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The Importance of Vitamin D
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Believe it or not, there's actually a number of health benefits to
being a nudist. We'll take a look at several of them here.
First and foremost is the HUGE benefit of getting enough sun
on our entire naked body to make Vitamin D.
information below is part of the important information about
Vitamin D, and comes from the website "Talk about Nudism"
Click this link to read the entire article.
Tanning Can Cause
Cancer, but Not Tanning Could Cause a Lot Worse
Bob Berman — Vitamin D, produced when skin is exposed to
light, is essential for our bodies. Unfortunately, modern
lifestyles have minimized our time we spend under the sun.
The Sun's Heartbeat explains why a tan isn't as bad as
The first scenes in one Sun-tragedy unfolded long before
there were written records of any kind. Spurred by events we
can only guess at, a human exodus began 50,000 to 70,000
years ago, when our ancestors migrated away from the tropics
and the equatorial region's strong sunlight. Immediately,
people developed vitamin D deficiencies.
Our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is struck by the
Sun's ultraviolet rays. Because UV intensity declines
dramatically with lower Sun angles, people in temperate
regions, and especially those in even higher latitudes,
receive as little as 10 percent of the UV experienced by
those near the equator. As our ancestors migrating north
developed vitamin D deficiencies, the results were swift and
brutal. They were removed from the breeding pool by a cruel
Darwinian process: the fetus inside a woman with rickets (a
disease resulting from low vitamin D) is unable to emerge
from her body, and both die in childbirth.
Within just a few thousand years, natural selection had
turned some people's skin white, and they were now able to
manufacture ample vitamin D even from the reduced Sun
intensity of the higher latitudes. (Dark skin color, called
melanin, is a sunblock, needed because naked bodies near the
equator can suffer from too much ultraviolet exposure.) In
North America and northern Europe, the climate is
sufficiently warm that their skin was almost fully exposed
for more than half the year, and their bodies stored vitamin
D in the muscle and fat. A new balance had been restored.
But starting a century ago, everything changed. First, the
United States and Europe went from a mostly outdoors
agrarian society to a mostly indoors manufacturing one. Then
people started driving around in vehicles surrounded by
windows. Glass prevents any vitamin D production because it
blocks the Sun's UV. When air-conditioning became widely
available starting in the late 1950s and then got cheaper in
the 1970s, people stopped keeping their windows open. Fixed-
pane units became increasingly popular. The only sunlight
that reached us in our homes and workplaces came through
The last straw was sunblock. It did not even exist until
thirty years ago. The initial UV- reducing creams, which cut
exposure only in half, were marketed in the 1950s to promote
tanning, not totally screen out ultraviolet rays. Then, in
the 1980s, a new product came on the market: sunblock. With
SPF (sun protection factor) numbers such as 30 and 45,
sunblock essentially stops the body's vitamin D production
cold. At the same time, people were advised to cover
themselves with these lotions throughout the summer months.
Even the medical establishment urged hiding from the Sun as
a way to counter skin cancer.
The metamorphosis was complete: we had become like the
Morlocks in H. G. Wells's book The Time Machine, shielded
almost totally from sunlight's UV.
Enter modern vitamin D researchers such as John Cannell, MD,
executive director of the Vitamin D Council, a nonprofit
educational corporation that believes that "many humans are
needlessly suffering and dying from Vitamin D Deficiency."
Cannell is no ordinary medical doctor. He's no ordinary
researcher either. He is a proselytizer, the first in the
theater to shout "Fire!" when the smoke appears, while
there's still time to get out. And these days, he's very,
very passionate. He believes that human beings have
unwittingly transformed themselves into something uniquely
and self- destructively unnatural.
"We are the first society of cave people," he lamented
to me in 2010. "In the development process of creating the
skin, nature never dreamed that we'd deliberately avoid the
Sun so thoroughly."
What Cannell and a growing legion of researchers are
decrying are the past three decades of newspaper and TV
scare stories that have made the public afraid of the Sun.
The consequence, they believe, is that our blood's natural
vitamin D levels are just a tiny fraction of what nature
intended. And this is producing an avalanche of horrible
consequences that include vastly increased rates of cancer.
That vitamin D is super-important is no longer in doubt. It
has become the new needed supplement, recommended
increasingly by family doctors and the popular media alike.
The March 2010 Reader's Digest calls vitamins in general "a
scam" and urges people to take no daily supplements
whatsoever - with the single exception of 1,000
international units (IU) of vitamin D3, the form most
recommended as a supplement.
This sudden interest has been sparked by a spate of studies
strongly indicating that vitamin D is the most powerful
anticancer agent ever known. Robert Heaney, MD, of Creighton
University, a vitamin D researcher, points to thirty- two
randomized trials, the majority of which were strongly
positive. For example, in a big study of women whose average
age was sixty-two, subjects who were given a large daily
vitamin D supplement enjoyed a whopping 60 percent reduction
in all kinds of cancers after just four years of treatment
compared to a control group.
The skeptical might well wonder how, when cancer typically
takes decades to develop, such a huge drop can be detected
after just a few years. Heaney believes it's because vitamin
D prevents tiny predetectable tumors from growing or
spreading. "That's the kind of cancer I'd want to have - one
that never grows," he told me in June 2010.
The Canadian Cancer Society raised its vitamin D intake
recommendations to 1,000 IU daily in 2009. But Cannell,
Heaney, and others think that even this is still way too
"I went to a conference and asked all the researchers what
they themselves take daily and give to their families,"
Heaney said. "The average was 5,500 IU daily. There is
certainly no danger in doing this, since toxicity cannot
arise in under 30,000 IU a day."
Spending just ten minutes in strong sunlight - the kind you
get from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM between April and August - will
allow your body to make as much vitamin D as you would get
from drinking two hundred glasses of milk. This is
astonishing. Asks John Cannell rhetorically, "Why does
nature do this so quickly? Nature normally doesn't do this
kind of thing."
The implied answer, of course, is that we were designed to
have a high and steady level of this vitamin in our bodies.
Yet as more and more people are tested, researchers are
finding serious vitamin D deficiencies in virtually all of
the population of the United States, Canada, and northern
Europe. The reason? According to Cannell and the other
doctors on the Vitamin D Council, we have been hiding from
the Sun for decades.
The results may be even worse than we realize. Many
researchers now fear that the explosive increase in autism
is a result of pregnant mothers having close to no vitamin D
in their bodies and then young babies and infants being
similarly shielded from the Sun. The Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) says that virtually no infants are getting
enough vitamin D. The inadequacy figures, even using the
CDC's pre-2011 lower recommendations of what they thought
the body should have, was that 90 percent of infants are
According to Cannell, the highest autism rates occur in
areas that have the most clouds and rain, and hence the
lowest blood levels of vitamin D. A Swedish study has
strongly linked sunlight deprivation with autism. Moreover,
blacks, whose vitamin D levels are half those found in
whites living at the same latitudes, have twice the autism
rates. Conversely, autism is virtually unknown in places
such as sunny Somalia, where most people still spend most of
their time outdoors. Yet another piece of anecdotal evidence
is that autism is one of the very few afflictions that occur
at higher rates among the wealthier and more educated -
exactly the people most likely to be diligent about
sunscreen and more inclined to keep their children indoors.
Since this is not a medical book, I can only pass on the
recommendations of those in the forefront of vitamin D
research. Their best advice is to go in the Sun regularly
without burning. Wear as little clothing as you can. You
know how much Sun you can handle without turning red. Unless
you have a very light complexion and blond or red hair, you
should be able to expose yourself safely to ten to twenty
minutes of strong sunlight at a time. Lie out in the Sun in
shorts for five to ten minutes on each side. The key to UV
intensity is Sun height. If your shadow is shorter than you
are, your body will produce a good amount of vitamin D.
After experiencing twenty minutes of unprotected midday Sun
from May to July, or a full hour or more during March, early
April, and late August through October, you can certainly
use sunblock. The experts say to buy the kind whose active
ingredient is either zinc or titanium oxide. Most other
kinds will be absorbed by the skin, then enter the
bloodstream and circulate. "You might as well drink the
stuff," Cannell says disdainfully.
During the low-Sun winter months, you need to spend much
more time sunbathing and probably take a vitamin D
supplement. The experts are currently urging 2,000 to 3,000
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There are numerous Mental Health Benefits to experiencing the
clothes free lifestyle, even if part time.
People in the US in particular have a very negative body
image which is mostly due to the media. Those depicted as
beautiful, models, celebrities, etc, are often show in photos
after being fully photo shopped and air brushed. They
often don't look at all the same in person as they do in photos
which creates an unrealistic idea of what is beautiful and what
is not. Then to top it off, most models are forced to
starve themselves to remain unrealistically thin, and unhealthy.
And the companies selling weight loss products, skin and hair
care, exercise equipment, etc, all prey on this by again sending
the message that if you don't have perfect skin, a perfectly
thin body, etc, that you are ugly and should be ashamed of your
Research at the University of Northern Iowa
discovered that nudists have significantly higher body
study concluded that teens at a New York nudist camp were
“extraordinarily well-adjusted, happy, and thoughtful.” It’s also
excellent for children to grow up free of shame about the human
Kids Grow up Healthier
It helps children grow up with less body shame, and to grow
up better adjusted. Researchers studying the effect of
children who grow up in a nudist household hypothesized that
early exposure to parental nudity would improve the body
self-concept of preschool children. She examined 264 children
and their parents or guardians, noting that some families were
nudists while others were not. She found that the children from
nudist households had a more positive body self-concept than the
non-nudist children. She determined from her findings that
coming from a nudist family played a more significant role in
the children's positive self body-image than their race, gender,
or area of the country in which they lived. Moreover, she found
that those children whose families practiced social nudity at
home and at naturist camps scored higher in terms of self
body-image than those who practiced social nudity only at home.
When you remove you clothes you almost instantly reduce your
stress levels. You no longer have to worry about what
people think of your clothing choices, shoe choice, hair style,
etc, because everyone around you has bared themselves in the
same way. Everyone has flaws, and nudists understand that
it is not what is on our bodies that defines who we are, it's
what's inside that matters. Therefore people try to get to
know you without passing judgment on you first. Many find
this incredibly liberating and
refreshing, which is one reason most people fall in love with
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When everyone around you is clothes free, you discover that many
social barriers are removed. There's no longer any indication
of who is rich, poor, etc. It puts everyone on the same ground
and conversations are started much easier. Also, partly
because nudists subscribe to a very non judgmental lifestyle choice,
they are some of the friendliest people around and some of the
easiest to talk too. Everyone has some common ground of
enjoying life without clothing when possible.
Clothes costs us a fortune with shopping, laundry, closets,
dressers, and gazillions of hours wasted wondering what so-and-so
looks like with their garments removed. Even going without clothes
part time will save you on laundry, wear and tear, laundry soaps,
energy to wash them, etc. And it saves a lot of time that you
would normally spend washing and folding those clothes.
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