Monday, March 22, 2010

Vitamin D Therapy

This past winter was a little rough on the old dogs in our household. One of ours didn’t even it make it all the way through. For the other, the month of February was particularly tough. With everything is covered in snow, the dog didn’t know where to go.

This weekend it was hard to believe that The Big Kahuna snow event was just a little over a month ago.

The return of the sun and warmth is good for human health too. In this interview with Dr. Michael Holick by Deborah Solomon in The New York Times Magazine yesterday, the author of “The Vitamin D Solution” advises that is it beneficial to occasionally eschew the sunscreen.

“In the spring, I recommend about 15 to 30 minutes on your arms and legs two to three times a week.”

The black dog and I are on board with that program.

5 comments:

Freemarket said...

The weather this weekend was awesome! The bit about vitamin D just goes to show how naive Ulman and Beilenson are with their ban on minors using tanning beds.

Anonymous said...

Amen. This weekend was fantastic -- it almost made up for all the snow.

It's also nice to see that even an innocent post about sunshine can be turned into a political rant. Like the hot July sun we'll all soon be cursing, the fire of ideologues and political sycophants is relentless.

Anyone feel like talking about health care?

Kimberly said...

That is so true. Being exposed to the sun at least three times a week is so much good to your health and energy. It is like you have a mood swing. There are some therapies like this one which can really make your day. I am actually adopting this therapy thin for everything. I have a daughter who suffers the attention deficit disorder and I am using this Add therapy which is helping her a lot. Seriously, everyone should investigate about different therapies since it can change your lifestyle.
Kim

wordbones said...

Anon 6:57 PM,

I think the health care haranque is worthy of its own post...I'm working on that now...

Stay tuned.

-wb

PDM said...

The evidence for the benefits from vitamin D is nothing short of astonishing and keeps coming in. From helping to ward off cancer to possibly curing the common cold to preventing influenza and other positive findings, the sunshine vitamin has a bright future indeed. When you throw in that because of poor diet and a modern lifestyle which decreases exposure to sunshine average vitamin D levels are likely lower than in the past, it is not a stretch to speculate that very many of the diseases of modern society may be directly related to or partially influenced by a deficiency of this lion of a vitamin. There is a little bit of an intro to the topic here,
http://healthjournalclub.blogspot.com/2009/11/introduction-to-vitamin-d-part-i.html
and here
http://healthjournalclub.blogspot.com/2009/12/dr-cannell-interview-on-vitamin-d.html
if anyone is interested. Also the web abounds with resources on the topic. Oh yes don't forget help with heart diseaes, obesity, asthma and bone health

So get out and enjoy the sun on your face this Spring. Won't even cost your a dime.