Warning: Sunlight May Cause Weightloss
Farm animals living outdoors don't fatten as easily as those living indoors.
This has also been confirmed in studies in which animals exposed to UV light
lose weight. Experimental animals that received sunlight treatments lost
weight, as compared to animals given the same diet but not the sunlight
treatment. The effect is thought to be caused by the fact that UV stimulates
the thyroid gland, which increases the metabolism and thus burns calories.
In his book Sunlight, Dr. Zane R. Kime writes, "Stimulation of the thyroid gland
(by sunlight) increases the body's basal metabolism rate, burning up more
energy or calories.'' He reports that Swiss sun therapists, in the 1930's,
found that their clients had well developed muscles and very little fat, even
though they had not exercised for months. When sunlight strikes the skin, it
also increases the tone of the muscles, under the exposed skin. This in turn,
burns more calories and would increase weight loss.
Sunlight and fresh air aid the nutritive processes of the body by increasing the
blood supply to the muscles. They help burn up fat and develop muscles. UV-B
light also stimulates the production of MSH, an important hormone in weight
loss, energy production, and in giving you that wonderful tanned appearance.
As reported in Science Daily (5/13/04), two doctors released their findings that melanocyte-stimulating
hormone (MSH) was responsible for keeping fat storage and metabolism in check.
They were recently granted a patent allowing them to use MSH analogs, which act
as a possible form of treatment of obesity.
In the study, scientists started engineering mice that didn't carry the pro-opio
melanocortin (POMC) gene. It was discovered that the mice that lacked the MSH
hormone from their bloodstream became obese because their bodies weren't
metabolizing any of their stored fat. After MSH was released back into their
circulatory system, the mice began to lose weight.
Scientists explained that the MSH receptors worked through the process of fat
cells letting go of free fatty acids, while the remaining cells were signaled
to release them from the bloodstream and dispose of them. The process basically
allows the body to keep stored fat in one part of the body in the event it is
This hormone is perceived as the ideal way to help obese people for two reasons.
One reason was the mice didn't experience any ill side effects from the weight
loss and secondly when the weight of the mice reached normal range, the effect
remained constant. It has become apparent that the POMC gene plays a part in
areas such as feeding behavior and energy homeostasis and could have a great
impact on human health.
From Light:Medicine Of The Future, Jacob Liberman, O.D.,Ph.D, Dr. Joseph Mercola
(www.mercola.com) and How To Lose All The Weight You Want,Dr. Bernarr, D.C.