Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 2010 Newsletter

Buzz Off Mosquitoes
A beautiful summer evening can be ruined quickly by mosquitoes and other flying pests, but you may have some reservations about turning to potentially harmful insecticides. DEET, an active ingredient in many repellants is effective, but also carries health risks. Studies published in Experimental Neurology (2001, vol. 172) and the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health (2001, vol. 64). found prolonged exposure, equal to about 2 months of typical use, caused nerve cells in the brain to die leading to memory and coordination problems. The researcher involved in the studies noted children are at an increased risk to the effects of DEET because their young nervous systems are still developing. Read More

How to Soothe an Itch
If you've ever had a serious case of itching you know how uncomfortable it can be. Whether it was from a mosquito bite or skin irritation from poison ivy, itching skin can deprive you of sleep and even your sanity. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to stop itching and help you get a good night's sleep. Details Here

Lighten Up Your Summer Menu
Summer rules! Time to wind down, wear shorts on weekdays, dine outside and declare a free zone away from all the fuss. Foods lighten up, too. Summer issues a new crop of restaurant menus featuring more salads, grilled entrees, cold soups, frozen drinks and fruit for dessert. The problem is that "light and fresh" don't always mean light in fat and calories.Read More

Grill More Produce
Dietitian Vicki Piper of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston encourages those doing cookouts to grill plenty of fruits and vegetables -- and less meat. Diets high in plant foods can lower the chances of developing several cancers... Get Information

Cut Out Beverage Calories
When it comes to losing weight, what you drink may be more important than what you eat, according to new research; it shows that cutting back on sugar-laden drinks is associated with weight loss and seems to have a bigger impact on weight than cutting back on solid foods. Full Story Here

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