Sun Hysteria Continues


The American Academy of Pediatrics has a website called where they put out information for patients.  I know this because I seem to know a lot of leaders in the AAP though my adventures in life.  Anyway, one of them was recently promoting their latest link and the title got me interested.  It was called Vitamin D: on the Double and if you read it you will notice one missing recommendation. They talk about supplements and food but they DO NOT mention getting out in the sun!  When I brought this up to my AAP connection she responded with “skin cancer?”.  So that is where are today, huh? Our medical leaders have been so brainwashed by the idiotic dermatologists that they think ten to fifteen minutes in the sun daily gives skin cancer?  This article even recommends margarine, which his filled with trans fats from hydrogenated oils, rather then getting outside.

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I am constantly amazed at how we fight nature in this country.  Doctors only think that fortification or supplementation or medication is the fix. I am embarrassed by that.  I did mention this article to my friend called Avoiding Sun as Dangerous as Smoking where is summarizes a study showing:

  • Nonsmokers who stayed out of the sun had a life expectancy similar to smokers who soaked up the most rays, according to researchers who studied nearly 30,000 Swedish women over 20 years.
  • This indicates that avoiding the sun “is a risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking,” write the authors of the article, published March 21 in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Compared with those with the highest sun exposure, life expectancy for those who avoided sun dropped by 0.6 to 2.1 years.

We don’t exactly know why the sun is so important but it is.  Could it be to the increase in D?  Possibly.  Studies are showing that giving people just supplements to treat their low D doesn’t work as well.  Could it be to the irradiation via UVA, UVB or Infrared light?  Possibly.  The bottom line is that we need some sun and zero margarine.

My friend asked me, via Twitter, if I recommend sun to my patients and I absolutely do. That was the last I heard from her.  I doubt the AAP will change their recommendations but they need to. We have a generation of children coming up that are mole people who live on their phones, XBOXs, computers, or televisions binge watching Netflix and this is now reinforced by the medical governing bodies who tell them to stay inside.  How sad is that?  Oh, and all those technologies may not be good for us either. When the AAP brought up their recommendations last year about screen time I tried to bring up the non-native EMF concerns to my OTHER connections in that organization.  That didn’t go far and together with this latest protest I think they must believe I am either granola or should wear an aluminum foil hat.

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] 

  5 comments for “Sun Hysteria Continues

  1. politovski
    April 18, 2016 at 12:50 am

    and don’t forget, after they eat the margarine, the kids will need a statin as well, seeing as they will be gaining weight and diabetic/hypercholesterolemic as well.

  2. Pat
    April 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    My money is on those getting more sun living longer because they are more active, and enjoying life more. Organized Pediatrics is just doing their part to grow more safety-neurotic, pliable drones, some of whom will make laudable primary care providers.

  3. Bill Ameen MD
    April 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Gotta go with you on this one, Dr. Doug. In my entire career in medicine I diagnosed only a couple of cases of melanoma (including, sadly, a fatal one on the foot of my office manager’s husband) and I was asked about skin conditions frequently because derms are so hard to get into in our area in the Deep South. My Medicare patients, especially those of color, almost uniformly had low D levels. I could presume my younger patients had low D! While there’s still debate about the connection of low D with some diseases, I generally recommended what I take, 2000 u/d of D-3. And I almost never use sunscreen unless I go to the beach. And I use plant stanols like Benecol or Smart Balance instead of margarine! Even a little butter! (God knows what that crap is they squirt on your popcorn.)

  4. Doctorsh
    April 17, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Sun exposure good.
    Sunburn bad.
    Baseball (in the sun) been bery bery good to me.

  5. DrG
    April 17, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Hard for some to leave the middle ages. You have to drag them kicking and screaming into the current century.

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