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How Sunlight Affects Sleep, Hormones and Body Fat

Since the beginning of human history, people have lived and worked outdoors during the light of day, absorbing light energy from the sky. An average of 10 hours outdoors each day, 70 hours weekly, was common.
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Following the advent of Edison’s long-lasting light bulb, over the last 100 years, people have moved indoors, away from the natural light that so faithfully regulated our circadian rhythms and energized our brain cells and bodies.
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Today, we spend an average of less than 30 minutes a day or a mere 3 hours per week in daylight, according to a study by Daniel Kripke, M.D., professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego. Scientific research has proven that our circadian rhythms are dependent upon light entering our eyes to regulate our body’s master clock. According to the quality and quantity of light received, key hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin and melatonin are released in the brain to set our daily rhythms.
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Is it any wonder that we experience many of the symptoms of being out of rhythm? Weight gain, fatigue, depression, headaches, pain, hormonal imbalances, sleep disorders, PMS, lowered immune responses, vitamin deficiencies and lack of vitality are but a few of the many health problems that may be associated with being out of rhythm.
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Artificial Light and Obesity
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Since low fat diets and exercise have gone to war against obesity, the average American has actually gained 8.5 pounds. Increasing numbers of people are getting type 2 diabetes. Some people feel they exercise like maniacs but are always hungry, are overweight and gain weight if they even smell a cookie.
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Researchers T.S. Wiley and Bent Formby believe that the over consumption of fat and a lack of exercise do not cause obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. They base their conclusions on more than a decade of research at the National Institutes of Health. They say that avoiding artificial fats can help, but completely avoiding artificial toxins is impossible. They believe the problems of obesity and cancer can be helped with a solution as simple as turning off a light bulb and paying more attention to the essential need for sunlight.
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Before the invention of the light bulb and the electric power grid, when the sun set, the environment grew dark. If people stayed up late, their activity was lit by the dim glow of fire or candles. When night fell, most people went to bed and slept. In the winter, people spent up to 14 hours a day in the dark. In the past, the abdominal fat pad now common year-round in insulin-resistant and type 2 diabetic patients would have kept internal organs warm and served as an energy store for the famine season of winter.
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In cold weather, the body increases cholesterol production to lower the freezing temperature of cell membranes. Chronic high insulin leads to insulin resistance. Blood sugar cannot enter muscle cells, so all sugar goes to fat cells for storage or gets turned into cholesterol. This makes insulation and “antifreeze” to prepare the body for the winter famine that never comes for many in the modern world. In the summer, the body gets the message to produce hormones that say, “Eat all you can and build up a fat pad so you will survive the dark winter famine.” The readily available annual supply of sugary foods at anytime during the day or night contributes to the hormone disruption cycle.
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Today, artificial light tricks the body into thinking every day, year-round, is the season to eat a lot and gain weight. Moreover, the flickering light of TV at night causes dopamine release telling the body to eat and store fat. Even if one sleeps eight hours a night, several hours may be spent sleeping in a room with artificial or outside light leaking in, interfering with melatonin production.
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Artificial light also provides an abnormal light spectrum. Staying up late also means insulin stays higher at night, when it should be low. Cortisol levels then fall so late that they interfere with deep sleep, and then cortisol does not come up normally in the morning. If cortisol is not high enough to enhance dopamine release in the morning, a person may feel rushed and have poor memory and trouble planning for the new day. Abnormal cortisol fluctuation can also cause the appetite to come roaring on in the afternoon and evening. Melatonin would have suppressed the appetite at night, but it will not be available to do so when the lights are on.
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Thus, after sunset, the later we have exposure to light bulbs, computer monitors, and TV screens, the more we are prompted to eat, especially carbohydrates. It doesn’t work to try to burn off the extra weight through exercise at night because that makes the cortisol levels go up even more.
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The natural hours of light and dark each day regulate hormones like insulin, serotonin and dopamine. Light curbs melatonin production at the pre-optic site connecting to the pineal gland. Research on rats showed that light, even less than that of a candle, in the dark phase (night), disrupts the production of the antioxidant melatonin and increases tumor growth. On the other hand, long dark nights change the metabolism from sugar burning to fat burning.
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Artificially long hours of light—every day, all year long—eliminate seasons, as far as the body can tell. This can be countered by reducing the amount of light in one’s environment at night and by getting adequate sunlight for good light hygiene.

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Two Forms of Melatonin?

Melatonin and sunlight are intimately linked and the relationship is unique in the fact that there are two forms of melatonin, circulatory and subcellular.  Both appear to be controlled by either the absence of sunlight or presence of sunlight. While circulatory melatonin may be the ‘hormone of darkness’ subcellular melatonin may be the ‘hormone of daylight’.
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The main point of this hypothesizes is that the subcellular melatonin is being produced in response to near infrared light (NIR) photons which make up the majority of natural sunlight.
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I’m happy to share a Melatonin Research article that my associate Scott Zimmerman co-authored with Prof. Russel J. Reiter. Melatonin and the Optics of the Human Body
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Sun Avoidance Is as Risky as Smoking

Recent research highlights the importance of sensible sun exposure, stating “Current guidelines for sun exposure are unhealthy and unscientific.”
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The research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in December 2018, calls for an immediate revision of public health recommendations, noting that moderate, non-burning UV exposure is a health benefit and should be recommended as such.

The authors warn that the public has been misled and misinformed about the health ramifications of sun avoidance.

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A press release by the Canadian Vitamin D Society notes: “The authors examined the current state of scientific research and found that severe sunburns are linked to an increase risk of melanoma but non-burning sun exposure is linked to a reduced risk of melanoma”.
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“This is a message the public never receive from current public health guidelines,” states Dr. David Hoel, lead author, department of public health sciences, Medical University of South Carolina. “The public is led to believe that all sun exposure should be avoided and that the avoidance of sun exposure is free of risk from a health perspective… that is not the case.”
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The paper warns an estimated 12 percent of all U.S. deaths may be linked to inadequate sun exposure, and that sun avoidance is as potent a risk factor for death as smoking.

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Compelling evidence supporting the idea that regular sun exposure benefits health and longevity was published in the Journal of Internal Medicine in 2014. In this study, led by Pelle Lindqvist, senior research fellow at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, the sun exposure habits of nearly 30,000 Swedish women were evaluated in a 20-year-long study. According to the authors:
  • All-cause mortality was inversely related to sun exposure habits. The mortality rate amongst avoiders of sun exposure was approximately twofold higher compared with the highest sun exposure group, resulting in excess mortality with a population attributable risk of 3 percent.
  • The results of this study provide observational evidence that avoiding sun exposure is a risk factor for all-cause mortality. Following sun exposure advice that is very restrictive in countries with low solar intensity might in fact be harmful to women’s health.”
  • The take-home message of this study: Women who avoided the sun had double the mortality risk of those who got regular sun exposure..
There are not many daily lifestyle choices that double your risk of dying.
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Two years later, Lindqvist published a follow-up paper, in which more than 25,500 Swedish women between the ages of 25 and 64 were again followed for 20 years. Detailed information about sun exposure habits and confounding factors were obtained and analyzed in a “competing risk” scenario.
  • Overall, women who got regular sun exposure did have a higher risk for melanoma compared to sun avoiders, but again, they still had a lower all-cause mortality risk, likely due to their increased vitamin D levels.
  • Women with active sun exposure habits had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and non-cancer death compared to those who avoided the sun. What’s more, sun avoidance was determined to be as hazardous as smoking, in terms of its effects on life expectancy.
  • Nonsmokers who avoided sun exposure had a life expectancy similar to smokers in the highest sun exposure group, indicating that avoidance of sun exposure is a risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking. Compared to the highest sun exposure group, life expectancy of avoiders of sun exposure was reduced by 0.6 to 2.1 years.

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Ancient New Medicine

Professionals and patients alike have welcomed changes in healthcare over the past few decades. In the scientific world there has been excitement over breakthroughs, with research highlighting the efficacy of a variety of treatments. Some of these harness the most modern, state-of-the-art techniques, while others draw on natural resources and mechanisms as old as time. Many of the most successful interventions are based on marriages of ancient and modern.
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Now, as the medical profession finds itself exhausting the valuable resource of antibiotic therapy through its overuse, many doctors are looking for viable alternatives. An ancient ‘new’ therapy is beginning to shine bright. Light therapy is rapidly finding its place once again amongst the armory of the modern physician.
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Enlightened Health

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The history of light therapy dates as far back as the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, all of whom created healing temples based on recognition of the therapeutic actions of light for healing the body as well as the mind and soul. However, many of the elements of such healing potential were attributed to religious metaphor. Yet as early as 1903, the twentieth century embraced the whole area of light for healing once again.
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The date 1903 is notable because it was in this year that physician Dr Neils Finsen was given the Nobel Prize for medicine for both his investigation and clinical application of light therapy. Up until the end of the 1930s various forms of light-related therapies found widespread use in hospitals and clinics throughout the Western world. His discovery of sunlight as a means to cure certain types of small pox and tuberculosis was surpassed with the advent of antibiotics which saw the demise of the use of light treatment on a wide scale.
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So where is the future of light therapy progressing?

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The scientific mechanisms underlying various light therapy treatments are finally being explained. Years of systematic research carried out in centers of excellence all over the world now provides not only a better understanding of the cellular mechanisms which respond to light therapy, but also various biological effects that can be achieved as a result of light stimulation. Medical science is discovering that humans need a wide range of light frequencies for physical, emotional and mental well being...
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Light therapy is developing well into the millennium as more and more research takes us even beyond the cellular level, and molecular biologists explain features of an unimaginable world of energy medicine and quantum physics as the science of light unfolds. At this point it is important to understand one fundamental element, that light therapy, in whatever form it is applied, does not cure anything.
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Here lies the key.

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The attractive element of light therapy is that when applied in the correct doses and relevant specific wavelengths, light actually stimulates the body’s cells towards balance or to re-regulate themselves, resulting in cellular regeneration.
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Natural light is tremendously important for health and vitality, yet its benefits are often lost in today’s busy and usually indoor world. Today we spend an average of less that 30 minutes a day or a mere 3 hours per week in daylight and often much less according to a study by Daniel Kripke, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego.
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In a mere one hundred years or so, humanity has gone from outdoor hunter-gatherer and farmer to indoor contemporary cave dweller. Due to this radical shift, most people are utilizing less than one tenth of the ‘sunlight voltage’ that our genes were originally programmed to depend on.

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Don’t be in the dark about your healthlighten up!

 

 

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Light at Night Linked to Depression

Not Enough Light

Many people are becoming aware of the fact that the lack of light in winter can cause seasonal depression known as SAD.
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SAD is mainly due to the fluctuations in daylight hours as the seasons change, disrupting a person’s circadian rhythm—or internal clock—which controls a person’s physiological response to light and darkness.
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Too Much Light?

Interestingly, recent LAN (light-at-night) research is suggesting that sleeping in a room with even a low level of light is associated with an increased risk of developing depression, even when the light did not cause people to awaken or experience other sleep disturbances during the night.
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In the study, bedroom light intensity was measured objectively, and depressive symptoms were assessed. Of 863 participants (average age = 71.5 years) who did not have depressive symptoms at baseline, 73 participants reported development of depressive symptoms during follow-up (median, 24 months).
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The researchers found that people who were exposed to five lux* or more of light at night had a “significantly higher depression risk” than those who slept in darker rooms.

*Five lux is approximately the equivalent of the light that falls on a three-foot-square surface that is about three feet away from five candles.

Previous studies have suggested the possibility that LAN induces sleep disturbances, impaired melatonin secretion and misalignments between sleep/wake behavior and depression is frequently accompanied by these conditions.
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Not Just Seniors

The researchers also point out that the association they found between LAN exposure and depressive symptoms is unlikely to be limited to older populations. In fact, quite the opposite may be true.
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Age-related cloudiness of the crystalline lens causes decreased light reception to the retina, even before cataract diagnosis and the capacity for light reception of a 70-year-old is one-fifth of that of a teenager.
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Conclusion.

Rresearch suggests that sleeping in total darkness may be a viable option to reduce the risk of depression.

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Don’t Be SAD…

Lighten Up!

SAD (seasonal affective disorder), also known as winter depression, winter blues or seasonal depression, is a mood disorder subset provoked by reduced daylight hours during fall and winter. People who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms at the same time each year.
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SAD is characterized by irritability, oversleeping, increased tiredness, changes in appetite, and reduced motivation to participate in social activities. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start with the reduction of seasonal light and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
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Although experts were initially skeptical, this condition is now recognized as a common disorder. The American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV & DSM-5) was changed and is no longer classified as a unique mood disorder but is now a specifier called with seasonal pattern for recurrent major depressive disorder that occurs at a specific time of the year.
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SAD’s prevalence in the U.S. ranges from 1.4% in Florida to 9.9% in Alaska. Countries closest to the equator report almost no incidences of SAD, whereas extreme northern and southern countries have high incidences. This is mainly due to the fluctuations in daylight hours as the seasons change, disrupting a person’s circadian rhythm—or internal clock—which controls a person’s physiological response to light and darkness.
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To reiterate, if you have SAD, you may:
  • Feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious.
  • Lose interest in your usual activities.
  • Eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta.
  • Gain weight.
  • Sleep more but still feel tired.
  • Have trouble concentrating.
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Women are four times more likely than men to experience SAD due to the disorder’s association with female hormones. Individuals who have been previously diagnosed with depression, or those who have a family history of depression, are at an even higher risk for SAD.
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The reduction of daily light exposure causes shifts in hormone and chemical levels in the brain. The two main hormones responsible for SAD are serotonin—responsible for ‘feel good’ mood and melatonin—responsible for inducing sleep. Some people are more sensitive than others to the reduction of natural light during the day and will produce more melatonin and less serotonin during the autumn and winter months. These chemical shifts disrupt the circadian rhythm, worsen moods, and decrease energy.
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The most common treatment for SAD is light therapy, which consists of daily exposure to light that mimics outdoor light, leading to increases in serotonin levels in the brain that will help lift moods and relieve other symptoms. It is best to start light therapy early in the fall, before symptoms appear or they become to get too intense and interfere with school work and other daily activities..
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Interestingly, the symptoms of SAD are not limited to only reduced seasonal daylight. Similar symptoms are now common for millions of people all year round caused by our now predominant indoor life style that has unwittingly created a silent epidemic known as  — mal-illumination.”
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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. 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. Light entering the eyes regulates vital circadian rhythms that control appetite, energy, mood, sleep, libido and other body-mind functions.
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Fact is — humans are photobiotic ‘solar beings’ — all of us are absolutely dependent on the absorption of radiant, solar energy. As with many forms of depression, exercise and frequent trips outdoors can help prevent or relieve SAD symptoms. Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
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Accelerated Aging: The Importance of a Stable Circadian Rhythm

 

Circadian rhythms play a critical role in how fast we age.

 

 

 

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Once the circadian rhythms are disrupted aging is accelerated.

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Got Rhythm?

A circadian rhythm is an approximate 24 hour cycle that regulates all of the physiological processes of living beings, including plants and animals.
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There are clear patterns of:
  • brain wave activity
  • hormone production
  • cell regeneration
  • and other biological activities linked to this daily circadian cycle.
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As anyone who has spent wakeful nights suffering from jet lag will attest, the human body has a strong sense of time. When this cycle is disrupted, like in jet lag, sleep disorders ensue.
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According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders are caused by alterations of the circadian time-keeping system, its entrainment mechanisms, or a misalignment of the endogenous (internal) circadian rhythm and the external environment.
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The AASM reports that the most common presenting symptoms of circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders are difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep, and excessive sleepiness.
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Left untreated, these disorders can cause adverse health outcomes; impairments in social, occupational and educational performance; and safety concerns.
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Long-term sleep loss may affect the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune and nervous systems with severe consequences including hypertension, obesity and mental health disorders, among others.
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Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Circadian rhythm disturbances are increasingly reported before the onset of Parkinson’s Disease, suggesting that they could be risk factors. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are two diseases that are characterized by an impaired circadian clock and compromised mitochondrial function.
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Mitochondria are small organelles that exist in almost all our cells and supply them with energy and play an important role in these cellular processes. Researchers have shown that the mitochondrial network loses its rhythm if the circadian clock is impaired, which causes a decline in energy production in the cells.
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Our circadian clock sets the rhythm for our cells’ powerhouses.

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COME INTO RHYTHM!

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Biological Enlightenment

Man does not live by food alone . . .  he also lives on light.

Human biology is absolutely dependent on balanced, natural light.

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Light helps regulate brain chemistry and circadian rhythms that control appetite, energy, mood, sleep, libido and other body-mind functions.
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Light helps us to stay alert and to be productive, as well as helps us to sleep, heal and regenerate.

  • Humans are photobiotic ‘solar beings’ — absolutely dependent on the absorption of vital solar radiation.
  • We are human photocells whose ultimate biological nutrient is sunlight.

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We can now say emphatically that the function of our entire metabolism is dependent on light.

— Dr. Fritz Albert Popp
International Institute of Biophysics
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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.
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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.
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Photosynthesis in Plants Metabolism in Humans

  • 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 photo-current and channeled throughout the body.
  • Photo-current (voltage) is distributed by nerves and fascia (fibrous connective tissue found throughout the body) that act like an electrical wiring system.
  • In addition to activating sight in the visual cortex, photo-current travels to the brain’s control center, the hypothalamus.
  • Informed by photo-current, the hypothalamus helps regulate brain chemistry, essential hormones and circadian rhythms.
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Light Energy is Life Energy!

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Photobiology

The current science of photobiology, the study of the effects of light on living organisms can be traced to ancient cultures through their use of color and light for healing.
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More recently, light (therapy) for healing and health was in vogue until the discovery of penicillin and the world of pharmaceuticals. As a matter of fact, Niels Ryberg Finsen, a physician and scientist of Icelandic descent was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1903 in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases with concentrated light radiation.
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Today light for health and disease prevention is again being rediscovered as a natural prevention intervention.

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Every day, more people become interested in the potential benefits of light and dark and its effects on human health and well-being. Lighting characteristics that are effective to the circadian system are different than those effective to the visual system.
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Biological rhythms that repeat approximately every 24 hours are called circadian rhythms. Light is the main stimulus that helps the circadian clock, and thus circadian rhythms, keep a synchronized rhythm with the 24-hour solar day.
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Humans need to be exposed to a sufficient amount and quality of light for the biological clock to remain synchronized with the solar day.
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If lack of synchrony or circadian disruption occurs, we may experience decrements in physiological functions, neurobehavioral performance, and sleep.
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Good temporal entrainment allows for optimal performance at the right time of the day, because being able to anticipate future tasks allows the appropriate physiological and psychological preparation. However, our modern society often imposes deviations from the natural light-dark cycle which results in problems with entrainment.
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Failure to adapt to environmental and societal time cues (being out of rhythm with nature) leads to misalignment of internal biological clocks. This disentrainment comes with enhanced risk of errors, accidents, low productivity, and health risks such as increased risk for cancer, depression, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal, metabolic and cardiovascular disorders, decreased immune responses and even life span.
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The fact that so many are literally in the dark about light’s vital relationship with health is a cause of serious concern and the cornerstone of our non-profit mission to raise awareness of mal-illumination.
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Mal-illumination is brought about by limiting our daily intake of balanced, full-spectrum daylight and supplementing it with too much artificial ‘limited-spectrum’ indoor light.
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Mal-illumination silently contributes to many health issues, some quite serious —obesity, depression, fatigue, sleep and eating disorders as well as breast, prostate and colon cancer.
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Like malnutrition, mal-illumination causes deficiencies by depriving us of the sun’s energetic nutrient wavelengths referred to as photo-nutrition.
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MAL-ILLUMINATION IS TO LIGHT AS MALNUTRITION IS TO FOOD

— Dr. John Ott

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Photobiomodulation and Your Health

Light Energy is Life’s Energy . . .   It’s Your Energy!

One third of the energy your body consumes comes from the food you eat. The vast majority of the energy your body needs to maintain systemic equilibrium comes from environmental infrared light exposure.
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Dr. Alexander Wunsch, MD, PhD
World Class Expert on Photobiology
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The 2017 Nobel Prize in ‘Physiology or Medicine’ was awarded for the discovery of how plants, animals and humans optimize their health by harmonizing their circadian rhythms with the daily cycle of light and darkness.
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This discovery when applied as therapy is called Photobiomodulation (cellular modulation by light) and is also known as, LED Phototherapy or LED Therapy.
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This therapy is a scientific method that allows the use of specific wavelengths of the light spectrum for therapeutic purposes to stimulate the metabolic activity of cells.
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Amazingly, all of the blood in the body circulates through the eyes approximately every two hours.

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SOL’s Fullest-Spectrum LED Therapy is unique in the fact that it primarily targets the “face & eyes” and utilizes low intensity LEDs (light emitting diodes) to create a process similar to plant photosynthesis whereby plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight energy into cellular building blocks.
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SOLshine Photo-Nutrition stimulates the body to heal itself and helps to maintain the ideal internal body environment (homeostasis). The event is systemic rather than directed at any particular condition. And in the process, many conditions are addressed.
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Entering the eyes, the light emitted by the LEDs helps to regulate brain chemistry and is absorbed by the blood cells producing an amazing cascade of events.

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  • Every metabolic process, enzyme reaction, muscular movement, the digestion of food and the burning of fat 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 & compromised immunity.
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Photobiomodulation therapies are now helping people with a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to, skin conditions, pain, mood disorders, macular degeneration, cognitive decline and many other conditions.
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What’s equally amazing is that the type of lights that elicits these benefits, are available without prescription and can be safely used in the comfort of your own home.
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Exposure to natural sunlight triggers the production of most of the energy required for cellular metabolism as well as repair and regeneration.
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The true full-spectrum of natural light energy —balanced with both visible and invisible light— is essential for the devlopment, growth and maintenance of a healthy body and mind.
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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 unwittingly, become “contemporary cave dwellers” living and working indoors starving for vital energy.
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Sunlight is Life’s Energy, It’s Your Energy…

This reduction of natural light exposure was coined “mal-illumination by the late Dr. John Ott, the father of full-spectrum light technology.
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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.
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Mal-illumination silently contributes to many adverse health conditions— depression, obesity, fatigue, sleep & eating disorders as well as breast, prostate & colon cancer.
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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.
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  • Sunlight striking the skin manufactures natural vitamin D
  • Light entering the eyes regulates vital circadian rhythms that control appetite, energy, mood, sleep, libido and other body-mind functions.
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The eyes are an external component of the brain.

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Light entering the eyes regulates brain chemistry.

 

  • 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 photo-current and channeled throughout the entire nervous system..
  • Photo-current is distributed to internal organs and cells via individual nerves.
  • In addition to activating sight in the visual cortex, photo-current travels to the brain’s main control center, the hypothalamus.
  • Informed by photo-current, the hypothalamus helps regulate brain chemistry, essential hormones and circadian rhythms..

Mankind’s radical shift indoors, away from life supporting solar energy —that our genes are programmed to respond to— reduces immune response and can impact your life span.

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SUNSHINE OUTDOORS / SOLSHINE INDOORS

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