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July 2017

Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy Monthly Newsletter filled with coupons, articles and resources for the health of you and your family.

Sunscreen 101

Be Wise and Protect Your Skin

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 before going outside, even on cloudy or cool days. (Bring along lip balm with SPF, too.)  Apply to all exposed skin.  Ask for help for hard-to-reach places such as your back.

  • Know how sunscreen works. Most sun-protection products work by absorbing, reflecting or scattering sunlight.  They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays.  All products do not have the same ingredients.  If your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call your doctor.
  • Understand SPF. Sunscreens are assigned an SPF number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays.  Higher numbers indicate more protection.
  • Know when to reapply. Apply more sunscreen if you stay in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating or toweling off.
  • Check the expiration date.… Continue reading

Skin Cancer

Self-Exams Improve Early Detection Rate

It’s important to learn about the warning signs of skin cancer and what to look for during a self-examination.  You may find it helpful to have your doctor do a full-body exam first.  Then, following your doctor’s instructions, practice a monthly head-to-toe examination of your skin, looking for any changes.  (After the first few times, self-examination should take no more than 10 minutes.)  If you spot anything suspicious, see your doctor.  Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable.  Ask your doctor how often to return for a professional skin check.

Source:  The Skin Cancer Foundation

Baby Safety Alert

Strings, Cords and Necklaces Can Strangle Infants

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received numerous reports of infants who have been strangled by strings, cords, ribbons or necklaces around their necks.  These items can become caught on a product, such as a crib or play yard, or they can become tightly wrapped or twisted around a child’s neck.

Never tie pacifiers, necklaces, toys or other items around a child’s neck.  Never leave cords (such as those used to raise and lower household blinds) of any kind near an infant.  Take off bibs or other clothing tied around a child’s neck before putting the child in a crib or play yard.  Cut drawstrings out of hoods, jackets and waistbands in your baby’s or toddler’s wardrobe.

Source:  Consumer Product Safety Commission

Kids’ Dental Health

What Are Sealants?

Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  They are applied in dentists’ offices, clinics and sometimes in schools.  Application is simple and painless.  Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield.

The most important reason for getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay.  Fluoride in toothpaste and in drinking water protects the smooth surfaces of teeth, but back teeth need extra protection.  Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and keep out germs and food.  Having sealants put on teeth before they decay will also save time and money in the long run by avoiding the need for fillings, crowns or caps.

Generally speaking, a dentist may recommend sealants on a child’s permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in, before decay becomes an issue.  Talk with your dentist about what… Continue reading

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Greek Salad
Serves 3

Craving a fresh salad with all kinds of crunchy vegetables, salty olives and creamy cheese?  This this delicious, healthy Greek salad served with warm pita bread.  The recipe makes enough for a lovely lunch for three.  For an evening meal, try serving it with any grill pork or chicken entrée.

1 large head Romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
4 fresh ripe tomatoes, diced in large chunks
1 English cucumber, peeled, quartered and diced in chunks
½ red onion, sliced thinly
30 whole pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half
5 ounces crumbled or cubed feta cheese
¼ cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Fresh lemon juice to taste

Add chopped lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, olives, half the… Continue reading

Your Healthy Spine

Tips for Maintaining Good Posture Throughout Life

Developing healthy posture now is an important gift to give yourself.  The benefits will last a lifetime!  These tips can help:

  • Keep your weight down. Excess weight exerts a constant forward pull on the back muscles and stretches and weakens abdominal muscles.
  • Avoid staying in one position for long periods. Inactivity causes muscle tension and weakness.
  • Sleep on a firm mattress and use a pillow that is just big enough to maintain the normal cervical (neck) curve. Avoid using an oversized pillow or several pillows.
  • Bend your knees when picking something up or putting it down. Carry a heavy object by using two hands and keeping the load close to your waist.
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes. Avoid continuous use of high-heeled or platform shoes, which throw the back’s natural curves out of alignment.
  • Walk with good posture. Keep your head erect with your… Continue reading