Sun Phobia or Heliophobia – What You Need to Know

Some people fear the sun not because they are vampires. They are afraid because they have heliophobia or the fear of the sun, sunlight or any bright light. They stay away from sunlight because they have a growing fear of skin cancer or blindness. Eventually, they develop a fear of being in public or fear of people because they have limited spaces that they can comfortably visit. They are also prevented from going out during the daytime when most people are active.

Physiologically, sun phobia is often associated with low levels of Vitamin D3, which is specifically measured as 1,25(OH)D, if you have a serious illness. With this condition, medical experts would often advise, and try to convince you, to stay indoors and out of the sun. Such warnings are usually followed by threats that you will likely develop melanoma cancer if you are frequently exposed to sunlight for a longer period. Once you are exposed to the rays of the sun, they would further advise you to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher so your skin will be protected from cancer.

More than 50 years ago, American herbalist, Dr. John Raymond Christopher, taught that when the sun is used with good judgment, it can actually prevent the occurrence of cancer. According to him, one should start a one-minute per day exposure to the sun and gradually increase the time of exposure. He should continuously expose himself to the sun until such time that he could spend the whole day under the sun as he gains its many benefits without experiencing any ill effects.

There was an instance when a middle aged man came to Dr. Christopher. The man had skin cancer on an area that was not exposed to the sun. The skin cancer was located on his lower abdomen, which was right below his large belt buckle. During the examination, Dr. Christopher knew that he worked as a sheepherder and he spent the entire summer away from society. The doctor then prescribed a unique therapy that included having to fill the man’s chuck wagon with grape juice instead of white flour and canned food. additionally, he only needed to consume grape juice all summer long while nakedly herding his sheep. Although it was a strange prescription, the man followed. The whole summer was spent drinking grape juice while he had nothing on except his hats and boots for saddle safety. Upon his return in the fall, he no longer had skin cancer. The sun had worked its magic.

This is quite interesting as compared to what most people know. When the sheepherder was constantly exposed to the sun, he was able to manufacture essential Vitamin D. This substance does not only help prevent cancer but the body also uses it to remove the existing skin cancer. Additionally, grape juice has antioxidant nutrients and has been shown to eliminate cancer. Up to these days, the therapy coincides with the current research showing that melanoma, the deadliest form of cancer, seldom occurs on suntanned skin. Almost exclusively, the condition is found on the part of the skin that is not exposed to the sun.

It is a common belief that melanoma cancer develops when the skin is exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Actually, this was just a medical belief and has not been proven by scientific fact. Based on studies, compared to the general population, workers who spend most of their time exposed to the sun during the day have rare chances of being plagued with the deadly melanoma. In these rare cases outdoor workers are found to have non-malignant cancers, they can improve the situation with better nutrition, just like the consumption of healthy grape juice.

An awarded Professor of Dermatology at Boston University, Dr. Michael Holick was fired after he asserted that numerous diseases, including many cancers and even skin cancers, can be prevented with “sensible sun exposure.” The fact is, Vitamin D is a substance that is not readily available in the food chain. Its major natural source is synthesis of cholecalciferol in the lower layers of epidermis skin through a chemical reaction that greatly depends on sun exposure. The conversion only takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the time when dermatologists recommend that you stay out of the sun. Interestingly, 87% of these dermatologists are deficient in Vitamin D. They even tell us that the level of Vitamin D in the body should not be lower than 20 ng/ml. This amount can barely prevent Rickets, a condition that results in weak or soften bones especially among children. We now know that a person should not test lower than 30 ng/ml and should optimally test between 50 and 70 ng/ml on the test for 1,25(OH)D.

The prevalence of Vitamin D is often associated with sun phobia. Many people avoid the sun and its beneficial rays when they cover up and slather on sunblock. Some take statins, which are the common cholesterol-lowering drugs. This class of drugs blocks the liver from making usable cholesterol, which also results in a deficiency of Vitamin D. One should judiciously use the sun and never burn. According to the N.I.H., when a person is exposed to the noontime sun for at least half an hour, the body can create 50,000 IU of vitamin D within 24 hours. However, people with darker skin tone needs more time of exposure to the sun.

There are many benefits that the sun has to offer. It can help to decrease depression via Beta-endorphins and maintain proper levels of serotonin and melatonin for mood and sleep enhancement. It can also provide light levels of 100,000 lux as opposed to artificial light that ranges from 150 to 600 lux, thus preventing seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The sun can also help protect against most cancers, enhance calcium and phosphorus absorption, D.N.A. repair, improve auto oxidation, and reduce risks of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, inflammatory bowel and thyroiditis as well as the need for C-section surgery. Additionally, 291 genes are positively affected with Vitamin D increase through sun exposure.

Avoid any complications of sun phobia. It is a kind of phobia that can be treated in various ways. Work with your mental health professional to create a treatment plan. If your fear was caused by a medical sensitivity to sun, your therapist can work with your physician to treat both the physical and mental condition.

Get daily exposure to the sun with good judgment. Eat more fruits, especially berries that contain antioxidant properties and have natural radiation protection. Do not fear wrinkled skin due to sun exposure. Just make sure that you have proper diet. And you should also eat fresh to stay fresh, healthy and cancer-free.

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