Blockers only filter one form of solar radiation, leaving us far more exposed to other forms. They encourage longer exposure, even beyond claims on bottles. "SPF" was long ago understood to mean little to nothing (certainly SPF 100 is not 100 percent protection).
But nanoparticles (like titanium dioxide and "natural" sounding minerals) and "New FDA research data reveal that a type of Vitamin A (found on the label as "retinyl palmitate" or "retinol"), which is in 41% of sunscreens, may actually increase the growth of cancerous skin tumors and lesions."
Loss of Vitamin D is also a serious consequence of the "solarphobia" used to promote sales and use (consumer consumption) of these toxic products. The skin can absorb chemicals better than the lining of the gut. So as hard as it is to believe, here is a general rule to live by: "If it's not safe to eat, it's not safe to apply to skin." The same goes for the scalp, which is skin that we often overload with super toxic chemical agents hidden in hair products.
Here's another counterintuitive message: The Sun is good. The Sun alone does not cause sunburn. Sunburn is the result of acidic body chemistry exposed to sunlight. An alkalizing diet and avoiding excessive exposure is the solution even as we lose our protective ozone layer due to environmental degradation thanks to the petrochemical industry, which also sells the major ingredients to sunscreen makers.
Fighting Skin Cancer With Food
(CBS 4, Miami, June 22, 2011)
- CDC: Americans carry body burden of toxic sunscreen
- SAFECAST.org: world radioactivity readings
- Using aborted fetal cell lines to test food flavor enhancers (biotech monsters Senomyx)
- Will warmer seas be smellier?
- Toxic estrogenic chemical sunscreen ingredients
- Free Radicals, Gender-Bending Estrogenic Chemicals
For decades, cosmetic companies and a small group of very vocal, publicity-seeking dermatologists have strongly advocated heavy use of chemical sunscreens applied before any exposure to sunlight, even on young children. This prevents skin cancer and protect health? A lack of safety testing of these chemicals means they were doing more harm than good. (Now most dermatologists are being more careful.)