What if I told you skin cancer, especially the dreaded potentially lethal melanoma, from sunshine is bogus? It works to sell sunscreens that are mostly carcinogenic. And it gives dermatologists more authority. Without sun, there would be no biological life. Yet so many fear it.
Not too long ago, out of morbid curiosity, I read about a woman who was treated for melanoma in one of her feet. She concluded retelling her ordeal by explaining the importance of avoiding the sun as much as possible with floppy hats and so forth.
But her melanoma originated in the bottom of one of her feet. And she was a totally urban New Yorker. She produced or co-produced plays in Manhattan. Was she doing Hatha Yoga headstands on her apartment building rooftop to expose the bottoms her feet to the sun at high noon?
The fact is that melanoma and other skin cancers less lethal are often diagnosed in areas least exposed to sunshine. Perhaps there’s something off with the paranoia of sun exposure to skin.
According to a June 2014 article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.
The epidemiological study followed 30,000 women for over 20 years and “showed that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.”
Researchers concluded that the conventional dogma, which advises avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize sun exposure, is doing more harm than actual good. (Source)
That’s because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreens, which are mostly carcinogenic, effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce the extremely vital to overall health vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB (ultra violet B) rays.
In the USA, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Ironically, vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. A ground-breaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offers protection against sunburn and skin cancer.
Additionally, vitamin D protects the body from diseases like multiple sclerosis, rickets (in the young), tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome.
According to the Vitamin D Council, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently reported that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.”
Dissident Dermatologist Disagrees with Conventional Sun Exposure Concerns
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 is Ackerman’s view 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” and who had just returned from Israel with a well baked tan:
The link between melanoma and sun exposure [dermatology’s dogma] is unproven.There’s no conclusive evidence that sunburns lead to cancer. There is no real proof that sunscreens protect against melanoma. There’s no proof that increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of melanoma. (Source)
A 2000 Swedish study concluded that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those who used sunscreen versus those who did not. Take that sunscreen promoters! (Study abstract)
Another study revealed that the majority IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) sufferers were vitamin D3 deficient. (Source)
Sunscreens as Cancer-Causing Environmental Biohazards
Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, is a California-based scientist who authored the book Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste, which extensively documents the serious life-threatening dangers of sunscreens not only to people but to the environment as well.
Dr. Plourde provides proof that malignant melanoma and all other skin cancers increased significantly with ubiquitous sunscreen use over a 30-year period.
She emphasizes that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).
Environmentally, she notes:
In areas where there has 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. (Source)
Dr. Plourde’s research on mice and sunscreen exposure also showed increases in both pup and maternal mortality as well as reproductive issues in subsequent generations.
Additionally, the book documents how sunscreen chemicals have polluted our water sources including oceans, rivers and municipal drinking water. Worse yet, testing revealed that possibly up to 97% of Americans have sunscreen chemicals in their blood!
Dr. Plourde’s book also has a chapter on the importance of vitamin D3 to health, and she posits that the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to overuse of sunscreen combined with sun avoidance in general.
On a Personal Note
I grew up in South Florida, USA. As kids we ran around outdoors a lot in shorts without shirts. We spent days on the beach often. We would go boating with adult relatives occasionally, and water has a way of enhancing the sun’s rays by reflecting it from below as it shines from above.
I could get a tan through my shirt spending a day on the water on the usual bright sunny days. There were occasional sunburns, but there was no such thing as skin cancer in our social milieu at the time, 1950 – 1970.
Sunscreen? Hated it. Never used it. Hardly anyone I knew did. Of course, that’s anecdotal. So it doesn’t count (sarcasm).
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