Ben describes a news article, which claims the FDA is responsible for preventing better skin cancer preventing sunscreens from being available in the US. Ben explains that he has a "couple problems" with this assertion. "But first, let's talk a little bit about the sun and sunscreens."
"There's basically three major types of rays that come off of the sun. They label them UVA, UVB and UVC. ...UVA you can think of as your "aging ray", UVB you can think of as your "burning ray" and UVC you can think of as your cancer ray. Now there's overlap and that's somewhat simplistic, but that's a general rule of thumb. Most sunscreen products will block UVB, but they don't block UVA. Not sunblocks, sunblocks will block everything. It's an important distinction that we don't here made a lot." Ben explains that sunblocks are usually made from zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and will block everything. Sunscreens, on the other hand, usually only block UVB. "
According to the author of the article, because a lot of sunscreens only block UVB, we end up with more skin cancer. Ben has a couple problems with this argument. "Number One: UVB is extremely important. This burning ray is also the Vitamin D ray. If you use UVB block, you're going to be blocking the Vitamin D."
"...Number Two: as this doctor points out, you are exposing yourself to UVA. And even worse, If you're blocking the UVB, you tend to be out in the sun longer. So, now you're exposed to UVA longer. According to the Medical Model, you should be using a UVA blocker." Ben explains that both UVB and UVA blocking chemicals are toxic.
Ben explains that "the real way to protect yourself from skin cancer is to make sure you are taking care of your nutrients". Ben goes on to explain and describe why skin cancer happens and a variety of strategies to reduce the risk. Ben explains that "the eyes are very similar to the skin, they are both the same type of tissue". He recommends Ocutiv or VisionFX for people who burn easily or are concerned about skin health.