Prevent Flu with Sunlight and Vitamin D3

Paramhansa Yogananda was quite enthusiastic about the healing power of sunlight, and he also recommended in his lessons that his students take cod liver oil. This was unusual since he normally recommended a vegetarian diet, though he did make exceptions in some cases. Of course, both sunlight and cod liver oil give the body Vitamin D, along with many other health benefits.

Yogananda called his sunlight healing techniques, “Heliotropics.” Over the course of this winter, I will highlight some of those techniques in future posts and give helpful pointers. For now, suffice it to say that a person can use mind power to visualize the healing power of the sun entering the body, going right past the skin and deep into the body. I have seen this give profound and immediate results in certain cases of serious infection. It needs more serious discussion than I can it give here. Let’s just consider this point an introduction to the whole concept. However, there is a chapter highlighting  Heliotropics in Divine Will Healing, a collection of Yogananda’s teachings on healing.

Right now, as kids are getting back into school, I wanted to let you know about the healing benefits of Vitamin D3, and how it might be of great help to you this fall and winter. I was especially glad to get this information, because for the last 6-7 years I have struggled with asthma, and it tended to get very bad by late winter; any little sniffle would go straight to my lungs and cause a serious infection.

I have fair skin, and I’ve been careful to avoid getting too much sun. Well – maybe I was being too good at that! It turns out that vitamin D deficiency is a big part of infectious asthma for many people. Once I learned this, I started taking 2000 IU of Vitamin D3, at the suggestion of a naturaopath. I feel better already. I won’t go into details; suffice it to say you might look into it, too. You can also get your vitamin D levels tested and monitored, if you prefer to go that route. As they say, “Ask your health care provider.”

I’ve been happy with: Vitamin D3 – 2000 IU $6.39

Swanson Health Products – they also sell D3 in 1000 IU

I also buy Twin Labs cod liver oil there. I mention this for convenience sake – I have no financial relationship with this company.

My youngest son also had a very difficult time with serious colds that caused him to miss quite a bit of school.  Once we started him on lemon-flavored cod liver oil, he developed a much more robust immune system and became one of the healthier kids in his class.

Egg yolks are another source of vitamin D, but the poor little chickens spend most of their time indoors, so they are vit D deficient, too! Try to get eggs from chickens who spend their days out in the sun:

Eggs from free-range hens contain three to six times more vitamin D than typical supermarket eggs, according to a new study conducted by Mother Earth News magazine. (Organic Consumers Association)

Vitamin D deficiency and Swine Flu?
Notice the vitamin D implications in the 2 studies on swine flu, below. Both of the cities are far to the north (Chicago and Boston), and at least in those climates, the people who were hardest hit with swine flu were blacks and Hispanics. The darker skin pigmentation was genetically designed to block out the stronger rays of the sun near the equator. So – if you do have darker skin, and yet live in a northern climate, you might want to make an extra effort to get more direct sunlight, and take vitamin D3 and/or cod liver oil. (Notice that northerly folks, like the Icelanders, practically drink the stuff, and they are quite healthy, even though their climate is very cold and dark in the winter.)

And all of us, black, white, and in-between, need to be mindful of getting enough Vitamin D because our lifestyle has moved indoors, for the most part.

Swine flu sends more blacks, Hispanics to hospital(abridged)

By MIKE STOBBE (AP) – 2 days ago

ATLANTA — Swine flu was four times more likely to send blacks and Hispanics to the hospital than whites, according to a study in Chicago that offers one of the first looks at how the virus has affected different racial groups…

…Researchers looked at more than 1,500 lab-confirmed swine flu cases reported to the Chicago Department of Public Health from late April through late July. Blacks with swine flu were hospitalized at a rate of 9 per 100,000, and Hispanics at a rate of 8 per 100,000. For whites, the rate was 2 per 100,000, the study found.

Earlier this month, Boston health officials released some unpublished information that found three out of four Bostonians hospitalized with swine flu were black or Hispanic.

More resources on the value of vitamin D:

“Have A Flu Free Winter”

Dr. John Cannell on Vitamin D
Watch this interview with Vitamin D Council Executive Director Dr. John Cannell, where he explains vitamin D’s effect on innate and adaptive immunity and what that means in relation to preventing viral infections, such as the flu or the common cold.

The Vitamin D Newsletter: H1N1 Flu and Vitamin D

By Dr. John Cannell – Vitamin D Council

…Vitamin D is emerging as one of the most vigorous antibiotics out there.  In 2006, the journal Epidemiology and Infection reported on a study showing that activated vitamin D works as a steroid hormone, and that children who are D deficient are more susceptible to viral infections and respiratory ailments.   The journal Pediatric Research concurred, citing the increased risk of viral infections in children deficient in the vitamin.

The abstract to the above mentioned study referred to solar radiation as nature’s “seasonal stimulus.”  Skin cancer not withstanding, most of the American population is lacking in vitamin D.  While experts say that 15-30 minutes of sun per day is adequate for most adults, they also recommend supplementation when sunlight isn’t practical. suggests 1500-2000 IU/day to help ward off infection. Food Consumer – Lisle, IL, USA

Vitamin D Council : Helpful information on the role of vitamin D deficiency in many disease processes including cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s, depression, and more.

And – wash your hands!

To your joyful health,

Mary Kretzmann


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