Tag: sun exposure
Six Palms 2014

The month of April coincidentally brings us Autism Awareness Month and the beginning of “vitamin D” season. You may ask, “Coincidentally? How are autism and vitamin D related?” The answer may surprise you. Autism on the Rise Over the past couple decades, an alarming number of children—in the United States and other industrialized countries—have been diagnosed with autism, a group of complex brain disorders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently estimated that an astounding 1 in 68 American children has an autism spectrum disorder (1). (The March 28, 2014 CDC report is based on 2010 data when […]

Sun-at-beach

The warmest season of the year has arrived.  Many of us are looking forward to school holidays, work vacations, and relaxing.  And shopping often accompanies our summer fun. So take advantage of the best bargain of the season: better health—for free!  That’s right, I am talking about sunshine: the light emitting from the fiery heart of our solar system.  Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun provide us with an essential nutrient called vitamin D. Yes, this is the vitamin that not only strengthens our bones and muscles but may significantly protect us from a wide range of serious diseases […]