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Sunscreen alert: Reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals

Did you know a recent study on sunscreen indicates that the chemicals in conventional sunscreens have estrogenic effects and can cause a wide range of health problems for men and women? We talked with Dr Martha Howard, a holistic practitioner with Chicago Healers about the damage sunscreen can do and healthier alternatives for sun protection.
Did you know a recent study on sunscreen indicates that the chemicals in conventional sunscreens have estrogenic effects and can cause a wide range of health problems for men and women? We talked with Dr Martha Howard, a holistic practitioner with Chicago Healers about the damage sunscreen can do and healthier alternatives for sun protection.

Sunscreen as “gender bender”?

As you’re slathering on SPF30 before you head into the sun, you’re likely thinking what a beneficial move it is to prevent skin cancer. However, a study conducted at the University of Switzerland shows that chemicals in sunscreens have high estrogenic activity. Dr Howard warns that chemical estrogens are “gender benders” and can put you at risk for reproductive system health issues.

We’re suffering from chemical warfare

According to Dr Howard, a study done at Tulane found that combinations of the estrogenic chemicals in sunscreen and other environmental chemicals, like PCBs and DDT, are more harmful than single chemicals. We’re assaulting our bodies and don’t even realize it!

Health risks of sunscreen

Women’s risk:

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  • Increased breast and uterine cancer
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  • Uterine fibroid tumors
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  • Endometriosis
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  • PMS
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  • Irregular Periods
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  • Migraines

Men’s risk:

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  • Reduced penis size
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  • Increased testicular cancer
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  • Undescended testicles
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  • Breast enlargement
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  • Lowered sperm counts
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  • Sexual identity confusion
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  • Impaired male fetal brain patterning

Better choices for sun protection

This doesn’t mean you have to hang out indoors during the summer, it just means you need to use sunscreens that are not harmful to your health. Dr Howard says, “Fear not, it is easy to prevent exposure to these harmful chemicals and their effects by using organic, chemical-free sunscreens.”

She recommends: Desert Essence Organics Age Reversal Mineral Sunscreen, MyChelle Sun Shield, and California Baby SPF 30+ No Fragrance Sunscreen.

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