You’ve Been Lied to
and the Risk to Your Health
Why in the world would sunscreen manufacturers need to have a huge lobby working in Washington, making big donations to congressman, PACs, and non-profit organizations? Our research suggests it’s so that they can keep their bogus claims of product safety in front of you, and scare you into slathering on more of their product. Big cosmetics companies and affiliated trade organizations spend hundreds of thousands… if not millions of dollars a year trying to influence the FDA and other key players in Washington.
Why? They want to be able to make broader claims about their sunscreen products so that you’ll buy more of the stuff. Simple as that. But the cost to you is much higher than what you fork over for a few bottles of sunscreen every year. These folks are frightening you into throwing away your health… and you’re paying them to do it!
The Vitamin D Link
When you wear sunscreen, you inhibit your body’s ability to produce vitamin D — a process that’s triggered by sunlight on your skin. Low vitamin D levels are associated with nearly every age-related disease you can think of.
Heart Disease: In a study of 10,000 people, researchers discovered that low levels of vitamin D are associated with a 40 percent higher risk of heart disease, a 64 percent higher risk of heart attack, and an 81 percent increase in the likelihood that you’ll die from heart disease.
Cancer: Scientific studies show that adequate vitamin D levels help to regulate the production and function of a specific protein that is associated with cell division. When this protein gets out of whack, your cancer risks go way up. Vitamin D helps keep that from happening.
Arthritis: Nearly three out of four people suffering from arthritis has low vitamin D levels. Many doctors believe that because vitamin D plays such an important role in general tissue health that a vitamin D deficiency can put you at risk of developing an arthritic condition.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s: In a six-year study of more than 800 adults, those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 60 percent more likely to show the symptoms of cognitive decline than those who had good vitamin D levels.
Protect Your Skin and Your Health
You’ve been told over and over again that you need to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen whenever you go outside on a sunny day. You’ve been promised that doing so will help protect you from skin cancer. Sun avoidance has become so ingrained that nearly two thirds of Americans aren’t getting enough vitamin D! The real kicker is that you probably aren’t at any lower risk of skin cancer for wearing sunscreen than if you avoided the stuff altogether and were just smart about how much time you spend in the sun. The facts are very revealing:
Sixty percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient.
Studies show that zinc oxide – a common ingredient in sunscreens – becomes unstable when exposed to light and may damage skin cells leading to an increased risk of skin cancer.
Despite a steady rise in the use of sunscreen, skin cancer rates have gone up over the past thirty years.
You don’t have to sacrifice your health or your skin. This is one case where you can have the best of both worlds.
To boost your vitamin D levels, you need sun exposure. Two or three times a week, spend 15 minutes if you’re fair-skinned to an hour if you have a darker complexion in full sun without sunscreen. If you’re going to spend additional time in the sun, try to do it during the hours when the sun is less direct – before 10am after 4pm. During full sun hours, wear protective clothing, spend time in the shade, and be careful not to let your sun burn. Some days – like a day spent at the water park – just require sunscreen if you don’t want to end up with a miserable sunburn. On those days, choose a sunscreen with titanium dioxide as the active ingredient.
Being smart about your sun exposure will protect you from painful sunburns and skin cancer, while also giving your body the vitamin D it needs to fend off life-altering conditions like heart disease and arthritis.