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dan

610 Posts

Posted - 07/16/2008 :  00:14:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Topical sunscreens can be inconvenient to apply to all exposed skin and there are also the issues of toxicity and vitamin D synthesis inhibition. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a sunscreen in a pill?

Polypodium leucotomos is a Central American fern plant that confers remarkable protection (~SPF7) against sunburn and solar ray skin cell damage when taken orally. Polypodium leucotomos has been used for centuries in native cultures to treat tumors, skin diseases (including psoriasis), and sunburn. Modern dermatological researchers discovered that doses of 500Ė750 mg/day taken orally protect human skin from sunburn, cell death, DNA damage, and oxidant activity from both natural and artificial ultraviolet light. Polypodium leucotomos supplements may afford long-term protection from ultraviolet light-related skin aging and even from cellular changes that can lead to skin cancers.

Read more at http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/jul2008_Lethal-Misconceptions-about-Skin-Cancer_01.htm

The LEF product Fernblock can be found at http://www.lef.org/newshop/items/item01001.html#Fernblock

marsha

USA
122 Posts

Posted - 07/18/2008 :  13:21:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This sounds really good. Has anyone tried it yet.
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Allie

USA
26 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2008 :  15:10:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Definitely will be looking into that. Thanks Dan!
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RidgebackDogs

USA
103 Posts

Posted - 07/31/2008 :  10:28:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone tried this yet? Looks good on the article - anyone find other info on this? Thanks!
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marsha

USA
122 Posts

Posted - 07/31/2008 :  19:27:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been taking the tincture for 4 days. I also got my mother a bottle for dementia. You have to take 60 drops 3 times a day, so a bottle is not going to last very long. My herbalist friend says I can make it myself if I can by it in bulk. I donít know if its working since I tend to stay out of the sun. I think my age spots might be a little lighter, maybe. I rubbed some on my lips and a spot that I havenít treated yet, I did that for 3 days, didn't see any difference. My mother called me and said could I help her move that oh never mind I wanted to see if I could call you. So its not an instantaneous cure for dementia.
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dan

610 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2008 :  10:37:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi marsha, this recent article on a drug called Enbrel for Alzheimers looks interesting for your mom. http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/aug2008_Novel-Drug-Therapy-Immediately-Reverses-Alzheimers-Cognitive-Deficits_01.htm
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marsha

USA
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Posted - 08/14/2008 :  20:03:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dan,My mother got so mean that her care giver quit. I dont know if it was the Fernblock that made her come to or not. I got the pills and have been taking 500 mg per day.
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trudie

61 Posts

Posted - 01/24/2009 :  20:46:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by dan

Topical sunscreens can be inconvenient to apply to all exposed skin and there are also the issues of toxicity and vitamin D synthesis inhibition. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a sunscreen in a pill?

Polypodium leucotomos is a Central American fern plant that confers remarkable protection (~SPF7) against sunburn and solar ray skin cell damage when taken orally. Polypodium leucotomos has been used for centuries in native cultures to treat tumors, skin diseases (including psoriasis), and sunburn. Modern dermatological researchers discovered that doses of 500Ė750 mg/day taken orally protect human skin from sunburn, cell death, DNA damage, and oxidant activity from both natural and artificial ultraviolet light. Polypodium leucotomos supplements may afford long-term protection from ultraviolet light-related skin aging and even from cellular changes that can lead to skin cancers.

Read more at http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/jul2008_Lethal-Misconceptions-about-Skin-Cancer_01.htm

The LEF product Fernblock can be found at http://www.lef.org/newshop/items/item01001.html#Fernblock



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trudie

61 Posts

Posted - 01/24/2009 :  20:51:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There was a sunscreen pill in Kenya, which I used when I lived there from 1967-1991. It was called Silvasun, and was composed mainly of vitamin A. I think it was made in the U.K. I have never been able to find it here or on the internet. I have lived here in N.C. since 1991 and now have been diagnosed with my first bcc on my face. Do not want to have surgery, so am searching for an alternative.
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trudie

61 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2009 :  10:34:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just looked at the fernblock site, but I did not see a tincture, Marsha. Am I missing something? So who has tried fernblock?
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