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"Smart Tanning"

Medical Benefits of UV Tanning

  • Helps prevent Sunburn
  • Helps the body create Vitamin D
  • Treatment for Acne - Ultraviolet light has an anti-inflammatory effect that can minimize breakouts and some of the redness associated with them.
  • Treatment for Psoriasis, Eczema, and Dermatitis


Why Is Indoor Tanning “Smart Tanning?”

Indoor tanning, if you can develop a tan, is an intelligent way to minimize the risk of sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefit of having a tan. We call this SMART TANNING.

Gradual tanning control is nearly impossible outdoors, where variables including seasonality, time of day, weather conditions, reflective surfaces and altitude all make outdoor tanning a random act and sunburn prevention more difficult.

Why Should We Be Concerned About Vitamin D Deficiency?

New research has shown that vitamin D deficiency is epidemic in American adults today, suggesting that up to 90 percent of North Americans are vitamin D deficient. It is likely that over-usage of sunscreen in climates and seasons when sunburn is not a possibility has contributed to this epidemic. This is especially significant because:

A 2006 systematic review of 63 studies on vitamin D status in relation to cancer risk has shown that vitamin D sufficiency can reduce one’s risk of colon, breast and ovarian cancers by up to 50 percent. The landmark paper, published in the February 2006 issue of The American Journal of Public Health, is the most comprehensive paper on vitamin D written to date.
Additionally, vitamin D deficiency is a leading cause of osteoporosis, a disease affecting 25 million Americans which leads to 1 million hip and bone fractures every year. In elderly individuals, such fractures are often deadly. Encouraging everyone to wear sunscreen all year long in any climate undoubtedly is contributing to this problem, as vitamin D is necessary for the body to properly process calcium.
While environmental correlations have established for years that people in sunny climates have lower risks of many forms of cancer, in recent years the mechanism by which Vitamin D slows or retards the growth of tumor cells has been researched and identified. It was once thought that only the kidneys could produce active vitamin D, but we now know that many cells in the body perform this function, including cells in the breast, prostate, colon, brain and skin.
Research has shown that the active form of vitamin D, when present in cells throughout the body, inhibits the growth and spread of abnormal cells, including cancer cells.

What Does Indoor Tanning Have To Do With Vitamin D?

Exposure to UVB from sunshine is the body’s natural way to produce vitamin D, accounting for 90 percent of vitamin D production. Dietary “supplements” are just that: Supplemental ways to produce vitamin D.

Research has shown that people who utilize indoor tanning equipment that emits UVB – which most tanning equipment does – also produce vitamin D. And studies have also shown that indoor tanning clients have higher vitamin D blood levels than non-tanners.

While the North American indoor tanning industry promotes itself as a cosmetic service, one undeniable side-effect of that cosmetic service is vitamin D production. Even though it is not necessary to develop a tan to produce vitamin D, this should be considered: Because research suggests that the risks associated with sun exposure are related to intermittent sunburns, it is credible to believe that the benefits of regular, moderate non-burning exposure outweigh the easily manageable risks associated with overexposure.

Tanning is a Natural Body Process – It is Not Damage

Tanning is your body’s natural protection against sunburn — it is what your body is designed to do. Many have referred to this process as “damage” to your skin, but calling a tan “damage” is a dangerous oversimplification. Here is why:

Calling a tan damage to your skin is like calling exercise damage to your muscles. Consider, when one exercises you are actually tearing tiny muscle fibers in your body. On the surface, examined at the micro-level, that could be called “damage.” But that damage on the micro-level is your body’s natural way on the macro-level of building stronger muscle tissue. So to call exercise “damaging” to muscles would be terribly deceiving. The same can be said of sun exposure: Your body is designed to repair any damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light exposure. Developing a tan is its natural way to protect against the dangers of sunburn and further exposure.
Saying that any ultraviolet light exposure causes skin damage is a dangerous oversimplification. It would be like saying that since water causes drowning, humans should avoid all water. Yes, water causes drowning, but our bodies also need water; we would die without it. Similarly, we need sun exposure; we would die without it.
It is the professional indoor tanning industry’s position that sunburn prevention is a more effective message than sun avoidance, which ultimately encourages abuse. It is a responsible, honest approach to the issue.

But What About Skin Cancer?

There arguably is more misinformation about skin cancer than any other form of cancer, and most of it involves distorting the nature of skin cancer’s complex relationship with sun exposure. Consider:

Melanoma skin cancer is most common in people who work indoors – not in those who work outdoors.
Melanoma skin cancer occurs most often on parts of the body that are not regularly exposed to the sun.
18 of 22 studies examining melanoma and indoor tanning have shown no statistically significant association, including the most recent and largest study, which showed no connection at all. The four older studies that alleged a connection did not adequately control for important confounding variables such as the subjects’ outdoor exposure to sunlight, childhood sunburns, type of tanning equipment utilized (many of which were unsupervised home units) and duration and quantity of exposures.
Melanoma mortality rates in the United States are not rising among young women, but are increasing dramatically among older men, according to National Cancer Institute data. (In Canada, melanoma rates for women under 50 have actually declined in the past 20 years). Yet the majority of the marketing message about this disease is directed at young women, who are the highest consumers of dermatological services.
The photobiology research community has determined that most skin cancers are most likely related to a strong pattern of burning and intermittent sun exposure in those people who are genetically predisposed to skin cancer and not simply to cumulative exposure. That suggests that a pattern of repeated sun burning is what we need to prevent. And that kind of prevention is exactly what the indoor tanning industry is doing effectively.
Skin cancer generally has a 20- to 30-year latency period. The rates of skin cancer we are seeing today in older individuals mostly are a function of the ignorant misbehavior of the 1970s and early 1980s. Recall: Society used to view sunburns as an inconvenient rite of spring, or as a “precursor” to developing a summer tan. Severe burns were commonplace. Today we know how reckless that approach was, and the incidence rates of skin cancer today in those over 50 years of age reflect that ignorance.
The indoor tanning industry believes that our role in teaching sunburn prevention will help to reverse the increases that largely are a result of misbehavior that
took place years ago before the professional tanning industry existed and before we were organized to teach sunburn prevention. 

8 Signs You May Have Low Vitamin D:

Muscle Weakness
Greater Pain Sensitivity
Stress Fractures
High Blood Pressure
Extreme Crankiness
Decreased Endurance

See the MSN Article here!

Vitamin D - The Latest:

Vitamin D has many health benefits, from promoting bone and muscle growth to lowering high blood pressure. Studies suggest it may even help ease fibromyalgia pain and slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. But the opposite is also true: Not getting enough vitamin D can hurt your health in ways you may not expect.

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include bone pain, muscle weakness, increased blood pressure, and depression. It has also been linked to the following serious health conditions:

1. Dementia. A 2014 study published in the journal Neurology found that moderate-to-severe vitamin D deficiency in older adults may double the risk for some forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a decline in thinking, behavior, and memory that negatively affects daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for as many as 80 percent of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer’s AssociationThe study looked at more than 1,600 dementia-free adults aged 65 years or older. People with low levels of vitamin D had a 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia. People who were severely deficient in vitamin D had a 125 percent increased risk, as compared to people with normal vitamin D levels. People who had lower levels of vitamin D were about 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Those who were severely deficient were over 120 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Experts aren’t sure how vitamin D is connected with dementia, but suspect that the sunshine vitamin might help clear plaques in the brain linked to dementia. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining friendships and social support systems can help reduce risk. 

2. Prostate cancer. A 2014 study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research found a link between low blood levels of vitamin D and aggressive prostate cancer in European-American and African-American men. Researchers looked at vitamin D levels in 667 men aged 40 to 79 years undergoing prostate biopsies. The connection between vitamin D and prostate cancer was especially strong in African-American men. The results showed that African-American men with low vitamin D levels were more likely to test positive for the cancer than people with normal vitamin D levels. Prostate cancer occurs mostly in older men with the average age of diagnosis being about 66 years old, according to the American Cancer Society. It’s the most common cancer in men, and the second most common cause of cancer death in American men. 

3. Erectile dysfunction. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men with severe erectile dysfunction (ED) had significantly lower vitamin D levels than men with mild ED. ED is the most common sexual problem among men, affecting up to 30 million American men. ED can stem from other health conditions like diabetes, prostate cancer, and high blood pressure. Common ED treatments include hormonal replacement therapy, counseling, and lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, and eating a balanced diet.  

4. Schizophrenia. People who are vitamin D deficient are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as compared to people with sufficient vitamin D levels, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers of the study reviewed findings from 19 observational studies that looked at the relationship between schizophrenia and vitamin D. Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder that affects more than two million American adults, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Symptoms, which commonly start between ages 16 and 30, may include hallucinations, incoherent speech, withdrawal from others, and trouble focusing or paying attention. Although there is no cure for schizophrenia, it is treatable. Treatment for schizophrenia might include medication, psychosocial therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and even family education and support groups. 

5. Heart disease. According to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to more severe cases of heart disease. Researchers found that more than 70 percent of patients undergoing coronary angiography – imaging to see how blood is flowing through the arteries – had a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because the body naturally produces it when the skin is directly exposed to sunlight. You can also get the necessary daily amount through your diet or supplements. Vitamin D-rich foods include milk, cheese, and fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel. Certain foods such as cereals, orange juice, soy products, yogurt, and margarines are sometimes fortified with vitamin D. 

The National Institutes of Health recommends that most adults get about 600 IUs (International Units) of vitamin D daily.

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