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"Can sunshine, now shunned by so many who fear skin cancer and wrinkles, save many more lives than in harms? Most definately, says the leading expert in the field, Dr. Michael F. Holick, a professor of medicine, dermatology, physiology and biophysics at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Holick, who discovered the active form of Vitamin D, has pulled together an impressive body of evidence in support of his advice that no one should be, as he puts it, a "sunphone," or for that matter, a sun worshiper. Dr. Holick elaborates on these ideas in an important book(to be published), written with Mark Jenkins, a health writer. People should have the opportunity to benefit from the doctor's insights without further delay." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mark Jenkins is the author of numerous health articles and books. He lives in Martha's Vineyard.
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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: IBOOKS, INC.; 2 edition (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596879009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596879003
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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By Joel M. Kauffman on February 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An insider with the guts to oppose mainstream guidelines on exposure to sunlight, the best way for most people to make vitamin D, and on taking more than 400 IU of vitamin D per day in supplements, Dr. Holick has followed in Dr. Linus Pauling's footsteps, doing for vitamin D what Pauling did for vitamin C. Here is a fearless quotation describing some of the advice you may have believed:

"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.
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Often, but not too frequently, new health paradigms come along that seem counterintuitive to nature. And given enough time, along with approval of the prevailing economic and political interests, they become entrenched in society, and then very difficult to dislodge. So engrained it becomes, that it becomes a part of our regular vernacular.
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.
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Lightweight introduction to UV and vitamin D. No slight intended to Dr Holick who has been and is a key researcher on vitamin D and is presenting important health information to the public. But this book is like a friendly conversation between a well-informed doctor who is giving essential information to a lay audience, but he assumes they don't want much detail. If you have read a few web-pages about vitamin D, you may already know everything here - vitamin D RDA is too low, many people are deficient, deficiency is associated with a number of illnesses, sunlight exposure will give you what you need but don't get sunburned, supplements can also help but are inferior to sunlight because you need to determine appropriate dosage. The book has repeated information, padding (sentences along the lines of 'countless poets and songwriters attest to the enjoyment of sunshine'), while some things that could have been described in depth - like vitamin D toxicity from supplements (or potentially from diet I guess) - get short shrift. If you don't know much about vitamin D and want a high-level introduction, it's fine. If you wanted more detail or science, skip it.
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no less than 5 stars and attention from all who care about their health and well-being. I cannot imagine any reviewer not giving this book 5 stars (unless it were one from the sun-screen industry, perhaps). As one of the world's greatest experts on the health effects of UV radiation, Dr. Holick and his arguments cannot easily be contested and are perfectly reasonable and balanced. I found the book very well and clearly written and the tables in the back make it very easy for people anywhere in the world with any of the 5 types of skin to determine how much unprotected sun exposure to get.

Do not miss out on this crucial information, this is the most lucid discussion of sunlight exposure I have read.
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By Dr. Ralph Moss

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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.
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