Monday, December 17, 2012
Anti Teen Tan Ban
Alright, I've had enough of this. I've read articles over the past year and even more so these last few months about a teen tan ban, meaning kids under 18 are prohibited from using a tanning bed. The Government is even going as far as telling salons if they get caught letting minors tan, they will be hit with a huge fine. I have a HUGE problem with this. Being a parent, this is a decision I should be able to make for my child who is under 18, it shouldn't be up to the government. The information that is being provided to them during this whole issue is so one sided and a lot of it, untrue. Dermatologists are the biggest problem we have because they are really doing everyone a disservice by telling people not to go out in the sun without sunscreen on or to never step foot in a tanning bed. People need the UV rays for survival, just like we need water, that's the reason why God created the sun!
After reading this article published about a month ago, it made even more sense to me, Dermatologists are all about the money. It someone told you that a study shows that 90% of Melanoma Surgeries are unnecessary, would you believe it? Well, you better because it's true, check it out!! http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/29/unnecessary-melanoma-surgeries.aspx
What a great scare tactic on their part, brilliant non the less making people that they may have skin cancer and making sure to scare them out of the sun or a tanning bed for the rest of their life. While doing this, you're about to cause a whirlwind of other sicknesses, diseases and even cancers. How you ask? Well, the sun and tanning beds are your number one provider of vitamin D, you take that away and you start to see your vitamin D levels decrease immensely. Yes, there are still supplements BUT, like any other supplement you take, you should know your body disposes of that when you use the restroom, especially if you drink a lot of liquids during the day, it's basically in and out and you're not getting the maximum out of your supplements. If you're been following my blog or any of my posts on sites, you will come to know how passionate I am on vitamin D, there is a good reason for that, it's because it's SO important to your health. It literally can prevent or even help cure over 100 different diseases and cancers. Crazy, huh? Something as simple as vitamin D could actually save your life and you don't even have to spend money on it!! The sad part is, there are so many people staying out of the sun and tanning beds now, you will see more people getting sick.
My biggest problem with this teen tan ban is that there is no real proof. Just because someone went in a tanning bed 10 years ago one time and now they have skin cancer does NOT mean it's from that one tanning experience. That's the funny part, there are articles that are based on situations like that. If someone doesn't want their child tanning before they turn 18, let that be the parents decision. No professional tanning salon should let a child under 18 tanning without a parents consent anyway. If they do, then that's a salon you want to avoid because they obviously aren't about following all the rules. If you support this tan ban, please make sure you do some solid research before you are 100% behind it. I mean I could list off a number of FACTS that I'm sure would really surprise you. Such as, most melanomas are found in spots that aren't usually seen by the sun, like the scalp or behind your ears. Tell me, how would a tanning bed or the sun cause that? Or that if you were a skin type one, you could get skin cancer without ever being exposed to UV light. This last one is one of my favorites, people who work indoors have higher skin cancer rates than those who work outdoors all day. Yes, all three of those facts are true.
I'm not asking you to support people who have to be the tannest of tan people but, I am asking you to support moderation. It is ok for you and your children to have sun exposure for a couple hours a week or to visit a tanning salon in the winter months for a few minutes a couple times a week. I promise you will have a more positive attitude and it will be doing wonders to yours health!
Happy holidays everyone!