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The Sun is 1.3 million times bigger than the Earth. Sunlight coming to Earth represents only about one part in 2 billion of the total amount of energy radiating from the Sun and only about 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum is thought to be perceived by the eye. Yet this is sufficient to supply our planet with about 4.69 million horsepower per square mile. This visible portion of the Electromagnetic spectrum, containing all the colors of the rainbow from violet.(with the shortest wavelength).to red.(with the longest wavelength).is a most important key to human functioning and evolution. Our lives, health and well being are truly dependent upon the Sun. 
These waves of electromagnetic energy, traveling at 186,000 miles per second, take about 8 minutes to cover the 93 million miles to earth.

Sunlight consists of several types of energy, including cosmic, gamma and x-rays, ultraviolet and infrared light, and visible light of many colors. The rainbow colors of visible light make our earth and the things God created, beautiful to look at. 

The Sun's rays vaporize water which will eventually fall as rain and snow, filling our rivers and reservoirs and making possible the generation of hydroelectric energy. Solar energy is also stored in wood, coal, oil and natural gas, providing us with heat and energy when we need it. We also have photovoltaic and passive solar systems that allow us to harness sunlight directly and other freely given energy systems. 

The warming infrared rays of the Sun or heat from various sources, are useful in the treatment of neuralgia, neuritis, arthritis and sinusitis. Heat is usually good in the treatment of any pain. Warmth also helps bring healthful, natural body oils to the surface of the skin, keeping it smooth and protected.

Almost all of the food we eat depends upon sunlight to grow. In fact, the energy our bodies receive from the food we eat is, in a sense, solar energy that the plant has stored in the form of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. 

The ultraviolet rays are antiseptic and are capable of killing bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, moulds and mites in air and water and on surfaces. Ultraviolet light also kills germs on our skin. This makes Sunlight a useful treatment for many skin diseases, such as diaper rash, athlete's foot, psoriasis, acne, boils, and impetigo. 

Sunlight also toughens and thickens the skin, making it less susceptible to injury and infection. Regular, controlled, moderate exposure to sunlight, instead of damaging the skin and aging it, actually protects the skin by building up a natural resistance to the harmful effects of ultraviolet light, while giving it a nice velvety texture 

The Sun provides us with our main source of natural vitamin D. 
Scientists have long been aware that this nutrient strengthens our bones and muscles and boosts the immune system. UV converts ergosterol in the skin.(a naturally occurring higher alcohol belonging to the steroid family).into vitamin D. 

Ten minutes of daily exposure to sunlight will supply us with all the vitamin D that we need. The principal function of this vitamin is to promote calcium absorption in the gut and calcium transfer across cell membranes. This contributes to strong bones and a contented nervous system. 

Low vitamin D is associated with several autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis and a lot of other maladies? Also low vitamin D in the human body leads to Thyroiditis, which is inflammation of the thyroid gland and contributing to thyroid problems is fluoride, soy products and mycoplasma.

Read about and see the movie segment about a lady who got rid of a basketball size tumor in 6 ½ weeks just by using her mind.

Do not drink fluoridated water or use toothpaste with fluoride, as it accumulates in the bones and the first symptoms of damage are identical to the symptoms of arthritis, aching joints and bones. Further accumulation makes the bones more brittle and may lead to a possible increase in hip fractures in the elderly. Fluoride is also not good for pipes bringing water to you, causing increased toxins to be in the water. 

Recent laboratory experiments suggest that vitamin D can also prevent the growth and spread of cancerous tumors. Ultraviolet light converts cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for the proper handling of calcium in the body and thus in the prevention of rickets and adult osteomalacia. Vitamin D is also added to some of the food we eat. It might be possible to get too much of the vitamin this way; but not when we get it from sunlight, since the body makes only what we need from what it takes from the Sun. In supplement form Vitamin D3 is best as it's from plants and non synthetic

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance that your body needs to function normally. It is naturally present in cell walls or membranes everywhere in the body, including the brain, nerves, muscles, skin, liver, intestines and heart. Your body uses cholesterol to produce many hormones, vitamin D, and the bile acids that help to digest fat. It takes only a small amount of cholesterol in the blood to meet these needs. If you have too much cholesterol in your bloodstream, the excess may be deposited in arteries, including the coronary.(heart).arteries, where it contributes to the narrowing and blockages that cause the signs and symptoms of heart disease. 

Sunlight therefore, is a good way to lower cholesterol levels in our bodies. If we expose six square inches of our skin to direct sunlight for one hour per day, we will obtain our minimum daily requirement for vitamin D. 

Sunlight helps to regulate almost all our bodily processes starting from the top.(our minds).and working down. Sunlight has been shown to increase our sense of well being and to improve sleep. Ultraviolet light coming into our eyes stimulates the pineal gland, which helps to regulate our Circadian Rhythm.(day and night activity cycles). Sunlight helps keep the pineal gland at its normal 9x11 centimeter size all through life instead of it shrinking to when, about the age of 50, it becomes smaller to around 6x8 centimeters. 

It has been said "Dark nights and bright days will help keep the hormones in the body functioning properly". In one experiment hyperactivity in school children was decreased when the classrooms fluorescent lights were changed to full spectrum lighting. Thyroid function may improve. Hormone imbalances tend to level out. 

Resting heart blood pressure and respiration rates are all decreased after exposure to the Sun. This result is especially true if any of them were high to begin with. Blood sugar levels can be stabilized. Further to decreasing blood pressure is meditation.

The body is amazingly designed, so much so, it has an automatic blood pressure system that works flawlessly, that is, unless we screw it up. Amazingly so the body produces its own cleaner cells to keep it going along optimally, unless we continue overloading it.

Sunlight stimulates the production of more red blood cells, increasing the oxygen, content of the blood and thus increasing muscular endurance. It also stimulates production of more white b1ood cells and enhances oxygen utilization, which helps the body maintain its defense against diseases. 

Appetite may be improved, along with our assimilation, elimination and metabolic processes. Poisonous chemicals and heavy metals are removed from the bloodstream faster, while levels of healthy trace minerals are actually increased in the blood.

Muscular strength has been increased, even in those unable to exercise. Sunlight has even been found helpful in the treatment of stomach ulcers. Care of the stomach is important to live healthily. 

Perhaps one of its greatest benefits may be the strengthening of the immune system. Fungal infections of the skin are cured or go into remission after sunlight therapy. White blood cells and antibody levels increase,

Studies have shown that repeated short exposures to the sun lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and blood sugar. Daily sugar consumption should be maxed at 12 teaspoons daily. Use the Sugar Rater at yes-supplements.com

We now consume 80-100 teaspoons a day in one way or the other, as refined white sugar is added to foods. Know about sugar and honey. 

Sunlight speeds the elimination of toxic chemicals, including metals and pesticides. It also has a dramatic effect on trace minerals, making them more accessible to the body. 

Jaundice is reduced in both children and adults by exposure to sunlight. Many skin diseases, including acne and psoriases, improve with exposure to Sun.

Dr Esther John of the North Carolina Cancer Center has found that a moderate exposure to sunlight very well may lower the risk of breast cancer by 30 to 40%. It has been found that because of light's influence on various physiological and psychological functions, moderate sunlight may lower profoundly influence mood and fertility in women. PMS has been proven extensively to be quite responsive to light treatment.

It appears that light affects serotonin levels in the brain, which will elevate or improve mood. Women receiving adequate levels of sunlight report less depression, fewer mood swings better sleep, more energy, increased concentration and greater mental alertness. 

Sunlight has been found to be beneficial by this retired engineer.(solarhealing.com).in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.(often caused by the body's reaction for vaccinations), insomnia and bulimia. 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be helped with the proper oils.

Throughout the course of our lives, we all experience episodes of unhappiness, sadness, or grief. Often, when a loved one dies, or we suffer a personal tragedy or difficulty such as divorce or loss of a job, we may feel depressed.(some people call this 'the blues'). Most of us are able to cope with these and other types of stressful events. 

Over a period of days or weeks, the majority of us are able to return to our normal activities. But when these feelings of sadness and other symptoms make it hard for us to get through the day, and when the symptoms last for more than a couple of weeks, we may have what is, called Clinical depression. Clinical depression is usually used to distinguish 'true' depression from 'the blues'. 

Clinical depression is not just grief or sadness. It is a mental illness that challenges your ability to perform even routine daily activities. At its worst, depression may lead you to contemplate or commit suicide. Depression represents a burden for both you and your family. Sometimes that burden can seem overwhelming. 

Schizophrenia is another serious mental illness. It is confusing even for health care professionals and it may actually be a combination of several separate illnesses. People with schizophrenia may have the following symptoms: delusions, false beliefs held with conviction in spite of evidence to the contrary, hallucinations, strong perceptions.(can be sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch).of objects or events that aren't there.

Usually with schizophrenia, the person's behavior changes notably. Behavior changes might include the following: social withdrawal, depersonalization.(losing touch with reality), loss of appetite, loss of hygiene, delusions, hallucinations.(usually hearing things not actually present), the sense of being controlled by outside forces, disorganized speech, disorganized behavior. 

A person with schizophrenia may not physically appear to be ill. People with schizophrenia vary widely in their behavior as they struggle with an illness beyond their control. In active stages, those affected may ramble in illogical sentences or react with uncontrolled anger or violence to a perceived threat. People with schizophrenia may also experience relatively passive stages in which they seem to lack personality, movement and emotion.(also called a flat affect). People with schizophrenia may alternate in these extremes. Their behavior may or may not be predictable. 

Sunlight has been found to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of depression. According to Dr. Norman Rosenthal of the National Institute of Mental Health:."Light, a versatile therapeutic tool, has been shown scientifically to have beneficial clinical effects in treating depression and suicidal tendencies."

Apart from the obvious positive associations we have with a sunny day; the sun can alter your mood chemically and even prevent depression. And the sun gives you vitamin D.."Low levels of vitamin D.(vitamin D3 mostly recommended).have also been linked to diabetes, multiple sclerosis, autism and schizophrenia."....Dr. William Douglass....douglassreport.com

The onset of spring gives thousands of people relief from 'Seasonal Affective Disorder' or SAD. This miserable condition is a suppression of serotonin experienced by many who are deprived of Sunlight during the winter months. Where people are resident at higher latitudes in dark winter days, instances of SAD are greater.

After years of adverse publicity, new research suggests that sunshine actually does bathe us in a favorable light after all. Scientists believe sunlight may reduce the risk of several types of cancer. Recent studies have found that sunlight can help protect you from cancer of the breast, colon, ovary, bladder, womb, stomach and prostate gland.

According to the National Cancer Institute, lifetime exposure to sunlight may reduce your risk of some of the most common types of cancer. In an analysis of death certificates from 24 states over an 11 year period, the NCI researchers found that those who lived in the sunniest parts of the country and those exposed to the most sunlight through their jobs had significant lower rates of breast and colon cancer than matched controls. Worldwide the lowest rates for breast and colon cancer occur in the Caribbean, south and central America and South Asia. Countries in these regions are within 20 degrees of the equator, where the sun's rays are particularly strong and where mortality rates for breast and colon cancer are 4-6 times lower than in northern Europe or North America. 

The Sun may cut risk of some cancers by 25 percent. Scientists identified cases through a database maintained by the NCI, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Center for Health Statistics. The data was collected from 24 states from 1984 through 1995 and includes information on occupation, state of residence at birth and at death and cause of death. The researchers took significant measures to ensure the accuracy of their data. They only included people who were born and died in states in the same solar radiation range and they classified farmers in their own occupational category, separate from other outdoor jobs, have been shown to have higher overall rates of certain types of cancer. They also narrowed down the cases with a long list of exclusions.--

Even after all those adjustments, the results were compelling. Overall, people who lived in the highest solar radiation range in states like Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, Texas had less risk of dying of breast, ovarian, prostate or colon cancer than those who lived in the lowest range.(states like Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Washington). The occupational difference was most significant in relation to cases breast and colon cancer; across all levels of solar radiation, people who worked outside had 20 to 25 percent less risk of these two types of cancer. And the benefits of outside work were not attributable to the amount of hard labor. Even after the researchers adjusted for level of physical activity, the reduction in risk remained. 

In their discussion, the NCI researchers theorize that sunlight offers cancer protection through its contribution of vitamin D. Recent laboratory tests have shown that vitamin D can slow or halt the proliferation of breast and colon cancer cells. And in other research, breast cancer patients showed lower serum concentrations of a form of vitamin D when compared with healthy controls.

Dr Jane C Wright, directing cancer research at Bellevue Memorial Medical Center in New York City in 1959, was fascinated by Ott's ideas. Ott was a pioneer in time lapse photography in the middle of the twentieth century. Many of the Disney films, in which we see plants growing and flowers opening were made by him. Ott made a valid point when he wrote in his last book Light Radiation and You."humanity adapted to the full range of the solar spectrum and artificial distortions of that spectrum a mal-illumination, a condition analogous to malnutrition, may have biological effects." 

Advised by Ott, Dr. Wright instructed fifteen cancer patients to stay outdoors as much as possible that summer in natural sunlight without wearing their glasses and particularly without sunglasses. By that autumn, the tumors in 14 of 15 had not grown and some patients had got better. Ott wondered why the fifteenth had not benefited. He discovered that this woman had not fully understood the instructions, while she had not worn sunglasses, she had continued to wear her prescription glasses. This blocking of UV into her eyes was enough to stop the benefits enjoyed by the other fourteen. 

In 1961, with five times the national average incidence, an elementary school in Niles, Illinois, was found to have the highest rate of leukemia of any school in the USA. Because of the intense glare from the Sun, in the newly constructed building in which glass had been used extensively, the teachers in two of the classrooms kept the blinds drawn and the children were exposed all day only to 'warm white' fluorescent light. All of the children with leukemia were being taught in these two classrooms. After several years of keeping the blinds drawn and the fluorescent lights on, the teachers in the two classrooms left and were replaced with teachers who preferred to let the sunlight in. 

At the same time, the warm white fluorescents were replaced with cool white full spectrum lights, where the light spectrum is very close to the spectrum of natural sunlight. From 1964, the time of Ott's last visit, there were no further cases of leukemia reported in that school.


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"All the energy which we take into our bodies is derived from the Sun."
...Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of Vitamin C
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