Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tanning Protects Against The Swine Flu?


[Post by Jessica L. Flint, College student major Physics] I would like to bring to your attention a subject that the media is saying will soon be affecting us again, the Swine Flu (H1N1 virus.) As a college student majoring in Physics, I feel the need to shed light on a study I have recently become a huge supporter of, Indoor tanning as a precaution against the H1N1 virus.

Not only is indoor tanning giving us all a bit of color and a boost of confidence, a study which started out focusing on the positive effects Vitamin D has against battling the seasonal flu has taken a turn on how Vitamin D can help protect against the H1N1 Virus, commonly known as the Swine Flu Virus.

It is estimated that over 95% of U.S. senior citizens suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, along with an alarming 85% of the general U.S. public (these numbers are at their highest during the Winter months.) Unless you are getting regular UV exposure to a large portion of your body, it is imperative that you get your Vitamin D levels checked on a regular basis. Experts recommend getting in at least 2,000 IU (International Units) per pound of body weight per day of Vitamin D. It is suggested to jump into a safe tanning bed to raise Vitamin D levels, one tanning session provides 4,000 – 5,000 IU’s (International Units) per tanning session, which contains more IU’s than a glass of milk.

Not only is the intake of Vitamin D going to help combat off the Swine Flu, but studies have shown Vitamin D is responsible for lowering rates of disease, helping fight against respiratory infections and a lower death rate. Those lacking sufficient Vitamin D levels can suffer from brittle, thin bones. Not too mention Vitamin D is the happy vitamin, releasing endorphins into the blood stream. Endorphins give sudden bursts of energy and a general feeling of pleasure, who doesn’t love a vitamin that will increase happiness.

I feel this alternative is a far better solution than the mandatory Swine Flu vaccine which is in talks at the moment.

The aforementioned vaccine will be mandatory for the elderly and pregnant. As a woman, there is absolutely no way I would inject a virus into my body and into the blood stream of my unborn child. Nor would I ever suggest injecting this into someone who is elderly and naturally has a weakened immune system.

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Reference Books

Reference Books
Swine Flu Survival Guide

Swine Flu Dangers - What You Need To Know