July 23, 2014
Children / Safety
Finding the right sunscreen can be very overwhelming, especially when there are so many different types on the market advertising different health claims. However,...
Finding the right sunscreen can be very overwhelming, especially when there are so many different types on the market advertising different health claims. However, many claims are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their claims are misleading.
Here are a few common ones
Claim: SPF 100
Most people assume that a higher SPF means increased effectiveness. However the FDA has proposed limiting the maximum SPF sunscreen value to 50+ because of the lack of evidence that demonstrates higher numbers are more effective. In addition, there is concern that people may think they can stay in the sun longer and dismiss the need to reapply.
Claim: Pediatrician recommended
This suggests an extra level of safety for the sunscreen; on the other hand the FDA doesn’t require children’s sunscreens to meet higher safety standards then adults. It’s not odd that pediatricians recommend specific brands because sunscreen manufacturers market heavily to dermatologists and pediatricians.
Claim: Hypoallergenic or sensitive
All it really means is that manufacturers test different target audiences, but the formulation is usually the same. Sunscreen allergies are less than 1 percent of all skin allergies. There is no guarantee that you won’t experience a reaction when using a hypoallergenic sunscreen. Conversely, it doesn’t mean if you use a sunscreen that does not claim to be hypoallergenic you will experience a reaction.
For the most part “sport” means sweat and water resistant. Manufacturers say claims are proved through testing, but most water-resistant products probably satisfy the same purpose.
Bottom-line: Covering up is the best way to protect your skin, especially when UV rays are the strongest which is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When you use sunscreen - use it liberally! You should apply about 2/3 of a shotglass to your face and body and reapply after 2 hours of being in the sun. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of a least 30. Broad spectrum protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. And finally, select a sunscreen you like to help ensure you to use it!
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July 21, 2014
Diabetes / Exercise / Physical Health
Medical experts are starting to refer to long periods of inactivity and its alarming negative health consequences as “sitting disease.” In 2011, the Centers of...
Medical experts are starting to refer to long periods of inactivity and its alarming negative health consequences as “sitting disease.” In 2011, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study that linked reduced sitting time to improvements in worker’s health. Similarly, a study in 2010 from the American Cancer Society published in the American Journal of Epidemiology demonstrated that sitting alone was associated with total mortality, regardless of physical activity. Evidence based literature supports that a sedentary lifestyle, including long periods of inactivity, increases one’s risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. On the contrary, standing increases energy, increases calorie expenditure, tones muscles, improves posture and increases blood flow.
So what can we do in the workplace to prevent “sitting disease?”
On average we sit too much every day, so let’s STAND together and fight against “sitting disease!
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July 01, 2014
Mike Siegel MD
Exercise / Physical Health / Women's Health
Pregnancy is a wonderful experience in a woman’s life. For most women, however, the experience is mixed with feelings of happiness and discomfort. Exercising...
Pregnancy is a wonderful experience in a woman’s life. For most women, however, the experience is mixed with feelings of happiness and discomfort. Exercising regularly during pregnancy can help reduce the stress of being pregnant on your body and avoid complications with pregnancy and labor. Begin with talking to your doctor. No need to go crazy at the gym or sign up for a marathon! A simple exercise routine is sufficient– aim for about two and half hours of moderate aerobic activities a week.
Aerobic activities include exercise that raises your heart rate. Some examples that might work during pregnancy include:• brisk walking• dancing• swimming• running
Don’t try to do heavy weight lifting or any exercise that will strain the lower back. Avoid contact sports or anything that may have contact with your stomach.
Exercising regularly is just one piece of staying healthy during pregnancy. It is also important to eat a healthy diet to maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy and help prevent any further strain on the body. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any questions. Have you been pregnant or are you currently pregnant? We want to hear what exercises worked for you!