Sadly as I enter my 62nd year I find I suffer more with pain from my crumbling bones, a medical fact not an feeling. I have had various tests, x-rays, scans, probes etc etc and now I pop pain killer pills by the number every day. I know that doctors do whatever they can for me, my wife is a perfect nurse & companion. I have the attention of 2 women who come to my home solely to make sure I have a thorough shower! So there are benefits! The reason I write this blog though is to open up a discussion on the effects (or non-effects) of the sun & heat on a collection of aches & pains. All too often we hear people say that a time outside in the sun & heat helps stop the pain, it makes them feel better, it calms down the flare-ups of debilitating agonies. I question this conception, does it actually do any real good to put my weary body out there in the sun, or is it just a "feel good factor"? Yes I know I enjoy the sun on my naked torso, though many look away when my aged & hairy flesh is exposed, but are there any real quality health benefits?