EWG’s Sunscreen Guide for 2015
The New York Times
by Tim Wu
EWG’s 9th annual edition of this guide finds persistent problems with the ingredients and marketing of sunscreens for the American market. Fully 8% of 1,700 products examined offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone and vitamin A.
EWG’s Sunscreen Hall of Shame draws attention to products that promise safe sun protection and don’t deliver. This year, one brand stands out - Neutrogena.
Neutrogena’s advertising hype is further from reality than any other major brand EWG studied. It claims to be the “#1 dermatologist recommended suncare brand.” Yet all four products highlighted on Neutrogena’s suncare web page rate 7, in the red (worst) zone in EWG’s database. Neutrogena’s “Pure & Free Baby” sunscreen claims “special protection from the sun and irritating chemicals” and “hypoallergenic,” but it contains a preservative called methylisothiazolinone, or MI, that some researchers call a potent allergen and that is deemed unsafe in Europe.
Neutrogena boasts shamelessly sky-high SPF values. A dozen or so are labeled SPF 70; two claim SPF 100+ and one, SPF 110. The federal Food and Drug Administration says that SPF benefits max out at 50+ and wants to bar higher numbers, as the European Commission, Japan and Australia have done, but its proposed regulation, under fire from sunscreen manufacturers, has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo since 2007. (source)
Obesity Will Soon Overtake Smoking as Principal Cause of Cancer
By Dr. Mercola
More than 2.1 billion people, or close to 30 percent of the global population, are overweight or obese, and obesity is responsible for about five percent of all deaths each year, worldwide. In the US, nearly one in five deaths is now associated with obesity.
That obesity factors into your mortality risk isn’t so surprising when you consider just how many chronic and serious diseases it’s associated with.
In the US, just eight obesity-related diseases account for 75 percent of all healthcare costs! Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), dementia, and cancer are among them, but there are many others as well. (source)
Aspartame: By Far the Most Dangerous Substance Added to Most Foods Today
By Dr. Mercola
Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug.
Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death. (source)