Sunscreen:When The Cure Becomes The Killer
Commentary: by Ray Allard Tan Plus/ Essentials Of Life
At Tan Plus, we believe it is always best to achieve a tan gradually to prevent
burning and without applying sunscreen, so as not to deprive the body of the
suns' many health benefits. When you use sunscreen your body is absorbing
synthetic chemicals, and with the "so called" experts' recommendations to apply
generous amounts of the product every few hours, you will likely be absorbing a
fair amount. While the FDA classifies most active ingredients in sunscreen as
GRASE (generally regarded as safe and effective), we have found it hard to
believe that all of these chemicals will not have any effect on your system at
some point. The truth is "what you put on your skin will eventually end up in
Both my wife and I are in our mid-sixties and never in our lives have used a
sunscreen or sunblock. We have tanned indoors, year round, since 1982 with no
indications and without fear of getting skin cancer. We have never had the need
for prescription medications and attribute our good health to diet and
responsible tanning practices. Is it merely a coincidence that sunscreen sales
have skyrocketed and so has skin cancer? In addition, sunscreen has been added
to make-up and most skincare products. If sunscreen was such a miracle potion,
shouldn't skin cancer have been irradiated by now?
The evidence against most sunscreen ingredients has been mounting. A vitamin A
compound, retinyl palmitate, found in 41 percent of sunscreens (also most
moisturizers and many cosmetics), is finally being investigated by the FDA. The
FDA's data suggests that retinyl palmitate may be photocarcinogenic, meaning
that in the presence of the sun's ultraviolet rays, the compound and skin
undergo complex biochemical changes resulting in cancer. Another sunscreen
chemical, oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting compound that penetrates the skin
and enters the bloodstream, has been detected by the Centers of Disease Control
in the bodies of 97 percent of Americans tested.
Since the opening of Tan Plus in 1987, I have been an outspoken critic of
sunscreen use and more recently, spray-tanning due to the chemicals applied to
the skin. As the evidence keeps mounting against sunscreen chemicals, doctors
and the media keep pushing for more use of these potentially cancer-causing
lotions. It's unlikely you will get the truth from the media. The commercials
on T.V. and the magazine ads should be an obvious indicator of why. The media,
both electronic and print, is funded significantly by the multi-billion dollar
cosmetic industry. If they choose to take these sunscreen makers to task, they
will kiss millions of advertising income goodbye. So, expect more negative,
unfounded attacks against the tanning industry to continue as a way of creating
a diversion away from the real cause of skin cancer, readily available and
comes in a tube or a bottle.
As reported by Natural News The Cancer-Causing Sunscreen Protection Racket by Paul Fassa (6/14)
There's no real proof that sunscreens actually prevent most skin cancers. Yet
your dermatologist is probably robotically advising you to slather on a toxic
sunscreen as a proven skin cancer preventive.
Did your doctor mention studies showing that people who spend a greater
percentage of their time outdoors have the lowest risk of melanoma? For example, office workers have a greater melanoma risk than farmers,
construction workers and even lifeguards! Based on population studies, melanoma
rates are higher in Minnesota than Arizona, as well as higher in Norway than in
the south of France. Another pesky fact: Melanoma often occurs in dark places shielded from the sun,
including the soles of the feet, the genitals, inside the nose and mouth, and
under the fingernails. The evidence indicates that those who spend more time in the sun without burning
have less risk for melanoma than those who spend very little time in the sun.
Countries where sunscreen is slavishly used like the USA have the greatest
rates of skin cancer.
Dr. Marianne Berwick of the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center reviewed the top
studies on sunscreens and cancer. Her conclusion: "There is no evidence that
use of sunscreen at any age offers any real protection against malignant
Back in 2007, the FDA "tentatively concluded that the available evidence fails
to show that sunscreen use alone helps [prevent] skin cancer."
In fact, malignant melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, is on the rise
despite years of wholehearted sunscreen use by the public; the number of
melanoma skin cancer cases has tripled over the past 35 years.
The most common type of cancer in the United States is melanoma. Approximately
68,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma yearly, while another 48,000 are
diagnosed with a type of early form of the disease. An additional 2 million
people are treated for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer yearly. Yet the
annual death rate is less than 1,000.
Sunscreens Cause Cancer
The consumer watchdog Environmental Working Group (EWG) has reported that almost
half of the most popular sunscreens on the market actually accelerate the
development of malignant skin cancer cells.
Also, sunscreens block UVB rays, which are vitamin-D-producing, thus effectively
blocking the skin from producing vitamin D with sunlight. Currently, over 70%
of the population (USA) suffers from vitamin D deficiency, and vitamin D has
proven anti-cancer properties. Sunscreen also blocks a pigment called melanin, which is your body's innate
protection against burning via tanning. Melanin production is inversely related
to DNA damage from UV radiation. Ironically, studies show that tanned skin,
especially during childhood and adolescence, is protective against melanoma. Regular sunscreen use has another liability: You're more likely to burn on the
days you forgo sunscreen.
According to IBISWorld.com (2013), sunscreen sales grew 4.2% a year between 2007
and 2012 and generated $1 billion annually. Yet, even with sunscreen sales
booming, there's been a troubling rise in melanoma skin cancers. Several class-action lawsuits were filed against leading sunscreen manufacturers
in 2006, alleging that manufacturers "are making systematically fraudulent,
deliberately misleading claims on their labels and websites and in their
advertising, exaggerating the ability of sunscreens to protect against the sun
and reduce the risk of cancer and other skin ailments."
New FDA consumer protection sunscreen labeling rules took effect in 2012, but
manufacturers can still claim that their products have cancer-protective
benefits. Rules or no rules, does it really make sense to slather chemicals onto your skin
with a product that's not even a proven preventive, but actually increases the
risk of skin cancer?