The Polyunsaturated-Sunlight Skin Cancer Connection
Sunlight, so necessary for “vitamin” (hormone) D production, needed by every part of the body for a healthy immune system and cellular production, has been given a bad reputation.
If sunlight is so essential to good health, why then is it implicated in causing skin cancer?
There’s a wild card in the deck, that’s responsible, and those who make a living selling sun block to screen out “harmful” ultraviolet sunlight remain as ignorant as the general public about its vital role in the entire process.
Cancer thrives in an anaerobic (oxygen-depleted) environment.
The oxygen-carrying red blood cells are around 7 microns in diameter, small enough to pass through the 4 micron diameter blood vessels they must cross to release their oxygen into tissues, only when they literally fold over in half.
Saturated fats (lipids), and even most unsaturated fats, causes red blood cells to stick together, making it impossible for them to pass through the smaller blood vessels to deliver oxygen to oxygen-starved cells.
This can lead to two serious complications — cancer and heart disease.
One of the most life-saving procedures, in a cardiac arrest resulting in open heart surgery, has been found to be a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on an oxygen-depleted heart muscle.
The American Medical Association, through a report in their published journal by Dr. Meyer Friedman, knew about this connection way back in 1965 (JAMA 193:110, Effect of Unsaturated Fats Upon Lipemia and Conjunctival Circulation).
Friedman concluded: “If such interference in flow also occurs in the critically important collateral vessels of the coronary circulation in cardiac patients, then the ingestion of unsaturated fats could lead to disaster as readily as ingestion of saturated fats” (op. cit.).
Oxygen depletion of otherwise healthy cells can lead to mitochondria damage by free radicals, which lowers the energy output of the affected cells.
Sunlight then accelerates the free radical damage, leading to the final result of skin cancer developing and recurring, even when surgically removed.
You cannot simply cut off the damage caused by refined, “purified,” polyunsaturated oil (one molecule removed from plastic) clogging your arteries, unless you first remove the culprit from your diet.
Natural unsaturated lipids are supplied abundantly in nature in grains, seeds, nuts, vegetables and some fruits, and the best source is unrefined cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil (stored in glass bottles, preferably).
And oils manufactured from rapeseeds (canola), corn, cottonseeds, and soybeans must be extracted either mechanically or by the use of chemical solvents.
Mechanical extraction requires crushing the seed, mixing it with water and heating the mixture for half an hour at 230 degrees fahrenheit, after which it is run through a press where ten to twenty tons of pressure creates great heat in the extraction process (source: Sunlight Could Save Your Life, by Dr. Zane R. Kime, 1980, p. 124).
Chemical extraction is the method of choice by most processors, using hexane commonly as a solvent to extract the oil, and the solvent is then removed through evaporation by boiling the oil at high temperature.
The resulting mixture is then bleached and deodorized following extraction, to remove the natural colors and odors of the oils, which are not desirable commercially.
The bleaching is usually done through heat, (330 to 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 hours), lye, steam distilling, and added absorbents like charcoal and fuller’s earth (a type of clay), which are then filtered and removed, and the oil is deodorized under high vacuum by blowing steam through the hot oil (ibid., pp. 126-129).
Olive oil is not extracted by this method, since it has a desirable natural flavor which would be destroyed by this process.
Other sources of polyunsaturated oils have a usually unpleasant odor unless put through this process to make them commercially acceptable.
All or most of the natural enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins are destroyed by the high heat and chemicals used to process the oils, and some chemical residues of lye, bleach and solvents inevitably remain in the end product.
So-called margarine is then further coagulated using hydrogen gas and a nickel catalyst at temperatures up to 380 degrees Fahrenheit, in a process called hydrogenation (ibid., p. 130).
The resulting solidified or “slow pour” products are so removed from their organic origins, that if left open and exposed to possible insect or vermin infestation, they will remain untouched forever!
Spying a plastic bottle full of seemingly “pure” oil on their grocer’s shelves, labeled as “cooking” oil, the gullible public assumes the contents to be edible, and from this mistaken assumption — fueled by a glut of advertising propaganda spanning multiple decades, by the responsible industries — is born both atherosclerosis (heart disease) and cancers of all kinds.
And natural sunlight, which normally plays a vital role in a fully functioning vital immune system, gets the bad rap for all this malnourishing garbage and its harmful to fatal results.
All of which sells more chemically-laced sun screen ointments, creams and oils, which further pollute the largest organ of the body (the skin), leading to even more problems and troubles down the line.
The connection that blames sunlight for all the ills of a polluted inner and outer personal environment, is all based upon junk “science” and bad assumptions.
The Polyunsaturated-Sunlight Skin Cancer Connection