The Big Think

June 19, 2007

Skin Cancer

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 9:22 am

A recent report states that staying out of the sun may actually be worse for you has been preached by dermatologists. Reportedly, patients who lacked vitamin D (which our body gets from sunlight) had a much higher occurrence of deadlier cancers than those who got a normal dose of vitamin D.

The paper reports that researchers also “are linking low vitamin D status to a host of other serious ailments, including multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, influenza, osteoporosis and bone fractures among the elderly.”

While I’m not going to go running around outside unprotected (like I did as a child, with many, many blistering sunburns to show for it), it’s nice to know that science is slowing coming around to the belief that everything in the natural world isn’t necessarily bad for us.

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