SOLIUS was designed to emit light within the specific vitamin D action spectrum while eliminating nearly all other UV light.

“Vitamin D is used to improve bone health and decrease fractures. Vitamin D may also protect against osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cancer, and other diseases.”

Mayo Clinic

Vitamin D functionality is implicated in over 200 physiologically regulated processes, ranging from modulation of gene expression to activation of protein receptors and signaling pathways.

Vitamin D plays a key role in the homeostasis of calcium and phosphate in the body, helping with mineralization of bone and proper functioning of the musculature. However, its impact goes much deeper.

When levels of Vitamin D are deficient in the body, systems suffer and perform sub-optimally. This manifests as a hormonally dysregulated system, with increased risk for bone demineralization, reduced ability to fight infection, and increased likelihood of complication from autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and type 1 diabetes, among others.

 

“Vitamin D deficiency is a global pandemic that has serious health consequences for children and adults. Improvement in the world’s vitamin D status could significantly reduce risk of many chronic illnesses including cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes and many deadly cancers as well as infectious diseases including upper respiratory tract infections, influenza and tuberculosis.”

Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD

Our research shows that the amount of ultraviolet energy delivered by SOLIUS is significantly lower than any other vitamin D producing light source. A single SOLIUS treatment is expected to produce 9 times more vitamin D than 19 minutes of midday summer sunlight, yet the total amount of UVR administered is equivalent to only 13 seconds in the sun.

Our Advisory Board

SOLIUS medical and scientific advisors are highly respected thought leaders of their industry. Our advisors have a deep understanding of UV phototherapy and are actively researching the effects of  vitamin D on patient populations in their medical and academic careers. We have chosen our advisors for their industry expertise and guidance as we bring this product to market.

Ralph Pascualy, MD

Dr. Pascualy was the CEO of Swedish Medical Group (SMG), that employs more than 1000 providers across nearly 110 primary care and specialty care clinics throughout the Greater Seattle area and Executive Medical Director of Swedish Medical Center. With more than 25 years of successful clinical, business, and administrative healthcare experience in the Seattle area Dr. Pascualy brings a keen understanding of the healthcare industry and its future direction and was chosen as Seattle Business Magazine’s Medical Group Executive of the Year.

Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD

Dr. McTiernan is Director of the Prevention Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She focuses her research on identifying ways to prevent new or recurrent cancer with a particular emphasis on weight control, physical activity, and chemoprevention. She received her MD in Internal Medicine from New York Medical College in and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. Since 2010 she has been a Komen Scholar, and in 2012 she received a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine for her research contributions on physical activity and health.

Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD

Dr. Holick is Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics; Emeritus Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition; Director of the General Clinical Research Unit; Director of the Bone Health Care Clinic and the Director of the Heliotherapy, Light, and Skin Research Center at Boston University Medical Center. He has made numerous contributions to the field of the biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, and photobiology of vitamin D for human nutrition. He has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications, and written more than 200 review articles.

Bernard Goffe, MD

Dr. Goffe is a board-certified dermatologist in Seattle, Washington and is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill. He is the Founder of Dermatology Associates, PLLC, a Psoriasis Treatment & Research Center in Seattle. Dr. Goffe is also a Clinical Professor in the Division of Dermatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine where he received his medical degree.

William Grant, PhD

Dr. Grant has a PhD in physics from the UC Berkeley. He had a 30-year career in atmospheric sciences, with positions at SRI International, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology and NASA Langley Research Center. In 1999 he turned his attention to the role of solar ultraviolet-B exposure in reducing risk of many types of cancer through production of vitamin D. He has about 300 health publications listed with pubmed.gov, of which 210 are related to vitamin D, with 78 of these also on ultraviolet radiation and human health, and 41 connected to diet and disease.

Ben Lynch, ND

Dr. Lynch received his bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Washington and his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him towards nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction. Ben is the Chief Medical Officer for SeekingHealth.com. He is a genetic pioneer and researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of the MTHFR gene, methylation defects and genetic control.