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Harmful effects of artificial light
    #11350131 - 10/30/09 06:26 AM (8 years, 9 months ago)

Research shows that artificial light can lead to lower levels of melatonin production, which is a powerful antioxidant.

Seems like getting to bed early and turning off the TV and lights can lead to a more healthy life. Whats peoples thoughts on this?

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Re: Harmful effects of artificial light [Re: Jaegar]
    #11350208 - 10/30/09 07:36 AM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I found the wiki article informativeLink, and your question triggered this memory of a recent news story on tv:

A contemporary study shows that Negroes and Hispanics are probably more deficient in vitamin D than Caucasians. Deficiency can arise from inadequate sunlight exposure Link.

Negroes and Hispanics have higher levels of melanin (Not to be confused with melatonin), the melanin that produces the darker tones of human skin serves as a light filter which can lead to vitamin deficiency in todays lifestyle.

The combined risks of brittle bones, headaches and mood disorders in the deficiency of melatonin and vitamin D could result in over-reacting. My guess is that the FDa's position is that sufficient melatonin is ingested in the foods we eat. 

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Re: Harmful effects of artificial light [Re: Booby]
    #11350385 - 10/30/09 09:32 AM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I feel that this is true. I know that I get depressed during winter months because I am not outdoors. I knew about the vitamin D but never knew that the sun provided melatonin as well. Maybe that is why I am so miserable all the time.

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Re: Harmful effects of artificial light [Re: lqdtrance]
    #11363586 - 11/01/09 05:52 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

A friend just pointed me to some research saying that the number one way to fight/ward off the flu is by ensuring you have an ample supply of vitamin D which as we all know our bodies produce when we are exposed to sun light. So that's another plug for natural light and it seems to me not too coincidental that flu season begins when the season changes, it gets cold, people stay inside and we have fewer day light hours.

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