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Many Sunscreens May Require a Prescription

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A Florida state senator has proposed legislation to require a prescription for any sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, the most coral-destructive chemicals
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands, Key West, Florida and Hawaii have banned the sale and distribution of sunscreens containing the two chemicals
  • Common ingredients in sunscreens damage coral DNA, decrease their defenses against bleaching and threaten their reproduction
  • Fish, sea urchins, shrimp, zebrafish and horseshoe crabs are harmed by sunscreen ingredients. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are also dangerous for humans, permeating the skin and entering the bloodstream
  • The safest sunscreens are made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide

When it comes to the use of sunscreens, the pendulum has swung dangerously backward. People have been made to so fear the sun that we are now seeing vitamin D deficiencies, a serious problem because your cells need the active form of the vitamin to access to the genetic blueprints stored inside cells.

The authors of recent research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research suggest that low sun exposure may be correlated with the development of "specific cancers, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autism, Alzheimer's disease and age-related macular degeneration."

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