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INSPIRELINGE Posts: 104
7/11/12 10:14 A

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I've become a fan of mystic tan...as long as I moisturize daily, it fades rather well over 3-4 days. Great for an event or just a "I need some color pick me up!" LA Tan in Chicago offers it for $10 on Mondays. Check for specials!!!!!!!



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7/7/12 3:19 P

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Heck NO! I got 2nd degree burns from a tanning bed back in 1995. I've also had malignant melanoma 6 years ago, so no tanning beds for me. I also use 110 SPF when outside. The only tan I get is from a bottle.

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6/26/12 10:13 A

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No! My dad has had so much much skin cancer removed after years of construction and hating to wear sunscreen.

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6/22/12 12:34 A

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No! No no no no no.

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6/20/12 9:32 P

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Never !
Tanning beds can never substitute for natural sunlight .But everyone is entitled to live life as they choose.
I only hope that if any tanning bed users should suffer adverse medical effects, they would accept responsibility for their choices.

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I don't mess around with it because I am 25 and have had melanoma removed 5 times so far (and Dad had stage 4 melanoma cancer). Whether it causes it or not, I am not willing to gamble. I do still get some sun in the summer for a few minutes because I LOVE summertime :).

I just wish people would stop telling me I NEED a tan. Once upon a time, fair skin was considered beautiful. Now I am suppose to be ashamed? I literally had a GUY comment on a pic of my "THOSE ARE THE WHITEST LEGS I HAVE EVER SEEN! EVERYBODY RUN!". All I know is that (if I dont die from the stupid melanoma) I will have pretty skin when I am older, just like my momma and grandma, and all my friends are going to be nice and wrinkled.

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5/21/12 10:24 P

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Never!

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5/17/12 9:55 P

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And it's absolutely gorgeous!!

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5/17/12 1:00 P

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no I have a natural tan

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5/14/12 8:38 P

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I've recently come to love my pale, white, freckled skin. I've never been really into tanning. When I was in high school, I got "jealous" of all the girls who could tan, because I would just burn or freckle. Now, I think it is cute and beautiful. So I prefer not to tan. Sometimes when I'm outside I will get a little dark, even after the SPF 50, but this is just natural. It's a personal preference , though, and I think as long as you consider both sides, you should make the decision for yourself.

If you want to know your past life, look at your present condition. If you wish to know your future life, examine your present actions. -- Swami Ashutosh Gurusnehi


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5/9/12 9:42 A

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I spent much of my youth trying to tan. I have very light skin and freckle easily - and BURN easily. I am almost 55 now and I remember that when I was a teenager we never really knew the dangers of over-exposure. We would lather up with baby oil and lay in the sun until we blistered - over and over again. I peeled often from the burns. I remember getting physically ill a few time swith chills and fever. Later, I discovered tanning beds and abused my skin for many years with over-exposure again, burning frequently. It was all for vanity because I always said that, "tan fat looks better then white fat!" How clever!!!

Anyway , these days I just hope that I didn't do enough damage to cause melanoma. I want to live a long and healthy life and see my future grandkids. I think a healthy dose of sunlight is a good thing but, like anything else, in moderation.

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5/8/12 10:58 P

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I had made up my mind that I had no more to say on this topic. But now.........NO, I do NOT spend my days locked up in dark rooms, I don't wear long sleeves and hats when I join the rest of the human race outside. I am NOT a bat!! I do understand the benefits of sunlight. As far as your well thought out statement about growing tomatoes, don't patronize please. Without the sun, we simply wouldn't be here having this discussion. There would be no life here on earth, tomatoes or otherwise. You must take me for an idiot. Yes, I took offense.

If you want to risk your health, your youthful skin, then go on ahead. The damage is cumulative. Might not show up for years. It's your life, please live it as you choose, and I'll do the same.

PS In the vast majority of lung cancer cases,, smoking IS the main determining cause, or other envirommental toxins, such as smog or asbestos exposure. You simply cannot take a lone case of a 90 year old smoker who doesn't yet have cancer and extrapolate it to the whole population. What you're doing is rationalizing, so you can continue to do what you want. Well, like I said, it's strickly your business, just do it for heaven's sake, no excuses or resorting to erroneous deductive reasoning.

Edited by: HAPPYONE331 at: 5/8/2012 (23:18)
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5/8/12 12:54 P

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Hi HappyOne331,

I think we might be talking past one another rather than hearing each other's points, so I'd like to acknowledge that I understand that UV from tanning beds and from the sun has serious risks associated with it--these risks can cost people their health and possibly their lives.

My point about water is that it is an essential part of life. I don't think smoking is, and I agree with you that the risks of smoking far outweigh the benefits (are there any benefits at all?). And while I agree that smoking is a risk factor in lung cancer, I do not believe it is the singular determining factor (we all know a 90-year-old who is still puffing away with no cancer). I think its the same with UV, but unlike smoking, I believe that UV light is an essential part of life; I'm not sure that you agree.

I believe that apart from the risks of UV/sun exposure, there are some important benefits that are being overlooked as people become more and more fearful of skin cancer (and as more companies try to sell sunscreen). There has been important research that shows that LACK of sun may be responsible for serious problems, such as depression, metabolism issues, and most recently, autism. If you think this isn't true, try growing your tomatoes in the dark and see what happens. They use photosynthesis in their metabolic process, and our bodies have lesser-known processes involving sunlight that have significant health effects, both positive and negative. My point is that we should not hide from the sun; we should get adequate amounts of sunlight or UV based on our own bodies and skin types.

The reason I think that humans need sunlight is based on my own observation; I don't disregard science, but I am skeptical of the R&D "science" (you know, where people have to invent problems and solutions then pass it back to Marketing). Even honest, selfless researchers aren't infallible and can draw incorrect or incomplete conclusions. Humans are diurnal creatures with minimal hair on our bodies. Our eyes don't perform optimally in the dark. I don't think it is a coincidence; either we we made to be this way or we evolved to be this way, but nonetheless, we don't belong in caves or with chemical sun-blocks all over our bodies (mud, maybe). I know that we live very artificial lives, and the very best we can do at this point is try to maintain some level of balance.

I don't necessarily follow every health trend that research points out. I ate eggs, coconut oil, and sugar when it was out of style, now I guess they're back in and transfat, margarine, and no-cal sweeteners are out (which I NEVER ate)...my point is, if it is natural, I tend to trust that it's not totally bad. And in my mind, most chemical sunscreens are on par with margarine. We won't know how harmful or helpful it really is for awhile.

But don't get me wrong though, I'm not an extremist. I use sunblock when I go swimming outdoors because I plan to get more sun than I need (or can handle!), and if a restaurant put margarine on my vegetables I probably won't send them back. But I don't live in fear of natural parts of life, including my own mortality. My goal in life is not to simply maximize my time here on Earth. I want it to be as enjoyable and pain-free as possible, so I weigh my risks and take the ones I'm comfortable with.

And the reason I'm willing to go into such a lengthy explanation of why I do believe in sun exposure (even tanning beds if you can't get real sun) is because I care about your health as much as you care about ours...we give the best advice we have, and based on the whole of the information we have, will all have to make our own decisions.



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5/8/12 8:27 A

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After that scary woman in NJ, I say no!! The sun gives me a beautiful glow every summer and I choose not to look like shoe leather

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Smoking causes cancer. Not just lung cancer. It's a given. Yet, not everyone who gets cancer is a smoker or a former smoker. Just because someone who is not a sun worshiper gets melanoma, does not mean that there is no connection between the two. Yes, I could get run over going to my mail box tomorrow, certainly stranger things have happened. Yet I don't believe I'll light up on my way to the tanning bed, because after all, I might die drinking my next glass of water.

I just wish people could see just a fraction of what I've seen. Melanoma that is not caught early, and a lot of it isn't, has an extremely poor prognosis. How awful to know you're going to die and you could have very possibly prevented it. Take chances, we all do every day, but don't be cavalier with your very life. Is having a tan so important that facing the possiblitiy of death or disfigurement, or probably both, means nothing?

I've said all I know to say. Sometimes poeple just don't hear what they don't want to hear. I stay out of tanning beds and wear sunscreen, because to me it's a no brainer. At least check your skin regularly and don't forget your scalp, the bottoms of your feet, etc. Once you see a lesion, you won't forget what it looks like.

It is easy to think, it is hard to do, but to do what you think, that is the hardest. .......Goethe

Hope is not expensive to have. It is very costly to be without. .....Anne Wilson Schaef

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5/6/12 8:43 P

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This is obviously a very emotional topic, especially to those who have first-hand experience with skin cancer.

My college physics teacher had melanoma and was vocally against tanning beds. However, he had never used a tanning bed OR worshiped the sun. I think he was just unlucky, but the desire to blame something and feel in control and be active against perceived risks probably helped him cope.

Neither the science of skin cancer nor the effects of lack of light exposure is 100% clear. And every decision we make involves some risk and tradeoffs. Drinking water involves risk, but without it you will die. I think our goal is to be objective and balanced in our approach to healthy living. Having discussions like this are definitely healthy!

Here's an article that summarizes some concepts that heavily weigh in on my opinion. I used a tanning bed when I had to work rotating 12-hr shifts. The tanning bed really helped me to normalize my ever-changing sleep pattern.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/
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5/5/12 10:00 A

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I'm a nurse working in ICU and also worked for 4 years in oncology. I don't trust the drug companies any further than I could throw them. They do have a vested interest in cures for diseases being kept quiet. Our FDA is a farce. Basically we are human test rats. Neither do I believe everything I read.

But even , for the sake of argument, well, lets say differing opinions, why take a chance? It's your life! Melanoma is a very fast growing, quickly invasive form of cancer, It's cure rate is heart breaking. Staring death in the face is not something most people would choose to do, especially if there's ANYTHING they could have done to have possibly prevented it. And it's being diagnosed in younger and younger people,

If nothing else, the sun and tanning beds DO age skin. Breaks down the collagen, causes dark spots, and gives it the appearance of a tanned hide.

To each his own. If I can keep just one person from going through what our family has, I'll gladly climb on the roof and shout it out to the world. I repeat, why chance it? Is a tan worth your life?


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Hope is not expensive to have. It is very costly to be without. .....Anne Wilson Schaef

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5/5/12 9:16 A

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I'm VERY sorry for your brother, but you might want to read this article:
www.naturalnews.com/034493_sunshine_
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Personally & this is JUST MY OPINION, I think going to a Dr is closer to playing Russian Roulette, that tanning will EVER be!
Again, I am praying for your brother & wouldn't do anything I thought would promote any kind of cancer. I just think we need to open our eyes to the fact that Cancer is Big Business! This isn't the 1st article or website that I have found that has called out the medical community & thier lies about sun, sunscreens & cancer. I have known that it isn't the sun that causes cancer, but the lotions & toxins we put on our bodies, for years! Now, FINALLY, the FDA is coming out & pulling a lot of the sunscreens off of the shelves, because they are not only uneffective, but were CAUSING skin cancer...a fact that the FDA has known since the 90's

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5/5/12 2:27 A

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Might as well play Russion Roulette. You might miss the bullet or you might not. Ask my brother who has spent hours in the sun and is currently being treated for melanoma. Is being tan worth your life or a severely disfiguring surgery? This is a direct quote from his dermatologist "Skin cancer gives cancer it's bad name."

It is easy to think, it is hard to do, but to do what you think, that is the hardest. .......Goethe

Hope is not expensive to have. It is very costly to be without. .....Anne Wilson Schaef

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4/28/12 6:51 P

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A dermatologist told me there is nothing wrong with using a tanning bed a couple times a week. He just said not to try to be a Bronze Goddess if you're naturally more in the range of Snow White!! (meaning don't do 25 minutes if your skin can only handle 8).

Other than going for a tan, getting enough light exposure is good for your mental health and promotes vitamin D production. Outdoor light is probably best, but if it isn't warm enough, I think the booth is an OK substitute.



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I've only used a tanning bed a couple times in my life, and those times were when I needed a tan-line free base tan for my figure competitions. Aside from that, I get plenty of sun living in SoCal, and I'm Hawaiian, so I soak it up. I ALWAYS get tan lines, but I don't really care about tan lines, so no need to use a tanning bed!

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I go a few times a month... I live in Wisconsin! I have to! Haha. I love laying in the sun in summer.... Unhealthy? Sure. But hey, so are a LOT of other things I do, lol.

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I use them frequently myself. I make sure to go in the winter months to brighten my days. It works!

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Love them! But, that's me, I sunbathe. And before I get a lot of people telling me about skin cancer, I just want to let you know that the sun DOESN'T cause cancer! Infact, I just read an article that proved that 88% of the cancer "research" is BS! They CAN'T reproduce any of the studies! They have found that most of these studies have been manufactured to benefit pharmicutical companies & make money! Which I have suspected for years! Here's the article for anyone interested:
www.naturalnews.com/035616_cancer_in
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stry_scientific_fraud_studies.html


Also, if you eat a diet high in fruits & veggies, especially those without skin, ie tomatos & strawberries, the same thing that keeps them from getting sunburn, will protect you from getting sunburn!

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I say no!

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