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Is your sunscreen safe?

Posted by medconsumers on June 11, 2010

Visit this excellent website where the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research organization, does its best to answer the question…and with no help from the FDA. (There are no mandatory requirements about what sunscreen manufacturers can—and cannot—put into their products, and what kind of claims they can print on the label.) After analyzing 500 sunscreens, the EWG could recommend only 39 of them! The rest either don’t provide adequate protection or contain potentially hazardous ingredients, or both. Definitely read “Sunscreens Exposed: 9 surprising truths.” No. 1 is: there is no consensus on whether sunscreens prevent cancer. (Some studies found a higher incidence of the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma among frequent sunscreen users.)

Spend time in this website which deals with a wide range of everyday questions. Some examples: are stainless steel water bottles safe (yes, if they don’t have a plastic liner) and can you limit your cellphone radiation exposure (choose according to the brand-name models in the EWG database).

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