Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Sunshine Man

don’t all look 
like this.

Some of them look
more like this

If you know about Vitamin D, why it’s called the sunshine vitamin, and why so many of us in the UK don’t get enough, then Oliver Gillie is the man to thank.

He has campaigned tirelessly for the health benefits of sunshine to be recognized and he now believes that low vitamin D levels may be linked to a rise in a whole range of ‘modern’ diseases.

That’s why he is calling for all pregnant women to be given free vitamin D supplements.

He says:
As a scientist and writer, I first realised the significance of vitamin D for prevention of ill-health some 12 years ago, at a time when it was only recognised as important for bone growth. I have researched and written extensively on the topic, including a report on the health benefits of sunlight - this at a time when official advice was to avoid the sun at all costs, especially when the sun is at its highest.

‘My belief is that we could go much further – that vitamin D, given freely to all women in pregnancy, could be used to curb or prevent some major diseases including multiple sclerosis, diabetes, schizophrenia, asthma and several cancers; and that it might also be used to treat established disease, at least in early stages.’

You can read the full article here.

It makes sense to me.

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