The number of people with malignant melanoma and other skin cancers has been increasing steadily over the years.
And mainstream “experts” attribute it to increased exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
But, nowadays, many folks limit their sun exposure… and/or slab on excessive amounts of sunscreen.
So, what gives?
We’ll talk about it—including how this toxic cycle has led to yet ANOTHER public health problem… one that’s arguably more dangerous.
SLASH your odds in HALF
According to a new study, inadequate vitamin D levels might be the reason behind this increase in skin cancer.
Researchers analyzed 402 participants in Finland—a place where D levels are notoriously hard to improve by just soaking in the sun, since they are so far north.
They looked at whether participants supplemented with D at all, occasionally, or regularly.
Ultimately, they discovered that supplement users are significantly LESS likely to have a history of skin cancers compared to non-users…
In fact, regular users had a 55 percent reduction in the odds of having a past or present melanoma diagnosis. And there was even a trend for those who only took D occasionally!
Of course, the powers-that-be couldn’t write quickly enough about how they AREN’T advising people to take more vitamin D. And they tried to muddy the waters with an uncertainty that D was even linked to those reduced odds.
But the truth is, having low vitamin D levels is a significant public health problem…
Assess your blood levels every six months
We know that sun exposure IS good for you. In fact, it’s the best natural source of lifesaving vitamin D.
But we also know that excessive sun exposure is the No. 1 cause of deadly skin cancer.
So where does that leave us?
Well, in my view, there’s more to the “sun exposure = skin cancer” theory. I believe toxic, chemical-infused sunscreens likely amplify your cancer risk, alongside excessive UV ray exposure.
Meaning—if you’re going to soak up the sun, you just have to be smart about it.
Use safer sunscreen options, made from one of two ingredients: zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. And wear hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing once you’ve reached your sun quota for the day.
But let’s not forget about those vitamin D levels…
Even avid sun seekers (like myself) typically need a daily dose of supplemental D.
In fact, I regularly test my patients to assess their blood levels of D. And I almost always prescribe a daily supplement—because it’s hard to reach optimal levels through safe sun exposure alone.
I suggest getting your blood levels screened every six months. I consider optimal levels to be 80 to 100 ng/mL.
Then, to reach those levels, I advise taking a minimum of 50 mcg (2,000 IU) to 125 mcg (5,000 IU) of vitamin D3 daily. But some patients may need at much as 250 mcg (10,000 IU) daily to maintain optimal levels. (That’s what I take myself.)
In doing so, you may just protect yourself from skin cancer—a 55 percent reduction is pretty awesome—in addition to fending off many other deadly health threats.
P.S. I disclose seven crucial steps to stopping skin cancer before it starts in the May 2018 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“How you can get the life-saving benefits of the sun this summer—without putting your skin at risk”). Not yet a subscriber? Click here to learn about becoming one!
“Regular Vitamin D Supplements May Lower Melanoma Risk.” Medscape, 01/12/2023. (medscape.com/viewarticle/986867)