Monday, June 23, 2008

has anyone noticed it's harder to get a tan these days?

reading a fox news article today.....i know, i know! fox news.....uh-huh.....

but anyway, it was a side trip from global warming issues, and spoke of sun activity in recent years.

believe it or not.....our sun seems to be pooping out on us a bit of late. scientists aren't too concerned, because they figure the green house gases we've got.....all that fun stuff, well it's busy warming the planet anyway. next thing you know, they'll be telling us we don't need the sun at all....

well, myself have noticed over the last several years that the sun doesn't feel the same on my skin. mostly i figured it was just a manifestation of my insanity, or perhaps a symptom of getting old.

so was surprised to read that since about 2002 there have been almost NO sunspots.....and according to the article, when the sun would normally have 100 or more sunspots, it puts off more ultraviolet radiation......i.e. the stuff that makes you tan.

another interesting point, is that without the magnectic activity, the sun no longer protects us from what they laughingly call "cosmic rays." have no clue what that's supposed to be, but apparently we're getting hit by space cooties every day now and don't even know it....

in what i consider a related post, news today was released that states people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to die. within this article, it reports that there is a world-wide lowering of vitamin D levels:

"Global Low Vitamin D
In an article accompanying the research, the researchers report that on average both older and younger people around the world may not be getting enough vitamin D.

They speculate that it may be due to air pollution, a lack of outdoor activities, and increased urbanization, with more people staying and working indoors.
"

well, i propose that the lower levels may be due to the decrease in sunspot activity. so going outdoors may not be the cure...suggest everybody be sure and drink up their milk!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey,I like this new you!I'm gonna love this blog reading experience!You need to post like every 15 minutes and keep me up to date on all the latest news though,okay?!

You can guess who this is!!!

Dennis said...

I really don't put a lot of stock to what these pinhead researchers say..one minute coffee is bad for you and then more research says it's good for you. Remember they rewrote the food pyramid not that long ago, only to change it back again shortly afterwards. Research can have any result that they want...how about this..
Carrots kill people..why? because research shows that everyone who has ever died has eaten carrots.
Maybe it's just me, but they come off as paid "guessers"
Oh..I'm gonna really like this blog of yours..I can just feel it..

Mike said...

Hard to keep up with you woman,smile.

Does get boring writing the poetry all the time, I might do something different.

*big smiles*

bring it on with brinker said...

yea, Jenn....am gonna just have fun with this, and leave behind the whole trying to impress people with the whole intricate poetry business. that's just plain getting old and starting to feel like beating a dead horse....lol....but thinking every 15 minutes might tax even me! *smiles*

bring it on with brinker said...

know what you mean, Dennis...am very skeptical about what the experts say myself, though the sunspot thing right now is pretty much fact, or at least am thinking it would be harder for them to fudge something like that....

but as far as research goes, yep....thing is, they decide ahead of time what kind of results they want from their research, so skew everything to match their initial hypothesis....i mean, we have known for years that vitamin D is vital and lack is the cause of rickets i believe....why they add it to milk as a safety measure for the general public.

and many many thanks.....reading between the lines is a specialty of mine, so figured why not share? *big smiles and loving smooches*

bring it on with brinker said...

thanks Mike and yea, figure a change might do me good and broaden my horizons at the same time....

sorry about the bouncing around *smiles and hugs*