Baker College of Auburn Hills
July 8, 2010
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There are more benefits that come with the exposure to the sun than harm. Vitamin D that our body produces when we are exposed to the sun is very efficient in curing so many diseases. It protects from arthritis, diabetes, infectious diseases, multiple sclerosis and some kinds of cancer, just to name a few. Getting some sun is essential to human health despite the risks of skin cancer.
Earth’s atmosphere blocks 98.7 percent of the sun’s UV rays. The other 2.3 percent that we are exposed to, have both beneficial and harmful effects. We need to focus on the benefits, because we have way more of them. The only harm it does to our body is skin cancer, which by being more careful we can protect from. The benefits of the vitamin D would start with stronger bones, muscles and immune system. It is also helpful to those with skin conditions, and sunlight helps our moods, people are so much happier when it is sunny outside, than if it is cloudy. It is also proven that the sunlight kills viruses and bacteria (Positive and negative effects of UV, 2008).
We all know the risks that come from the UV ray exposure, but we also know that we need UV rays for our body to produce Vitamin D. A lot of people knowing that there are risks from sun exposure still like to tan, and enjoy the way they look with the darker skin. It makes us look really good and feel even better. Good to know that we are not only harming are body, but giving some benefits as well.
Dr. Michael F. Hulk says “Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin for good reason”. He goes on to say “that vitamin D is not a vitamin but a hormone”. It is very unique, because it is made in the skin as a result of sun exposure. In the past we all depended on the sun, to get enough vitamin D. In the last century we have been so scared of the exposure to the sun and as a result our children are suffering from rickets, which is very big problem in infants and children. It has many different negative effects, like growth retardation, skeletal deformation and softening of the skull (Holick, 2008).
In Europe doctors prescribe vitamin D for infants to prevent those kinds of problems, and also they recommend daily walks in the sun. That is why the children in Europe don’t have rickets as often as in United States. The doctors here depend on the vitamins that are in the formula, but it is not enough.
A study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that 75 percent or more of American teens and adults are deficient in Vitamin D. That is why we have so many serious illnesses, like cancer, diabetes and heart disease (Huff, 2010).
Infectious diseases are more seen in people living in places with less sun during winter months, we know those as influenza virus or simply cold. The sun in those places is unable to produce vitamin D and that is why we get sick so often. The people that live in the warm places, where the vitamin D is produced all year round, don’t get sick as often (Holick, 2008).
Diabetes is a very big problem in United States, but if we listen to what researchers had found, we can try to prevent people from getting this disease by staying in the sun. It has been proven that it can lower 80 percent, if we start giving our infants 2,000 IU of vitamin D during the first year of life. The research also shows that the people that didn’t take vitamins D as infants have 300 percent higher chances of developing diabetes in their life (Holic, 2008).
One big problem that we hear so...