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Sunscreen Health Issues and Solutions
« on: May 11, 2019, 11:07:58 PM »
I got this wrapped up in a nutshell by "The Truth About Cancer." It contains info about sunscreen use and also a recipe for an organic sunscreen, perhaps usable by certain ghostly white Brits heading to Croatia for a sunny vacation and beach trip.

Is Sunscreen Causing More Harm than Good? Latest Study Finds Chemicals in Bloodstream

By Ty Bollinger
May 10, 2019
The skin is the largest organ in your body. But when you lather up with sunscreen, the chemicals are actually being absorbed into your bloodstream.

According to a new pilot study conducted by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, chemicals from sunscreen enter the bloodstream in substantial amounts after just one day of use. The study, which has just been published, evaluated the blood of 24 test subjects, each of whom used sunscreen on 75% of their bodies.

They then evaluated four chemicals commonly found in sunscreen products:

    Avobenzone
    Oxybenzone
    Ecamsule
    Octocrylene

After just one day of use, the researchers found that the levels of these chemicals in the blood was higher than the FDA safety threshold. Patients using sprays, creams, and lotions all demonstrated the same results.

Because the blood levels exceed the FDA threshold, these products will need to undergo vigorous safety testing. And although consumers have been using these products for decades, proper safety studies are virtually non-existent.
Is Sun Exposure the Real Cause of Skin Cancer?

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and the timing of this information is fortuitous. Those who have been following our work are already equipped with knowledge about the harm that traditional sunblock can cause, but for those of you who are unfamiliar, let’s recap.

You’ve probably heard a million times that the sun causes cancer, and that it’s important to lather up before you go outside. But not only does sunscreen introduce harmful chemicals into your bloodstream, it also blocks the production of vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for maintaining good health, and the sun is one of the few natural ways to get it.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with nearly five million people treated annually. Below are the 3 most common types of skin cancer.
3 Most Common Types of Skin Cancer

#1. Basal cell carcinomas comprise 80% of all skin cancers. Basal cancers used to show up only in middle-aged groups but are increasingly present in younger people. These cancers grow slowly and rarely spread to other parts of the body.

#2. Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely to grow into deeper layers of the skin and spread to other parts of the body, although this is still rare. Interestingly, squamous cell cancers exist more frequently in darker skinned individuals in areas hidden from the sun, such as on the bottoms of their feet or palms of their hands.

#3. Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of all cases of skin cancer but is more likely to grow and spread if left untreated, making it more deadly. According to skincancer.org, getting more than five sunburns increases your odds of getting melanoma by 80%.

One study, published in 2004, found that indoor workers are more likely to develop melanoma than outdoor workers. The author concluded that “chronic sunlight exposure can have a protective effect” against skin cancer. In fact, a 2014 article published in the Journal of Internal Medicine found that avoiding sun exposure is a risk factor for all-cause mortality.

Another study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that exposure to sunlight – and the subsequent vitamin D synthesis – may actually help to prevent certain cancers. According to the study:

    …sunlight may reduce the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and may be associated with increased survival rates in patients with early-stage melanoma. In a large population-based case–control study of more than 3700 patients with incident lymphoma and nearly 3200 control subjects in Sweden and Denmark, Smedby et al. reported a 20% to 40% reduction in the risk of this cancer. The reduction in risk was dose-related with increasing indices of prior sun exposure.”

The authors summarized that “solar radiation may have a beneficial influence in both the incidence and outcome of cancer.” So, if vitamin D is so important, and exposure to sunlight can be healthy (in the right doses), what does sunscreen accomplish?
The Real Damage Caused by Commercial Sunscreen

Besides blocking the important synthesis of vitamin D, it may be disrupting our hormones, especially once it’s been introduced into the bloodstream. We actually published a video on this very topic years ago. Dr. Elizabeth Plourde, an expert on the dangers of commercial sunscreen use, explained the way that these harmful chemicals are absorbed through the skin and introduced into the bloodstream – and just how badly this can affect humans.

The chemicals in sunscreen can act as an estrogen, or an anti-testosterone, which can have severe effects on our health. This is especially important for women who are pregnant, because this hormone disruption can drastically and negatively impact the development of unborn children.

She explained that the skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and one of the most absorbent. Whatever we put onto our skin can end up directly in our bloodstream. In fact, Dr. Plourde says that the chemicals in sunscreen can be detected in the blood within 5 minutes of applying it and in the liver, kidney, spleen, testicles and brain within mere hours.
How to Defend Against Skin Cancer Naturally (+ How to Make Your Own Sunscreen!)

Nevertheless, too much sun exposure can lead to many forms of skin cancer, especially when it results in a burn. But there are ways to protect yourself from potentially harmful radiation naturally, without the use of harsh chemicals found in most sun care products.

#1. Limit your exposure. We should ideally be getting about 10,000 to 20,000 IU of vitamin D each day. Start out with 15-20 minutes of sunbathing at least 3 times a week for optimal vitamin D production. For those with darker skin, try 25-40 minutes.

#2. Use clothing to protect yourself. For those who will be in the sunlight for an inordinate amount of time, consider using a hat, long sleeves, and pants to protect your skin instead of sunblock.

#3. Utilize nature’s medicine chest. There are many plants and herbs provided in creation that can help improve our body’s natural defenses. Phenolic compounds like flavonols, lignins, stilbenes, and phenolic acids can help protect you against skin cancer. There are other compounds that can protect against melanoma which can be found in green tea, holy basil, cruciferous vegetables, coffee, and a host of other fruits and veggies.

If you live in an area with limited sunlight, be sure to supplement your vitamin D levels. You can use a trusted, all-natural vitamin D3 supplement or consume foods like mushrooms, wild-caught fish, and fermented dairy products to increase your levels of vitamin D.

Even non-chemical sunscreens which contain minerals may have been mixed with chemicals, and products labeled as “hypoallergenic” contain hazardous ingredients. Instead, prepare your own natural sunscreen lotion made with extracts that contain a natural SPF.

DIY Sunscreen Recipe:
 Ingredients

    ¼ cup avocado or olive oil
    ¼ cup coconut oil
    ¼ cup beeswax or shea butter
    2 tbsp vitamin E
    2 tbsp zinc oxide
    5-10 drops of your favorite (non-citrus) essential oil fragrance if desired

Instructions

    Combine ingredients into a pot and place over low heat.
    Stir ingredients until well combined and distribute into small mason jars for storage.
    Store in a cool and dry place until ready for use.

Notes

Be sure to use organic ingredients!

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. You can protect yourself naturally without infusing your body with harmful chemicals contained in commercial sunscreens. By utilizing the bounty of creation, like vitamin D, antioxidants, and phenolic compounds, you reap the benefits of the sun while helping your body defend against cancer.
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Re: Sunscreen Health Issues and Solutions
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2019, 11:15:55 PM »
If this stuff gets into the blood through the skin so effectively, then think what might come out of the skin in a sauna, exercise, or other perspiration process. Its natural and a detox augmented to sauna. Just sayin'. I just published a Russian sauna article in the "All things Sauna" thread.
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 03:18:37 PM »

Oh dear, another article making it harder for us to make a decision in life.  I can see that the complex cocktail of ingredients in sunscreen can get absorbed by the skin and concentrated by the tissues.  Equally I can believe in the harmful effect of sun on skin.  The article has one big flaw I think.  It avocates natural herbal remedies.  OK that's fine but what if there are toxins and harmful chemicals in the herbs that similarly get into the skin.  In ancient times many herbal remedies were found to be effective.  In our era we have discovered that that is because they contain drugs that are toxic and active!  So why should everything herbal be so benign.  Equal care with herbals as with manufactured sunscreen I would advocate.

I think moderation is the answer.  Don't cook in the sun for too long at a time.  Take sun in smaller doses especially for the fair skinned.

However, think of the number of people that live a life in the sun vs the relatively lower incidence of skin cancer.  Sun maybe is not too dangerous?

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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2019, 10:06:18 PM »
We don't all have the same skin. I am of Northern European origin and was born with red hair. So was my wife. You might say I'm predisposed to skin cancer and in fact, I have been treated for it. No big deal. As far as I know, I am the first one who managed to develop it, yet the rest are all dead just the same. I'm 72 now and I expect I have another ten good years, don't know how many not so good years.

The first thing the doctor asked (after asking why I waited so long to see him) was if I had any serious sunburns before I was 20 and I had. Remember, that was over 50 years ago. There were few suntan products available then as far as I know and I don't think any were described as sunblock. These days, however, I am never out in the sun without clothing to bother with sunblock or any lotion. The last two trips we took to the beach, I never set foot on the beach itself. And even though I have posted about nude hiking here and elsewhere, nearly every place I've hiked has been mostly in the shade. The Appalachian Trail is even described as a green tunnel, at least for half the year. But I think my hiking days away from home are just about over.

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2019, 11:41:34 PM »
 
Yes, Nuduke the smear can also add over confidence to the danger. It is best to use nothing but modernization in my opinion, too. I wouldn't trust a sunblock over my own senses and covering up when it is time. But I've been practicing and even my own senses have in the past caused me too much sun. On the other hand, I don't know how effective that this mix is and how far that I can trust it to protect me. The oils go through the body and excrete out of the skin often. Then are not poisons. The sweat takes care of the balance and they are necessary to protect the skins balance. Could be too much of a good thing.

Using anything that might clog my pores I think should be a negative.

The fact that I eat alot of the ingredients, and use them for other topical purposes with best affect, tells me that I can have confidence in the recipe not to poison me. These are foods that people have eaten for centuries, but always organic. I use coconut oil for food, drink, sex, foot skin health and it used to be an ingredient to deepen a tan.

Olive oil, used for millennia. Zinc, is a vitamin supplement and too much gets me feeling some sick, an allergic thing, I suppose.

 ¼ cup avocado or olive oil
    ¼ cup coconut oil
    ¼ cup beeswax or shea butter
    2 tbsp vitamin E
    2 tbsp zinc oxide
    5-10 drops of your favorite (non-citrus) essential oil fragrance if desired
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2019, 10:06:48 AM »
As you say, another thing to think about. I do like the idea of making my own. I think i am fortunate in that I dont lie in the sun. I start at about 7:30am when the sun is weak and am usually off the hills by 11:30am whilst the sun is yet to get into its stride. Living in Scotland means that at least half the days in the year will be overcast.

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2019, 11:11:34 AM »
It probably would work a little better with two or three drops of snake oil, if you can find any.

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2019, 02:45:22 PM »
It probably would work a little better with two or three drops of snake oil, if you can find any.

We see TV ads for "Blue Emu oil."   I wonder if that would work as good as snake oil?   I haven't figured out from their TV ads if the Emus they squeeze for oil are blue, or the oil they squeeze out of Emus is blue. 

I've never seen a blue Emu.  I wonder if we could get the same benefit from squeezing a brown Emu for its oil?   

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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2019, 11:16:11 PM »
From the guys who make Blue coral wax? I looked. It doesn't say where the name comes from. Seems to be just another emu's fat for pain. Not one bit of study on it, but available at Walgreens!

DF uses arnica on me. It works very well. She says that it is made from marigolds, but the net says that it is some exotic flower out of Siberia. No proof that it works for pain, but when she rubs the cream in, it works remarkably effectively.
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2019, 01:23:35 PM »
Using the recipes onhere, we made our first batch of sun tan "cream". It was very oily / greasy because of the shea butter and oil but it smelt wonderful and seemed very comfortable o wear and easy to put on. I have not had any reactions and certainly more happy with this than chemicals. I didnt seem to be bothered by midges either, an unexpected bonus.

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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2019, 02:05:34 PM »
Sounds like the midges eithervslid off or were busy chowing down on the cream instead of you, Gary  ;)
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2019, 02:24:41 PM »
I'm sure there are pros and cons about sun cream. I do however ask if the dangers outlined above been subject to peer review by academics after proper scientific research?

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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2019, 04:27:23 PM »
There have been studies with dramatic results. Everything is refutable. The Peer review these days is burdened by funding. The money is is the sunscreen products. The peer review most likely would be biased. Doctors are being given their info from pill pushers and sunscreen producers. The studies are out there for peer review. That's how they are found. More research could cinch it down better. Same old story. Billions of dollars riding on this.

There is enough evidence to convince me that chemicals deemed too nasty in certain amounts found in just 25 people in amounts way too nasty for a body is alarming enough to walk away from them. If I were to use a sunscreen, I'd try an organic vegetable that can be taken orally in huge amounts. We have only one test subject here, Ty and his family and several doctors, etc. Does it work? How well does it work? He didn't mention any studies. Just anecdotal and common sense.

Snake oil usually comes with a price and is a placebo. This isn't funded by someone getting wealthy, nobody gets rich.It is hard to placebo out a sunburn. It might make someone over confident. All of them are oily.Knowing these substances, they will be oily for awhile depending how liberal the application and it does soak into the skin.

I wonder if the organic homemade stuff is better bang for your buck. You can eat what you don't use. A bucket of shay butter will go a very long ways. DF used a small tub for her skin most nights for like a year. She got a good price in te African section of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Half of an avocado ain't much. Coconut oil is cheap and it has helped heal my skin on my foot. Labor would be like 10 minutes to make and application a minute or two and feel very good.

These ingredients are used for skin care products with chemicals to make the product more attractive.

To see if it works, the best test is individual. The stuff contains all things that bodies eat and process well orally. They are nutritional. They are ancient skin care products used for centuries by people, maybe not for sunblock, but skin health. If it doesn't block sun, you get nice smooth skin, anyway. :D I'd try the concoction before I'd trust peer review. I don't need peer review to know that an organic apple is good for me. It wipes off on my forearm to no harm, just some stick. People have been dealing with them for centuries and God didn't put a warning label on it.

This recipe probably doesn't preserve on shelves as long as chemicals.

I'd be curious to know if the recipe comes out of somebodies moma's bundle of tricks, or it a new idea. Seems that sunscreen is a new idea, like wearing clothing all the time in the tropics.
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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2019, 11:34:19 PM »
Sunscreen, or the emphasis on it, is a relatively new idea because the earth’s atmosphere is no longer doing the job it used to do so well of keeping the more harmful radiations out. Sadly, not all the things grandma knew and could teach us have the same relevance in a world of pollutants and plastics.
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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2019, 01:52:05 AM »
Perhaps people wear fewer clothes than they used to. When I was little, I never saw a grown man in person wearing shorts. On the other hand, I knew a few men who wore the same long-sleeved work shirts and matching pants (of which they had about three sets, and a dress-up suit for Sunday) all year long, with the lightest of jackets for cold and snowy days in the winter and never gloves.