June 2011 
 Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Summer Health Issue
 Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
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After a cool and wet May, Summer finally arrives in Colorado! Warm days, luscious salads out of the garden, long hikes higher into the high mountains as the snow finally begins to melt away.... my favorite season in Colorado begins. Even though summers can get really hot around here, a short trip to cooler and higher elevations can offer relief.

This issue of my newsletter will focus on health suggestions for dealing with a few summer nuisances such as suncare, insects, food poisoning, and altitude sickness naturally, Be well and enjoy the richness of the season!

 Environmental Working Group Rates Sunscreens for Safety, Effectiveness

Sunscreen has come under much scrutiny lately as many brands may contain toxic chemicals such as parabens and phthalates which may cause cancer. And many of the more natural brands may not offer adequate protection from UV rays. Here is the Environmental Working Group's list and ratings for the greenest, safest, and most effective sunscreens.

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 Why You Should Not Use DEET Insect Repellant
 and my personal favorite non-DEET insect repellant

Using insect repellant is important in Colorado due to the occurrence of West Nile Virus carrying mosquitos in the region. I like to not use products that contain DEET for the following reason. I use Bite Blocker instead as it seems to work the best in my personal experience. DUKE UNIVERSITY REPORT ON DEET

Every year, approximately one-third of the U.S. population uses insect repellents containing DEET to ward off mosquitoes and other pests. At present, DEET is used in more than 230 products with concentrations up to 100 percent.

However, DEET should be used with caution due to its possible damaging effects on brain cells. Studies have shown that DEET causes brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. This exposure causes neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration. Rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination. These findings are consistent with reported human symptoms following DEET's use by the military in the Persian Gulf War.

With heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides, humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath. These symptoms may not be evident until months or even years after exposure. The most severe damage occurs when DEET is used concurrently with other insecticides, such as permethrin, for prolonged and frequent periods of time.

At this time, there is little information about the short-term, singular and occasional use of DEET. Further government testing of the chemical's safety is necessary. However, frequent and long-term use of DEET, especially in combination with other chemicals or medications, could cause brain deficits in vulnerable populations, particularly children.

Until further studies are done, it is important to be cautious when using this insecticide:

Use insecticides containing DEET sparingly and infrequently. If you do use one on your skin, avoid wearing it for prolonged periods of time.

Be wary of using insect repellant containing DEET on children. Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes caused by chemicals in their environment because their skin more readily absorbs them. Also, their still-developing nervous systems are more potently affected. For the same reasons,

NEVER use insect repellant containing DEET on infants.

Be aware that DEET can be present in commonly used preparations like insecticide-based lice-killing shampoos. Use the same precautions with such preparations as you would with insect repellant.

Do not combine insecticides with each other or use them while using other medications. Even an over-the-counter antihistamine could interact with DEET to cause toxic side effects.

Do not spray your yard for insects and then take medications afterward. There is a possibility that you've inhaled a small amount of the insecticide that might interact negatively with the medication. Also, be sure to wash your skin thoroughly after spraying your yard. Lawn treatment chemicals are very strong and were not formulated to be applied to human skin.

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 And My Personal Favorite High Altitude Drink- Acli-mate
 (No, I am not getting paid for these endorsements! I just want you all to have a safe and swell summer!)

mt st vrain pic Those of us who live here in Boulder know that going from 5000 feet in elevation to 10,000 feet can be quite an adjustment. And for those who live close to sea level, the altitude issues are compounded. The main thing to remember when increasing elevation is to stay hydrated! This beverage mix that my friend and colleague Roanne Rouse Houck, ND, came up with contains a great mixture of vitamins, electrolytes, and herbs that really helps the body to adjust to increasing elevations. Available at Whole Foods and from their website.

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 Summer Salad Recipes

Now that the leafy greens are just about in season full force, here are some new salad recipes to experiment with for a change of pace. Enjoy!

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