The Dermatologist-Sunscreen Industry cabal is trying to kill us all! They want us to be pale, shivering closet cases, scared to venture outside for fear of being melted by the sunlight, like bloggers. Luckily, the fearless Indoor Tanning Association is here to bring the truth to light, ha. The group, which represents the major industry of Long Island, is running an ad in USA Today decrying the health nuts' attempts to "wrongly scare people out of the sun." They point out that a little sunlight gives you Vitamin D, which protects against many cancers! Except the skin cancer you got from being out in the sun. After the jump, the Indoor Tanners' press release [via AgencySpy], with the type of foolproof logic you would expect from those who spend hundreds of hours under artificial radiation lamps:
Ad in USA TODAY Touts Benefits of Moderate UV Exposure New Research on the Health Benefits of Vitamin D are Causing Many to Rethink Fears About Sunbathing
WASHINGTON - Today the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) launched a pre-emptive strike against those who will hype fears about the sun next week on "Melanoma Monday," by running an ad nationally in USA TODAY.
The text of the ad reads:
"Dermatologists and the sunscreen industry have spent millions on a deceptive campaign to scare Americans away from the sun. Now the tide of research is turning the other direction. The positive effects of getting vitamin D from sunlight are clear. So soak up a little sunlight—indoors or out—a couple of times each week, and get your recommended dose of the "sunshine vitamin."
"The first Monday in May has, unfortunately, become an annual opportunity for the sunscreen and cosmetics industries, along with dermatologists, to wrongly scare people out of the sun," said Sarah Longwell, Communications Director for the ITA. "We think it's time someone told the other side of the story. UV exposure has many health benefits, not the least of which is that it produces vitamin D."
New studies show that vitamin D, which is produced by the skin when exposed to UV light from the sun or tanning beds, protects against a number of cancers, including colon and breast cancer, and also decreases the risk of heart disease.
A Harvard Medical School study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that 60% of Americans are vitamin D deficient.
"More science is emerging every day confirming the enormous health benefits of vitamin D and the significant health consequences of not getting enough of it," continued Longwell. "Before we get carried away by the frightening stories being told by the sun-scare industry, let's take a moment and remember the old adage, 'everything in moderation.'
[BONUS: Check out a video touting the sun's great benefits, from Consumerist]