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Is Your Sunscreen Causing Cancer?

Learn why using sunscreen may cause cancer

According to a June 2014 major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day. The epidemiological study followed 30,000 women for over 20 years and “showed that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.”

Researchers concluded that the conventional dogma, which advises avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize sun exposure, is doing more harm than actual good. That’s because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is by far the best form of vitamin D.

The Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Skin Cancer

In the USA, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Ironically, vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. A groundbreaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offer protection against sunburn and skin cancer.

Additionally, vitamin D protects the body from diseases like:

  • multiple sclerosis
  • rickets (in the young)
  • tuberculosis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • type 1 diabetes
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Sjogren’s syndrome.

According to the Vitamin D Council, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently reported that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.” A dissident dermatologist, Bernard Ackerman, MD, (deceased 2008) was one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of skin cancer and the sun, sunscreens, and melanoma skin cancer risks. Below are Ackerman’s views excerpted from an article in The New York Times (July 20, 2004), titled “I BEG TO DIFFER; A Dermatologist Who’s Not Afraid to Sit on the Beach”:

The link between melanoma and sun exposure (dermatology’s dogma) is unproven. There’s no conclusive evidence that sunburns lead to cancer. There is no real proof that sunscreens protect against melanoma. There’s no proof that increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of melanoma.

2000 Swedish study concluded that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those who used sunscreen versus those who did not. The truth is that most sunscreens are cancer-causing biohazards.

Sunscreens Are a Biohazard

Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, is a California-based scientist who authored the book Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste, which extensively documents the serious life-threatening dangers of sunscreens not only to people but to the environment as well. Dr. Plourde provides proof that malignant melanoma and all other skin cancers increased significantly with ubiquitous sunscreen use over 30 years. She emphasizes that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).

Environmentally, she notes:

In areas where there has been much exposure to ED [endocrine disrupting] chemicals, coral and other sea populations have died off and the prevalence of dual-sexed fish has risen.

Dr. Plourde’s research on mice and sunscreen exposure also showed increases in both pup and maternal mortality as well as reproductive issues in subsequent generations. Additionally, the book documents how sunscreen chemicals have polluted our water sources including oceans, rivers, and municipal drinking water. Worse yet, testing revealed that 97% of Americans have sunscreen chemicals in their blood!

Dr. Plourde’s book also has a chapter on the importance of vitamin D3 to health, and she posits that the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to the overuse of sunscreen combined with sun avoidance in general.

Sun Exposure Is Required for Optimal Health

So, what is the takeaway from this research? Most importantly we all must understand the importance of optimal Vitamin D levels in the body for children and adults.  If you and your family are not getting 20-30 minutes of 70% body exposure in the sun each day you are likely deficient.

When you do go in the sun it is important to allow for absorption by not constantly blocking with sunscreen and when you do use sunscreen avoid the most toxic ingredients:

  • palimate A
  • bisphenol A
  • all parabens
  • one and pretty much all common conventional brands.

Lastly, if you are not getting this proper exposure or you are frequently using even healthy sunscreen you must supplement with natural Vitamin D3, at least 5000 IU for adults daily and 1000-3000 IU for children depending on age and weight.

We now have the most natural Vitamin D3 for adults and children in the office and this is an essential nutrient in preventing cancer.

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