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Subject:  Re: it is fat-shaming time in America Date:  3/19/2013  2:11 PM
Author:  CCinOC Number:  675260 of 737075

A friend of ours was tested and found to have very low vit D levels. epona had [...] extremely low levels of vit D too and was put on Rx strength pills (like 20,000 ius). Once we found this we recommended that my mom get tested - same story. And grandmother - same story. And aunt - same story.

The prolific use of sunscreens is one of the reasons why Americans have low levels of Vitamin D.

Nobody needs sunscreen except maybe babies, but they don't need to be in the sun for very long, anyway. An adequate intake of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids provides "built-in" sunscreen.

Natural Sunscreen Protection from Real Food
http://oreganicthrifty.blogspot.com/2009/05/natural-sunscree...

Now we've all been told for as long as we can remember to "protect yourself from the sun". After decades of slathering on the sunscreen, are we any better off? According to the World Health Organization:

In the U.S., one in two cancers is skin-related (estimated skin cancers in the U.S. annually, 1.1 million). These figures are on the rise, and the WHO expects the skin-cancer epidemic to accelerate: The annual incidence rate for melanoma is estimated to have more than tripled in the last 45 years in Norway and Sweden and to have doubled in the last 30 years in the U.S."

So, all the hype about sunscreen and sun protection has done seemingly little good. The stats above lead me to wonder: Is there another factor that contributes to sun burn and skin cancer?

After some research into the topic, I keep finding this connection between Omega 3 essential fatty acids and healthy skin. Specifically, studies are finding that an optimal balance of omega-3s to omega-6s (3:1, or better) is critical for many, many health factors, including heart health and skin health.

According to a study published in the American Health Foundation Journal:

"Epidemiological, experimental, and mechanistic data implicate
omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) as stimulator's and long-chain omega-3 PUFAs as inhibitors of development and progression of a range of human cancers, including melanoma."
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