New research now reveals that ultra-violet nail lamps may also increase the risk of skin cancer. researchers sampled 17 light units from 16 salons that used a wide variety of UV bulbs. Researchers said that exposure to carcinogenesis remains small, frequent exposure could cause damage. They suggest that wearing sunscreen on the hands or protective UV-A gloves could help reduce any potential cancer risk and prevent signs of premature skin aging.
(Note that this research does not cover the 100s of other chemicals that they use in nail salons.)
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.