Published: June 24th, 2015.
Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, is not strictly a vitamin. It is actually a hormone that affects thousands of our genes, including genes linked to conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Over the last few years sales of vitamin D supplements have skyrocketed, and are now second only to multi-vitamins. But are these supplements really beneficial or do they pose a health risk? And what exactly should we do to avoid vitamin d deficiency during the long cold winters? This lecture tackles these questions, offers you a better alternative to supplements, and shows you how to properly boost your immune system via the vitamin D pathway.
Narrowband UVB Phototherapy
UVB-Narrowband lights are the best way to restore and maintain your vitamin D levels during long, cold winters, and represent an effective treatment for several skin conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema.
We enjoy and appreciate having the benefits of phototherapy in the comfort of our home, especially during the long Canadian winters.
A few follow-up notes:
- When using phototherapy for vitamin D, it is sensible to exclude areas of the body that have received significant amounts of UV in the person’s life, or areas that were previously sun burned. For example, the device I use comes with an optional face shield.
- Bruce Elliot from Solarc Systems, a leading North American manufacturer of medical grade phototherapy equipment, emailed the following: “I concur with your comments on UVB-Narrowband and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). We get consistent excellent patient feedback. Someday I will get Health Canada to add it to the indications for use.”
- Bruce says it best: “The dermatology community’s message of ‘zero sun’ is I think an effort to provide one very simple message for the masses; a conceit of sorts that ignores the intelligence of the rest of us. I think it should be replaced with NEVER GET BURNED!”
- UVB provides photoprotection. People with fair skin are amazed that they no longer burn in the sun as they once did when vacationing down south.
I only recommend medical grade phototherapy devices that have been approved by Health Canada for the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema and vitamin D deficiency. To discuss your specific needs and to receive guidance in choosing the ideal phototherapy device for your home, please email us directly. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.
Nutrition & Exercise Specialist