Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Too little sun causes harm was a headline in my newspaper today.

The debate about whether the sun is good or bad for you has raged on for years. The health proffessionals cannot agree amongst themselves. Shops sell loads of lotions and schools nanny their children.

I think that sun damage has been overstated in the past. Sunburn should be avoided, dazzle of the eyes should be avoided, heatstroke and dehydration should be avoided. I do not think that people should become moles or vampires. Plants grow with the help of sunlight - nature is a wonderful thing. People who avoid the sun too much can become deficient in vitamin D. Sun avoiders also become grumpy. I feel that we should all enjoy the sun and simply ensure that we do not overdo it and get burnt. Life is too short to worry - cancer can happen no matter how much you fuss.

I cannot see the point in the people who hire sunbeds though. That rates the same with me as buying bottled water! Gym memberships - forget it and simply walk rather than drive or bus somewhere. Another thing that makes me ponder and has gone on all my married life, what is it with women and plastic bags? My wife buys loads of different types and sizes from the supermarket. She gets quite excited by new plastic bags. I challenge her and ask to know why she wants to buy EMPTY bags. Coals to Newcastle anyone?
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