Think being slowly poisoned to death by a hidden toxin is as bad as it gets? Think again.
When it happens as a result of you merely following mainstream medical advice, it’s even worse. Yet, it happens more than most of us realize—everything from swallowing contaminated meds to submitting to radioactive scans.
But there’s also another much more common way millions of Americans are being poisoned daily. And that’s when they slather on the sunscreen.
Yes, the same stuff that’s supposed to protect your skin and cut your cancer risk can do just the opposite. As the latest research reveals what may be the most frightening risk of all, especially for women.
A common chemical… used in the most popular sunscreens… has been linked to breast cancer.
The sunscreen link to cancer
It may seem hard to believe winter will ever end, especially if you’re in the northern half of the nation. I get it. Heck, there’s even a snow sky outside of my office window at this very moment.
But trust me, the sun IS coming back.
It rose in the arctic parts of Alaska last week for the first time in months. And sure, I don’t know what that little rodent in Punxsutawney’s gonna predict when he pops out of his burrow this year. But the days are ALREADY getting longer.
And I, for one, am more than ready for it.
I plan to get out and soak up some rays. But there’s one thing I won’t be doing, and that’s basting myself in questionable chemical goop.
Most sunscreen is bad news for dozens of reasons, but the latest research finds yet another risk. The common sunscreen ingredient benzophenone-3 (BP-3) has been linked to breast tumors.
Scientists fed mice three different diets – low-fat, high-fat, and high-fat during puberty but low-fat after. Then half of the mice were dosed with BP-3.
The diet only appeared to matter a little; it was linked to tumor type and tumor aggressiveness at times. But in the end, the BP-3 raised the risk of tumors across the board.
How to get SAFER protection from the sun
Now sometimes, studies like this might be concerning but not TOO alarming because the researchers use super-high levels of a substance. Since we don’t get exposed to those high levels out in the real world, there’s no reason to panic.
But that’s NOT the case here.
Previous research showed that just one layer of sunscreen could send your BP-3 levels soaring beyond the supposed “safe zone.” And sure enough, when the mice were only given levels equal to a SINGLE application of sunscreen, the tumor connection was revealed.
Obviously, a mouse study isn’t the same as human research. But these findings are still VERY alarming. And they become even more concerning in light of everything else we know about other common sunscreen chemicals. Earlier research has revealed some can mess with hormones and increase the risk of multiple forms of cancer.
Just take a look at this list of what’s REALLY in sunscreen… and what those ingredients could be doing to your body.
If you want safer sun protection, here’s what you do. Get out and enjoy the daylight. About 15-20 minutes of direct sun is healthy for most people, but if your skin is pale or more sensitive, that window may be shorter. After that, cover up or seek shade.
If you plan to spend more time in the sun, then look into safer mineral-based sunscreens with an SPF of 20-30. They typically need to be reapplied more often but are a heck of a lot safer.
And, of course, if you’re taking a medication that makes you more sun-sensitive, be sure to check in with your doctor for his advice first.