As was commonly believed in ancient Greece, modern medical researchers now agree that moderate sun exposure (tanning) during safe hours is essential for optimal health. Hippocrates prescribed sunbathing for his sun cure.
Herodotus said, “Exposure to the sun (tanning) is highly necessary for persons whose health is in need of restoring.” The Greeks practiced “aerination” or the exposure of the body to sunlight, specifically on beach sand.
Hygienists in the early part of the 20th century tried to revive aerination to treat problems from acne to whooping cough. TB patients in sanitariums sometimes sunbathed undressed. However, with the widespread use of antibiotics after World War II, all the known benefits of undressed sunbathing became redundant.
Dr. Bernarr McFadden, the most outspoken advocate of “natural” sunbathing, claims that safe sunbathing without sunscreen does not cause skin cancer or wrinkles, but actually helps heal these conditions. He writes that “… all we need do is pay attention to our bodies. … If the sunshine is going to be harmful to us, our bodies will feel uncomfortable in the sunshine. This will force us to withdraw.”
Dr. Edwin Flatto advised people, “Absorb the sun’s rays during the early morning or just before sunset, when the sun’s rays are slanting and when your shadow is longer than you are.” Proceed to Page2