Solarium use - what is the truth?
If you listen to the likes of [URL="http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=234"]NaturalNews[/URL] and [URL="http://vitamind.mercola.com/"]Dr. Mercola[/URL], amongst others, you may have formed the opinion that tanning beds are actually quite 'safe' and beneficial when used correctly. I'm a recent convert.
Mark, do you have an opinion on solarium use?
[my apologies if this has been covered - I did [I]search[/I] first]
There's been a huge campaign by the 'cancer industry' over the last few years to control/squash the tanning industry.. The same people promoting chemical-laden sunscreens, keeping indoors & [solely] receiving paltry amounts of vitamin d from our diet (200-400IUs)..
..combine that with scare campaigns in the media pertaining to infrequently visiting/young users (under 18) dying from melanomas, and you begin to wonder what's going on... I can't be the only primal enthusiast curious about this??
A couple of sources I trust almost entirely (Mercola, NaturalNews) believe tanning (and tanning beds) to be ok... and when it comes to the truth.. be it on diet (look at proponent:contrarian ratio on primal, for instance) or whatever, I'm not a fan of CW. So I am very interested in your view on solarium use, where sun exposure isn't possible or substantial enough.
I want to get a tan with all the benefits of sun exposure, so a spray tan is out of the question - I'm also concerned about the chemicals.
It's virtually impossible for me to get a good amount of sun exposure during daylight hours, due to commitments, so I've started going to a solarium every 2nd/3rd afternoon after work.
I only turn the [I] lightest [/I]shade of pink afterward, and am under the lamps for a short period of time..around 4mins on the weakest (but modern) bed. I don't 'burn'. I'm slowly getting some colour, experiencing gains in confidence/self-esteem and feeling a greater sense of wellbeing overall.
Protection: I apply extra virgin coconut oil to my skin - [I]all[/I] the skin being exposed - before and after, to both moisturise & protect. I will be monitoring my skin health via skin checkups with a specialist, and ensuring my diet remains clean & healthy, as per recommendations from Dr Mercola & NN. I agree with their views that poor diet & improper use can make it dangerous.