|About the Book|
History has a habit of repeating itself. We can learn from the lessons it has to offer us or we can choose to ignore them. For most of human history the sun was a symbol of light, life and health. The ancient Egyptians worshiped the suns healingMoreHistory has a habit of repeating itself. We can learn from the lessons it has to offer us or we can choose to ignore them. For most of human history the sun was a symbol of light, life and health. The ancient Egyptians worshiped the suns healing powers and made good use of them, as did the Greeks and Romans. In 1903, just over one hundred years ago, the Nobel Prize was awarded to a doctor who showed sunlight could cure tuberculosis. In the years that followed, health experts encouraged sunbathing. Yet, sometimes medicine turns its back on the sun. The reasons for this are many and varied, but the consequences for public health are much the same - weak bones, weak muscles, depression and general ill health. When The Healing Sun first appeared on the bookshelves in 1999, public health policy was firmly against sun exposure. There were no health benefits to be gained from sunbathing- only harm. We were told to get our vitamin D from our diets, not the suns rays. The Healing Sun was the first book to question this. Clearly, there are risks to sun exposure. But there are benefits too- and these were being ignored. It is now clear that vitamin D deficiency is far more common than previously thought. The link between low vitamin D status and potentially fatal diseases has become clearer too. Other discoveries show just how important sun exposure is both to physical and mental health. This new edition of The Healing Sun will revisit some of the material in the original book. It will also examine why medical thinking can change so dramatically on something so fundamental to human health as sunlight.