Sunscreen Linked to Vitamin D Deficiencies

Sunscreen Linked to Vitamin D Deficiencies

Here’s how it works for most of us: we decide that we need a vacation. Somewhere sunny, somewhere hot. We find a good vacation deal with Expedia, book it, and then load up on sunscreen. You don’t want to get sunburned while you’re on vacation, right? Well…the situation is actually more complicated than that.

Every time when we go out, we make it a point to bring with us our sunscreen to prevent our skin from coming into direct contact with the sunlight. We have been taught since we were little kids that direct sunlight may cause skin cancer and other terrible skin ailments. Our dalliance with the sunscreen is therefore understandable because nobody wants to get cancer. Nobody even wants to have any sort of disease that may leave ugly spots on their skin, leave alone having many health effects. Better safe than sorry, right?

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is often considered more of a hormone than a vitamin because it serves many functions in the body and its deficiency has many effects. It is responsible for bone growth and bone remodeling. Its deficiency makes the bones thin, weak and sometimes misshapen. This could cause rickets in children and osteomalaciain adults. It has other functions in the body as well, such as enhancing cell growth, body immunity and reducing inflammation. It is therefore a very important vitamin in the body.  Here is why we need vitamin D.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Research has shown that increased sunscreen use has led to reduced production of Vitamin D in many people’s bodies. The reason for this is that many sunscreens have components such as SPF 15 and oxybenzone that hinder the production of vitamin D by great levels.The research, which was published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, found that approximately one billion people around the world suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. This accounts for 14% of the entire world population, indicating a cause for concern. Researchers found that there are two main causes of Vitamin D deficiency; chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and inadequate exposure to the sun.

What to Do

But how do we ensure Vitamin D production in our bodies? Do we risk cancer by busking in the sun with our skin unprotected for lengthy periods? Well, no. Not quite. The most present source of vitamin D is direct sunlight. There are vitamin D receptors in arguably every cell in the human body. Therefore, the best way to increase the vitamin’s production in the body is by ensuring that your skin comes into contact with direct sunlight over substantial amounts of time o a regular basis. Doctors advice that we spend between five and thirty minutes out in the midday sun at least two times every week to ensure sufficient production of the vitamin. During these sessions, it is important not to apply sunscreen on your skin due to its Vitamin D production hindrance tendencies.

Wax Worm Caterpillar May Solve Plastic Waste Pollution

For decades the environmental impact of plastics has been a major crisis with no clear solution. Plastics last for thousands of years, and the amount of plastic we make and consume has grown exponentially over the decades. It appears that we may have a solution.

So…the solution to our plastics crisis is….worms? For the past few weeks the internet has been ablaze with reports of wax worms that can break down plastics into organic compounds. No, this isn’t a fake story built out of a little GoDaddy satellite site. This is the real deal.

Pollution of any kind is not acceptable to man. Whether it be water, air, or waste pollution, they are all unhealthy to the environment and cause more harm than good to mankind. This explains why every effort is put in to reduce the level of pollution in the world.

 

The area of plastic waste pollution seems to have gotten a solution in the form of a Wax Worm. The larvae of this Worm type was initially bred to be used as fish bait before a discovery was made of its love for plastic materials by an amateur beekeeper and scientist, Federica Bertocchini. Here are reasons why Scientists think the Wax Worm may be the solution to plastic waste solution.

1. APPETITE FOR PLASTIC: Following Federica’s chance discovery, researchers investigated the report and found that 100 Wax Worms can devour as much as 92 milligrams of polyethylene. The amazing thing is that this quantity would be devoured in the space of 12 hours. Compare this to another scientific fact that about 200 plastic bags, which is the average a human being uses in one year, would take between 100 to 400 years to degrade in landfill sites. With the huge appetite of the Wax Worm for plastic, it makes good sense to use it effectively.

2. POLYETHYLENE BREAKDOWN: The Wax Worm is able to breakdown plastic through the use of an enzyme which they produce. As a solution to all the plastic waste which fills our landfills, oceans, and waterways, Scientists are researching on how to use the enzymes of the Wax Worm in some type of bacteria and marine organisms to degrade plastic wastes in the wild.

3. ENERGY SOURCE: One major factor which would work in the favor of using Wax Worms to fight against plastic waste pollution is to discover why they consume polyethylene. If it is just a passing thing, then, it would only be of benefit to man now. Another explanation may be that it requires it as a source of its energy. If that be the case, it would work perfectly as a solution to plastic waste pollution.

4. BREED LARGE NUMBER OF THEM: Rather than breed only a few of these Wax Worms for fish bait, emphasis may shift to breeding them in large quantities to be released to the landfills, oceans, and waterways to help degrade plastic wastes lined there. This would go a long way in solving plastic waste pollutions.

This chance discovery by Federica may be the solution to plastic waste pollution. Rather than spending long years waiting for polyethylene to degrade in landfills, this solution is both natural and time saving.