Monday, June 27, 2011

Should you get a suntan?

Avoiding the sun because you're afraid of skin cancer is like avoiding drinking water because you are afraid of drowning. Both are necessary for human life.

Budget Travel just had an article about suntanning. They cite the usual medical and drug industry message of the sun is bad for you, blah, blah, blah, of course ignoring the fact that because of people listening to the medical and drug industries, 70-80% of Americans have an acute Vitamin D deficiency.

Here's from the Budget Travel story:
"It's the official start of summer, and as such it's also the unofficial start of tanning season. But with increasing research and information available about the risks of tanning, is that beach-bronzed skin worth the health threats?

First off, let's go over sun basics 101. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunlight consists of two types of harmful rays: ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVA rays (which can pass through window glass) penetrate deeper into the skin. UVA rays can suppress the immune system's ability to protect against skin cancer and exposure to UVA can lead to wrinkling and age spots.
The UVB rays are the sun's burning rays (which are blocked by window glass) and are the primary cause of sunburn. The Academy has this good tip: "A good way to remember it is that UVA rays are the aging rays and UVB rays are the burning rays." And note that excessive exposure to either form of UV rays can lead to skin cancer."

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Sunshine is free – it has no marketing department for its life-giving benefits. If pharmaceutical companies patented and sold sunshine, the message we receive would be completely different. The American $35 billion anti-sun medical and drug industries have convinced so many people that the sun is bad for you. They have done such a good job that now 75-80% of Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency (I guess the other 20-25% are nudists ). And Vit D has been shown to help prevent at least 16 different cancers (including skin cancer), heart disease, and more.

The drug companies want to sell you Vit D cupplements which have been shown never to be as effective as your own bodies production of Vit D.

It is estimated that at least 600,000 breast and colon cancer deaths each year could be prevented in the US alone if we had more Vit D. Compare this to WORLD WIDE only 48,000 deaths from skin cancer per year. The risk reward ratio is way on teh side of the sun.

This information comes from The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology March 2007; 103(3-5):708-11

People don't realize that the American Drug and medical profession don't want you in the sun so they can sell you Vit D, all sorts of chemicals in sunscreen etc. It is BIG business in the US. And Americans are the biggest market for daily sunscreen, especially women under age 50.

In Italy, their dermatology association recommends people get at least 2 hours a day, maximum sun exposure 3 times a week for Vit D purposes.

As everything in life, use moderation.

So don't let the drug industry scare you away from the sun.

Hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs, California at The Terra Cotta Inn for nude sunbathing.

Tom Mulhall
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