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Old 07-12-2013, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Thumbs up Depressed? Get D!

This article from Psychology Today should be (IMHO) printed out and made available for your clients to read.

One of the most interesting points in the article was this question: Does one get depressed because of a deficiency of Vitamin D, or does depression lower the vitamin level? In other words, which comes first - the depression (which lowers the level of vitamin D) or the deficiency of vitamin D (which promotes depression)? Personally, I believe that the latter premise makes more sense, i.e., that in "susceptible to depression" individuals a low vitamin D level may lead to depression.

Also, the comment that "The lower the vitamin D level, the greater the chance of depression" is critically important when you consider the fact that study after study shows that the majority of the population in vitamin D insufficient or deficient. Perhaps this helps to explain why so many people suffer from depression.

Depressed? Or susceptible to being depressed? Time to increase your blood level of vitamin D (25-OH-D).

Vitamin D Deficiency and Depression

Depressed? Relief may be as close as your nearest vitamin D supplement.

Published on July 11, 2013 by Dale Archer, M.D. in Reading Between the (Head)Lines
Canadian researchers reviewed 14 studies, consisting of 31,424 participants and found a strong correlation between depression and a lack of Vitamin D. The lower the Vitamin D level, the greater the chance of depression. But, the big question is still causality. Does one get depressed because of a deficiency of Vitamin D, or does depression lower the vitamin level?

Sunscreens -- from the strongest to the weakest -- prohibit the body from making vitamin D by 95 percent. In light of this, there is a theory that more individuals are depressed these days because EVERYONE uses sunscreen and they're not taking vitamin D supplements. This, of course, is something you'll never hear from the sunscreen industry because that would affect their bottom line. Your body needs the sunlight WITHOUT sunscreens to produce vitamin D. Even SPF 8 creams can prevent the production of the vitamin.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201307/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-depression?quicktabs_5=0

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Don, this is great. This has given me a brainstorm. I recently went to a coffee tasting seminar at the local expresso bar in town. I was amazed at the science behind different coffee beans and how they are compared and tasted. I was even more surprised by the knowledge of the owner who walked us through the complex techniques for smelling and tasting the different coffees.

I thought "why don't we have seminars for our tanning customers, explaining the history of indoor tanning, the science of tanning comments of scientists and medical professionals that are actually positive about moderate UV light exposure"? How can expresso bars and liquor stores explain wine and coffee tasting better than the average tanning salon owner can explain about the science of UV light? The sad truth is that most of us don't know enough about our product (myself included). We do not have a summary of data to present and we are afraid to present what we do have and know. If we are to survive as an industry, that must change.
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Good idea, Peach.

"...why don't we have seminars for our tanning customers, explaining the history of indoor tanning, the science of tanning comments of scientists and medical professionals that are actually positive about moderate UV light exposure"?

What would be great is an "educational CD" that could be played on a TV in the lobby of participating salons. It could "loop" over and over again (like the messages you see in doctors waiting room). All the salon would need is a flat screen TV that had a CD player built in.

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Yes Don -- but.....would this be considered an overreach with what we are "allowed" to say?

That is the hornet's nest that has salon owner hands tied....
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Yes Don -- but.....would this be considered an overreach with what we are "allowed" to say?

That is the hornet's nest that has salon owner hands tied....
An "overreach" would be to make medical claims about indoor tanning. Scientific data and research concerning UV light would not fall into that category. Especially when you quote MD's and scientists research and opinion. This is the same issue as global warming. The obvious flaws in data used to scare the public need to be placed in front of the public. I hope that there is still freedom of speech allowed in our country.
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I can't believe these fools think depression has to do with D. The vitamin D levels are just a sign that shows people are exposing their skin to UVB. It's the beta endorphins created by UVB that fights depression. To think a D supplement will help depression is ridiculous.
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The study showed that there was an inverse relationship between depression and vitamin D, i.e., that depression was more likely in individuals with low vitamin D.

The "problem" is that there are no studies (and there aren't likely to be any in the future) comparing supplemental vitamin D with UV-induced vitamin D. Moreover, there is no way (that I can think of since the "effective" wavelengths are virtually the same) to "separate" the UVR stimulation of vitamin D with the UVR stimulation of beta endorphins.
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I can't believe these fools think depression has to do with D. The vitamin D levels are just a sign that shows people are exposing their skin to UVB. It's the beta endorphins created by UVB that fights depression. To think a D supplement will help depression is ridiculous.
The relationship between UV light and depression is well known and has been studied at length. Those living in the North and South pole areas suicide rate is far above the average.
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Yep, we deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder here in droves. I seriously wouldn't have made it here 26 years w/out tanning.
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Here is a report from another study, which you actually easily can replicate yourself, showing the seasonal variations of Google searches for mental health related illnesses:
http://www.thetanningguru.com/2-sessions-week-sunbed-reduce-suicide-teenagers-10-percent/
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