Before Vitamin D was isolated and identified as a compound in the 1930s, the medical community knew its benefits. The “sunshine cure” for rickets and tuberculosis, prescribed by doctors and practiced in sanitoriums with bright balconies and rooftop terraces, had identified (correctly) the restorative powers of the sun. The magical healing component? We now know it to be Vitamin D.
It’s a zen koan for 2020, a spin on the parable of the tree falling in the forest: if your immune system speaks and no one understands what it’s saying, does it make a sound? The answer is yes. When in distress, the immune system rings proverbial alarm bells that are accompanied by warning messages that we need to decode.