…and another ‘rule’ bites the dust!

Aug 1, 2017 | 2 comments

Yes or No?

What with the real news, the fake news, the old news and the new news – it’s hard to keep up.  Case in point:  As the sun became more reliable this summer and we found time to be out in it more often, we replenished our sunblock.  Wrong!  Wrong! Wrong!  As it turns out, dutifully slathering ourselves in this protective lotion causes more skin cancers than it prevents!  Who knew?

According to an article in realfarmacy.com, California scientist Dr. Elizabeth Plourde has provided proof that malignant melanoma and all other skin cancers increased significantly with ubiquitous sunscreen use over a 30-year period. She emphasizes that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. And, lest we are not comfortable with that bit of news, an extensive Swedish study found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.  (Which does beg the question — do the others not die?  Well… maybe something was lost in the translation.)

Sydney – 1940, Before Sunscreens

Suddenly, I find myself feeling guilt-free concerning all those years before sunscreens and sunblocks – the years when we smeared cocoa butter all over ourselves and laid by the pool in the California sunshine, tanning and staying on the lookout for cute boys who might make eye contact.  Not that I fully believe the ‘studies,’ You don’t get to my venerable age without learning that, given enough time, the research will reverse itself.  As in, remember Saccharine?  And Red Dye No. 1?

But…wait!  It seems that every time I turn around, I find various sunscreens and sun-blocks being advertised and touted.  I even heard a friendly public service reminder about summer slathering on our public radio stations.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to wonder how strong the ‘sunscreen lobby’ is and why we are still being encouraged to “apply liberally and often.”  Must be some powerful companies.  Oh, yeah… Johnson and Johnson is one.  ‘Nuff said.

And, once again, I’m back to the advice given me from my earliest years:  Moderation in All Things.  Mothers (at least in my generation) were always right!


    • sydney

      I agree with you, Ralph, and I did check further before posting this blog. Their facts seem to be correct in this case…


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