You can almost feel the relief in the air. We’re finally approaching a summer we can enjoy. Last year’s pandemic nightmare is nearly behind us.
But the mainstream media and so-called medical experts aren’t celebrating. No, instead of encouraging everyone to get out and soak up some sun, they’ve decided to return to their same old pre-pandemic tricks.
The NAGS are already out in force, wagging their fingers and spouting the dangers of sun exposure. They seem determined to spoil the fun and ruin THIS summer, too. Worst of all, they’re trying to deprive us of one of the most important health benefits of summer.
Yes, my friend, they’re already issuing their apocalyptic warnings about the sun before the season has even officially started. They insist you have to coat your skin from head to toe with a creepy chemical-filled goo before you step one foot out your front door.
Let’s face it, you don’t need to be an “expert” to think that something seems a little suspect here. After all, covering the largest and most sensitive organ in the body with a thick layer of dangerous chemicals every time you leave the house just SOUNDS wrong.
So today, I’m going to share the truth about the sun, skin cancer, and sunscreens with you. Plus, I’ll explain exactly what you need to know to have the safest fun in the sun while still reaping those sunshine benefits.
The sunscreen LIE putting you in danger
First, let me shine a little light on skin cancer. The link between sun exposure and this disease is not nearly as clear as the mainstream pretends.
There are other factors at work. For example, one study found that 10 percent of all skin cancers are caused by hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic drug taken for blood pressure. And at least 10 percent of melanomas are likely linked to genetics.
Meanwhile, the very same sunscreen chemicals that are supposed to “protect” you from the sun have never been fully tested in humans. Why is that, you ask?
Well, in part, it’s because there’s been a dangerous assumption that they stay on the skin and don’t enter the body. So there’s no need.
Except that’s simply NOT true. And there’s research to prove it. This past year a bombshell study exposed that tall tale for the toxic lie that it is.
Researchers found that six major chemicals used in common sunscreens quickly penetrate the skin. And they enter the body at levels well above the FDA’s supposed “safe” threshold.
The threshold is set at 0.5 ng/mL. One sunscreen chemical, oxybenzone, linked to cell mutation and cellular death, jumped to 258.1 ng/mL when lotion was applied. That’s 500 times the supposed safe limit.
And that’s not the first time we’ve seen issues with sunscreen chemicals.
A few years ago, the industry had to rush to remove a common sunscreen ingredient when studies found it can actually SPEED the growth of skin cancers. Some may even still have it; avoid anything with a form of vitamin A called retinyl palmitate.
Shining a light on sunlight BENEFITS
But here’s the thing. Even IF these sticky goos weren’t filled with questionable chemicals, there would STILL be a problem.
When you slather every inch of your exposed skin in sunscreen whenever you leave the house, they deprive you of the health BENEFITS of sunlight.
You see sunshine…
- stimulates the production of essential vitamin D
- triggers nitric oxide to help open up blood vessels and lower BP
- activates circadian rhythms in skin cells protecting against melanoma
- penetrates fat cells, shrinking them, so you stay trim
Now, I’m not suggesting you go outside and let yourself shrivel up like a piece of burned bacon, of course. Repeated sunburns (mostly in childhood) could raise melanoma risk. And too much sun can certainly contribute to carcinoma, another form of skin cancer.
Carcinoma is typically not as dangerous as melanoma, which is often caused by genetic and other factors. But carcinoma should still be taken very seriously. And steps should be taken to avoid raising your risk for this type of skin cancer.
But clearly, completely denying ourselves exposure to sunlight ISN’T the answer. So here’s what I suggest…
Get out and soak up some rays for about 15-20 minutes a day, depending on your complexion. Be sure to get inside or seek shade BEFORE you turn pink if you’re light-skinned.
And if you’re going to be out under the sun for longer periods, look for a far safer mineral-based sunscreen instead of that chemical junk. You can find some of the safest of the bunch by searching the Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen database.