by MPD
Categories: Lifestyle
Tags: .

Sure, the sun can be used to create energy, but it also has the power to create some serious controversy.

The Ray Festa Melanoma Foundation is blasting Rosie O’Donnell for discussing the safety of sunbathing earlier in the week and stating that, “Exposure to the sun isn’t dangerous.”

The organization believes the comments to be “ill-informed” and “irresponsible” and is asking the television personality to retract her statements in a public service announcement. Whoa!

Well known cartoonist Marisa Marchetto, who is a longtime supporter of the group, tells New York Post’s gossip column PageSix, “Going out into the sun without protection is as, or even more dangerous, than having unprotected sex.”

Well I’m not sure about that, but certainly one should be careful.

What do you think about O’Donnell’s comments? Does she have a responsibility to explain herself, or is the Ray Festa Melanoma Foundation taking this all just a bit too far? Chime in and share your thoughts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566480478 Erin @ RawFoodsRetreat

    Going out in the sun is as natural as breathing the air and drinking the (pure) water left on this planet…

    There are many doctors including http://Mercola.com who believe sun exposure (and getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin D) is not only crucial for good health but could help prevent cancers. Read up more on it. I believe Rosie is correct. Granted one doesn’t need hours and hours of sunbathing, but sun exposure is important and in and of itself is NOT dangerous.

    Erin

    • http://www.rayfesta.org Teri Festa

      Dear Erin –

      We agree with you. We want you and others to go outside and soak up the sun – just do it responsibly. The Ray Festa Melamona Foundations encourages everyone to enjoy the outdoors (and the sun) but would like to educate Rosie as well as others with the same misconceptions on the safe way to do so. There are 5 simple steps that will allow you to enjoy the sun while being smart about it.

      THE 5 STEPS TO MELANOMA PREVENTION
      • Use Sunscreen of 30 SPF all year round
      • Apply Sunscreen every six to eight hours and immediately after exercise or swimming
      • During summer months, avoid sun between the hours of:11am and 1pm and wear a hat
      • Stay away from sunlamps and tanning beds
      • Get a Baseline exam from a Board Certified Dermatologist

      Please visit our Web site http://www.rayfesta.org for more information.

      Thank you,
      Teri Festa

      • diogenes

        Totally agree. NATURAL sun, exposure in a responsible manner, sunscreen always, and even then, recognizing that too much of even a good thing can be harmful in itself.

        Above all, STAY AWAY from patent medicine “doctors” who will pitch their tanning beds and sunlamps as healthy alternatives or even healthier than controlled exposure to natural sunlight. They are more interested in their profit than your health. See DR Mercola’s 50,000 page catalog, er website, as recommended above, if you’re interested in this approach.

      • diogenes

        Totally agree. NATURAL sun, exposure in a responsible manner, sunscreen always, and even then, recognizing that too much of even a good thing can be harmful in itself.

        Above all, STAY AWAY from patent medicine “doctors” who will pitch their tanning beds and sunlamps as healthy alternatives to natural sunlight. They are more interested in their profit than your health. See DR Mercola’s 50,000 page catalog, er website, as recommended above, if you’re interested in this approach. The DR would be happy to sell you something…anything.

  • jeanruss

    I completely agree with the first commenter. Government and corporate propaganda regarding cancer is giving birth to the Age of Stupid. As the parent of a child who had osteosarcoma, I was astounded at the misinformation regarding cancer that is spouted in the media and also by oncologists. We have been seriously lied to about cancer and the enormous BUSINESS it has become. When people like Suzanne Somers and Rosie tell simple proveable facts about cancer, everyone goes nuts because they have been completely misinformed. I wrote a book about our experiences in the cancer world and more importantly, how not to enter it. It is titled “How to Survive (and Thrive) In a Toxic World by jeannette russell and is available on http://www.amazon.com.

  • http://projectcamelot.org/ Whoever…

    Actually she’s closer to the truth than one might think:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH1rB-Ya2UQ

    The false idea that sunbathing is dangerous is another scam we’ve been fed… like so many other things!

    When will we wake up to the truth?

    Have we lost all our capacity to question what we’re told? When will we start thinking for ourselves?

    I fear things will not improve unless we open our eyes really soon!

  • http://thevegetarianblog.today.com Antonio

    We need sun exposure, that’s a fact. Rosie is right.

  • VeggieTart

    Exposure to the sun, in moderation, is not dangerous. Excess exposure is.

  • kristin

    here’s a conspiracy theory for ya:

    doctors tell us to stay out of the sun. we need vitamin D from the sun to be healthy and energetic. now, doctors are saying americans aren’t getting enough vitamin D. maybe they want us to be tired, unhealthy and sick all the time so we won’t really know what’s going on.

    …yeah, who knows? but it wouldn’t surprise me.