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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Let the Sun Shine (Moderately) on Your Multiple Sclerosis


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11.29.16 - By Ed Tobias

I love it when the sun is shining.

I spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, despite the impact of the heat on my multiple sclerosis. I love the warmth and the brightness. So, I lather up with sunscreen and I figure that, at least for me, the rewards of being in the sun outweigh the risks.
So, I was very interested when I came across a study that concludes insufficient sun exposure should be considered an “emerging health problem” in the United States. In their paper, The Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure 2016, the authors make the case that health officials are delivering only a negative message to the public about sun  exposure — that is, sun exposure is bad for you. Because of this, they say, Americans aren’t reaping the health benefits they should be getting from the sun.

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