Oh no the sun’s out. Grab me the SPF 75 before it’s too late!
I have to laugh when having conversations with people about sunscreen, because many times people think they “got us” when it comes to being healthy.
I don’t know why some people get so jacked up to try and find a kink in the armor, but I guess they feel better about themselves not being healthy if they can find some type of unhealthy vice that LeAnna and I are engaged in. We do have vices like most people, but we truly try to always do the right thing when it comes to our health and set the example for people who look to us for help.
This being said, tanning is always an issue that people like to throw in our face. I once had someone who was obese, smoked, ate fast food, and never exercised ask me if fast food was “really” bad for you. I explained that it was one of the worst foods that you could eat, and her response to me was, “well you guys tan.” I can’t even get a little excited to have an intelligent argument when someone is so demented to think that these vices are equal. Vitamin D is an extremely important nutrient that our bodies need, and it is produced by our skin in response to exposure of ultraviolet radiation that we can only get from natural sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many diseases including osteoporosis, prostate and breast cancer, diabetes and obesity. Quite the opposite of what many people believe, we need a certain amount of exposure to the sun to provide this vital nutrient to our cells.
As I have stated numerous times, our bodies have hundreds of chemical contaminants coursing through them due to the environment that we live in. Whether it is from the chemically laden processed foods that we eat, to the pollution filled air that we breathe, or the thousands of cosmetic products that we use on our hair and skin that don’t have to be tested for human safety, we are exposed! I firmly believe that the more cognizant we are of eliminating as many of these from our system, the better chance we have of keeping our cells in a healthy state which allows for optimum health.
LeAnna started the research on this subject years ago, and I have brought myself up to date within the last two. I found it fascinating that some countries that lie close to the equator have very low incidences of skin cancer, and they do not use sunscreen. After a little digging on the subject, I found that studies have actually been done on some common sunscreens and some of the substances found in them produced cancer when being tested on rats.
The first substance found in many sunscreens is retinyl palmitate (RP). Senator Charles Schumer, who is pushing the US Food and Drug Administration to act in the interest of consumers, says the FDA is now reviewing data from several studies on the link between this additive and skin cancer. “One study found that tumors and lesions developed up to 21% faster in lab animals coated in retinyl palmitate-laced cream than animals treated with a cream that did not contain RP,” Schumer’s office said.
Another chemical that is found in 90% of sunscreens is octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC). New Scientist magazine cites a study that was conducted by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority near Oslo where cells from mice died when being exposed to this chemical. The amount of the chemical that was administered to the mouse tissue was also a much lower concentration that is contained in the sunscreen products.
Lastly, FOX news recently reported that tests are showing that oxybenzone might also be causing health problems for people who are using sunscreens.
In 2008 the US Center for Disease Control released a new study linking this chemical to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. It also stated that oxybenzone is a penetration enhancer, a chemical which helps other chemicals penetrate the skin. It has also been found that sunlight causes oxybenzone to create free radical chemicals that are linked to a plethora of cell damaging diseases, with cancer being at the top of the list.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit consumer protection agency, has been pressuring the FDA to institute new safety standards to protect the public. The FDA though has bowed to industry lobbyists and has delayed any sunscreen safety standards for over 30 years.
It is interesting to note that the statistics show that skin cancer rates began to rise with the increased use of sunscreens.
Should you stop wearing sunscreen and just let your skin fry up like a beef jerky? Of course not! There are some products on the market that are organic and do not contain any of these harmful chemicals. LeAnna has done some research and recommends products from Alba and Aubrey Organics, but there are more out there if you want to do some investigating.
So to the people who will continue to look for things we do that will make them feel better about their unhealthy practices, keep trying!