Sunshine is so refreshing and cleansing that we absolutely love to go into the sun. It is our source of physical energy as we know it. In fact, just about everything that we can think of in our physical existence derives its energy from the sun. There are multiple frequencies of energy that arrive from the sun onto the earth. Warmth comes from infrared rays as it touches our skins and interacts with all physical matter to transfer heat. Biologically, there are two frequencies in the ultra violet range that concerns us most: UVA and UVB. These rays have a significant impact on our skin. Of course this blog is primarily about the UVB rays and how that generates cholecalciferol for healing, more commonly known as vitamin D3, from the cholesterol in our skin.
Originally, the concern for sunburn brought about the desire for a chemical that would keep us from burning, but yet would allow our bare skin to be exposed to the sun because of the great feeling that it gives us. Up to this time, it had always been understood that spending gradually more time in the sun would allow the tanning process to take place until you reached the point where you could stay in the sun as long as you liked without concern for being burned. Of course the population spent a lot of time outside so it was natural for your skin to tan as the intensity of UV increased with the movement of the sun toward summertime. But then, with the invention of modern conveniences, much more time was spent inside. When people decided it was time to travel to the lower latitudes or just simply go into a bright early summer sun they burned.
The first lotions were about tanning and not so much about preventing sunburn. I remember well in the early sixties my siblings talking about what was the best tanning solution. It seemed that ‘baby oil’ with iodine added was considered a great aid for tanning and would give you the richest deepest tan. That was when the industry introduced the little girl on the beach with the dog pulling on her pants that we still see on a popular brand of lotion today. This of course was done to show the difference in skin tone between ‘skin covered’ with fabric versus ‘the glorious tan’ provided by the product. Dr. Gorham shows this in his presentation that we discussed from last post. Skin Cancer/Sunscreen – the Dilemma
This brings us to the increase of skin cancer that started to occur with the use of chemical lotions on our skin. Dr. Gorham shows how this increase in skin cancer is directly correlated to the increased use of chemicals on our skin. He goes on to show that the thick ozone layer over Australia acts just like sunscreen. Of course he explains that just because there is correlation does not mean that there is causation, but the important point is that without correlation there cannot be causation. It appears that the effect of sunscreen is the primary cause of the increase in skin cancer.
Until the late nineties, the sunscreen only stopped the penetration of UVB because this was the frequency that seemed to cause the sunburn. It was then decided, perhaps, the UVA was causing the increase in skin cancer. Dr. Gorham provides convincing scientific evidence this is the case as he points to another scientist’s work. The platy fish contracts melanoma when UVB is blocked and UVA is allowed through. His contention is the primary cause for the increase in skin cancer is from how the sunscreen products prevented UVB penetration and increased the amount of UVA.
The chemicals that were used as sunscreen cause the energy from the UVB to reradiate (re-radiation works like fluorescing paints that we use on our highways and for other uses) in the UVA frequency so that there was more energy in the more deeply penetrating UVA rays. This certainly seems to be the case. If you think about how tanning works to allow the melanin to cover the nucleus of the cell for protection, the increase in UVA energy was defeating our natural mechanism for protection. Think of a fortress that is being overrun by so many enemies that the moat and the fortified buttresses are not enough to keep them out. Tanning works great to prevent skin cancer because people with lots of melanin and deep skin tone have the least amount of skin cancer.
Enough of this for the moment, I am off to the beach to enjoy the sun. I would suggest that you do the same. Get off you computer and go into the sun. – Pandemic Survivor
Super exticed to see more of this kind of stuff online.
I am a dark-skinned individual and do spend some (but not a lot) of time in the sun. Where I live, I believe it is mainly from mid spring through early fall when a significant amount of vitamin D can be obtained from the sun. What I am wondering is if I can safely spend a lot of time outside in the winter. I know I wouldn’t be able to get any vitamin D, but I want to be able to get some of the other benefits from the sun (particularly getting my biological clock in balance). I am confused about the strength of the UVA rays in the winter. I have heard that the UVA rays stay constant throughout the year. However, the UV index is generally low in the winter, which means little to no sun protection is needed. My concern is that if the UVA rays are still strong enough, perhaps I would be doing more harm than good to my body (probably more so my eyes than skin given my skin color).