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Dermatologist, or Iranian Cleric?

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

2010-04-29 Quote of the weak - superstitious copyAn Iranian police chief this week upped the ante on ridiculous dermatology matra, promising to arrest women who have suntans — a sign that they have violated the Iranian view of Islamic law by not being clothed from head to toe.

Somewhere a dermatology industry lobbyist is smiling.

“In some areas of north Tehran we can see many suntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequins,” Tehran police chief Brigadier Hossein Sajedinia said in a story reported in the London Telegraph. “The public expects us to act firmly and swiftly if we see any social misbehavior by women, and men, who defy our Islamic values. We are not going to tolerate this situation and will first warn those found in this manner and then arrest and imprison them.”

The chief’s comments come on the heels of Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi’s proclamation recently that “women who do not dress modestly” cause seismic activity.

Iranian-Islamic law aside, one thing we know that head-to-toe clothing in Iran causes: epidemic level vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D pioneer Dr.

Michael Holick has pointed out for years that vitamin D levels in women in sunny Iran are severely deficient.

It seems that more westernized areas in Tehran have figured that out and are protesting by exposing their skin to the sun.

Iranian Muslim leaders may not be willing to come around on sunlight and vitamin D. But if only western dermatologists could figure it out.