The obligatory story on blogs and news services every summer is the requirement for sunscreen. The sun becomes an abomination come the summer months, and you must protect yourself or become a willing victim of death. Skin cancer is the most common cancer of all, and the seemingly most preventable, so just follow this simple rule and be done with it! Right? But there are some inconsistencies about this narrative, and maybe it's not all that they say.
It is odd that more and more people spend their lives indoors at boring jobs so you gotta wonder how are they getting all this sun exposure that is causing dreaded cancer? At the same time that skin cancer rates are going up, the rate of people who suffer from low vitamin D levels is also steadily increasing - so how does that work? The authorities claim that overcast skies cause people to not get adequate vitamin D but they simultaneously allow dangerous UV rays to transfer through and cause cancer?
You can't produce vitamin D without exposure to the sun, so we are programmed to require the sun's rays; there's no getting around it. Probably too much is no good, and nature shows us that by burning us when we do indulge , but otherwise, where's the proof that's it the only requirement for disease?
I personally have met individuals who didn't spend gobs of time outside and developed skin cancers. That's not "evidence" or "proof", but I'm sure it's not uncommon, and it should strike you as odd, at least give you the thought "Hey; can I get skin cancer from something other than the sun?Or, is the sun really enough to do this?"
The Environmental Working Group publishes a list of recommended, non-toxic and most effective sunscreens every year, because the wrong sunscreen can literally be hazardous to your health. The mainstream narrative doesn't even broach this part of it, instead emphasizing the urgency of not going out into the sun without it at all, and to make sure it's on at least fifteen minutes prior to departing for the outdoors. There's no space to argue, it's a fact presented in a totality so formidable why would anyone question it?
And people who write for style blogs and non-scientific magazines can pretend they're into the science aspect and that they're really doing you a service, reminding you for the umpteenth time to wear your sunscreen (drink your milk, and don't you know that breast cancer exists? That for another story).
So sunscreen may be a part of the problem, the ingredients of many products carcinogenic, to say the least. For example, I've been traveling this summer and my traveling partner didn't have sunscreen and bought your run-of the-mill (not "natural" or "health-food store variety") sunscreen. I tried some too because it SMELLED SO GOOD and it was spray-on, which was much more elegant and less messy than the bright white zinc oxide based sunscreen I had previously purchased for myself.
I looked up the brand on the EWG list and became completely disgusted with myself - it had ranked a 7 out of 10 for hazard to your health. ( I was also ashamed of myself because I KNEW BETTER but sometimes I get sick of doing the right thing - okay, maybe that's not funny).
I personally like what the EWG advises to everyone - sunscreen is a last resort. Try to cover yourself, wear a hat, try not to lay in the sun too long. And then after that, there are natural sunscreens with milder ingredients like zinc oxide that can help prevent getting burnt.
At the same time, I want to get out into that summer sun as much as possible to make up for all the lost years shriveling up in a cubicle! (And I'm going to experiment with some natural sunscreens like coconut oil and carrot see oil, oils that are purported to have a little bit of SPF to them).
How many farmers and workers of the land have actually developed skin cancer from laboring under the sun? Doesn't the sun give life and sustenance to the world? Wouldn't the earth become a miserable, barren rock of despair without it? So are we again scapegoating natural phenomena for our health problems instead of blaming harmful man-made substances and devices?
Check out EWG's list of sunscreens: http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen
Fluorine Magellan has experience with public shenanigans involving everyday life, as well as baking pies and wild-harvesting plant abortifacients.