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Posted by: dAne+, Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 6:42pm
In the past few years I have returned to the Pacific NW of the US and have been plagued with many of the food sensitivities and overgrowth type problems of my childhood while I lived here.  I noticed Vitamin D is a supplement included in the teacher catalyst and feel that it is critically linked to my health because while living in sunnier places I had zero allergies or digestion issues.  I have friends who are Gatherers, Explorers and Hunters who don't seem to physically "break down" in the late winter and into spring like I have these past few years.  Just curious if the sun is vital to fellow teachers? Maybe teachers stuck to sunnier, fertile areas historically?
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 8:46pm; Reply: 1
Posted by: cajun, Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 1:09am; Reply: 2

Good question.
Personally, I thrive in sunshine and cannot imagine living year round in overcast weather! I was actually born in Salem, Oregon but have lived in SoCal since I was 6 weeks am a Californian. ;) My uncle (now deceased) and cousins live in Ashland, Oregon and love it.(Harry and David Orchards :D) It is lovely to visit but wouldn't live there.
Posted by: Chloe, Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 1:16am; Reply: 3
I can't seem to pick one of your voting options.  I take vitamin D, am a Teacher...hate being in the
sun but my D level is nearly 70. I live in NY where the sun shines when it shines...It could be
winter or summer...depending on our precipitation....I prefer shaded areas....and don't
need sunshine to thrive.  In fact, longer days, more sunlight and I feel tired and depressed and
can't sleep well.  I thrive in the short days of winter when a lot of people have SAD...and seem to feel more worn out in summer because of the heat and bright sun..  Sun doesn't seem to have anything to do with my digestion nor does my well being improve from sunshine..  So basically I can live happily with absolutely no sun, Vitamin D pills and my SWAMI diet.  I could be a cavewoman, no problem.
Posted by: Lin, Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 9:59pm; Reply: 4
I love sun and warm weather and always feel healthier in the summer.  The accupuncturist who is Chinese and applies those beliefs also, told me I have a body type disposed to "damp" which is internal yeast out of balance, and that I will always be healthier in drier, summer weather. Damp winter weather I don't feel as good.  I think damp vs dry weather is a big factor for me.
Posted by: dAne+, Thursday, August 16, 2012, 5:16pm; Reply: 5
Chloe I named the forum "...sunshine (aka Vit. D)" but guess I forgot to include that in the options.  You supported what I think about Vitamin D being especially critical for Teachers, I don't supplement it here, but I think I will have to if I continue to live here.  Lin the teacher definitely seems disposed to "damp" and it says in D'adamo's profile of the teacher something about Vata constitution as well.  The healthiest I have been has been in sunny dry climates.  My health becomes a full time job in Portland.  Supplementation for now I guess.
Posted by: cajun, Thursday, August 16, 2012, 11:21pm; Reply: 6

If you need sunny and dry then the high desert is your place. Normally our humidity is extremely low and we have 360 days of sun. Even when it rains or snows we usually get sun afterwards!
Isn't there a high altitude desert in southeast/eastern Oregon? ??)
Good idea to supplement while living in Portland. We have a friend living there also.
Posted by: Chloe, Friday, August 17, 2012, 2:03am; Reply: 7
Lin clarified this for me.....I didn't see my pattern of  why I was preferring dark's actually that the sun and humidity often go together on a typical NY summer day....and I'm staying indoors in A/C to avoid the high humidity plus the heat from the sun.  I feel ready to pass out when having to be in  hot humid places.  It's why I think I could live in a cool, dry cave sometimes.

My constitution must be "damp" and "hot".

Which dosha is hot?  Pitta?
Posted by: dAne+, Thursday, August 23, 2012, 4:44pm; Reply: 8
Cajun, I lived in Bend, OR for a few years and then moved to Boulder, CO and was my healthiest, no allergies, no digestion issues.  Because of all of this I am moving back to Boulder at the end of of Sept.  ;D  Chloe I wonder if your Vitamin D levels are too high when getting adequate sunshine on top of your supplementation?
Posted by: cajun, Friday, August 24, 2012, 5:07am; Reply: 9
I wish you all the best in your move! :)
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