This month of January 2013 the CDC has declared that many parts of the country are experiencing an influenza epidemic, coming at about the same time that NASA is observing major sunspot activity beginning to erupt. This synchronicity seems to support theories by scientists who have observed in the past that influenza outbreaks are much more common during times of heightened sunspot activity.
Sir Fred Hoyle, a British astrophysicist, was one of the more prominent advocates of this association between the Sun and flu outbreaks. He concluded that sunspots may cause flu outbreaks based upon a strong statistical correlation. Since light and energy from the sun affect all life in the solar system it is not a surprise that this association exists. Of course, there are many factors involved in whether you come down with a flu, and the Sun's activity might merely be a catalyst for the flu in the presence of other factors.
Meanwhile, those who wish to prevent or treat the flu can actually use the Sun's light to do so - vitamin D, formed in the body in response to the sun's rays, is a key factor in immune response to influenza and other illnesses. Reducing stress, avoiding overeating, refraining from recreational drug use, maintaining a positive mood, breathing clean oxygen-rich air, and getting adequate sleep can also help you stay flu-free this year. If you prefer to not be counted among the year's influenza statistics, begin the year with a commitment to your health, working to balance your body, mind, and spirit.