In this Issue:

Sunshine, Vitamin D and Skin Cancer
Get the facts you need for safe and healthy sun exposure this summer.

The Campaign for Mandatory GM Labeling
The war against Monsanto reaches a critical juncture in California.

Sunshine, Vitamin D and Skin Cancer

Now that summer's in full swing, and you're probably spending more time outdoors, it would be wise to learn some basic facts about sunshine, vitamin D and skin cancer. Human beings were designed to have regular sun exposure for optimal health, and getting the right amount of sunlight on your skin is just as important as diet and exercise.

It's amazing how much misinformation I see being circulated about this topic in the mass media. Repeated warnings about the threat of skin cancer have made much of the public avoid sun exposure altogether. All this has not reduced the incidence of skin cancer at all, but has created an epidemic of vitamin D deficiencies instead.

Most of you probably already know that the best place to get vitamin D is from your skin being exposed to sunlight. But did you know:

  • The best time to get vitamin D from sunlight is between the hours of 10am and 2pm — exactly the same time frame that you're being warned by government agencies to avoid going out in the sun altogether.
  • If you live north of 30 degrees north latitude (this includes most of the United States and all of Europe), you can only get adequate vitamin D from sunlight for six months out of the year — from April through September, at most.
  • Dark-skinned and older individuals need far more exposure to produce vitamin D from sunlight than younger, fair-skinned individuals.
  • Sunscreens — even the weakest ones (SPF 8) — block your body’s ability to generate vitamin D by 95%.
  • Almost all commercial sunscreen products contain chemicals that may be harmful to your health.
  • If you avoid getting sunburned, yet have regular sun exposure, you'll also have a decreased risk of melanoma. Optimizing your sun exposure in this way also reduces your risk of 16 other common cancers!
  • Incredibly enough, studies show that if everyone had optimal levels of vitamin D, the rate of cancer would drop by as much as 70 percent — almost immediately! Why this isn't being promoted more openly, I don't know.

There is so much more to know about the importance of proper sun exposure and vitamin D. You owe it to yourself to learn more; just see any of the links below:

Vitamin D Facts

Vitamin D from Sun Exposure

How do you know which sunscreen products are safe?

The FDA last reviewed the safety of sunscreen ingredients in 1978. More than 30 years later, the agency has yet to publish any standards for sunscreen ingredients. As a result, manufacturers in the U.S. are free to market products containing ingredients that have not been proven safe. Learn how to choose sunscreen products wisely at: Sunscreen Facts

Try astaxanthin for sun protection — from the inside out!

Astaxanthin is a nutrient that belongs to the carotenoid family of antioxidants. Astaxanthin supplements are made from microalgae that are also eaten by wild salmon or shellfish. However, supplements allow you to get therapeutic amounts that have benefits you can't get just by eating these seafoods.

Astaxanthin has an amazing list of benefits, but one of the most remarkable is the way that astaxanthin not only prevents UV sun damage from occurring, but may actually help to reverse external signs of aging — from the inside out.

Regular users of astaxanthin report that they are able to stay out much longer in the sun without burning. If you have delicate skin, astaxanthin is a sun protection solution worth considering. You can find out more about it here:

Benefits of Astaxanthin

The Campaign for Mandatory GM Labeling

This year is shaping up to be a critical junction in the battle to mandate the labeling of genetically-modified food ingredients. We're not even asking for a ban on GM foods — just a label that identifies them as such.

Over 90% of U.S. citizens want genetically-modified ingredients to be labeled — and yet we have no GM-labeling law anywhere.

You would think that getting this passed into law would be a slam dunk, but there still is not a single statute in place yet anywhere in the US. Why is that?

Monsanto Bullies Lawmakers into Submission. The legislatures in at least two states in the US, Connecticut and Vermont, were posed to pass mandatory labeling laws this year, by huge majorities. However, both states were were forced to back down after threats of legal action from Monsanto, the company most responsible for the spread of GM agriculture. It's not as though Monsanto had a legal argument to stand on. Their strategy is to bankrupt anyone who stands in their way of a global food monopoly through the abuse of the legal system. Former Monsanto executives and lawyers are now in charge of US food policy, and their lobbyists own the politicians and regulators in Washington, so there's little to expect from them. This is a fight that we need to win on our own.

The only way to beat Monsanto is by public rejection of GM agriculture, and for this to happen, GM ingredients need to be labeled. Did you realize that over 70% of the processed food in your supermarket already contains GM ingredients? Most people don't, and Monsanto wants to keep it that way.

California Ballot Initiative. This November, voters in California will decide via ballot referendum whether to require mandatory labeling of GM foods. The biotech industry knows how important it is to win this vote, and they are pouring in huge sums of money, mostly from out-of-state, to defeat this initiative. We can't let this happen! If just one state the size of California can pass a labeling law, the food industry knows it will have to reformulate their products without GM ingredients, because no one will buy them once they have a GM label on them. This is what happened in Europe, where GM foods are virtually banned.

So, if you haven't already done so, join the Millions vs. Monsanto campaign. Learn about the false promises and deception being promoted about the alleged benefits of genetically-modified agriculture. Tell your friends. Sign a petition. The future of your food supply is at stake.

Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?

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