Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sun Factor Follow up: a little "I told you so"

People still look at me strange when I fish in the summer wearing my hooded sweatshirt pulled over my baseball cap. “Aren’t you hot?!?” is what I read from their faces. A few people have actually pointed.

What they may not understand is something that sounds a bit like a conspiracy mixed with some universal truth. The sun is hot and sunscreen does not work anywhere near as well as you think it does. This is not the first article you may read on this subject by bonified scientists that confirm what I have been telling anglers for years.

(shameless self promotional article link re-post...can you believe this article was rejected so many times that I quit sending it out?)


Excerpt from article:

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington-based research group and habitual gadfly to the business world, has found that 4 out of 5 of the nearly 1,000 sunscreen lotions analyzed offer inadequate protection from the sun or contain harmful chemicals. The biggest offenders, the EWG said, are the industry leaders: Coppertone, Banana Boat and Neutrogena.
Sunscreens do not offer blanket protection from the sun and do little to prevent the most deadly form of skin cancer; reliance on them instead of, say, a hat and protective clothing, might be contributing to skin cancer; and the Food and Drug Administration has yet to issue any safety standards, mysteriously sitting on a set of recommendations drafted 30 years ago.


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