WARNING! RED WINE IS AS DANGEROUS AS TANNING
Got your Attention! Just like the pernicious headlines that declared, “Tanning is as dangerous as arsenic and mustard gas”, this past summer and again as we approach the coming of spring; it is truthful if one engages in yellow or tabloid journalism. Using the same mis-leading criteria provided by IARC (International Agency For Research On Cancer), red wine along with beer, birth control pills, salted fish, arsenic, mustard gas, tobacco, sunlight and the list goes on and on, are all carcinogens. They all have been placed in a like category. But in what context? Most of the aforementioned could become potentially dangerous if not used properly. What wasn’t brought out, was that only when excessive or abusive use or behavior was considered did they become carcinogenic.
Please forgive the digression to make the point of how some research is agenda driven. Like the so-called global warming researchers out of the University of East Anglia in England; IARC also works under the United Nations. The track record of any affiliation with the U.N. begs closer scrutiny. Just ask climate scientist Phil Jones who has taken a leave of absence in disgrace when he and his conspirator’s e-mails disclosed deceptions, omissions, suppressions, assumptions and blatant falsifications. And usually there are large sums of money involved with the predisposed agenda. Is it any wonder that according to a current Rasmussen Poll, 58 percent of us believe science is manipulated?
The misinformation campaigns waged by anti-sun profiteers has grown into a $35 billion cosmeceutial skin care industry. In March of 2008 The ACS (The American Cancer Society) and AAD (The American Academy of Dermatology) came under fire from doctors and researchers for allowing cosmetic and sunscreen manufacturers to use their logos on their products in exchange for millions of dollars in royalties.
New York dermthpathologist Dr. Bernard Ackerman, the foremost pioneer in this field stated it’s “revolting” and along with his peers petitioned AAD to stop accepting royalties. Dr. Ackerman has more than 700 published papers and studies to his name in a career spanning over 45 years. He has also been honored by AAD with its highest honors, the designation “master dermatologist” for his life contributions to the filed. To sum it up Dr. Ackerman states ” there is no compelling evidence that sun tan parlors have induced a single melanoma and the tanning industry…. has every right to accuse the the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and the American Cancer Society of “scare tactics” when it comes to the issue of melanoma”.
The American Cancer Society was also criticized in a New York Times story connecting the collusion between the ACS and multibillion dollar sun “scare” purveyor Neutrogena for its funding of a bogus ACS public service announcement. The multimillion dollar ad campaign which carried ONLY the ACS logo was paid for completely by Neutrogena. To make matters worse the ad featured the photo of a woman who said her sister died of melanoma, which wasn’t true. The woman in the ad was a paid model.
When ACS deputy chief medical officer, Dr. Len Lichtenfeld was asked for an explanation from the New York Times he admitted that “ACS had taken some license in taking that message and using it the way we’ve used it because that’s the way to get the message to our target audience”. Let’s quit being politically correct – they flat out lied and they got paid for it!
The collusion between the $35 billion cosmeceutical sun scare industry and ACS and AAD doesn’t end there. Enter the so-called beauty magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Allure and Self. They all receive in excess of one million dollars per issue in anti-sun advertising. Is it any wonder that all these magazines have more articles on anti-sun than they do on anti-tobacco? To drive my point home, how about some stats from ACS and AAD? Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer death in men and women in the US. Breast cancer is #2 followed by colon, uterine and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. About 1/3 of all U.S. cancer deaths are related to obesity and nutrition. And with all the hype and hysteria – melanoma actually represents about only 4% of cancer in woman. According to the AAD 70% of indoor tanners are women but more men develop melanoma skin cancer. According to the ACS, melanoma wasn’t even in the top ten causes of death among women. Women have a 1-in-8 chance of developing breast cancer and ONLY 1-in 58 chance of developing melanoma. If you are however one of the misfortunate ones, there is hope according to the ACS; the five-year survival rate for melanoma has increased over the past three decades – from 82% to 87% to 92%. The positive note is due to early detection.
The scores of doctors, nurses and other medical- field related personnel that tan on a weekly basis tell you that they know the real science. Like the AMA (American Medical Association), whose membership has dropped to about 17 percent, it is of my opinion that the legitimate rank and file dermatologists have been misrepresented by the extremists that have hi-jacked the AAD.
Looking at the recommendations being put forth by ACS, AAD and the Skin Cancer Foundation, anyone with a basic understanding of high school biology and common sense can’t help but wonder what planet these jack-asses are from. Here are their recommendations to a wonderful healthy life; courtesy of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute, which is pretty much the same as all the other collaborators. First, always wear a sun-block 365 days a year even though in the northern hemisphere and in fall and winter months there is virtually no possibility of burning. Before even thinking of going outside, dress in long sleeved shirts and long pants and don’t forgot your hat, the kind that covers head, face, ears and neck. Didn’t Elmer Fudd wear a hat like that in the cartoons? I almost forgot the sunglasses with the large frames. You know – the kind the ophthalmologist gives you after cataract surgery. After all this, if you insist on going outside seek shade and avoid exposure to reflective surfaces such as water, glass, concrete, sand and snow. Heck, who in their right mind likes boating, fishing, swimming or long walks on a sunny beach? Thank GOD I don’t have kids, because how do you explain that watching or playing baseball or soccer could be so hazardous to your health. Sure hope all the outdoor concerts I want to attend at the Fraze Pavilion are after dark. While I’m at it I might as well sell my convertible because I can’t put the top down. The brighter side – no pun intended – I could save on hairspray. Oh, we might as well shut the bike – way down too, because with all the garb on, how are you going to peddle?
Fanaticism does little to promote sensible and educated decisions in healthy behavior. Have you noticed that there isn’t anything you can eat, drink, think, do or say that some self-appointed expert tells you it’s hazardous to your health? I refer to this as the “Cry Wolf Syndrome”
Headline driven media outlets have become mere dupes of the hysterical ideologues in promoting the asinine proposition of total abstention from sun exposure, whether GOD made or man made. This radical position suggests that our Great Creator put this element in our natural environment with the intent to harm us. To the contrary UV sunlight is the very essences of life itself. It provides energy, stored in plants in the form of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that are transferred by consumption to humans. Humans produce up to 90% of their Vitamin D3 the “Sunshine vitamin” form sun exposure “naturally”. Surface fish such as salmon, and tuna can also help but not to the extent the body can do with moderate exposure. Most supplements contain D2 a less potent form which can be problematic. Your skin “naturally” makes more Vitamin D in one tanning session than you would get from 100 glasses of fortified whole milk. According to Dr. John Cannell founder of Vitamin D Council, ” Humans make thousands of units of Vitamin D within minutes of whole body exposure to sunlight. From what we know of nature, it is unlikely that such a system evolved by chance”. As of today there are no studies what – so -ever linking tanning in a “non – burning” fashion with a significant increase in risk of permanent skin damage. To the contrary research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by researchers at the London School of Medicine, St. Thomas Hospital in London, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, found that with everything else being equal in a study of 2,100 female twin pairs, that those with the highest Vitamin D levels had longer leukocyte telomere length, a genetic marker, which would represent a five year aging difference. A few years ago research indicated that when the skin is slightly pinkened the body produces a protein blocking agent that prevents cellular mutation and degeneration. Plainly put, prevents or reduces the possibilities for skin cancer and pre-mature aging.
More good news from the American Journal of Epidemiology; when research teams from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the Northern California Cancer Center, and the University of Southern California have found that increased exposure to sunlight may decrease the risk of advanced breast cancer. According to Esther John, PH.D. lead researcher of the study “We believe that sunlight helps to reduce women’s risk of breast cancer because the body manufactures the active form of vitamin D from exposure to sunlight”. Since many risk factors for breast cancer are not modifiable, our finding that a modifiable factor – Vitamin D- may reduce risk is important”, said Sue Ingles, Ph.D., a co-researcher from USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Interesting how Good News rarely makes the front page.
If you are unfortunate enough to experience chronic pain there is promising research from Mayo Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center in Rochester, Minn. The research found that about one in four patients who have chronic pain also have inadequate blood levels of Vitamin D. According to W Michael Hooten M.D., Medical Director at the Mayo Pain Center, “This is the first time that we have established the prevalence of Vitamin D inadequacy among a diverse group of chronic pain patients”. “The implications are that in chronic pain patients, Vitamin D inadequacy is not the principal cause of pain and muscle weakness, however, it could be a contributing but unrecognized factor”.
To enlighten the uniformed or misinformed, I would suggest a close examination of research performed by Dr. Cedric F. Garland an epidemiologist and co-author of a report with Dr. George W. Comstock of John Hopkins which was based on blood samples taken from 25000 healthy men and women and which spanned 15 years. The purpose of the study was to determine the link between Vitamin D deficiencies and cancer. Frank C. Garland, Ph.D. who is head of occupational medicine at the Naval Health Research Center and assistant adjunct professor of community and family medicine at the University of California at San Diego concurs with his brother’s findings. “The evidence suggests that vitamin D can play a role in reducing risk of colon and breast cancer”. Dr. Cedric F. Garland states, “one has to access the entire picture when making sweeping public health recommendations”. Dr. Frank C. Garland states, “dermatologists tend to have an unrealistic view of tanning and people who have healthy tans in the U.S. have one -third to one-half of the incidence of breast cancer and colon cancer. Those diseases nearly vanish as you approach the equator “.
Dr. Michael Holick, research scientist at Boston University Medical Center has spent more than 30 years studying the relationship between UV and humans. He states, “Vitamin D deficiency is a major cause of hip fractures among the elderly, and the body receives most of its Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. Dr. Holick points out that Vitamin D deficiency is an “unrecognized epidemic” being exasperated by sun avoidance recommendation. He is a strong advocate of Non – Burning tanning.
In yet another study performed by researchers at Jefferson medical College in Philadelphia, bright light therapy was shown to effectively treat individuals exhibiting seasonal affective depression (SAD). This disorder is more prominent in regions where dark overcast conditions exist during fall and winter. Now, with the sun avoidance hysteria one can expect an escalations of SAD.
Since there is no money to be made form revealing research data linking sunscreen agents as potential carcinogens, little appears in the press. Kerry M. Hanson, research scientist from the University of California – Riverside, stated, “Sunscreen do an excellent job protecting against sunburn when used correctly”. Our data shows, however, that if coverage at the skin surface is low, the UV filters in the sunscreens that have penetrated into the epidermis can potentially do more harm than good”. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that sunscreen is a good product when used correctly to prevent sunburn-not total sun avoidance. Using sunscreens year round along with cosmetics ladened with sunscreen we are virtually preventing what the body does naturally – making vitamin D. Take advantage of this natural gift from GOD with a moderate and intelligent approach.
One of the most amazing pieces of scientific research was brought to my attention by local endocrinologist Dr. David Westbrock. In November 2007 issue of Scientific American, research scientist had mapped more that 1000 different genes in at least a dozen tissues and cell types throughout the body that are dependant upon Vitamin D3 as the trip mechanism for proper functioning. Coming foreword to present time over 3,000 different genes have been linked to Vitamin D3 and proper functioning. Here are some of the tissues and cells where Vitamin D3 has been established: Bone, Brain , Breast, Fat, Intestine, Immune cells, Kidneys, Liver, Nerves, Pancreas, Parathyroid gland, Prostate, Skin keratinocytes. The authors of this research, Luz E. Tavera-Mendoza and John H. White have also uncovered aspects of Vitamin D3’s role in cancer prevention along with the autoimmune conditions and infectious diseases. The overwhelming science is so compelling that both authors take vitamin D supplements during the parts of the year when sunlight is too weak for the skin to produce adequate amounts in the skin naturally.
Even dirty politics has entered the stage. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D – Nev. eliminated a 5 percent tax on elective cosmetic surgery do to strong lobbying from Allergen, the maker of Botox. In its place a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning was imposed because the tanning industry has become the condemnation of choice. On the home front we have our own version of Senator Reid, enter State Rep. Courtney Combs, R – Hamilton, who is promoting a bill he wrote that would ban tanning without a prescription for anyone under 18. It currently requires parental consent under 18. Mr. Combs, like to many politicians, think they know what’s best for you and me. His thinking, is to hell with your GOD given rights as parents to decide what is best for your children. It sounds to me like someone stands to make a lot of money with each office visit to get permission on how to raise your children. These are the same politicians that pass legislation that allow mere children as young as 12 years of age the responsibility to make life threatening decisions on abortion without parental consent or notification, but cannot tan until the age of 18. Makes a lot of sense if you buy into stupidity and socialism.
In summation when one looks at the real and compelling science that grows exponentially daily and compares it to the academic fraud derived from a money driven agenda, truth will eventually prevail. To say UV light causes skin cancer and therefore should be avoided is just like saying water causes drowning and therefore should be avoided. I implore those in the medical community to stand up and speak out against this charade and adhere to the Hipporcratic Oath “Do No Harm”. Yes, the threat of reprisal can be great when one speaks out against the diatribe being marketed by the profiteers. But, if you are of the mind-set that I have in anyway engaged in deception, take my challenge, debate me in a public forum and we can go line by line and determine the validity of what I’ve stated. If I’ve erred on any level I will literally eat my words at the corner of 48 and Franklin. And if you have the courage to debate me, I can assure you will be going away red -faced and not do to a sunburn. To quote Sir Winston Churchill; “With integrity, nothing else counts” Without integrity nothing else counts”. For more information: UV Advantage.org,Vitamin D council.com, Vitamin D society.org, Tanning Truth.com and Suntanningedu.com.
Respectfully Seeking Truth,
George A. Houser II
Owner: Bronze Salon Tanning Center