Does Sunscreen Promote Cancer?
Given the fact that just about everything you put on your skin gets absorbed
into your bloodstream, it is interesting that there is a complete lack of
regulation of cancer-causing ingredients in skin care products. There are over
150 toxic cancer-causing ingredients currently used in cosmetic products alone.
According to federal law, products containing cancer-causing substances should
carry a written warning. But the FDA does not enforce this law with cosmetics
or personal care products. Consumers are left to purchase these products at
their own risk, and as a result they are being harmed by them.
Let's consider a product that's harming tens of millions of people every day in
America alone: sunscreen. Sunscreen products do not block ultraviolet radiation
very well unless you apply multiple coats, but there has been a flurry of
research lately on the harm caused by sunscreen chemicals. These chemicals
actually promote skin cancer. This product is causing the very condition from
which it claims to protect people.
The skin is not the only organ that is harmed by sunscreen chemicals. Those
chemicals are absorbed by the skin, circulate throughout the body and end up
harming the liver, the organ responsible for neutralizing chemicals in the
body. The continued use of sunscreen products (especially those with fragrance
in them) will inevitably harm the liver and, in my opinion, can lead to organ
failure or liver cancer.
Sunscreen is not the only harmful product people put on their skin; consider
perfume and cologne. In an effort to smell attractive to others, consumers
routinely put toxic chemicals on their bodies that come out of beautifully
designed glass bottles. Most people do not realize that these fragrances are
often made from toxic substances that are known to cause cancer; the perfume
industry gets away with murder. This includes everything from skin cream to
moisturizer lotion, not to mention shower soaps and other cleaning products
with added fragrance. Unless you are buying the natural forms of these products
from truly organic companies, there is no doubt that you are applying a
bewildering array of harmful chemicals to your skin. And when you put them on
your skin, they are absorbed directly into your bloodstream.
Consumers' Bodies Have Become Toxic Chemical Dumps
This is partly why consumers in Western society have hundreds of different
synthetic chemicals lodged in their livers, hearts, brains, and other organs.
If you keep exposing your body to these chemicals, they will keep accumulating.
All of these products ultimately lead to liver cancer and other serious
disorders caused by chemical stress on your body. Eventually, immune system
suppression will kick in and you will succumb to some form of cancer or other
type of immunity breakdown, including autoimmune disorders. It takes a focused
detoxification effort to get these chemicals out.
Your skin is your body's largest organ, so its health is crucial to your overall
health. It has the largest mass and surface area of any organ in your entire
body, and your skin is in contact with the outside environment more than any
other organ in your body. Your skin exchanges chemicals with the environment;
even if you do not put chemicals on your skin, it still exchanges air and water
with the environment. This is easy to demonstrate by taking a swim, and then
observing how your fingers start to look like raisins...you are actually
drinking water through your skin. Chemicals in swimming pools are a genuine
health hazard, and chlorinated pool water has been found to cause bladder
cancer. The best place to swim is the ocean, where you can absorb water that
has natural minerals, rather than in chlorinated city water.
The Skin Easlily Absorbs Chemicals
But many substances go through your skin other than water. This simple fact was
denied for many years by proponents of conventional medicine, who said the skin
was some sort of barrier. This was before they figured out that they could use
the skin to deliver drugs; now we have patch delivery systems for nicotine,
birth control, and even Alzheimer's patches that actually deliver a measured
dose of drugs through the skin. Nevertheless, the cosmetics industry continues
to make products with extremely hazardous chemicals. The FDA claims that these
products are safe because they are not consumed orally. You would be amazed to
find what the FDA allows to be sold as long as it says, "for external use
only." The assumption is that it will stay external and not be absorbed into
the body, so its toxicity is irrelevant, but we now know this is not true.
Toxic chemicals on the skin quickly lead to toxic blood in the body.
Some molecules, of course, are too large to be absorbed through the skin, but
most of the chemicals found in personal care products and sunscreen products
actually do go right through the skin. The same is true with fragrance, hair
color products and all varieties of personal care products that contain toxic
chemicals. So, the next time you are shopping for any personal care products,
keep in mind a good rule I learned from Amazon John, the founder of the Amazon
Herb Company: Don't put anything on your skin that you wouldn't eat.
Think carefully about what you put on your skin. Safeguard your skin just as you
would any other organ in your body. Your skin is exchanging chemistry with the
environment, and if you want to be a healthy individual free of toxic chemicals
in your liver, heart, brain, kidneys and many other organs, it's time to stop
putting cancer-causing chemicals on your skin. Throw out the junk cosmetics,
skin lotions, creams, cleansers, shampoos, deodorants, perfumes, and all other
personal care products that deliver a harmful dose of bad chemistry.
Seven Important Questions About Sunscreen
The next time you see some public service advertisement urging you to smother
yourself and your children with sunscreen chemicals, think hard before taking
action. Ask yourself these seven commonsense questions:
1) Is the sun really dangerous to humans? If so, how did humans survive for the
last 350,000 years on planet Earth?
2) Have the chemicals used in sunscreen products ever been safety tested or
approved by the FDA? (The answer is no.)
3) Who financially benefits when you keep buying and using sunscreen products?
4) What is the environmental impact of sunscreen chemicals washing off into the
ocean, a lake, a swimming pool or being washed down the drain in your shower?
5) Sunscreen manufacturers say the skin doesn't absorb their chemicals. If
that's true, then how do nicotine patches work? How do transdermal drugs get
absorbed through the skin if sunscreen chemicals don't? (Answer: ALL these
chemicals get absorbed through the skin. The skin is not selective about what
it chooses to absorb.)
6) If the sun is so dangerous, then why is the vitamin generated by sunlight
(vitamin D) so healthy for humans? Why would humans evolve a mechanism for
generating a vitamin from sunlight if we weren't supposed to be exposed to
sunlight in the first place?
7) If sunlight is so dangerous, then why is virtually every living creature on
planet Earth dependent on sunlight for survival? Plants use sunlight to
generate their nutrition, too, and most animals eat either plants or other
animals that originally ate plants. Nearly all life on planet Earth is powered
by sunlight. Why does the cancer industry believe sunlight causes death when,
in reality, sunlight delivers life?
Once you answer these questions, the reality of the situation becomes obvious:
Sunlight is good for you, and sunscreen is a hoax.
Mike Adams is a holistic nutritionist with a passion for teaching people how to
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