Sunlight…its that time of year…

If there is one thing many of us have difficulty figuring out it is balance. The topic of the dangers of the sun being one of them. I am fortunate in having enough premed and health education, not to mention contact with physicians who stay on top of the research to benefit from accumulated wisdom.
Case in point. For several years we have all been told, and to the substantial profit of pharmaceutical companies, that we should avoid sunlight on our skin at all costs, and live under a constant thick layer of sunscreen and shade. It is true that sun damage can be nasty, causing everything from premature aging to skin cancer, even deadly skin cancer. This comes from OVER exposure,and particularly from sun burns. As research and common sense show however, too little sunlight exposure is as, if not even more dangerous. In fact, too little sunlight is now identified as one of the most significant factors in number of cancers, including skin cancer!
Furthermore the deficiency of Vit D, primarily produced via sun exposure, leads to great many other ailments including osteoporosis, bone loss, depression, immune dysfunction, cardio decrease, muscle loss. etc etc. All the while your skin is absorbing any number of toxins via synthetically produced sunscreens. Olympic medalist Denna Kastor, whom I share a coach with (Dr Joe Vigil) is the classic case. Having a predisposition towards skin cancer she got near fanatic about sun protection and sunscreen. In time, even with a outstanding diet and training, her bone loss was severe enough (not to mention other effects such as continued pre-cancer and skin cancer cells) that her foot broke during the Olympic marathon. The cause; lack of Vit D via the sun. Since then Denna, under the direction of her physicians, not only has upped her intake of Vit D via diet but includes 30 plus minutes minimum of daily exposed sunlight to as much of her skin as possible before applying sunscreen. Now she not only feels way stronger, her bones are solid again, her mental clarity is improved, and her skin is the healthiest it has ever been.
Her doctors gave her essentially the same prescription I have been given by no less than 5 physicians including two dermatologists.. to maintain a diet rich in vit D (including a cod-liver oil supplement) and 30-90 minutes of exposed sunlight a day without ever ever getting burned. Furthermore that a “light” tan provides protection against a damaging potential sunburn. Guess what? My pre-cancer and skin cancers cells have disappeared to near nothing. Any I do experience are likely the result of sunburns I suffered years ago in my youth.
I encourage you all to read the following links as a back up to my own insights. 
Remember, I am not a physician, only sharing my own insights and experience as an athlete and fitness professional. Check this out on your own, I am not responsible for either your sunburns, skin cancer, or pasty white sun starved body.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ID/7875140/

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s805444.htm

http://www.naturalnews.com/003069.html

http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=16994

http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=16940

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-242-301–13364-0,00.html

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Guaranteed that anyone who finds these bits of advice to be trite or simplistic relishes their misery as a defining characteristic of their personality(which is a fiction anyway).
Here are 60 inconvenient truths about personal development to help you stay on track.

  1. The acquisition of knowledge doesn’t mean you’re growing. Growing happens when what you know changes how you live.
  2. You can’t have good ideas unless you’re willing to generate a lot of bad ones.
  3. A good idea without action is nothing at all.
  4. It’s not so much about finding opportunities as it is about creating them.
  5. 10% of our lives is decided by uncontrollable circumstances. 90% is decided by how we react to those circumstances.
  6. What we don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow.
  7. If you’re waiting for the perfect conditions, ideas or plans to get started, you’ll never achieve anything.
  8. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
  9. Change is often resisted when it is needed the most.
  10. Discipline is choosing what you want most over what you want right now. Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  11. The harder you work, the luckier you will become.
  12. Kindness and hard work together will always carry you farther than intelligence.
  13. Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.
  14. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.
  15. Lots of successful people have failed as many times as they have succeeded.
  16. Nobody succeeds all by themselves.
  17. Right now, there’s a lot you don’t know.
  18. Having a plan, even a flawed one at first, is better than no plan at all.
  19. In the beginning, you need to say “yes” to a lot of things to discover and establish your goals. Later on, you need to say “no” to a lot of things and concentrate on your goals.
  20. No matter how you make a living or who you think you work for, you only work for one person, yourself. The big question is: What are you selling, and to whom?
  21. We all have different strengths. What worked for someone else might not work for you.
  22. To be great does not mean you have to dominate others. It means you have to dominate your own potential.
  23. Being successful is a journey, not a destination.
  24. Results are more important than the time it takes to achieve them.
  25. Being busy and being productive are two different things.
  26. Being happy and being successful are two different things.
  27. You don’t have to settle. It’s simply a choice you make every day.
  28. Life is full of opportunities to feel exactly the way you want to feel.
  29. You have every right to be happy, but it’s up to YOU and only YOU to exercise that right.Read The Happiness Project.
  30. You have the ability to clear negativity from your mind with a single thought.
  31. We are all multi-dimensional human beings with simultaneous dimensions of success and failure in our lives.
  32. Your success isn’t just about you. It’s about how you positively impact the lives around you.
  33. Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most fools do.
  34. Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else – you are the one who gets burned.
  35. Life isn’t always logical.
  36. When you spend time worrying, you’re simply using your imagination to create things you don’t want.
  37. It’s usually only as good or bad as you think it is.
  38. There is a lesson in everything you do, and learning the lesson is how you move forward.
  39. No matter how smart you are, you will make mistakes.
  40. There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’ Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.
  41. Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities.
  42. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
  43. When you’re caught up in the moment and your emotions are soaring, you’re bound to make poor decisions.
  44. Simplicity is often a major factor of success. But the process of simplifying things is rarely easy.
  45. Cutting your losses is often better than the alternative.
  46. It’s uncomfortable to challenge the status quo, but it’s worth it.
  47. You can raise the bar or you can wait for others to raise it. Either way, it’s getting raised.
  48. Oftentimes, the only reason they want you to fit in is that once you do they can ignore you and go about their business.
  49. Confusion isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re growing and thinking.
  50. When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.
  51. When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.
  52. Trying to be somebody you’re not is not sexy. Be you. That’s when you’re beautiful.
  53. Good looks attracts the eyes. Personality attracts the heart.
  54. Sometimes you just have to do your own thing your own way, no matter what anyone else thinks or says about you.
  55. When you receive negative feedback, remember, it doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it, it matters how many do. Read The 4-Hour Workweek.
  56. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  57. Truly ‘rich’ people need ‘less’ to be happy.
  58. A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often and realize how fortunate you are right now.
  59. If you want love, give love. If you want friends, be friendly. If you want money, provide value. It really is this simple.
  60. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
  61. And remember, the extra mile is the stretch of road that’s never crowded. As long as you follow your heart and never stop learning, you’ll turn not older, but newer every day.