Can One Sunburn Cause Permanent Skin Damage?

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sunOn August 13, 2015, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine posted “It Only Took One Sunburn to Ruin My Face Forever,” one woman’s account of how a common sunburn turned into an ongoing skin battle. The woman received a mild sunburn and tried her own skin regimen to facilitate the healing process. However, her burn persisted and left her face with brown patches along her cheeks and forehead. Several dermatologists were consulted and provided their own diagnoses, suggesting she had melasma or a possible hormonal imbalance caused by estrogen. She was offered several treatments, including skin peels, chemical exfoliation, and a laser procedure that targeted the millions of microscopic areas of the skin that were damaged with the goal of encouraging a comprehensive replacement of damaged cells. [see:]

“For many years we’ve treated sun damaged skin at our clinic,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “I am glad to see that the idea of a ‘healthy tan’ has lost considerable popularity. I believe it’s important for parents to be very conscientious about protecting their children’s skin, not just for the obvious reason of preventing a sunburn but to instill the notion that sun protection is vital. Hopefully this practice will then be carried into adulthood.”

The Harper Bazaar Magazine’s article urges people to ensure proper skin care practices. While the unfortunate woman in the story will have to continue a long, slow, and steady skin regimen, the article uses her experiences to urge people to practice proper and preventative skin care regimens that will have positive long term impact. Specifically, readers are advised to apply and re-apply sunscreen daily, all year around, regardless of the weather.

“Sun damage typically accumulates over time,” says Dr. Ourian. “We offer several treatment modalities to address the effects of sun damage. This damage may include discoloration, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.”

Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including UltraShape, VelaShape, Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, Sculptra, and CoolSculpting. These treatments are used for the correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, unwanted fat, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and others. More information about treating sun damage can be found on Epione’s website.

Shaming Your Kids Online Can Permanently Damage Their Self-Esteem

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

twokidsunWhen you reflect back on your childhood, it’s likely you remember hearing these words at least once during your childhood. “You should be ashamed of yourself.” These words probably made you feel bad because you knew your parent was upset, embarrassed or hurt by something you said or did.

That was discipline and discipline is an important part of parenting. However, telling your child they should be ashamed of themselves is very different from shaming your child on social media. For one thing, anyone can see your display of shaming and it’s permanent, making it impossible for your child to be fully forgiven.

Parents who shame their children online can’t possibly understand the repercussions of their actions. Discipline is one thing, and kids do need discipline, but discipline with public shaming and humiliation is not healthy punishment or parenting. It causes all sorts of other problems as the parent/child relationship continues.

For example, kids who are shamed using social media become better at hiding and lying about what they are doing.

* They stop trusting their parent and will no longer be comfortable going to them when they are hurt or scared.

* They may become more narcissistic as a way of over-compensating for feelings of shame and humiliation.

* They may develop increased anger, leading to severe depression and anxiety.

* A child whose private life becomes public is also less secure with boundaries. After all, if their parent can’t be trusted to protect them, who can they trust?

Parents need to discipline their kids, but discipline should be done within the home. Taking access to social media away from the child and allowing them to earn the parent’s trust back is most effective when rules have been broken.

groupkidsIf you feel at your wits end–and you want to make a point with your child–I would advise you to remember these simple rules regarding social media shaming.

* Remember, you’re the adult. Never post something permanent when you’re angry, tired or in a bad mood. Think it over for at least 24 hours.

* Keep family business within the family. Shaming your kids, your spouse or your friends says more about you than it does them.

* Children are vulnerable in regard to their self-esteem because they’re still in the process of learning who they are. A public humiliation could permanently damage their sense of self.

* If you have any apprehensions about posting anything, don’t post it.

* If you want to stop the behavior, begin with talking to your child. It’s common courtesy. Since you are modeling for your child, reflect on what you are modeling when you post something that is going to humiliate them.

Parenting a child is difficult, and your job is to protect your child and help them become successful, well-adjusted adults. Social media outlets can be helpful to parents and children, but using a social media outlet to shame or punish your child is not wise. What you post never goes away, nor do the scars they cause.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at and more about Rapini at

3 Ways To Protect Trees From Storm Damage

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treeIn their latest article, Precision Tree Services addresses 3 ways that trees experience damage and how property owners throughout Skagit and Snohomish County can actively care for their trees.

The frequent wind and rain in the Pacific Northwest makes it critical that property owners know how best to protect their trees from storm and wind damage. In their latest article, Precision Tree Services discusses 3 specific ways trees can suffer damage. In addition, the article also covers 3 ways property owners can maintain their trees to keep them healthy and beautiful.

The first way trees can suffer damage is through stem or trunk failure. The article states that stem failure can occur after a tree has experienced “decay, pest damage, or deep cuts into the tree’s living tissue.” Damage in the tree’s trunk leaves weak spots that will then increase the likelihood of stem failure during storms.

Another way that Precision Tree Services states that trees can experience damage during a storm is when there is root failure in the roots that provide the tree with the most structural stability. The article states that, “If these roots are damaged, diseased, or constrained during the tree’s growth, they will not be able to sufficiently support the tree.”

The article goes on to list the 3 ways homeowners can protect their trees from storm damage. The first way is by monitoring the condition of their trees. The article states that, “This will help to catch tree wounds or decay before it can become a serious problem.”

One of the best ways property owners can maintain the strength and beauty of their trees is by contacting a skilled arborist to analyze the tree and provide the necessary care. Precision Tree Services offers tree removal, trimming, and pruning throughout Everett, Marysville, and Seattle. For more information, visit their website at

About Precision Tree Services:
Precision Tree Services is a family-run business that expands throughout Whatcom and the Snohomish County area. They provide a full range of tree services, including tree removal, tree pruning, shrub and bush pruning, hedge trimming, stump grinding, crown reduction, crown raising, tree cabling, and more. All of our services are conducted by fully-trained tree experts or ISA certified arborists. Contact our office to schedule a tree service.

Springtime Activities That Could Cause Irreversible Eye Damage

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eyeNearly one million Americans have lost some degree of eyesight due to an eye injury. Dr. Shofner shares five popular springtime activities that could harm your vision and valuable prevention tips.

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN welcomes warmer temperatures and sunshine; however, it’s important to be aware of hazards related to spring that could cause irreversible eye damage. Experts say more than 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by simply taking a few precautions and wearing safety glasses. Dr. Shofner shares five popular activities and important tips to help prevent eye damage this season.

1) Yard Work. While using a lawn mower, leaf-blower, weed trimmer, chain saw, or any power tool, it’s imperative to wear protective eyewear. These protective glasses should have a snug, wrap-style frame to decrease the likelihood of small, airborne particles getting behind the lenses, which could cause an eye infection or corneal abrasion. Also, check the area for rocks and debris and remove them before mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges. These objects can become dangerous projectiles when shot out from lawn mowers and weed trimmers.

2) General Maintenance. Never clamp any cable to the negative battery post of a disabled car. This greatly increases the likelihood of a battery fire or even an explosion. The acid in batteries is terrible for your car, and even worse for eyes. Store a pair of safety glasses or goggles along with jumper cables and always follow instructions carefully when jump-starting a dead battery.

It may not be well known, but bungee cords are a common cause of severe eye injuries. If pulled too tightly, the hook can break or disconnects from the cord. Sometimes, the hook isn’t placed properly and can come loose or slips. Then, the hook, the cord, and/or the fastener can move directly at an eye at up to 200 miles an hour. Dr. Shofner recommends always wear eye protection when using bungee cords when strapping or securing objects. “Consider using rope or other cords that you can tie,” says Dr. Shofner.

3) Cleaning. Tis’ the season to begin spring cleaning projects. Many household cleaners and pesticides can burn your eyes’ delicate tissues. Always wear eye protection, gloves, read instructions carefully, work in well-ventilated areas and make sure the nozzle is pointed away from the face. Some chemicals that make contact with the eye can cause irreversible eye damage; Dr. Shofner suggests using Eco-friendly cleaning and pesticide products that are safe for humans and animals.

4) Sports. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly a quarter of a million children are seen in the nation’s hospital emergency departments each year due to toy-related injuries. Nearly half of these injuries are to the head and face, and many are eye injuries. Children under age 5 sustain about 35 percent of toy-related injuries. Always wear appropriate eye protection when playing sports. Buy safe toys for kids, avoiding those with sharp edges.

5) At Leisure. Just because it’s not officially Summer, doesn’t mean the sun’s rays can not be harmful. Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula, pterygium and photokeratitis that can cause temporary vision loss. Always wear UVA/UVB protective sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent when outdoors for any amount of time. Dr. Shofner also suggests children wear protective sunglasses as well as a large brim hat while outdoors.

Note for those who wear corrective eyeglasses: hardware stores sell inexpensive goggles that will usually fit over glasses. A more comfortable option is to purchase a pair of customized safety eyewear with polycarbonate lenses from an eye care practitioner. Contact Shofner Vision Center about suggested protective eyewear.

About Shofner Vision Center

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center located in the heart of downtown Nashville, TN, specializes in LASIK and cataract vision correction surgery and treats ocular diseases. Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries and over 30,000 LASIK/PRK surgeries in Nashville/Middle Tennessee area.

After taking all the necessary precautions, accidents still may happen. Dr. Shofner recommends anyone who experiences any eye injury should see a doctor immediately and have a friend or loved one drive you to a nearby medical center. For patients who experience sudden vision changes, impaired vision or general eye concern contact Shofner Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam to determine appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

5 Tips Of Preventing Children From Electronic Damage

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kidsIn a world where technology keeps developing more over time, what can parents do to protect their children from the proven screen damage?

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that the more television a child is exposed to at 29 months, the more likely he or she is to have problems in school and poor health behaviors.

JAMA reported that each additional hour of television a toddler watches can potentially result in a seven percent unit decrease in classroom engagement and a thirteen percent unit decrease in weekly physical activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (, children today are three times more likely to be considered obese than they were just a generation ago. Children now spend more time with the media than they do with their family, in school, or sleeping.

In addition, kids who spend more time with media devices reportedly have a lower risk of personal contentment, and have a tendency to get in trouble more often. They also reported feeling more sad or bored than their non-media-obsessed counterparts.

In what ways can parents supervise kids’ electronic use without pushing them to crave it more? Here are 5 simple ways of reducing the amount spent online or in front of the TV:

· No TV in the bedroom – Children need to learn to associate their beds with sleep and nothing else. As long as there is a TV, iPad, or any other electronic device in the room, they would be tempted to get on it before sleep, become restless and miss out on essential and early sleep that they need in order to function fully the next morning.

· Limit the screen time – Reducing the screen time to up to 2 hours per day quality time would keep children content and leave them enough time for other activities.

· Control the Internet content – We can all find some useful contents online, so why not take advantage and direct our children to the right kind of web sites or games that would develop their skills and broaden their knowledge? Using the kids’ curiosity is a great way to get them interested in learning new things.

· Sign them up for lessons and outdoor activities – The more time a child spends outdoors interacting with other children and becomes passionate about a new hobby, the less he or she would feel the need or desire to go online all the time.

· Don’t forbid and create rules – The more controlled and limited children feel, the more they would not listen and try to secretly do what they want on purpose. Not setting obvious rules and forbidding games would be more beneficial than creating boundaries and it gives parents the chance to make the experience more knowledge-worthy and keep the time-frame short.

It is impossible to completely limit or eliminate the excitement children get from the electronic world, but as long as the quality is more valuable and time is reduced to minimum, children would be able to only get the best out of this world and won’t forget that the social interaction is more important than any virtual world.


Guest Post – John Chandley, Is Your Office Damaging Your Health?

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waistsmallAccording to recent data from the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese and 17% of American children are obese.

The CDC also noted that “Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.”

It’s safe to say that being obese is the most dangerous threat to your health.

We’re no doubt aware that some major causes of obesity are overeating and inactivity, but a very dangerous culprit we

The CDC also noted that “Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.”

rarely pay attention to is sitting.

Whether you’re an adult working a 9-5 or you’re a child still in school, there’s every probability that you spend twice as much time sitting compared to standing.

This alone is a huge cause for obesity and poor health.

Unfortunately, by spending most of your time sitting, even exercising a lot won’t have a major impact on your health.

Here are some insights on how dangerous sitting can be to your health:

• By sitting for more than 6 hours on average every day, you’re 40% more likely to die 15 years earlier than someone who only sits less than 3 hours a day. It puts things in perspective when you consider the fact that the average human being sits more than 9 hours every day.

• It has been observed that obese people sit for at least 2.5 hours more than thin people.

• People with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs.

• Sitting 3 hours or more daily watching TV increases your chances of dying from heart disease by 64%. Even by exercising, those who sit 3 hours a day watching TV are just as obese as those who sit the same hours but don’t exercise.

The above points are based on real studies and you can find more about them here.

deskWhen we consider the fact that the average American worker has to sit for at least 8 hours a day, it’s easy to see how much of a problem sitting has contributed to the society as far as obesity and major health problems is concerned.

When even exercising would hardly help, what can you do?

Here are a few tips to help you overcome major problems that come with sitting:

1. Always look for an excuse to stand: Since you spend most of your time at the office sitting, it’s only natural to be obese.

When you combine the time you spend sitting in the office with the time you spend sitting at home, then it’s easy to see why so many people are obese.

Always look for an excuse to stand, at home and in the office. Don’t use your office break period to sit and chat with co-workers; spend it standing or taking a walk instead. Also, even during working hours make sure you stand and exercise your body a little at any chance you’ve got.

2. Don’t use the elevator: The more activity in your legs and the more calories you burn, the healthier you become. Seemingly insignificant actions like using the elevator at every opportunity can serve as fuel to keep you healthy; when you have the option to take the stairs or use the lift, always go for the stairs except it’s an emergency. Not only will you be able to keep yourself walking and climbing for a longer period of time, you’ll also burn a lot of calories as a result.

3. You don’t always have to board a vehicle: Whether you want to go to the mall, your place of work or even the nearest library, it’s easy to want to board a vehicle. Unfortunately, when you do this you have to sit again.
You can reduce how much time you spend sitting by walking instead or, if the distance is too long for a walk, by cycling.

4. Use a standing desk: When we look at major problems that come with sitting and how they can be associated with the office, it’s easy to think that those who work from home will have the upper hand.

No, they don’t!

If you work at home you have 24/7 access to your kitchen, access to various snacks and you almost find it difficult to resist the urge to keep putting things in your mouth. Since you’ll also have access to a computer and the internet, you’ll often find yourself spending hours on Email, Facebook and chat without knowing this; all these add up, and it’s often on your sit.

By using a standing desk, however, you’ll be more active compared to when you sit and you’ll also experience little pain to keep you on track so you can focus on the activities that matter and know when to call it quits.

– John Chandley is a weight loss professional and expert writer who often reviews the most effective diet for weight loss.