Every year we hear of cases with tragic consequences and these remind us of the absolute necessity to familiarise ourselves with both the good and bad effects of sunbathing. As with any other therapy, we should be guided by our personal condition and decide on the most beneficial length of exposure. Take the example of water treatments where we have to take into consideration the individual’s predisposition in order to know whether hot or cold would be better. Similarly, it would be foolish to decide on taking some physical treatment if we know that medication would give better results, or vice versa. Five minutes in the sun may do us real good, whereas an hour’s exposure may be disastrous, even more so for those who are sick already.
People in today’s industrialised society should never forget that they cannot expose themselves to the sun’s energy indiscriminately. We have not been used to walking around in nature since infancy without much clothing, exposed to all kinds of weather without fear or trouble. Instead, for generations we have been trained to protect our bodies from inclement weather by sitting and working in heated rooms and wearing thick clothing. We are not toughened-up, but reared more like hot-house plants, and this is a great disadvantage when we want to let the full impact of solar rays work on our bodies without any protective measures. So, do not do it, or you will have to reckon with the consequential damage to your health.