May 4, 2017

Director's Letter 

In an effort to increase public awareness of the importance of sunshine to human health, we have declared May to be "National Sunshine Month." 

With the transition from an agrarian to a technology-driven society, and other shifts in cultural behavior over the past several decades, Americans spend more time indoors than at any time in human history. The resulting decrease in exposure to sunlight is inhibiting our ability to fight many life-threatening diseases, including diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer and ironically, even skin cancer.

Missing sunlight puts us at serious risk of a multitude of dangerous health problems. It is essential that we improve public understanding of the need for sunshine exposure and its related health outcomes.

Over the next four weeks, we will show you how to Harness the Power of the Sun for Health. Our goal is to provide you with education and tools to (1) assess your current situation, (2) set sunshine goals, (3) track vitamin D levels, and (4) record health outcomes.

Advice from some within the medical community, and even our own government, encouraging Americans to avoid the sun is an immense threat to human health. Click here to view a great infographic that you can share and post - to increase awareness about the benefits of sunshine.

Also new this month, thanks to our sponsors Bio-Tech Pharmacal and Solar D sunscreen, is the ability to put our money where our mouth is. We strongly believe that most people who haven't measured are not in the recommended 40-60 ng/ml range. To this end, for any new person that joins D*action in May - if their results come back within 40-60 ng/ml - they may apply for a full refund (not including shipping, first 40 applicants). 

Go out to your friends and family - dare them to test their levels! It will be FREE if they are within 40-60 ng/ml. If you want to be part of a Facebook campaign about knowing your level, please contact us - we are looking for people who want to share their story.


Carole Baggerly 
Director, GrassrootsHealth 
Moving Research into Practice NOW!
  What amount of sun is right for you?

As we start national sunshine month the most important thing to do is set the stage. There is no perfect amount of sun for everyone. Several factors determine how long to be in the sun: your exposure up until now (have you been holed up for the winter?); your skin color; and the strength of the sun all need to be considered. 

   A Brief History of Early Sun Therapy

Dr. Alexander Wunsch gives a summary of why the sun is necessary for optimal health. He starts with the history of human interaction with sunshine - how it was used to heal in times past, and then works to practical advice on how to get the right amount of sun and how to start summer off right, gradually increasing sun exposure. 
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Why the Sun is Necessary for Optimal Health
Alexander Wunsch, MD
Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Germany
GrassrootsHealth Seminar
December 2014

Harness the Power of the Sun
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Are there more benefits to sunlight than vitamin D?

Short video answers by experts

Dr. Michael Holick

Dr. Robert Heaney

Dr. Reinhold Vieth

Is it OK to go out in the sun without sunscreen?

Dr. Robert Heaney

Should we take a lunch D-break?

Dr. Cedric Garland

How do I know that I am making vitamin D when I am outdoors?

Dr. Cedric Garland

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