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Read This! Sunscreen’s chemicals make it worse than wearing none at all!

Someone posted this article to Facebook and I had to share it. It’s shocking to me that they are saying wearing too much sunscreen over a long period of time is actually BAD for you! It is supposed to be protecting us. What is the world coming to? Chemicals are in EVERYTHING! Our foods, our deodorant (just ordered some organic deodorant from Etsy) along with sunscreen too! All thanks to this article – please share!


According to a June 2014 article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.

The epidemiological study followed 30,000 women for over 20 years and “showed that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.”

 Researchers concluded that the conventional dogma, which advises avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize sun exposure, is doing more harm than actual good.

 That’s because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is by far the best form of vitamin D.

In the USA, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Ironically, vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. A ground-breaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offers protection against sunburn and skin cancer.

Additionally, vitamin D protects the body from diseases like multiple sclerosis, rickets (in the young), tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome.

According to the Vitamin D Council, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently reported that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.”


Bernard Ackerman, MD, (deceased 2008) was one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of skin cancer and the sun, sunscreens and melanoma skin cancer risks. 

Below are Ackerman’s views excerpted from an article in The New York Times (July 20, 2004), titled “I BEG TO DIFFER; A Dermatologist Who’s Not Afraid to Sit on the Beach”:

The link between melanoma and sun exposure (dermatology’s dogma) is unproven.There’s no conclusive evidence that sunburns lead to cancer.There is no real proof that sunscreens protect against melanoma.There’s no proof that increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of melanoma.

A 2000 Swedish study concluded that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those who used sunscreen versus those who did not.


Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, is a California-based scientist who authored the book Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste, which extensively documents the serious life-threatening dangers of sunscreens not only to people but to the environment as well. 

Dr. Plourde provides 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 (EDC).

Environmentally, she notes: “In areas where there has been much exposure to ED [endocrine disrupting] chemicals, coral and other sea populations have died off and the prevalence of dual-sexed fish has risen.”

Dr. Plourde’s research on mice and sunscreen exposure also showed increases in both pup and maternal mortality as well as reproductive issues in subsequent generations.

Additionally, the book documents how sunscreen chemicals have polluted our water sources including oceans, rivers and municipal drinking water. Worse yet, testing revealed that 97% of Americans have sunscreen chemicals in their blood! 

Dr. Plourde’s book also has a chapter on the importance of vitamin D3 to health, and she posits that the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to overuse of sunscreen combined with sun avoidance in general.


[Source: www.realfarmarcy.com]


Fly Geyser

Came across these photos… our world has such beautiful features.

Fly Geyser – Washoe County, Nevada


Only 12 feet wide and 5 feet high, the Fly Geyser was accidentally created by well drillers in 1964. The formation we see is from dissolved minerals that began to rise. Sources say they expect it to continue growing! Water spays out the top at about 5 feet high, lengthening the formation. So cool how something like this was the outcome of workers mistakes.



[Source: AllThatIsInteresting]

A Mental Makeover

ImageSan Clemente, California [Orange County]

A year ago today, I was enjoying my third day in California.. wandering the streets, staring up at the palm trees that surrounded me. It was my first time there and I had left New York to clear my head of a few things. I went on my own, meeting up with my aunt and friend once I got there. I was stressed at home and needed a mental break, which the 9-day vacation did. I came home with a clearer conscious and a mind more made up than ever. I had decided to eat healthier, which I did. I cut fast food out of my diet completely. I think I had McDonald’s two or three times in 2013. (Which is huge considering I used to eat it all the time when my younger body could endure it) I decided to leave a relationship that I found wasn’t suiting for me any longer and I was really proud of myself. I let go of the things that were weighing me down and I feel as though my trip to California really assisted me in doing all this. I came home a different person, and I was glad. I had many chances to just be myself and stare at the sunsets or walk on the beach and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. Sometimes all you need is to get away from the norm for a while… see new things and explore new places. I’ll be leaving for California again in 17 days and I’m counting down the days! I’m hoping that again I will come home with great new experiences that will shape me into an even better person than before.

A few more photos from my trip:


La Jolla, California


San Diego, California


Mimosas in Dana Point [Orange County]


Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles


The view from my aunt’s apartment – San Diego