Skin Cancer is from Lack of Sunshine
Interview with Andreas Moritz
Interviewed by Raena Morgan
June 10, 2009
Raena Morgan: Andreas, we’ve been told that the sunlight will give us cancer, skin cancer.
Andreas Moritz: Yes.
RM: And you say that’s absolutely not true.
AM: No. There is no proof to that effect. In fact, it’s the opposite, that lack of sunshine causes skin cancer. You may know that many people have skin cancers in areas that are never even exposed to the sun.
RM: That’s true.
AM: And so it’s not the sun. The UVB is now taken off the hook; it’s not longer the culprit. There’s a brand new study, it just came out, and it showed that UVB doesn’t cause the cancer, it’s the UVA. Now when you use sunscreens and the many sunscreens that just block out UVB so you don’t tan, you know, you don’t burn your skin.
RM: Right. They’re supposed to protect our skin.
AM: Skin burning is not a good idea-
RM: All right.
AM: -in any case. You don’t want to burn your skin. So typically if your body is in the sun too long it will start burning, you would want to get out of it, whereas if you put sun lotion on, you don’t get that signal, and you allow a lot of penetration of UVA. Now there are some of these other screens that are blocking out both, UVA and UVB, and you think oh, now I’m safe.
AM: Yes. But you are becoming Vitamin D deficient while being in the sun.
RM: And if you are Vitamin D deficient-
AM: Vitamin D deficient, your cancer risk goes right up.
AM: So again-
RM: Skin cancer?
AM: Any kind of cancer.
RM: All right.
AM: So you need your Vitamin D in order to be cancer free.
RM: So the risk-
AM: Seventy percent of all cancers can be reversed or avoided by having normal Vitamin D levels, according to a Creighton University study.
RM: Okay. So you shouldn’t get sunburn, you should avoid that. But if you’re not wearing sunscreen, your body will tell you if you’re getting too much.
AM: Yes. The body will- once your skin starts reddening, that’s the time to go out. But after regular, if you start increasing your sun exposure little by little, you will have a natural protection of your skin, which is called tanning.
RM: Yes. I’ve read that.
AM: And then you can stay out in the sun for hours. I lived in Cyprus for fifteen years. It’s three hundred and thirty days of sunlight, very bright sunlight, very warm; I could stay out in the sun all day long and would never have any sunburn or any damage to the skin.
RM: Because the best sunscreen is a good tan.
AM: Yes. And again the people in the countries where they have the highest UV radiation and that is the countries near the equator or the high altitude- the Swiss Alpine Mountains or the German Alps, you have four hundred percent more exposure to UV radiation, they don’t have any skin cancers in those places.
AM: None. The places that have the most are places like London in England, very little sun exposure, the northern plains, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Scotland the most, and Canada.
RM: In Canada.
AM: So the least where people have low Vitamin D levels, not enough sun exposure during the winter months, that’s often when they have the outbreaks.
RM: But we can actually harm our skin by using sunscreens?
AM: Definitely. Sunscreens are composed of sometimes dozens of chemicals, carcinogens that are normally- if you put that in the food, let’s say a food processing company like Healthy Choice or whatever would put that in their food, they would lose their license and the owners would be in prison-
RM: Oh, I see what you’re saying.
AM: -because it’s extremely dangerous to put that in the food. But you’re allowed to put it on the skin. Where is it going? After an hour, you put some more on because it’s gone. You absorb most of that stuff. These chemicals are highly absorbable, they enter the bloodstream. And where do they go? They go to the liver, and then the liver has to break them down, but that overtaxes the liver. You may go into producing a lot of gallstones and some of them accumulate in the tissues, in the connective tissues, and if they happen to be in the skin area, under the skin, they saturate there, you may develop skin cancer because you took the sunscreens. So sunscreens are now a leading cause of skin cancer because people are-
RM: Slathering it on.
AM: -slathering it on their skin and they absorb that stuff. And then the other problem that happens, they wash off. That stuff was soap, so they soap their whole body afterwards to get it off, and with it they get rid of all the Vitamin D that incidentally or accidentally may have been created on the skin. When you use soap after sunbathing, let’s say even without sunscreen, if you just make Vitamin D make sure you don’t use soap to wash your skin except under the arms and in the genital area where the sun doesn’t go anyway and the Vitamin D is not made. You don’t want to wash it off because the Vitamin D stays on your skin for up to forty-eight hours and gradually is absorbed, and that’s how you are building it in the body. So you don’t want to wash it off with soap.
RM: Not right away.
AM: Not right away.
AM: Soap is not necessary anyway. I’ve not used soap- except when you make your hands dirty with oil or something else. So you don’t want to diminish your skin of the vital bacteria that live there, that reside there, that keep the skin healthy and nourished and produce certain vitamins on the skin. So the bacteria are best friends; we don’t want to kill them off all the time.