4 Natural Treats That Help You Sleep!

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Less than half of people surveyed world-wide by the National Sleep Foundation report getting a good night’s sleep.

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Wellness Expert, Dr. Tanya Edwards at the Cleveland Clinic says that sleeplessness is a common complaint.

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She suggests some surprising natural sleep-aids to help you get rest, so you’re not nodding off in the day.

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Edwards says pumpkin seeds can help.

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And sunflower seeds!

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And tart cherry juice!

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“My favorites are pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for getting a good night’s sleep and recent studies have shown that drinking a cup of tart cherry juice about a half-hour before bedtime may also be helpful for getting to sleep,” says Edwards.

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She recommends half a cup of pumpkin seeds once or twice a day.

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And for women approaching menopause, she recommends adding foods containing magnesium or adding it as a supplement.

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So this Halloween remember these 4 treats that may help you sleep like a baby:

1. Pumpkin seeds (bonus: they are high in magnesium)
2. Sunflower seeds
3. Tart cherry juice
4. Foods with magnesium or adding a supplement

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For more information, visit the Cleveland Clinic website: http://www.clevelandclinic.org

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MEDCruch is a division of Healthy Within Network, and was founded by Maria Dorfner, an award-winning health journalist. She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com.   In 2001, she founded the Cleveland Clinic News Service.  The Cleveland Clinic is a world-class medical  institution in medicine, research, education and technology, consistently ranked #1.

TOP 10 HEALTHY MILLIONAIRE MIND SUCCESS FACTORS

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Do you have a Healthy Millionaire Mind?  The following are top 10 factors which millionaires list as vital to their success:

1.  Being honest with all people

2.  Being well-disciplined

3.  Getting along with people

4.  Having a supportive spouse

5. Working harder than most people

6. Loving my career/business

7.  Having strong leadership qualities

8.  Having a very competitive spirit/personality

9.  Being very well-organized

10.  Having an ability to sell my ideas/products

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integrity

How many have you checked off?  How many do you need to work on?

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Having extraordinary energy and being physically fit is also on the list of 30 components to having a healthy millionaire mindset.

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Here are the remaining ones:

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11.  Making wise investments

12.  Seeing opportunities others do not see

13.  Being my own boss

14. Willing to take financial risk given the right return

15. Having good mentors

16. Having an urge to be well-respected

17. Investing in my own business

18.  Finding a profitable niche

19.  Having extraordinary energy

20.  Being physically fit

21. Having a high IQ/superior intellect

22. Specializing

23.  Attending a top-rated college

24.  Ignoring the criticism of detractors

25.  Living below my means

26.  Having strong religious faith

27.  Being lucky

28.  Investing in the equities of public corporations

29.  Having excellent investment advisors

30.  Graduating near/top of my class

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733 Millionaires were surveyed by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.

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Stanley is the author, lecturer and researcher who has studied the affluent since 1973.  He’s written some best-selling books including, “The Millionaire Next Door,” “Marketing to the Affluent,” and “The Millionaire Mind.”

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Book available at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-millionaire-mind-thomas-j-stanley/1003593315?ean=9780740718588

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Maria Dorfner

MEDCrunch is a division of Healthy Within Network, and was founded by Maria Dorfner, an award-winning health journalist.  She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

TODAY: Support This Healthy Kickstarter Campaign!!!

kickstarterMedCrunch believes HereAfter Frames is a hot, healthy NEW product for people during a difficult time.

Losing a pet can be one of the most difficult experiences in life.  When something can ease that pain, and help a person transition through the natural  5 stages of grief to one of acceptance, it’s a healthy thing.

The response by people who have a HereAfter Frame created is heartfelt.  The process from finding a special photo to immortalize to seeing the final creation to finding a special place for it in a home is uplifting.

Tears are replaced by a smile.

That’s why we love HereAfter Frames, which displays a custom painting or photo, along with keepsakes and an urn.

It helps people fondly capture the essence of their loved one.  And yes, it can be created for people too. The frame can be made to match the interior of your home. The creator can also add audio to them, such as any recording you have of your pet or a special song.

To this day, my parents play a cassette recording (the old kind) of my Grandfather Giuseppe.  When I get in their car, I love hearing his voice singing in Italian. His laughter, which is contagious is on it too. It makes me smile to recall his wonderful, lively spirit.

So when the creator told me about this, it resonated as something people would love.

It’s a healthy way to maintain a positive connection with a loved pet or person after they’re gone, which is why I encourage you to support this artist with 3 easy steps:

LINK: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2033271920/1081740743?token=17db0ca6

(1) CLICK link to watch brief video
(2) GIVE as much as you can to help
(3) SHARE link with friends and family

In return for your support, you will receive a special gift created just for you by the artist.

Thank you,
Maria Dorfner
In Loving Memory

“Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.” -Erik Erikson

Healthy Grieving for Pets by Maria Dorfner

boris10I have always known that pets have souls.  Artist, Boris Jairala knows it too.  If you listen with your heart, you can actually hear what pets are trying to say to you.  Think about how you would communicate if you could not speak.  Your eyes would reflect your happiness, sadness, love, anger.  You could also use body language to relay sadness or joy.
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I believe when you are close to a pet they can intuit how you are feeling and they respond in kind.
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It’s reassuring to be loved this way.
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It’s one of the reasons many health studies validate the healthy therapeutic affects of living with pets.
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Pets do not care what you look like and treat you the same if you’re wearing sweat pants or a ball gown.  They do not criticize you.  They do not cheat, lie or steal (well, maybe a few socks that mysteriously vanish) or care about your weight, height or job title.  They ask no questions.  They make the best friends because they merely accept you and love you for being alive.  Refreshing.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pet ownership not only decreases blood pressure, but your cholesterol levels, and
triglyceride levels.  The American Veterinary Medical Association, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The Delta Society agree.
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The Delta Society provides abstracts, articles, and bibliographies on the health benefits of animals to people. It’s available on their website.  According to WebMD, there are 27 more health benefits, including pets lifting depression and being a natural mood enhancer, helping those with ADHD release excess energy, lowering the risk of dying from cardiac disease, increasing survival rates after a heart attack or stroke while boosting your immune system, plus more.
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Some dogs can even alert diabetic owners of a drop in their blood glucose. And just like there are super sensitive people (raising hand!)  there are also super sensitive dogs that sense when you’re not feeling well.  That’s when their calming presence helps create emotional balance in their owners.  One look or touch can tell you they know how you feel, and will stand by you.
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It’s a rare kind of unconditional love in a world that creates laws for things that should come naturally –not judging others based on skin color, race or anything else, so long it’s not harming another individual.  There are so many positive aspects to pet ownership. Kids learn responsibility from having to walk and feed the pet, and you are guaranteed your thirty minutes of walking each day, which will lower your risks for all sorts of diseases.  Pets help keep you healthy inside and out.
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So, what happens when a pet dies and you lose all that?  How do you deal with the grief that comes from the death of a pet?
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I recall reading Elsabeth Kubler-Ross’s book, “On Death and Dying.” It was published in 1969.  A friend gave it to me after my grandmother passed away.  Prior to that, no one I knew personally had ever died.  It was something that happened to other people.  The book helped me process my feelings at the time. It wasn’t only my own feelings.  I was also absorbing the grief from my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, neighbors and everyone around me.  Overwhelming.  “On Death and Dying” outlines the 5 stages of grief.
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People go through the 5 different stages for a person or pet at their own pace.  It can also happen when someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness or from divorce or a breakup. The stages don’t happen the same way for each person. And when death is sudden and unexpected, you may never see beyond anger or denial, which is when it’s best to seek out professional help.
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1. Denial and Isolation
The first reaction that buffers the immediate shock.  You feel no pain.
2. Anger
Reality kicks in.  Emotions are in overdrive.  This is when you snap at things and then feel guilty or more angry for doing so.
3. Bargaining
You try to regain control by telling yourself, “If only I had…” because you feel vulnerable and helpless.
You feel overwhelming sadness, regret and worry.
5. Acceptance
 After you allow yourself to grieve naturally, you will heal.
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These 5 stages are the same for the loss of people or pets.
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Boris Jairala learned this when his father died, then his dog.
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Painting helped Boris capture his father’s essence.  Gretchen Rubin, author of “Happier at Home” wrote, “Capturing a moment in time isn’t just about securing a memory –it can help you appreciate your life every day.”  She adds, “Photos are a way to record life’s little moments that are precious but easily forgotten.”  No one wants to forget a person or pet they love.
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The unique frame Boris created for his father held his ashes in the front, and memorable keepsake items in the back.
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Then, he decided to do the same for his dog.
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When friends saw it, they loved it and asked Boris if he could create one for them.   He’s been focusing his effort on it ever since.
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Each frame can be customized to match the interior design of a home.  Boris adds, “If you already have an audio recording of your pet that can also be added. For people you love, I can add a special recording of their voice or a special song.   A woman who lost a child that was premature asked me to create a special frame, and it was very touching.  I’m deeply moved by the joy it brings.”
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They say two things are certain in life, death and taxes.  This won’t help with taxes, but it’s a unique way to help with the first. Rubin says positive memories and photographs play an important role in a happy life.
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Boris is from Brooklyn, NY and works out of a studio there.  His dream is to open a workshop.  His Kickstarter campaign launches soon.
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He says, “My dream with HERE AFTER FRAMES and the upcoming Kickstarter campaign is to raise enough to make this available to everyone in the world.”
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He has a patent and is the only person in the world creating such an item.  MedCrunch loves this keepsake.
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You can order the keepsakes and have them customized here:  http://www.HereAfterFrames.com
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Health Study Says Grilled Food May Make You Fat by Maria Dorfner

barbecue10 It’s that time of year when everyone loves a good barbecue.  Now researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City warn, “Grilled Food Might Make You Fat.” Hmmm.

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It’s not even half a dozen cheeseburgers that will you do in this time.   It’s HOW that cheeseburger is cooked.  In this case, grilled on high dry heat.

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According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers there identified a common compound in grilled foods that could play a major role in the development of obesity and diabetes.

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The team, led by Helen Vlassara, a medical doctor and director of the Division of Experimental Diabetes and Aging, found that mice that were exposed on a sustained basis to the compound methylglyoxal – a type of advanced  glycation end-product (AGE) produced when cooking with dry heat –developed significant abdominal weight gain, early insulin resistance AND Type 2 diabetes.

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Additionally, AGEs have been found to lower the body’s protective mechanisms that control inflammation.

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The researchers recommend that we replace frequent grilling, which uses high dry heat, with methods that rely upon lower temperatures or more moisturee, such as stewing, poaching or steaming.

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Hmmm. I’m going to a stewing or I’m going to a steaming doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

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If you rarely barbecue, here are some awesome healthy veggie suggestions from Derrick Riches:

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Grilling vegetables is easy. The fact that more people don’t do it is the strange thing. The general rule is to cut the vegetables into pieces that will cook quickly and evenly.

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All pieces should be of consistent thickness and no more than about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Soak vegetables in cold water for about 30 minutes before you grill them to keep them from drying out.

Pat dry, then brush lightly with oil to prevent sticking. Do not over cook and you’ll have vegetables better than you thought possible. If you like grilling vegetables and want to try smaller things use a grilling basket to keep them out of the fire.

This list of specific vegetables will get you started.

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Asparagus: Cut off ends. Soak in water for 30 minutes to an hour. Pat dry and brush with olive oil. Place on grill, turning every minute. Remove when tips start to turn brown. You can add some extra flavor to asparagus by mixing a little sesame oil in the olive oil before you brush them.

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Bell Peppers: Cut through the middle of the pepper top to bottom. Remove stems, seeds and whitish ribs. Brush lightly with oil and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side. See Fire Roasted Peppers for more information.

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Chili Peppers: Brush with oil. Grill whole on each side, 2-3 minutes. To reduce the heat, cut off the stems and pull out the seeds.

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Corn on the cob: Gently pull back the husks but don’t remove. Remove the silk and cut off the very end. Soak in cold water for about 30 minutes. Dry and brush with butter. Fold the husks back down and tie or twist the ends. Place on grill for about 5 to 7 minutes. Turn to avoid burning.

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Eggplant: Cut lengthwise for smaller eggplants or in disks top to bottom for larger eggplants. Soak in water for 30 minutes. Pat dry, brush with oil and grill 2-3 minutes.

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Garlic: Take whole bulbs and cut off the root end. Brush with olive oil and place cut side down over a hit fire. Grill garlic bulbs for about 10 minutes or until the skin is brown.

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Mushrooms: Rinse off dirt and pat dry. Brush with oil and grill. 4-5 minutes for small mushrooms, 6-8 minutes. Use a grill basket or topper for small mushrooms.

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Onions: Remove skin and cut horizontally about 1/2 inch thick. Brush with oil and grill 3-4 minutes.

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Potatoes: There are many ways to grill potatoes. You can do them whole for a baked potato or cut into wedges, brush with olive oil, and grill until browned. Wash thoroughly and dry. Rub with oil. Wrap in aluminum foil and grill 35-40 minutes, turning occasionally.

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Tomatoes: (Yes, I know, technically a fruit) Cut in half, top to bottom. Brush with a light coating of oil and grill cut side down 2-3 minutes.

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Zucchini and Small Squash: Slice 1/2 inch thickness. Brush with oil and grill 2-3 minutes per side. Small squash can be cut down the middle and grilling in halves.

 Healthy Takeaway: Don’t grill EVERY night.  When you do, make healthy food choices and do stay active. Your abdominal fat will be fine.  Healthy Grilling, everyone! :-)

7 Foods That Help You Sleep by Maria Dorfner

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 It’s worth repeating.  A good night’s rest is what makes you look AND feel your best. 

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Yet, texting, tweeting, blogging, emailing, facebooking and thinking in daylight can also keep you up at night.

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A good night’s sleep isn’t just about being able to wake up when the alarm goes off. It benefits your weight, heart, mind & more. 

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In a 2010 study of women age 50 to 79, there were more deaths in those that got less than 5 hours of sleep a night.

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So yes, it can affect the length of your life AND quality of life.

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Sleep also lowers stress, depression, anxiety,  improves attention and learning, keeps your mind sharp and one more thing. 

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Well-rested folks lose more fat.  That’s right. It gives a whole new meaning to Snooze You Lose.

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All great reasons to stock your refrigerator with these 7 foods that help you sleep soundly. Eat an hour before bedtime:

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1.  OATMEAL – It promotes insulin production and sleep-inducing chemicals to relax you

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2.  SMALL BOWL OF COTTAGE CHEESE WITH SLICED BANANAS – The magnesium and potassium are muscle relaxants

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3.  CHERRIES –  Melatonin controls your internal clock and cherries help to release it

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4.  TOAST – Carb rich foods produce insulin helping you relax

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5.  WARM MILK – It contains amino acid L-tryptophan and turns into 5-HTP, releasing serotonin. Calcium is good for sleep too

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6.  WHOLE WHEAT PASTA – Add fresh veggies & diced chicken with tomato sauce; high protein dish that also releases tryptophan

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7.  YOGURT SPRINKLED WITH CEREAL – You get the calcium and the carb combo to help bring on the Z-z-z-z’s

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A good night’s sleep also spurs creativity and improves your athletic performance the next day. It also curbs inflammation. Those that don’t get enough sleep have higher levels of inflammatory problems.

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If you are STILL tossing and turning or watching the clock, make sure you are doing the following:

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1.  STOP SIPPING CAFFEINE AT 2 P.M. – Check labels. You may not be aware what you’re drinking contains caffeine.

2.  DIM THE LIGHTS IN YOUR ROOM ONE HOUR BEFORE YOU TURN IN.

3.  SOAK IN A WARM BATH TO UNWIND AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME, NOT RIGHT BEFORE BED.

4.  CLOSE YOUR EYES FOR 10 MIN. AND GENTLY STRETCH BY PAYING ATTENTION TO YOUR BREATHING.

5.  THIS IS A MUST: MAKE SURE ALL YOUR GADGETS ARE TURNED OFF. PLACING THINGS ON VIBRATE DOES NOT COUNT AS OFF.  THAT SOUND CAN STILL DISRUPT YOUR SLEEP.

6.  MAKE SURE ALL CLUTTER IS REMOVED FROM YOUR BEDROOM.

7 Ways To Prevent Melanoma This Summer by Maria Dorfner

summerondock Remember, even though you look better tanned, it’s the opposite of healthy skin.  Here’s how to protect your skin:

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1.  AVOID TANNING BOOTHS

Obvious, but teens & adults still frequent tanning booths.  They can be just as dangerous as arsenic, asbetos and cigarettes.

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2.  AVOID THE SUN BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 4 P.M.

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3.  USE SUNSCREEN

The SPF should be at least 15. Reapply every 2 hours to ALL exposed areas of skin. Reapply MORE often if you swim or sweat.

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4. WEAR A HAT

A wide brim hat is better than a baseball cap.  If you drive a convertible, protect yourself.

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5.  COVER UP

Dark covered clothes reflect UV rays best.  Cover your arms and legs in tightly woven clothes.

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6.  BE CAUTIOUS ON CLOUDY DAYS AS SUN’S UV RAYS PENETRATE CLOUDS

The sun’s UV rays on a cloudy day can even affect your skin under a beach umbrella. Use all the tips here, sun or clouds.

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7.  SEE YOUR DERMATOLOGIST TO GET ANY EXISTING MOLES CHECKED

Make sure those cute freckles are just that.  Get a clean skin bill of health at the start of summer. Then, protect yourself.  If you need a recommendation to a good one, contact us.  Be sure to protect little kids and babies too!

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Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer.  It develops in the cells of your skin that produce melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color.  Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from tanning beds or the sun increases your risk. When untreated, the melanoma can travel throughout the body, attack organs and be fatal.  That’s NOT hot.

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You are at even greater risk if you have a history of sunbruns, many moles, a family history of melanoma, are blond, red headed, fair skinned, light eyed, although people with dark skin are not immune.

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If found early, melanoma is curable.  Check your skin and your partner’s skin regularly. 

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Remember the A, B, C, D of suspicious, potentially cancerous moles:

ASYMMETRICAL – Two halves of the mole do not match

BORDERS – The edges of the mole are not even or smooth

COLOR – The mole has multiple shades or colors

DIAMETER – Cancerous moles are larger than an eraser on a pencil

EVOLVING – The mole is changing shape, color, growing, itching or bleeding

If you find a suspicious one take a photo. Then, take another photo 2 months later, and see if it’s changed. If so, see a Dermatologist immediately.

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PROTECT YOURSELF SO YOU CAN HAVE FUN IN THE SUN.  

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MedCrunch is a division of Healthy Within Network (HWN) founded by Maria Dorfner.  Health tips? Health stories? 
Contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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STAY HEALTHY, EVERYONE! :-)