Our Sun. Natures Medicine
The Sun. It’s essential to our survival and traditions. Source of light,heat,perfect for every occasion from barbeques to weddings,medicine…Wait!. Medicine? How can that be? What kind of medicine do we get from the sun?
The circle Of Life
For the last 4.5 billion years, the sun has played a vital role in the circle of Life. One of the most attributable properties being it’s ability to convert cholesterol in our skin into vitamin D,enabling it to join the ranks of all the other nutritional supplements which fall in the category we know as “Orthomolecular Medicine.”or Nutrition.
In The Beginning
Since the data on this branch of science is far too extensive to go into detail,let’s just scratch the surface:
The practice and fundamental foundation of Orthomolecular Medicine can be traced back as far as 5000B.C. when records from ancient Egypt show the use of specific foods to treat various conditions.Simply put,Orthomolecular Nutrition is the alternate method of preventing and treating disease and illness through the use of both foods and vitamin supplements(Did I mention it was “Drug-Free”?)
The term was first given its name in by Dr. Linus C Pauling,Biochemist and professor at the California Institute of Technology,”Caltec”who coined the term in 1968, Ortho from the Greek: the correct or right amount of and molecular,meaning molecules in the correct amounts.
True scientific understanding of diet did not occur until the 18th century, beginning with the work of French physicist Rene de Reaumur, who is credited with conducting the initial research of digestive chemistry. Later in that same century, Reaumur’s work was built upon by chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, who, prior to being guillotined during the French Revolution, provided the scientific foundation for the study of how the body metabolizes food to create energy.
Vitamin D Today
Today,Vitmain D has made vast breakthroughs in the world of health and nutrition.Bruce W. Hollis, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina shares the results of a recent trial including identifying the vitamin D level needed to protect the prostate gland against Cancer.Other studies say it can be used on patients for the teatment of Chronic diseases such as Asthma,Diabetes,and heart disease and for all the “Ladies Men ” out there,4000 IU of Vitamin D a day can improve the male libido by boosting testosterone levels. As we age,testosterone levels in men drop significantly after age 50,(I’ve been taking 2000 IU myself every morning and 2000 more at night for over a year now and at the tender age of 58,I can safely say I have no complaints)so by making sure we get enough either by the food we eat or by supplements will always ensure we can, “Raise the Flag” when Love is in the air.
A New Pandemic
In a not so perfect world,it’s hard to believe how so many people would rather put their faith and beliefs in drugs and medicine,than to entertain the notion that food and nutrition can be just as effective at preventing and treating illness and disease(Did I mention it was cheaper?). Americans spend over 2 trillion dollars a year on health care.That’s 5 times more than the National Defence Budget. It’s time we all stood up to the podium and said,the answer isn’t a pill anymore. The answer is broccoli sprouts . What if everyone adopted the philosophy of good health and longevity through plant based and whole grain foods and vitamin supplements?The possibilities could be endless.Who knows,we could even end up with a Pandemic of Health!
“The medical profession (is) a conspiracy to hide its own shortcomings. No doubt the same may be said of all professions. They are all conspiracies against the laity… (U)ntil there is a practicable alternative to blind trust in the doctor, the truth about the doctor is so terrible that we dare not face it.
-George Bernard Shaw, “The Doctor’s Dilemma,” 1906″
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Although all material mentioned herein is based on scientific fact,it is for information purposes Only! And not intended to be a substitute to diagnose,treat or cure any health problems or mental disorders or any sympyoms thereof. Consult your Family or General Practitioner and/or Dietitian before starting any form of health regime.
Excerpts of this article have been made possible through the efforts and achievements of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service .A free service provided by Orthomolecular.org . A non-profit educational website dedicated to information about Orthomolecular Medicine