Unsettling health news (but then again, I guess they rarely report the good news)
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I was browsing through the health news article, and this one arrested my attention:
"Without Laws, Many Tanning Salons Would Allow Kids: Study".
It said 40% of salons in Missouri (where there are no regulations) say tanning is perfectly safe. Many say that any risks associated with tanning are eliminated if the customer takes certain precautions, and 4 out of 5 said use of tanning beds helps prevent sunburn.
Holy crap in a basket! Tanning = irradiation, people! Sunshine is even totally radiation. There IS no safe level of radiation. Now, we need our vitamin D from the sun, but we don't need to pile on the radiation beyond just a little bit to make sure we get that vitamin D!
Lord have mercy. What is wrong with being a pasty white girl? I've been a pasty white girl every winter (and many summers, when I was fat and self-conscious and wore long pants all summer long and wasn't active outdoors because it was too hot for my extra 100 pounds)...and it was FINE. Nobody mocked me for looking the way a Caucasian should look in the winter; however, people TOTALLY mocked the girls who were clearly insecure enough that they so obviously fake tanned their way through the cold months. Sigh.