Sunscreen – Sun Bathing – Vitamin D
by Dr. Lauren Schofield
The British journal “The Independent,” recently published a major epidemiology study was conducted that followed 30,000 women over 20 years and revealed that “the mortality rate was almost doubled in the women who avoided sun bathing and exposure compared to the highest exposed group.”
Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, found that women who avoided sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day. This blows the lid on the cancer and sunscreen myth! Avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize exposure is doing more harm than good. This is because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce the hormone Vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is the best form of Vitamin D.
In the US the hormone Vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Not so ironically, Vitamin D deficiency leads to aggressive forms of skin cancer as well as: multiple sclerosis, rickets, tuberculosis, type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Back in 2000, a Swedish study concluded that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those that used sunscreen versus those who did not. This would also support the conclusion that Vitamin deficiency from lack of sunlightleads to the risk of melanoma.
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