Sunscreens - Biohazard: Treat as
by Elizabeth Plourde, Ph.D.
As heard on George Noory's
Coast to Coast AM
This book brings together the latest medical research confirming what
the author has found to be the truth about sunscreens. As a
biological and Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Dr. Plourde who has worked
exclusively for over two decades as a medical researcher, has been able to
search the literature to uncover the total effects of sunscreen
chemicals on all life on the planet.
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A must read for anyone who puts sunscreen oils or blocks on
their body. Dr. Plourde exposes the hazards of these
biochemicals with an enormous amount of literature and
documentation to back it up. As she says, there are no safe
– Stephen T.
Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C. Co-Author of
Be wary of plastering yourself with sunscreen: not only may it be
ineffective in filtering our UVA and UVB rays, it may be carcinogenic
and also cause irreparable damage to aquatic environments. Medical
researcher and clinical laboratory scientist Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, has
over 25 years' experience in medical research including in cancer,
genetics and endocrinology. In Sunscreens - Biohazard, inspired by a trip
to sun soaked Hawaii and her reaction to bleached corals, she brings her
scientific knowledge to bear on just how disruptive the chemicals in
sunscreens really are. Many sunscreens now incorporate nanoparticle
forms of the metallic zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as surface
screens, yet the particulates allow for the absorption of even more UVA
rays and also present a real danger to aquatic creatures by disrupting
the entire local ecology.
It is alarming that rates of various types of skin cancer are on the
rise, despite education campaigns and the vastly increased uptake of
sunscreen preparations. The endocrine-disrupting chemicals that make up
these sunscreens can play havoc with cell division and cause cancer,
chronic illnesses, autism and other neurological problems. Not only
that, they can prevent the uptake of vitamin D, which is essential to
our health and is best absorbed through sunscreen-free sunlight exposure
in short bursts at the right time of day.
Dr. Plourde is to be applauded for her important book that regards
sunscreens as hazardous waste.
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This book is a must-read for anyone who has been slathering their
children in sunscreen on a regular basis, thinking that they are
protecting them from skin cancer. The clear take-away message from the
book is that our well-intentioned efforts to develop a chemical cocktail
that would provide protection from skin cancer have soundly back-fired.
Dr. Plourde first shows that sunscreens have not succeeded in protecting
us from skin cancer. Despite the aggressive campaigns and the steady
rise in the usage of sunscreens of ever-increasing SPF levels, the
incidence of skin cancer has steadily risen over the last thirty years.
She goes on to talk about how sunscreen has impacted the environment --
she points to the research literature to show evidence of extensive
damage to algae, which are the base of the food chain in the ocean, and
then subsequently to the fish and the coral in the sea as well. She
takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the details of efforts
to improve sunscreens by adding more and more chemicals, to block not
just UVB but also UVA; to block not just UV but also infrared. She
suggests that new products may be rushed to market before they have been
properly tested, and we all become guinea pigs when we use them. She
also has a chapter pointing out the importance of vitamin D3 to health,
and the consequences of widespread vitamin D3 deficiency attributable to
over-use of sunscreen. With over 500 references, the author's arguments
are solidly backed up by the research literature, and anyone who wants
to know more on any topic can simply look up those references. This book
is a tour de force, and I hope it will help us become aware of the
possible unexpected consequences of thinking we can develop chemicals
that will protect us from cancer better than the natural methods that
have evolved in the skin.
Seneff, Ph.D. MIT Researcher
About the Author
Dr. Plourde is a licensed Clinical Laboratory
Scientist (C.L.S.) with degrees in both Biological Science and
Psychology. This training in the fields of both medicine and
psychology is augmented by invaluable experience gained while
working with cutting-edge medical laboratories specializing in
the cancer and DNA research. She is using this expertise to
focus her attention on the hazards of sunscreens and how they
are impacting our children and fish in our lakes and rivers,
as well as the coral reefs and plankton in our oceans. Her
information brings to light what has been clearly proven in
studies for decades regarding the harm sunscreen chemicals
cause. Action needs to be taken quickly to prevent any more
detrimental effects caused by unrestricted distribution of
sunscreens containing chemicals that do more harm than good.
Her well rounded education and professional expertise has resulted in
appearances on ABC's 20/20, Berman & Berman: For Women Only
on the Health Channel, Good Morning America, George Noory's
Coast to Coast AM, The Gary Null Show, and numerous
television network news and radio programs across the country.