With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about protecting your skin and getting some sunshine into your lives. For most people, this means covering themselves in sunscreen. Whilst now we are even encouraged to apply it more liberally and everyday. So why is it that skin cancer is on the increase, not the decline?
The message is very blurred. With the FDA, on one hand endorsing sunscreen, whilst on the other hand saying more studies must to be done on it’s effects.
Remember, Johnson & Johnson, for example, with mounting cases against the talcum powder giant that claim “talc” contributed to women developing ovarian cancer, with $4.7bn the largest payout so far.
As many of you probably already know, humans require sunlight exposure for vitamin D. Sunburns are indeed a concern, and there are many studies that link sunburns to melanoma, but due to a wide range of factors, such as cultural changes and marketing campaigns, our skin has become less resistant to sun exposure.
For the sake of you and your family, let’s be aware of what sunscreen actually is, how it is absorbed and the potential harm it can cause in the long term. Please read and stay informed on the dangers that lurk within the bottle.
OK so let’s look at some facts:
Sun damage to the skin is bad, over exposure from the sun causes damage and leaves it burning, killing the skin cells, much like when you burn your skin on a hot object for example it needs treating and repairing.
Skin can wrinkle and age from the dehydrating effects of ultraviolet, if the skin is left untreated and not rehydrated with Vitamins and oils. (See more on the natural treatments below).
Sunstroke, is also a very dangerous thing, as it can lead to high temperatures and seizures. So yes of course there are entirely legitimate concerns from an over exposure to the sun for anyone. We do not dispute these points.
But, does the sun really cause cancer?
Go to regions of Africa, or parts of the developing world where the sun is hottest (as I have) and you will not see many skin cancer cases at all. It is simply nowhere near as prevalent in the developing world as it is in the so called “developed world”.
Of course sun damage exists. That is true. But it does not create cancer, that is a leap too far. They are in fact two very separate issues.
There is so much research out there to show that the Sun is the innocent party here.
With over 34,000 studies that have debunked the popular myth that the sun causes cancer
The Sun is rich in the essential hormone vitamin D, it offers a number of other health benefits, including, ironically enough, cancer prevention. We’ve been made to fear the sun, and, as a result, adults and children are choosing to drench themselves in a bath of toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals and hide from its many benefits.
Vitamin D is essential for your health
Vitamin D, is different from other vitamins in that it influences your entire body. And, while scientists refer to vitamin D as a vitamin, it is actually a steroid hormone obtained from sun exposure, food sources and supplementation.
Vitamin D receptors have been found in almost every type of human cell, from your brain to your bones and it is the backbone to your entire immune system. Vitamin D is your ammunition against disease, provided to you, for free, by the sun.
A lack of vitamin D can raise your risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases, like Breast and prostate cancer
According to this article in WebMD: “If you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a strict vegan diet, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods — including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks — and in fortified dairy and grain products.”
Vitamin D for bones
The article goes on to say: “Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. But increasingly, research is revealing the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems.”
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Spend time in the sun to prevent skin cancer
The most important thing you can do to prevent skin cancer is to actually spend more time overall in the sun, short frequent exposure is best and ideally daily, to maintain an optimal vitamin D level.
A primary risk factor for skin cancer is intermittent overexposure, not sensible exposure. Appropriate sun exposure means, first and foremost, avoiding sunburn. As long as you avoid sunburn you are getting the benefits of sun exposure.
We should all be very grateful for the sun. It’s done a good job so far and for many millions of years before that, yet, we have somehow decided the sun is the bad guy in all of this.
Your skin adapts to sun exposure
If you spend a large portion of your time in the sun, your skin adapts to build a natural immunity. We are naturally built to receive sunlight, and we have gone backwards in this regard. There are alternative ways to protect yourself from sunburns. You can buy natural sunscreens without harmful chemicals.
Only 10% of all cancer cases are attributed to all forms of radiation, and UV is a very small part of that. When we think of skin cancer we automatically want to blame the sun, but what about other causes of skin cancer that are out there?
The ingredients of Sunscreen
So why is Sunscreen, really a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A poison chalice. In reality, sunscreen should come with toxic warnings on the label and be sold as a dangerous substance. But there is a lot of money at stake here.
But lets stop to consider, if you are warned to not drink sunscreen, then why is it safe to lather it all over your skin? Your skin is actually your largest organ and therefore any topical application means you may as well be swallowing it.
Sunscreen is in fact a very toxic cream that contains carcinogenic and hormone altering chemicals that can act like estragon in the body.
According to a new study by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, ironically of course, an arm of the FDA, it took just one day of use for several common sunscreen ingredients to enter the bloodstream at levels high enough to trigger a government safety investigation.
Sunscreen is under the spotlight
The study also found that the blood concentration of three of the ingredients continued to rise as daily use continued and remained in the body for at least 24 hours after use ended.
The chemicals studied were avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule, and octocrylene. The FDA has decided they need to be researched more before they can be considered GRAS/E (generally regarded as safe and effective). The study was published Monday in the medical journal JAMA.
So why, we ask, are these products pushed as being a vital defence against a natural process?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined and the World Cancer Research Fund says that melanoma ranks as the 19th most common cancer in both men and women, the world over.
“The new FDA study enrolled 24 healthy volunteers who were randomly assigned to a spray or lotion sunscreen that contained avobenzone, oxybenzone or octocrylene as ingredients or a crème sunscreen that contained the chemical ecamsule.
The volunteers were asked to put their assigned sunscreen on 75% of their bodies four times each day for four days. Thirty blood samples were taken from each volunteer over seven days.
Of the six people using the ecamsule cream, five had levels of the chemical in their blood considered statistically significant by the end of day one. For the other three chemicals, especially oxybenzone, all of the volunteers showed significant levels after the first day.”
So let’s look a bit closer at the toxins specifically:
This could in fact be the most troublesome ingredient found in the majority of popular sunscreens. Used because it effectively absorbs ultraviolet light, it’s also believed to cause hormone disruption and cell damage, which could promote cancer.
A 2018 report by the EWG estimated that oxybenzone is in two-thirds of all chemically based sunscreens sold in the United States.
According to the Environmental Working Group: “Commonly used in sunscreens, the chemical oxybenzone penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It can trigger allergic reactions. Data [is] preliminary, but studies have found a link between higher concentrations of oxybenzone and health harms.
One study has linked oxybenzone to endometriosis in older women; another found that women with higher levels of oxybenzone during pregnancy had lower birth weight daughters. (source)
There are many other studies out there on this chemical. For example a study out of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Zurich determined that oxybenzone may also mimic the effects of estrogen in the body and promote the growth of cancer cells
Oxybenzone was absorbed into the body at about 50 to 100 times higher concentration than any of the other three chemicals tested.
“In 2008, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed urine samples collected by a government study and found oxybenzone in 97% of the samples. Since then, studies have shown a potential link between oxybenzone and lower testosterone levels in adolescent boys, hormone changes in men, and shorter pregnancies and disrupted birth weights in babies, but researchers caution about assuming association.
Of all of the sunscreen ingredients, oxybenzone is known to be the most common cause of contact allergies; a 10-year study found that 70% of people had a positive patch test when exposed.
A Swiss study found oxybenzone or one of four other sunscreen chemicals in 85% of breast milk samples, sparking concern that newborns could be exposed.
Prompted by multiple studies, a study out of the Queensland Cancer Fund Laboratories at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia recognized the significance of systemic absorption of sunscreens.
Researchers discovered that oxybenzone inhibited cell growth and DNA synthesis and retarded cycle progression in the first of the four phases of the cell cycle.
They determined that sunscreen also causes mitochondrial stress and changes in drug uptake in certain cell lines.
Another one to watch out for on the label is:
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A palmitate)
A study conducted by U.S. government scientists suggests that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that is found in sunscreen, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight.
Therefore, sunscreen products could actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer, because they contain vitamin A and its derivates, retinol, and retinyl palmitate.
reads an October 2000 report by the National Toxicology Program.
A study published in the Journal of Health Science by the National Institute of Health Sciences in Japan examined UV stabilizers used in food packages as plastic additives. They found that some UV stabilizers in sunscreen products have estrogenicity in an MCF-7 breast cancer cell assay as well as an immature rat uterotrophic assay.
They tested a total of 11 UV stabilizers. 20 kinds of benzophenones were tested using the same assay to demonstrate their estrogenic activity.
Also Wwtch out for the perfume element of sunscsreen, as Fragrance can also refer to a host of harmful hormone-disrupting chemicals like parabens, phthalates, and synthetic musks.
Chlorine Swimming Pools
Whilst it is also important to note that Chlorine in Swimming pools actually make matters worse.
A study in 2017 places sunscreen firmly on the list of products that can do more harm than good as Russian scientists discovered the destructive effects of chlorine in swimming pools on sunscreen.
Researchers from Lomonosov Moscow State University have discovered that the world’s most popular active sunscreen ingredient, avobenzone, breaks down into something far more sinister in chlorinated water.
Two of the chemicals it produces upon mixing with the water, phenols and acetyl benzenes, are of particular concern because of their toxicity. This reaction takes place on your wet skin when the sunscreen reacts to UV radiation and chlorinated water, and the chemicals have been linked to problems like immune system damage, infertility, and cancer.
Whilst copper salts that make the water look blue, has an even worse reaction, as the sunscreen can break down into bromoform, a substance that has been linked to nervous system disorders, liver problems, and kidney problems.
Meanwhile, Hawaii, the Pacific nation of Palau and Key West recently banned sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate because they cause coral bleaching and are dangerous to marine ecosystems.
Yet, the message from the mainstream is to use more of this toxic substance, not less?
Enforcing toxicants on our children The message coming from the Big Pharma led medical industry is really rather confused and unfounded. A screen for the truth, perhaps?
This insert in WebMD is bordering on the insane: “if you’re tempted to let your child play outdoors for even a few minutes without the proper sun protection, you’re taking an unhealthy risk… It only takes one severe sunburn to potentially double your child’s chances of getting melanoma later in life,” says Andrea Cambio, MD, FAAD, a board-certified pediatric dermatologist.
This is deeply unfounded and a good example of the overall, parrot fashion way of learning that we see so often in medicine these days, missing vital research and any personal responsibility to this statement.
But what is most alarming is that in schools across the developed world, where medical state intervention is becoming the norm, school teachers are putting it on children before they enter the school. This is a type of mass poisoning.
Even the FDA admit that the active ingredients they have approved, do actually need further testing:
“This makes it important to perform studies to determine whether, and to what extent, use of sunscreen products as directed may result in unintended, chronic, systemic exposure to sunscreen active ingredients.”
So why oh why, are these untested products also pre-approved?
Go Chemical free
When shopping for sunscreens, be sure to read the labels and avoid buying sunscreens containing the aboce toxic chemicals. They may be tough to find, but a trip to a natural health store can often do the trick. Look for sunscreens that contain zincand titanium minerals as opposed to the active ingredients listed above.
Remember, the best sun protection is shade and clothing. It is not necessary to wear sunscreen every time you are out in the sun. Sunscreen does NOT allow the body to absorb any vitamin D from sunlight. So if you plan on being outside for a short period of time, skip the sunscreen and feed your body the vitamin D that will keep it healthy.
Coconut oil which grow in the sunny climbs, have been shown to provide an SPF of about 8 when it comes to sun protection. This means that, although it’s protection isn’t very high, it can help. If you were to apply it often, it would not only offer sun protection, but it would also hydrate the skin, making it less susceptible to burning.
You may also want to try combining natural sunscreens with coconut oil for protection. To do this, at the beginning of your long day out in the sun, use natural sunscreen, and after a few hours, try applying coconut oil to supplement the natural sunscreen and hydrate the skin.
Safer sun protection
If you’re concerned about having safe sun protection, a physical sunblock like zinc oxide is a much safer bet. The Environmental Working Group has a comprehensive searchable database of sunscreens on their website. You can find out which ingredients are in many popular sunscreens and view assessments of the dangers they pose to help you find a sunscreen that won’t put your health at risk.
You might also consider foregoing sunscreen if you’ll just be outside for a short time. Spending 15 to 20 minutes’ outdoors is all it takes to help most people’s bodies produce an adequate amount of Vitamin D, which can help protect against many types of cancer.
You can also turn to your diet to help build up your body’s natural sun resistance. Eating natural antioxidants has been shown to help your skin resist sunburn, so stock up on berries and other antioxidant-rich foods.
Real Argan oil from the helpful goats in the trees in Morocco is the best oil you can get for your skin, it is high in Vitamin E, which the skin needs to repair after sun over exposure.
You must look after your skin and it will look after you.
Exfoliate your skin regularly and clear away dead skin cells to promote new cell growth.
And don’t forget to include your feet: Dead skin build up can lead to fungus and candida.
There are of course many toxic environmental factors to also consider, when you look at the increase in skin cancer across the planet. And especially in the western world. Factors, such as diet, environmental toxins and vaccinations MUST also be considered, when it comes to why there are more skin based tumors appearing.
The skin is the largest organ, it’s the most external of all organs and so can often be a sign of a deeper issue.
Monsanto who own RoundUp is facing millions of lawsuits after a jury found in favour last year, of Dewayne Lee Johnson a former school grounds keeper. Johnson’s attorneys said he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma after spraying Roundup weed killer for two and a half years.
Lesions covered as much as 80% of his body.
Now, Glyphosate is not only excuslive to Round Up, it is found everywhere, from our food supply, to our urban environment, to vaccines. It is more common to us than anyone can care to imagine. Could this not be one of the major factors of the increase of skin cancer?
Farming communities have a higher risk of skin cancer
We see examples of skin cancer all the time in the farming communities, where they spray Round Up over the surrounding fields from aeroplanes and machines, it is here we see a lot of skin cancer cases.
The workers also cover themselves from the sun and so ironically are not receiving enough Vitamin D. So their immune system is also weaker.
Skin cancer can be easily removed using black salve. Please see this article on how to make and use black salve.
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So please, enjoy the sun and the healing qualities it brings. Avoid the chemicals and stay safe and sensible, but most of all enjoy the summer.
Love and Light
Amanda Mary Jewell and The Healing Oracle team
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