This is a great question, and one of so many …

Comment on The essential guide to vitamin D and the sun by Sarah Best.

This is a great question, and one of so many useful “effect of nutrition and lifestyle on health” hypotheses that could and should have been scientifically tested. If only the great and good of medical science were not so occupied trialling new drugs; if only more of those resources went into something useful – like conducting research that answers important questions like this one.

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The essential guide to vitamin D and the sun
Absolutely. I only briefly touched on that in this particular article (“And the darker your skin, the more sun exposure you’ll need before you’ll synthesise enough vitamin D”). A little more detail on it in this one – – around two-thirds of the way down.

The essential guide to vitamin D and the sun
H Anjali – Yes, this is inadequate exposure of skin to sun due to wearing too many clothes and also overuse of sun blocks/high SPF sun tan lotions (which block vitamin D synthesis).

The essential guide to vitamin D and the sun
Hi Corinne – I use Google not Google Maps. If you type in a place name followed by “latitude” or “coordinates”, you’ll see two large, bold figures above the search results. The first will have an N or S after it; the second and E or W. You want the first figure (the other is the longtitude), and the N or S tell you whether your location is North or South of the equator – a piece of information most of us probably already know! I can’t guarantee this will work for every location on the planet, but I’ve typed some pretty small, obscure places in and Google hasn’t failed yet. Bournemouth’s latitude is 50.7 degrees north of the equator.

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Thank you, Daniel. And agreed. Fellow Dr Fuhrman fan here 🙂

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Hi Nina,

Thank you so much for sharing that.

Yes, it is devastating to miss the love of a father.

And it’s not made any easier by the fact that this is so little talked about and understood.

But for what it’s worth, in the four years since I began writing about this topic I’ve heard from SO many women who feel just as you do.

That’s why I started my free email series on the father-daughter relationship, which is designed to answer the very questions you posed, and which I see you’ve signed up for. I hope you’ll find it helpful.

Thanks again for the share.

Sarah x

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That’s wonderful to hear, and thank you so much for the share.

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Great to know, Shelda! 🙂

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Thank you for commenting, Miriam. I’d forgotten that I recommended agave in this article and I’ve made a note to revise it, as I have since revised my views – very much in line with what you wrote, in fact! I blogged about that here: I still consider brown rice syrup a great choice since it’s essentially fructose free. As for research on the impact on emotional and mental wellbeing of consuming a high-sugar diet, I couldn’t agree more! And I personally think that what’s come out on this so far is just the tip of the iceberg 🙂