Sunlight for your life

All life on the planet and everything in nature depends on the sun. Without the sun, there would be no life on the planet. All life depends on the sun. Plants convert sunlight into energy, and all animals need plants or other animals to live. All life in nature depends on the sun. We, as humans, are part of nature. We need sunlight like everyone else.

Sunlight is essential to your life and health. This often raises the concern of skin cancer. People are told that the sun causes skin cancer and that they should use sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. This is a great theory from the medical profession of symptom and disease care. Skin cancer is on the rise because people supposedly spend more time in the sun, and this is the so-called “proof” that skin cancer is caused by the sun. Did the experts realize that most cancers are on the rise? Does the sun also cause these cancers?

Well, my friends, I have a question for you. How many other bad things are increasing that people are doing? A lot. Just because the sun hits the skin, the powers that be means it is the only thing that “causes” skin cancer. They are looking for a cause and a cure. Remember, there is no single cause for anything. There are only contributing factors.

In my opinion, it is not the sun that contributes to cancer, but being burned by the sun. Most people don’t go out in the sun for months; then they play weekend warrior and go out in the sun all weekend, often burning. My inner knowledge tells me that it is this burning that is the main contributing factor to skin cancer, not the actual sun exposure.

So if you are not preparing to be in sunlight and you know that you will be out in the sun for a long time, use a chemical-free sunscreen.

The irony about sunscreen is that what most people use actually contains a chemical that is known to cause cancer. The FDA says that PABA is a known carcinogen or cancer cause, yet it is found in most sunscreens. How ironic. There are PABA-free sunscreens that use different “new” chemicals. My thinking is that those chemicals that replace PABA will soon be identified as carcinogens as well. Just give them time. Even PABA was labeled “safe” by the FDA at first.

My recommendation: get a good chemical-free sunscreen. Many health food stores will have them. Or you can find a place near you that sells them on the web. Avalon Organics is the sunscreen that I recommend and use. Unfortunately, they are not available everywhere at the moment.

The easiest way to get sunlight is to go outside. Go outside every day without contact lenses or glasses of any kind and expose large amounts of your skin to the sun. For you, this might not be feasible, because you live in a place where there is something called winter. Therefore, an acceptable alternative is to get quality full spectrum light bulbs for your work and home. They are bulbs that emit a light similar to that of the sun. You can also order them online, full spectrum solutions are the brand I use. But be careful; not all full spectrum bulbs are the same. Most of the full spectrum bulbs in traditional stores are not a huge improvement over ordinary lights.

A fun alternative is to go south during the winter. Go somewhere where you can hang out in the sun without glasses or contact lenses, with much of your skin exposed to the sun.

Either way, you need year-round sunlight to be totally healthy.

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