Heatwave for Southern California – Have a Sun Safe Weekend

LA WEATHER FORECAST SEPTEMBER 12 2014Los Angeles, CA – The heat wave across Southern California will continue today amid temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s,

“An upper level ridge of high pressure will build over the area this weekend, setting the stage for an extended period of heat for Southwestern California,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “Afternoon temperatures will begin to climb today and Saturday as the onshore flow will be very weak.”

Temperatures will be 15-20 degrees above normal for this time of year, NWS Meteorologist Joe Sirard said. What the NWS calls a “decent heat wave” began Thursday.

“There is going to be some triple-digit heat Friday into Saturday and more widespread on Sunday,” when some record or near-record highs are forecast, Sirard said.

Be sun smart

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  • Avoid going out between 11am-4pm
  • Seek shade
  • Drink plenty of water and not alcohol or coffee.
  • Avoid strenuous activities when it’s hot.
  • Wear sun hat, sun glasses, sun protective clothing
  • Use broad spectrum sun screen on exposed skin
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, which can quickly turn into virtual ovens.
  • Provide pets with plenty of shade and water.
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Can Frequent Flying Raise Melanoma Risk?

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Airline pilots and cabin crews appear to develop melanoma at significantly higher rates, when compared with the general population, a new evaluation of previously conducted studies shows.

The lead author of the new analysis, Dr. Susana Ortiz-Urda, co-director of the UCSF Melanoma Center at the University of California, San Francisco and colleagues combined the results of 19 studies that tracked pilots & flight crews from the 1940s until 2008. The studies mostly examined European countries, especially those in Scandinavia, with onlyfive studies looking at crews in the United States.

What is not clear is if the increased risk comes from exposure to higher levels of UVA through the airplanes glass window or if airplane crews are experiencing higher levels of sun exposure on the ground when sunbathing between flights.

Dr. Susana Ortiz-Urda, co-director of the UCSF Melanoma Center at the University of California, San Francisco, believes this new analysis to be “very worrisome.” She wants airlines to change their windows to give greater protection against in particular the UVA rays of the sun which are significantly stronger at higher altitudes.

Melanoma can also be deadly; around 10,000 people will die of melanoma in 2014.

There is significantly increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation at higher altitudes. “At 9000 meters [about 30,000 feet], where most commercial aircraft fly, the UV level is approximately twice that of the ground,” researcher said.

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A Federal Aviation Administration report shows that windshields block almost all of the UVB rays from the sun, but glass windshields allow as much as 54 percent of UVA rays through. Both UVB and UVA have been shown to cause damage to the DNA in cells, which can lead to skin cancer.

The new analysis was published in the Sept. 3 online edition of the journal JAMA Dermatology.

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Could the Cure for Cancer be Found in the Cat Box?

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According to recent reports there is a bacteria inside the digestive tract of felines (house cats) that loves to eat cancer cells.

T. gondiiis a single-celled parasite that is most often found in a cat’s intestines, but it can live in any warm-blooded animal.

“We know biologically this parasite has figured out how to stimulate the immune responses you want to fight cancer,” said David J. Bzik, PhD, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

The way it works is cancer can shut down the body’s defensive mechanisms, but introducing T. gondii into a tumor environment can kick-start the immune system.

Bzik and senior research associate of microbiology and immunology Barbara Fox, created “cps,” an immunotherapeutic vaccine, as a safer alternative to injecting a cancer patient with the much more dangerous live replicating strains of T. gondii,.

Using “cps” to treat mouse models for melanoma, the study published by Geisel School of Medicine, shows unprecedented high rates of melanoma.

While this research is preliminary there is hope that this might lead to more effective treatment for skin cancer in the next few years.

Meanwhile stay sun safe during hot summer months when the sun is strongest.

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Wondering How To Choose The Best Size Sunny Sleevez? Check This Helpful Video Guide To Measuring Correctly

Watch this short video to learn how to measure your arm for the best fitting sun sleeves, how to put on Sunny Sleevez and how to use the adjustable band for the best sun protection.SIZING VIDEO SUNNY SLEEVEZ IMAGE

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2014 Cobra Puma Junior Golf WORLD CHAMPION shows she is sun-savvy in her Sunny Sleevez!

chloe viray fore magazine sunny sleevez Chloe VIRAY 2014 Cobra Puma Junior Golf World Champion.

Congratulations to Chloe, we are so thrilled to be shielding the arms of such a sun smart young golfer!

My kids spent much of the summer vacation reading the shade or going for a swim but for first grader Chloe Viray she was hard at work in the blazing sun.

Playing in temperatures when most of us want to do nothing more energetic that lift an ice cold beverage, Chloe became the 2014 Cobra Puma Junior Golf WORLD CHAMPION!

She played at The PGA West, Greg Norman Course in the La Quinta Resort. The temperature during the scorching 3 day tournament was 115 degrees!

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Said her rightfully proud dad Wally “She wore her Sleevez and it protected her and kept her arms very cool against the blistering heat. It helped keep her focus on her game and helped her become the 2014 Cobra Puma Junior Golf World Champion. Your Sleevez have been a part of her success.”

Pictured above she was featured in FORE Magazine and the Southland Golf Magazine.

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Summer’s Not Over! Try Adding Sun Protection To Your Breakfast

SUNSCREEN SMOOTHIESchool used to start after labor day, this year it was the second week of August!  The transition from summer hols to school has been a tough one, but one way we found to ease into the day has been a delicious, slurp in the car, breakfast smoothie.

Knowing the kids are going to be on the playground in the middle of the day in the blazing sun I figure if I start their day with a tummy full of skin protecting and repairing antioxidants, as well as some brain fueling omega 3s they are off to a good start.

Every day the smoothie is a little different but I try to include some of these 2 groups along with whatever fruit and veg is on hand.

Skin Savers:

Brain Food:

  • Walnuts
  • Ground flaxmeal
  • Avocado

Smoothie Basics

  • 1 tsp raw cocoa nibs (great source of magnesium + calcium, iron, copper, zinc and potassium)
  • 1 tbsp cashew/peanut/almond butter
  • ½ banana (fronzen in chunks)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries/blueberries/raspberries
  • ½ apple ½ peach
  • Almond milk or apple juice to tasteAdditional items I might throw in
  • 1 carrot
  • ½ stick celery
  • ¼ sweet bell pepper (make sure you don’t add any spicy seeds)
  • 1 tsp green food powder
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How To Safely Keep Ants Off Your Hammock and Keep Them Off!

HAMMOCK GET RID OF ANTSAhhhhhhh I hate ANTS! After a long day of gardening and putting up a shade sail over the hammock I flumped into it for a well deserved rest.

Then promptly leaped back out of it as a wave of  ants swarmed over my skin!

After a shower and change of clothes I came back to inspect and found the hammock was indeed swarming. The colony seemed to be under the impression that I had thoughtfully erected an ant superhighway to allow the little beasts to cross from one tree to the next without the inconvenience of walking all the way down to the ground.

Now up with this I will not put but what to to? I don’t want to start sprinkling chemicals or poisons around where the animals and children will be, nor do i want to spray anything where we will be breathing.

Solution

1) Dryer sheets! I tied a couple around the ropes at each end of the hammock, this didn’t stop them straight away but they clearly didn’t like them and many where hesitant to walk across them. Ants communicate through smell so I’m guessing the scent was confusing or maybe it’s the waxy feeling they don’t like. Whichever it was the upshot was that within an hour of tying on the dryer sheets there was a reduction by about 80%, but I’m an only child, I do not like to share!

2) Diatomaceous earth  I sprinkled a little into the folds of the outer dryer sheets, diatomaceous earth is very bad for creatures with exoskeletons, (see more here non-toxic-way-to-rid-your-home-of-insects-and-spiders/)

RESULTS

24 hours later  – 0 ants in the hammock!SHRUG ADULT SALE JUL20

They have rerouted themselves across the top of the shade, which is just fine with me.  It’s been over a week since the ant attack and so far I have not had to share my hammock with anyone, of course that may be because it  slipped my mind to tell the children I successfully got rid of the ants!

Do you have any great chemical-free tips for getting rid of ants or other bugs?

 

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