Could Melanoma Be Prevented (Not Caused) by Sunlight?

Brendon Fallon
By Brendon Fallon
August 14, 2023Vital Signs

Fear of Melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – leads many people to avoid the sun. But could this be to our own peril? A Swedish study shows a surprising relationship between sun-avoiding behavior and early death.

This special ‘sun exposé’ looks at everything from choosing sunblock and stopping melanoma to curbing depression and aligning our body clocks to nature.

Internal medicine and sleep specialist Dr. Robert Seheult says dementia and diabetes have increased as people spend less time in the sun. Psychiatrist Dr. Jingduan Yang says inpatients with depression show signs of faster recovery when they sleep on the ‘sunny side’ of the bed.

Traditional Chinese medicine highlights the connection between the human body and nature. The body’s circadian rhythm is like an internal sun inside of us, says Dr Yang. Is it surprising that most of his patients with mental illness also have low vitamin D levels?

Are you confused by ‘broad spectrum,’ ‘SPF,’ UVA, and UVB? Host of “Beauty Within” Felicia Lee joins us to demystify sunscreen. Felicia highlights which sunscreen for works for which skin type and for which occasion.

On #VitalSigns, host Brendon Fallon seek out the benefits of sun exposure with the experts and probe the age-old question of how to get more sun safely.

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Vital Signs’ host, guests, and contributors offer general information on improving health and wellness. This is not intended as diagnosis or medical advice. You should consult your medical doctor or holistic doctor before enacting any suggested strategies for health and wellness improvement, including those in relation to preventing or treating specific diseases featured on this program.

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