Episode 1: Sunscreen
If you were a child growing up in landlocked South Dakota, summer was not just something you liked. No, no no. It was the sweet something you tasted during the third six-footer of the season (six feet of, you guessed it, snow), the memories of ice cream and popsicles so distant and yet so similar to the present climate. Once we finally were given the gift of sun, time outside was infinite. I always had a hard time coming back inside--a trait I carry with me to this day. I never want the beach day to be over. I'm very careful to apply sunscreen all day every day at the beach, but recently I started wondering if I should be looking more in depth at my sunscreen ingredients after hearing the really specific caveat, "You know the stuff in there is bad for you, right?"
What? What is bad for me? What an ominous warning when no one could tell me what was wrong with them! When Amanda and I were first discussing the idea for this podcast, I knew I wanted to do my first investigation on sunscreens, and whether the ingredients in them, either chemical or natural, were worse for humans than the sun itself.
Disagree with my findings? Wish I had checked out a different study? Want to pat me on the back for doing gr8 Internet research? Send us an email! balanceoutthebad[at]gmail[dot]com.
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