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Issue: July 2010


In This Issue:
Why not to choose a higher SPF
Travelling this summer and taking care of your body
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Why not to choose a higher SPF

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

samantha ristimakiTheoretically, an SPF of 50 should give people 50 times longer protection than without it before causing the skin to burn. The problem is that theory and reality are entirely different.

As sale for higher SPF products rise, sunscreen manufacturers are formulating higher and higher SPF products. In 2010, one in every six products that lists an SPF reading is listed higher than an SPF 50. Last year, it was only one in every eight products.

Studies have shown that higher SPF users have equal if not higher exposure to UV rays than those who use lower SPF products. Often times, people fail to reapply products with a higher SPF rating putting too much faith in the product.

How much sunscreen do you apply?

In order to get higher SPF product on the market, companies need to show data to prove their products are effective. If you look at the studies, the people testing the products apply up to five times more product than the average person in order to substantiate the claim.

One application a day will not get you through the day

The longer you are out in the elements, the more the chemicals in sunscreens breakdown. As well, products can easily be washed off with water and sweat or be rubbed off by clothes and towels. A 2009 study in Europe showed that sunbathers who used a higher SPF only got on average 19-25% longer sun exposure before burning.

Most people are unaware that the higher rating does not necessarily offer you more protection against harmful UVA rays.

At the end of the day, it’s still better to avoid direct sun exposure mid-day when the UV rays are at their peek. Clothing like a hat and shirt really do offer the safest form of sun protection by cutting the risk of melanoma by 52%.


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Travelling this summer and taking care of your body

Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Chiropractor & Graston Technique Provider

dr shima shahidyAs summer is upon us, family vacations, day trips, long car rides and flights become very common. What does this mean for your body? The Canadian Chiropractic Association in partnership with Chatelaine magazine are helping Canadians pack it right!

Excess Baggage

In the flurry of packing for a vacation or business trip, it’s easy to get carried away and pack everything but the kitchen sink. But over-packed luggage, and improper lifting and carrying are common causes of injury to the back, neck and shoulders.

Choosing your luggage:

1. When shopping for new luggage, look for sturdy, light, high-quality and transportable pieces. Avoid purchasing luggage that is heavy or bulky when empty.
2. Invest in luggage that has pull handles, wheels and hand grips for lifting.

Packing your luggage:

1. Try to pack only what you absolutely need. The larger and heavier the luggage, the greater the risk of neck, shoulder and back injuries.
2. Ensure your carry-on luggage does not weigh more than 15 percent of your body weight. A good quality backpack with adjustable, padded shoulder straps makes an ideal carry-on for air travel when worn with both straps.

Lifting and carrying your luggage:

1. When loading a suitcase into the trunk of a car or onto an airline conveyor belt, bend your knees and use your leg and arm muscles to lift – not your back. Avoid twisting when lifting.
2. When placing luggage in an overhead airplane compartment, first lift it onto the top of the seat.
3. If you cannot avoid carrying luggage, try to carry light pieces in each hand rather than a single heavy item on one side. If using a shoulder bag, switch sides often to reduce the strain.

Air Travel

Sitting cramped in a small space for a long plane ride is the perfect recipe for low back pain. Here are some helpful tips for a more enjoyable trip.

Before you leave:

Eat a light, non-fatty meal just before you leave for the airport, and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. This can make handling pressure changes and motion a little easier.

Choose a calming seat if you are susceptible to motion sickness. Request a seat over the wings and try to schedule flights on larger airplanes. Sitting beside a window can also help if you gaze into the horizon.

During the flight:

Get up and move around to help prevent swollen feet and ankles. Take a walk about the cabin every 60 to 90 minutes. Wear loose clothing that doesn’t restrict your circulation.

Support your back when seated. Position your lower back against the chair to support your spine. A rolled sweater can also be used to reduce the strain on your lower back.

Stretch out often. For a quick and easy stretch, raise your arms above your head. Slip off your shoes, draw circles with your ankles and tap your toes to prevent cramping.


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