sunscreenSunscreen is a touchy subject.  I know what side of the fence I sit on.  I would much rather sit in the sun for 30 minutes sunscreen free and get the valuable Vitamin D3 from the sun.  Then after 30 minutes cover up the exposed areas of your skin with clothing or sit in the shade.  I am very particular about what I slather on my skin (the largest organ of the body).  Everything that you put on the surface of your skin soaks in through your pores and ends up in your blood stream, settling in organs, fatty tissues etc.  The endless list of toxic chemicals in most sunscreens and body products are NOT going into my bloodstream.
Here is an interesting fact shared by Natural News.
Vitamin D deficiency is epidemic in society affecting 90% of the population.  According to a Vitamin D expert, estimates are that vitamin D deficiency is the most common condition in the world.  Most people are not getting enough healthy sun exposure.  Vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased risk of every form of cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis.
Further…..melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer that has always been associated with too much sun exposure.  However, many recent studies have shown that people wearing sunscreen had a higher chance of getting melanoma.  Is that not crazy!
This article goes on to say that the International Agency for Research on Cancer suggests clothing and shade as the primary protection from UV rays.  They have written that sunscreen should not be the first choice for skin cancer prevention and should not be used as the sole agent for protection against the sun.
Why do we listen to advertising?  We need to do our research and figure things out for ourselves.  Unfortunately most of us take advertising as gospel.  I’ve always said…just because something is sold on the grocery store or pharmacy shelf does not mean it is safe.
Here is a great little article from Natural News regarding sunscreen.  Is it good or bad?  You read this and decide for yourself.

Monday, June 09, 2014 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: sunscreen, sun exposure, Huffington Post
(NaturalNews) With summer now in full swing, the corporate media is busy working itself into a frenzy over sunscreen, urging the public to slather their bodies with the stuff to avoid getting skin cancer. But as many of our readers already well know, most conventional sunscreen products are loaded with chemicals that actually cause cancer rather than prevent it — and much to our disappointment, even the alternative media site Huffington Post is embracing the lie.A recent piece by HuffPost writer Dana Oliver states plainly that people should wear sunscreen every day to protect their bodies against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, the ones responsible for producing vitamin D in the body. Oliver’s report cites the recommendations of Dr. Dina Strachan, a cosmetic dermatologist who recently spoke at a sunscreen industry event hosted by Hawaiian Tropic, a major manufacturer of sunscreen. Not surprisingly, Dr. Strachan is an outspoken advocate of sunscreen.Similar to how drug companies pay off doctors with lavish vacations to push drugs at “medical” conferences, Dr. Strachan was recently hosted by a sunscreen company to advocate for sunscreen use. In other words, Dr. Strachan was paid to push sunscreen, something that should have been obvious to Oliver when writing her own piece in favor of sunscreen. But rather than seek out the facts, Oliver instead decided to push the sunscreen industry’s agenda, putting millions of children at risk.

Retinyl palmitate, the deadly vitamin A derivative that causes skin cancer

Parroting the talking points of TIME and other mainstream rags, Dr. Strachan’s advice concerning sunscreen use is predicated on the idea that, apart from sunscreen, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays will damage your skin. Dr. Elizabeth Hale, M.D., a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center recently told TIME that up to 90 percent of skin cancers are associated with UV exposure.

But what Dr. Hale, Dr. Strachan, and many others fail to recognize — or possibly just refuse to admit publicly — is that sunscreen is the reason why UV rays become harmful. Many sunscreen products contain a photocarcinogenic ingredient known as retinyl palmitate, a derivative of vitamin A, that actually triggers the development of skin tumors.

As reported by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a consumer advocacy group, numerous studies have confirmed the photocarcinogenic effects of retinyl palmitate. A panel of independent scientists convened by the National Toxicology Program, in fact, determined back in 2011 that retinyl palmitate “enhance[s] the photocarcinogenic activity” of sunlight, meaning it turns otherwise beneficial ultraviolet radiation into a silent killer.

FDA has never studied, reviewed safety of retinyl palmitate and many other sunscreen ingredients

Adding insult to injury, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never conducted any safety testing on retinyl palmitate or any of the other chemicals commonly used in sunscreen. These chemicals have repeatedly been shown in independent tests to cause irritation, damage, and possibly even cancer in the skin, and yet they are still allowed to be used in products primarily used on small children.

“Scientists at the National Center for Toxicology Research have published more than a dozen studies showing that vitamin A derivatives react with UV light to form harmful free radicals that are toxic to the skin or that break down to harmful chemical byproducts,” explains EWG in a report. “Light-induced breakdown products of vitamin A damage skin lipids and DNA strands, eventually creating skin lesions and potentially contributing to tumor formation.”

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