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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.
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    I'm insecure about being pasty; Not because I think light skin is ugly, but because I'm Hispanic and hate all the teasing I get for it.
    1335 days ago
    Living in New Jersey as I do, the "tanning mom" was big news here last year. I actually think I saw her in a supermarket once, though I am not sure (it would have been a little out of the way for her, but then again, she may have had reason to be in this other area). If it was her, she really looked gross.

    A number of years ago I went for a few sessions at a tanning salon in anticipation of a Caribbean vacation. Did it to try to avoid getting burned, and guess what? After one day I was red as a beet, and I don't even burn that easily. So never again!!

    I agree, it is just not worth it.
    1336 days ago
    Thanks so much for the information and I appreciate it!
    1336 days ago
    Being a skin cancer survivor, I can attest to staying clear of overexposure to sun and the fake rays of the tanning bed. It doesn't entice me at all. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1336 days ago
    OMG, what is it going to take?!?!?!?!

    Pale and Proud over here too!!!!
    1338 days ago
    Even though she never sunbathed, my mom died of melanoma. There is NO WAY in %$## you would ever catch me in one of those things, and I have been a pasty girl for years and just fine with it!
    1338 days ago
    1338 days ago
    That's true!

    1338 days ago
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    I agree with you. emoticon
    1338 days ago
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