Ms. Bibi of From Misery to Happiness has awarded me with the Sunshine Award!
Thank you, thank you!
I always enjoy my visits to Bibi's blog because she cracks me up! She also has some great recipes and keeps a list of good deals that will help you KEEP the money you earn. Love that!
Please stop by there and tell her who sent you.
And speaking of sunshine...
Now, for those of you who don't know, I am a redhead.
ummm.. yeah, just like that!
The point is that I am fair skinned. I had the misfortune (in that respect) of growing up in the 70's.
When your weren't cool if you didn't have a suntan.
The darker the better.
Even burnt to a crisp was better than pale.
So burn we did.
I still have the vivid memory of certain girls in junior high holding their arms up against mine and cracking up right in my face, like I would never be cool because I am not as tan as them.
Gotta love junior high!
Back then sunscreen was for losers...and maybe babies.
Too bad those girls look like this now!
I'm kidding. ;)
But the reality is, sun exposure is not good for you. Skin Cancer is real. And deadly.
And unfortunately, common. According to SkinCancer.org, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is so important that we protect our skin from the sun.
But apparently not everyone agrees with me.
Some say "Let the Sunshine In"! And "When there is not enough sun, I will make my own."
What are your thoughts on tanning beds? Pretty much everybody my age has used one. Back in the day, we were told to go tanning as a treatment for acne and Seasonal Affective Disorder (which was called the "winter blues", I believe.)
But lots of us gave up on tanning when we found out that it is just as dangerous as lying in the sun. In 2009 The Toronto Star reported that tanning beds are rated as a top-tier cancer risk.
So why would people risk it?
Recent evidence suggests that tanning parlors may be the modern day equivalent of the local pub.
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the State University of New York, Albany think so! Granted, the study they did was a small one, but this is not the first study which suggests that tanning is addictive.
So what say you, dear friends? Are tanning beds the modern cigarette?
Or are they yesterday's news?