Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Everything you have been told about your Health is Wrong?

For decades now the American public (and by extension the West and the OECD nations) have been bombarded with "information" regarding what one must do to maintain their heath. Eat right and exercise! Yet the industrialized West experiences hormonal cancers (and colorectal cancer) at 2X to 5X the rate that non-industrialized societies experience (the difference in breast cancer for a woman living in New York City and a woman living in the least developed parts of the world, say the mountains of Peru, is well over 5X. Pretty much the same for men and prostate cancer. Suddenly Peru has a certain appeal, no?). It gets worse for "shift workers", nurses, police officers, fire fighters, and others that work day and evening shifts. Hormonal cancers for this group are estimated to be 40% higher than for non shift workers.

This is true even though our diet in the Wealthy West is much more varied and nutritious.

What if everything you have been told about maintaining your health has been absolutely freaking wrong?

20 years ago we were admonished to never go in the sun. NEVER. There was no such thing as a "healthy tan". Now we know that the hormone Calcidiol and its resultant Calcitriol (commonly known as vitamin D, even though it is not a vitamin) is one of the 2 most important hormones in the human body for the regulation and support of our immune systems.

The other is Melatonin.

Vitamin D is only synthesized by the skin when exposed to mid day sunlight. Melatonin is only synthesized by the pineal gland in the absence of light (complete darkness).

The data is simply overwhelming, and the data says that you can veggie-juice yourself after your yoga-anti-stress class as you Namaste the universe while you cover yourself in pink ribbons and "March for the Cure" - but are at extreme risk of developing deadly, terminal cancers unless you get sunlight (or ingest Vitamin D, but there are some other benefits to sunlight - in particular the release of Nitric Oxide - that you will not get by relying on supplements) and turn off the lights completely for 10 or more hours every day. When I say "turn of the lights" I mean it in the extreme. No streetlight streaming in. No blinking router lights in the corner. No clock radio light. Darkness. As in the kind of dark that existed before the advent of commercial electricity generation.

This information is starting to leak out into the MainStream Media. In fact, you can't go near a Doctor now without getting a vitamin D shot, but the Melatonin thing? The need for darkness? If factual and accurate, and I think the data is powerfully convincing, the implications are simply mind bending. Articles covering this issue are now everywhere.

The question is this: Are we willing to turn off the lights to prevent cancer, MS, and other diseases? Are we willing to move from northern latitudes to prevent cancer? Or are we going to continue Marching for the Cure, getting Mammograms and Prostate biopsies?

If you knew that wearing a suit to work while living in brightly lit New York City was going to kill you, or cause you to lose your breasts or a working and operable penis, would you remain there?

I see the post "I F***ing Love Science" quite regularly. The internet has put the entirety of human knowledge at our finger tips - and now we know it is not the "Paleo Diet" but the "Paleo Circadian Rhythm" that governs most of our immune system. Hey, the Paleo guys were in the right church, just the wrong pew.

You can use search engines as well as I... I like "Google Scholar" but any one will do. How much reading time - and then action - is your life worth?

More soon on the mental health impacts of messing with Mother Natures natural rhythm of light and dark.




16 comments:

DaShui said...

Something else I bet u don't know about sunlight.
Asians have horrible eyesight, unless they grow up in Australia or America where they spend more times outside. It seems for our eyes to develop 2 hours of intense sunlight is needed everyday.

Anonymous said...

Of course, you are absolutely correct on the issue of circadian rhythms and our screwed up light cycles.
But that is nothing compared to endocrine disruptors that are injected by the ton into our environment. 85,ooo tons of glyphosate (Monsanto's Roundup).
Intersex fish in the Potomac river basin, anyone?
Just trust Mr. Market and Freedumb Enterprise to tweak your hormone system. It will all be okay.
Your Progressive Populist Friend

Anonymous said...

The title "Everything you have been told about your Health is Wrong?" seems to surely also apply to the use of mammography. Like with the authorities one-sided advice to avoid the sun like the plague, the same orthodox medical establishment has been hammering women to get mammograms based on misleading, false pro-mammogram claims when the real facts show nearly the exact opposite (read “Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy” (2012) by Peter G√łtzsche, a mammogram scientist, and "The Mammogram Myth" (2013) by Rolf Hefti, an independent investigator - more at http://www.TheMammogramMyth.com ).

Anonymous said...

In addition to the cancers, there are over 40 autoimmune disorders that are more common at high latitudes, and still they tell us to stay out of the Sun!

Sun screen is now a multi-billion dollar industry. It will take a while before the dis-information campaign is overcome, but slowly it is happening.

And, why do the indigenous populations of Europe and Asia have lighter skin at higher latitudes? Because, over the generations, the darker skinned failed to live long enough to bear and successfully raise their children.

Wanna bet on the rise in autism? Nut, fruit and shellfish allergies? Most new mothers these days shield their children from any sun exposure at all for the first couple years at least. They are scared to death. I suspect that a properly designed study would reveal just that.

Regards,

Coal Guy

Anonymous said...

Hundreds of years ago the sun was not as damaging to human skin. Things are different now. Use sunscreen or develop melanoma. Take oral melatonin and vitamin D. The fact that cancer is a byproduct of civilization shouldn't really surprise anyone. So is the proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacteria, tooth decay, and many forms of mental illness including ADHD. In a society with no tv or computer there is no ADHD, no need for ritalin. You can't completely shield yourself from the adverse impact of civilization. And, yes, of course working at a computer for 14 hours a day can make people sick and drive people crazy.

DaShui said...

If you look at the nutritional profile of what we call "weeds" such as dandilions, you will find that the nutritional content is much higher than things like spinach or kale by a factor of five. It means hunter gatherers were loaded with antioxidants. I myself like deep sea fishing and I discovered that if I take several multivitimans before and after a fishing trip I don't burn as much nor do I peel.

Anonymous said...

The ultraviolet irradiance has increased by about 6% over the last thirty years, and not significantly since 1995. 1 hour in the sun today is like 1 hour 3 minutes and 36 seconds in 1985. Really not significant in the scheme of things. There is no reliable data from hundreds of years ago.

The sky is not falling. The sun has always been damaging. That's why people indigenous to the tropics have very dark skin. Skin color at a particular latitude will tend to approach the minimum of damage between too much and to little sun exposure. Finns are very pale, Africans, Southern Indians and Australian Aborigines are very dark. Italians are in the middle, for example. Seriously, we need to look at the numbers and not just accept the propaganda derived from it as true.

Further, cancer is not new. Dinosaur bones with huge tumors attached have been found. It is not man-made, though we've found ways to increase the incidence, unfortunately.

The problem is that there many, many contributing factors to sort out. Sunshine and diurnal cycle are part of it. Diet and exercise are part of it. Maintaining a healthy body weight is part of it. Pollutants are part of it. Heredity is part of it. Smoking and alcohol consumption are part of it. There seems to be an optimum alcohol consumption level that minimizes cancer. Some is good, more is bad.

There were two studies of breast cancer in women that used tanning beds. In both experiments, the women that used the beds had a 40+ percent decrease in breast cancer vs. the rest of the population. But, was it the tanning or some other correlated condition or activity that did the trick? These things are extremely difficult to sort out.

Everyone wants the magic bullet, and it is very easy to get excited and jump to conclusions. It is also very easy for entrenched interests to keep feeding us the same S#!t sandwich.

Regards,

Coal Guy

Anonymous said...

Coal Guy
Of course all cancers are a combination of many factors, genetic and environmental. Everyone knows that. Of course people who evolved from areas of the world with less sunlight evolved such that their skin has less active melanocytes to let more sun in. Sunlight causes skin cancer,not breast cancer. Use sunscreen or pay the consequences.

Anonymous said...

Sunlight does not cause breast cancer, but the initial evidence indicates that the number of breast cancer deaths (among others) prevented by moderate exposure to the sun would be many times the number of skin cancer deaths caused. Name your poison. Something is going to get you. It is a balancing act. Moderation in all things.

Medical research is very specialized. The dermatologists don't care much if lack of sunlight increases other cancers. Eliminating exposure to the sun prevents the ones that they are interested in. All the specialties are like that. Tunnel vision is rampant.

Regards,

Coal Guy

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Anonymous said...

Um, everyone is so quick to talk about endocrine disruptors and blame Monsanto and our food supply (which I admit, putting soy into everything is a bad idea) BUT

WHO uses hormonal contraceptives, the biggest endocrine disruptor?

the Western world. and not just contraceptives, look at the inserts on your drugs, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, everything disrupts.

and what is the % of americans on prescribed drugs?

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