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Are sunbeds really as deadly as Arsenic or Mustard Gas

19/08/2009

Are sunbeds really as deadly as Arsenic or Mustard Gas? 

megaSun Electronic Ballast Sunbedwatch the video clip below and make up your own mind

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/18/Are-Tanning-Beds-Really-as-Dangerous-as-Arsenic-and-Mustard-Gas.aspx

The latest press release about ultraviolet radiation and tanning beds being deemed “definite causes of cancer” was based only an IARC group meeting, NOT on a new study.

Michael F. Holick of the Boston University School of Medicine stated:
“The sun has been demonized for years and as a result, people have avoided any direct exposure to sunlight. I think that’s the wrong message.”  

"If tanning units definitely do cause cancer, why would the FDA have laws for compliance and safety for consumers"?

FDA Offers Guidelines For Safe Dosing of Tanning Devices

High quality indoor tanning devices ARE SAFE if you precisely follow the manufacturer's guidelines for exposure, posted on the label, as required by the FDA.

The FDA strictly controls the indoor tanning industry by setting standards for proper use of equipment -- they have endorsed indoor tanning devices as safe. All tanning equipment manufacturers must use the same set of guidelines so that UV exposure levels are standardized.

The FDA uses a unit called "one erythemal dose" as a means of calibration for the indoor tanning industry -- which is just a fancy word for one tanning session.

One erythemal dose equates to the amount of time it takes for a tanning device to produce erythema (slight pinkening of your skin), and this erythema indicates you have achieved a safe dose of UV -- which translates to an optimal dose of vitamin D.

One erythemal dose differs for each person based on skin type and strength of lamps -- just as a safe "dose" of sunshine differs for people based on their skin type, geographic location, and time of day.

The FDA also makes recommendations about how often you should receive a dose, stating you should wait 24-48 hours between doses. The reason for this is that it takes at least 24 hours for the erythema to go away.

The FDA's exposure schedule can be described as CONTROLLED SUNSHINE, making it a very safe way to receive the benefits of the sun while indoors. Once you have a base tan, you can then enjoy more time in the sun without burning, and in that respect, you receive some protection that you would not otherwise have.

The obvious question any discerning reader would ask is this:

"If tanning units definitely do cause cancer, why would the FDA have laws for compliance and safety for consumers"?

Dr Joseph MercolaDr Joseph Mercola says:

What Can You Do?

I strongly encourage you to study the evidence and reach your own conclusions.
Be very careful about accepting some abbreviated summary that is widely disseminated in the media.
If the study contradicts common sense be highly skeptical as it likely a flawed study, no matter how many media sources are promoting it!
"Media reports comparing indoor tanning to toxins like mustard gas, cigarettes, and arsenic are outrageously overhyped. The same "group 1" category includes red wine, salted fish, and regular sunlight -- so these sensational headlines are as absurd as saying ‘A glass of merlot is as deadly as mustard gas.'"

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