A Lifestyle Consultant's Course in Natural Living - Sample Lesson 105

Subject: Heliotherapy

By John L. Fielder

Introduction to Heliotherapy • Part One


Sun, air and light form the basis from which all life springs on this planet which we call earth, for without them, there would be no life as we know it now. As Jacob Leberman in his book Light, Medicine of the Future says:

“Have you ever wondered why we call the process of profound human evolution 'enlightenment', or why the portion of the galaxy in which we live is called the 'solar system'? Doesn't the term 'solar system' imply that human beings are of, or derived from, the sun?

“Why do people frequently make statements such as 'lighten up' or 'You light up my life'? How does 'living in the light' differ from experiencing the 'dark night of the soul'? Is it possible, as renowned physicist David Bohm states, that 'all matter is frozen light'? Could it be that our evolution in some way is related to our ability to take in and utilise light on a spiritual level as well as a physical level?”

The idea of light as an integral part of all life and creation has been evident since the beginning of time. The use of colour to describe our emotions, physical condition or attitude has become a part of our everyday language, such as the phrases, “You look in the pink of condition”, and, “I could tell that he was positively green with envy”, or, “When I heard her say that, I saw red”. And whereas in the past we have tended to think primarily in terms of our physical health when we consider the benefits (or detriments as the case may be, especially with the current attitude to the connection of our bodies' exposure to sunlight and skin cancer), we rarely if ever take into consideration the psychological and spiritual benefits that may accrue from our exposure to sun, air and light.

Our lives, health and well-being are truly dependent upon the sun. The electromagnetic waves that are transmitted to the earth by the sun sustain the biosphere in which we live, provide the energy for photosynthesis in the plants, and the growth of trees, as well as being the source of the energy which is released from our fossil fuels.

Up until very recent times, that is, throughout almost all of recorded history, man has lived and worked out of doors and been fully exposed to natural sunlight. The onset of the industrial revolution brought about a major change in a large percentage of the population of the industrialised nations, along with the belief that not only was he no longer dependent upon the natural world, but independent, and perhaps even above and superior to it.

It is only in relatively recent history that man has been working indoors in factories and offices, or in mines below the surface of the earth, cut off from, or shielded from the natural elements of sun, air and light, in concrete edifices with incandescent or fluorescent light. Not only is the light artificial and lacking in full spectrum wavelengths necessary for well-being, but the buildings we live and work in are often as not air conditioned, and so we are further deprived by our inability to access pure fresh air.

We commence each day by rising in our air conditioned, glass-windowed houses, walk to our glass-windowed, air conditioned car, in the adjoining carport or garage, and drive to work and spend the day in our air conditioned office under artificial light, which quite often may not have any windows. If our office does happen to have windows, these will be made of glass which, if it is plain, will reflect the ultraviolet rays and other beneficial rays—and if it is tinted, will further inhibit the transmission of light and beneficial rays. We further exacerbate the problem by the wearing of glasses, both sunglasses and corrective glasses. These further inhibit our ability to absorb and utilise the beneficial solar rays.

Dr John Ott, in his monumental work on health and light, has shown from his experiments on humans, animals, and plants, and through his experience with time-lapse photography and the effects of light on the growth of plants, that the human eye is a major area for the absorption of these beneficial solar rays, and that the wearing of glasses of any type detrimentally inhibits the absorption of these beneficial rays to the extent that certain chronic conditions may well develop through their habitual use, and be consequently relieved by the exposure of the eyes to the direct rays of the sun wherever possible, each day.

Dr Ott has also delved into the problem of artificial light, and its detrimental effects in the workplace, as well as providing us with the solution to the problem.

In addition to the findings of Dr Ott, William Shakespeare pointed out that “The eyes are the windows of the soul.” When we observe others, one of the first things we notice about them is their eyes, for through them, as much as any other source of body language, we notice whether they are sad or happy. If they are sad, their eyes will show it, whereas if they are happy, it is immediately visible by the gleam in their eyes.

It can well be seen then that it is of prime necessity that we study the beneficial (and other) effects of sun, air and light, and learn how to utilise them to our ultimate benefit, and to minimise any detrimental (if any) effects that could possibly accrue from a lack of understanding and ignorance.

In recent years the sun's effect upon human health has come to be regarded by the medical profession as little more than a placebo. The current medical concept pictures a destructive sun, one responsible for ageing of the skin and capable of causing skin cancer.

Dr Zane R Klime, in his book Sunlight, has this to say: “The author became increasingly convinced, as he studied the available research data, that the highly refined western diet plays the leading role, both in the ageing process and in the development of cancer, and that sunlight seems only to accelerate the problem.”

In other words, Dr Klime is saying that if we removed the cause, and the cause being in his words “the highly refined western diet”, we would not be detrimentally affected by the sunlight.


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