It may seem odd for a lowly chiropractor to criticize an M.D. dermatologist’s authoritative statements against tanning and sun exposure (“Bronzed N.J. mom’s story heats up Auburn, national tanning debate,” Journal, May 16).
But let me point out that I was among the experts that our National Institutes of Health flew in from as far away as Germany and Belgium to speak at a workshop on the health effects of ultraviolet light and tanning, and the NIH never offered that ride to Dr. (Timothy) Rosio.
Here are the facts:
The tanning industry, unfortunately, offers both healthy and unhealthy types of tanning light:
1. Unhealthy: High-pressure Ultraviolet A (UVA) tanning using panels of quartz-halogen lights, has no health benefits and probably increases risk of melanoma skin cancer.
2. Healthy: Low-pressure fluorescent-tube-lamp tanning produces mixed Ultraviolet B (UVB) with UVA, which imitates spring and summer sunlight, manufactures vitamin D in the skin, and could save more than 200,000 American lives each year from cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and depression-induced suicide.
When you consider that all skin cancers together kill only 10,000 to 12,000 Americans yearly, whereas all other cancers kill more than 650,000 Americans yearly, and that high blood levels of vitamin D — in a person who is also taking 1,500 mg. calcium per day — have produced 77 percent reductions in cancer diagnosis, the clear message from science is that you will live much longer and be much healthier if you tan twice a week (outdoors, or in a fluorescent-tube tanning bed) and take a calcium supplement. Just be sure to stop tanning before you burn.
Gordon Ainsleigh, Meadow Vista