Sunday, July 8, 2007

The Sunscreen Myth: How Sunscreen Products Actually Promote Cancer

The hard-hitting NewsTarget piece linked below explains in detail how the idea that sunscreen prevents cancer is nothing more than a myth promoted by industries seeking to make a profit off of human suffering.

In fact, sunscreen actually promotes cancer by blocking your body's absorption of ultraviolet radiation, and therefore blocking the production of vitamin D in your skin.

Studies have shown that vitamin D can prevent as many as 77 of all cancers. In addition, most sunscreen lotions also contain cancer-causing chemicals.

A portion of the profits from the sale of these lotions is then donated to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, which in turn runs public service ads encouraging the use of sunscreens.

Proper nutrition is a better way to prevent sunburn then sunscreen lotion. Berries and microalgae such as spirulina, astaxanthin, and blue-green algae can make the body naturally resistant to sunburn, as well as similar radiation damage to the eyes and optic nerve. June 15, 2007

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

How many people know that not getting enough sun KILLS 50,000 people from cancer deaths every year in the US alone?

The myth that the sun is detrimental to your health, and that sunscreen is a necessity to guard against cancer is one of the most pervasive hoaxes in our society today.

As this article points out, this myth can be traced back to the two industries that benefit the most: the cancer industry and the sunscreen manufacturers. These two giant profit-makers tag-team efforts which keep the unsuspecting public in a trance.

Not only do sunscreens promote cancer by blocking your vitamin D production, they are also likely carcinogens all by themselves. A study in the April 2004 Journal of Chromatography found that there is significant penetration of all sunscreen agents they studied into the skin.

So when you use most sunscreens, your body is absorbing synthetic chemicals, and with experts' recommendations to apply generous amounts of the product every few hours, you will likely be absorbing a fair amount. Some of these chemicals are quite dangerous. Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), which is present in 90 percent of sunscreen brands, was found to kill mouse cells even at low doses.

Sunburn should always be avoided, but there are many all-natural ways to protect yourself from sunburn that you can use instead of resorting to the toxic infusions of commercial sunscreens.

Boosting your skin's "internal sunscreen" from within with effective antoxidants from whole fresh vegetables and fruits like goji berries (not the juice), raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, are far healthier options. Additionally, slathering on some aloe vera gel can also be helpful.

If you're still hooked on the idea of a cream, there are safer natural sunscreen products that contain no petrochemicals, such as
Aubrey's Active and Green Tea sunblocks. Just remember, although these products are non-toxic, they still prevent you from metabolizing vitamin D, so use them with caution.

I recommend testing your vitamin D levels to make sure you're not deficient before resorting to sunscreen of any kind.

For more information about the vital importance of vitamin D from sunlight, please review my article Reduce Your Risk of Cancer With Sunlight Exposure, if you haven't already seen it. You might also want to keep an eye out for my forthcoming book, Dark Deception, which is due to be published in 2008. It will take an in-depth look at all of the various issues relating to sunscreen, cancer, vitamin D, and sunlight.

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2 comments on "The Sunscreen Myth: How Sunscreen Products Actually Promote Cancer"

tarziesgirl on August 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM said...

I'm baffled by the whole sunscreen debate. I have one redhead and am petrified that she'll turn into one big freckle because she's got such a porcelain complexion now. She is getting small freckles on her cheeks as it is now, using sunblock. I have been using the best sunscreens I can buy, Jason Natural Cosmetics Mineral Based Sunblock, but it even has stuff in it that she shouldn't be getting in high doses. I've been investigating other sunblocks, and have used Lavera's Sun Spray for Kids as well, but they all have something in them. I also live in an area where sun is killer, Central Florida, so I can't see not sunscreening her. I don't want my daughter to have any of the negative side affects associated with chemicals from sunscreens/blocks, but I don't want her to burn and freckle either. What do I do?

momofmany on August 11, 2008 at 1:58 PM said...

Is it a cosmetic issue that you are concerned about, ie just freckles you want to avoid? Freckles and redheads kinda go together, so that's a tough one to avoid if you allow them outside at all. Vitamin D from sunshine is essential for health, so it far outweighs a few freckles. I had many freckles growing up but they faded in my adulthood, so she wouldn't always have them. I think they are cute, cute, cute and I tell me kids that's where Jesus had kissed them!

As for sunscreen, I use Mercola's from I haven't gotten to use it too much this year, we've avoided the most intense sunshine of the day and usually go out after 3pm or so.


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