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Slip, Slop, Slap is crap and could kill you
by Dr Mark Stengler
The United States Food and Drug Administration just made a SHOCKING confession.
They just straight-up admitted the advice they’ve been pushing on more than 300 million Americans isn’t just wrong…
It’s dangerous; it might even be deadly!
And odds are… you’ve followed this advice yourself.
Well, friend, it’s time to think twice about sunscreen — because the United States government just admitted the TRUTH about what’s inside it.
How to get SAFE protection from the sun
I’ve warned about the ingredients in sunscreen, including dangerous hormone blockers and chemicals even known to cause cancer.
The mainstream has dismissed that as alarmist… and those are the nicer ones.
Some have even claimed it’s a wild conspiracy theory!
Well, now the FDA itself has been forced to admit it’s neither alarmist nor conspiracy.
The agency said that almost NONE of the regular ingredients in today’s most common sunscreens have been proven safe!
There are 16 common ingredients used in various sunscreens. Just two are definitively safe: titanium and/or zinc oxide (which, by the way, are the same ones I’ve recommended all along).
Two of the other 14 — PABA and trolamine salicylate, which are not commonly used in the United States — are definitely UNSAFE.
The feds say they need more evidence on the other 12…
But I can tell you right now many of them are absolutely dangerous.
One of the most common, oxybenzone, is a “weak estrogen” that can mess with your body’s hormone levels. Yet it’s tough to avoid: Environmental Working Group says it’s in 65 percent of non-mineral sunscreens.
But that doesn’t mean you have to risk sunburn anytime you hope to step outside this spring and summer.
And you certainly don’t have to hide indoors.
There are two steps you can take to protect your skin, cut your risks and enjoy the great outdoors all year long.
First, stop fearing the sun.
It wasn’t created to hurt you. It’s there because we all need it — and not just for sunlight and plants. Our bodies need it. Sun levels cue hormones such as melatonin, charge up immune-system T cells and stimulate the production of essentials such as vitamin D and nitric oxide.
You know your skin well; unless you easily burn, don’t worry about sun “safety” for short periods outside of 15-30 minutes, depending on your complexion.
Second, if you’re out longer or burn easily, look for a natural sunscreen with safe and proven ingredients such as the titanium and/or zinc oxide (that even the FDA now admits are your best options).