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The untold story of mountainous sunlight

Seriously, it’s time somebody asked, “Hey, what’s the deal with mountainous sunshine?”

Researcher Michael Hamblin, Ph.D. is a pioneer of Photodynamic Therapy at Harvard Medical School and The Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, a member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and author of 422 peer-reviewed articles. (Yes, he needs to relax with an easy home improvement project.)

Dr. Hamblin believes sunlight is many magnitudes healthier up in the mountains, because there’s much less atmosphere. He put it this way: “The oxidative phosphorylation is more skewed toward glycolysis because the oxygen availability is lower.” I for one couldn’t argue with that.

I’m also guessing that mountain sunlight’s healthful dose of ultraviolet rays as well as its protective vitamin D are in part what kept viral infections low at Lakeside. That’s my own unsubstantiated thinking not his. I have no peer-group reviews of the idea. My peer-group broke up recently over who makes the best Italian Wedding Soup. So you just have to take my word for it.

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