Rickets For All!

A new study shows that if we mail sun-protection kits, which contain information about the dangers of exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays and skin cancer, as well as swim shirts, hats and sunscreen, to the whole country we can finally protect children from sun ANY exposure. “This is a low-cost, effective intervention that could be an important component in efforts to reduce sun exposure in children during the years that they acquire much of their risk for skin cancer,” the study’s first author, Lori Crane, investigator at the Cancer Center and chair of the department of community and behavioral health at the Colorado School of Public Health, said in a news release from the center.    The study showed that those who received the sun-protection kits gained more awareness about sun exposure and had greater adherence to sun-protective behaviors.  Get ready for a world of pasty, fat kids with rickets!   I am so embarrassed by this kind of research.  Maybe we can create a rocket to destroy the sun altogether?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Rickets For All!

  1. Linda Spencer
    October 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    The fat, pasty kids with rickets are the ones staying inside playing video games and watching TV, not the ones playing outside wearing a hat, shirt, and using sunblock.

    Protecting skin from excessive sun exposure is no different from encouraging use of bike helmets. Come to think of it, I’ve had more patients die from melanoma than from bike injuries.

    • Doug Farrago
      October 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      There are studies showing that melanoma may NOT be related to sun use. There are studies showing that lotions may increase the chances of melanoma. Listen, tanning booths are bad. The sun, however, is not evil no matter what the dermatologists want to say.

  2. Richard W. Mondak
    October 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    What happened to “GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY!”?

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