Doug DeWalt announces the publishing of his free android app. RayMinder.
The app. is meant to decrease rates of MS by increasing knowlege of risk factors to the disease.
Tools on the app. help users identify solar noon, and encourages them to go outside when UVB rays from the sun are most effective at helping the body synthesize vitamin D.
Scientific evidence is now good enough to justify increased exposure in populations living far from the equator. Some countries such as Scotland are considering dosing the entire population with vitamin D.
There is evidence of a strong link between geographic latitudes of populations and vitamin D levels. Low Vitamin D levels are associated with cancer. UVB light, the variable Doug DeWalt is focusing on, counteracts the new indoor "glassed-in" lifestyle by working with the ability of the body to make vitamin D and therefore avoid auto-immune disorders such as MS.
Higher numbers of people with MS in sun-deprived locations – there are 10,000 with the disease in Scotland, in some places the rate is 1/ 170 – and very low numbers in countries with year-round sunshine where the incidence of MS is 1/ 27,500.
Doug wants everyone to know what he's saying, because he strongly believes this message can save lives:
"Lack of vitamin D causes diseases noticed much later in life, so it gets ignored as risk factors go, like smoking did at first"
"The government of Scotland has noticed, and is considering a mass-supplement of the population"
"We've undertook mass supplementation before with decent results. It took decades to learn that pregnant women were not getting enough folic acid. If not for the immediacy of birth defects, the correlation may have not yet been discovered today. But supplements aren't perhaps the best way to get vitamin D."
"Low UVB exposure equates to low vitamin D levels. Both are linked to higher rates of MS and just about every autoimmune disease, including most cancers. We've already lost too many people to disease waiting for an exact explanation of the mechanism of cause, when simply going back to traditional exposure levels offers a safe and likely solution.
"Now that it is becoming more clear with each population study that vitamin D minimum levels may unacceptably low, we are moving on to double-blind controlled trials of much larger doses of vitamin D.
Brand new trials face the obstacle of time with new subjects for diseases that may not manifest for decades. We already have data showing higher doses of vitamin-D and high serum levels are well-tolerated, and have immediate positive results to prevent symptom onset and even improving symptoms and mortality of severe cancer and auto-immune diseases!"
"humans used to get a lot more vitamin D from sunlight throughout history until recently. Then farmers became factory workers. We began a new life indoors. Today we are at an all time low in this regard, we do about everything now away from the natural light we need to make sufficient vitamin D.
"I took up the cause after moving to a new house where he got to know a neighbor who suffers from MS. He then acted in response to a family friend who at 18 years old suddenly came down with the disease. Being an Engineer I did my own rigorous research. This drove me to take up the matter of finding solutions. I've developed a lamp that could be a game-changer against disease."
"This campaign to promote increasing vitamin D, proper lighting, and products to deliver results is one I never thought I'd take up. But I did and I'm even starting a new company "Rayminder Lighting". The people who suffer from the diseases have enough to deal with already to raise awareness. I thought I'd use my own fortune and health to turn things around. I hope to make a living from Rayminder keep improving, to make an ever-increasing difference."
"I'd like to gain the support of MS societies and anyone concerned about additional ways to counteract indoor, sedentary lifestyles adopted by most of humanity. I think that's the root cause. I believe a lot of suffering can be avoided by a few simple, smart decisions."
"Some steps have been taken already to add a little extra vitamin D milk, cereals, and such. The evidence Doug examined suggests most people have a long way to go to optimize their levels of the vitamin with regards to certain risks, including breast cancer."
"I'm frustrated that the "broader scientific consensus is to avoid sun because of skin cancer, and rely on other means that are not practical. It's not enough to make recommendations you know won't be followed, or to err on the side of caution at this point."
"I don't know what more we need to know before change is considered. For most people, the only way to an optimal level is to get more UVB rays, take supplements, or both. But remember that dietary supplements can have harmful consequences along with healthy effects. The only way is to test the blood levels of vitamin D, which is the exact evidential benefit in well-conducted randomised studies of large populations."
"Mass recommendations to stay away from the sun knowing most people don't take other measures is questionable practice in my mind. It would be ethical except for the evidence that blood tests provide, which is always the same. People need to get more vitamin D, more UVB exposure."
"But most are not saying these things, their silence is akin to acting irresponsible, that is why I'm out here talking about this. I'm not a Doctor, I'm just a guy who looked at some very strong data and got outraged that he hadn't heard this anywhere, from anyone. I believe that if Rayminder is successful on a large scale, many thousands of people will make some very important decisions for themselves at least to get outdoors around solar noon. Choices they make now could stop the ticking of their own clocks counting down to MS or some other terrible disease. The countdown doesn't have to reach onset of disease. If anything Rayminder will make that happen, and starting this business will be worth it."
Doug may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
His website is monpinion.com
His app RayMinder is available for free download on his website or other means by request.
Doug lives in Toledo, Ohio.