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I have thought for many years that sunscreen is toxic to human health and have recently read a science article which confirms my view:

The Chemical Sunscreen Health Disaster - http://www.skinbiology.com/toxicsunscreens.html

Sunscreen is not natural - we have not evolved to deal with its molecules (and we evolved to get energy from the sun to build our bodies).

This applies to most modern synthetic chemicals. There are about 80,000, you live amongst about 30,000 in the average city I think (e.g. Montreal) and long term studies of health effects are miniscule. But business loves it - if you get sick they make more money treating the 'illness' with their drugs, that will cause more problems that require more drugs. It is not a conspiracy theory - it is logical evolution of a market economic controlled society and health system - it seeks short term profit and overconsumption.

I think the way the human body works is that it continually re-builds itself from original source code (stem cells), combined with an immune system that recognizes errors in this code and kills the cells. Thus cancer may have more to do with the incorrect functioning of the immune system (due to lack of nutrients / agricultural food, corruption of immune system due to toxic chemicals in body, and lack of sunshine).

For good health you need;
1. Clean air, water and food (organic)
2. Sunshine (30 minutes daily is a guestimate)
3. Exercise (of both mind and body)
4. Exposure to life that we evolved with. e.g. the beneficial bacteria in our gut (and the human body has more non-human cells than human cells in it).
5. For children you need to add breast feeding till age 3, sleeping with parents / mother (matter is a structure of the universe - with subtle connections!)

Most people fail on all of these things!

The solution is moderation. Daily exposure to sun is necessary for good health. This is just one of many examples of how we can be sensibly guided by these principles of evolution and ecology (holistic healing if you prefer).

Below are a few quotes from 'The Chemical Sunscreen Health Disaster':

"For decades, irresponsible cosmetic companies and a small group of very vocal, publicity-seeking dermatologists have strongly advocated that chemical sunscreens should be heavily applied before any exposure to sunlight, even on young children. They insisted that such sunscreen use would prevent skin cancer and protect your health. This was despite of a lack of any adequate safety testing of these chemicals. (It should be emphasized that most dermatologists are much more cautious and careful.)

On the other hand, over the past decade, many scientists studying cancer have come to virtually the opposite conclusion; that is, the use of sunscreen chemicals may be increasing the incidence of cancer and that sunlight exposure may actually decrease human cancer rates and improve your health.

It now appears that many heavily-used chemical sunscreens may actually increase cancers by virtue of their free radical generating properties. And more insidiously, many commonly used sunscreen chemicals have strong estrogenic actions that may cause serious problems in sexual development and adult sexual function, and may further increase cancer risks."

" The evidence indicates that chronic sun exposure may be protective for the development of melanoma because the skin has adapted to the sun, having become thicker as it has tanned. On the other hand, intermittent sun exposure appears to increase risk, making it much less protective."

But what about ozone depletion and skin cancer? Could this be the cause of the increased skin cancer rates? Professor Johan Moan of the Norwegian Cancer Institute found that the yearly incidence of melanoma in Norway had increased by 350% for men and by 440% for women during the period 1957 to 1984. He also determined that there had been no change in the ozone layer over this period of time. He concludes his report in the British Journal of Cancer by stating "Ozone depletion is not the cause of the increase in skin cancers".


PBSA - Sunscreen Ingredient Damages DNA

A study conducted by scientists in Northern Ireland has raised questions about an ingredient found in some sunscreens. PBSA (2-phenylbenzimidazole-5-sulfonic acid) can damage DNA in a test tube when exposed to sunlight. If PBSA also causes DNA damage to intact human skin, researchers theorize it could increase a person's chance of developing skin cancer.

The best ways to avoid skin cancer are to avoid strong sunlight, especially during the middle of the day and to cover up with clothing and wide-brimmed hats. Sunscreen should not be used as the main strategy for skin protection.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hgYaVgrht7UzLlQRoVf4Y--q_oKQ


Sun Screen Lotion Threatens Coral

Sun screen lotions used by beach-going tourists worldwide are a major cause of coral bleaching, according to a 2008 study commissioned by the European Commission.

In experiments, the cream-based ultra-violet (UV) filters -- used to protect skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure -- caused bleaching of coral reefs even in small quantities, the study found.

Chemical compounds in sunscreen and other personal skin care products have been detected near both sea and freshwater tourist areas. Previous research has shown that these chemicals can accumulate in aquatic animals, and biodegrade into toxic by-products.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hgYaVgrht7UzLlQRoVf4Y--q_oKQ



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