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Well, sunscreen may be a scam but the article you posted wasn't very impressive or persuasive. Mike Adams writing for Natural News.
He writes "The scientific evidence, however, shows quite clearly that sunscreen actually promotes cancer by blocking the body's absorption of ultraviolet radiation, which produces vitamin D in the skin."
Yet he doesn't site even one source for this "evidence" other than to recommend his own book.
This is from 2007.
If you are convinced of this and think it's important to communicate this stunning news why don't you find one scientific study or maybe two that "shows quite clearly that sunscreen actually promotes cancer..."?
As I said - this could be true but really - this source is terribly weak in my opinion.
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If you think this stuff is good for you,try eating a teaspoon..way i look at it...if i cant eat it...it wont even touch my skin...BTW...the following info is proven

Homosalate (moderate hazard)
A UVB protector. Research indicates it is a weak hormone disruptor, forms toxic metabolites, and can enhance the penetration of a toxic herbicide. Restricted in Japan for cosmetics, Enhances skin absorption of toxins

Octinoxate (moderate hazard)
The most widely used sunscreen ingredient, known for its low potential to sensitize skin or act as a phototallergen. Estrogenic effects are noted in laboratory animals as well as disruption of thyroid hormone and brain signaling. Produces excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease. Ingredient is suspected or measured to accumulate in people.

Oxybenzone (high hazard)
Associated with photoallergic reactions. This chemical absorbs through the skin in significant amounts. It contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans according to Centers for Disease Control research. Outlawed in Japan. Produces excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease.

Octisalate (moderate hazard)
Octisalate is a weak UVB absorber with a generally good safety profile among sunscreen ingredients. It is a penetration enhancer, which may increase the amount of other ingredients passing through skin.

Zinc Oxide low - high risk
Zinc has a long history of use in sunscreen and other skin care products; little absorption and no adverse health effects are reported. Some sunscreens with zinc contain nanoparticles which do not penetrate skin but may pose toxicity concerns if inhaled (like in SPRAY SUNSCREEN) or in the environment. One or more animal studies show brain and nervous system effects at high doses. One or more animal studies show skin irritation at moderate doses

Titanium Dioxide low- high risk
Titanium dioxide has a long history of use in sunscreen and other products. It appears safe for use on skin, due to low penetration but inhalation is a concern. Some titanium sunscreens (SPRAY SUNSCREEN) contain nano-size particles may have greater toxicity to body tissues and environment.

AvoBenz One not listed

Octocrylene (moderate hazard)
Octocrylene may be used in combination with other UV absorbers to achieve higher SPF formulas. It produces oxygen radicals when exposed to UV light. Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Japan - restricted for use in cosmetics (concentration limit)

Padimate-O (moderate hazard)
A derivative of the once-popular PABA sunscreen ingredient, research shows this chemical releases free radicals, damages DNA, has estrogenic activity, and still causes allergic reactions in some people.Restricted in Japan, bla bla bla this is getting old

Ensulizole (moderate hazard)
Known to produce free radicals when exposed to sunlight, leading to damage of DNA, this UVB protector may have the potential to cause cancer. Restricted in Japan.

Meradimate (low hazard)
A moderately effective UVA protector not permitted for use in Europe or Japan. 1 study found that it produces damaging reactive oxygen species when exposed to sunlight.


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I use virgin organic coconut oil for sunscreen,alto its only a 5 on the protection scale...i just dont sit out in the sun ...it works for me...but if you have to be in the the sun all day or work outside..you may have to go with a more natural product...some are outright nasty..toxic ..they may even affect the way TX drugs react
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Rocker...using VCO for sunscreen in Canada may be ok...but if you used it here in Florida your skin would be crispy in less than an hour.

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I lived in Fla for 6+ years and I saw the ravages of too much sun. A bunch of alligators out sunning themselves. They sure didn't look healthy to me. Yikes!
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Well...living here among the giant icebergs in  Canada  its not as burning hot as it is in USA,..all i can say is if you must use one...use the most natural you can find...they are all bad ,but some are safer that others...the titanium oxides and zinc oxides are the ones i will use...if i go to the Sarha desert
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Sunscreen a scam?  Next you'll be telling us that colloidal silver is a scam.  
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If you want the truth on how i realy feel...this whole planet is a scam...everything revolves around money and im sick of it.
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You want to know what really stinks royal??   I live in FL., used to spend literally hours out in it and after about my 3rd treatment, I developed a permanent skin condition to where I develop hives when I get out in the direct sun for more than just about 5 min, unless I'm totally covered from head to toe.  Do you have any idea how miserable that can be in 90+ degree heat of the summer??  It used to not even be this bad until my 9th treatment using the Telaprevir and since then, it's actually gotten a bit worse.  I had this diagnosed after a flare-up, by a dermatologist.  She did a skin biopsy and the pathology report came back with this rare skin thing.  If I stay inside, don't and get hot showers/bathes, then, it's basically a non-issue.  But, sometimes it's so inconvenient.  Like, for example, when somebody has an outdoor event, like say, in May and invites me to go to it and it's a slightly formal thing, like say, a wedding.  And like say, it's at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.  Well then, I can't exactly shown up in totally covered skin garb because I'd appear as if I was going to a funeral and not a spring outdoor wedding.  Or when your sister asks you to come up to her summer house and go out on the boat and get in the hot tub..., I can't do either of those things.  Not fun.  When I was on the Telaprevir, doctor's advised me to put on a 60+ sunscreen all over my body (that contained zinc) plus, wear the sunscreen clothes on top of that. And this was the hepatologist and study nurse advising me to do this.  And it was bloody hot outside, too as it was during the May to Aug. time period.  I am grateful for sunscreen.  I didn't ask for this geeky skin disorder and I'd like more than anything to throw all caution to wind and just pretend that I didn't have it..., but, then, I'd be itching and covered in hives and isn't that more geeky?  So, I just stay inside and pop Vit. D supplementals and take my cold showers.  You do actually get used to cold showers after awhile...

: )       Susan400
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Ita very hard to find a really effective natural sunscreen...i did find one or 2...ill try to finf them,i think i saved the site...have you tried VCO ?
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There is no such thing as a "natural" sunscreen. If you want GOOD sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays (which is very important), get one that is SPF 30 and also contains avobenzone, zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide as an active ingredient. If it does not contain one of the three I just mentioned the sunscreen is no good. It will not protect you from UVA rays, which are the ones that cause more long-term harm (cancer and wrinkles).
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Earlier this year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed 785 sunscreens. A shocking 84% were found to provide inadequate protection from the sun's rays, or they contained ingredients that posed safety concerns. Harmful chemicals in sunscreen formula have been identified: PABA, benzophenone-3, homosalate, octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC) and 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4- MBC).
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