Where in the world is Dr. Moondust? Talking about cancer and the environment as guest lecturer in Mumbai

Where in the world is Dr. Moondust? Talking about cancer and the environment as guest lecturer in Mumbai

What is on Dr. Moondust’s mind when she is out of her lab as a cancer biologist and the founding force behind Moondust Cosmetics® safe sun care products? Well, it’s still about protective care whether the source is UV exposure from the sun in daily life or from pollutants in the atmosphere such as heavy metals. Her dual missions to make people aware of ‘apoptosis’ and its role in skin cancer and other cancers and to share information on the condition of our environment came together at her guest lecture at a recent scientific conference in Mumbai, India.  

Based on a chapter she contributed to the textbook, Plant Microbe Interface, her talk combined her deep study of cancer with her commitment to promote safe sun care for our skin and her care for our shared environment. At the heart of her presentation entitled: The Biological Effects of Uranium and its Decay Products on Soil Microbes, Plants and Humans, is Dr. Moondust’s commitment to how skin cancer and other cancer survivors and those vulnerable to cancer should care for themselves and how the environment can impact their health.

Audience members found these insights of interest.

Safe sun care is more than skin deep 

Moondust Cosmetics® with APF (apoptotic protection factor) help with apoptosis, which is a cell death during sunburn and has a role in skin cancer and many other types of cancer.  

The zinc oxide is useful in protecting against uranium toxicity, so the zinc in the formulation serves a dual function. It not only protects your skin from sunburn but a portion of the zinc, as it is absorbed into the skin, helps to detoxify radioactive metals like uranium in the environment.  

You may be closer to radioactivity than you think 

We may be living and working near soils that may be contaminated. The pollution may exist where weapons are used, such as in war zones or in areas near uranium mines or possibly nuclear power plants – where accidents have occurred.  

There are lots of nuclear testing sites North America that are on or near radioactive locations and so contaminated. It is good to be aware of your physical environment and to take steps to care for yourself.  

Plants are friends of people and the earth   

A hopeful point from Dr. Moondust’s lecture was that plants can be used in phytoremediation.  

Simply put, plants play a great role in helping us detoxify soils that may be contaminated and need   remediation of pollutants from radioactive metals. 

Naturally, Dr. Moondust maintains the best thing is prevention and NOT to use the weapon or the testing.  

According to Dr. Moondust, up to 400 plants are reported to hyper-accumulate metals.  Brassica family plants are particularly effective, and some plants that have been used to decontaminate uranium contaminated soils include: maize, Swiss chard and Chinese cabbage.   

Dr. Moondust has devised a skin care product that is especially important for those sensitive to sun exposure and for survivors of skin cancer or known to be sensitive to sun exposure and vulnerable to skin cancer. Her work continues on both fronts of cancer prevention and education about what we can all do immediately and globally to safeguard our health and that of the planet.  

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