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The Healing Sun : Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century - Richard Hobday

The Healing Sun

Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century

Paperback Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9781899171972
Number Of Pages: 176

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The human race evolved under the sun, and for thousands of years lived in harmony with its heat and light. Yet over the last fifty years we have lost this close contact with the sun and its healing powers. We have become afraid of it.

However the sun is central to our well being and health. Did you know that:
• designing and building sunlit houses can help prevent disease, make us feel happier and save energy
• sunlight can help prevent and heal many common and often fatal diseases like breast cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis
• before antibiotics, sunlight was used successfully to speed up the healing of wounds
• tanning moderately throughout the year is better than avoiding the sun altogether
• sudden bursts of strong solar radiation are unnatural and dangerous, protection needs to be built up slowly
• early morning sunlight in cool temperatures is particularly beneficial to the body
• sunlit hospital rooms provide a better environment for the treatment of clinically depressed people
• prolonged exposure to artificial light puts the body under great stress
• large numbers of people may be compromising their health through sunlight deficiency
• there is a substantial body of historical and contemporary evidence that suggests moderate sunbathing is far more beneficial than we are currently led to believe

The light and heat from the sun are indispensable to all nature. Humanity is also part of nature and needs sunlight for health and well being, for vitality and happiness. This book explains how and why we should welcome sunlight back into our lives--safely! It shows how sunlight was used to prevent and cure diseases in the past, and how it can heal us and help us in the future.

Richard Hobday, MSc, PhD is a member of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners and has studied traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese exercise systems in China. Dr. Hobday has many years experience of solar design in buildings and is a leading authority on the history of sunlight therapy.

Industry Reviews

This book is a MAJOR eye opener. After all of the "doctor's orders" over the past decade to stay out of the sun because of skin cancer, this book gives you a 180 degree different perspective and led me on a quest to learn more about the benefits of Vitamin D -and the lack of it- on our health. If you are struggling with ANY form of chronic health problems, you may just be surprised that following the guidelines in this book just may seriously improve your health!! Having been a Registered Nurse for over 14 years, a lot of the information in this book goes against EVERYTHING that I had been taught. But in a nation of increasing antibiotic resistant infections, we just may be forced to return to whatever works for good health- and it's contained in this book. Learn these principles now and when antibiotics are useless, you'll have free medicine in your toolkit that you can use anytime. - Kerri Knox, RN http://www.easy-immune-health.com

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 11
Your Body and Mind in the Sunp. 17
Vitamin D and 'The Vitamin D Winter'p. 18
Deficiency, or Insufficiency?p. 20
Sunlight, Cholesterol and Vitamin Dp. 22
Sunlight and Skin Typep. 24
Sunlight and the Bloodp. 27
Sunlight and Growthp. 28
The Psychology of the Sunp. 30
Winter Blues and Light Hungerp. 35
The Decline of the Sunp. 37
Artificial Indoor Lightp. 38
Comfort and Healthp. 41
Ozone Depletion and Sunbathingp. 42
Sunlight and Cataractsp. 43
Skin Cancerp. 45
Sunscreens and the Sunp. 48
Sunlight, Free Radicals and Vitaminsp. 51
How Sunlight can Prevent Serious Health Problemsp. 55
How Common is Vitamin D Deficiency?p. 56
Sunlight and Brittle Bonesp. 58
Osteoporosis, the 'Silent Epidemic'p. 59
Rickets and Osteomalacia -- the 'Diseases of Darkness'p. 62
Tuberculosis and the Sunp. 63
'Surgical Tuberculosis'p. 65
Sunlight and Cancer Preventionp. 66
Colon Cancer and the Sunp. 69
Breast Cancer and the Sunp. 70
Prostate Cancer and the Sunp. 74
Ovarian Cancer and the Sunp. 74
Sunlight Therapy and Cancerp. 75
Sunlight and the Heartp. 76
Sunlight and Diabetesp. 78
Multiple Sclerosisp. 79
Sunlight and Tooth Decayp. 80
Psoriasisp. 80
Sunlight: A Medicine for Diseases of the Past, Present and Futurep. 83
The Open-Air Treatment of Infection Diseasesp. 87
The Open-Air Treatment of Tuberculosisp. 87
Sunlight Therapy in the Ancient Worldp. 90
The Rediscovery of Sunlight as a Medicinep. 91
Sunlight and Smallpoxp. 93
War Wounds, Sunlight and Open Airp. 95
Dr Oskar Bernhard (1861-1939): The Healer of Woundsp. 96
Bernhard's Heliotherapy of War Woundsp. 98
Dr Auguste Rollier, the 'High Priest' of Sunlight Therapyp. 99
The 'Rollier Method' of Sunbathing for Healthp. 104
Making the Most of Sunlightp. 107
Sunlight and Sea Bathingp. 107
Then and Nowp. 110
How to Sunbathe Safelyp. 111
Vitamin D, Health and the Ageing Processp. 113
Time of Day and Time of Yearp. 114
The Solar Calendarp. 115
The Solar Yearp. 115
Latitude and Altitudep. 117
Air Pollutionp. 118
Surroundingsp. 119
Ambient Temperaturep. 119
Diet and the Sunp. 119
Is Fat a Sunbathing Issue?p. 121
Diet and Skin Cancerp. 122
Sunbathing for Health: Which Diet?p. 124
Sunlamps and Solariap. 127
Indoors, Outdoorsp. 129
Buildings and Bacteriap. 132
Sir Leonard Hill: Comfort or Health?p. 134
The Nightingale Wardp. 138
The Fireplace and the Chimneyp. 139
Indoor Health Todayp. 141
Sunlight Outdoorsp. 142
The Orientation of Citiesp. 144
Indoor Lightp. 144
Sunlight and Health in the 21st Centuryp. 149
Sunlight and an Ageing Populationp. 151
Ozone Depletion and Sunscreensp. 155
Buildings, Bacteria and Sunlightp. 157
Referencesp. 159
Recommended readingp. 173
Indexp. 174
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ISBN: 9781899171972
ISBN-10: 1899171975
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st February 2000
Publisher: Kaminn Media Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.29