Healing Sun: Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century

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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.

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 ...

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Overview


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.

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.

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"The Healing Sun is, without a doubt, the best book I've read this year and clearly one of the most important health books I've read in my life."  —Joseph Mercola, M.D.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781899171972
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 803,027
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Hobday, PhD, is an Energy Institute member and a chartered engineer. He is the author of The Light Revolution.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Introduction 11
1. Your Body and Mind in the Sun 17
Vitamin D and 'The Vitamin D Winter' 18
Deficiency, or Insufficiency? 20
Sunlight, Cholesterol and Vitamin D 22
Sunlight and Skin Type 24
Sunlight and the Blood 27
Sunlight and Growth 28
The Psychology of the Sun 30
Winter Blues and Light Hunger 35
2. The Decline of the Sun 37
Artificial Indoor Light 38
Comfort and Health 41
Ozone Depletion and Sunbathing 42
Sunlight and Cataracts 43
Skin Cancer 45
Sunscreens and the Sun 48
Sunlight, Free Radicals and Vitamins 51
3. How Sunlight can Prevent Serious Health Problems 55
How Common is Vitamin D Deficiency? 56
Sunlight and Brittle Bones 58
Osteoporosis, the 'Silent Epidemic' 59
Rickets and Osteomalacia -- the 'Diseases of Darkness' 62
Tuberculosis and the Sun 63
'Surgical Tuberculosis' 65
Sunlight and Cancer Prevention 66
Colon Cancer and the Sun 69
Breast Cancer and the Sun 70
Prostate Cancer and the Sun 74
Ovarian Cancer and the Sun 74
Sunlight Therapy and Cancer 75
Sunlight and the Heart 76
Sunlight and Diabetes 78
Multiple Sclerosis 79
Sunlight and Tooth Decay 80
Psoriasis 80
4. Sunlight: A Medicine for Diseases of the Past, Present and Future 83
The Open-Air Treatment of Infection Diseases 87
The Open-Air Treatment of Tuberculosis 87
Sunlight Therapy in the Ancient World 90
The Rediscovery of Sunlight as a Medicine 91
Sunlight and Smallpox 93
War Wounds, Sunlight and Open Air 95
Dr Oskar Bernhard (1861-1939): The Healer of Wounds 96
Bernhard's Heliotherapy of War Wounds 98
Dr Auguste Rollier, the 'High Priest' of Sunlight Therapy 99
The 'Rollier Method' of Sunbathing for Health 104
Making the Most of Sunlight 107
Sunlight and Sea Bathing 107
Then and Now 110
5. How to Sunbathe Safely 111
Vitamin D, Health and the Ageing Process 113
Time of Day and Time of Year 114
The Solar Calendar 115
The Solar Year 115
Latitude and Altitude 117
Air Pollution 118
Surroundings 119
Ambient Temperature 119
Diet and the Sun 119
Is Fat a Sunbathing Issue? 121
Diet and Skin Cancer 122
Sunbathing for Health: Which Diet? 124
Sunlamps and Solaria 127
6. Indoors, Outdoors 129
Buildings and Bacteria 132
Sir Leonard Hill: Comfort or Health? 134
The Nightingale Ward 138
The Fireplace and the Chimney 139
Indoor Health Today 141
Sunlight Outdoors 142
The Orientation of Cities 144
Indoor Light 144
7. Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century 149
Sunlight and an Ageing Population 151
Ozone Depletion and Sunscreens 155
Buildings, Bacteria and Sunlight 157
References 159
Recommended reading 173
Index 174
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