Thyroid- what’s a thyroid, you might ask. It is a small glad in your neck just below your Adam’s apple. It is responsible for much of the metabolism of the body and can cause several health issues. A thyroid can … Continue reading
I was recently seeing a nurse practitioner for care and as part of her Q & A, she asked me if I regularly wear sunscreen or visit tanning beds. I was startled at her question. I’d never been asked about my tanning history while wearing a paper dress – but I’m glad she asked.
Growing up on a farm in the 80′s and 90′s, I was outdoors a lot. As I got into my teen years, I became an avid fan of tanning and in my junior year of high school, started regularly using a tanning bed – which continued up until about two years ago. I admit. I am a sun worshiper extraordinaire and I have the wrinkles and $50 a bottle magic skin potions to prove it.
I also personally know three people who have suffered from aggressive, invasive and difficult-to-treat malignant melanoma and I have to say, I am concerned about me…
“Women under 40 are hit hardest by the escalating incidence of melanoma, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, out today.
Researchers examined records from a decades-long database of all patient care in Olmsted County, Minn., and looked for first-time diagnoses of melanoma in patients 18-39 from 1970 to 2009. Melanoma cases increased eightfold among women in that time and fourfold for men, the authors say.”
So I will be making an appointment with my dermatologist this week to have all my moles looked at. And am going to start considering being more faithful about using sunscreen. I promise. I just hope it’s not too little to late.
Efforts are now underway to restrict tanning bed use to only those over the age of 18. What do you think? Something to worry about or no big deal?
Wednesday, February 22 through Thursday, March 15 Tired of playing the excuse game? Ready to work hard and finally see results? Join us for BEGIN AGAIN BOOT CAMP! Participants will commit to one hour of exercise five days … Continue reading
Team Impact is a Christ-centered bicycle club with group rides held in the spring, summer and fall. Our major event will be participating in our 29th RAGBRAI, July 22-28th, 2012. We ride RAGBRAI both as individuals and in small groups with everyone going at their own pace. Devotions are held each night and fellowship throughout all our trips. Thirty to thirty-five people of all ages will go with our group to be a little salt and light on the RAGBRAI route. The group welcomes riders from all Bible-believing churches and denominations.
If you would be interested in riding RAGBRAI with other believers sharing the message of Christ, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 996-2539.
What if there was a single, simple treatment that could reduce high blood pressure; help you shed pounds; reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke and dramatically decrease depression and anxiety? There is. And it’s free. What’s stopping … Continue reading
I love Girl Scout cookies. I really, really do. I have loved them since I was a Girl Scout and sold them door to door. My heart melts for Thin Mints. My pulse races for Samoas. I swoon for Tagalongs. … Continue reading
The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative will launch on Saturday, October 7th at noon by encouraging people across Iowa to “start somewhere” by simply walking one kilometer (0.62 miles) toward better health. The Healthiest State Initiative says: “According to the 2010 … Continue reading