Northeast Wisconsin
September 2010

September 2010

Of all the types of cancers that humans can get, skin cancer is the most common, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In fact, an article in the "Archives of Dermatology" states that more than 3.5 million cases in 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Those are sobering statistics, especially if you’ve just spent a good portion of your summer in the sun.

The risk of sun exposure wasn’t something many people gave much thought to 30 years ago. Even just a few years ago a "savage" tan (as one commercial described it) was the desired goal. With the help of coconut-scented lotion, or even baby oil, people baked in the sun for hours at a time. A burn was just an inconvenient side effect, a precursor of the darker hue to follow, or so we thought. Little did we know that a tan is actually the complete opposite of that "healthy" look we coveted.

Each day the professionals at Dermatology Associates see patients who exhibit the negative effects of too much sun exposure. Fortunately, the detection and treatment options available today are better than ever. Be sure to read about one of the most comprehensive skin disease practices in Northeast Wisconsin and how its doctors and staff are waging war on the skin cancer epidemic in our cover feature beginning on page 42.

In other news, it wouldn’t be September without mentioning that it’s back to school time, probably my favorite time of year. I was one of those kids who couldn’t wait to get back in the classroom at summer’s end. Thankfully, my kids have the same attitude. Picking up school supplies, backpacks and new gym shoes heightens the anticipation and we’re counting down the days. (Along those lines, we’ve got some great ideas for eco- and kid-friendly lunches in this issue of the magazine.)

But even if you’re not heading back to school, there are plenty of informative articles to help you on your path to healthy living. Enjoy them and have a great September!

Imagine building a new home. Typically it’s built with 2-by-4 studs. Now imagine chunks of wood being chipped out of the studs. This would be a visualization of osteopenia. Osteopenia is when one’s bone mineral density (BMD) is less than normal, but not severe enough to be called osteoporosis. Again,…
There is a fable told of a baby elephant, whose leg was tied to a post when it was young. It didn’t like to be restrained and fought to get free, but finally gave up trying to do so. Years later, this mature elephant only needs to gaze at the…
When I work with people to connect with their authentic self and align with their life purpose, their lives get better and better. A big challenge can be letting all of this good in and getting comfortable with it. A recent example of this was a client of mine, Karen,…
Healthy, sustainable living is not a privilege or a luxury for those who can afford it. Modeling and teaching children healthy, sustainable habits is a responsibility shared by all parents and caregivers. Healthy, sustainable living starts with healthy pregnancy and good prenatal care. Expectant mothers who eat a healthy diet,…
I attended a funeral recently and found myself clenching my jaw to keep from shouting out to the priest to stop scaring the poor family; they’re in a quagmire of sadness already! It is interesting to see how much our western society has embraced the dogma of separation, sin and…
CNN reported in June 2010 that a new study suggests cell phone radiation may be contributing to declines in bee populations in some areas of the world. Bee populations dropped 17 percent in the U.K. last year (British Bee Assoc.) and nearly 30 percent in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of…
As kids and teens head back to school and organized sports are starting up once again, it is important for parents and coaches to be aware of the importance of proper and regular use of athletic mouth guards to protect against tooth and mouth injuries. In older children and teens,…
Dogs and cats tend to look like their owners … in the weight department, that is! Half of the pets in this country are overweight because we are "loving" them to an early death. If they are inactive and receiving fatty or sweet snacks and commercial diets, they can develop…
Last month we explored how to tap into your creative spirit. As part of this process, recognizing your blocks is essential in order to move forward. Let’s examine this in more detail. Many of our blocks have to do with some negative story we repeat to ourselves. It is a…
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have definitely evolved over the past 50 years. Originally used to treat deep-sea divers in their recovery from "the bends," today patients are even seeing benefits with allergies, autism, arthritis, stroke, cancer and more. Scientists have learned that the dramatic increase in blood oxygen levels during the…
As of March 2010, Americans owed more than $852.6 billion in credit card debt, and the average debt per household was $15,788. Given stricter loan and credit requirements, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning that some companies promise bogus credit repair services that can be costly and in some…
Your mind, the computer behind your personal experience, can contribute to your youthful energy and looks. Or it can age you. In the 1980s, Candace Pert, PhD., a research scientist sought to uncover how neuropeptides such as serotonin process and affect the body. The result was that a new area…
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