Monday, May 24, 2010

Many Sunscreens & Cancer. Clean Sofa. Finicky Yorkie

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, I thought you might want to know about this:
WASHINGTON (May 24) -- "Almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives, according to an evaluation of those products released today.

The white goop, creams and ointments might prevent sunburn. But don't count on them to keep the ultraviolet light from destroying your skin cells and causing tumors and lesions, according to researchers at Environmental Working Group."
In their annual report to consumers on sunscreen, they say that only 39 of the 500 products they examined were considered safe and effective to use.

News about Vitamin A. Eating vitamin A-laden vegetables is good for you, but spreading vitamin A on the skin may not be. New data show that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with vitamin A-laced creams. Vitamin A, listed as “retinyl palmitate” on ingredient labels, is in 41 percent of sunscreens. Avoid them.

Ingredients matter. Avoid the sunscreen chemical oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates skin and contaminates the

Look for zinc, titanium, avobenzone or Mexoryl SX. These
substances protect you from harmful UVA radiation and remain
on the skin, with little if any penetration. Also, skip sunscreens
containing insect repellent – if you need bug spray, buy it
separately and apply it first.

Here is another thought about drivers and cancer:


This morning Ray mowed, weed whacked and fixed a little heater.  One more thing off the workshop bench.

Jay got the carpet cleaner out of the attic, and cleaned my sofa, couch, davenport, whatever you want to call it. 

Jay had brought Maddie, the little Yorkie with him, as they still can't get her to eat.  I gave her some NutriCal, and also made a slurry of good dog food, and got some of that down her, too.  She fought that a bit, but she is strong, so she must be eating something somewhere.  Maybe they are just not used to how little a 3 lb dog eats.

I was vacuuming again, as we were going to clean the carpets, too.  I moved furniture, vacuumed all the nooks and crannies in the house, and washed some rugs.  That kinda wore me out.
Jay wanted to leave Maddie here with me, but I am not up to that today!

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