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Slip Slop and Slap on some Cancer

Did you know that the outbreak of melanomas has drastically increased in countries where the use of sunscreen is heavily promoted ?

In 1991 Professor Johan Moan of the Norwegian Cancer Institute made a shocking discovery. The yearly incidence of melanoma in Norway had increased by 350% for men and by 440% for women during the period 1957 to 1984. What I thought was weird about this discovery was that there had been no change in the ozone layer over this period of time. He states, “Ozone depletion is not the cause of the increase in skin cancers”.

There are three main types of skin cancer:

BASAL CELL CARCINOMA is the most common skin cancer. It occurs more frequently in men and usually produces lesions on the neck and head. It does not tend to spread but can invade nearby bones and nerves.

SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA is the second most common skin cancer. It usually affects those who have fair complexions and sunburn easily.

MALIGNANT MELANOMA is much less common than the other two but is by far the most deadly. It affects the cells that produce melanin and is very aggressive and spreads easily. It is believed to be linked to intense yet short periods in the sun and severe sunburn.

The skin cancer epidemic is a worldwide phenomenon.

Not surprisingly, Australia has the highest melanoma rate in the world. The rate doubled for men between 1980 and 1987 and for women it increased by more than 50%. It is now estimated that two out of three Australians will have been treated for some form of skin cancer by the age of 75. But Australia has the healthiest endorsement of sunscreen products and we are among the most diligent appliers of sunscreen !

So yes we know that a worrying depletion of the ozone layer is occurring and that this is allowing more harmful UV rays to seep through into our atmosphere. However, besides for the ozone hole over Antarctica, there really hasn’t been a big change in the ozone layer that would drastically affect people in other parts of the world. A change not nearly big enough to account for this massive increase in skin cancer.

So what is it about sunscreen ?

There are two main types of sunscreen: physical sunscreens and chemical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens act by deflecting UV rays. Chemical sunscreens, instead, absorb the UV rays and contain numerous toxic chemicals.

This is a list of some of the chemicals that your body will absorb every time you apply sunscreen:

Cinnamates, octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC)
Ethylhexyl p-Methoxycinnamate – high incident of contact irritation, non comedogenic, widely used.
Salicylates, octyl salicytate (OCS) – high incident of contact irritation, widely used.
Para-aminobenzoic acid, PABA
Padimate-O, Octyl dimethyl paba
Oxybenzone, benzophenone, benzophenone-3

Europe, Canada and Australia have now introduced a policy that cuts out a lot of these harmful ingredients. These sunscreens now use three active ingredients as a basis:

Avobenzone (also known as Parsol 1789)
Titanium dioxide
Zinc oxide

Avobenzone is a powerful free radical generator and should be banned. It is easily absorbed by the body and is still a dangerous chemical that absorbs UV radiation energy. Once the energy is absorbed it cannot be destroyed so the light energy is converted into chemical energy. This is then released as a free radical. Free radicals are high-energy particles that fly around, damage cells, and cause cancer.

However, this new policy has been held off in the USA. Massive stockpiles of products containing toxic sunscreens are being sold off by cosmetic companies. Even though these products have been banned in other countries. I guess we should all realise that huge cosmetics companies don’t care in the slightest about their consumers’ well-being. They would much rather make an easy dollar off of you.

I suppose you are wondering why you have not heard more about the dangers of sunscreen. Well the truth of the matter is that the cosmetic industry has successfully silenced leading academic dermatologists from speaking out. They have offered them payments in the form of grants, retainers, vacation arrangements, consulting fees etc. In other words, they have bribed them into their silence and most academic dermatologists are prepared to talk about non-controversial topics that will not offend their corporate sponsors.Yep, it’s just another conspiracy.

Yes. Sunscreen does protect us from sunburn but we should definitely not believe that sunscreen prevents melanomas and other cancers, not limited to skin cancer. In fact, I am inclined to believe that they do just the opposite. After discovering the dangerous ingredients they contain, and already knowing that my skin is porous and absorbs what I rub into it, makes me feel relieved that I do not use sunscreen.

I love the sun and have quite a natural, healthy tan but you will rarely see me out in the sun during peak times (10am-3pm). It is important to get a dose of Vitamin D and quite healthy to spend time in the sun in the morning and the evening when the sun is not so damaging. It builds up a natural immunity and tolerance.

Do not drown yourself in sunscreen and then spend long hours in the harsh sun. Sunscreen gives you a false sense of security and, besides everything else, does not protect you 100% from harmful UV.

The debate about the dangers of sunscreen is an ongoing saga with new research, information and discoveries being published all the time. But with what we are slowly finding out, I don’t think it is too much to ask that we at least be open to a new way of thinking.

Remember, in the 1940s and 50s, thousands of prominent surgeons were used in national cigarette advertisements to reassure the public about the safety of cigarette smoking.

Makes you think twice about who you trust and what you believe, doesn’t it ?

Filed under: Conspiracy, Health

7 Responses

  1. ld says:

    Fair comments. I just did a little bit of research on those three main ingredients in sunscreens:

    First: Zinc Oxide according to Wikopeida
    Because it reflects both UVA and UVB rays of ultraviolet light, zinc oxide can be used in ointments, creams, and lotions to protect against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light (see sunscreen).

    Zinc oxide and stearic acid are important ingredients in the commercial manufacture of rubber goods. A proper mixture of these two compounds allows a quicker and more controllable rubber cure. Zinc oxide can also be used as a filler in some rubber mixtures.

    So on the one hand – it’s great that zinc oxide reflects ultrviolet light but on the other hand do I want to be putting the same stuff that is used in the commercial manufacture of rubber goods into my skin ? I doubt it.

    Titanium dioxide – “This pigment is used extensively in plastics and other applications for its UV resistant properties where it acts as a UV reflector.”

    As for Avobenzone:
    This is information from the first site I got when I googled this chemical…
    “Despite the research showing these ingredients as fundamental to a sunscreen’s ability to protect skin, nagging questions about avobenzone’s stability persist. This uncertainty resulted from a story that appeared in Health magazine (May/June 1998) reporting on research conducted by Robert Sayre, a physicist in photobiology at the University of Memphis, suggesting that avobenzone may break down in as little as 30 minutes when exposed to sunlight.”

    Well – I suppose just on a few minutes research alone, it’s enough to make me want to throw my sunscreen in the bin and JUST BE SENSIBLE about how long I spend in the sun.

    It’s kind of that simple really.

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  3. D. Esther says:

    I find it interesting that the Google ad on this site promotes exactly the products that you have reported to produce skin cancer.
    Is there no way to remove, or at least screen these ads so that you are not being hypocritical?

  4. playtoh says:

    Sorry about the hypocrisy, but I have no clue to avoiding Google adds. I actually don’t get any adds on my browser, so I assume it is more a PC rather than Mac thing. If you think about it, at least this highlights the reality affect where no matter the ‘real’ information, you must always be forced to sift through all the mainstream shit. Another point to mention, I recently spoke with a naturopath concerning this issue and was advised that Macadamia Oil was a natural SPF. Thanks for comment.

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