Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of "Real Cause Real Cure" discussed various myths the health care industry passes on. One that pertained to the tanning industry is that many in the health care industry claim you should avoid the sun!
This is absolutely crazy! Sunlight or more specifically the UV light given off by the sun, is critical in aiding the body in producing vitamin D. Vitamin D has numerous important benefits to the body including:
Aiding in the absorption of Calcium and phosphorous which helps prevent osteoporosis.
Helping fight disease by regulating your immune system.
Helps decrease blood pressure.
Helps fight Asthma symptoms and frequency.
Research shows benefits against heart attacks, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis and many other major health risks.
Teitelbaum said the myth that people should avoid the sun at all costs probably results in tens of thousands of unnecessary cancer deaths each year. “Most of the deadly skin cancers, called melanomas, are not in sun-exposed areas,” he said. “They’re increasing because of poor immune function, from poor sleep, poor nutrition and other factors.” So, avoiding UV rays at all costs is not a good idea!
The skin cancers caused by sunshine are usually not the dangerous kinds, Teitelbaum said. Instead, sunshine is critical for vitamin D, an important hormone and vitamin. Without vitamin D, individuals can have an increased risk of breast cancer, autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
Depending on the doctor you speak to, many dermatologists say that they feel a majority of the skin cancers we have today are caused by other factors such as the chemicals people put in and on their body every day. Anti-perspirant/Deodorant anyone?
Also, Teitelbaum has simple advice to balance damage versus benefit when it comes to the sun: “Avoid sunburn, not sunshine,” Teitelbaum said.
Contact us today to see how you can safely tan and have all the great benefits of increased vitamin D production.