Saturday, March 10, 2007

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...

And guess who is STUCK INSIDE ALL DAY LONG?????
Last night...a FRIDAY NIGHT, after a LONG WEEK of school, with 2 tests and 8 required events......I should have been sitting on my couch relaxing. INSTEAD, I had to be at school from 5-9pm studying Physiology for the Boards.
Today....a BEAUTIFUL Saturday with the sun shining, birds chirping, and snow melting....I should be enjoying the weather (or TV and Panera).....and instead, I am STUCK INSIDE ALL DAY LONG (from 8am-5pm) studying Physiology for the Boards. Man oh man.....what a rotten deal this is! As physicians, aren't we supposed to understand the benefits of getting our daily dose of Vitamin D? (For you non-doctors.....Vitamin D comes mainly from the sun.)
Anyways.....please feel sorry for me. I have to do this all over again tomorrow....... And, now, instead of being able to enjoy my evenings, I am going to have to study for my NORMAL classes. Oh well...............I guess the Board exam is pretty important!!!


Jim said...

Take a break and visit your local tanning salon. Vitamin D deficiency is a national epidemic with many unhealthy consequences. One or two sessions a week in a tanning bed will process all the healthy vitamin D3 a human body can use.

While you are relaxing and tanning, consider this:

In a study in the March 9 issue of the journal Cell, researchers at Harvard Medical School's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report that the protein, p53, is not only linked to skin tanning, but also may play a role in people's seemingly universal desire to be in the sun – an activity that, by promoting tanning, can reduce one's risk of melanoma.

A protein known as the "master watchman of the genome" for its ability to guard against cancer-causing DNA damage has been found to provide an entirely different level of cancer protection: By prompting the skin to tan in response to ultraviolet light from the sun, it deters the development of melanoma skin cancer, the fastest-increasing form of cancer in the world.

"The number one risk factor for melanoma is an inability to tan; people who tan easily or have dark pigmentation are far less likely to develop the disease," says the study's senior author, David E. Fisher, MD, PhD, director of the Melanoma Program at Dana-Farber and a professor in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston. "This study suggests that p53, one of the best-known tumor-suppressor proteins in our body, has a powerful role in protecting us against sun damage in the skin."

There is even the possibility that p53 protects against skin damage in a second – and previously unsuspected – way. The protein not only causes skin to tan in response to sunlight, it may also underlie people's desire to spend time in the sun.


Watch the video:

Tanning in moderation is healthy behavior. Don't sunburn. Sunburning is very damaging to your skin and doesn't help the tanning process.

Always protect your eyes from UV light.

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