Dr. Anthony Faro, BS, MS, DC, DABCI
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A Guide to Safe Sun Worshiping

Dr. Anthony E Faro, MS, DC, DABCI

Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Internist 

When I was a younger we didn’t think much about sun screen.  My girlfriend would put iodine in baby oil and we would all bake in the sun.  Hopefully we know better than that these days. 

The negative effects of sun exposure can occur over prolonged periods of time or in a very short time as the result of a sunburn.   Sunburns are especially problematic in babies, young children and elderly folks who are not out doors on a regular basis.  I recently took my 91 year old father to the beach.  He did not want sun screen as he was under the umbrella.  The umbrella doesn’t take the place of sun screen and he received a mild sunburn on an over cast day in about 60 minutes. 

Sunburns are directly related to skin cancer and one of the red flags for future risk of Melanoma is severe sunburn especially on the trunk.     Sunburns also increase the risk of Basil Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.  Sun exposure both short and long term without burns is responsible for increased appearance of skin aging and actinic keratosis.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to protect your skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun. 

Although most of us are not using baby oil and iodine these days it is well worth your while to become familiar with the benefits of sun screen and the risk factors associated with prolonged sun exposure.  Full Spectrum Sunscreens reduces the risk for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers, chronic actinic damage, acute phototoxic reaction and Full spectrum sun screens can actually help reduce the appearance of aging associated with exposure to UV rays.

To be designated a total protection sun screen, both UVA and UVB rays must be blocked.  Many of us only look at the SPF ratings, but the drawback to SPF rating is it designates only UVB protection.  Sunscreens can have a high SPF and not block against UVA rays which are associated with skin aging and skin cancer.  Unlike UVB, UVA rays are not filtered by the ozone and can lead to premature skin aging.  This leads to degradation of collagen and connective which nobody I know wants.   So the take away here is look for a sunscreen that is marketed “broad spectrum”  as this will assure you that the product blocks 90% of the long spectrum UVA waves.  Also remember that SPF is not an additive number.  SPF 30 is not twice as affective as SPF15.  SPF 15 sunscreens filter out 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 protects against 97% and SPF 50 98%.  In addition, going above an SPF 50 is not really necessary and the FDA is considering not allowing companies to claim an SPF above 50 which already block 98% of UVB rays. 

How to Calculate an SPF That’s Right for You

· Fair skin — can stay in the sun 10 minutes before burning

· Olive skin — can stay in the sun 15 minutes before burning

· Dark skin — can stay in the sun 20 minutes before burning

Multiply the SPF by the number of minutes you can stay in the sun before burning. For example: (SPF) 20 x 10min (Fair skin) = 200 minutes (amount of time you can stay in the sun before burning if you have Fair skin and use an SPF of 20).  * re-applied as per the manufacturer recommendations.

The regulations governing label requirements and statements last changed in December 2012.  For instance, manufacturers can’t claim all day protection or water proof anymore.  Manufactures can make claims regarding water resiliency for 40 or 80 minutes only.  There is no all-day protection and recall the evidence that links skin cancer risk to the number and severity of sunburns, so re apply when recommended. 

The FDA latest Sun screen Rules

• Sunscreens may be labeled “broad- spectrum” if they provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation according to FDA-sanctioned test methods.

• Only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher may state that they protect against skin cancer if used as directed with other sun protection measures.

• Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPFs of 2-14 must display a warning that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.

• The terms “sunblock,” “sweatproof” and “waterproof” are no longer allowed on sunscreen labels.

• Sunscreens may claim to be “water-resistant,” but must specify whether they protect the skin for 40 or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, based on standard testing. Sunscreens that are not water-resistant must instruct consumers to use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.

• A company cannot claim that its sunscreen products provide sun protection for more than two hours without submitting test results to prove this.


You might think picking a sun screen is easy but according to Web MD,  “Study Finds 4 in 10 Sunscreens Fall Short on SPF”  by Kathleen Doheny:  May 20, 2016.  40% of the sunscreens tested fell short on their label claims and according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) many sun screens contain potentially hazardous ingredients.  According to Dave Andrews of the EWG, "Many products do not provide enough UVA protection and some contain hazardous chemicals such as the hormone disruptor oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A linked to skin damage." – Andrews. 1  

Each of us must weigh the risks and benefits of sun exposure and the proper use of sun screens and no of days everyone is looking for natural and environmentally safe products.  It would be in our best interest to use those products with the least toxic ingredients and that offer the best protection.  There is conflicting research regarding chemicals in sun screens and although Avobenzone is safe prior to photo reactions with the sun, once it is exposed to sunlight it is degraded.  The degraded compound may interact with other chemicals in the sun screen and even with octocrylene and be potentially unsafe.  There are alternatives to sunscreen that contain Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, and Avobenzone.  Read the ingredients list and you will be surprised to find a lot of chemicals in brands touting “natural or botanical” on the labels.  If you’re looking for natural products the Non Nanoparticle mineral sunscreens are best, and best when applied as lotions.  Be cautions when using spray sunscreens as they do not cover well and do not use spray sunscreen on children.  The FDA has warned that when sprayed on children there are possible health risks associated with inhalation of these products and can be a sever irritant to those suffering from asthma and other inhalation disorders.  Mineral based zinc oxide formulas block both UVA and UVB while titanium dioxide blocks more UVB and some UVA. 

Rules for safe sun worshiping.

  • Ware cloths and long sleeves when possible.
  • Protect your eyes from the damaging UVA rays with proper sunglasses.
  • Keep hydrated while in the sun and avoid alcohol.
  • Plan your work and leisure time to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Use the proper sun screen for your skin type, re apply as recommended.
  • Be mindful of Drug induced Photosensitivity.

Many drugs including antibiotics have warnings against exposure to the sun while taking the prescription.  These include Tetracycline, Doxycycline and Ciprofloxacin; the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory Ibuprofen; and the diuretic furosemide, as well as retinoid’s.  Many other drugs pose a photosensitivity risk, so be sure to read your drug inserts. 

  • Don’t forget your after-sun care. 

Look for serums with Vit C and Vit E in them to help nourish skin and provide essential antioxidants to protect against cell death and damage.

If you have any other questions or comments feel free to email at chiropracticinternist@gmail.com  Go to my web site at www.Drfaro.com or call my office at 863-676-2225.  Dr. Faro prescribes the number 1 full spectrum all natural sun screen 100% natural and 94% certified organic and is reef and ecologically safe for the environment.  Mention this blog post for 15% off all our 100% natural sun care and after sun care products.  Lip balms, Sun screen, baby sun screens, moisturizers and more.  



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By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
June 23, 2017

If the interior walls in your home were developing fine cracks, would you want to know the reason for the condition, or would you just plasterFunctional Medicine over them? Or, if your car were making an odd noise, would you investigate the cause or just use earplugs? Obviously, in both cases, you'd have an expert look over the entire house or car to determine what was going on. The same applies to your body and your health.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine in Lake Wales looks at you as a whole person, not just a set of symptoms. Dr. Anthony Faro of the Alternative Care Wellness Center seeks to uncover the nutritional deficiencies, imbalances or stressors underlying physical conditions such as irritable bowel, arthritis, ear infections, muscle tension, and of course, subluxations, or misalignments of the spine.

As a chiropractic internist, Dr. Faro applies his extensive training and years of expertise to truly understanding the mind-body connection in each and every one of his patients. He and his team are patient-centered and wellness- centered, not an illness- and symptom-centered. In addition, as a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internist's, he understands how genetics, food, environment and lifestyle interplay to positively or negatively influence mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and the body's own ability to heal itself.

What can you expect at Alternative Care Wellness Center?

Dr. Faro offers a wide range of services tailored to your individual health needs and preferences. When you come to Alternative Care Wellness Center, expect as needed treatments such as:

  • Complete chiropractic exams
  • Health histories
  • Emphasis on good nutrition and stress reduction
  • Correction of spinal subluxation, or misalignment
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Massage
  • Application of heat and ice
  • Ultrasonic therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Nutritional evaluation and supplements

Your patient care plan will be as individualized as you are.

Why not learn more?

Functional Medicine is a fascinating and ever developing field. Find out how Dr. Faro and his team can benefit your overall health and well-being. Contact the office today for a consultation. Phone (863) 676-2225.

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April 27, 2017
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As a Chiropractic Internist specializing in natural primary care I am frequently asked about the benefits of a specific nutrient or a new supplement that was promoted on Dr. Oz, in Prevention magazine or in the news.  Remember brown seaweed, raspberry ketones or what about krill oil?

There are two obvious concerns when answering this question.  The first is do you actually need that supplement, will it positively affect your complaint and secondly will you actually be getting what the label claims is in the bottle?

 A while back there was a product sold as an antioxidant in a wine bottle.  It was made from berries, acai berries to be exact.  It retailed for about $45.00 a bottle.   Is acai a good product?  Yes, It is, but is it worth $45.00 a bottle, heck no.  What about the herbs you buy?  In order for an herb to be affective you must consume enough of the botanical contained in the plant root or bark to have a clinical affect in your body.  Not enough botanical no clinical effect.  Research has demonstrated the amount of botanical needed to achieve the specific benefits of each plant extract and the manufacturer must use methods to isolate that botanical compound and then make sure each capsule has the exact dose needed for the desired clinical result.  If the capsule contains no botanical or too little it can still be sold as that herb but there will be no clinical affect.  So your money is wasted no matter what the price.  But when the right manufacturing practices are used I successfully treat virus, bacterial infections, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, depression, prostate enlargement and many more conditions with these powerful natural agents.

Although it is better to treat symptoms naturally as compared to using pharmaceuticals, treating symptoms is treating symptoms no matter how you slice it.  Therefore a “Natural Health” care provider who merely substitute’s a natural product for a drug is still treating the symptoms.  I always seek to treat the cause of your symptom not the symptoms itself.  You see that is what MD’s do.  They provide drugs for symptomatic management.  Forget what the cause is just treat the symptoms and everyone is happy right?   No everyone is sick that what happens.   So this is the fundamental difference between pharmaceutical based medicine and natural based medicine.   Am any less qualified because I do not prescribe drugs?  Are you kidding me!!! But this is exactly the false narrative you have been feed all your life.  If I don’t use side effect causing, symptom treating drugs therfore I must be less of a doctor or better yet a QUACK.  To be frank it takes far more thought and knowledge to figure out what is causing you stomach pain than it takes to jot a prescription.    I treat the cause, they treat the symptoms.  MD’s  use powerful side effect causing drugs designed to block, suppress, and outright stop normal body function while I use pure, natural compounds designed to balance and support the body and all its systems while simultaneously  promoting  health.  I will have much more to say regarding the medical false narrative and FAKE NEWS in a future Blog. 


And that brings me to my finial thought.  It is always better to start with the basics and your nutritional needs are no different.  I ask my patient’s to imagine they are going on a long car trip.  What will they need, AC, Stereo, Sun Roof, Leather seats, etc.  Not really, you need oil in the engine, gas in the tank and water in the radiator.  If any one of those is not present in enough quantity you’re not going anywhere.  The same with your body.  Nutrients are divided into two categories know as macro and micro nutrients.  Micro nutrients are you vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.  These nutrients are necessary for all biochemical functions and actions that go on inside of you.  These nutrients positively affect energy production, tissue healing, brain function and specific deficiencies are often related to depression, anxiety, immune function abnormalities and many more diseases.  So to support health you need to assure you provide your cells the equivalent to gas, oil and water in my analogy. You need a pure high potency multi vitamin/mineral.  You need a cold filtered purity certified none rancid omega 3 for the cardiovascular system and to balance the inflammatory effects of too much omega 6 and 9 from excessive hydrogenated veggie oils.  As a matter of fact according to the American Heart associated, Diabetes Association and Cancer Society you need a high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) anti-oxidant to protect your cells from premature cell death and damage.   Women also need to support healthy bone production and build the bone bank to its peak density by age 35.  I use products that support both the mineral and connective tissue components of bone and are clinically proven to support bone health in young and the elderly alike. 

These are the nutrients you must provide your body on a daily basic no matter what.  To help you achieve this goal I have sought out the purest ingredients and best patented formulas available in the USA and then partnered with the finest Nutraceutical Laboratories to produce my Buona Vita line of over 20 nutraceuticals products.  Buona Vita Daily Essential for Men and Women provides you with pure nutrients your body needs to keep it going while in life’s daily pressure cooker.  Daily Essentials contain no wheat, gluten, yeast, soy products, dairy products, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners or artificial preservatives.  Buona Vita Nutritional products haves been registered with the US Department of Trademarks and Patents since 2009 and are manufactured in GMP compliant faculties. 

So first supply your body with the basic nutrients required to sustain life and take a Daily Essential Pack every day, and then when troubled with a complaint seek the evaluation of a physician trained in natural medicine.  As Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists, I have completed 8 years of study to achieve my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and an additional 2 year post-doctoral program as well as completed all board testing to achieve my specialty in Diagnosis and Internal Disorders.  I practice natural primary care medicine.  Instead of guessing about your health problems and wasting valuable time and money seek out a qualified board certified physician like me to help treat the cause of your complaint and stop covering up the symptoms.   

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Welcome to the Blog of Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a chiropractor in the Lake Wales, FL area, we’re excited you are here. With the chiropractic industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote chiropractic health awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including chiropractic news, advancements in chiropractic technology and treatments, and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best health. 

As always, feel free to contact Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C. with any chiropractic questions or concerns.

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