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“Mal-illumination is to Light as Malnutrition is to Food.”

— Dr. John Ott, Health and Light

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Science of Light (SOL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and development organization.

SOL works to raise awareness of mal-illumination; a condition that Dr. Ott likened to malnutrition.

“Unwittingly,  millions of people are compromising their immunity and suffering from Mal-illumination   . . . the silent epidemic.”

—Ken Ceder. Executive Director

Since the beginning of human history

people have lived, worked and played outdoors during the light of day, active and vibrant, absorbing the full spectrum of light energy photons from the sky. An average of 10 hours each day, 70 hours weekly, was common for eons. But in less than a mere two hundred years, millions of people have become “contemporary cave dwellers” living and working indoors.

This dramatic reduction of natural light exposure, and its’ domino-effect disturbance to vital light regulated circadian rhythms, was coined “mal-illumination” by the late Dr. John Ott, the father of full-spectrum light technology.

The full spectrum of sunlight energy is essential for the development, growth, and maintenance of not only a healthy body but also critical for a healthy mind.

Mal-illumination is brought about by limiting our daily intake of full-spectrum daylight and supplementing it with too much artificial limited-spectrum indoor light, especially blue light at night, and by shielding ourselves from the sun with such things as tinted windows, windshields, sunglasses and suntan lotions.

Mal-illumination silently contributes to many adverse health issues and some are quite serious — obesity, depression, fatigue, sleep & eating disorders as well as breast, prostate and colon cancer.

Like malnutrition, mal-illumination causes deficiencies by depriving us of the sun’s vital ‘energetic nutrient’ wavelengths which enter the body through the eyes and skin. Sunlight striking the skin manufactures natural vitamin D while light entering the eyes regulates vital circadian rhythms that control appetite, energy, mood, sleep, libido, and other body-mind functions.

Humans are photobiotic ‘solar beings’ — we’re absolutely dependent on the absorption of solar energy.

Every metabolic process, every enzyme reaction, muscular movements, the digestion of food and the burning of fat are all biological processes that are augmented by sunlight energy. A reduction of ‘natural light energy’ causes a slowdown in these processes that leads to decreased metabolism, reduced burning of fat, reduced vitality and compromised immunity.

The human body functions much like a green plant, collecting energy from the atmosphere. The nervous system may be described as a network of electrical wires which conduct photons of light energy. Light energy is collected by the skin and eyes; converted into photocurrent and channeled throughout the entire nervous system.

This photocurrent is then distributed to the internal organs and cells via the individual nerves. In addition to activating sight in the visual cortex, photocurrent also travels to the brain’s main control center, the hypothalamus. Informed by photocurrent, the hypothalamus then helps regulate brain chemistry, essential hormones, and circadian rhythms.

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