I saw a commercial this evening claiming that we are all the victims of a huge scam designed to keep us out of the sun. You see, it turns out that it is definitely not true that sun light is harmful. In fact, there is even a website up about it, www.sunlightscam.com. It turns out we need sun light, something about Vitamin D or whatever.
The site sets out to "expose" a series of "scams" about sun exposure. There is also criticism that skin care/sun screen companies,
quietly funnel millions of dollars into dermatological front groups like the Skin Cancer Foundation medical academies like the American Academy of Dermatology to spread half-truths and hype about getting a tan.
I don't have much of a personal stake in this whole sun thing, I don't particularly like the sun and sunburns hurt. But I will say that it is pretty odd that a group seeking to "expose" the "scam" about the "sun" (the suns not real) states this in the "About Us" section of the web site,
the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) represents thousands of indoor tanning manufacturers, distributors, facility owners and members from other supporting industries. The professional indoor tanning industry employs more than 160,000 people and generates an economic impact of more than $5 billion annually while promoting a responsible message about moderate tanning and sunburn prevention.My advice? Spend the five bucks, by some sun screen and don't take the risk. I wouldn't be taking any health care advice from the Indoor Tanning Association...or any association with "Indoor" in it's name.
You can play the game the image above comes from by clicking here. The point is to fry tourist to a crisp with the sun!