Northeast Wisconsin
July 2013

July 2013

About two years ago, I received a letter from my sister informing all five of us siblings of her skin cancer diagnosis and imploring each of us to make an appointment for a screening. Growing up on a farm, we had extensive exposure to the sun on a daily basis. Back then, skin protection was not the hot topic it is today. Considering that our father and one brother both had suspicious growths removed as well, we are thankful that we are all currently “in the clear” and are more keenly aware of the danger.

July is UV Safety Month — a perfect time to schedule a screening and to reinforce your efforts to protect yourself and your family from too much sun exposure. It is a fact: studies have linked overexposure to the sun with skin cancer. In addition, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “The harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun and indoor tanning “sunlamps” can cause many other complications besides skin cancer – such as eye problems, a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles and leathery skin.” The need to take protective measures from the sun is quite clear today.

Experts advise that we:

  • Avoid the sun at its strongest.
  • Wear proper clothing.
  • Avoid getting burned.
  • Go for the shade.
  • Use extra caution when near reflective surfaces.
  • Use extra caution when at higher altitudes.
  • Apply and re-apply broad-spectrum sunscreen/sunblock.

Our authors are also passionate about sharing some healthy living information with you. Victoria Huss writes about a bodywork and education system that focuses on relieving restrictions in the fascia and how it’s changing lives. Ann Khanna illustrates why having a neutral perspective may be one of the easiest ways to navigate through life’s ups and downs. Kristina Amelong educates us about detoxing, or cleansing, in order to eliminate the build up of toxins from our bodies. And there’s much more, so please read on!

Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful Independence Day holiday. It’s a fitting time to contemplate, acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

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I tell people all the time, “Everyone is creative.” Self-expression is the magic sparkle of our life force. Think about it. It’s that unique touch that you put on everything you do. The creative process is not only an approach to the arts, but also how it relates to living…
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