The Sun and Skin Cancer: Examining the Truths, Pseudo-Truths and Lies of Mainstream Science

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By Dr. Michelle Kmiec

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

So we hear the sun is good you… and then the sun is bad for you… and then later the sun is good for you again (or is bad for you now… I just can’t keep it straight).

Isn’t this game of ‘good-bad-good’ played on just about every topic under the sun (terrible pun I know…sorry about that)?

We are a society immersed in fear… fear… and more fear. So the sun being another object of fear isn’t any big surprise.

The notion that we, people that live on the surface of this planet, should cover-up and stay out of the sun as much as possible has always struck a strange cord with me. I could believe something like this if we, in fact, lived underground and were nocturnal cave dwellers; only to come out at night to work and play.

But we are not nocturnal by nature. We sleep at night and are active during the day. Did nature get this wrong? Could this perhaps be nature’s biggest joke on us? Or are we the ones who are confused?

There are reasons why we are active during the day rather than at night, and our physiology proves it:

1. The pineal gland provides melatonin at night and serotonin during the day.

2. We have excellent day vision and poor night vision.

3. Vitamin D is a vitamin-like hormone that our body makes only with direct sun exposure.

4. Not to mention that we are “programmed” to be drawn to the sun. Don’t we all just love that warm sunny day? Doesn’t it do absolute wonders on your state of mind?

Nonetheless, we’ve been told to stay out of the sun, cover up, and lather on the sunscreen on. And aren’t we totally brain washed regarding sunscreen? We are told that if we don’t put on the sunscreen, we’ll get wrinkles and/or get skin cancer. Right? Sound familiar?

And now the latest myth about being out in the sun… it is becoming more dangerous due to the shrinking ozone layer causing the sun rays to be stronger than ever before, of course causing more skin cancer. But that’s another topic all together.

UVA and UVB Rays:

Before we go into more detail, here’s a little refresher on UVB and UVA rays.

UVA rays:

  • Passes through window glass.
  • Is always present despite changes in altitude or weather.
  • Penetrates deep into skin layers
  • Totals 5% of the sun’s rays
  • Are 20 times more abundant than UVB rays

UVB rays:

  • Do not pass through window glass
  • Cause the skin to burn and tan
  • Are responsible for normal vitamin D production
  • Vary in intensity with the weather conditions, altitude, season and time of day
  • Totals 0.5% of the sun’s rays

Truth, Pseudo-Truth, and Lies

So let’s take a good look at what is truth, what is pseudo-truth, and what is a flat out lie.

Truth: There has been an increase in skin cancer rates in the United States, as reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Question: Why would there be an increase of skin cancer despite our use of sunscreen?

Pseudo-truth: While most sunscreens advertise that they protect against UVB rays, they actually do little to protect from UVA rays. There are, however, sunscreens that do protect against UVA rays, such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide as well as products that contain mexoryl.

Flat out lie: So instead of asking the question as to why skin cancer is on the increase, we continue to slap on the sunscreen or worse, stay out of the sun all together. But is it the sun that is really so dangerous or is there another cause that is conveniently overlooked?

The answer is surprising, and it comes straight from the FDA as well as The American Skin Cancer foundation (believe it or not).

In one word: photosensitivity

The Truth About Sunscreens

A report from the FDA states the following:

The FDA reports that the following list of substances cause photosensitivity or have photo-reactive agents in them, and that chronic Sun exposure while using these chemicals can cause Skin Cancer:

  • Medications
  • Food additives
  • Deodorants
  • Antibacterial soaps
  • Petroleum products (including Vaseline)
  • Antihistamines
  • Cold and allergy medicines
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) (including aspirin (Amigesic), ibuprofen (Motrin), Aleve (naproxen sodium), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine))
  • Antibiotics (including the tetracyclines and sulfonamides)
  • Sunscreens (containing bergamot oil, sandalwood oil, benzophenones, PABA, cinnamates, salicylates, anthranilates, PSBA, mexenone, and oxybenzone)

Know anybody that uses any of these products? You perhaps? Can we really say that only the sun that causes skin cancer?

Isn’t it interesting there are no warning labels on any of these products? Especially sunscreens?!? Makes you wonder doesn’t it? But wait… it gets better.

The FDA states, in the same report, that chronic exposure to photo-reactive chemicals (like those listed above) can cause:

  • Premature skin aging: Due to the sun…. or chemicals?
  • Stronger allergic reactions: Why are human beings seemingly allergic to Earth?
  • Cataracts: Visual disorders?
  • Blood vessel damage: Cardiovascular Disorders?
  • Weakened immune system: Autoimmune Disorders?
  • Skin cancer: Is this really a surprise?

You don’t have to be a scientist to put some logic to the test here: Sunscreens cause photosensitivity, and those with photosensitivity are more likely to develop cancer than those with “normal” skin.

Referring to the FDA’s report on the substances that cause photosensitivity, an article in Science Daily ‘Medications May Increase Sensitivity to Sunlight reported:

“Though these drugs do not directly increase the risk of skin cancer, serious sunburns, particularly in children, have been associated with an increased incidence of skin cancers later in life”

If you take another look at that list, we are talking about a lot more than just drugs! Food additives, deodorants and soaps all appear on that list.

It amazes me that we continue to be told that the solution to this problem is to simply put on sunscreen! But wait, oops… sunscreen is on that list too!

Why aren’t there warning labels on the sunscreen informing us that it can cause photosensitivity and cancer? Sounds a little counter-productive to me.

Sun Exposure

Flat out lie: Those who spend more time in the sun are more likely to get skin cancer. Thus, the reason it is so important to cover up and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

A must read is the latest report out of the United Kingdom, “Sunlight Robbery”. An excerpt states the following [I have bolded areas for emphasis]:

“…there are real doubts about the way in which sun exposure causes melanoma. Adults who work outdoors and children who play outdoors are regularly exposed to the sun and are less likely to develop melanoma than those who work or play more indoors. While people who have irregular exposure to the sun and those who recall being sunburnt have a higher risk of melanoma, especially if they have a fair skin type. Occasional exposure of skin to sunlight appears to carry the greatest risk of melanoma, while regular exposure of skin to sunlight appears to protect against melanoma, probably because it provides higher levels of vitamin D which are protective against cancer in general.”

Of course, sunscreen does a great job of protecting us from UVB rays, but there is a problem. It’s the UVB rays that our body needs for vitamin D production. And if Vitamin D is protective against cancer… well…

So What Are We To Do?

Firstly, use natural alternatives of the products listed in the FDA report.

Sure, there are some substances in nature that cause photosensitivity as well. But if the only interest of the FDA, and other groups such as The American Skin Cancer Foundation, is to protect the general public, then why aren’t they looking at the chemical ingredients that are in the products which are known to cause photosensitivity? Why isn’t more interest being given to alternative treatments that could prevent these photosensitive reactions from medications? Not to mention all the other side-effects?

Instead, mainstream science stands steadfast in its ideology against alternative treatments. Puzzling, isn’t it?

Previous articles by Dr. Michelle:

About the author:
is a licensed chiropractor who also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. She is life-long athlete who after curing herself 100% naturally from autoimmune neurological symptoms and anxiety, became an avid nutrition health researcher/promoter, author of Healthcare Freedom Revolution: Exposing the Lies, Deceit and Greed of the Medical Profession, and Founder of the website Online Holistic Health. You can follow Online Holistic Health on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 


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  • Cheryl

    I prefer to believe the plastic surgeon who operated on my arm to remove a melaoma, and the dermatolgy consultant.

    • Dan

      Keep BELIEVING your Capitalist Doctors who are out to make you sick and make money treating a condition which they caused! How ironic.

      Belief is the Hallmark of Religion and the Charlatan’s bait to reel you in, hook, line and sinker. And you swallowed a whallop, Cheryl….that’s why you got melanoma, despite “believing” in these charlatans and their “Religion”. And you will continue to get melanoma even if you do your best to protect yourself from the Sun.

      This article rationally explains why the Sun is beneficial to health and prevents skin cancer. Disregard it and keep making the Capitalists rich!

      BTW….nobody got skin cancer before the Medical Capitalists and their Government cohorts but a warning label on the Sun.

      • Ted

        You also need water to survive, most of your body is water. Still drink too much and you’ll be dead. Moderation.

    • Derek

      Natural selection will weed out anyone dumb enough to think all forms of exposure to the sun is good. Everything in moderation. Your body is made up of mostly water, drink too much and you’ll still die.

  • Creativematrix

    I guess this article pertains to white people or people with “lighter” skin. Dark skin people are less affected by skin cancer. The media and healthcare organizations tend to lie to you about the conditions of your body and what you are capable of so they can bank off of your needs. Most of the time, 98% the cause are usually the things around us. As a human being you need the sun……period. Every living thing on this planet uses the sun to survive and humans are no different.
    If you are of the lighter skin just limit your exposure to the sun…….simple.

  • LogicalInvestigator (required)

    If the lastest geneological DNA studies are correct, modern man originated in Central Africa. Dark skin, eventually losing it’s melanin so that the skin could produce enough vitamin D. Northern european like skin.

  • Marion

    This is an impressive article; well written and concise. I only wish they author followed through with why there is so much anti-sun propaganda and what is stood to gain from keeping the public all so frightened and unhealthy. I understand that it would be speculative but saying something out loud may one day lead to change.

    I suspect the reason is money. Cancer is a big business. So is Cosmetic Dermatology. Follow the money… just a hunch.

  • Steve

    Can I please have the links to the FDA reports of which you took this information from as well as any other references you have cited here? I would like to read these for myself. They should be posted on this page somewhere at the bottom of the article to add any credibility to what you are saying. I am with you in your stance on this matter but without proper references your information doesn’t stand for anything more than your opinion or that of those you’ve cited who when I went to find references did not find the FDA report itself.

    For all anyone here knows you can be working for the exact same side as the FDA and ASCF discrediting their information in a way that can be seen as flawed so that someone reading this might disagree with you and choose to throw your evidence out the window. At best to the trained eye all you have done here is made the masses simply THINK about the other side of the argument instead of giving them the proof of the facts to help them KNOW the other side of the issue.

    This is my first time on Wake up World but if I am to continue to see articles like this without references then the information here is no better than that of the mainstream media and sciences you claim to be disinforming us. In this case the information here will never be any more credible than that main stream information and we are no more “awakened” than we were before we read this.

    Thank you for your article aside from references I found this to be very helpful and I’m happy you took the time to present your point of view and help educate people on an important issue.

    Edit: Here is the FDA report cited here :

    http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/SurgicalandTherapeutic/UCM135813.pdf