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    I hear some about UV - B rays from the sun and the affects of it to help us produce vitamin D. From what I can find out, welding produces the same type of skin burning rays, just much more intense.

    I'm starting to think there is more to your health and feeling well when you weld as opposed to when you don't. Even a day behind the arc makes me feel so much better than the days I don't see / feel the light.

    I don't drink coffee, but maybe burning a couple rods could be just as uplifting as a cup of joe?

    Its probably more of a mental thing than a healthy practice but then again, happy is healthy.

    What do you guys think about it?

    http://health.usnews.com/health-news...-for-vitamin-d


    http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/phys_...radiation.html

  • #2
    Originally posted by Hardrock40 View Post
    I hear some about UV - B rays from the sun and the affects of it to help us produce vitamin D. From what I can find out, welding produces the same type of skin burning rays, just much more intense.

    I'm starting to think there is more to your health and feeling well when you weld as opposed to when you don't. Even a day behind the arc makes me feel so much better than the days I don't see / feel the light.

    I don't drink coffee, but maybe burning a couple rods could be just as uplifting as a cup of joe?

    Its probably more of a mental thing than a healthy practice but then again, happy is healthy.

    What do you guys think about it?

    http://health.usnews.com/health-news...-for-vitamin-d


    http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/phys_...radiation.html
    Just please remember that welding UV exposure is damaging and CUMULATIVE...

    Here is a thread worth reading...

    http://shopfloortalk.com/forums/show...light=melanoma

    the latter part of that thread deals with UV damage and the dangers of skin cancer/melanoma...
    Last edited by H80N; 12-13-2013, 12:31 PM.
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    • #3
      Good reading H80N.

      Yea, I hope nobody thinks I was suggesting to weld without PPE.

      Just saying I always feel better when I have a project going on. I have noticed it again this week.
      I had one small job Monday. Now Friday I feel like I've been hit by a truck. Been working OT on regular job but not that much.

      Anyway, with all the dangers of welding, there might be a hidden benefit we don't know about.

      Think I'll have a cup of coffee.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hardrock40 View Post
        Good reading H80N.

        Yea, I hope nobody thinks I was suggesting to weld without PPE.

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        No ... I never thought that...

        just wanted to make sure that some of the newbies that might read the thread would see all sides of it...

        all of the sunburn or Welding UV exposure adds up.. and can cause real problems when we get older... better to be careful when young..
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hardrock40 View Post
          I hear some about UV - B rays from the sun and the affects of it to help us produce vitamin D. From what I can find out, welding produces the same type of skin burning rays, just much more intense.

          I'm starting to think there is more to your health and feeling well when you weld as opposed to when you don't. Even a day behind the arc makes me feel so much better than the days I don't see / feel the light.

          I don't drink coffee, but maybe burning a couple rods could be just as uplifting as a cup of joe?

          Its probably more of a mental thing than a healthy practice but then again, happy is healthy.

          What do you guys think about it?
          Since I don't know nothin' 'bout doctorin' I suggest you ask your own doctor about the effects of UV during your next visit to get the definitive answer. It's a serious matter. As H80N said, it is cumulative, which means, like so many things, it tends to show up more as we age.

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          • #6
            Well.... You shouldn't be feeling the light iffin' yer wearing PPE

            But I know what yer saying

            I imagine just the motions of working with metal put you in a good mood.

            I know I always feel a good tired when I finish a project that I enjoyed.

            Where as I don't feel good tired on projects that I didn't enjoy

            I just feel tired!
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            • #7
              Yea Joe, I guess I need to get a doctor, haven't really got one. Scared to go due to all the things he might find.

              I understand that cumulative affect, just another worry, didn't care when I was younger but I do now.

              Broc, that's kind of funny, I had a job not to long ago that made me question if I really wanted to rush out and fix things. Took a few days to get over it. But most things go well and keeps the drive alive.

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              • #8
                C'mon people! Everyone knows all the hot babes dig melanoma!

                Nothing like having a 10/10 cutie stroke your cancer and say "metastasize for me, big man!".

                Even cooler, skin cancer is treatable. Just like rusty metal. Cut out the bad parts, weld in new, and instead of an X-ray weld test you get radiation and chemotherapy.

                This being a family forum I won't link to "skin cancer surgery" images.

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                • #9
                  Never thought of this being a family forum, honestly. More like a weld shop or bar. talking tools trucks & welders. A place to de-stress after work. I also feel good when welding. Its like meditation.
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