in the placebo group.  What an amazing discovery of a low-cost and easily-applied treatment with significant results and no adverse effects.

Since this was so successful, I suggested this treatment to several members of a coffee group that are suffering from chronic back pain and they did not want to try my nutritional suggestions.  I suggested the 250w, single infrared light that you can get at any hardware store.  The method used was from this article by Wendy Myers.  In just a few weeks, they related to me how significantly the light had helped their pain.  There is also a welder that occasionally comes in the morning for coffee.  He said that he had hurt his knee and the doctor told him that he should stay out of work for two weeks.  I told him about the infrared light.  Two days later he returned to say that his knee pain had healed and he was going back to work—amazing.

Here is my infrared light setup that I use when experiencing aches and pains from exercising.  It is amazing how the aches and pains go away in a short period. I should also note that my eye floater that I reported in earlier post from over exposure to LEDs is completely gone with the NIR. IR Light Setup

There is science to support these findings.  It appears that full spectrum light does many things to our biology.  I recently reread Health and Light by John N. Ott.  This photo-biologist is the person that pioneered time-lapsed videos of plants, as they grew, for Walt Disney.  He also discovered many effects of full spectrum light on animals and humans.  This included his hip being healed after he broke his prescription sun glasses and went back to plain glass lenses.  He had his hip x-rayed to show the improvement from prior x-rays to be sure that he was just not imaging his healing.  He was denied many times for funding for research projects in association with many universities.  With this taking place in the 1950s through the 1980s, it makes you wonder why the medical profession scared us from the sun for the last sixty years.  Here is an eight-minute video describing his work. Ott believes that light through the eye, impacting the pineal gland, is responsible for balancing hormones. 

Dr. Michael R. Hamblin of Harvard University wrote a summary of the use of low level light therapy for treatment—Mechanism of Low Level Light Therapy.  He describes how low level light (near infrared) affects many areas of our health: increased ATP production, wound healing, tissue repair, prevention of tissue death, relief of inflammation, pain, edema, acute injuries, chronic disease, neurogenic pain, neurological problems, and amelioration of damage after heart attacks, stroke, nerve injury, and retinal toxicity. At the end of the paper, he provides a link to pub med with thousands of research papers on the use of light for treatment.  Many of the papers are about the use of lasers, but the real healing comes from full spectrum light.

Dr. Gerald Pollack’s work on structured water and how it affects life is amazing. This includes an exclusion zone that enlarges with infrared light at the boundaries of cells and organelles inside the cells.  This boundary layer creates a charged zone of negative ions.  He even shows how this creates a battery storage for electrical charge. He also shows how it increases blood flow and the effect on proteins to make them more active (Think about hemoglobin’s oxygen carrying capacity of a folded cell versus a fully extended cell.) when exposed to infrared light.  He is also a proponent of grounding or connecting our bodies to the earth to balance our electrical charge. Here is his TED video—Water, Cells, and Life.

Ultra violet light, visible light, and near infrared light or the full spectrum of sunlight are all necessary for health.  You do not have to decide if getting your vitamin D by supplementation is as effective as obtaining it from sunlight.  Exposure to sunlight is not just about Vitamin D.  The exposure to sunlight provides us with many other benefits that science is yet to discover.  The next time the doctor suggest a drug that makes you photosensitive, be very careful and ask if there is another treatment option.  What about the sunglasses you are wearing whenever you go in the sun.  Is that causing your hip to fail as reported by Dr. Ott? Is too much blue light from LED bulbs without full spectrum light damaging your eyes?  –Pandemic Survivor