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Get Healthy, Stay Healthy!

August 2014
Sunscreen  Friend or Foe?
Sun Facts
There are two basic types of ultra-violet (UV) rays from the sun that affect us: UVA and UVB. Ultra-violet A (UVA) rays have little or no benefit, and can cause some skin damage that initially shows as sunburn and eventually dries and ages the skin. UVA rays are steady throughout the day. Most sunscreens do not block harmful UVA rays. But most of them contain toxic and carcinogenic ingredients.
UVB rays are involved with the beginning of a body's vitamin D3 production. And UVB rays peak during mid-day and are strongest during summers and nearer the equator. They are not the same throughout the day as UVA rays are.

It's wise to pull out of the sun if your fair skin gets pink to avoid sunburn. As you tan, your sun exposure endurance increases. And don't worry about vitamin D3 toxicity from sunlight. It's almost impossible. As your D3 blood level increases, the body simply produces less regardless of the sun exposure time

Sunscreen no-no’s
Top-selling sunscreen were among those that made the most toxic list. If you see what's listed on the label of your sunscreen, throw it away and choose another:
1. Oxybenzone
This is one of the most troublesome ingredients found in the majority of sunscreens. Its primary function is to absorb ultraviolet light. However, oxybenzone is also believed to cause hormone disruptions and cell damage that may provoke cancer.
2. RetinylPalmitate (Vitamin A palmitate)
Sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A and its derivatives, retinol, and retinylpalmitate. The problem occurs when this form of vitamin A is exposed to the sun, which is why sunscreens that contain it should be avoided.
3. Fragrance
Using personal care products that contain synthetic fragrance is harmful. Some common "fragrance" chemicals include:

Parabens: Synthetic preservatives known to interfere with hormone production and release.
Phthalates: Another synthetic preservative that's carcinogenic and linked to reproductive effects and liver and kidney damage.
Synthetic musks: These are linked to hormone disruption and are thought to persist and accumulate in breast milk, body fat, umbilical cord blood, and the environment
Choose a Safer Sunscreen
The sunscreens featured in EWG's best sunscreens' list do not contain the three toxic ingredients. The safer sunscreens tended to use non-nanoparticle sized zinc- and titanium-based mineral ingredients, which block the sun's rays without penetrating your skin. Here's what to look for when choosing a safer sunscreen

Avoid Spray Sunscreens: When the sunscreen is sprayed, toxic particles are released into the air, making them easy to breathe in, with unknown health effects.
Spray-on sunscreens may also contain flammable ingredients.

Avoid Super-High SPFs: Higher SPF sunscreens (SPF 50+) are not intrinsically harmful. However, there's evidence that the higher protection level gives people a misleading sense of security, encouraging them to stay in the sun longer than they should. In reality, research suggests that people using high-SPF sunscreens get the same or similar exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays as those using lower-SPF products.

Avoid Sunscreen Towelettes or Powders: These offer dubious sun protection and the powder poses a risk of lung irritation if you inhale it.

Protects Against Both UVA and UVB Rays: SPF only protects against UVB rays, which are the rays within the ultraviolet spectrum that allow your body to produce vitamin D in your skin. But the most dangerous rays, in terms of causing skin damage and cancer, are the UVA rays. This is why you always want to make sure any sunscreen you buy protects against UVA as well as UVB
 We can help your health here at Natural Health Pathways!  
We carry the full line of Standard Process nutritional supplements, including lots of great products to improve your health and make sure your body is getting the proper nutrition it needs to function properly.  Using the Nutrition Response Testing we are able to let your body tell us what it needs in order heal!!

A few of the all natural products we use are:

Regeneplex:  Clinically studied systemic skin health product that works from the inside out.This formula synergistically supports the body’s natural tissue-healing processes associated with the normal effects of aging. It targets all three layers of skin, the circulatory and digestive systems, and cellular structure and functions.  Provides a supportive nutritional foundation for healthy skin and support for cellular rejuvenation from carotenoids, buckwheat, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin C, and tuna oil. It also supports skin elasticity, luminance, and appearance while helping address fine lines around the eyes
Cataplex F Perles:  Cataplex F supports the body's natural response to inflammation. Flaxseed is a natural source of omega-3 fatty acid precursors. It supports the formation of eicosanoids and metabolism and a healthy nervous system. Promotes healthy skin and hair. It also
contains no iodine, ideal for the iodine-sensitive patient.

Linum B6: Contains flaxseed oil, a natural source of alpha-linolenic acid, and vitamin B6. This product is designed to support hormone production and nerve tissue, as well as systems such as the cardiovascular and immune systems. Supports the formation of eicosanoids and cognitive function. It also promotes healthy skin.

Cod Liver Oil: Addresses vitamin A deficiency and vitamin D deficiency while supporting the body’s healthy immune response function. Careful processing ensures this cod liver oil maintains its natural profile of vitamin A, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and a small amount of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Provides EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids that may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It supports immune response function, healthy eyes and skin,epithelial tissue, bone and tooth health, and musculoskeletal system. It also supports the body’s natural inflammatory response function as it relates to periodic challenges like consumption of high fat-foods or strenuous activity. May support mood challenges and liver function.
Recipe of the Month

Natural Homemade Sunscreen
  • 1 oz. coconut oil
  • 0.8 oz. shea butter
  • 0.1 oz. jojoba, sesame, or sunflower oil
  • 0.1 oz. Vitamin E oil
  • 30 drops essential oils, optional
  • zinc oxide powder (determine amount for 2 oz. of lotion)

The individual ingredients that are naturally SPF are:

  • Almond Oil- SPF around 5
  • Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6
  • Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 depending on how much used
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
  • Carrot Seed Oil –  SPF 35-40
  • Shea Butter – SPF 4-6


Add coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba/sesame/sunflower oil to a makeshift double boiler. (To make your own double boiler, place a Pyrex measuring cup containing ingredients inside a small pot filled with a few inches of water). Heat gently until shea butter is just melted. Remove from double boiler and allow to cool a little. Put on a mask that covers your nose and mouth (to avoid breathing in the fine particles of zinc oxide powder), and measure out your zinc oxide. Add zinc oxide, Vitamin E oil, and optional essential oils to the other ingredients. Stir well to combine. Store in a dark jar in the refrigerator.

To Use:
Apply liberally to exposed skin. Reapply every few hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.

This homemade sunscreen has about a 6 month shelf life, and should be refrigerated when not being used. The oils it contains are photosensitive, so do not leave your homemade sunscreen sitting out in direct sunlight. Keeping it in a cooler will prevent it from melting in high temperatures when taking it to the pool or beach.
If you prefer to add zinc oxide to another homemade lotion you like, simply weigh a desired amount of lotion and add enough zinc oxide to achieve the preferred SPF, mixing thoroughly
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Offer Expires on 08/31/14
Charlene Shalachman
 Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner
Natural Health Pathways
4 Woodside Road, Framingham, MA 01701
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