If you haven't heard by now, vitamin D is being touted as a major preventative treatment for all types of cancer and health issues. If you've read any number of books set in the 19th century where some wealthy person takes ill, you'll recall that the patient is usually taken out to the countryside to get some fresh air and sunshine. Turns out it was a pretty good idea.
How much does this miracle cure cost? It might seem obvious that clean air and sunshine should be free, but...
For the average American male, a good daily dose of sunlight would require 10-20 minutes with 40% of their skin exposed to some prime sunlight (somewhere between 9am-4pm). Achieving this requirement might mean that he goes shirtless outside for 15 on the front side and 15 on the backside... a total of 30 minutes.
But this is a problem. The average American Male works over 40 hours a week, and last I checked most employers discourage topless sun bathing on the job.
Supposing the average American male decided he would take 1 hour less pay, 3 days a week and blend in a nice run through the park with his sunbathing for ultimate health. 30 minutes to stave off heart attacks and cancer, not too bad. Add in some clean up time and the hour is up... back to work.
But with 3 hours less pay a week, the average American would take a salary cut of nearly $2,500.((http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Average_Joe)).
$2,500 for free sunlight and jogging? Who could afford that? Especially with an average salary of about $32,000/year.
That's why I've decided that although America is the wealthiest <strong>country</strong> in the world, it's citizens are some of the poorest... we can't even afford to enjoy free sunlight and a free jog in the park.
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