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A Little Rant

May 18, 2006

Reading the news can be less than uplifting. I know, I used to have quite an addiction. Currently, I read the news periodically, since I realized it was preventing me from making my own news. Good news like: “Mom makes breakfast for hungry family,” or “Wife found planting flowers,” or, how about, “Neighbor delivers food to shut-in.” Making your own news means you’re living, and living takes effort. Reading the news can easily deflate our enthusiasm for living, even for life itself. Where am I going with this? Well, today, I read the news. Here’s my take on the sunshine issue.

Headline: Skin Cancer On The Rise In Kids!

Summer is upon us, and so are the fear mongering news reports! Here are some realities you might want to consider:

  • You die without sunshine!
  • You need sunshine to create Vitamin D, which is essential to your skin, bones, immune system, and muscles.
  • People are happier when they get sunshine. (Sing with me, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy…” )
  • A healthy tan is a nice change from winter white.
  • Kids look great with freckles. :-)
  • If you eat more fruits and veggies, your chances of skin cancer greatly diminish.

Seriously, Vitamin D is made in our skin - through exposure to the sun. Would God create a need; then make it kill us? The debate about global warming will continue for longer than we would hope. Granted we live in a fallen world, but we can unbalance things by not paying attention to his whole creation plan, i.e. fruits and vegetables. These are loaded with antioxidant protection from Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Flavonoids, and Carotenoids. All of these nutrients are important for the health of your skin - both inside and out. Whether or not we are witnessing real problems with our environment, there are ways to combat the elements we’re exposed to, without living in a darkened cave of fear. Sun blocks not only keep you from getting sunburn, they keep you from making Vitamin D on your skin also. There are numerous corporations that delight in paying for studies to prove you need sun block. Can you think of anyone out there making money off of defending the health giving benefits of our closest star?

Now, if you evaluate your children’s diet honestly, and they are eating fast food, junk food, soda pop, etc. on a regular basis, you have cause to worry. Every time those destructive, empty calories are consumned, the body has fewer tools to do its repair and immune building work. There is a cause and effect here, but I suspect it has a lot more to do with our children’s diets, than with playing in the sunshine.

It helps to be old enough to remember things like the egg scare! It’s sad to think how many people were (and are) undernourished because of foolish reports about cholesterol in eggs. People would choose to eat a synthetic “food” rather than the real thing in moderation. A food that, in fact, contains the very nutrient needed to emulsify cholesterol. Did you know you will die without cholesterol, and in fact, your body makes its own cholesterol?

So, here’s my advice for a healthy summer. If you use sun block, do it with moderation for longer stints in the sun. Let yourself, and your children get sunshine, preferably everyday, without any sunscreen. And please, take in, enjoy, find delight in, every fresh fruit and vegetable you can get your hands on — preferably organic. And do teach your kids to enjoy them as well. They’re our best defense against many illnesses and disease. We need 7-9 servings a day.

Of course, if you have trouble meeting your quota for yourself, or your family, please drop me a line, I’d be happy to help you with some products that can fill in the gaps. And, they’re even tasty!

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