We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Vit D is essential to health and to healthy growth, especially bone growth. Almost all of human Vit D is produced by skin in response to UV solar radiation. Animals with fur and feathers produce their own.
In its favor, it seems to help prevent some cancers and heart disease, so it is a good guy.
In the US, Vit D is added to commercial milk to make sure kids get some. About 15-20 minutes/day of unprotected sun seems enough to raise Vit D levels but few people get that daily. Sunbathing nude, of course, makes it quicker. Some of it is stored in fat cells for a while, until it gets used up.
Remember, the wavelength of UVB rays will only penetrate the atmosphere when the sun is above an angle of about 50° from the horizon. When the sun is lower than 50°, the ozone layer reflects the UVB-rays but lets through the longer UVA-rays. The UVB rays must hit the skin to make the chemical reaction that creates Vitamin D. Consult the U.S. Naval Observatory's Sun/Moon Altitude and Azimuth Table for your area to find out when the sun is above 50° on the horizon.
To aid with Vit D and prep for actual sunlight exposure, I use a tanning salon (Horrors!)
Have psoriasis, so regular limited exposure to UV has worked to relieve symptoms and also helps prevent nasty sunburns by establishing a base tan. I keep my exposure to 5 min. per session at low level a few times a month. Haven't suffered a bad burn since doing that.
I also avoid looking like Caspar the Ghost. Might as well get the UV rays to work to your advantage in a controlled exposure environment: I control the time and limit the level. NO need to turn into "sorority girl orange," either.
OkCupid: Liberals More Likely to Cry Than Conservatives
Conservatives are more interested in the outdoors and the gun range while liberals prefer “museums, yoga, and crying,” according to a new study by the online dating website OkCupid.
OkCupid used data from nearly 200,000 profiles for its Words and Politics analysis, which also found that liberals looking for love are vegetarians and conservatives like steak.
“Whether we’re aware of it or not, our political beliefs influence how we advertise ourselves romantically,” the dating site wrote
The analysis also found liberals tend to list “The Daily Show, Broad City, NPR, podcasts, and weed” on their profiles, while conservatives mention “Jesus, faith, guns, and Marines.”
“Steak or avocados? For right-wingers, steak and grilling indicate an interest in sex, while Dr. Pepper points to love,” OkCupid said. “On the left, avocados and vegetarian correlate to love, while booze suggests sex.”
Employed liberals were “likely to be open with feelings,” and those mentioning Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction in their profiles tended to list wanting “pain during sex.”
Being outdoors in the sun just FEELS better. Not to mention it improves mood. At least moderates depression. Vitamin D pills can't be absorbed by everyone anyway. If you can't get outside for at least 15 minutes a day, something is wrong w your life....it staggers me that people have forgotten the ills of tenement life (in our current paranoia about skin cancer) when it was the lack of sunlight and fresh air that led to rickets, fostered TB and other diseases (at least as much as overcrowding and poor diet).