Do Not Sun Tan

Do Not Sun Tan

In an unprecedented announcement today the  Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak said something that hasn’t ever been uttered before. He said “UV radiation is bad for you” and sun tanned skin is damaged skin.

“Do Not Sun Tan”

From the article “Surgeon general issues skin cancer warning” Lushniak (who is also a dermatologist) says:

“Until today, the surgeon general has never said, ‘UV radiation is bad for you; protect your skin,’ ” acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak said.

We have to change the social norms about tanning,” he said. “Tanned skin is damaged skin, and we need to shatter the myth that tanned skin is a sign of health”

All the articles go on to talk about the increase in melanoma (as well as less dangerous skin cancers)  yet my own partner Dr. Mercola has long reported about how the rise in melanoma is not even caused by the sun whatsoever!

Furthermore, the articles quote Hispanic people who said they thought because of their darker skin color they were immune to skin cancer. Actually many doctors have explained time and time again that it’s a scientific fact – the darker your skin- the more sun you need to maintain healthy vitamin D levels.

Also no mention by Lushniak says nothing about proven studies that show vitamin D cuts drastically cut the rates of cancer and some experts believe your breast cancer risk can be cut as much as 90%!


I’m a common sense kind of girl.  When I was a kid everyone tanned (not to an excess but they didn’t lather up in sunscreens which can be toxic and cancer causing- ah the irony) yet there were so fewer cases of cancer (skin cancer included!) Oh not to mention breast cancer (and the list goes on) Even Dr. Oz says that your sunscreen may be poisoning you.

Cancer “runs in my family” and my own mother is a cancer survivor in what may be a hereditary cancer. She lives in the mountains of Europe in an area where one cannot get enough sun exposure year round. I maintain a golden tan (while covering my face) and while it’s no guarantee whatsoever I know my Lyme expert MD has told me that people (women especially) overcoming Lyme are more at a risk of Multiple sclerosis and certain kinds of cancer. Yet my Vitamin D (a healthy natural 94 the last time I tested it!) is scientifically proven to ward of those illnesses (both of which can kill us as we know)

Also some might say- just take a supplement – just take a pill – yet even Harvard University has explained that the benefits of the supplements are questioned and  many doctors and experts now feel they’re not healthy.

We were put on this planet to get a natural tan in the sun and not be covered in “hats glasses” long sleeve shirts and pants” (like the surgeon general suggests) all day long and never to get a tan.

I regularly work with cancer patients (including my own family members) and in every….single… I’ve seen these cancer patients have LOW vitamin D levels.

So think twice about what the surgeon general tells you with this big announcement today. As ironic as might seem – there are plenty of other reasons skin cancer rates are up (often in places that have never seen the sun!)

erin-elizabeth-healthnutnewsABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erin  is an animal lover, rescuer, writer  and long time green eco health nut. She’s worked in the natural health world and done volunteer work in the same arena for nearly 25 years. She has spent the last 5 years with her partner, Dr. Mercola.  You can follow Erin on Facebook and subscribe to Health Nut Newsletter if you please.