Earlier this week, mega star High Jackman posted this on his Instagram page.  In case you missed it, here it is.

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Mr. Jackman is making a plea for anyone that has had skin cancer or if you want to prevent skin cancer, to wear your sunscreen.  Before running for sunscreen, let’s take a look at the giant elephant in the room first.

Sun Exposure is Not the Cause of Cancer

There are no absolutes when chronic illness develops like cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, heart disease, and auto-immune conditions.  Chronic illness does not occur because of an event.  It takes a lot of hard work to get really sick.

“There’s no such thing as a healthy person with a bad body part or organ.” – Jeffrey Moss, DDS, CNS, DACBN

How can someone like Hugh Jackman get cancer?  He works out, eats right, and looks so healthy.  This is what traditional doctors think too.  If diet and exercise don’t work, then it must be something else.  Let’s blame the sun.

Did anyone consider job hazards?  He’s had some major movie roles.  What do you movie sets provide all the actors?  LOTS of makeup.  How many times has his skin been lathered in lotions, sprays, powders, concealers, fragrances, and spray tans?  Then how many different soaps, shampoos, and cleaners have been used to get all that makeup off?

Many, if not all the cosmetics have links to being carcinogenic (cancer causing), hormone disruptors, developmental and reproductivity disruptors, as well as toxic to the liver and kidneys.  In what bottle of lotion do you find many of these same chemicals?  Check your sunscreen.

It’s a contradictory message.  You will hear about the chemicals in your cosmetics and how they can be harmful but in the same breath you’re told to wear sunscreen.  It’s as ridiculous as telling kids not to do drugs but don’t forget your Ritalin.  Or what about how chocolate milk is a superfood, power recovery beverage but chocolate ice cream is horrible for you?  Contradictions lead to destruction.

The Sunscreen Elephant

With almost any diagnosis, the more it’s ‘early detected and treated,’ the more disability is associated with that diagnosis.  In Robert Whitaker’s book, ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic,’ he states,

“The rise in the number of disabled mentally ill has been especially pronounced since 1987, the year that Prozac, the first of the “second-generation” psychiatric drugs, arrived on the market. The number of adults on SSI or SSDI due to mental illness has risen from 1.25 million in 1987 to more than 4 million today. The number of children and youth on SSI due to a serious mental illness has skyrocketed from 16,200 in 1987 to more than 600,000 today.”

The use of sunscreen and skin cancer is no different.  See the chart on increasing sun screen consumption by the world. Guess who consumes the most?  What has happened to skin cancer rates as sunscreen consumption has increased?  Are people that much more irresponsible?  Are people just buying sunscreen but not applying it?  It’s like Bill Clinton claiming he smoked but didn’t inhale marijuana.

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Source: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program (www.seer.cancer.gov) SEER*Stat Database: Incidence – SEER 17 Regs Limited-Use, Nov 2006 Sub (1973-2004 varying) – Linked To County Attributes – Total U.S., 1969-2004 Counties, National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, Cancer Statistics Branch, released April 2007, based on the November 2006 submission

Skin Cancer is a System of Dysfunctions

Could there be a component to skin cancer that is sun related?  Sure.  But any cancer has a series of underlying dysfunctions that are contributing to the expression of cells growing and dividing faster than programmed.

There is going to be cell damage, inflammation, insulin resistance (insulin is a power promoter of melanocytes), nutrient deficiencies, non-required chemical toxicity, and so much more.   For your doctor or anyone with influence to automatically conclude that they have skin cancer because they are deficient in sunscreen is practicing lazy healthcare and dogmatic healthcare that is no different than assessing your thyroid function with a TSH or heart function with a cholesterol panel.

I know Hugh Jackman means well and his intent is probably pure.  It’s just that his recommendations have no basis for proven outcomes.  As we head out of winter and into the warmer weather, you have some time to think and do your research before running for sunscreen.  Need help?  You know how to find me.


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