What About Sunscreen?
I know this will be hard to relate to for our Northern Hemisphere readers, but we are in summertime. Summer. Time. For us, it’s a mix of kids, no schedules, camping, bugs, music, sailing, boredom (for the kids), and looking after Goodbye Sandfly. I particularly like the “no schedule” part, as we slid through last Thursday, and I did not publish an iNAB! And in case you missed that post, I’ve officially unhooked myself and iNAB from a set publishing schedule. And funny enough, I’ve never had more that I want to bring to you.
First, thank you for your responses to our survey! I feel such a sense of possibility reading your stories. You are so WILLING to create health for yourself. You teach and inspire with your candid responses. I hope you found that by taking a few moments, your answers gave you a better focus and more energy for your vision. If you have not done the survey yet, you can find it here: Laughing and Crying in 2013
Summertime is also SUN time. Nothing like being on a sailboat or at the beach to remind us of the power of the sun. This week’s article is from Dr. Sarah Farrant on sun time. The days of “slip, slop, slap” while being a catchy phrase, just do not do justice to our relationship with the sun. And it is a relationship. Dr. Sarah gives you some ideas that show both respect and appreciation for the sun’s power.
Wishing my Southern Hemisphere readers a summertime that is everything you picture the idyllic time to be. Drink in a sunset or two this week. With love, Sunshine, Becky
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What about Sunscreen?
by Dr. Sarah Farrant, DC
The Sun Are You Tired Of Being Told How Bad It Is?
As summer is here in the southern hemisphere I thought it would be a great opportunity to write about sunscreens. It’s certainly a great time to evaluate what’s in the tube BEFORE you put it on! Did you know the Cancer Council of Australia in 1980 launched a very successful health campaign? I remember as a child watching Sid the seagull, adorned with board shorts, t-shirt and a hat, tap across the TV screen singing a catchy jingle “Slip, Slop, Slap” reminding parents and kids to be careful of the nasty sun and skin cancer.
Did it help or did it hinder? Have cancer rates increased or decreased since the large push for slopping on sunscreen came about?
I get the slap on a hat and slip on a shirt where sensible part but the slopping of lotion on the largest organ of our body our skin – had me question whether this is worth it and of course what the impact to our body longer term is.
My husband and I decided decades ago not to use sunscreen with ourselves or our children. It doesn’t make sense to do so simply based on a nature versus technology argument. After all nature’s been around forever! We frequent the beach in the morning, home for lunch and then back to the beach in the afternoon. We view the sun as an important component in our own and our children’s life. Unfortunately despite the unknowns about sunscreen safety and efficacy the public health agencies still recommend using it.
Let’s take a closer look
Did you know 75% of the sunscreens available have harmful ingredients. The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt! No chemicals for the skin to absorb, no questions about whether the product works, no bogus claims like broad spectrum or sunblock! Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are discovering that sunscreen may not be so safe after all as reported in www.sciencedaily.com
In fact sunscreen laws allow sunscreen manufacturers to advertise that using their products can decrease the risk of skin cancer and sun-related skin aging. But a wide range of public health agencies including the FDA have found very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer. Some researchers have even detected an increased risk of melanoma among sunscreen users.
Oh dear are you confused as to what to do?
Governing agencies have proposed prohibiting the sale of sunscreens with SPF values higher than 50+ as there is no assurance that the specific values themselves are in fact truthful (FDA 2007).
The main source of vitamin D in the body is sunshine, which is enormously important to health. Sunscreen clearly inhibits its production. Vitamin D strengthens bones and the immune system, reduces the risk of various cancers (breast, colon, kidney and ovarian) and regulates at least a thousand different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body (Mead 2008). UVB radiation signals a molecule on the skin – 7-dehydrocholesterol – to convert to the active form of Vitamin D3 cholecalciferol – in the body. Vitamin D3 synthesis depends upon UVB radiation, which effectively penetrates only the outer layers of the skin. Vitamin D deficiency is a current epidemic in our society today affecting 90%+ of our world`s population. According to Vitamin D expert Michael Holick we estimate that vitamin D deficiency is the most common medical condition in the world. It is clear that most people are not getting enough healthy sun exposure. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased risk of virtually every form of cancer including skin cancer, cardiovascular disease and immune insufficiencies.
Melanoma’s, as you well know, are a form of skin cancer associated with excessive sun exposure. However, many recent studies have shown that individuals wearing sunscreen had a higher likelihood of creating a melanoma. Additionally, melanoma patients with increased levels of sun exposure were less likely to die than other melanoma patients. Patients, who already had melanoma and a lot of sun exposure, were prone to a less aggressive tumor types.
It certainly makes you think!
We decided long ago NOT to play with sunscreens but rather to play in the sun sensibly and enjoy it!
Dr. Sarah Farrant DC
Dr Sarah Farrant is the tell it like it is, no fluff, mentor to moms. She is the founder and CEO of www.VitalMoms.com the #1 place for smart health choices for your family! Vital Moms is dedicated to helping parents step away from the treatment merry-go-round by giving them choices in how they view and approach their own and their children’s health. Today, she supports, mentors, and educates thousands of parents globally. She is a global selling and award winning author of The Vital Truth, and has more recently emerged as one of the foremost thought leaders on health sharing stages with Dr Joe Mercola, Bob Harper (from the biggest Loser), Dr Joe Dispenza (from the movie what the bleep fame), Suzanne Arms, Ina May Gaskin, Dr Bruce Lipton and many more. She has extensive education in teaching, psychology and general science in addition to her Doctor of Chiropractic and has clocked up 25 years in the health industry, from being a member of the Australian Rowing Team to training world champions to now traveling up to 5 months of the year, globally, to present her unique understanding of health.
Dr Sarah has authored books, e-books, reports, articles and been interviewed on radio and TV and by numerous print media. She has three children all home birthed (the last of which was a breech), non medicated and now home educated. She is married to Dr Randall Farrant DC an exceptional chiropractor, educator and dad, and they reside on beautiful Waiheke Island.
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from Dr. Sarah
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“LOVE your Power vid Bex. Bang on. A lifetime of learning in 1.5 minutes!
If only we could ‘get’ this so quickly, eh?!?” Lisa
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.