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UV ADVANTAGE Paperback – October 15, 2005
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"So desperate is the anti-sun lobby to convince you of the dangers of the sun so that you will buy its products year-round, the representatives will tell you with a straight face that if it's February in Boston and you're planning to walk to the corner store to buy a quart of milk or sit outside on your lunch break, you should wear [smear on] sunscreen. This is wrong-headed and alarmist. Even on the sunniest February day, the sun isn't strong enough in New England or New York to increase your risk of skin cancer significantly... The scare tactics of the cosme-ceutical industry have been embraced by most of the dermatology profession. These groups have worked in concert and frightened the daylights out of people - or, to put it more accurately, frightened people out of the daylight." (pp12-13)
Evidence is given from Dr. Holick's own work and others that vitamin D levels are too low in a large fraction of the world's humans, especially those with dark skin and living more than 30° from the equator. This deficiency causes more osteoporosis, rickets, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer than had been believed just 20 years ago. The types of skin cancer caused by excessive sunlight are easily treated and are rarely fatal.
With the greatest care, Dr.Read more ›
Take for instance our exposure to sunlight, or our lack of it. For if you haven?t heard, sun exposure causes skin cancer. Or unless you haven?t been around in the past decade, you obviously have not been aware of the epidemic of skin cancer that is affecting our citizens. There are countless numbers of public service announcements and television advertisements from sun tan lotion manufacturers warning you of exposure to these so-called harmful rays of the sun, Ultraviolet A and B to be exact.
Well, Dr. Holick is here to tell you that what you have been hearing is not entirely correct. In fact, He is telling you that regular moderate exposure to sunlight is not only a requirement for a healthy life, but also a requisite for living.
Being an Arizona native and having a history of non-melanoma skin cancer gives me a unique perspective. I will continue to receive moderate exposure to sunlight and try very hard to limit burning of any kind. For mankind has had a beneficial relationship with the sun for thousands of years. The key, as with many health related issues, is moderation.
Do not miss out on this crucial information, this is the most lucid discussion of sunlight exposure I have read.
from CancerDecisions.com Newsletter
A. Bernard Ackerman, MD, is an exceptionally distinguished dermatologist and one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject of skin cancer. In 1999, after a long career in academic medicine, he founded and became director of the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology in New York.
Largely because of his leadership and high standards, Dr. Ackerman's institution quickly became the world's largest training center in the field of dermatopathology. (Dermatopathology is the study of the disease processes that affect the skin. It involves detailed knowledge of the microscopic anatomy of the skin's structure in health and disease.) Dr. Ackerman and his six associates examine more than 100,000 skin specimens and do more than 4,000 consultations per year. Dr. Ackerman has published 625 research papers and his list of honors and awards includes this year's Master Award, given to one person a year by the American Academy of Dermatology.
What makes this accomplished scientist particularly interesting is not just his distinguished career in academic medicine but the fact that he challenges some of the dermatology profession's most cherished dogmas. According to an article in the New York Times (July 20, 2004), at age 67, Dr. Ackerman "continues to teach and write, and also to ask for data and question his field's conventional wisdom."
"The field is just replete with nonsense," he told the Times. For instance:
Dr. Ackerman does not believe that the link between melanoma and sun exposure (a central dogma of dermatology) has been proven. He himself is deeply tanned and unafraid to expose his body to the sun.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to read but lots of info. Dr. Holick's credentials for this topic are excellent. This did help me understand vitamin D and I am trying it myself.Published 16 months ago by kjj
it's very informative about the UV effects on humanity and other livingPublished 19 months ago by Eugene C.
Best book on Vitamin D, written by the best qualified researcher on the planet.Published 21 months ago by John A Di Francesco
arrived on time and is just what i have been looking for. So much knowledge and that give me that advantage of avoiding the doctor office..LewPublished on March 1, 2014 by Lew Harrison
This is just what I shave always had a feeling about. The sunscreen industry was started by Loreal and Coppertone to make a profit. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Cmurphy
I believe that tanning is only a bad thing if you over do it. We need our vitamin D and sunshine to survive and be healthy. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by jbdivers
Fun to read. Author has a memorable style of conveying his information. Much background information to support his ideas. Good book.Published on December 30, 2013 by Ufcw
Short, simple and clear.
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I'm working in middle east for more than 7 months and I haven't seen one single normal result of vitamin D. Read more