Researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington-based nonprofit, released their annual report claiming nearly half of the 500 most popular sunscreens may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A and its derivatives, retinol and retinyl palmitate as well as the deadly chemical oxybenzone.
Shockingly, the FDA has known about the dangers of vitamin A in sunscreens since ordering a study 10 years ago, but has done nothing to alert the public of the dangers.
“Retinyl palmitate was selected by (FDA’s) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for photo-toxicity and photocarcinogenicity testing based on the increasingly widespread use of this compound in cosmetic retail products for use on sun-exposed skin,” said an October 2000 report by the National Toxicology Program.
According to AOL news, other problems with sunscreens include:
- The use of the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone, which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream and travels to your organs.
- Overstated claims about performance.
- The lack of needed regulations and oversight by the Food and Drug Administration.
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has reportedly “infuriated cancer experts” by describing sunscreens as “poison”. She hit the nail on the head there. It’s great to have the world’s highest paid Supermodel stating this in the press as we have to raise awareness!
Bundchen refuses to use it on herself or her family because of the harmful chemicals that sunscreens contain. What most people don’t know is that the Skin Care and personal hygiene products industry is NOT regulated for safety by the FDA. Anybody could form a company with a line of skin care and sunscreen products fill them with harmful chemicals and get away with calling them “all natural” or”99% natural”! I don’t see this changing anytime soon so we have a responsibility to spread the awareness and make smarter choices.
Are Sunscreens a necessity?
The fact is, the sun protects you from cancer. It enhances your health and is vital to your well-being.
One of the most important ways the sun protects you is through your skin, which makes vitamin D from its ultraviolet type B rays. And it’s vitamin D that keeps you from getting not just skin cancer, but more than a dozen others.
Corporations would have you believe the sun is a cancer-causing ball of radiation threatening our planet.
Here’s the proof in black and white:
• A study by the journal Anticancer Research says very clearly that the more you make vitamin D from UVB rays, the lower your chances are of dying from 15 kinds of cancer.
• Another study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vitamin D can lower the chance you’ll get cancer by 77 percent.
• The European Journal of Cancer looked at cancer rates all over the world. Their study says plainly that vitamin D production in the skin decreases the likelihood you’ll get any of these cancers: stomach, colorectal, liver and gallbladder, pancreas, lung, breast, prostate, bladder and kidney cancers.
• A study done for the journal Nature shows that the active form of vitamin D (calcitriol or D3), and its derivative vitamin D2, both cause skin cancer cells to die.
• And did you know that people who work outside like construction workers, roofers and lifeguards have a much lower risk of skin cancer than those who work inside? And they do not lather up with sunscreen loaded with harmful chemicals.
I could go on …
Meanwhile, if you followed conventional medical advice, you’d be applying sunscreens all over your body. But sunscreens actually lower your body’s ability to make vitamin D by up to 95 percent and also greatly increases your risk in actually getting cancer because of the toxic chemicals contained in the lotion.
We Were Made to Live Under the Sun and not hide from it putting sunscreens on every 15 minutes.
If you’ve been to a doctor, turned on the television, been on the Internet, or read a magazine lately, you’ve probably heard some form of this message:
“The sun causes cancer. If you’re going outside, wear sunscreen no matter what. No excuses.”
Does it seem as though scientists think nature must be wrong? I get the feeling they think millennia of trial and error resulted in a mistake with our survival. And even worse, that we need some kind of intervention – some synthetic chemicals – to make it right again.
The truth is, your body already has everything it needs to properly protect itself from the sun’s UV rays. The real problem isn’t the sun. It’s that you might not spend enough time outdoors to trigger these natural defenses.
Let me explain …
Your native ancestors survived outdoors just fine. They lived and worked in the sun’s rays every day. They didn’t use sunscreens and they didn’t burn themselves to a crisp or die off from diseases caused by the sun.
Why? Because our bodies are designed perfectly to live in our natural environment.
When you’re out in the sun, your body itself takes action. Besides making vitamin D, which I talked about earlier, your body also starts to produce another natural protectant. A built-in sun block called melanin. Melanin is what causes your skin to darken or tan. And with just a little bit of sunshine every day – 20 minutes if you have light skin and up to three times longer if your skin is darker – you’re stimulating melanin production.
By slowly developing this basic darkening, you allow yourself even more time in the sun without risk of burning or use of poisonous sunscreens.
So is Gisele Bundchen Right?
Until very recently all sunscreens did NOT filter out the UVA radiation. They filtered out UVB, ensuring that your body could not make any vitamin D, while letting the UVA through. So there was a strong recommendation from the medical community to use sunscreens, but this advice was actually increasing your risk of cancer while eliminating your body’s ability to manufacture vitamin D!
The other issue is what type of chemicals do sunscreens use to create the barrier against the UVA waves?
The synthetic chemicals often used in the preparation of sunscreens can get into your bloodstream and can cause all sorts of unwanted toxic side effects, including hormone disruption.
Some of these chemicals include:
|OMC (Octyl methoxycinnamate)||Octocrylene|
So if Gisele was referring to sunscreens containing these hormone-disrupting synthetic chemicals that do not even protect against UVA rays, then she is absolutely right!
Sunscreens – are Toxic Skin Cocktails
Corporations and modern doctors want you use sunscreens to block UVB rays. We’ve already seen how this affects vitamin D production. But sunscreen has another effect. It delivers chemicals and known carcinogens into your skin … chemicals that are banned in other countries. Approximately 60% of whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream and delivered to all your organs…it’s no wonder cancer is on the rise!
One of the main chemicals used in sunscreens to filter out UVB light is octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC).
OMC can be found in 90 percent of sunscreens on the market even though studies found it can kill mouse cells – even at extremely low doses. And it becomes even more toxic when it’s exposed to sunlight.
Other harmful chemicals include benzophenone and avobenzone.
These attack the cells in your body causing premature aging. They are also estrogen mimics that can create hormonal imbalances, cause allergic reactions and skin irritation, and are known to promote the onset of breast cancer. And there’s plenty more. Below is a chart of some of the common chemicals found in sunscreens that you should avoid.
SUNSCREENS – THEIR CHEMICAL INGREDIENTS AND THEIR HEALTH RISKS
Endocrine disruptor. Mimics estrogen, upsets hormonal balances, and can cause reproductive cancer in men and women.
PABA (may be listed as octyl-dimethyl or padimate-O)
Attacks DNA and causes genetic mutation when exposed to sunlight
Mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum
Coats skin like plastic and clogs pores, traps toxins in, slows skin cell growth, disrupts normal hormone function, suspected of causing cancer
Sodium laurel, lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate (sometimes listed as “from coconut” or “coconut derived”)
Combined with other chemicals, it becomes nitrosamine, a powerful cancer-causing agent; penetrates your skin’s moisture barrier, allowing other dangerous chemicals to enter your bloodstream
Phenol carbolic acid
Circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, death from respiratory failure
Toluene (may be listed as benzoic, benzyl, or butylated hydroxtoluene)
Anemia, low blood cell count, liver and kidney damage, birth defects
Dermatitis, kidney and liver abnormalities, prevents skin growth, causes irritation
PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohol
Potent carcinogens containing dioxane
It’s Tough to Get Enough Sunshine
The problem is that even if you have the best intentions, there are a dozen other obstacles in the modern world besides sunscreens that keep you from getting enough sunshine:
1. We wear clothing.
2. We don’t migrate with the sun.
3. We don’t live near the equator.
4. We work inside during the day.
5. We drive cars that block the sun.
And during the winter months, it’s not uncommon – even if you live in a warm, sunny climate to get less sunshine just because the days are shorter.
When that happens, you produce less melanin, and become more sensitive to the sun when you are exposed.
You’ll need to be careful until melanin production kicks in again and can help prevent your skin from burning.
Fortunately, there are ways you can help defend your skin until you can get more sunshine without chemical sunscreens.
1. One way to help your skin is to boost the three nutrients your body uses to produce its master antioxidant, SOD (superoxide dismutase). SOD is your best defense against harmful molecules that attack your skin.
The best food for this job is blueberries. You probably know blueberries are good for your brain, and that they have beta carotene and lots of vitamins. But the real power of the blueberry is that it has all three co-factors for SOD – copper, zinc and manganese. Eat a cup of blueberries every day, especially during the winter, and you’ll be doing your skin a big favor and protecting yourself from toxic sunscreens.
2. Another excellent skin-defender is any food that has the omega-3 EPA. In one study of using omega- to reduce ultraviolet radiation sensitivity, researchers found that EPA supplementation reduces sensitivity to UV rays by 36 percent. And the chemical changes to skin induced by UV radiation exposure were cut in half. The study concluded: “Longer-term [EPA] supplementation might reduce skin cancer in humans.”
You can get omega-3s in some plant-based sources like Sacha Inchi nuts, butternuts, walnuts and chia seeds.
3. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long time, and you haven’t had a chance to let your body generate enough melanin to darken you up a bit, you should use natural sunscreens. Choose one made from natural ingredients like zinc oxide. It’s been used all over the world for over 75 years as a safe sunscreen. And unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb ultraviolet light, zinc oxide sits on top of your skin to reflect and scatter UV rays.
4. HAVVN has just introduced the first Skin Care line in the world called “DNA” that is completely free of “harmful chemicals” and without any toxins! It’s revolutionary and has a natural SPF built into it because of it’s formulation from real plants, herbs and oils, not from synthetic man made harsh chemicals.
Go the EWG’s website and plug in the sunscreens used in your family and see just how toxic they are;
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ – a zero “0” rating is non-toxic and a “10” is as toxic as it can get. If your product has no results, it’s just because it hasn’t been tested. Simply plug in the ingredients on the label and it will give you what you need to know so you can make wiser decisions.
The sun is just amazing, it heals and is vital to your overall well being. Don’t be afraid to get out in the sun, just take the necessary precautions and ramp up your exposure over time and protect your skin naturally by eating blueberries & getting your omega 3’s as opposed to synthetic sunscreens.
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