Keep Them Inside!


A study in JAMA Pediatrics, attempting to prove that all sunshine is evil, used an intervention consisting of text-message reminders, read-along books, and swim shirts to achieve significant improvements in sun protection behaviors in children, compared with information about sun protection alone.  In a stunning coincidence, the number of children with rickets has found to be soaring over the last ten years.

Most studies are showing that problems associated with low D levels are not fixed with artificial D.  Common sense tells us that we have been on this planet for a long time and did not stay underground like mole people. What am I missing here?  Could we be wrong on this?  We were so right about low fat diets, how could be we wrong about the sun?


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Keep Them Inside!

  1. Kurt
    March 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I got burned so bad when I was 9 I started wearing swim shirts on my own after that.
    Started bathing in sunscreen when PABA first came out. Some folks burn easily and they likely
    are best served by doing protection. I haven’t heard about a Rickets epidemic from my Peds
    colleagues but that doesn’t mean anything. I find this interesting.

    • Doug Farrago
      March 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      95% of patients I test are low in Vit D. Studies are showing that replacing orally doesn’t help that much.

  2. Thomas Guastavino, MD
    March 15, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Guastavinos 5th rule of medicine: “Work with what the body wants to do, not against it”

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