The Healing Powers of Sunlight – Ep #065 Richard Hobday, PhD
For thousands of years, humans have lived in harmony with the sun and used its heat and light as medicine. But the skin cancer awareness campaigns of the past several decades have been so successful that many people no longer appreciate all of the good things the sun can do for the mind and body—or the dangers of not getting enough sunlight.
Long before the research explosion on Vitamin D, Dr. Richard Hobday, PhD, an internationally recognized researcher, writer has been teaching and writing just how beneficial the sun truly is to our lives.
He explains how the sun acts as a natural disinfectant, killing viruses and bacteria outdoors as well as inside buildings and how sunlight therapy has been used historically to prevent and treat serious health problems like tuberculosis and other infections in the years before antibiotics were developed. He highlights the role of sunlight in regard to conditions like osteoporosis, rickets, psoriasis, heart disease, and several forms of cancer.
Dr. Hobday shares how our modern artificially lit lifestyles can throw off our biological rhythms, create stress within the body, and lead to poor sleep as well as worsening eyesight, and weakened immunity. His research findings on sunlight, immunity and infectious disease which goes back more than a decade ago are truly prescient.
Bottomline, Dr. Hobday makes a compelling case for why and how we should welcome the healing sun back into our lives, and perhaps more than ever before how humanity needs to prioritize our relationship with nature for lasting health and vitality.
Book: “The Healing Sun – Sunlight and Health In the 21st Century”
Articles: “The Best Disinfectant Is Sunlight” (Thrive Global)
Coronavirus and Vitamin D: In the Sun and Air During the 1918 Influenza Pandemic (“Medium)
Coronavirus and the Sun: A Lesson From the 1918 Influenza Pandemic (“Inner Self”)