Posts Tagged ‘climate’

Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath

November 1, 2012

It’s the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the most vital city in the country has been left wounded and limping.

Our power went out Monday evening, and we have no idea when it will be coming back on. This morning, (Wednesday) I walked uptown, where it was rumored there was electricity, and took solace at Equinox on Lexington and 44th Street, where we are all grappling for power outlets and hot showers.  It feels like an upscale homeless shelter, and in many ways it is.

We seemed to have survived the storm without harm or property damage. We reached the point of having to toss out all of our perishable foods, despite taking all the right precautions. We have no lights, no cell service, no Internet, no phone and no television.  Once my Nike Fuel band loses charge, we won’t even know what time it is.

It is a strange existence. Time passes with little to do. We have had no news until now.

The tunnels are flooded in lower Manhattan, and until they are pumped out, they cannot fix the electricity.  The news shows wide spread devastation around the area. If you are reading this, you probably know more than we do.
Thanks to everyone who is trying to reach us. We are fine, albeit over-carbed and bored.

Thanks Equinox. All of my batteries are now recharged, physically, emotionally and electronically. Now for a nice, hot shower…

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Is Sunscreen Harmful?

June 22, 2012

As the temperature rises our thoughts often turn to tanning. For several years, we have been cautioned to protect our skin from harmful UVB rays, by slathering on high SPF sunscreen.

Sunlight provides us with a healthy dose of vitamin D, which is essential in the development of strong bones. It is also thought to protect us against certain cancers, as well as insulin resistance. Sunlight also enables our natural immunity, promotes the growth and healing of our skin, and stimulates hormone production. Medical guidelines suggest that 15-20 minutes of daily sunlight is good for you.

Over the past 30 years, the incidence of melanoma, or skin cancer has increased dramatically. During this period, the use of sunscreens has increased as well. Researchers are wondering if there is a correlation.

Some of the ingredients in sunscreen are potentially toxic. Avoid products containing retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, octisalate, octinoxate and avobenzone, which are known to cause lesions when exposed to the sun, and can interfere with hormone receptors in our bodies. Sunscreens with parabans are also not recommended.

It is not known if UVA or UVB rays cause skin cancer. Therefore, it is important to use a broad-spectrum mineral based product that blocks both.

Fortunately, there are other sources of vitamin D. Look to low fat dairy products and supplements to reap the benefits of without the potential harm.

photo: Glasshouse Images


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