The Real Sunny D

The Real Sunny D

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  1.  “…and the man died a horrible death.”

     The End.

     What if you read a story like this? Would you just accept the sentence as is or would you logically investigate what is the rest of the story?

     Now there is no way we would accept half-baked stories like this yet why do people accept what the media tells them regarding health? Can men or women in frosty white lab coats be wrong? Do a college degree automatically means instant authority? You don’t have to believe me. In fact, I am asking you to become an investigator and dare to ask the hard questions no matter what you read. In other words, don’t check your brain at the proverbial door of full acceptance when you read any type of claims or articles. Even mine.

     Let’s look at a subject that has been getting some press time. Sunlight and Vitamin D3.

    What is the common message that health professionals have showered upon the society about sunlight?     Many talking heads have said with exaggerated zeal like a tabloid magazine: Too much sun will kill you!  The sun exposure will make you glow fluorescent green!  Too much sun will cause your body to explode into a blazing ball of molten fire!  Okay, I am stretching it.  I digress.  The fact is the sun can be your best friend and help you achieve robust health. 

    What do the facts show? Sunlight produces a little known hormone in the body that has been mislabeled as Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol -pronounced koh·luh·kal·sif·uh·rawl).According to the research of Joseph Mercola, DO; the body has an amount of 30,000 genes that Vitamin D3 affects a whopping 2,000 of them. In order to put this into proper perspective, look at Dr. Mercola’s chart on what diseases are directly related to the lack of Vitamin D3:



     Heart disease



     Rheumatoid arthritis

     Diabetes 1 and 2

     Multiple Sclerosis

     Crohn"s disease









     Hearing loss

     Muscle pain


     Periodontal disease

     Athletic performance

     Macular degeneration


     Pre eclampsia




     Cystic fibrosis



     Alzheimer"s disease



    With the push of sunscreen and warnings to stay out of the sun, there is a human wasteland of this vital element. In 2008, USA Today reported at the time that 36% of Americans were deficient. I am sure this has blossomed since this data was last reported.

    By establishing the importance of Vitamin D3, here are some safe ways to activate this vital hormone into your life:

    ·    Regularly receive midday sun exposure in the late spring, summer, and early fall, exposing as much of the skin as possible (being careful to never burn) . Vitamin D3 experts suggest sun exposure levels – 20 minutes in the sun and double this number if one is dark skinned.  You can expose your arms and legs to get the healing rays.  Afterward, use an organic sunscreen to protect the skin.).

    ·    Regularly use a sun bed (avoiding sunburn) during the colder months.

    ·    Take 5,000 IU per day (Whole Food Vitamin D3 is preferred) for 2–3 months, then obtain a 25-hydroxyvitamin D test (Your PCP can order this test for you).  Adjust your dosage so that blood levels are between 50–80 ng/mL (or 125–200 nM/L) year-round.

    The sun has been made the villain long enough.  Let’s take the villain hat off the sun.  Don’t be scared of the sun at all and take advantage of getting this forgotten powerhouse of vitamin D3 into your system.


    Photo Courtesy: David Viles Colls

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