“But everything causes cancer?! Might as well have fun!”
I hear this daily. No, not everything causes cancer. No natural, God-made thing causes cancer. What you are correctly noticing is that so much is tainted in our world, and thus, causes disease. This is true, but it’s no reason to throw in the towel and let the pesticides on your fruits and cereal and aborted fetal tissue in your Pepsi and MMR overtake you. It’s no reason to let laziness take over and not resolve to make lifestyle changes. Your family, your children, and you deserve better.
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So let’s keep trying, keep researching, and keep seeking to keep ourselves pure, shall we?
You do not have to build a bungalow in the hills to live a natural lifestyle, though this may be an easy way to quickly ditch the toxins of life. Choosing natural medicine and hygiene products, natural food, and simple living and home practices can step by step make your life more natural and healthy (and simpler and cheaper!), and less likely to be overcome by modern disease.
I know we love summer, and want to have fun out in the sun. But, I fear we have traded our love for events and plans for common sense. When I suggest limiting sun exposure for those who are extremely sensitive, I often hear, “but then I can’t wear my tiny bikini on the beach for hours?” Um, no. Maybe just for 30 minutes at first, you will survive. When I suggest to skip out on after-dark plans for kids to avoid mosquitoes (what else do they need to do in the dark other than a bonfire, which would keep away the bugs anyways?), we are concerned they may miss out on…what exactly? Maybe we are so unhealthy because we no longer prioritize health and balance.
I am not saying you should skip out on all the fun, rather, balance your fun and plan ahead to make your summer fun healthy.
Sun Exposure & Block
My son has never used sunscreen, and never burns. I have always used it, and I (used to) burn like crazy. Even though my son has lighter skin than me, his healthy diet and antibiotic free lifestyle has prevented him from burning, along with sun safe common sense.
I know that some are more sensitive to sun exposure than others, so be realistic as to how much sun you can be in. If you will be out in the sun hours, wear covering clothing, or bring along an umbrella, hat, or plan a shady spot. Plan a snack break (bring your own snacks!), so sun time is broken up.
Your best bet for sun exposure is to limit it, and cover up. Invest in a swimming shirt for your littles, and cotton long sleeves and pants as well. Of course, as you get used to the exposure, you will no longer need to limit yourself (both over the summer, and over the years).
Not all commercial sun block does not block the damaging rays of the sun (UVA), but rather only the good ones (UVB) which deliver vitamin D to your body. Interestingly, adequate vitamin D levels prevents cancer. It is also loaded with cancer-causing toxins, which you are rubbing into your largest immune organ. Mmm.
Most don’t realize that a sun burn is an inflammatory response. If your diet and lifestyle is anti-inflammatory, you will not have such a reaction. Up the fruits and vegetables, and limit the inflammatory foods – processed grains, sugars and dairy. You can also take an antioxidant called astaxanthin, which helps many avoid sun burn. Read more on this in the Resources section below.
Opt for natural sunblock which is purchasable at most natural health food stores. If going into a chlorinated pool, cover your skin head to toe in coconut oil after showering. This will help your skin absorb less chlorine.
Opt for outdoor rather than indoor pools, where the chemicals are concentrated with nowhere to vent.
Whenever I hear the word DEET, I am reminded of all that fun a few decades ago when the EPA said DDT was safe, then later found to be neurotoxic and banned. Indeed, DEET has been found to be a neurotoxin, and even caused seizures and death. Toss the bug spray,and consider wearing long sleeves and pants if out in the dark, especially in light colors.
- Eat antiviral foods, like garlic, and antiviral supplements, like olive leaf extract, lysine, and oil of oregano.
- Use an essential oil bug spray, containing lemongrass and citronella.
- Keep your kids indoors after dark, or around a bonfire if you are out.
If you use any pesticide on your lawn or garden, your child is likely exposed to it, as well. Consider getting rid of any pesticides on your lawn. It’s okay to have some crab grass and dandelions. Actually, the majority of your weeds having healing properties, so learn about them and what you can use them for (and teach your kids!). Go barefoot and balance your energy, while promoting health.
You do not need to fear the sun, mosquitoes, nor the latest public health scare (cough*Zika*cough). Plan ahead, and have a healthy summer!
Learn more about Astaxanthin: https://wellyouwellness.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/meet-my-summer-best-friend-astaxanthin/
Sun block: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/22/new-study-shows-many-sunscreens-are-accelerating-not-preventing-cancer.aspx