If you are looking for a sure way to get ill with any kind of cancer (yes, even Melanoma), to easy catch the flu or just to weaken your immune system in general due to Vitamin D deficiency, then just follow the rules set out by DuPage County Health Department as reported in the cut from Glen Ellyn News below.
Reading such advice makes me wonder from where those people get their professional information? How could they have missed all the latest reports from serious and peer-reviewed research about Vitamin D deficiency in favor of press-releases from the sun-scare campaign.
They claim to give “tips for residents to protect themselves from overexposure”, but in reality they give advice of how to get NO EXPOSURE AT ALL which will lead to Vitamin D deficiency.
DuPage County is located at Latitude: 41°49’27.78″N and Longitude: 88° 5’24.27″W (which is approximately the same as Chicago). In the middle of summer (July 1st), the sun is high enough above the horizon for its UVB rays to reach the earth roughly between 10AM and 4PM.
To avoid Vitamin D deficiency in the way nature intended it, the residents of DuPage County need to be in the sun, exposing as much as possible of their skin (without sunscreen) at least 10 to 30 minutes (depending on skin-type) every day when the sun is higher than 50 degrees above the horizon.
They should enjoy it while they can because already from September 20th, no UVB from the sun will reach the DuPage County and this “Vitamin D deficiency period” will last until April 1st. However, with a regular and moderate use of tanning beds with low-pressure lamps, you can avoid Vitamin D deficiency all year around.
Five months of the year, NO Vitamin D can be produced in a natural way among the people living in DuPage County (or Chicago). And now the health authorities want to rob their residents also of the small opportunities they have to get Vitamin D during the rest of the time. Their advice about getting Vitamin D from diet only, is ridiculous and just another proof of their ignorance.
The question is if they are doing this out of real concern or if they have vested interests as sun-scare lobbyists. Maybe some resident who “have seen the light” and who is reading this blog, would like to look into this in more details and report your findings in our FORUM?
If you want to know how to calculate the exact time when the sun is high enough for UVB to create Vitamin D and thus avoid Vitamin D deficiency, see “Do You Know How To Tan?”
The DuPage County Health Department released summer-sun safety tips for residents to protect themselves from overexposure.
While overexposure to UV radiation can cause temporary, painful sunburn, it can also lead to long-term health problems such as skin cancer, premature aging, cataracts, eye damage and immune system suppression, according to the release. Children are particularly at risk.
Here are some steps to prevent UV overexposure:
• Generously apply sunscreen: Apply about one ounce to cover all exposed skin 20 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor of at least 15 and provide protection from both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days and after swimming or sweating.
• Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses when possible.
• Seek shade when possible and remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Use extra caution near water or sand, which reflect damaging rays of the sun, which can increase the chance of sunburn.
• Check the UV Index, which provides information to help plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure.
• Early detection of skin cancer can save a life. A new or changing mole should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
• Don’t seek the sun for vitamin D. Get vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with vitamin D.
• Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds. The UV light from tanning beds and the sun cause skin cancer and wrinkling.
• For babies under 6 months, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding sun exposure and by dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats. Parents can also apply sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) to small areas like the face and back of the hands if protective clothing and shade are not available.