Dr Michael Holick, an expert on vitamin D and Director of the Bone Health Care Clinic and the Heliotherapy
, Light and Skin Research Centre at Boston University Medical Centre, says populations with vitamin D deficiency are at a high risk of developing calcium deficiency.
In fact, patients suffering from cutaneous tuberculosis and other conditions stand to benefit immediately from the use of heliotherapy
in their treatments.
The principle of treatment of bone and joint tuberculosis in those days before the discovery of antibiotics and antituberculotics consisted in raising the general resistance of the patient hygienic-dietary regime, fresh air therapy, heliotherapy
(natural sunshine during the day, artificial light during winter days) (Figure 4), immobilization and a variety of surgical procedures.
1 The Nobel Prize has been awarded to other vitamin D related discoveries as well: Niels Bohr Finsen won the Medicine Prize in 1903 for his work in heliotherapy
in lupus vulgaris, and H Weilland was awarded the 1927 Chemistry Prize for unraveling the structure of this vitamin.
The patient was treated with 15% glycolic acid (AHA) lotion and heliotherapy
with moderate improvement.
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Regarding the article in the Mail on April 3 about heliotherapy
heat treatment, I was quite shocked as I always believed the complete opposite - that the cold was the cure.
Before antibiotics were discovered, TB patients were prescribed "forced sunbathing", known as heliotherapy
, which increased vitamin D production.
Vitamin D was used to treat the lung infection long before antibiotics were discovered, with patients being prescribed "forced sunbathing", known as heliotherapy
One of them is the creation of material base necessary for treatments (outdoor activities, planning of surface water, beaches for practicing contrast procedures with in the hot season--as heliotherapy
and heat factors would oppose cold baths, of hyperthermic dry or wet baths), the balneoclimatic modernization, capture, distribution, transmission of natural therapeutic recovery factors, the diversification of some spa factors, the development and modernization of balneotouristic offer, their development to European standards, etc.
9) From the turn of the century, health-conscious or health-anxious individuals, now understood as "health seekers," could choose among a host of mind-body disciplines and techniques of the self--ranging from modernized versions of naturopathy, hydrotherapy and homeopathy to newer regimes like psychotherapy, meditation, chiropractic, reflexology, yoga, heliotherapy
, body building and therapeutic fasting--all promising improved mental balance, greater physical comfort and an enhanced level of vitality.
(the medicinal use of natural sunlight) has been practised for centuries.