July’s Chatterbox

It is that time of year ago, mosquitoes are getting worse and they can spread diseases such as ZIKA. So make sure that you draining standing water such as plates under your flowerpots or garbage in open can, checking window screens for tears etc. Apply mosquito repellent containing DEET and remember Skeeters love sweat and bacteria, making your toes a prime blood-sucking spot. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes that hide your arms and legs. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, If you need your area spray call the local mosquito control office

July is National Honey month, here are some proven information on what Honey can do. There’s no doubt honey has the power to kill bacteria. Studies have shown that it is effective against dozens of strains, including E. coli and salmonella. What makes honey antimicrobic? Most bees deposit hydrogen peroxide into the honey as they synthesize flower pollen. Add that honey is naturally acidic, and you have a recipe for antibacterial properties. Honey did a better job of easing nighttime coughs and improving sleep than both the popular cough suppressant dextromethorphan and the antihistamine diphenhydramine (Benadryl). So, think of honey as you would blueberries, broccoli and other cruciferous veggies, nuts, grapes, dark green veggies, tea and whole grains: Eating a mix of healthy powerhouse foods can only help your body fight disease.

One of the best things about summer is that many fruits are at their peak. These summer fruits are not only delicious, but they’re also good for you – eating 2-3 servings of fruit daily is one of the best ways to improve your diet and overall health. Worried about the sugar? That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying fresh fruit. The sugars contained in whole fruit come with fiber, antioxidants, and other healthful nutrients, so it’s not the same as eating table sugar or a candy bar. In fact, studies show that adding fruit to your meals and snacks may reduce risk for heart disease, obesity and even protect against certain types of cancers

Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Some individuals have health problems, such as heart disease, that make it more difficult for the body to circulate blood properly and dissipate heat. Others are on medications, like diuretics (water pills), that cause water loss and worsen the dehydrating effects of high temperatures. Obese individuals have an especially hard time keeping cool. Drinking fluids to prevent dehydration, replenishing salt and minerals, and limiting time in the heat can help. Remember to keep cool and use common sense. Preventing heat-related illness depends mostly on making efforts to stay comfortable: drinking fluids when thirsty, sponging off with a cool towel, and escaping unrelenting heat in a location with more comfortable and safer temperatures

If you stay in your home during a hurricane and the power goes out, do not light candles or gas or oil lanterns because of the potential for gas leaks from storm-damaged lines. Instead, use only flashlights or battery-powered lanterns during and after a storm until power is safely restored and all gas lines are checked.

July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, a time for everyone to reflect on cell phone etiquette and device use. At one point or another, most everyone is guilty of focusing too much attention on a cell phone rather than on people and events around them. Many have also awkwardly encountered someone else’s personal call, or needed to repeat themselves because a family member or colleague was focusing on a screen rather than a face

July is Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month. There is a common misconception that just because something is natural makes it completely safe to take. Such is the case when it comes to people taking certain dietary supplements that are made with all-natural ingredients. However, the truth is that most of these natural formulations can interact with certain prescription medication. For instance, herbal supplements with cranberry extract as the primary active ingredient are known to interact with blood thinning medications and taking the two should be avoided. There are a number of potential drug and herbal supplement interactions so people need to be very careful when taking these. The best ways to prevent problems and protect yourself or loved ones is by keeping a thorough record of all prescription or over-the-counter medications and vitamins or herbal supplements you or your loved ones are taking. It would also be best to inform your healthcare professional of all the vitamins and supplements you are taking especially when you are under medication. Also, you should check the label of medications you are taking especially the warnings in regards to what you should avoid. You can also ask your pharmacist any questions related to the medications you are purchasing. This includes how the drug/s interacts with each other, food, vitamins and herbal supplements.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established to raise awareness of mental health challenges in minority populations. While mental health conditions don’t discriminate based on race, gender or ethnicity, access to mental health treatment can be more difficult for some people to obtain than others. It’s important for people to take on the challenge of raising awareness and reducing the stigma associated with mental health conditions. While one in five adults in the United States will experience mental illness, less than half of them will ever obtain treatment, and this is especially true for minority communities

Healthy relationships are a vital component of health. The health risks from being alone or isolated in one’s life are comparable to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity. Studies have found that people with a strong social network tend to live longer, respond better to stress, have healthier cardiovascular functioning, and an immune system with a better ability to fight off infectious diseases