Sad Story of Sunscreen

Unfortunately, despite its many benefits, we are a culture that has been taught to fear the sun. Medical professionals and skin care companies alike have advised to either stay inside or dubiously lather up in sunscreen to prevent the damage of UV radiation from the sun. This theory has left us with an expensive and finicky solution when it comes to sun safety, all-too-often leaving us with fingers crossed, hoping that we have adequately covered all the tricky spots like the backs of the knees and around bathing suit lines with sunblock. It is quite simply an inadequate approach, and there are also some very clear concerns with using sunscreen that often go unrecognized.

The first issue is that sunscreens rarely work as promised. SPF is the rating system used to designate how much UV radiation is blocked upon application. With the wide variety of products out there boasting these numbers, one would logically conclude that 30 SPF is twice as protective as 15 SPF, and so on…yet this isn’t necessarily the case. Generally speaking, SPF 15 is thought to block 94% of UV radiation, SPF 30 only 97% and SPF 45 98%. Complicating this issue further is the fact that these numbers are all highly variable based on the skin type of the user, how liberally the sunscreen is rubbed on, what kinds of activity one is engaged in, frequency of reapplication and what time of day you are spending in the sun. Therefore as companies continue to design evermore expensive, high SPF, “waterproof” sunscreens- there is little actual improvement on protective value. The Food and Drug Administration even recently proposed an upward limit of SPF 50 on labels in order to limit unrealistic claims […]

By |June 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

What Can Natural Medicine Do For You?

An Evening With Dr. Ann Huycke, MD

Dr. Huycke is Board Certified in Family Practice and Holistic Medicine.  This seminar will touch on issues related to: pain, chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, ADD/ADHD, depression/anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, hormone dysfunction, stroke, traumatic brain injury, breast cancer detection, and female incontinence.

There will be a question and answer session after the lecture.

Event Date: October 20th, 2016
Event Time: 6:30-8:30

Location: Jolts and Juice Upper Deck, 298 S. Oregon St. Ontario, OR

For information please call 541 889 8714

By |October 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Smart Phone Applications for food ingredients.

1. To ID Phony Health Foods… try Fooducate This app, which comes with a barcode scanner to use at supermarkets, grades packaged food in terms of its healthiness, and it also alerts you to health food imposters that contain high fructose corn syrup, harmful additives, trans fats, and other sketchy ingredients.

Good for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android compatible

Find it: fooducate.com  

Price: $0 to $3.99 (depending on the version)

2. For When to Buy Organic… try EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide Ever year, the Environmental Working Group wades through US Department of Agriculture data on levels of pesticides found on common produce. The result? Their much-hyped “Dirty Dozen” list of foods you should always buy organic, and their “Clean 15” list of foods that are OK to buy conventionally grown. Download their app to always keep this info handy when you’re shopping.

Good for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and Windows Phone compatible

Find it: ewg.org/foodnews  

Price: Free

3. For Safe and Sustainable Fish… try Seafood Watch One fish, two fish, red fish…oh, who even knows anymore? Skip the confusion about what seafood is safe—and sustainable—with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch app. It tells you which fish are plentiful, which are on the brink of extinction, and which are so polluted with mercury and PCBs that you shouldn’t touch them with a 10-foot pole. It even has a handy Sushi Guide to help you navigate the raw-fish counter with ease.

Good for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android compatible

Find it: montereybayaquarium.org

Price: Free

Scary Facts About Shrimp  

4. To Pick the Freshest Produce… try Harvest Should you sniff strawberries or check out their color? Are you really supposed to thump a watermelon or shake an avocado? Consult with Harvest, an app that doles out tips […]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|
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