Eat the Sun
Many years ago I was deceived by information that claimed many health benefits from staring at the sun at sunrise. Fortunately, before I did too much permanent damage to my eyesight, I watched a documentary that clearly exposed the man who had spread this idea as a charlatan.
Eat The Sun follows Mason Dwinell’s journey of faith in the benefits of staring at the sun, through to his discovery that his ‘guru’ was a sham. While potentially having done some damage to his eyesight, viewers witness how his misguided journey eventually brought about a truly inspiring transformation in his family relationships.
The movie is a beautiful depiction of the free and independent American spirit which is Protestantism’s best gift to the world. The characters Mason meets on his journey are weird and wonderful testamony to that spirit.
Mason’s courage in sharing his story, including the discovery that he had been deceived, is truly inspiring:
Yes, the idea there might be benefits from gazing at the sun was stupid for me to believe, almost as stupid as me once believing that I could shout at people to get them to listen. But like many of the ‘believers’ in this documentary, this quest was still a part of my healing journey.
We all must find the humility to learn from our mistakes.
As it turns out the idea that human’s get energy from the sun wasn’t entirely stupid. Can humans be solar-powered through our eyes? No, certainly not, but I have recently learned that infrared rays from the sun on our body have an essential role in the energy system that powers our cells.
This 2-hour lecture was produced to train medical professionals. It covers the core basics of us staying healthy and so is well worth the time.
The quick takeaway from the lecture above is that infrared heat from natural sunlight on our skin is essential to our health. Getting outside and feeling the warmth of the sun on our skin is just as good for us as it feels. The infrared rays seep deep into our bodies and produce melatonin (our bodies master antioxidant) directly in our mitochondria. Without melatonin, our mitochondria produce damaged cells (ROS) that age us and cause degenerative disease.
Spending time outdoors in nature soaking up the warmth and energy from the sun has also been shown to reverse skin damage that makes us appear old. Infrared devices that improve the texture, elasticity and wrinkles are sold everywhere these days. What the salesmen for these devices don’t tell you is the best only attempt to imitate natural sunlight on our skin.
The reason is, higher intensity IR can damage our skin, so using a high-intensity device for 15 minutes can cause more harm than good. Much better to spend an hour or more outdoors in the morning and afternoon. This will also help protect you from damage from UV rays when your skin is exposed to the sun in the middle of the day.
UV-B rays are important too as these create vitamin D! So along with your morning and afternoon walks, it is important to get some sun on your skin (without sunscreen) in the middle of the day when UV-B rays are most dominant in the spectrum of light.
Sunlight in our eyes (you don’t have to stare at it!) close to sunrise is also vital for anchoring our bodies all-important body clock.
Our Mothers Were Right!
Did your mother ever tell you to get outside and get some sunshine when you were feeling sick, tired or blue? The best research available today demonstrates that our mothers were right!
Steve and I discuss the importance of mothers authority with the health of our homes.