I can go on and on about how IMPORTANT the sun is and how beneficial having a tan is for your overall physical and mental health. But, I’ll touch on some of the more important points in this article, as those who have attended my seminars know my opinion on exactly how ignorant/stupid some (or most) dermatologists can be (when it comes to the sun).
First, let’s get right down to it:
- The sun does NOT cause melanoma or any other kind of fatal cancer. Many dermatologists warn that it does, but have ZERO scientific evidence to back up their statement. The sun is your FRIEND … but with anything good, a little goes a long way, so don’t over do it.
- For the most part, sunscreen doesn’t do much of anything other than avoiding a tan – but NOT avoiding wrinkles!
- Sunglasses can be VERY bad for your eyes, UNLESS you wear the full-spectrum protection ones. The sun does not cause cataracts or other visual problems. The infrared rays from incandescent light bulbs are probably the main cause of cataracts. Use full-spectrum fluorescent lights in your home and office.
The Sun Does NOT Cause Skin Cancer
The past president of the American Academy of Dermatology once said, “Sunscreens are an essential weapon in the fight against skin cancer.” That’s just completely FALSE and there is no scientific justification for such a statement and the REAL scientist and researchers KNOW this.
The type of skin cancer most people are worried about is called “malignant melanoma”. Most dermatologists say or imply that excess sunlight (or ANY kind of sunlight) will cause this disease. Of course, they have NO facts to back it up and most try not to say it, but rather “imply” it.
The REAL scientific fact is that the LACK of ADEQUATE sunlight is a very strong factor in the development of melanoma. Again, I just don’t have enough room in this one article to get into all the facts …
But the sun helps produce a variety of very beneficial hormones, all needed to FIGHT DISEASE. It also helps the body with creating and absorbing Vitamin D … which is needed to absorb Calcium and other important vitamins and minerals … which help to reduce the acidity, alkalize the body and help with proper blood PH (all PROVEN to reduce cancer!).
Every Organism On The Planet NEEDS The Sun
What most people don’t understand is that every single organism on this planet NEEDS the sun to function. Even in the deepest oceans, where sunlight does NOT get to the bottom … the animals eat various vegetation that falls from the top of the ocean, down to the bottom of the sea.
These vegetation’s contain many of the sun’s benefits through photosynthesis. So the point is we all need, you shouldn’t hide from the sun.
Sunscreen Won’t Prevent Wrinkles
Did you know that over the past 25 years, skin cancer has been on the rise … and MUCH higher in those that USE SUNSCREEN and parts of the world that don’t receive much sun (like Canada for example)?!!
Basically, here’s how it works: Most sunscreens filter out ultraviolet B rays, which cause the majority of the tanning. Unfortunately, these sunscreens do NOT filter UV A rays very well – and THOSE are the main rays believed to contribute to skin wrinkling and damage.
The so-called “sun protection factor” (SPF) that you read on bottles … are anywhere between 2 to 45, but all they are doing is preventing you from getting a tan, NOT from reducing wrinkles! Of course, nobody tells you this because the sunscreen industry is a multi-BILLION dollar a year business.
Yes … unfortunately, it all comes down to “money”!
NOTE: If you’re going to use sun screen, use one that is “full spectrum UVA/UVB/UVC sunscreen”that contains Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide. And don’t forget to reapply after getting wet. For example, two good products would be Total Block – Clear and Total Block – COTZ. And this is MOST IMPORTANT for children!
Don’t Send Me Hate Mail
I know most people have been BRAIN WASHED into thinking the sun is “bad”. Or that “there is no such thing as a healthy tan”. Do what you want, it’s your body – but I’m just reporting on the FACTS!
Most everything on the earth NEEDS the sun. Your body is made to function better because of it.
The real problem of “sun damage” is when an individual doesn’t go in the sun for a few weeks or months or all winter and the first sign of sunlight, they run to the beach and lay out for hours on end. That’s just ABUSE for your skin.
All you need is about 20-30 minutes of good sunlight every day and you’ll be healthy. Don’t EVER burn.
Take it from a person who has been tanning NON STOP for 20+ years … who has NO wrinkles (well, barely anyway…), nor moles or anything else weird on my skin. You HAVE to get some sun every single day, just do it in moderation and don’t burn.
What’s REALLY Important…
Trust me when I say that a balanced life-style, healthy diet, good exercise program (weights and cardio), good supplements, happy relationships with lots of love and of course, the management of STRESS – will keep you healthy and without diseases, more than ANYTHING else in this world!
Getting “too much sun” is the LEAST of your concerns. So get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunlight.
PS – Don’t forget to take some Vitamin D-3 every day as well. 2000 units daily is a good start.
• “Some Scream About Sunscreen” Conscious Choice magazine, 6/00
• “The essential nutrient you need more of-and how to get it absolutely free,” Nutrition & Healing newsletter 2003; 10(11): 1-4
• Ness, Andrew R., et al. “Are we really dying for a tan?” British Medical Journal, Vol. 319, July 10, 1999, pp. 114-16
Summary: The sun won’t cause cancer and in fact, the LACK of sunlight will cause all sorts of illnesses and diseases. Sunscreens only block the tanning rays of the sun, NOT the rays that cause wrinkles. So, you don’t get a tan, but you get wrinkles – not cool!
If you wear sunglasses, make sure they are full-spectrum protection. Your body NEEDS about 20-30 minutes of good sunlight, on MOST of your body (not just your face) every day. The worst thing you can do is BURN, as that’s excessive damage to your skin cells. A little goes a long way!
And don’t forget to take your Vitamin D-3 every day…