SUNSHINE AND VITAMIN D

This past May was the second annual Natural Breast Cancer Prevention Month. The focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of healthy lifestyles that help to prevent development of breast cancer through diet, exercise and exposure to sunshine. Fundraisers  were also  held to raise funds in support of the Breast Cancer Natural Prevention Foundation  (BCNPF), an organization focused on cancer prevention though healthy lifestyles choices, particularly by correcting the epidemic vitamin D deficiency that exists today. Hundreds of…

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SUNSCREENS & SKIN CANCER

A recent article posted on slate.com by Melinda Moyer shines a light on how confusing buying and using sunscreens can now be. The FDA recently rolled out new labeling rules to manufacturers and the decision making has only gotten more complex. That along with reports from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and even Dr. Oz suggest that certain ingredients may be toxic and possibly cause cancer. One thing is certain the number of skin cancers, particularly melanomas are rising…

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UV Rays and Skin Cancer

As reported in the May 31, 2013 edition of USA Today, this year’s four day meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago will center stage skin cancer; specifically melanoma.  Studies presented on melanoma will number 288 versus  62 just a decade ago. Since 2011 only four new  melanoma specific cancer drugs have been approved by the FDA, the first in over a decade. While promising,  these new therapies improve life extension by only a few months….

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As Long As Your Skin Stays On

Regardless of the lotion you use for tanning or the spray you have applied, it will produce results on the top layer of your skin.  The top layer of healthy skin sloughs off every 15 to 21 days.  Unhealthy skin like that which has been overexposed to UV rays, will slough off much faster at a rate of about every four days.  So your tan can only last as long as your layer of skin stays on. If you…

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Vitamin D…Why and How

Scientists have now mapped the exact points where Vitamin D interacts with more than 200 genes, unlocking more of the mechanism by which natural levels of ‘The Sunshine Vitamin’ are related to overall health, according to a study published this week in the medical journal Genome Research. “Scientists have mapped the points at which vitamin D interacts with our DNA — and identified over two hundred genes that it directly influences,” medical news web site PhysOrg.com reported this week….

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