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Time to Get Off the Tanning Bed

Posted on Jul 28, 2009
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Tanning salons everywhere might want to start broadening their business horizons, as cancer experts have just put tanning beds in the same category as arsenic and mustard gas when it comes to the whole probably-will-kill-you factor.

AP via Google News:

A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30. Experts also found that all types of ultraviolet radiation caused worrying mutations in mice, proof the radiation is carcinogenic. Previously, only one type of ultraviolet radiation was thought to be lethal.

The new classification means tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others.

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By Thom Westley, June 10, 2010 at 4:21 am Link to this comment

It’s just not worth having that perfect, smooth tan anymore. The sun is burning our skin and causing skin cancer because there is little ozone layer left to protect us, and tanning beds seem to be even worse. So, what’s left to do, dress up, put your hat on and let’s go to the beach :( .tempurpedic mattress discount

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By Tanning beds, August 11, 2009 at 4:57 am Link to this comment
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It has been found that tanning beds emits some harmful ultraviolet radiation which increases the risk of skin cancer. It can also lead to eye cancer. Those who opt frequently for tanning beds are eight times more likely to get melanoma, the most awful form of skin cancer than those who haven’t used them. Inspite of knowing this, many people are still using tanning beds.

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By WykydRed, July 31, 2009 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

Yes, you will. Live 6 more years and you’ll get to see it. And what’s wrong with being selfish and greedy? Everyone else is, they just lie about it. I WANT to see mankind end and I am not going to lie about it any more than I did when I was 8.

Tanning beds. So the news breaks big and bad saying they’re cancer-causing and “worse than arsenic” (you mean the kind we breathe in every second that’s a normal, natural part of air, or the kind sold in 18th Century chemists’ shops?...) 20 experts have concluded, shout the articles.

Phase 2: “Tanning bed junkies soak up new cancer warning”

And ignore it because they WANT to use tanning beds. (Any bets they’ll bring kids into this soon?)

Phase 3: “Tanning bed users ignore cancer risk”

! Really? You mean they didn’t immediately form groups, call the Californians and demand to find a way to ban the beds in all America?! Gasp!! How DARE they!!! Time to call in the “protect the kids” thing!

Seen 5 minutes ago through Google’s news link: “Is your teen tanning?”

Right under the link to the story entitled “Tanning bed users ignore cancer risk”......

The story starts out as idiotically as it is frightening to logic: “Back in the 1930s when Walt Disney released Snow White, American children heard the lily skinned damsel asking her magic mirror “who’s the fairest of them all,” reflecting a historic trend that viewed fair skin as an asset.

If Snow White were a contemporary American teen, she would likely head to the nearest tanning bed after hearing her mirror proclaim her the whitest chick in the neighborhood.”

Sigh….Another thing going to be banned whether anyone likes it or not. And it’s going to be because of “the chilllllldddddren!”

All right everyone. Stop having these little freedom-hating, ban-causing, zero fun bastards right now!!!! They are terrorists who hate our freedoms and will do ANYTHING to stop us from having them!!!!!

Hello, Guantanamo? Do you have cribs?....

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By samosamo, July 31, 2009 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment

By WykydRed, July 31 at 8:34 am

Thanks, you have coherently expressed something I think as well also.

It is that there are a lot of people whom I would like to see go before I do, but that is selfish and greedy so I most likely won’t get to enjoy any such thing.

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By WykydRed, July 31, 2009 at 5:34 am Link to this comment

As always, you entirely miss the point and play “wounded duck”. I don’t give a shit about 6.6 billion people. I don’t give a shit about the 7 billion people infesting this planet. I am very much looking forward to the end of humanity.

The only reason I bring up any of these facts is simply, you are going to die. I am going to die. We will die from cancer and car wrecks and lava flows and meteors and giant chunks of frozen urine and snakebites and diseases and a whole slew of other stuff. We are all going to die and people should just shut up and leave one another alone and let us get to our deaths our own ways after doing all the things other people think are horrible and putting anything we damn well like into our bodies. The Constitution of the United States of America is supposed to guarantee this to each and every person in America. The only people who don’t believe that, like to call themselves “Americans”.

One price for all, treatment as needed, no opinions about someone’s habits, hobbies, weight or beliefs for all.

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By samosamo, July 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment

By WykydRed, July 30 at 11:29 am

Attacking me as you do and then acting like you KNOW everything and YOUR view is what everybody should be seeing and marching in lockstep with you is standard fare but you calling me god(dog spelled backwards) is the worst insult I have gotten in a while and thing is, I don’t see where you really think I have missed the boat on all YOUR views of this country as if you are the one everyone seeks counsel from.

As unstable as you seem, I would have to compare you to a couple other overly zealous commenters on this site in pontificating their creeds with their overly volumus comments that are burden to read.

Oh, I hope you get your wish of saving every last one the 6.6 billion people on this planet which you seem capable of doing with little effort.

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By WykydRed, July 30, 2009 at 8:29 am Link to this comment

HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE. Sandpapering a lion’s ass…. HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Ahem… No, I did not say everything is free. I see your inability to cope with criticism of your “I’m god, I’LL decide who gets what and who damn well doesn’t” brings out the snotty 8 year old girl in you.

What I said was, NO ONE should ever, ever, ever be able to use their religious, political or personal views on anything concerning who gets health care and why. Someone who does not believe abortions should be should NOT have the right to tell government that they must be taken off the public or private health care system. Someone who believes smokers should just die because they won’t quit should not be able to dictate to health care that they should be denied any treatment for anything.

What we will have is a “public health care system” that, like this country, serves no one but the elite and the fanatics with money to throw at politicians, doctors and pharmacists. Right now, we have pharmacists deciding they will not provide birth control or the morning after pill or sell so much as one condom because THEIR religious beliefs dictate no one has a right to any of these things. They should be rounded up, thrown in prison for life and have their licenses taken away for the same amount of time. They cannot be part of ANY health care system in this country, period.

And, as your understanding of “I’m paying for YOUR injuries sandpapering a lion’s ass” when it comes to health care, well, it’s as egregious as your understanding that you do not rule the world of other people’s lives, choices or hobbies. 75% of ALL health care premiums paid in this country by everyone who ever paid for health care insurance went to ONE MAN’S pockets. And that is the truth and maybe you should watch some interviews on tv sometime since reading drains you. None of that money went to anyone’s health care, to pay for doctors, treatment or medicine, but into ONE MAN’S POCKETS. (Look it up. Google is nice) And if you want to keep some sort of accurate track of who pays for what and how, last year alone, Anti-Smoking fanatics claimed 1.3 billion dollars had to be used because of “smoking related illnesses”. Federal records show that due to the idiot haters in this cuntry (that wasn’t a misspelling), 6.8 BILLION dollars were collected from taxes on tobacco products.

Okay dude, you owe us 5.5 billion dollars. Pay up.
And here’s the best part, medical science has had to eliminate 92% of the “smoking related illnesses” from their original spewing because of all the drugs, treatment and health care they happily forced on people that all caused CANCERS. Hell, the news shouted for a week that hormone treatments CAUSED lung cancer, even in people who were not prone to cancer! And people like you have insisted for years that when people were forced to live “healthier” lives involving nothing fun at all, health care costs would drop. GASP! They’ve risen 7000% in the last 5 years alone!

I’ve watched the lies, listened to the crap coming out of the mouths of “health care specialists” and dude, they want you dead. But first they want as much money out of you as they can squeeze. Because as soon as you have a heart attack, or your liver starts going, or heaven forfend you try to tweezer an otter bald, you are screwed blue and tattooed. They will simply say you had a “pre-existing condition” and all that money you spent?... not a penny available for you.

Best of luck dictating what other people are allowed. I’m sure everyone in the country will agree with you until it happens for 5 years and “your” money contribution rises another 18% each year.

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By samosamo, July 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

By WykydRed, July 29 at 4:20 pm
““What about the sun’s rays? Oh no, that simply can’t cause cancer! It’s a pure, natural substance! (Let me try to stop laughing…)”“

One thing I know I won’t take from you is your advice whatever it would be but I would urge you to lay out in the sun every summer for now on from 10:00am until 4:00pm, and chain smoke during and after and by all means feed youself according to ‘modern day nutritionists’ regulations and then build yourself a $5,000,000.00 condo on the gulf coast becasue as I take your comments everything is free and you won’t die, quite the optimist you are that I bet you have no problems sneaking up on lions and sandpapering their assholes and your health insurance is free.

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By WykydRed, July 29, 2009 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment

Oh here we go again! Big Babysitter is going to make damn sure none of us die from anything ever! Riiiighhhhttt.

Cigarettes cause every cancer in the world (wrongo!). Cell phones cause brain cancer (okay, studies show they do, but no one wants to hear that because they know what comes next). Suntan beds cause cancer. Well, so does having a gas stove in your house, which scientists studying what comes out of them and what they put out when they spark to life is about a hundred times worse than smoking a cigarette. Belly fat causes cancer. Texting will soon cause cancer.

What about the sun’s rays? Oh no, that simply can’t cause cancer! It’s a pure, natural substance! (Let me try to stop laughing…)

And samosamo’s comments are a prime example of WHY health care should not be run by the government whose sniveling criminals are walking around with free money and perks given away by everyone and every company with an agenda! The health care industry (private or government) need serious lockdowns to stop them both from denying ANYONE treatment!

samosamo is whining about fat people and people who do stupid things and ... gee, THEY should all be denied any treatment because it eats up money samosamo believes should be used ONLY on… who? The righteous? The skinny, non-smoking, non-trans fat eating, non-living?

NO ONE should be denied treatment for ANY reason! If heavily-monied groups are able to start yelling “Stop them from doing this or punish them severely or make them die!”, any pisswad with a purpose and money will be able to make the rules for everyone and people will either be forced to fit into some imaginary “god-perfect” paradigm or just stay locked away from society in general and die quietly.

This childish belly-aching by every idiot who thinks they are the “Perfect Human” has got to stop. These hysterical, hyperbole-infected superior citizens needs to slapped aside and into silence real quick.

The problem is, people are going to die. From everything. And before they do, they’ll probably need health care! Doctors have been muttering the truth in newspapers, tv and in little tight circles where truth humans don’t want to hear are whispered. People are living TOO LONG. They’re eating up Social Security, Medicare, resources of all kinds. Children who should die from being born too early or with something very wrong with them are forced to live by “Modern Medical Science”. And the life they get is a never ending series of medical interventions for ALL THEIR LIVES because people in “civilized” societies cannot accept the fact of death. It hurts them too much, so it MUST be gotten rid of. Medical and scientific facts do not live up to the religious bullshit dogmas of anyone. We are not “sacred”. We do not have a “right to life”. Death is supposed to teach the living something. Not how to defeat it, but how to live with what comes with it.

If you’re going to be such a harsh judge of other people, best remove more than the mote in your eye! Best get that big assed, malignant tumor out of your brain stem too!

LET people do what’s bad for them. LET people die. Stop blaming every damn thing for it and making it your enemy that “must be defeated”. Because so far, not one person can explain to me or anyone else how the hell this world which can only support 1.5 billion human life form is supposed to support 7 billion human life forms and rising! Doctors and nurses have a far more realistic outlook than the rest of us about people dying. Wish there was one on TruthDig who could speak out truthfully if anonymously!

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By RobertinWestbury, July 29, 2009 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

I am about as white as they come.  Too white.  On the beach people scream at me to put on pants so that I won’t blind them. 

Years ago - in the early 80s, I decided to try these damned tanning beds.  I may have gone 30 times over two summers.  And one time I remember I got so burned I had blisters on my butt, not to mention the corresponding opposite side… 

Then I decided they couldn’t be healthy and stopped.  And I suspected sometime down the road they would discover these were dangerous. 

And now they have…  And I now have to wonder if I laid the foundations then for a major problem that could hit me any day now…  I know it doesn’t compare to some people who go daily for years and decades… but still. 

I always wished a set of grandparents had been black or Indian to give me some color.  My cousin was part Navajo Indian and always had a beautiful hue of brown. 

And I can’t darken up naturally in the sun.  I just burn and it peels and I’m snow white again. 

But now, at my age…  I don’t even care.  Funny how things we wish for or act on in youth don’t seem to matter when we get older.

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By rockinrobin, July 29, 2009 at 2:32 am Link to this comment
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Let’s see: the FDA justified putting formaldehyde, one the most toxic chemicals to humans in the food chain in asparteme & our “politicians” who like octupuses have their hands into all the Corps whom they have criminalized & taken globally giving them total immunity along with themselves (no one can be held accountable for anything) in this EXPLOITATION which is the targeting & harming for THEIR personal profit & gain they DARE to call “democracy”; everything is chemicals in the USA NOT CHINA folks; monsanto & dow is interchangeable with Bush/Clinton/Rockefeller & they own the pharmacia’s also; why in the WORLD would they “go back” as they are NOT going back when now they claim they own the WATER here?
FDA also just just issued a “statement” claiming “mercury” in TEETH fillings is just fine as well;; Canola oil; also used in plastics causing cancer, diabetes, in newspaper ink, & also printing ink: want to know why ink is so high for printers? Bush/Clinton/Pelosi & all the rest of them; they INFLATE the COST to the PEOPLE: so they pocket more profits!
They wrote LAWS that insurance companies do not have to pay a CENT or do 1 single medical procedure even if COVERAGE states it will: if it effects THEIR profits; they OWN the PHARMACIAS folks: Clinton/Bush/Rockefeller: have for DECADES; THIS is why the HEALTH COVERAGE has NEVER BEEN DONE in the USA; All that DEMOCRACY is NOW: is a CRIMINALLY RUN GOV; BACKED UP by a JUDICIAL SYSTEM more CRIMINAL than any appearing B/4 them; they PROMOTE criminals & crooks; even in Supreme Court;
Sad to say, Congressman on Judicial Committee stated they could not restore justice in the USA as “no one had any recall”; THIS of course is the SAME GOV system they are inflicting in Iraq; and every other nation: as they have “successfully” gotten away with it in the USA for decades”;

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By samosamo, July 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm Link to this comment

There is a post on this sight about obesity and its affects on not just the people getting fat for no reason but gluttony, and the drain on the health care system, such that it is, but here is another sacrosanct idiots passtime for ‘looking good’ by tanning on artifical UV lighting beds that may not be as costly to the healthcare system as obesity but it certainly is a frivolus activity that should cost more to treat when the occassion demands treatment.

It gets pretty much in the way of this ‘modern’ world when people pull ‘stupid human tricks’ to impress others that can and do cause others to be denied or pay more for treatment that would be legitimate.

But just as I say, if you want to eat like the corporations and government ‘tell’ you how you should eat and you want what is considered a healthy body because you want to irradiate your body with harmful rays, you should pay a higher price for treating your ailments or be denied treatment just as people are finding out that insurers are not covering people living in hurricane prone places, but not to worry, as screwed up as this country is and all its lost priorities, those hell bent on getting fat and burning their skin up will get first treatment as these are big money makers for those quacks that care more about the money than treating legitimately sick people.

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