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Common Sunscreens Can Damage Marine Life (and You Too)

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The giant Posidonia seagrass meadows in the shallow bays of the Mediterranean could be hundreds of thousands of years old. The are now contaminated with the sunscreen chemicals such as oxybenzone avobenzone 4-methyl, benzylidene camphor, and others, reports a study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin.

The same sunscreen chemicals have been found in the plasma of loggerhead turtles on the coast of Italy, report scientists at Italy's University of Camerino, published in Science Direct; the concentrations correlate with almost all of the gene biomarkers of inflammation, oxidative stress, and hormonal activity. If your doctor found those problems in your plasma - and maybe they are - he'd be shocked....

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