Friday, February 25, 2011|Bloggies
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People who spend more time in the sun and those with higher vitamin D levels may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published in the February 8, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Monday, August 16, 2010|Bloggies
My blog post about quitting the use of sunblock produced a large number of emails with questions, comments and concerns. Rather than keeping this correspondence private, I've decided to post them here. Maybe you had a question you didn't ask that might be answered through some of these conversations.
Below is one such email I've received since publsihing my original article. My response follows.
Received July 28th 2010 5:20pm:
I suggest to use sunblock, take supplemental vitamin D, and take your statin if indicated.
I also suggest to review the evidence carefully.
My response: Thank you for taking time to write with your suggestions. After decades of study and work in the health field, I stand in firm opposition to most of what passes as health information and advice. I am saddened that so many people believe without question that drug makers are working on their behalf. This dismay also applies to most doctors, and certainly the FDA.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010|Ask Larry
Question: What is a fair skinned, extremely sensitive to the sun, white male to do? With no embellishment, if I am in sunlight at anytime during the day, for more than 15 minutes, I get burnt. Bad burnt. Is it a lesser of the evils? Low vitamin D levels, or damaged and on my way to skin cancer and no sunscreen?
Larry's Response: There are many situations in life where we are faced with a decision between two unpleasant options. I conclude that sun blocking agents can be dangerous. Combined with low cholesterol, blocking the sun's rays contributes to a decline in vitamin D levels. The evidence seems to support this argument. My suggestions stand - don't use drugs to lower cholesterol and don't use chemicals to block sunshine.
Sunday, July 25, 2010|Bloggies
There are two different, but related factors that contribute greatly to low Vitamin D levels. Both of them are common and prescribed by most doctors. That means that wide-spread Vitamin D Deficiency is the result of standard medical advice.
What are these two factors?
Before disclosing them completely, I must briefly describe the process by which our bodies make Vitamin D: Sunlight strikes our skin and converts cholesterol into Vitamin D.
Sunday, June 27, 2010|Bloggies
Spring and Summer are the times of the year when we start seeing advertising for products that treat sun burns, bug bites, cuts, and scrapes. The products usually contain drugs and are sold in the non-prescription aisles of the drugstore. Hydrocortisone and diphenhydramine are two of the most common ingredients. These are relatively safe when used in tiny amounts for short periods of time. They not only work on the surface of the skin, but can also penetrate and end up in the blood stream of the user.
Instead of exposing yourself - or your children - to potentially harmful chemicals, consider using a mild cream product that contains beta glucan derived from oats.