The sun gets a bad rap when it comes to Lyme disease. Proponents of the Marshall protocol believe that Vitamin D (from sunshine or otherwise) can worsen Lyme symptoms, as Vitamin D is indirectly thought to help the L-form of the bacteria to proliferate. Lyme sufferers who feel worse in the sun and/or who have benefited from the Marshall protocol are likely to agree. Plus, Lyme sufferers are more prone to cancer than healthy folks, and with skin cancer being widespread, it would seem wise for us to avoid the sun. Further, too much sun can weaken the immune system and cause other problems. Who needs that on top of an already beaten-down immune?
However, sunlight can be beneficial for Lyme sufferers. I for one, feel stellar after a short time outside. My mood improves, I sleep better, and I tend to have more energy after catching a few UV rays.
And it isn’t just me. Studies have shown that sunlight, when taken in small doses of just ten to twenty minutes a day, it can be powerfully healing.
First, short doses of sunlight aid the immune system by increasing white blood cell and antibody levels, and by stimulating neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) to engulf bacteria more rapidly.
Next, it speeds the rate at which toxic chemicals, including metals, are eliminated from the body. Given that many Lyme sufferers have impaired detoxification capabilities, and are loaded with toxins, this is great news.
The Vitamin D produced from sunlight also strengthens muscles and bones, and rays stimulate the pineal gland to produce melatonin, which is converted into serotonin by day. This has profound positive implications for the depresssed, insomniac Lymie, as the aforementioned hormones work to correct mood and sleep problems.
Also, cholesterol and triglyceride levels are lowered, as are blood pressure and blood sugar, which may be helpful to some.
Finally, it makes trace minerals more accessible to the body, and minerals are important for a multitude of biochemical reactions.
So, like everything else in life, take a bit of this good thing in moderation. Doing so could have positive effects on your health.