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Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunshine - The New Heroin

Seemingly, if research is to be believed, sunshine is addictive and has a similar effect on the body as heroin.

It would appear that ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun stimulate the production of endorphins, ''feel good'' hormones that act on the same biological pathway as opioid drugs.
Lead scientist Dr David Fisher, from Harvard Medical School in the US, is quoted by the Telegraph:
''This information might serve as a valuable means of educating people to curb excessive sun exposure in order to limit skin cancer risk as well as accelerated skin ageing that occurs with repeated sun exposure.
Our findings suggest that the decision to protect our skin or the skin of our children may require more of a conscious effort rather than a passive preference.''
As to whether this research (conducted on shaved mice) is valid or not, remains open to question. Dr Richard Weller, senior lecturer in dermatology at the University of Edinburgh, said: 
''Mice are nocturnal animals, covered in fur, which avoid the light, so one must be cautious about extrapolating from these experiments to man.
.......It is very unlikely that evolutionary pressures would select for a trait which reduces survival and reproductive 'fitness'. If an 'addiction' to sun truly also exists in mankind, it suggests to me that there is a benefit to it.
'The authors mention vitamin D, but in addition to this, epidemiological data (particularly from Scandinavia) show that increased sun exposure is associated with reduced all-cause mortality.

'Our recent work shows how sunlight reduces blood pressure independently of vitamin D, which may account for some of the health enhancing effects of sun.''

That being said I guarantee that Nanny will misuse the results of this "research" and declare a war on sunshine (akin to her highly disastrous wars on terrorism and drugs).

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  1. One minute Sunshine is good for you, then the next minute Sunshine is BAD for you.

    One minute Aspirin is good for you, then the next minute Aspirin is BAD for you.

    One minute Wine is good for you, then the next minute Wine is BAD for you.

    And so on and so on....

    And yet we are told the science is SETTLED when it comes to Warble Gloaming???


  2. I will conduct my own research on this non issue. We had a long brutal winter here in the states and almost daily I thought about sticking my head in the oven.
    Spring and its sunshine came, and I am right as rain So using my limited sample I say that sunshine is good for your mental health.

    Where is my grant money, please.?

  3. Lord of Atlantis6:01 PM

    This is probably a good time for a confession. I have never used sun screen in my life, and I have on many occasions over the past 63 years been out in the sun (a deliberate choice) often wearing little more than a pair of shorts. I have even suffered sunburn occasionally. However, generally I feel much better for being in the sun. Moreover, even when I'm not out in it, I always feel much happier when the sun is shining.