In 2014, The Independent (UK) featured a groundbreaking study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The study found that women who avoid sunbathing in the summer months double their likelihood of dying as opposed to those who sunbathed every day!
The epidemiological study followed 30,000 women for over 20 years. It showed mortality increased by double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.
Researchers concluded that the conventional view, which tells people to avoid the sun at all costs and slop on copious amounts of sunscreen to reduce sun exposure, is doing more damage than good.
Why does less sun exposure and sunscreen increase mortality?
Because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen blocks the body’s natural ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which are the best and most reliable form of vitamin D.
In the USA, vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic levels. What’s more, vitamin D deficiency could lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. Another ground-breaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offer a shield against skin cancer and sunburn.
Also, vitamin D protects the body from diseases like multiple sclerosis, rickets (in the young), tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome.
Furthermore, the Vitamin D Council, a group of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, reported that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.”
A dissident dermatologist.
Bernard Ackerman, MD, (deceased 2008) was one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of skin cancer and the sun, sunscreens and melanoma skin cancer risks.
Below are Ackerman’s views excerpted from an article in The New York Times (July 20, 2004), titled “I BEG TO DIFFER; A Dermatologist Who’s Not Afraid to Sit on the Beach.”
In truth, the link between skin cancer (such as melanoma) and sun exposure remains unproven. No conclusive evidence exists that sunburns lead to cancer. And there’s no real proof that sunscreens and other lotions shield against melanoma. On the contrary, it may even have the complete opposite effects since manufacturers load sunscreens with toxic chemicals which absorb into the skin.
Beyond that, a 2000 Swedish study found that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those who used sunscreen compared to those who did not.
Likewise, Elizabeth Plourde, Ph.D., a California-based scientist who authored the book Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste, explored the serious, life-threatening dangers of sunscreens both people and the environment.
Dr. Plourde proved that malignant melanoma and other skin cancers increased with sunscreen use over a 30-year period. She maintains that many sunscreens carry chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).
Environmentally, she notes: “In areas where there have been much exposure to ED [endocrine disrupting] chemicals, coral and other sea populations have died off, and the prevalence of dual-sexed fish has risen.”
What’s more, Dr. Plourde’s research on mice and sunscreen exposure showed increases in both baby and maternal deaths as well as reproductive issues in future generations. Tgoes on to explain how sunscreen chemicals pollute water sources including oceans, rivers and municipal drinking water. And here tests revealed that at least 97% of Americans have sunscreen chemicals in their blood.
Dr. Plourde’s book includes a chapter on vitamin D3 and its contribution to our health and wellbeing. She explains that the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency relates to people’s fear of sun exposure and overuse of sunscreen.
There is no proven connection between sun exposure and skin cancer. In fact, this false dogma has caused a vitamin D deficiency that disrupts productivity across the globe, since low levels of vitamin D can cause many diseases including depression. To top it off sunscreens contain significant amounts of nasty, toxic chemicals that absorbed directly into your skin. When I was a child, our teacher’s taught us to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and avoid sun exposure. Thanks but I’ll take my vitamin D over that awful advice any day.