Sunscreen Can Accelerate Cancer and Block Vitamin D Generation

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When the sun is out we often turn to sunscreen as a means to protect ourselves. While this can be helpful, it is important to think about when to use sunscreen and what types to use.

So if I don’t use sunscreen then what?
Your skin may burn. I say may because not everyone’s skin will burn. It depends on the health and type of your skin as well as how long you are in the sun. If you are deficient in antioxidants and vitamin B, you are much more likely to get a sun burn as your skin is not healthy enough to take in the UV rays properly. Those with darker skin are able to have their skin act as a built in sunscreen which means they will have a much harder time getting burnt.

Most Favorable Option
Get your body well maintained with proper high quality nutrients, specifically vitamin B and antioxidants. Limit your exposure in the sun and wear cotton clothing as it can help protect you from getting too much sun. Use ONLY mineral based sunscreens when absolutely necessary. Check health food stores for these types of sunscreens. They work just as well and do not contain the same harmful chemicals.

Least Favorable Option
Using sunscreen all the time. Sunscreen blocks your body’s ability to generate vitamin D through chemical process assisted by the sun. This is why sunscreen should not be used every time you go out. Not only does it contain harmful chemicals, but it can make you vitamin deficient. There are easy natural ways of protecting your skin, why use chemicals that have been linked to cancer and make you vitamin deficient?

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a very important nutrient and having proper levels of vitamin D in your body has been found to be responsible for the decrease of 4 out of 5 cancers of every kind as well as other diseases.

Sunscreen Accelerates Cancer

Research released by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based nonprofit, claims that nearly half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cancer cells develop. The main reason? They contain vitamin A and its derivatives, retinol and retinyl palmitate.

The FDA has known about the dangers of vitamin A in sunscreens since ordering a study 10 years ago. Unfortunately, they have done little about the results and haven’t said much to the public.

“Retinyl palmitate was selected by (FDA’s) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for photo-toxicity and photocarcinogenicity testing based on the increasingly widespread use of this compound in cosmetic retail products for use on sun-exposed skin,” said an October 2000 report by the National Toxicology Program.

Even mainstream media is aware of the risks as AOL news reports other issues with sunscreens:

  • The use of the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone, which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream.
  • Overstated claims about performance.
  • The lack of needed regulations and oversight by the Food and Drug Administration.

It is beneficial to read your sunscreen bottle and determine if any of the following chemicals are found, if so, it may not be the best product to use.

  1. Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), including octyl-dimethyl PABA
  2. Benzophenones, especially benzophenone-3
  3. Cinnamates, namely octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  4. Homosalate
  5. 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has reportedly “infuriated cancer experts” by describing sunscreen as “poison”.

According to the Daily Mail Bundchen refuses to use it on herself or her family because of the chemicals they contain.

“[Bundchen] made the comments at the launch of her own organic skin care range, which presumably doesn’t include sun care lotions.”

Bundchen is also controversial on a few other issues, regardless of being the highest paid supermodel in the world. She also has stated that it should be against the law for healthy mothers to give their baby infant formula full of sugar, and often soy.


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  1. I really appreciate collective evolution and the many informative things you share. But this article misses the bigger picture and completely bypasses serious cancer concerns in an very irresponsible way. Skin cancers can be directly progressed by uva and uvb rays! Therefore, sunscreen would seem to offer protection from skin cancer and Melanomas, which are the most deadly form of skin cancer. IF SUNSCREENS are poison containing and or potentially carcinogenic, we ALL need to be searching for sunscreen alternatives that are safe and non-toxic. The answer is certainly not going bare, as does “Giselle”. If we all did that, we would be taking a step backward in the face of hard-earned scientific research and fact. The sun CAN progress skin cancer. There are smart people reading this. Don’t be foolish. Could sunscreen be bad news? Certainly. So let’s keep the smart train going and come up with something safe.

  2. michelle

    What are the natural remedies for sun exposures for individuals with albinism?

  3. “I knew this for a long time now from Natural News and it is time that people started to wake up and be more proactive with their health instead of waiting around to get sick and to buy into all the marketing lies and hype from the sunscreen industry that really is the pharmaceutical industry in disguise. ” Please Empower Your Self WIth the Truth and share this message so that you can help others . It really is the right thing to do . Chef Barry

  4. Marisa

    Just to remind that we can still use natural sunscreen and protect ourselves in the most dangerous hours.

  5. Carol

    As an Australian immigrant from England I need to use sunscreen or cover up, I usually use a zinc cream on my face every day.
    The comments from other Aussies on this page are spot on- no pun intended..
    With the hole in the ozone layer affecting Australia the uv rays are much stronger here. I spent some time in the U.S. (Texas) in summer and didn’t burn at all.
    Go to any major hospital here and you will see elderly Australians who didn’t use any sunscreen in their youth with pieces of face,ears,nose ,etc missing because they didn’t know to cover up.
    I agree the products do contain chemicals thet may cause problems. But the rate of cancer here has dropped considerably since the ” slip slop slap” campaigns began.
    The answer needs to be to provide healthier proven alternatives to some of the chemicals or cover up. I will stick to Zinc cream.

  6. João A

    I don’t use industrialized sun screen (or a wide variety of cosmetics and crap) because I don’t think they’re healthy for you, due to abundance of chemicals in the ingredients. However, in summer, I don’t go skinny dipping in the Sun between 10:30am and 5:30pm. I am from Portugal, and in summer time sitting outside on the sun, it can get extremely hot. And yeap, the sun will burn the crap out of your skin if you’re not properly protected. Oh, and my African friends, although in a minor scale, also feel the sun’s burning power! So basically, sun screen may be crap, and you shouldn’t use it but, summer sun is no joke an UV radiation will damage your skin, period! My top tip, avoid high sun hours when radiation is at its strongest. if you have to be out during these hours, wear nice light protective clothe (light colours preferably and long sleeves), a hat and good quality sun glasses. I personally think that the increasing number of skin cancer can be related with the increasing “sun and fun beach life style”, which was non existent prior to the XX century. Now this life style can lead us both ways. Beach = sunscreen, therefore cancer. Or beach = sun exposure therefore cancer. Make your pick!

  7. Mrk

    Goodbye then. Although we will miss your intelligent opinion and constructive criticism on this and other matters discussed on this site.

  8. fuh que

    This entire website is a joke.

  9. Marie

    Increasing chemical sunscreen use is scientifically linked not only to greater risk of chemical carcinogenesis (chemically induced cancer – higher SPF’s = more chemical ingredients = increased likelihood of carcinogenicity) (and allergic reactions – Archives of Dermatology, Nov. 1992)], but also directly to increased more serious basal cell carcinoma and especially deadly malignant melanoma (Annals of Epidemiology, Jan. 1993), due to criminally misleading photo-dynamics propaganda by so-called university and medical “experts”, who in spite of knowing that SPF’s relate only to UV-B (burning & superficial cancer) and minimally, if at all to UV-A (ageing & deep cancers), still falsely promote these as enabling prolonged safe exposure as a multiple of the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and also exaggerate the pitiful protection potential of such products against skin cancers generally.

    In reality these sunscreen promoting pseudo-experts are actually irresponsibly encouraging severely increased and imbalanced deadly UV-A exposure, which they should know significantly comprises more than 90% of the total UV spectrum and which excessive exposure only such mal-applied chemical cocktails render not only possible, but also probable by artificially delaying the natural inflammatory erythematous (reddening) warning signals which would otherwise alert one to the fact that one’s evolutionary/ethnic/medical tolerance level for solar exposure was being exceeded (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Jan. 1994). SPFs represent false security.

    A maximally achievable chemical UV-A sunscreen, in spite of the “broad spectrum” promotional hype, would only have an extrapolated SPF of about 4, which would in any event be comparable to a light tan, which tan significantly, in terms of UV-B protection, would amount to as much as 75% of the only 5-10% of the UV spectrum comprised of UV-B and the remaining 25% of which, if not screened, would contribute important biological protective factors, since it photo-activates vitamin D precursors having anti-tumor effects, which if blocked by sunscreen, could allow UV-A induced deadly melanoma to develop more readily (Medical Chronicle, Jun. 1993). UV-B also excites cells into producing immuno-alerting interleukins and even mild UV-B induced sunburn flaking is a critical protective response whereby UV genetically damaged cells commit suicide (apoptosis) and are safely sloughed-off (Nature, Dec. 22, 1994). UV-B damage is generally superficial and self-heals, UV-A is the opposite.

    UV-B sunscreen protection does not imply immuno-protection (Dermatology, Mar. 1993) and since the activation of melanocytes by UV-A alone takes considerably longer and exerts greater direct immuo-suppressive effects (Photochemistry and Photobiology, Feb. 1993), the longer exposures needed to develop a healthy & protective tan pose about the same cancer risk for superficial cancers and five times that for deeper cancers, since what is vulnerable to carcinogenic transformation is not the surface skin but the proliferating cells below (Health Physics, Oct. 1994). UV-B exposure is needed to trigger biological cancer protection pathways against UV-A exposure.

    Sunburn protection does not imply skin cancer protection and yet industries and organisations reliant on cancer for their prosperity, including medical and cancer associations, perpetuate the lie of cancer protection from sunscreen use, despite the absence of evidence for this position (New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 1993) and considerable evidence to the contrary, namely that increased skin cancers are associated with increased chemical sunscreen use (Garland C, et al, American Journal of Public Health, 82(4): 614, 1992), (Wolf P, et al, Journal of the National cancer Institute, 86(2): 99, 1994), (Autier P, et al, International Journal of Cancer, 61(6): 749, 1995), (Sabri K & Harvey I, Public Health, 110(6): 347, 1996), (Autier P, et al Melanoma Research, 7(S2): S115, 1997), (Davenport V, et al, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 108(8): 859, 1997). SPF rated products decrease superficial UV-B burning, but clearly increases the risk of developing deadly UV-A induced skin cancers.

  10. What all these “sun causes cancer” reactionaries are a missing is the fact that if your diet is not a natural human diet of living, raw fruits, greens and veggies and none of the cooked crap, your not getting the nutrients needed for the skin to properly adapt to what ever it needs to adapt to. Broken foods create broken people with broken bodys. Whole foods create whole people with whole bodys that are more than capable of adapting. It’s time to stop projecting outwards and start looking inwards for the truth.

    • Mrk

      Great comment Erskien. I have been trying to move to raw foods for the health of my family and I. The problem I am having however is try to find meals that appeal to my partner any our three and half year old girl who are not as open to new things as I am. Was wondering if u or anyone reading this have the same trouble and have any resources you could share where I can get recipes and such. I have a food dehydrator and a few recipes using that but do not like running it too much for power and fire risks. Any help would be great, my fiancé is 23 weeks so would like to start this shift in eating to give our little one the best start in life. Thank you

  11. I for one no longer put chemicals on my skin and I am cautious about overexposure to the sun. My personal solution is to use a natural/chemical free sunscreen such as shea butter and meadowfoam oil & then during the middle of the day, when the suns rays are at their strongest, I make sure to cover up with a hat and other spf rated clothing or find relief in the shade. I live in the Sierra Nevada where our higher elevations and thinner air increase UV intensity. As an avid lover of year around outdoor recreation, I find myself outside from sun-up to sun-down for days on end and cannot remember the last time I had got a sunburn using these simple steps. But then again I fuel my body with nutritious foods, think nothing processed or packaged. Even something as seemingly harmless as gatorade has become intolerable.

    Thank you CE for bring attention to an important matter.

  12. alba

    I only know what I’ve personally experienced….for years my mother always said I’d better use lots of sunscreen because I’m so fair-skinned, so I did…lots of it and in the highest number I could find….and I always burned to a crisp with a super painful burn. She’d blame me for not re-applying, but I always made sure to re-apply.
    The past 2 years I have used absolutely zero sunscreen and have not had any painful burns…gotten a bit red, but it would be a nice tan the next day (and minimal peeling only followed weeks later.) This is including several multi-day music festivals where we were outside all day for 3 or 4 days in a row. I’ll never use sunscreen again.

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