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Read This! Sunscreen’s chemicals make it worse than wearing none at all!

Someone posted this article to Facebook and I had to share it. It’s shocking to me that they are saying wearing too much sunscreen over a long period of time is actually BAD for you! It is supposed to be protecting us. What is the world coming to? Chemicals are in EVERYTHING! Our foods, our deodorant (just ordered some organic deodorant from Etsy) along with sunscreen too! All thanks to this article – please share!

 

According to a June 2014 article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.

The epidemiological study followed 30,000 women for over 20 years and “showed that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.”

 Researchers concluded that the conventional dogma, which advises avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize sun exposure, is doing more harm than actual good.

 That’s because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is by far the best form of vitamin D.

In the USA, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Ironically, vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. A ground-breaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offers protection against sunburn and skin cancer.

Additionally, vitamin D protects the body from diseases like multiple sclerosis, rickets (in the young), tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome.

According to the Vitamin D Council, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently reported that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.”

A DISSIDENT DERMATOLOGIST

Bernard Ackerman, MD, (deceased 2008) was one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of skin cancer and the sun, sunscreens and melanoma skin cancer risks. 

Below are Ackerman’s views excerpted from an article in The New York Times (July 20, 2004), titled “I BEG TO DIFFER; A Dermatologist Who’s Not Afraid to Sit on the Beach”:

The link between melanoma and sun exposure (dermatology’s dogma) is unproven.There’s no conclusive evidence that sunburns lead to cancer.There is no real proof that sunscreens protect against melanoma.There’s no proof that increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of melanoma.

A 2000 Swedish study concluded that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those who used sunscreen versus those who did not.

SUNSCREENS: CANCER-CAUSING BIOHAZARDS

Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, is a California-based scientist who authored the book Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste, which extensively documents the serious life-threatening dangers of sunscreens not only to people but to the environment as well. 

Dr. Plourde provides proof that malignant melanoma and all other skin cancers increased significantly with ubiquitous sunscreen use over a 30-year period. She emphasizes that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).

Environmentally, she notes: “In areas where there has been much exposure to ED [endocrine disrupting] chemicals, coral and other sea populations have died off and the prevalence of dual-sexed fish has risen.”

Dr. Plourde’s research on mice and sunscreen exposure also showed increases in both pup and maternal mortality as well as reproductive issues in subsequent generations.

Additionally, the book documents how sunscreen chemicals have polluted our water sources including oceans, rivers and municipal drinking water. Worse yet, testing revealed that 97% of Americans have sunscreen chemicals in their blood! 

Dr. Plourde’s book also has a chapter on the importance of vitamin D3 to health, and she posits that the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to overuse of sunscreen combined with sun avoidance in general.

 

[Source: www.realfarmarcy.com]

 

If You Only Had 6 Months to Live

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I was watching TV with my mom tonight when a commercial came on about a new TV show where a woman learns she has cancer. She talks about how her whole life is different now and she begins to do every crazy thing she’s always wanted to do. Then my mom turned and said to me, “Imagine you were told you could only live for another 6 months? Think of all the things you would do.” This statement really got me thinking… how come we need to be told we have a deadline for us to start living like we have one? Because the truth is, we all have a deadline. Some come faster than others and some are told theirs when others never get the warning.

Imagine how differently you would live if you knew when you were going to leave this Earth. But the real question is, why can’t we live that way anyway? Why can’t any of us just enjoy ourselves like we were dying??? We are dying, all of us are. We should really start living like it. Instead we waste our days away, slaving away at jobs we hate, letting people walk all over us, always putting off our hopes and dreams because of the reality that’s in front of us at that moment. I think we’ve got it all wrong… the ones out there living really get it. Are you one of them?

National Geographic Concludes What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It’s Beautiful

It’s no secret that interracial relationships are trending upward, and in a matter of years we’ll have Tindered, OKCupid-ed and otherwise sexed ourselves into one giant amalgamated mega-race.

But what will we look like? National Geographic built its 125th anniversary issue around this very question last October, commissioning Martin Schoeller, a renowned photographer and portrait artist, to capture the lovely faces of our nation’s multiracial future.

Here’s how the “average American” will look by the year 2050:

Image Credit: National Geographic

And like this:

Image Credit: National Geographic

Wow. These are obviously not Photoshopped projections, but real people, meaning tomorrow’s America lives among us now in every “Blackanese,” “Filatino,” “Chicanese” and “Korgentinian” you meet at the DMV, grocery store or wherever it is you hang out.

Their numbers will only grow. The U.S. Census Bureau let respondents check more than one race for the first time in 2000, and 6.8 million people did so. By 2010 that figure had increased to nearly 9 million, a spike of about 32%.

This is certainly encouraging, but there are obvious flaws with tracking racial population growth through a survey that lets people self-identify, especially since so many familial, cultural and even geographical factors influence your decision to claim one or multiple races. Complicating things further is the definition of race itself: It has no basis in biology, yet its constructions, functions and mythologies irrevocably shape the world as we know it.

So is an end approaching? Will increased racial mixing finally and permanently redefine how we imagine our racial identities? The latest figures suggest we’re getting more comfortable with the idea, or perhaps that we simply give fewer shits than ever before. Either would be a step in the right direction.

The Wall Street Journal reported a few years back that 15% of new marriages in 2010 were between individuals of different races. It’s unclear whether they’ve included same-sex unions in the count, but as currently stated, this number is more than double what it was 25 years ago. The proportion of intermarriages also varied by race, with “9% of whites, 17% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 28% of Asians [marrying] outside their ethnic or racial group.” Interracial unions now account for 8.4% of all marriages in the U.S.

Image Credit: Wall Street Journal

In addition, more than 7% of the 3.5 million children born in 2009, the year before the 2010 census, were of two or more races.

The future: As for how this looks moving forward, studies have repeatedly shown that young people, especially those under 30, are significantly more amenable to interracial relationships than older adults, while college grads are more likely to have positive attitudes toward them than those with only a high school diploma. What does this mean for Millennials? As a population composed largely of over-educated 20-somethings, our generation is primed and expected to play a major role in populating this projected future America. That goes double if you live in a Western state, where people intermarry at higher rates; Hawaii is winning at the moment, with 4 of 10 new marriages identifying as interracial.

This doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine, rainbows and butterflies, however. Stark segregation still plagues many parts of the country. Poverty remains a barrier to social mobility and its consequent opportunities to interact with a diverse range of people. Sadly, the inequalities that shape American society as a whole are equally present in interracial relationship patterns. Time will tell if this holds for the long term.

But in the meantime, let us applaud these growing rates of intermixing for what they are: An encouraging symbol of a rapidly changing America. 2050 remains decades away, but if these images are any preview, it’s definitely a year worth waiting for.

[Source: Policymic.com]

10 Things Your Commute Does to Your Body

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The average American’s commute to work is 25.5 minutes each way, according to a report in USA Today. That’s about 51 minutes a day getting to and from work, or about 204 hours a year spent commuting. You know that commuting can be a huge pain in the ass—but what does all that back and forth actually do to your body, besides put you in a crap mood when you get stuck in traffic for what feels like the nine-thousandth night in a row? Read on to see how commuting impacts your mental and physical health—and what you can do to offset the damage.

Your Anxiety Increases
A new report from the U.K.’s Office of National Statistics finds that people who commute more than half an hour to work each way report higher levels of stress and anxiety than people with shorter commutes or no commutes at all. While there’s not much you can do to shorten or eliminate your commute, you can make the most of it by doing something like listening to an interesting audio book. Check out these other ways to take advantage of the time you spend in transit.

Your Happiness and Life Satisfaction Decline
The same report from the U.K. found that people with commutes of any length experience lower life satisfaction and happiness than people with no commutes at all. Riding a bus for 30 minutes or longer was associated with the lowest levels of life satisfaction and happiness, but even if you’re lucky enough to bike to work and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, your satisfaction takes a nosedive commensurate to how long you spend doing it. Womp womp. If you want to feel happiness in spite of your commute, be sure to check out these 12 Things People Believe About Happiness That Aren’t Actually True.

Your Blood Pressure Temporarily Spikes
Commuting during rush hour—especially when you’re concerned that you may be late to work or to an important meeting—can result in temporary spikes in stress levels that jack up your blood pressure, even if it’s normally stable. In fact, a researcher from the University of Utah set up an experiment where participants were placed in simulated driving scenarios: They were told they were late to a meeting and had a financial incentive to get to their destination quickly. Half the group was put in high-density traffic; the other half “drove” in a less congested environment. The people who drove in more intense traffic had much higher reports of stress, as well as higher blood pressure. If you feel like you’re always in a rush, it might be worth leaving well before rush hour—even if you arrive at work at the same time as you normally would, you’ll definitely feel less anxious on the drive over. Plus, you may also want to employ these tips on how to use yoga to de-stress during the drive.

Your Blood Pressure Rises Over Time, As Well
A study of 4,297 Texans found that the farther the participants lived from where they worked—the longer their commutes—the higher their blood pressure was. High blood pressure over time is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. To learn more about how stroke is related to high blood pressure, click here.

Your Cardiovascular Fitness Drops
The same study out of Texas found that people with longer commutes also had lower levels of cardiovascular fitness and physical activity. Cardiovascular fitness is critical for heart health and maintaining a healthy weight. For more intel on maintaining your heart health, check out four great (and four terrible) things you can do for your heart.

Your Blood Sugar Rises
Driving more than 10 miles each way, to and from work, is associated with higher blood sugar, according to a report written by researchers from the University School of Medicine in Saint Louis and the Cooper Institute in Dallas and published in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine. High blood glucose levels can lead to pre-diabetes and diabetes. To counteract the high blood sugar issue, check out these 12 ways to never get diabetes.

Your Cholesterol is Higher
The same report in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the 10-mile one-way drives were also associated with higher cholesterol levels among commuters. Scary stuff since cholesterol is a warning sign for heart disease.

Your Depression Risk Rises
The researchers from the University School of Medicine in Saint Louis and the Cooper Institute in Dallas also noted in their report that people with commutes of at least 10 miles each way have a higher tendency toward depression, anxiety, and social isolation. Sometimes it can be hard to determine if your down-in-the-dumps mood is a real problem or something that’ll pass. Check here to determine if you’re depressed or just feeling blah.

Your Sleep Suffers
The Regus Work-Life Balance Index for 2012 found that people who commute for longer than 45 minutes each way reported lower sleep quality and more exhaustion than people with shorter commutes. To get better a better night’s sleep and feel more rested, regardless of your commuter status, check out our story, “Why Are Modern Women So Exhausted?”

Your Back Aches
Spending hours a week slouched over in a car seat (either as a driver or a passenger) has negative consequences on your posture and your back; commuters are more likely to report pains and aches in their backs and necks, according to this story in the Washington Post. To counteract these ill effects, be sure to check out six ways to straighten up your posture.

 

[Source: Women’s Health]

Fly Geyser

Came across these photos… our world has such beautiful features.

Fly Geyser – Washoe County, Nevada

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Only 12 feet wide and 5 feet high, the Fly Geyser was accidentally created by well drillers in 1964. The formation we see is from dissolved minerals that began to rise. Sources say they expect it to continue growing! Water spays out the top at about 5 feet high, lengthening the formation. So cool how something like this was the outcome of workers mistakes.

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[Source: AllThatIsInteresting]

5 Types of People I Feel Sorry For

When I was still in college, I took a Journalism class that required us to write a satire-like article that could possibly hurt someones feelings but have them also understand and agree where I was coming from. I say satire because it ridiculed people and criticized society. Using sarcasm and ridicule in my writing is not something I usually do but definitely something I have thought about in order to gain a wider variety of readers.

A lot of young girls see sarcasm and blunt truth in magazines like Cosmopolitan, which I used to read all the time. As I have gotten older I haven’t really read it too much because I feel some of the articles can do more harm rather than help. Like the ones about your boyfriend cheating or what he really thinks about your body during sex…. ummm there is a reason why we can’t read minds! And what they fail to realize is that not every guy will think the things they publish in their magazine. They cause a wide range of women to over-think situations and think of issues that may have not been there in the first place. (Which us women tend to do a lot!) They may think they’re being honest but they’re really just making girls and women come up with more bullshit in their heads that don’t need to be there.

Lately, when their posts come up on my Facebook wall, I scroll over them in disgust rather than feel the need to want to read what they have to say. I’m not bashing them, because they do have some great articles. For example, their beauty and health articles are great and are quite helpful to most people, I’m sure. But, when it comes to relationships and other personal issues, they seem to be feeding women things that aren’t necessarily going to happen and it drives me crazy at times!

Now that I have rambled, here is my satire-like post for the day: 5 Types of People I Feel Sorry For

Now, while reading this please remember what I usually post and how nice of a person I am lol! It just seems now-a-days people are being fed fake crap rather than being told the truth. Places like Thought Catalog have posted these types of articles so I figured I’d give it a go and see what happens!

1. Those who have not actually grown as they got older. This is for those who still act like they’re in high school, even though they are half way to 30 years old. Growth shows maturity, I see less and less of it lately. And I don’t mean those who still go out and get drunk, because hey, drinks are needed in adult life. Things get rough! I’m saying, if I acted the way I did in high school still, I’d be embarrassed. Some people take longer than others, I understand this but there comes a time when everyone needs to just grow the hell up.

2. Those who let others influence their decisions. Asking advice is fine, we all do it and sometimes it’s just what we need. But when you’re letting negative influences into your life it only shows signs of your vulnerability. Sorry, but it’s the truth. Be your own person and stand up for yourself – do what YOU want to do. It’s your life and it is going to go by way too quickly for you to not do what you are meant to do.

3. Those who just can’t let go. I’ve been here before, guilty! But, that is exactly why I have no problem writing this. I have been the type of person that just took way too long to let things go. This includes negative situations, petty arguments and even people. But damn, it feels so much better when you finally do it… like a boulder lifted off your shoulders. Do it and get on with it. You know you want to.

4. Those who still use Facebook to air their dirty laundry. Not only is this annoying as hell but no one actually cares about your relationship issues or your thoughts on what your significant other is doing wrong. If you’re not in high school anymore, you should have no reason to put that type of personal information out there for the world to see. You not only make the other person look bad, but it also makes you look stupid. Just saying.

5. This one is directed towards women. Women that still act like they’re 19. And I don’t mean by going out and partying, because I believe at any age you should still enjoy yourself as much as possible. What I mean is drama. You still act petty, envious and talk shit about everyone. How old are you? If you’re in your late 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, whatever, shouldn’t you be worrying about more important issues? Come on…

See! Wasn’t so bad, right? I’m trying out different styles of writing, seeing what I can pull out of myself… that’s all. Thanks for reading and hopefully you still come back to read my more positive posts! 🙂

A Sneak Peek of Summer Sunshine: How to Throw an Indoor Beach Party!

Hello followers! Where I live has been hit with some snow AGAIN. Here is a fun article I recently posted with LongIsland.com to get you into the summer time spirit. (Even though, I know I already am thinking of summer!)

Is this cold weather giving you the blues? If you and your family are mentally ready for the summer warmth, throw an indoor beach party that you, your children and even their friends will enjoy. Both you and the kiddies will be thankful to get away from the cold for a while and enjoy some fun summer activities, indoors!
These summer time activities are the perfect way to keep the whole family busy during a cold weekend or on a snow day. The activities will really get everyone in the mood for summer and will help you to forget about how chilly it is outside!
Wear a Bathing Suit
Most children love to play dress up, even when there’s nowhere to go! Instead of the princess and super hero costumes, have the children pick out their favorite bathing suit to wear for the day. Allow them to wear it until bedtime, after the “beach party” tires them out. To add some more fun to their beach outfit, throw on some other beach necessities like flip flops, sunglasses and beach hats! Break out the swimmies, too for the younger children.
Watch Movies on Beach Towels
Take the gigantic beach towels out of the closet a little early this year! Set them up in the living area in front of the TV and “lay out” as a family in front of your favorite movie. To really add to the beach experience, set up some beach chairs to lounge in or stand a beach umbrella up against something so everyone can lie underneath it.
Make Summer Time Blender Drinks
Indulge in some fun and colorful slushy drinks, perfect for during or after the movie!  A tasty drink that the children will love is a virgin Strawberry Daiquiri. For the moms and dads, add some liquor to it for the ideal summer cocktail. The sweet and fruity taste will surely remind you all of summer, especially if you add a festive straw and mini cocktail umbrella for some fun drink décor!
Indoor Limbo Contest
The party isn’t over just because the movie is! After the movie, have the kids compete in a friendly game of limbo. If you don’t happen to have a limbo stick lying around, use anything that can resemble one, like a broom stick. Throw on the limbo song while the kids line up and get ready to participate. The adults can be the judges and whoever wins the competition will receive a creative summer time prize.
Summer Time Feast
To end your beach party off right, enjoy a summer meal together as a family. Keep the blender drinks flowing and think of a meal your family likes to eat during the summer that you can still prepare inside. A simple dinner idea that is always a hit is delicious tacos loaded with your favorite toppings. If you want to have more of a BBQ feel, make some burgers and hot dogs with a chopped salad and corn on the cob for a yummy side dish!
Once your beach party is over, your family and friends will be grateful for the mini vacation they were able to take from the crispy cold air. Your beach bash doesn’t have to be a onetime event either, throw a party whenever you or the kids are feeling tired of winter and to help get prepared for summer time. The more parties you have, the closer you are to sweet summer!

Go for the Gold: Host a Watching Party for the 2014 Winter Olympics!

Hosting an Olympic Watching party this week? Here’s some great ways to incorporate friendly competition and sports games into your celebration!

The 2014 Winter Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to show your country pride while watching your favorite sports all during the same event. They only come around once every four years, so make it a worthwhile time with family and friends by celebrating with these fun party ideas!
The ideal Olympics Party features patriotic decorations, fun activities for adults and children, delicious food and a bunch of sports fans on the edge of their seat! Take a look at these great party tips featuring fun decorative ideas to tasty treats for the perfect Olympic Entertainment.
Decorations
Catch your guests’ attention by placing tiny flags along your walkway, each one representing the different countries participating in the Olympics. Most party throwers only decorate the inside for a winter party, not realizing that it’s a nice touch to add something outside as well to put your friends in a patriotic mood before they even step inside!
Put together small Olympic medals using mini size bottles of liquor for the adults and Gatorade bottles for the children. Tie a red, white and blue ribbon around the top of each bottle and give out to each guest as a party favor!
For the food and snack table, use a large stand made out of Styrofoam to place “The Olympic Rings.” Use paper colored plates to make each ring, gluing them onto a straw. Then simply place each ring in correct order into the Styrofoam.
Snacks
Snacks and appetizers are a huge part of the perfect party. It’s a great idea to have a variety of snacks so all your guests can be satisfied. You can even add festive food coloring or use red, white and blue foods to truly bring out the Olympics theme.
Fruit skewers are not only healthy but are great party treats since they’re easy to eat while socializing. Use blueberries, strawberries and marshmallows to have a plate full of red, white and blue skewers to honor the United States.
Create fun popcorn torches perfect for the kids and adults, too! Use mini ice cream cones for the torch then simply fill with popcorn, which will represent the golden torch flame. This too is another easy to eat snack that all your guests will be sure to enjoy.
Combine something healthy with something sweet to make American Flag Strawberries. Dip the strawberries half way into white chocolate so the red top is still showing. Then use blue sugar or blue sprinkles for the bottom portion of the strawberry. Once you’re finished, you will have an American Flag Strawberry!
Activities & Competitions
Have the kids of the party make Tissue Paper Torches that they get to take home with them. This is a cheap and easy to make craft that only consists of a plastic drinking glass (can purchase from a Dollar Store), spray paint if you would like to change the color of the glasses and three sheets of tissue paper (yellow, orange and red) Stick the tissue paper inside the glass, and gather so it represents a flaming torch. It is best for children to be supervised during this craft, and assisted by an adult while using the spray paint.
Enjoy a friendly, light-hearted competition with an Olympic Snowball Ring Toss. Place the Olympic Rings in their correct order on the floor about six feet away from the players (can place closer for children) Using mini marshmallows, see who can get the most “snowballs” inside the rings. At the end of the competition, have gold medal cookies waiting for the winners or another prize of your choice.
Compete in the cold as a family with a running race around the yard or at a local park. If it is snowing where you are, have a sledding competition down a nearby hill. Have a set of “judges” who time the competitions and write down everyone’s finishing time to see who wins the gold medal!
These useful tips will help create the perfect party atmosphere for you and your guests and will make your party hosting a fun and stress free experience! These ideas are also a great idea to utilize for an Olympics theme birthday party or sporting gathering.
Miss your favorite Olymic Event? Not to worry! Check out the Official Olympic YouTube Page to watch competitions, clips, highlights, and more!
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