Suncreen: To Slather or Not to Slather?

The middle of the summer seems like a logical time to talk about the dangers of sunscreen lotions. The editor of, Mike Adams, writes: “Sunscreen products do not block ultraviolet radiation very well unless you apply multiple coats, but there has been a flurry of research lately on the harm caused by sunscreen chemicals. These chemicals actually promote skin cancer. This product is causing the very condition from which it claims to protect people.”

Jini, blogging on Integrated Parenting, says, “There is also significant data from numerous countries showing that skin cancer rates have increased significantly as sunscreen use has become more widespread. Again, this is likely due to:

From ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2009) — “Seven out of ten U.S. children have low levels of vitamin D, raising their risk of bone and heart disease, according to a study of over 6,000 children by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.” Our kids are apparently spending far more time on the couch with their electronic gadgets than in creative play outside.

Add cancer to the low-vitamin D risk list. Dr. William Douglas in his April 5 Daily Dose eLetter ( writes: “If the sun was REALLY causing skin cancer, and if sunscreen prevented it, we’d be cancer-free by now. We’re already spending less time outside than ever, and wasting billions of dollars a year on needless, dangerous creams and lotions. …just a couple of generations ago, we spent far more time out in the sun and ZILCH on sunscreen—and skin cancer was practically unheard of.

“One study last year spelled out what I’ve been saying all along: People with the highest levels of vitamin D have the lowest risk of skin cancer. Sure, you can get some of that from a pill… but historically, most people have gotten their D straight from the source: the sun.

“Sunscreen not only blocks the sun and stops the body from making vitamin D… but common ingredients in that gooey garbage have actually been linked to cancer, along with birth defects and sex problems.”

Next time, sunscreen alternatives. Becky


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