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Gwyneth Paltrow's view on tanning is making waves among beauty blogs.

In an interview in the August issue of Cosmopolitan, Gwyneth Paltrow dares to express her honest view on tanning and her love for the sun:

“We're human beings and the sun is the sun – how can it be bad for you? I think we should all get sun and fresh air. I don't think anything that is natural can be bad for you – it's really good to have at least 15 minutes of sun a day.”

This her statement has ignited an explosion of negative comments in the beauty blogosphere. Many self proclaimed beauty experts are expressing their anger over how it is possible to promote being in the sun.

Here is one example of a brain-washed comment by @Camilla for the Beauty Stop:

I will give her a break and not make it a huge issue. Perhaps she meant that the sun exposure would be “good” if you were slathered in sunscreen. Getting outdoors is great, I don’t want to promote a fear of the sun and everyone is entitled to their opinions, but this just seemed like a really ignorant comment. What do you think?- See more at:

@Camilla, your ignorance and inability to think for yourself or just do some elementary research about the benefits of regular UV-exposure is amazing!

Gwyneth Paltrow knows the benefits of tanning and the dangers connected with avoiding the sun.

Gwyneth Paltrow on tanning
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Having been diagnosed with severe vitamin D deficiency after a Tibial plateau fracture surgery, gp was found to have severe vitamin D deficiency. This is how she wrote in her goop magazine in June 2010:

“I suffered a pretty severe Tibial plateau fracture a few years ago (requiring surgery) which lead the orthopaedic surgeon to give me a bone scan, at which point it was discovered I had the beginning stages of osteopenia. This led my western/eastern doctors in New York to test my Vitamin D levels, which turned out to be the lowest they had ever seen (not a good thing). I went on a prescription strength level of Vitamin D and was told to…spend a bit of time in the sun! I was curious if this was safe, having been told for years to stay away from its dangerous rays, not to mention a tad bit confused. As we are all well schooled in the dangers of overexposure to the sun, I thought it would be interesting to hear Dr. Frank Lipman’s very informative (if possibly incendiary) opinion on the benefits of sunshine. Below is his article about the dangers of Vitamin D deficiency and the benefits of catching a few summer rays sensibly.”

Go here to read about Dr. Lipmans opinion on the benefits of sunshine:

With this, gp joins the steadily increasing number of stars who “have seen the light” and realize that most of their colleagues in the movie and fashion business have been duped into the very unhealthy advice to avoid sunshine (and sunbeds too, for that matter).


6 thoughts on “Gwyneth Paltrow on Tanning: “The Sun Is The Sun – How Can It Be Bad For You?””

  1. My “brainwashing” and “ignorance” comes from 7 years of dealing with doctors and specialists helping my sister fight melanoma caused by years of sun exposure overseas fighting for people like you to have the right to express your opinions.

    Now, she is fighting for her life thanks to the damage that UV rays caused. So, instead of attacking me as “ignorant” perhaps you should do some research into the FACTS. I have done my research. I have learned the pros and cons. I live them with my sister who is slowing slipping away.

    I understand that you disagree, there is just a far classier/more respectable option of presenting your opinion. I am sad you opted to present it this way.

  2. Camilla, I am sorry to hear about your sister’s suffering.

    However, if you have dealt with doctors and specialists for 7 years, maybe someone could have told you that sun-exposure by itself does not cause melanoma.

    Even the World Health Organization has confirmed this, strangely enough in the same publication (Monograph 55) in which they classified sunshine as a carcinogen in group 1:

    “Chronic exposure, as assessed through occupational exposure, appeared to reduce melanoma risk in three of the large studies, particularly in men; this observation is consistent with the descriptive epidemiology of the condition, which shows lower risks in groups that work outdoors.”

    Brainwash can be done in many ways, and in your comment you are showing us the unfortunate way it has been done to you.

    Ignorance is the unwillingness to look at something from all sides and try to distil the facts from the myths.

    The links in my post (not least the one to the article by Dr. Frank Lipman) and other posts on my blog contains oceans of information for anyone who wants to heal their ignorance about sun-exposure (and melanoma too, for that matter).

    Unfortunately, you did not (yet) click on any of those links or visited any other post on my blog.

    I sincerely wish your sister to get well.


  3. My family and I LIVE this everyday. If you’d like some legit FACTS, I suggest you speak with Dr. Glenn Merlino and Dr. M. Raza Zaidi of NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) who will strongly disagree with you and debunk your facts with actual science. (Science is not code for brainwashing – which is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.)

    Melanoma is real and UV rays are damaging. Period. I will agree it has vitamin D benefits, but those are far outweighed by the effects of skin damage. If you want a vitamin D boost fish, soy beans, eggs and mushrooms are just a couple of the many healthy options.

    I digress, you are entitled to your beliefs, but I take extreme offense when you attack me on a personal level. I too wish you the best, but please leave me out of any future comments that are just personal attacks.

  4. BlogOsteopenia

    Gwyneth Paltrow’s great career… but not really interested in personal questions.

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