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Can some time in the sun decrease your risk of rheumatoid arthritis?

Posted on: March 25, 2013   by  Kate Saley


If you get casual sun exposure you may be decreasing your risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to research published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

In 2005, roughly 1.5 million people over the age of 18 had RA, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues, typically in the hands and feet. Although the cause of RA is unknown, it is considered to be an autoimmune disease.

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10 Responses to Can some time in the sun decrease your risk of rheumatoid arthritis?

  1. Rita and Misty

    Hi Kate,

    Very nice article. Thank you.

    Happy to say that although I live in Connecticut (north enough for me), RA is at least one ailment I do not have!

    I found some interesting info from 2009 regarding Winter- and spring-onset RA patients having worse 6 month outcomes than those with summer onset… I wonder if this has to do with 25(OH)D levels being at their lowest during these months?


    In my opinion, I do believe that science will one day find D to be the master hormone.


  2. jmeshon

    Hi Kate. I’ve got an interesting story about Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    I have a niece in her early 20’s with pretty severe RA. Being aware of vitamin D and sunlight’s effect on RA I always found it strange that she had it so severely although she lived in Florida (near Cape Canaveral) and loved to spend time at the beach. She was on heavy medication and but still struggled with the condition.

    A few years ago her Aunt bought a condo in Costa Rica and she started spending time down there. She quickly found that when she was in Costa Rica she didn’t need any medication and is basically asymptomatic. She’s since moved down there and, last I heard, her RA is no longer an issue.

    The point is that we may find that the amount of sunlight or vitamin D needed in some cases may be even more than we think.

  3. Rita and Misty

    @jmeshon…I do agree with you…150%

    At the risk of sounding like a renegade…I think that one day D will be recognized as the master hormone of the human body, and mainstream medical will recognize healthy reference levels to be between 50 ng/ml–80 ng/ml; with reference levels for those suffering from illness raised to 80 ng/ml–120 n/ml.

    (obviously, this is just my opinion πŸ™‚ )

    Hope I’m still alive to see my opinion validated.


  4. Rita and Misty
  5. [email protected]

    Just cleared up a case of full-blown Rheumatoid Arthritis in five weeks. Client, age 80, was diagnosed with RA by his GP and Rheumatologist. Client in severe pain with swelling. Trouble dressing, getting out of bed, walking. Pain level 10. Advised to go on Methotrexate and Prednisone. Chose alternative route. Five weeks later is doing 20 minutes on a treadmill. Swelling throughout body 95% gone, energy up and back to normal, pain level from 10 to 0.5. Client decided to take 30,000iu/day of D to raise a low D lab level to 65ng/ml. Client also used fish oil, MSM, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Magnesium, Cayenne, and Pregnenolone and zinc. Anti-inflammatory diet with ginger and green tea. Now on a maintenance dose of 10,000iu of D/day. Voila! Patrick Moore, N.D. Thank you, “D!”

  6. Rita and Misty

    @Patrick…how awesome…I love this…

    A few questions:

    1. I don’t see CoQ10 on your supplement list?
    2. Why Pregnenolone versus DHEA?

    And perhaps most importantly:

    3. Why not include BORON???

    I am such a big (huge) fan of Boron…and in my opinion (I’ve done some research), it does have curative properties regarding arthritis.



  7. Kate Saley

    Very intriguing stories Patrick and Jmeshon. Thanks for sharing! @Jmeshon, that’s very interesting. I’d be interested to know if your niece’s symptoms return or worsen when she visits Florida for any people of time. @Patrick, great news! Glad the patient is doing well.

    And Rita, great find. You may find the attached article interesting: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3395583/
    The research suggests a link between month of birth and risk of RA, with a peak in late winter/spring, and dip in the fall.

  8. [email protected]

    Rita, I have the highest regard for Co-Enzyme Q-10 and would always suggest it as an adjutant therapy. However, it comes down to a patients budget. Pregnenolone was the non-patentable treatment of choice back in the 1940’s/early 50’s for Rheumatoid Arthritis before Cortisone was discovered. Cortisone works quickly so Pregnenolone was forgotten. Not until later did they realize the awful side effects of cortisone and guess what: it depletes the body of Vitamin D! Pregnenolone is anti-inflammatory, helps to balance all of the other hormones as the “grandma” on the family tree of steroidal hormones and a nice side benefit, it enhances memory and mood. I also use DHEA if it’s a male. Boron is a great mineral found in apples. Very good for the brain – makes the mind work quicker. Boron promotes estrogen production also. Not necessary for a guy in supplement form but apple cider vinegar(organic) would be my choice. If I had to add a nutrient it might be niacinamide. Also, remove any foods that may be causing allergic reactions and attention to nightshade vegetables that may cause flare-ups in some people – peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes. MSM cream works well as a topical and soaking in a bath with 2 cups of epsom salts (magnesium) is another beneficial intervention.

  9. Rita and Misty

    Greetings Kate!!

    Thank you for the link to that article. I loved it.


  10. Rita and Misty


    I know I’m not a physician…but my hobby is nutritional research…and it is really more like a fanatical passion with me (you probably see my posts and comments here and on the VDC FB page…I do my research 100%)

    I beg to differ with you on two accounts.

    1. Boron is great for increasing testosterone.

    2. DHEA is great for women.

    I am a successful experiment-of-one.
    I take 24 mg Boron daily and 75 mg DHEA daily…and I feel absolutely fantastic.

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Life is good!

    Any questions, give me a shout: [email protected]

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