Do You Need Sunscreen?

Spring is just around the corner and summer is going to be here sooner that we think. Are you planning on being outside in the sun at all. If so, the sunscreen corporations are insisting that you make sure that you have plenty of sunscreen on or you are going to get cancer. The truth is that the sun actually protects you from cancer, if you get enough of it.

The Sun Gives Us Vitamin D

The sun actually protects us from cancer by making vitamin D from its ultraviolet type B rays. Yet, this is what sunscreen is protecting us from. By using sunscreen, we are actually keeping the sun from doing the job that it is intended for it to do. UVB rays from the sun produce a vitamin D that keeps us from getting not just skin cancer, but more than a dozen others.

UVB Rays Protect Us From Cancer

• 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?

The Chemicals in Sunscreen

Another reason that sunscreen is bad for us is that most of them are full of chemicals that are harmful to us. One of the main chemicals used in sunscreens to filter out UVB rays is octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC). OMC can be found in 90 percent of sunscreens on the market and studies have found that it can kill mouse cells, even at extremely low doses. OTC attacks the cells in our body and causes premature aging. They also cause hormonal imbalances, cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. Dr. Al Sears created a chart that lists chemicals that are found in sunscreens and the health risks that they cause. Take a look his chart that follows.

Parabens 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
Acrylamide Breast cancer
Toluene (may be listed as benzoic, benzyl, or butylated hydroxtoluene) Anemia, low blood cell count, liver and kidney damage, birth defects
Propylene glycol Dermatitis, kidney and liver abnormalities, prevents skin growth, causes irritation
PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohol Potent carcinogens containing dioxane


We Were Made To Live In The Sun

For thousands of years, people lived outdoors under the sun, yet cancer was just a minor condition that just a few people got. It is only in our modern time that cancer had become a major problem for us. And why? We now spend most of our time indoors, out of the sun. Thus, when we do go out into the sun, our skin has not produced enough melanin to protect you from sun exposure. So, for the best health, be outdoors, under the sun, as much as possible. However, don’t overdo it at first. Remember, your skin has to build up melanin to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. Don’t be out so long that you get a sun burn. But be out every day so that the suns UVB rays can build up melanin in your skin cells. Then you will be protected from cancer and other diseases. Enjoy the sun. God has given it to us for our health. S

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