for Recessive Pineal Types
by Richard Power, Ph.D., L.N.
Does winter make you "SAD?" Seasonal Affective Disorder in the extreme form is fairly rare. But many of us do experience a loss of energy, immunity or joint mobility starting in October or November in the northern hemisphere. This is directly related to the decrease in available sunlight. Research at the National Institutes of Health has verified this.
Choosing full spectrum bulbs: Try fluorescent bulbs like "Vitalite" by DuroTest. Or try incandescent bulbs like the 60 watt "Gro n' Sho" by GE or the "Reveal" bulb by MidSpectrum. A 75 watt flood light version is also available. Look in the plant section of your local hardware store to find these bulbs. Use two or more bulbs in frequented areas. Do not shade them; rather, face them suitably to avoid direct glare. Remember to turn off these bulbs by early evening to avoid sleeplessness. If these bulbs are too strong for you, then turn them off earlier in the evening. Or try lower wattage but use later into the evening.
Sunlight has many beneficial effects on metabolism. Virtually every life form on earth depends on sunlight. Ancient physicians recognized the sun as a powerful tool for health. Modern research shows that sunlight is essential to proper endocrine function, such as the conversion of vitamin D to vitamin D3, which is crucial for strong healthy bones. It is true that excess midday sunlight can ruin your health. But lack of sunlight can also ruin your health especially in the autumn and winter seasons, particularly in modern societies that keep us indoors.
Some supplements can also be helpful to compensate for the decrease in sunlight. They are:
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