It has become increasingly clear that for mankind to survive the increasing ravages of climate change it is necessary to cultivate natural defenses against extreme temperature events. Already we are seeing massive and irreversible die offs in the animal kingdom, this begs the question if melanin is so valuable at $500 dollars a gram why are the food and pharmaceutical brands putting substances in products to destroy melanin in humans?
Some examples of this are: Arbutin, a prodrug of hydroquinone, is a natural product and reduces or inhibits melanin synthesis by inhibiting tyrosinase. Dermatitis or contact dermatitis (skin irritation caused by contact with an allergen) is a side effect of arbutin use if used over 60 days if used over 90 days it can cause permanent blemishes and skin scarring. Symptoms to watch for include redness, itchiness, dryness, blisters, or rashes.
Using to much can cause a burning sensation on your skin. Many foods have substances that hurt melanin production as well. The cardiovascular system relies heavily on whole food fats & minerals to rebuild cell walls of the arteries and keep them strong. Examples of this are coconut, palm, avocado, sunflower, sesame, olive oil grass-fed organic butter and healthy animal fats from wild caught, grass-fed, organic and free range animals. This knowledge is important because research has found data that suggests that dysfunction of melanocyte-like cells in the atrium and pulmonary veins may contribute to atrial arrhythmias. This can be directly attributed to bad diets that hurt the melanin which is found in All organs especially in organs of melanated peoples making them m ore viable for transplantation than any other.
Black people globally are aware of European attempts to depopulate the world of melanated people as they are seen as the direct threat to a continued dominance based on white skin color. Climate change has become a swiftly moving great equalizer more powerful than any AR15 or automatic weapon. To explain it in simply climate warming leads to a decrease in biodiversity. Organisms can deal with the new prevailing environmental conditions by one of two main routes, namely evolving new genetic adaptations or through phenotypic plasticity to modify behavior and physiology. Melanin-based coloration has important functions including a role in thermoregulation, protection against UV-radiation and pathogens and, furthermore, genes involved in melanogenesis can pleiotropically regulate behavior (Neural-melanin) and physiology.
Current evidence shows that differently colored individuals are differentially sensitive to climate change. Predicting which of dark or pale color variants will be more penalized by climate change will depend on the adaptive function of melanism as well as how the degree of coloration varies with behavior and physiology. For instance, because climate change leads to a rise in temperature and UV-radiation and dark coloration plays a role in UV-protection, dark individuals may be less affected from global warming and be able to withstand direct daylight hours that other skin colorations must avoid, this phenomenon implies lighter phenotypes must avoid more solar radiation particularly in habitats of pale individuals.
In contrast, as desertification increases in the global north, pale coloration may expand in those regions, whereas dark colorations may expand in regions where humidity is predicted to increase. Dark coloration may be also indirectly selected by climate warming because genes involved in the production of melanin pigments confer resistance to a number of stressful factors including those associated with climate warming. Furthermore, darker melanic individuals are commonly more resistant to DNA damage and melanoma than paler hued persons, and hence they may better cope with competitive interactions in terms of birth rates that expand their range in northern latitudes and at higher altitudes. To conclude, melanin may be a major component involved in adaptation to climate warming, and hence melanin-based coloration is likely to change for humanity as an evolutionary or plastic response to climate warming.
Vitamin D is known to enhance the rate of melanin synthesis. Human skin spontaneously produces vitamin D during exposure to sunlight. This procedure is a photochemical reaction initiated after 7-dehydrocholesterol present in our epidermis absorbs UV-B and therefore the synthesis depends on the few factors such as UV-B dose, temperature, and lipid environment. It is confirmed that the world’s racial distribution by latitude is regulated by vitamin D production in individuals this vitamin is key in having a healthy birthrate . When people migrated from lower latitude to higher latitudes; their skin color faded due to decreased sunlight.
Thus, skin pigmentation became a dominant variable for regulating vitamin D3 synthesis meaning getting enough sunlight to continue functioning effectively in competition to melanin with 7-dehydrocholesterol. In these conditions, a famous hypothesis “vitamin D-folate hypothesis”, portrays the explanation behind an apparent adaption of human skin shading in UV radiation situations. Vitamin D and folate have diverse sensitivity level against UV radiation, strangely when vitamin D is blended utilizing UVR exposure and afterward folate is degraded it is difficult to conceive healthy heirs or have the females survive childbirth. The proposed supposition of “vitamin D-folate hypothesis” is that pigmentation of skin keeps up the cell homeostasis (Balance) of vitamin D.
The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D for light skinned adults up to age 70 is 600 international units (IUs). Without this some become high risk for vitamin D deficiency, which may increase risk of falls, fractures, and heart disease. For those of darker complexion who live in low sunlight areas who are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency (which is most people of color), doctors recommend taking a minimum of 1,500–2,000 IU (37.5–50 mcg) per day, and not exceeding 10,000 IU/day (250 mcg). That may seem like a lot, but studies show that even doses well beyond 40,000 IU/day (1,000 mcg) are safe and beneficial for darker skinned people. In short the darker you are the more sunlight you require to stay healthy! Vitamin D is necessary for the proper functioning of your bones. If you don't have enough vitamin D, your body won't be able to get calcium from food, so it will take it from your bones. This generates a slew of issues, including brittle bones, fractures, and osteoporosis.
Vitamin D appears to help muscles develop stronger. Vitamin D levels are thought to be connected to muscular strength. People with higher vitamin D levels had thinner bodies and more muscle mass, as well as enhanced muscular function. Other symptoms of low Vitamin D are reduced endurance, mood swings, inability to sleep etc... Light-skinned people who avoid the sun are twice as likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency as those who do not, Vitamin D is produced by the skin in response to exposure to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight; too little of the vitamin causes bone weakening and rickets and possibly contributes to many other chronic diseases including cancer. Small amounts of vitamin D can also be acquired by drinking fortified milk, eating fortified breakfast cereals or eating fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, as well as from over-the-counter dietary supplements. Although it’s not clear exactly how many people may be deficient in the vitamin, experts believe about 30 to 40 percent of the United States population may be affected.
The researchers found that Caucasians who avoided the sun with clothing or stayed in the shade had blood levels of vitamin D that were about 3.5 and 2.2 nanograms per milliliter lower than those who did not report such behavior. In contrast, the association between sun avoidance and reductions in vitamin D levels in Hispanic or African-American survey-takers was not statistically significant. “This may be explained by the inherent pigmentation in darker skin, which acts as natural sun protection,” This is important because the depletion of the ozone layer caused by man made climate change leads, on the average, to an increase in ground-level ultraviolet radiation, because ozone is an effective absorber of ultraviolet radiation. Most modern cell phones have UV app monitors to inform people who do not have the protection of melanin when it is safe to go outside and for how long.
The UV Index scale used in the United States conforms with international guidelines for UVI reporting established by the World Health Organization. A UV Index reading of 11 or more means extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Take all precautions because unprotected skin and eyes can burn in minutes. Less than 20 years ago UV radiation over 10 was a rarity now it is common place and rising globally. The UV Index was previously reported on a scale of 0 to 10+, with 0 representing “Minimal” and 10+ representing “Very High.” As of May 2004,because of Climate Change EPA and NWS began reporting the Global Solar UV Index using a scale of 1 (or “Low”) to 11 and higher (or “Extreme”).
Try to avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If outdoors, seek shade and wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
Watch out for bright surfaces, like sand, water and snow, which reflect UV and increase exposure.
Worldwide, 82% of new melanoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet radiation, primarily in North America, Europe, and Oceania. In Europe, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Germany had the highest rate of new melanoma cases per 100,000 population in Europe in 2018 (WCRF, n.d.). Melanoma annually claims more than 25,000 lives in Europe (Forsea, 2022). In addition to impacts on skin, prolonged exposure to UV radiation is connected to a large proportion of visual impairment world-wide (Lucas et al., 2019).