The Balancing Act: Unveiling the Truth about Sunscreen and Health

We all need sunshine to stay healthy; in fact, natural light is essential for good health.  Fear of the sun and less exposure to sunlight and more exposure to LED and fluorescent lights has caused a number of health issues in modern life.

Many illnesses are now being linked to Vitamin D deficiencies.  Low Vitamin D has been linked to inflammation, cancer, depression, fibromyalgia, bone disease, including osteoporosis and osteopenia. But is the solution just taking a Vitamin D supplement…if so, how much do we take? Or do we? Is sunshine enough?

Dr. Sharon Narling, MD, says that we can get about 1500 I U each day from walking in the sunshine for about 20 minutes.  This is one reason why I recommend sunshine without a hat for 20 minutes daily.  Other reasons include charging up our pineal gland which produces our melatonin for nighttime sleep and easing depression by “brightening up” our lives each day.

We definitely don’t want to get sunburned, but getting a small about daily is important.  If we gradually condition our bodies to sunlight, we develop a greater tolerance to the light.  In her book LOVE WITHOUT END, JESUS SPEAKS, Glenda Green writes that the best time to get into the sun is at sunrise and sunset. These times offer us the widest array of color, so we don’t have to sunbathe at noon…

So then comes the question of sunscreen; how safe is sunscreen to use? The active ingredients in most sunscreens include chemicals like avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, propylene glycol, and ecamsule. (Propylene Glycol is the main ingredient in “Miralax” which is also the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid!!!)

While it is advisable to use sunscreen at times, a lot of the ingredients may have adverse effects on the users.  These cause hormonal disruption, cell damage, allergies, and even cancers.  Haven’t we tried to protect our children by using sunscreen?  A recent study showed that 96% of 6- to 8-year-old girls tested positive for oxybenzone in their urine, and in general, girls and women tested higher.  some of the most toxic brands.

Bain de Soleil

Banana Boat Baby Magic Sunblock

Here is a link to an article on some healthier sunscreens:

Best Sunscreens of 2023 (And Toxic Ones to Avoid) – Dr. Axe (

So get some natural light over your whole body each day, buy some non-toxic sunscreen, and don’t burn!  Get off of the computer, especially at night, and away from the “blue screen” for optimal health!