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Sunscreen | Fatal Conveniences™

Sunscreen | Fatal Conveniences™

The sun is so incredibly vital to our health. When our skin is exposed to sunlight, it begins to manufacture its own vitamin D. Vitamin D production is crucial to many body functions like calcium absorption, maintaining healthy bones and boosting the immune system. So why are we slathering on chemicals to block the sun rays?

Welcome to Fatal Conveniences™. 

Human beings need sunlight.

I know many of you are probably thinking “But Darin, what about sunburn? What about skin cancer?” And those are valid concerns. I go into depth on both of these subjects in this segment. But my point is this: when you apply sunscreen to your skin, you are absorbing dangerous chemicals directly into your bloodstream. If cancer is what you’re trying to avoid, you’ll be sorely disappointed to learn that the very chemicals you think are protecting you are actually increasing your chances for many different kinds of cancer.

In this segment, I identify the four common toxins found in most sunscreens. I explain what they do to your body and why you should avoid them at all costs. I also get into the delusion we’ve all been fed our entire lives about the sun being dangerous. We need the sun! Don’t get me wrong, we need to use common sense. If you have a history of skin cancer if your family, then by all means, look for ways to protect yourself. But using chemicals is not the answer. If you need to use sunscreen, I go over what to avoid and what to use instead. 

  • The 4 main chemicals in most sunscreens and why they’re horrible for you
  • The importance of Vitamin D
  • A frightening study from the FDA
  • Melanin explained
  • What sun-bathing women in Sweden can tell us about the sun
  • The magic of Nitric Oxide
  • Healthy sunscreen brands that get my seal of approval

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Comment below to join the discussion!

  • Sam Alban
    Posted at 23:47h, 09 October

    Super, Darin. Way to make me question everything I’ve ever learned about sunscreen. I’ve been using the stuff since I was 15 and now, at 43, my blood must be no less than 50% chemical grossness. Now, I gotta “do my homework” and figure out where the hell I go from here. Le sigh.

  • Sam Alban
    Posted at 23:48h, 09 October

    Also…good show.

  • Janice Summers
    Posted at 16:33h, 17 October

    Thank you for this! I have been creating natural and organic skincare products for over a decade now. Every year I get requests from people to make a sunscreen. I wont do it even though it’s very lucrative for revenue. I tell people to eat lots of veggies, gradually introduce yourself to the sun, do not burn, wear protective clothes and stick to the shade when the sun is at the harshest point.

  • Melanie
    Posted at 17:36h, 19 October

    After getting malignant melanoma in 1985 (when I was 23), I am not going out in the sun unless absolutely necessary, lol. Bi-annual check-ups w/dermatologists since then take their toll. My mother (red head) and grandfather also had issues with skin cancer. In SW FL, we get plenty of sun year round by driving (rays coming in via windows and windshield), walking to the mailbox, etc. I am not afraid of the sun, but I’m not gonna hang out in it unless I’m covered up.

  • Marlene Engleman
    Posted at 22:41h, 04 November

    My Baru’kas just arrived??
    They are Marvelous tasting…What are side effects if you eat too many at a time
    like 15/20????