Monday, October 02, 2006

Tanning A Drug

So says Psychology Today. Tanning: More Than Skin Deep I guess we had better add this to the list for the war on drugs.

Those deprived of a UV fix experienced nausea and jitteriness—symptoms that are an awful lot like narcotic withdrawal. UV light causes the body to release endorphins, the body's natural painkiller. Baking twice a week—in the sun or in a tanning bed—is enough UV exposure to cause dependence.

Or perhaps as Dr. Andrew Weil has long proclaimed getting high is natural for human beings. And the so called dependency is the result of feeling good. Anything wrong with that?

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