Sunlight for Your Life

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

Sunlight is essential for your life and health. This often brings up the concern of skin cancer. People are told the sun causes skin cancer and they should wear sunblock to prevent skin cancer. This is a big fat theory of the medical symptom and disease care profession. Skin cancer is on the rise because people are supposedly spending more time in the sun, and this is the supposed “proof” that skin cancer is caused by the sun. Did the experts happen to notice that most cancer is on the rise? Does the sun cause these cancers as well?

Well, my friends, I have a question for you. How many other bad things are on the rise that people are doing? Lots. Just because the sun hits the skin, the powers that be say it means that is the one thing that “causes” skin cancer. They are looking for the one cause and one cure. Remember, there is no one cause of 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 get no exposure to the sun for months; then they play weekend warrior and go out in the sun all weekend, often getting burned. My inner knowing tells me it is this burning that is a major contributing factor to skin cancer, not the actual sun exposure.

So if you do not build up to being in the sunlight, and you know you will be in the sun for a long time, use a chemical-free sunblock.

The irony about sunblock is the stuff most people use actually contains a chemical that is known to cause cancer. The FDA says PABA is a known carcinogen, or causes cancer and yet it is in most sunblocks. How ironic. There are PABA-free sunscreens that use “new” different chemicals. My thought is that those chemicals that replace the 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 sunblock. 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 sunblock I recommend and use. Unfortunately, they are not available everywhere right now.

The easiest way to get sunlight is go outside. Go outside every day without contacts or any type of glasses and have large amounts of your skin exposed to the sun. For you this might not be feasible, because you live some place where there is a thing called winter. So an acceptable alternative is getting some quality full spectrum light bulbs for your work and home. These are light bulbs that put out light similar to the sun. You can order them online as well, full spectrum solutions are the brand I use. But be careful; not all full spectrum bulbs are created equal. Most of the full spectrum bulbs in traditional stores are not much of an improvement over ordinary lights.

A fun alternative is going south for the winter. Go someplace where you can hang out in the sun without glasses or contacts, with much of your skin exposed to the sun.

Either way, you need sunlight all year round to be Totally Healthy.

Skin Cancer – Screening and Prompt Treatment Can Save Your Life

Skin cancer or melanoma is a serious and potentially fatal condition if ignored or left untreated. This type of cancer is common among people belonging to the Anglo Saxon background and statistics has revealed that the highest incidence of melanoma has been noted in the Australian population.

Regular screening tests for the early detection of this cancer is very important as it can be of tremendous help during treatment achieving an almost complete cure. But if left untreated, skin cancer can be fatal.

Screening tests – Am I at risk of developing melanoma?

Skin cancer affects people of all age groups and some people are at higher risk for developing this cancer like those belonging to certain ethnic groups like Anglo Saxon and Anglo Celtic, people with fairer complexion or with prior sunburn episodes. People who work out in the sun or play summer sports are also at increased risk.

It is important to get a screening test conducted at a clinic or hospital which has experienced doctors who have undergone extensive training in the detection and treatment of skin cancers. The doctor will first perform an extensive physical examination along with a detailed history.

Advanced screening equipment called the MoleMax HD system is used to analyze any suspicious moles on the patient’s body. Dermoscopy images are also captured if any mole looks suspicious and biopsies are carried out and sent for pathology studies to rule out skin cancer. A full body mapping is done using this latest technology so that no mole or suspicious area of the skin is missed.

This test is conducted primarily for medium and high-risk patients and the highest quality of standards are maintained to ensure minimal detection error. Apart from moles, skin lesions like lumps and bumps on the skin are also examined thoroughly. Keratoses or sun spots are also commonly seen in Australians who belong to the Anglo Celtic ethnic group and if left untreated, these spots are at risk of developing into squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.

Treatment options:

If any mole or patch on the skin is found to be positive for melanoma, then the patient has to report back to the doctor. The most common therapeutic method involved is excision of the mole which has given a positive result for skin cancer in the pathology studies. Solar keratoses are treated using different methods like cryotherapy, topical therapy, photodynamic or curettage and cautery therapy.

What are the different types of skin cancer?

There are basically 3 different types of skin cancer; basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and is usually found in the upper body and face. These are raised bumps which are pearl-like in appearance which if detected early can be easily treated with a topical cream.

Squamous cell carcinoma appears mainly on the sun-exposed areas and appears flaky, red and raised nodules which often tend to bleed. This type of cancer can spread to other organs easily. Smoking is another causative factor for this type of cancer.