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Introduction

Chapter 1
Your Body and Mind in the Sun

Chapter 2
The Decline of the Sun in Recent Times

Chapter 3
How Sunlight Can Prevent Serious Health Problems

Chapter 4
Sunlight: A Medicine for Diseases of the Past, Present and Future

Chapter 5
How to Sunbathe Safely, All Year Round

Chapter 6
The Merits of Getting Sunlight into Buildings

Chapter 7
Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century

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Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century

RICHARD HOBDAY




CHAPTER 7:

SUNLIGHT AND HEALTH IN THE 21st CENTURY

We need to have a better understanding of sunlight and its beneficial effects because of its key role in preventing chronic health problems. More research is needed into our complex relationship with the sun: One way to check if the recommendations put forward in the preceding chapters are valid is to look at the way sunlight is used in traditional cultures. Chinese medicine, in particular, has a great deal to tell us about sunlight, health and the ageing process. The Chinese have practised sunlight therapy for thousands of years and continue to do so. They also have a long tradition of preventive medicine and solar architecture. So, this final chapter shows that the guidelines which have been presented are consistent with practices developed in cultures whose medical traditions have been less inclined to ignore the benefits of sunlight than our own. In the past, sunlight was an important medicine and was valued because it could prevent diseases. The more we know about the sun, the more we can exploit its healing properties: now, and in the future

Sunlight and Architecture