RESEARCH INDICATES THAT EMO KIDS MAY BE SUFFERING FROM SUN ALLERGY
November 23 2009
Washington, D.C. – The Sun has been the object of fascination for human beings for as long as we have been self aware. At once thought to be akin to a God, the reality of the centre of our solar system is not far off that perception, providing the most
essential component to all life on the planet. Our understanding of the reality of the sun has of course changed over the last few centuries, but our love and reverence for it has not and likely never will.
Unfortunately for some people such worship is an impossibility. For a select number of people exposure to the sun can result in a severe allergic reaction, resulting in hives, rashes, and other more serious dermatological issues. Though believed to be rare, new research indicates that sun allergies may in fact be more common than previously believed. That research, which revolved around the so-called Emo trend, may lead scientists and medical professionals to a new understanding of how our bodies control auto-immune responses and potentially provide relief to thousands of people suffering from depressive behaviour and bad haircuts.
“Initially we were looking at what the cause of this behaviour was unto itself and we believed, initially, that it would be a combination of social pressures and mild to severe
depression. What we found though was quite surprising because none of us would have predicted that there was a physiological component to this behaviour but now that we know there is we may be able to formulate a treatment and allow these young men and women to lead normal lives,” said lead researcher Dr. Michael Kentwood. “Further, it will help to give us new insight into the nature of allergies in general. The general thinking has been that sun allergies are extremely rare but it’s now clear that a lot of people are simply going undiagnosed and the occurrence of such ailments may in fact be much more widespread than we ever could have imagined. In the case of these individuals the body simply reacts differently than it would to any normal allergic stimuli, something which may in fact be occurring with other allergies.”
The research also indicates that behaviour exhibited by Emo-afflicted persons may be an unconscious defence against the effects of the sun on their skin.
“Something like long greasy hair is an effort to protect the head and face from exposure. Moodiness and depression is likely a result of limited Vitamin D production. This often has the effect even on normal persons of creating a sense of heaviness and turpitude and with long term limitations could cause serious issues,” continued Kentwood. “That could result in unusual behaviour such as cutting which occurs in some but not all cases and could provide an avenue for treatment. Odd piercings and poor taste in music are possibly related to the psychological components of prolonged absence from sunlight and may in fact further such depression-related issues in the affected.”
Emo-styled bands such as Panic at the Disco and Alexisonfire have grown in popularity in recent years but it’s not clear if they are also suffering from such allergies or simply indulging in the behaviour in order to gain popularity.
“The biggest issue in developing any kind of treatment is separating people who
actually suffer from the allergy and those who have simply hooked onto the current trend. We also have to be concerned about the possibility that such hangers-on will exhibit the same kind of symptoms and behaviour without any real issues meaning serious difficulty in treatment,” continued Kentwood. “The growing popularity of such behaviour could result in a kind of mass acceptance that has no connection to the real world, resulting in serious depression issues and bad music for many years to come. I believe though that is we start now we may be able to stem the tide and reverse the trend.”
The ‘Twilight’ series of films, which has become an Emo touchstone, released the latest film in the series this weekend to massive success.
Lauren Hebert, Health Correspondent