a suggestion for those with CFS

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/21/2007 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffered from some type of chronic fatigue for a few years.  It was really bad.  about a year ago I started sitting out in the sunlight for about 5-10 minutes every day or two.  It really, really, really helped.  I started to think back on when my fatigue began, and I realized that I never got sufficient sunlight whatsoever during that period.  I always wore long sleeves because I was skinny.  I slept during the day for a few years as well.  But getting early morning or late evening sun ( to prevent harmful UV rays, it is best to avoid mid-day sun)  It's really helped.  So, if you aren't getting sunlight, please try it.  I want you all to feel better.  Eating right, being happy, getting sun... It's a recipe for energy.  Don't get sunburn of course.  I like to rotate my body so I can get more sunlight without getting too much sun on one particular side.  I'm just trying to help.  Feel free to bump this message up because I won't be returning to this forum.  I noticed the sunlight helped after a couple of days.  Direct sunlight is best.  I like to cover my face from the sun.  I like to get it on my arms and legs.  It really helped and I wish I could go back in time so that I could get those years of my life back that I lost to feeling really weak. 
I thought that only plants needed sunlight, but I found out ( first hand and through research that humans need it too.)  I had heard stories of people who are allergic to the sun, so I figured if they aren't weak, why do I need sun?  But maybe some of us need it more than others.
Please try this for your own benefit.  Getting 10 minutes of morning or late evening sun is good for you ( morning is supposed to be safer, but late evening is safe enough too.)
Best of luck

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   Posted 12/21/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Dave for sharing.  I believe sunlight is good for everyone too.

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   Posted 1/3/2008 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Cleveland Clinic is a hospital I just left. They've found that most people are defiecient in vitamin D from lack of good sun.

This doesn't mean that everyone stays out of the sun, but there is a big difference of sunlight and good sunlight rays. They told me to take vitamin D3 supplements as it can ease our symptoms.

That being said, when winter hits and the sun isn't the best source , you can supplement with VitD3 supplements from your local pharmacy.

They said they had just proven this will decrease symptoms.
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   Posted 1/19/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, i found my way back to this forum but had to re-register because I forgot my username and whatnot.  I posted this topic.  I just wanted to add something.  One of the replies mentioned how it is difficult to get good sun in the winter and spring.  So here are some more tips of mine to getting sun.  I hope it helps.  It's also a way to keep my post around.  No more posts from me.  I hope I've made a positive difference.  I don't know if the sunlight thing is common knowledge for those with cfs.  Even if it is, I think this post is sure to help someone.



In the winter sit in front of window ( preferrably a window without a window screen or tint ) to get some direct sunlight.  Or you can make ( or have a tailor make ) a pair of clear plastic pants and jacket to wear over shorts and a t-shirt to keep the wind off and allow the greenhouse effect to warm your body while still being able to receive direct sunlight -- you might look strange, but it would allow you to go outside on cool days to walk or jog and still get sunlight on a large portion of your skin.  If you have work to do at home ( like work on a laptop or anything where you are sitting ) , do it near a window that gets sunlight ( even if it is indirect, your body will still be getting some sunlight.)  If you are someone who can afford it, you can put skylights in your home so you can light your house naturally while saving you money on your energy bills by heating your home naturally and by lighting your home naturally ( and of course your body is receiving that sunlight too.)  And in the summer, the skylights can be closed because they will be heating the house too much and costing you money.  And it's easier to get sunlight in the warmer months.  I'm sure there are other ways of getting sunlight in the winter months.  Just be creative and do what you can.  Just as it has already been said before, you want to be careful about getting the sunrays that aren't harmful.  The rays are less harsh in the winter so mid-day sun isn't too bad in the winter time ( in some parts of the U.S.)  In other parts of the country or world, just use your common sense.  No sunburns.  And you shouldn't really even be aiming for a tan.  I've been sitting out in the sun now for over a year and if I've tanned at all, it is barely noticeable -- but I still get lots of sunlight because I do it frequently, but in small amounts -- as opposed to doing it for 30 minutes once a week in one sitting I will sit out for 5 or 10 minutes many times in a week ( or at least I will try to.)




in warmer months, when the sun has a higher UV content... I find it best to sit out for only a few minutes and then go back in the shade and allow the skin to cool off... and then sit out again.  This prevents sunburn.  So does rotating 180 degrees when sitting in a lawn chair -- this allows you to get sun on one side of your arms and legs and then when you rotate you can get sun on the otherside of arms and legs while letting the previous side cool off.  These are just some tips on how to maximize the sunlight while minimizing skin damage... you don't want to get skin cancer, so never let yourself come close to getting a sunburn.  It's easy to avoid if you know your body and follow the early morning / late evening sun rule ( and don't stay in the sun for too long.)  If you sit out in direct summer sunlight for 30 minutes in one sitting, you will probably get sunburn.  But if you divide that 30 minutes into 5 minutes over the course of 5 days, then you will most likely not get any sunburn and you will reap the benefits of the early morning or late evening sun.

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
A natural herbalist told me that sunlight destroys lots of fungal infections, which is particularly beneficial for many types of cancers he said. Not sure how much truth there is to it though.

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/13/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
my first relisation that something was wrong was my intollerance to the sun(being a real sun lover) was very noticable im also very ill in hot weather usually bedridden it makes me so poorly
obviously sun is great for vit d and if you can do it do
its just not for me role on winter!

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 5/13/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
It's just starting to get warm enough to go outdoors here. I'll definitely give it a try! Thanks, Dave. yeah
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