"Has it occurred to you that I don't need a professor and chairman of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, supported by taxpayer money, to tell me that sunshine (that would be "broad spectrum light") is good for us? This has been known since the days of Columbus, for crying out loud."
I never said anyone needed a professor to tell him/her that sunshine is healthy. I took issue with your suggestion that people who use light boxes are rubes. Some people, for a variety of reasons, can't get outside every day for an hour in winter. For those SAD sufferers, light boxes are what stands btwn. them and depression.
"By the way, I think it's called Raynaud's Syndrome."
Since you know how to spell it, you surely know what cold does to their extremities. and, yes, I do know someone with both disorders.
I thought sunshine, flowers and wheeling grandma onto the porch with a glass of lemon aid was common sense. I stand corrected.
When I was living in the north I wasn't bothered that much by the cold (daytime high of -25 on a warm day). It was the lack of daylight that drove me nuts- sunrise at 8:30am and sunset at 3:30pm. It was dark when I left the house, my only time outside was lunchtime and it was dark again when I headed home. Small wonder that alcoholism is a huge problem in northern towns.