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    Default Go ahead, soak up some sun

    Michael F. Holick
    July 24, 2015

    For decades now, our sun has been reviled and demonized. The message from the medical community: Avoid direct exposure, or face an increased risk of skin cancer. As the American Cancer Society helpfully put it in one ad campaign: “Fry Now. Pay Later.” The American Academy of Dermatology recommends never exposing bare skin to the sun, or even a cloudy sky, without sunscreen. The Food and Drug Administration calls ultraviolet radiation a carcinogen. These messages have caused widespread paranoia about sunlight, especially among parents who religiously apply sun protection multiple times a day on their children. After TV chef Nigella Lawson was photographed covered head to ankle in a black “modesty” swimsuit at the beach, she explained that she didn’t want to get burned.

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    Default Re: Go ahead, soak up some sun

    While this is an excellent article, I do have one small quibble with the advice given. If a person has achieved their own personal amount of sun exposure for the day, I would have preferred to advise the person to put on a hat and clothing, rather than to apply sun screen, no matter how little sun screen is used. Especially if the person is sunning their skin at the beach, sun screen is quite deadly to the reef, in addition to being harmful to the person.

    Having said that, the ideal case, IMHO, would be to gradually (or very gradually, depending upon the individual) build up a protective sun tan, until the risk for sun burn has dissipated into nothing. Many people lack patience, however, in which case the method of covering with clothing or simply moving oneself into a shady area should be applied.

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    Agree with Maurya!
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    I never realized sunscreen affected the reefs in an adverse way. Thanks for bringing this to light!
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    Here is one article (among many) from NOAA, indicating some of the ways that sunscreen from human swimmers damages and kills coral reefs. Many other factors are working toward the death of our reefs, but this is one factor that people can affect immediately, simply by discontinuing the use of sunscreen lotions.

    http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/feb14/sunscreen.html

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    Thanks for the link, Maurya. Looks like good information for Facebook!
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    "I suggest to my patients that they go out in the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ... for half the time it would take them to develop a mild sunburn." That's about 1-2 minutes for me so I bought a big umbrella for my deck.

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