I don’t know if the numbers of deaths as a result of insufficient Vitamin D levels include those who died of drug overdoses or not, but either way the numbers are pretty shocking. “Studies in the past decade indicate that insufficient sun exposure may be responsible for 340,000 deaths in the United States and 480,000 deaths in Europe per year, and an increased incidence of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, asthma, type 1 diabetes and myopia.”
More recently scientists and researchers are studying the effects of Vitamin D on addiction with interesting and hopeful conclusions. “After analyzing human data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the researchers found that those with insufficient vitamin D levels (less than 20 ng/ml) were more likely to use opioid painkillers and more likely to be diagnosed with an opioid use disorder than those with sufficient vitamin D levels.” https://www.paintreatmentdirectory.com/posts/vitamin-d-deficiency-increases-risk-of-opioid-addiction-and-worsens-withdrawal-symptoms
A Little Bit Of Sunshine: Make It A Daily Habit
Could it possibly be that a daily dose of sunshine could decrease the daily desire or need for opioids? And, if that is the case, is it possible to convince those who are currently dependent on opioids to expose themselves to the sun on a daily basis? I understand the difficulty this poses with the elderly who are bedridden, however, the younger, still functioning population are the more likely targets for this type of therapy.
The Sun Is Our Life-giving Friend, Not Something To Fear
We have turned into a society who shuns the sun. We’ve become terrified of the life-giving properties of the sun. We’re more afraid of skin cancer than we need to be. Recent research is showing that using sunscreen is not preventing melanoma, but it is depriving those who use it of making Vitamin D. “For the past 50 years, in the name of skin cancer prevention, the CDC has advised the American public to avoid sun exposure and to apply sunscreen daily even on cloudy days. During that time, the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has increased by 300%, indicating that the CDC’s understanding of the relationship between skin cancer and sun exposure is incorrect. Scientific discoveries in the 21st Century have shown that insufficient sun exposure has become the nation’s second largest public health problem after cigarette smoking.”
Get Out And Enjoy The Free Vitamin D While You Can
We still have a couple of months of summer to start improving our Vitamin D levels. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather see someone addicted to sunshine than opioids. Being out of doors in the sun for at least 30 minutes a day can have a profound impact on one’s health. I realize it’s not quite as simple as I make it sound and addiction is a complicated disease with many contributing factors, but it is easy to experiment by spending time outside each day. When summer comes to an end, get yourself a good quality Vitamin D supplement and find a tanning bed nearby!