Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tanners Anonymous

Researchers at the Center for Dermatology Research at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. found that tanning had similar addictive effects on the body as morphine and opium.  When participants in a study were administered naltrexone, a medication that blocks the effects of opium in the brain, withdrawal-like symptoms were noted in a number of tanners, but no infrequent tanners. Frequent tanning has reinforcing properties, just like gambling, alcohol or drug abuse.

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