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    Quote Originally Posted by sillylionlove View Post
    I used to tan all the time when I was younger. Then I read an article about skin cancer and it totally freaked me out. Now I don't go out in the sun!!
    Many alternative doctors have gone back to believing the Sun is good for you but it is limited to how much exposure per day. Vitamin D3 is the best nutrient to put in your system. Milk doesn't have D3. The sun is best but half hour is enough.

    I guarantee your energy level will increase with D3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    Many alternative doctors have gone back to believing the Sun is good for you but it is limited to how much exposure per day. Vitamin D3 is the best nutrient to put in your system. Milk doesn't have D3. The sun is best but half hour is enough.

    I guarantee your energy level will increase with D3.
    That's not just alternative doctors, the V-D3 is highly important. But you don't need to tan for that, just be outside each day, e.g. go to work, go for walk, jogging...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alicja View Post
    ...they say sth like you look like snow white... :P
    Well, take that as a compliment - she was, after all, the fairest of them all... which is the reason the witch went all wacky and tried to get her. So stay away from old hags with apples and you should be fine.

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    After last Summer of tanning outdoors, I decided not to do it anymore. A little bit of color isn't worth what uv rays do to the texture of skin.

    I tan easily on my arm/shoulders, but it's near impossible for my face to tan. I enjoyed being super dark when I was under 18, but it's not as easy anymore. You'd never know I have native american roots.

    I may try a professional spray tan, someday, but for now, I'm stayin' pale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    That's not just alternative doctors, the V-D3 is highly important. But you don't need to tan for that, just be outside each day, e.g. go to work, go for walk, jogging...
    Medusa (since you seem to actually have some medical knowledge about this!) I've seen some programmes on TV that talk about UV rays being helpful for psoriasis? If that is indeed true (and I have watched a number of shows that seems to use not necessairly a tradtional sunbed, though it looks very similar to one, to treat the condition) then are the UV rays still as damaging to skin suffering from this condition so, while you may imporve the way the skin looks and the sufferer starts to look "normal", are you still damaging the skin badly?

    Ant

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    Quote Originally Posted by antmanb View Post
    Medusa (since you seem to actually have some medical knowledge about this!)
    Here comes Medusa! (they actually called me "Computer" and "Encyclopaedia" when I was a kid)

    Ultraviolet Light
    There are three different types of UV-rays.
    • UVA (long wave, between 400 and 320nm)
    • UVB (medium wave, between 320 and 280nm)
    • UVC (short wave, between 200 and 122nm)

    There are also inbetween types (Near, Middle, Far, Vaccum, Extreme).

    UVC does not reach the Earth, so we are not influenced by it.
    UVB and UVC damage the DNA directly, UV irradiation of 245 to 290nm is best absorbed by the DNA. UVA doesn't damage the DNA directly, it generates radicals which damage the DNA (and make us age).

    For psoriasis, there are two UV-treatments: PUVA (Psoralen + UVA) and UVB (we now have sources that generate mostly at 311 and 312nm, which is less severe for the DNA).

    But yes, there is an increased risk for carcinomas, that's why these treatments are not taken lightly and are only implementd in severe cases of psoriasis.

    PUVA carries an increased risk for SSC, cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, (10 to 30 times higher than in the general population) and probably also a higher risk for melanoma. Several studies show that UVB doesn't result in a higher risk for skin cancer, and if it does, than it's only slightly higher. So why do we still do PUVA? It has often proven to be more effective, though with the new UVB sources, UVB is also becoming more effective. Unfortunately, the traditional treatment for psoriasis, immunsuppression with medicaments, also increases the risk for malignant illnesses, e.g. lymphomata.

    This article describes everything pretty well, including the DNA-damage that is caused.
    Last edited by Medusa; 05-27-2009 at 08:28 AM.

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    Thanks for that Medusa i really appreciate it

    Ant

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    Medusa, Thank you so much for the info on psoriasis UV treatments. My niece's dermatologist prescribed them for her. Apparently then only work for some 20 or so percent of psoriasis patients, but they work for my niece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    So stay away from old hags with apples and you should be fine.
    I resent that remark!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    Many alternative doctors have gone back to believing the Sun is good for you but it is limited to how much exposure per day. Vitamin D3 is the best nutrient to put in your system. Milk doesn't have D3. The sun is best but half hour is enough.

    I guarantee your energy level will increase with D3.
    I go outside during the day. I just don't lay there for hours on end with minimal protection just to get dark!!! That's what I used to do in my younger years!!! I am not a vampire...I love the sun!!

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    The sun can also help with treating Clinical Depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I suffered from Depression and was treated in group therapy. Since I live in Vancouver, there isn't a lot of sun in the winter. One treatment recommendation was to go to a sunbed for a certain amount of time per week. I didn't follow this advice so I'm not sure of the specifics, but I must admit, there's nothing like a sunny day to perk your mood. I know it worked for a few people in my therapy group who had moderate to severe cases of Depression.

    I know extreme tanning is bad for your skin, but I really don't see the harm in laying out periodically. Personally, the idea of lying in an oven to bake doesn't really float my boat, but I love sitting on the during the summer and reading a good book! As long as I've got my sunscreen, I'm good to go. Sorry dermatologists of the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingbc View Post
    Sorry dermatologists of the world!
    Oh, no need to apologise to them. They can make big bucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingbc View Post
    The sun can also help with treating Clinical Depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I suffered from Depression and was treated in group therapy. Since I live in Vancouver, there isn't a lot of sun in the winter. One treatment recommendation was to go to a sunbed for a certain amount of time per week. I didn't follow this advice so I'm not sure of the specifics, but I must admit, there's nothing like a sunny day to perk your mood. I know it worked for a few people in my therapy group who had moderate to severe cases of Depression.
    I also noticed the same thing. I live in one of the sunniest places in the US now, and when I moved here , people seem to be more cheerful here compared with the places I used to live.

    Vancouver was one of the places I used to live for a while, I also noticed that during winter season, it was often raining, and people were friendly but not quite as cheerful as here. During May to the end of September, Vancouver is really fantastic season, and my feeling was always up. And that was the time the sun was always up, too.

    It’s so true, a sunny day often makes a sunny mood . Vancouver was not too sunny like here, but it was just so comfortable.

    Love the sun but I always cover with black color long sleeves shirts, with long hat whenever I go out to protect from the killer sun here during the day whenever I go out. Sun umbrella seems not popular in the USA, but in the country where I came from it was popular for ladies during summer season, ladies avoided getting tan to protect their skin, it was common knowledge there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    Oh, no need to apologise to them. They can make big bucks!
    Haha, true! Maybe I should switch my major...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sillylionlove View Post
    I go outside during the day. I just don't lay there for hours on end with minimal protection just to get dark!!! That's what I used to do in my younger years!!! I am not a vampire...I love the sun!!
    You're probably doing the correct thing. i think the more skin exposure and the shorter time in direct Sun is also a good thing.

    D3 in supplement form can also be used, and without the sun, one can take 2000 -4000 IUs a day. It does help many ailments.

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