Health Concerns and Facts About Sun Exposure
The increasing occurrence of skin cancer in the USA is a major
concern of physicians. New research shows that the active
ingredients (toxic chemicals) in some sunscreens may contribute to
genetic damage and skin cancer (The Scientist, Mar/Apr. 1999, page
7). Current advice on sun and skin care strongly recommends the
heavy use of chemical sunscreens on the delicate skin of babies and
young children, as well as adults. The consumer falsely believes a
sunscreen forms an invisible protective barrier against harmful
solar rays. In fact, the sunscreen chemicals can absorb the rays'
energy, become energized, and chemically reactivate themselves,
which can lead to chemical reaction in the skin that creates free
radicals that cause DNA damage.
Dr. Marianne Berwick, an epidemiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Cancer Center reported at a 1998 meeting that her analysis of 16
epidemiology studies suggested that the more sunscreen a person used
the higher chance of developing skin cancer. Dr. Frank Garland of
the University of California, believes the increased use of chemical
sunscreens is the primary cause of the epidemic of skin cancer. Dr.
Gordon Ainsleigh in California believes that the use of sunscreens
causes more cancer deaths than it prevents. He estimated that the
17% increase in breast cancer observed between 1991 and 1992 may be
the result of the pervasive use of sunscreens over the past decade.
(Preventive Medicine, Vol. 22, Feb. 1993) Professor John Moan of the
Norwegian Cancer Institute found the yearly increase in melanoma in
Norway had increased 350% for men and 440% for women during the
periods 1957-1984, when sunscreens were introduced.
Researchers encourage consumers to READ THE LABELS on suncare
products. If the product contains any of the following chemical
ingredients, use discretion before applying to your skin:
Benzophenones (dixoybenzone, oxybenzone)
PABA and PABA esters (ethyl dihydroxy propyl PAB, glyceryl PABA,
p-aminobenzoic acid padimate O or Octyl dimethyl PABA)
Cinnamates (cinoxate, ethylhexyl, p-methoxycinnamate)
Salicylates (ethylhexyl salicylate, homosalate, octyl salicylate)
Avobenzone (butyl-methyoxydibenzoylmethane; Parsol 1789)
Propylene Glycol: Called a humectant in cosmetics, it is industrial
antifreeze, and the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid.
Material Data Sheets on Propylene Glycol warn to avoid skin contact
as it is systemic and can cause liver abnormalities and kidney
damage. If anti freeze is spilled on your garage floor and a dog or
cat drinks one lick, it will kill them.
Chemical sunscreens contain 2-5% of chemical compounds. Benzophenone,
and similar compounds, is one of the most powerful free radical
generators known to man. It is used in industrial process as a free
radical to initiate chemical reaction. When activated by ultra
violet light, it doubles the bond to produce two free radical
sights. The free radicals then initiate a chain reaction which can
increase skin damage and increase skin cancer.
Worldwide the greatest risk in melanoma has been in countries where
sunscreens have been heavily promoted. Queensland, Australia, where
the medical establishment has vigorously promoted the use of
sunscreens has more evidence of melanoma per capita than any other
place (Garland, Cedric F., et al American Journal of Public Health,
April 1992). Drs. Cedric and Frank Garland of the University of
California have pointed out that while sunscreens do prevent against
sunburn there is no scientific proof they protect against basal cell
carcinoma in humans.
In 1997, Europe, Canada and Australia changed sunscreens to use only
three specific sunscreen ingredients, avobenzone, titanium dioxide
and zinc oxide as the basis of sunscreens. All others were banned.
Solatan encourages use of only pure suncare products made with all
natural ingredients, or pure mineral sunscreens that act as
reflective sun blocks such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which
provide a physical barrier to the sun, does not irritate skin, and
protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The ingredients in Mexitan
include Green Tea, which some researchers suggest reduces skin
damage from radiation, Vitamin C, which neutralizes UVA/UVB-induced
free radicals, and Vitamin E, which slows cell damage, and provides
Moderate Sun Tanning Is Healthy
Humans evolved in the presence of sunlight. Mother nature gave us
skin pigment or melanin to protect us from sunburn. The closer you
lived to the equator, the more melanin you were born with. The dark
skinned people of Africa, the Mexicans, South Americans, etc., are
naturally protected by their dark skin pigment. A suntan as we know
it brings the melanin to the surface of the skin creating the brown
color we call a suntan and this then protects us from sunburn in the
very same way.
Dr. Martin Rieger discussed the chemistry of oxidization and
peroxidation in his publications and emphasizes that melanin, the
skin's pigment, is a free radical scavenger and protects us.
Dr. Ester Johns, Northern California Cancer Center, reports that
sunlight is the only way we get Vitamin D, which can lower breast
cancer by 40%. Sunlight exposure may reduce breast cancer 30-40% and
ovarian cancer by 80%. Rates of breast, prostate, ovarian and colon
cancer are lower in persons with more sunlight exposure. Cancer
rates are highest in northern states with the least sunlight. White
women in the South had a 41% lower risk of breast cancer.
Dr. John Voorhees M.D., University of Michigan, says that sunlight
inhibits more cancer deaths than it causes. Cancer deaths are higher
in sun deprived areas of the world and decrease significantly as one
gets closer to the Equator. Malignant melanoma skin cancer is most
common in people who do not receive regular sun exposure and most
frequently develop on parts of the body that are not regularly
exposed to sunlight.
Dr. Gordon Ainsleigh estimates 30,000 cancer deaths in the USA could
be prevented each year if people would adopt a regime of regular,
but moderate sun exposure.
There is evidence that, in older people, too little sunshine can
increase susceptibility to a range of serious diseases. (AARP Your
Health, June, 2004) Studies now show that Vitamin D (from direct
sunlight) not only helps the body absorb calcium, building stronger
bones, but also protects against a host of other problems, including
heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancers
of the breast, prostate and colon. Vitamin D deficiency has also
been linked to an increased risk of falls among people over 65 and
to persistent and unexplained bone and joint pain. "If sunlight were
really that bad for us, we'd be nocturnal creatures like mice", says
Francis Gasparro, professor of dermatology at Thomas Jefferson
University in Philadelphia.
Recent studies suggest that GREEN TEA may counteract the adverse
biological effects of UV Radiation. GREEN TEA was shown to help
protect skin cells, and the effects of both UVB and UVA rays by its
photoprotective effect on human skin and its polyphenolic
GREEN TEA protection works in the cell after exposure to ultraviolet
rays. Studies suggest it causes abnormal cells to kill themselves, a
type of programmed cell suicide that prevents the development of
abnormal growths. GREEN TEA inhibits UVB-induced erythema response
in the skin (redness reaction). At the same time GREEN TEA supports
the production of melanin, the skin's own natural sunburn
protection. GREEN TEA helps reduce the risk of sunburn.
This leads to a new strategy...GREEN TEA combined with a mineral
sunscreen. Mexitan meets the immediate need for a non-chemical
sunscreen. Each ingredient has been carefully chosen for its
specific benefit to the protection and nourishment of your skin.
The ingredients of Mexitan include coconut oil, sweet almond oil,
sunflower oil, lanolin, eucalyptus oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, and
green tea. The eucalyptus oil works as a natural insect repellant,
as well as a pore opener.
*The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. Mexitan products are not intended to diagnose,
treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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