Dear Donndez – I recently developed an unusual problem and I’m starting to get worried. My regular doctor will not be available to see me until the end of July and my wife says I should go to an emergency room. The last few days at work I sometimes have to stop because I get double vision for a minute, and sometimes when I first get home it looks like everything gets real dim. What do you think? – Joseph F., Tucumcari
Dear Joseph – In this case, your wife was absolutely right. Forget that appointment in July and head over to the emergency room. Better get this checked NOW before you fall over. You are experiencing some of the visual warning signs of a stroke. Let me know what happens!
Dear Donndez – Some people claim you have a better chance of getting cancer from sunscreen than from the sun. Where do you stand in the sunscreen debate? Karen S., Santa Fe
Dear Karen – Regular or excessive use of sunscreen lotion might protect from sunburn, but it has some serious health risks. It is not a coincidence that the more popular sunscreen becomes, the higher the cancer rates because most sunscreens contain hazardous chemicals. For example, the following are typical ingredients in sunscreen:
- Direct cancer-causing chemicals – Avobenzone, Ecamsule, Padimate O, Phenylbenzimidazole
- Aminobenzoic acid – carcinogen implicated in cardiovascular disease.
- Cinoxate – evidence of skin toxicity
- Dioxybenzone – strong evidence of skin toxicity and carcinogen; hormone disruptor and has been found in waterways, soil and air; has a “gender bender” effect in animals
- Diazolidinyl urea – carcinogen; affects endocrine, central nervous system and brain; compromises the immune system
- Homosalate – endocrine disruption
- Methylparaben – interferes with genes
- Octocrylene – found to adversely affect wildlife, causes liver issues and carcinogenic
- Octyl methoxycinnamate – accumulates in the body, disrupts liver and is a carcinogen
- Octyl salicylate – broad systemic effects in animals at moderate doses
- Oxybenzone – carcinogen and contributes to vascular disease
- Phenoxyethanol – irritant, carcinogen, endocrine disruption
- Sulisobenzone – strong evidence of skin toxicity, affects sense organs in animals
- Titanium dioxide – carcinogen when in nanomaterial form
- Zinc Oxide – bioaccumulative in wildlife, evidence of reproductive toxicity
Plus, there is absolutely no proof that sunscreen protects against melanomas. However, the manufacturers claim you need to use a lot of it for it to be effective. Why do they say this? Easy answer – it’s profitable.
The best solution is moderation. New Mexico sun can be brutal, so stay indoors during the heat of the day, and take the sun in small doses.
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