1. Outside OnlineRowan Jacobsen1/10/1917 min
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    Outside Online
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    • aussak4 years ago


    • joanne4 years ago

      Good news, it’s healthy to be outside in the sun.

    • sjwoo4 years ago

      Reminds me of Sleeper...

      Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called "wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk." Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties. Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or... hot fudge? Dr. Aragon: Those were thought to be unhealthy... precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.

    • Pegeen
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      4 years ago

      This article seems just as alarmist as the anti-sun people. I stopped sun bathing when I was in college and read the damaging affects it can have on our skin. Skin cancer aside, it definitely causes wrinkles! From my understanding, pollution has affected the protective layer (ozone) in our atmosphere that helped shield the ultraviolet rays - hence the rise in skin cancers. I have supplemented with Vitamin D for years now and I get my blood levels tested each time I have my yearly blood work drawn - so I know I’m absorbing it. My doctor did suggest that I go unprotected for a half hour each day, such as when I do my walk in the morning, or later in the afternoon around 3pm. I think diet plays a huge role in skin health, so eating lots of vegetables, berries and drinking water is essential.

    • jbuchana4 years ago

      My mother, an inveterate tanner, always said that a healthy tan was good for your physical health. She and I had/have something going for us though. It's virtually impossible for us to get sunburns. My pasty white winter skin tans and darkens heavily with sun exposure. I've had exactly one sunburn in my life, in extreme conditions. She never had any problems with skin cancer in her almost 90 years.

      The mention of people from Africa being nearly immune to sun-related skin disorders reminds me of something that still bothers me to this day. Back in the late 60s or early 70s in grade school I made an, appropriate to the class discussion, statement that people with dark skin were better protected from the sun. To my great surprise, I was sent to the principals for being a racist. I didn't understand what happened at the time, and still don't today. It still bothers me 50 years later.

    • SEnkey4 years ago

      Mental health is tied into this as well. SAD (seasonal depression) is tied to the loss of sunlight. But what's the difference between someone in the far northern latitudes who has less sun, and someone with in a climate with sun who never goes outside? nothing.

    • jeff4 years ago

      Damn this was fascinating and kind of scary. The new research in support of sunlight makes a lot of sense. I know I'm not getting enough now and I can remember getting burned really badly multiple times in my earlier years.

      Reading this, reflecting on big sunscreen propaganda, made me think of some strange spoken word song that I remember hearing as a kid with the refrain: "Wear sunscreen." Apparently it's Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen by Laz Luhrmann. It's even weirder than I remember and very trippy to be listening to for the first time in probably 20 years!

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScribe
      4 years ago

      Humans are sun-powered creatures.

      “Avoidance of sun exposure is a risk factor of a similar magnitude as smoking, in terms of life expectancy.”

      Plus, this:

      “Homo sapiens have been around for 200,000 years. Until the industrial revolution, we lived outside. How did we get through the Neolithic Era without sunscreen? Actually, perfectly well. What’s counterintuitive is that dermatologists run around saying, ‘Don’t go outside, you might die.’”

      Yes! Of course. Makes sense. Especially because:

      When you spend much of your day treating patients with terrible melanomas, it’s natural to focus on preventing them, but you need to keep the big picture in mind. Orthopedic surgeons, after all, don’t advise their patients to avoid exercise in order to reduce the risk of knee injuries.