Benefits Of Tanning & Sun Exposure Confirmed
As reported by NaturalNews Study Confirms Benefits Of Tanning, Sun exposure For The Production Of
Health-Promoting Vitamin D (11/11) by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Exposing your unprotected skin to natural sunlight and even using a tanning unit
are not necessarily the highly dangerous, cancer promoting activities that many
in the government and media would have you believe they are.
A recent study out of Oslo University Hospital (OUH) in Norway confirms what we
here at NaturalNews have been saying for a long time -- regular exposure to
moderate levels of sunlight promotes good health through the healthy production
of vitamin D in the body.
Johan Moan, a scientist and researcher from the Department of Radiation Biology
at OUH's Institute for Cancer Research found that the benefits derived from
exposure to vitamin D-producing UV rays far outweigh the miniscule risk of
developing cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM). In fact, it is primarily
overexposure in the form of sunburns that is responsible for UV-related cancer
risk. "Sun exposure is commonly supposed to be the main cause of cutaneous
malignant melanoma (CMM) in most populations. However, the matter is disputed,"
said Moan and his research team in conjunction with their findings. "It can be
estimated that increased sun exposure to the Norwegian population might at
worst result in 200-300 more CMM deaths per year, but it would elevate the
vitamin D status by about 25 nmol/l (nanomoles per liter) and might result in
4,000 fewer internal cancers and about 3,000 fewer cancer deaths overall."
But the risk of getting skin cancer from exposing skin to natural sunlight or a
tanning bed, might even be less than that. Ivan Oransky, editor of Reuters
Health and treasurer of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ),
wrote last year in a blog that the actual risk of getting skin cancer from
using a tanning device is about 0.2 percent, and this risk likely only includes
those that overexpose themselves. Russian health authorities also recognize the
benefits of tanning units, as they last year installed tanning beds in Russian
prisons to help improve inmate health.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
endocrine dysfunction, infections, autoimmune disorders, kidney problems,
neurological disease, respiratory illness, skin problems, and cancer, among