Contrary to popular belief, the sun is our friend, not an enemy. Melanoma can affect areas of the body that get the least sun exposure. Some studies state that it is the excessive use of sunscreens with all the carcinogenic chemicals linked to higher increases in skin cancer. Other studies state that when we use sunscreen, we block the UV light that is necessary for the skin to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is one of the most critical nutrients our body needs to prevent and fight cancer and a majority of us are deficient. It is so important for us that even the governmental agencies increased the Recommended Daily Allowance from 200 IU to 600 IU, which is still pretty low. Skin will naturally produce 10,000 IU of Vitamin D with only 20 to 30 minutes of sun exposure (without sun screen). Creighton University School of Medicine showed that Vitamin D, specifically D3 (cholecalciferol) reduced cancer rates by 77% in 1,800 women who supplemented with 1,100 IU daily. Vitamin D3 promotes death in cancer cells. What are the best sources for Vitamin D you ask? The SUN and Cod liver oil. Cod liver oil should be highest quality as some bought at grocery stores may not be pure and may have free radicals in them that can do harm to your cells. One suggestion is Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil or ask your local health store for a high quality supplement. Recommended dose is 2 to 5 capsules daily to bring Vitamin D levels back to normal. Toronto School of Medicine stated that “breast cancer is a disease so directly related to vitamin D deficiency that a woman’s risk of contracting the disease can be virtually eradicated by elevating her daily vitamin D levels to natural levels.” The best natural source of vitamin D is from our sun. Spend 15 minutes in the sun daily (without sunscreen) when possible and then wait a little while to shower. After we get sun exposure, “our skin produces a powdery substance that is absorbed by the skin and converted to vitamin D by the body.” Implementing vitamin D and the sun into your life is one of the most important things you can do for your health!