Health — 21 June 2011
Possible Dangers of Sunscreens

by Dr. Mary Shackelton.
Special to GroupTrails.

This year more than 1.3 million skin cancers will be detected in the United States. Of those, 7300 will be fatal.

We must be careful to employ new methods to protect skin from sun-exposure damage – if we are to reduce the frequency of skin-cancer diagnoses and age-related skin problems.

Until recently, sunscreens have been our best protection from the sun. But their protection is not ideal because of inadequate use, incomplete UVA/UVB protection, and/or toxicity.

In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that due to the additional costs and risks from increased concentrations of active ingredients, the maximum SPF should not exceed 30.1

Choose natural sun protection – a hat, sunglasses, and a long-sleeved shirt. And when you and your children race for the outdoors this spring and summer, keep in mind this information to help you choose a safe and natural sunscreen product such as Lavanilla Lab sun screen.

A few safe products for you and your children include: Alba Botanica SUN, Aubrey Organics Sunscreen. Below are a few tips on picking sunscreens.

Mary F. Shackelton MPH, ND is a Naturopathic Physician with a practice in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Shackelton practices family medicine with an emphasis on children’s and women’s health. Within the children’s health specialty she successfully treats most common childhood ailments including: ear infections, immune dysfunction, allergies, eczema, asthma, behavioral disorders, and other chronic illnesses. Dr.Shackelton can be reached at:

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