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Sunlight and Your Health: An EnLIGHTening Perspective - Holick Video Dec 2014

Presented at Vitamin D for Public Health - Integrating Sunshine, Supplements and Measurement for Optimal Health 2014 San Diego 54 minutes

Highlights (By GrassrootsHealth)

  • In 1933 common medicine recognized 133 different conditions that were treated by sunlight.
  • Sun exposure is healthy! (Watch this video to understand how the sun works and not burn.)
  • In the winter the sun is at too low of an angle over most of the US (above Los Angeles/Atlanta) and all of Canada for us to produce vitamin D from sun exposure.
  • Cats don't make vitamin D.
  • Reptiles have sun lamps for their health.
  • Diet alone won't provide enough vitamin D to become vitamin D sufficient.
  • Sunscreen reduces vitamin D production by 98%.
  • Black (dark) skin pigment needs 5-10 times more sun exposure than Caucasian (light) skin pigment to produce the same amount of vitamin D.

Some images from the video - captured by VitaminDWiki



Heliotherapy had been used for 165 diseases

Many of which vitamin D has been found to help

Other chemicals made from sun - ongoing research as to what they do


Beta-endorphin feel good


Hypertension associated with latitude


UVB lowers hypertension


NO also produced by sun and also helps in many ways


ACTH produced by sun AND ACTH is used to treat MS


metanocortins (ACTH) have many health benefits


Immune system helped by UVA as well


See also VitaminDWiki

Holick Podcast at Vitamin D Council Feb 2015

Vitamin D Podcast 06: Dr. Michael Holick
Notes by VitaminDWiki

  • 291 genes activated - in just the white blood cells - unknown in other portions of the body
    Grant request in process to update the test: using 600 IU, 4,000 IU and 10,000 IU
  • Many of the genes were activated above the 20 ng level recommended by the IoM
  • 3,000 IU daily – his general recommendation
       (Confusion 50,000 IU twice a week? Does not compute)
  • Many benefits of sunlight over and above the benefits of vitamin D – see video
  • Nitic oxide allows you to relax
  • Holick testified in two cases of child abuse/broken bones.
    He has been involved in 20 cases
    Black moms so low during pregnancy that unlikely that infant could have gotten normal bone density. During the birthing process the ribs could fracture. Rickets – lucer zones (sp?) can look like fractures in children with rickets. Not really fractures. Dr. Holick won both cases = child given back to parents.
  • Lax joints – person feels that they can bend joints backward. This can lead to osteo problems later in life.
    EDS – underdiagnosed. Perhaps lots of people in Yoga. Estimated 1 in 1,000 have EDS
    EDS = Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
       Wikipedia: People who suffer from EDS are often misdiagnosed with hypochondriasis, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other conditions
    EDS – also have bone fractures – often unaware of them.
  • His day: start 3AM. Clinic starting 8AM,
    Has setup 4 biomedical companies, and 2 recently
    About 60% of his day involves vitamin D
  • He suspects that genes are turned on/off due to visible light in the body. Visible light can get to the heart, etc. There can be whole systems of interactions like vitamin D system that we are not aware of.
  • He suspects that < 10% of the molecules in the blood have been identified
  • Sunlight is important, We feel better in sunlight
  • People can become addicted to sugar, cigarettes, suntan parlors, – lots of things. But most tanners are not addicted.
  • Holick is against the high pressure tanning beds (which are also more expensive) which have only UVA – all downside, no health upside.
    If use a tanning bed totally cover face and use only about 50% of the suggested session time
  • No need to test vitamin D – just supplement.
  • Probable 10,000 IU upper limit – unless extenuating circumstance like obesity

Critics blast BU doctor for child abuse defense March 2015
Other professionals.wonder if EDS is the cause

Short url = http://is.gd/HolickDec2014

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