The Case of the Sun Screen Killer
Some years back, about forty or so, the medicos labeled the sun as an enemy agent. We all needed to slather on sun screen all day, every day, or risk dying of melanoma in slightly more than a trice.
If, like me, you’ve lost a loved one to melanoma, you reacted quickly and positively, making sun screen a regular part of your daily routine.
And melanoma rates skyrocketed.
Use of Sun Screen
Turns out what sun screen prevents is our ability to absorb our needed daily dose of Vitamin D that’s so amply provided by the sun. And our government in action set the RDA for Vitamin D in nutritional supplements so ridiculously low that we don’t get enough Vitamin D there, either.
And the really tragic news? Vitamin D prevents melanoma. It also keeps cancer and a long list of other diseases from our door.
And we’re all deficient in Vitamin D!
Have you heard an “oops” yet? Me either.
But wait, there’s more bad news. Now it turns out a common sun screen ingredient, oxybenzone, which absorbs through our skin remarkably well, disrupts our endocrine system-putting us in line for an additional gaggle of maladies.
Plus it causes allergic reactions in many, especially, it seems, children.
And it loads us up with free radicals, the better to rust out our bodies.
The FDA, which, of course, rubber-stamped oxybenzone into our lives, announced their intention to regulate sun screen ingredients. In 1978. No word yet on when they think they can work sun screen oversight into their schedule.
Gloryosky be! As if we needed more evidence to prove, for sure and for certain, that we’re on our own out here.
So here’s a suggestion for your consideration: Plan to spend about fifteen minutes a day in the sun without sun screen. For lengthier outdoor stays, in the summer at least, lest you end up looking like a prune, use sun screen from a quality health food store.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.