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  • GMO Definition: What is GMO? - Thrive Market about 21 hours ago
    • Why would you want to avoid them?


      The American Journal of Environmental Medicine has come out against genetically modified foods because of the adverse health risks. Various feeding studies in animals have resulted in potentially pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy or increased density of the liver, odd shaped cell nuclei and other unexplained anomalies, false pregnancies and higher death rates.


      But what about humans? The only feeding study done with humans simply showed that GMOs can survive inside the stomach of the people eating GMO food, according to Nature Biotechnology. No follow-up studies have been done.

    • the USDA forbids foods labeled "organic" from containing GMOs.
  • EWG rating for Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+ | EWG's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens about 23 hours ago
  • Nanoparticles in Sunscreens | EWG's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens on May 29, 16
      • Nanoparticles in Sunscreens


        Sunscreens made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide generally score well in EWG’s ratings because:

        • They provide strong sun protection with few health concerns.
        • They don’t break down in the sun.
        • Zinc oxide offers good protection from UVA rays. Titanium oxide less so, but better than most other active ingredients.
    • More research and more specific FDA guidelines are essential to reduce the risk and maximize the sun protection of mineral sunscreens. Yet even with the existing uncertainties, we believe that zinc oxide and titanium dioxide lotions are among the best choices on the American market.
    • The shape and size of the particles affect sun protection. The smaller they are, the better the SPF protection and the worse the UVA protection. Manufacturers must strike a balance: small particles provide greater transparency but larger particles offer greater UVA protection. The form of zinc oxide most often used in sunscreens is larger and provides greater UVA protection than the titanium dioxide products that appear clear on the skin.

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  • Skin Cancer on the Rise | EWG's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens on May 29, 16
    • Don’t depend on sunscreen


      EWG strongly disagrees with FDA’s decision to allow sunscreen makers to claim that their products prevent cancer. We are concerned that this policy will lead people to rely on sunscreen use alone to mitigate their cancer risk, and that this may backfire.


      People who rely on sunscreens tend to burn, and burns are linked to cancer. The CDC has reported that the percentage of American adults who say they have gotten sunburned has increased since 2005 (CDC 2012).


      Stanford University dermatologists who reviewed CDC national survey data concluded that people who relied solely on sunscreens for sun protection had more sunburns than people who reported infrequent sunscreen use but wore hats and clothing to shield themselves from the sun (Linos 2011).

      • What can I do to reduce my risk of getting skin cancer?


        In light of the shortcomings of today’s sunscreens, EWG suggests that you adjust your attitude about sun exposure.

        • Do not use sunscreen as a tool to prolong your time in the sun.
        • Cover up! Hats, shirts and sunglasses are the best protection.
        • Avoid sunburn.
        • Do not use a tanning bed or sunbathe.
        • Protect kids! Early life sunburns are worse, so keep little ones out of the hot sun.
        • Pick a sunscreen with strong UVA protection.
        • Get vitamin D. There is speculation but not proof that adequate levels of vitamin D can reduce the risk of melanoma. But we know that vitamin D is good for combatting other types of cancer. Commit to getting screened for vitamin D deficiency.
        • Examine your skin. Check your skin regularly for new moles that are tender or growing. Ask your primary care doctor how often you should see a dermatologist.
  • Eight Little-Known Facts About Sunscreens | EWG's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens on May 29, 16
    • 1. There’s no proof that sunscreens prevent most skin cancer.


      Rates of melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – have tripled over the past 35 years. Most scientists and public health agencies – including the FDA itself – have found very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer. Read more.

    • 7. Mineral sunscreens contain nano-particles.


      Most zinc oxide and titanium dioxide-based sunscreens contain nanoparticles one-twentieth the width of a human hair, to reduce or eliminate the chalky white tint that larger particles leave on the skin. Based on the available information, EWG gives a favorable rating to mineral sunscreens, but the FDA should restrict the use of unstable or UV-reactive forms of minerals that would lessen skin protection. Read more.

  • EWG’s Sunscreen Guide: | EWG's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens on May 29, 16
    • Vitamin A


      EWG remains concerned that a common sunscreen additive, a form of vitamin A called retinyl palmitate, can harm skin. Government test data shows more skin tumors and lesions on animals treated with this ingredient and exposed to sunlight.

  • The hologenome: How our relationship with microbes drives our evolution on May 29, 16
  • No, You Can’t Manufacture That Like Apple Does — Bolt Blog on May 28, 16
  • All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020 | News item | on May 28, 16
  • Flu Vaccine: Another Year of Dangerous CDC Lies on May 27, 16

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