Sources of Vitamin D: Should I Stay Out of the Sun?

For decades we have been warned to stay out of the sun at all costs. The sun is accused of causing skin cancer, wrinkles and even malignant melanoma. The sun provides us with vitamin D, essential to our body. There is little or no danger if you expose your skin to the sun for a short amount of time. Cover your face with sun block, but expose your arms and legs for 15 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. That is in the summer between 11 AM and 1 PM. You will get all the vitamin D you need and won’t have to worry about sun damage.

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Vitamin D Sources: Not Enough Vitamin D in Food

The question is how much vitamin D do you need? You can easily find out how much vitamin D you have by a simple blood test. Ask your doctor to order a 25 hydroxy vitamin D level. Most experts believe that a level of 30 nanograms per milliliter is enough. But some studies suggest that a level of 40 or even 50 is needed to provide sufficient vitamin D for all its functions.

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Vitamin D is a Hormone, Not a Vitamin

A vitamin is something you need in tiny amounts that you must get from an external source. You make large quantities of your own vitamin D after just a few minutes in the summer sun.

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Podcast: Smoking – The Saddest Addiction

This healthcast will show you why smoking is the saddest addiction. My thanks to Dr. Tom Gross for this healthcast.

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Podcast: Inhaled Insulin

This healthcast will introduce you to a major advance in diabetes care,
inhaled insulin. You will learn:

  • How to take insulin without shots
  • Who should and should not use this treatment
  • The effects and side effects of inhaling insulin.

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Podcast: Byetta For Type 2 Diabetes

In this healthcast you will learn:

  • The uses of a great new drug for type 2 diabetes called Byetta
  • The kinds of patients who should not use it
  • The properties of the drug that make it so valuable

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Podcast: Trans Fats – What Are They And Why Are They Bad For You?

This healthcast will explain:

  • What trans fats are and why they are bad for you
  • Which foods contain trans fats
  • Why fat is needed and which ones to choose

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Podcast: Corn is Killing Us – The Obesity Epidemic

This healthcast will tell you:

  • The probable reason for our current epidemic of obesity and diabetes
  • How we got into this mess in the first place
  • What we can do to get ourselves out of the mess

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Podcast: Insomnia – Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

In this healthcast you will discover:

  • How you define insomnia
  • The different kinds of insomnia
  • What you can do to get a good night’s sleep

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Podcast: Fat In Fish – Why Fish Is Good For You

In this healthcast you will learn:

  • Why fish is good for you
  • Which fish are the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent heart disease
  • Who should avoid which fish because of the mercury content

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Podcast: Depression Part Two – Medication, Therapy, and Resources

In this healthcast you will learn:

  • The place of antidepressant medications in treatment
  • Talk therapy for depression
  • How to make use of all your resources to overcome depression

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Podcast: Recognizing Depression In Adults, Children And The Elderly

In this healthcast you will learn:

  • How to define depression so you can tell if you or a loved one suffers from it
  • Special features of depression in children and the elderly
  • What your doctor needs to know to treat it properly

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Podcast: Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a disease that affects 1 in every 100 females. It is a refusal to maintain a normal body weight. In this healthcast you will discover:

  • How to determine if someone you know has anorexia nervosa
  • How to tell if the person suffers from bulimia
  • What must be done to prevent sickness or even death.

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Podcast: Alzheimer’s Disease – How To Identify and What To Expect

Alzhiemer’s disease is becoming more and more common as our population ages.

You need to know:

  • How to identify when someone you know has Alzheimer’s
  • How to tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and other conditions
  • What to expect over time for the person with Alzheimer’s

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Podcast: Ethics In Science

In this healthcast you will learn about the problem of falsification of data by “scientists” trying to enhance their reputation.

You will discover:

  • The kinds of unethical behavior that scientists can engage in
  • The severity of the problem
  • A way to help ensure that scientific information is valid

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