The Truth About Sunscreens & Vitamin D

On Vitamin D:

To stay healthy we ALL need sunshine. However, to get adequate Vitamin D from the sun we would need to be in the sun every day for 40 minutes with 40% of our body exposed. As we age our skin doesn’t convert the UV rays to Vitamin D very effectively.

Research from Johns Hopkins University conducted in April of 2008 showed that a lack of the so-called “sunshine vitamin” may increase the risk of early death by more than 25 percent! There is recent and mounting evidence that links low levels of vitamin D to an increased risk of type 1 diabetes, muscle and bone pain, as well as cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, ovaries, esophagus and lymphatic system.

Proper vitamin D supplementation gives one a much better chance of preventing many major illnesses such as hypertension, arthritis, chronic pain, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, premenstrual syndrome, muscular weakness, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease and autoimmune illness, as well as cancer. If you want to lower your blood pressure, vitamin D may be just what the doctor ordered. If you’re trying to reduce your risk of diabetes or lower your chances of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis, then vitamin D should be at the front of the line in your daily supplement regimen.

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) research shows that 84 percent of 910 name-brand sunscreen products offer inadequate protection from the sun. Only 17 percent of sunscreens are both safe and effective; blocking UVA and UVB rays, remaining stable in sunlight, and having few, if any, health hazards. The sales of sunscreen continue to rise dramatically each year. Unfortunately, skin cancer rates also have increased 3 percent a year since 1981. Melanoma increased 6 percent per year, changing from a lifetime risk of 1 in 250 people in 1981 to 1 in 84 in 2007.

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On Sunscreens:

According to a study, March 25, 2008, from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the bodies of nearly all Americans are contaminated with a sunscreen chemical that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage.

Sunscreen products often contain more than one active toxic chemical. Here are a few.

• Benzophenones (dixoybenzone, oxybenzone)
• PABA and PABA esters (ethyl dihydroxy propyl PAB, glyceryl PABA,
• Salicylates (ethylhexyl salicylate, homosalate, octyl salicylate)
• Propylene Glycol: Called a humectant in cosmetics, is industrial antifreeze, and the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid. Material Data Sheets on Propylene Glycol warn to avoid skin contact as it is systemic and can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. If anti freeze is spilled on your garage floor and a dog or cat drinks one lick, it will kill them.

How about sunblock??? These are some tips:

Look For:
Active ingredients – zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, Mexoryl SX, or avobenzone (3%)
Water-resistant for the beach or pool
Vitamin A – (retinyl palmitate) causes skin cancer in laboratory tests.
Oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor and skin allergen
High SPF misleads consumers and offers little benefit.

Remember that sunburns can lead to an increase in skin cancer. The key is avoiding sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., wearing sunglasses, and using a hat in addition to adequate clothing for protection.

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