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Sunscreen warning has it all wrong: people need more sunlight on their skin, not less

Tuesday, July 27, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: medical myths, sunscreen, vibrational nutrition

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Canadians are being warned over the labeling used on sunscreen products, but these warnings have it all wrong. The warning that should be printed on sunscreen products is, "Warning -- you're not getting enough sun." The fact is, most people living in Canada, the UK, and even the United States suffer from a chronic deficiency in natural sunlight, and this lack of sunlight on their skin causes a great number of serious diseases, including depression, osteoporosis, schizophrenia, prostate cancer and even obesity. This is coming out now in new research published in the UK, and decades of misinformation about exposure to sunlight is finally being overturned in the medical industry. So, while health experts in Canada are complaining that sunscreens don't clearly explain the degree of protection they offer to users, the real issue here is that people need to be using a lot less sunscreen, and getting far more sunlight on their skin in the first place.

A good way to think about this is to think of the sun as providing something I call "vibrational nutrition." Sunlight is just like a nutrient that your body needs in order to function in a healthful way. It's not hard to understand why: the human species evolved in a natural environment where sunlight was readily available. Humans did not evolve under fluorescent lighting, nor in offices or industrial buildings. They evolved outside, under the sun, where they had frequent exposure to the healing rays of the sun. As a result, our bodies evolved ways to use that sunlight to support our health.

Exposure to sunlight, for example, creates Vitamin D in your body, and it is the deficiency of Vitamin D that is thought to be the primary cause of the chronic diseases I mentioned earlier. In other words, if you don't get enough sunlight on your skin on a regular basis, you are extremely likely to suffer from Vitamin D deficiencies that will inevitably result in chronic disease such as prostate cancer, depression, osteoporosis or obesity.

I find it somewhat amusing that our modern culture has become convinced that the sun is somehow evil. We flee from the sun and try to protect ourselves from its healing light by slathering on sunscreen and covering every inch of our bodies with thick clothing or hats. This is a completely irrational fear based on nothing but medical quackery and a desire to sell sunscreen. The sun is not only absolutely essential for human health, it is in fact the single provider of all life on planet earth. Without the sun, there would be no life -- no plants, no animals, no humans. So to consider the sun -- the source of all life -- to be something that's extremely dangerous to human health is utterly irrational.

This is not to say that you can't get sunburned if you aren't used to being under the sun, or if you follow the standard American diet that consists of processed foods, chemical additives, refined carbohydrates, soft drinks, and junk foods. Eating these foods alters your body chemistry, and makes you highly susceptible to sunburns. But by changing your diet -- removing processed foods, and adding superfoods and nutritional supplements into your diet -- you can become nearly immune to sunburns, and you will find that even if you had extremely pale skin before, you can now enjoy natural sunlight on your skin without getting burned, and without experiencing any increased risk of skin cancer.

None of this, by the way, would be supported by the makers of sunscreen, who, of course, want to propagate the myth that the sun is extremely dangerous simply because the more the general public believes that myth, the more sunscreen they will purchase. However, many sunscreens are themselves dangerous products, containing highly toxic ingredients. Many sunscreens contain artificial fragrance, and this fragrance has been shown to contain a variety of carcinogenic chemicals that are absorbed through the skin, enter the bloodstream, and then attack the function of the liver and other organs. Sunscreens are also made with petroleum products and preservatives that are simply not safe for use on human skin. That's because the skin absorbs these chemicals, and as a result, many chemicals you put on your skin end up in your bloodstream.

The bottom line is that it is the sunscreen products themselves that cause cancer, and it is natural sunlight that actually prevents cancer. Note that this is a complete opposite of the myths propagated by the sunscreen manufacturers, the medical industry, and the popular press.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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