Overuse Of Sunscreen Causes Rickets
As reported by David Gutierrez NaturalNews.com (3/11) Twelve-Year-Old Girl Suffering From Painful Rickets Because Mom Smothered Her In
A 12-year-old girl living on the Isle of Wright in southern Britain developed a
severe vitamin D deficiency verging on rickets because her mother never let her
go outside without sunscreen on. Rickets is a painful and potentially
deformity-causing bone softening disease caused by vitamin D deficiency. The
body produces vitamin D upon exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight,
but too much time indoors or sunscreen higher than SPF 8 can prevent it from
Twelve-year-old Tyler Attrill first began suffering pain and weakness in her
legs three years ago, after a series of operations to correct an unrelated
problem with her hip bones. She did not realize at the time that she was
suffering the warning signs of developing rickets. "It would make [my] legs
feel all heavy, [I] couldn't move them," she said. "It made my whole body feel
really ill and achy."
Eventually, the ongoing pain reduced her to tears and she was referred to the
Children's Orthopedic Unit at Southampton General Hospital. "We've been back
and forwards to doctors and the hospital over the years, but it wasn't until
November that they did a test for vitamin deficiency," her mother said. "We're
lucky it was caught in time otherwise it could have developed into rickets."
It was then that Tyler's doctor told her mother that overuse of sunscreen had
probably caused Tyler's vitamin deficiency. "We live right by the beach so
Tyler was outside with her friends every day last summer," Tyler's mother said.
"I've always been very careful with her and her brother, and nagged them to
wear hats and suncreen when it's hot. I thought I was doing the right thing."
Rickets is on the rise across England, even in sunny regions like the Isle of
Wright. Concern over this trend recently caused British doctors to reverse
course on decades of advice to avoid the sun; they now recommend 15 to 30
minutes of unprotected sun exposure three to five days a week.
Tyler has improved with vitamin D supplements and more time spent outdoors. "It
makes me feel guilty," her mother said of the experience, "but parents are
encouraged to use [SPF] 50 on their children to prevent skin cancer later in
life. "I thought I was doing the right thing."