…God looked around and thought, “the daylight still needs a bit more work and the night is just too dark.” So, He made the sun to light the sky during the day and the moon and stars to add a bit of sparkle to the night. (Children’s Bible)
The sunshine was beautiful today. I thought a lot about the Creation story as I thought about the power of the sun. The power of the sun for warmth, for growth, for healing….
I thought about how fast a week goes and yet how a very long time ago, there were six days when everything under the sun (and including the sun) was created….it really is something I should be in awe of more often.
And then I took some time to read about the importance of the sun. It is my hope we will have the opportunity for lots of sunlight in the coming days and weeks….
Yes, sunshine is a good thing when taken in moderation. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight. Five minutes a day is all it takes to prevent numerous diseases, such as:
Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin D.
Rickets, a bone-wasting disease.
Insulin production impairment exacerbating type 2 diabetes.
Obese people need twice as much vitamin D due to impairment of utilization.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to the sun.
Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains.
Vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia.
Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation (2000 units daily) have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years.
Shocking Vitamin D Deficiency Statistics:
32% of doctors and med school students are vitamin D deficient.
40% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient.
42% of African-American women of childbearing age are deficient in vitamin D.
48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are vitamin D deficient.
Up to 60% of all hospital patients are vitamin D deficient.
76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin D deficient, causing widespread vitamin D deficiencies in their unborn children, which predisposes them to type 1 diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia later in life. 81% of the children born to these mothers were deficient.
Up to 80% of nursing home patients are vitamin D deficient
Sunlight exposure is truly one of the most powerful healing therapies in the world, far surpassing the best efforts of today’s so-called “advanced medicine.” There is no drug, no surgical procedure, and no high-tech procedure that comes even close to the astonishing healing power of natural sunlight.