Summer advice: Cover it lightly

Dr. David Ladley
Summer greetings, Mount Washington Valley. I'm your newest local family doctor, and you're reading the first in a series of biweekly thoughts about some part of the body that seems to be on people's minds a lot, based on what I've picked up in patient rooms and supermarket checkout lines.
I wanted to talk today about an organ a lot of us don't think of as an organ, although (or perhaps because) it's the only organ we see on a regular basis. And I see more and more of it, both out around town and in my office, as the days grow warmer. Not only is the skin more exposed to most things that can harm it this time of year, but any harms that come its way are much more likely to be right out there for you, and others, to stare at and ruminate over. Chances are, the skin problems you'll face this summer will fall into four broad categories: sun damage, bug bites, cuts, and rashes. I could basically sum up my advice for protecting your skin in one phrase: cover it lightly.
Based on the folks I see every day, I'm far from the only one who looks forward to the pleasure of sun on my skin. But I can't help but wonder if this is more of a learned preference than a practical necessity. After all, there are people who face the hot sun mostly covered, and don't seem to suffer for it. The key is to cover your skin lightly, with clothing that's thin, porous or roomy. The same goes for sunscreen. Cover exposed areas, lightly. According to a report from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2009, there is no amount of deliberate direct summer sunlight that can be safely recommended. Don't worry, however, about the little spots you're bound to miss when you apply a small amount of sunscreen quickly, or leave a wrist temporarily exposed. Think of these as places where more vitamin D can be made, and less sweat and dirt can get trapped.
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Staying healthy during summer vacation

By Dr. Neal Galinko
Summer is here, and for many in New England, that means trips to destinations domestic and abroad. An all-time record 231 million passengers are expected to fly U.S. airlines between June 1 and August 31, up from 210 million a year ago, according to Airlines for America. That includes 30.5 million travelers on international flights.
However, about 20 percent of people suffer some type of illness or injury while on vacation, the most common of which include food poisoning and car crashes. Before you hit the road or take to the skies, consider these tips to make sure your health, safety and wallet are covered while you're away:
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Workshop will answer Medicare questions

Doran Independent Insurance of Wolfeboro will be presenting a free educational workshop on Medicare on July 21 at 4 p.m. at the Conway Public Library.

Representatives from Doran Independent Insurance will help you with questions such as: How do you transition to Medicare? Questions about your current Medicare plan. When can you enroll in an affordable prescription drug plan?

Call to RSVP in advance as seating is limited. Phone (603) 569-6464.

 

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Remedies from the Earth: Aromatics from garden to table

By Deborah Jasien
Working with aromatics and essential oils is my business as a maker. I love creating new combinations for the aromatherapy benefits, and for the allure of the scents that are possible as well. I am also an avid home cook and gardener, with a large herb labyrinth garden, several perennial flower gardens and seasonal vegetable garden. I use these in my home kitchen as well as in my professional kitchen to create my signature bath and body products.
Combining aromatics with the bounty of the gardens to create some wonderful recipes is another passion I have discovered thanks to some inspiration from Mandy After and Daniel Patterson, authors of "Aroma," published by Artisan. It is a lovely book exploring "The Magic of Essential Oils in Food & Fragrance."
We are all familiar with the phrase, "Mmm, that smells good enough to eat." Well let me just say that working with aromatics, herbs and edible flowers in the kitchen is the epitome of those words. Having essential oils as a part of your pantry is like having an herb garden in full bloom 365 days of the year.

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Remedies from the Earth: Grow your own tea garden

By Deborah Jasien
I have spent the last few months focusing on essential oils and their benefits as well as their warnings. So, let's lighten up the conversation to talk about the herbs and and flowers that can be used fresh from your garden to brew up a summertime favorite — iced tea! Or in the world of afficiandos — tisanes.
• A bit of history first. Herbal teas are actually not tea at all, they're tisanes, a pleasant French word that means "herbal infusion." Tea is, properly, a plant originally from China: camellia sinensis. How the word came to be used as a descriptor for any hot drink in which leaves were infused or decocted, we are not sure, but it is an accepted term in today's world.
Tea is, of course, an infusion, but not all infusions are tea. If it doesn't contain actual tea leaves, it should not be called a tea. The original word tea itself (te and its Cantonese equivalent, cha) have specifically meant camelia sinensis in China since at least the eighth century CE. That's what they meant when traders started bringing the mysterious herbs back into Europe
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