Hurry up, get your health plans or senior health plans and dental and vision plans all picked out.  Make sure the health premiums are paid.  You can even get a less expensive high deductible health plan and back it up with some accident insurance.  Why should you hurry?  Because it’s SUMMERTIME!

Summer.  Water skiing.  Hiking.  Camping.  Fishing.  Picnics.  Surfing.  Jet skiing.  Snorkeling. Tennis.  Mountain climbing.  Cruises.  Sailing.  Baseball.  Well, you get the idea.  Who among us can resist a bright sunny day?  We make definite plans for rainy days.  But sunny days?  The choices are endless.

I bet you didn’t know that there is an amazing drug available to each and every one of us free of charge. You have no lifetime limit on how much you may receive. This drug can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many other diseases; it’s sunshine.  And in sunshine is its good buddy, vitamin D.

From the Los Angeles Times “We don’t have a cause and effect relationship here yet proving that higher doses of vitamin D prevent such diseases”, said biochemist Hector DeLuca of the University of Wisconsin, who was the first to demonstrate how the vitamin interacts with the endocrine system, which manages the body’s hormonal balance.

“But the links are so suggestive that we have to pay attention to keeping blood levels up where they will protect,” he said.  Until the protective effect is proved, he added, “What’s wrong with keeping an adequate level of vitamin D in the blood in case it is?”

Robyn Lucas, an epidemiologist at Australian National University found that far more lives are lost to diseases caused by a lack of sunlight than those caused by too much.

What happens to humans if we don’t get enough vitamin D? reports the following:

  • Weak bones and muscles: some doctors think that most fibromyalgia cases are probably vitamin D deficiency
  • Cancer: including breast, prostate, colon and melanoma
  • Cardiovascular disease: exposing people with high blood pressure to ultraviolet light has been shown to improve the condition
  • Asthma: children of mothers with low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to develop asthma
  • Autoimmune disorders: vitamin D deficiency is common in type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis
  • Mental health: in a study of elderly people, mood and cognitive skills deteriorated with lower levels of D

The sunshine vitamin may be difficult to get if you live north of Atlanta in the winter.  Experts recommend about 2,000 IU’s in oral form per day in the winter. In the summertime going outside in the mid day sun for about 10 minutes in shorts and a tank top and no sunscreen will give you enough radiation for your body to produce about 10,000 international units of D. And that should keep you in a fine sunshine state of mind.