Sun Screen Don’t Leave Home Without Appying It! Even When It’s Cloudy!


Sunscreen Don’t Leave Home Without Applying!

The sun’s Ultraviolet A (long-wave) and Ultraviolet B (short-wave) rays both penetrate the atmosphere and play a role in causing skin cancer, premature aging, and wrinkles. The use of a sun block that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is recommended to reduce not only the risk of skin cancer but also the signs of aging.

Excessive UV radiation damages your skin’s DNA producing genetic mutations, which can lead to skin cancer. Excessive UV radiation also leads to premature aging and wrinkles.

UVA rays penetrate the deeper layers of skin and have a major role in tanning, skin aging and wrinkling. Until recently scientists did not think UVA rays contributed to skin cancers. However research has proven that UVA light damages both basal and squamous skin cells and contributes to the development of skin cancers.

UVB rays damage the more superficial layers of your skin, and is responsible for your skin turning red and burning. UVB rays play a major role in causing skin cancer, but also contribute to tanning and photo aging.

Its essential to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays.

All sun screens have a Sun Protection factor (SPF). The number indicates how long it will take UVB rays to redden the skin when using a sun block compared without sun block protection. For example an SPF of 30 will allow someone to stay out thirty times longer than if they were not wearing sun block.

An SPF of 15 will block 93% of the sun’s UVB rays, an SPF of 30 blocks 97% and an SPF of 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays.

Both UVA and UVB cause damage to your skin so it is important to get a sun block that provides protection from both types of ultraviolet light. To ensure you are getting good protection choose a sun block of SPF of 15 or higher. (I prefer an SPF of 50). In addition, in order to also get adequate UVA protection, look for some combination of titanium dioxide (UVA/UAB), zinc oxide (UVA/UVB), and or avobenzone (UVA)

Our M.D. Skin Essentials skin care line includes, two Age Defense Antioxidant Sunscreens, a moisturizing formula, and one for sensitive skin.

At Optimal Wellness our skin care products are the finest medical grade scientifically based line of skin care products. All our skin care products are gluten free, cruelty free, made in the USA, and paraben free..

Our broad-spectrum antioxidant sunscreens are both SPF50, giving maximum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

The moisturing skin formula is for dry or more mature skin; it is a wonderful moisturizing base that can double as a makeup primer. The sensitive skin formula, is perfect for people with sensitive skin, those with oily skin or prone to acne.

To read more about our sun block formulations, click on the following link, then scroll down to see full description

NYC Caterpillar WAlk-Fibromyalgia Awareness Event



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The Caterpillar Walk program is a fundraising campaign designed to raise awareness and support for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain. 100% of proceeds raised will support education, advocacy and research efforts.

One of the greatest challenges of this syndrome is the lack of awareness and visibilty, as a result the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain association has launched this year’s theme: Your Voice Matters, YOU make Fibromyalgia Visible. Your participation in this walk will help us make Fibromyalgia visible.

While many walks have taken place across the country to support our work, this is the 1st annual walk in NYC. Our goal is to help bring the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain community together.

The NYC Caterpillar Walk will take place on Saturday May 16th.

Registration: 9:00 am

Welcome, Announcements & Awards: 9:45 am

Walk Start: 10:00 am followed by finish line photos, entertainment and an afterparty at the Riverside Boat Basin (within walking distance of finish line).

Click “Donate Now” to register as a walker or create your own Walk Team by clicking “Fundraise for this Campaign.”

Registration is $25.


Are You Tired Of Being Tired?


Are You Tired Of Being Tired?

Everyone feels tired now and then. Sometimes you just don’t want to get out of bed. Usually getting a good night’s sleep is all you need to restore your energy and feel like yourself again. However, if fatigue persists, it’s important to find the cause.

There are many causes of fatigue. The most common causes are lifestyle choices, not getting enough sleep, poor dietary choices, lack of exercise or over exercising and stress. By making these poor choices we stress our bodies, weaken our immune system, and increase inflammation in our bodies. In doing so, we increase our risk of developing chronic diseases like, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, dementia, and cancer. So it’s important to make changes in your lifestyle to prevent developing chronic diseases.

If you are experiencing fatigue, try making a few simple changes to see if your energy level improves. Make sure you are getting enough good quality sleep, and engaging in daily exercise. A healthy diet, one based on whole foods, like fruits vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats, provides the nutrients you need to fuel your body. Reduce stress by practicing forms of relaxation like meditation, visualization or focused breathing. Discuss with your doctor about taking a daily multivitamin. In addition you may also want to discuss if you would benefit from fish oil, which are rich in omega three fatty acids. These essential fatty acids help reduce inflammation, they support and protect your immune system, cardiovascular system, joints, cognitive function, memory and mood. If you are under a lot of stress you may also benefit from Vitamins B, C and D.

Fatigue is quite common in the adult population, in fact, fatigue is the most common reason men and women go to the doctor. Although many causes of fatigue are related to sleep, diet, exercise and stress, if you have persistent fatigue, you should see your physician for an evaluation. It’s important to find out the root cause of your fatigue. There are many medical conditions that are associated with fatigue. The sooner you get the proper diagnosis and treatment the sooner you will be back to feeling well.

There are a variety of medical reasons for fatigue so a thorough history, physical and appropriate tests can help determine the cause(s). Some common medical reasons for fatigue include, medications, especially antihistamines, blood pressure pills and antidepressants.

Viruses are a common cause of fatigue but the symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks. When fatigue persists longer, some people can develop a chronic form, so it is important to see your doctor on ways to treat and manage your fatigue.

Anemia or a low blood count is another reason for fatigue. There are many causes of anemia including, vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency, blood loss, genetic, autoimmune, and cancer.

Symptoms of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroid), include, fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, muscle pain, weakness, dry skin and hair loss. Diabetes is also associated with fatigue along with other warning signs including, increased thirst, increased hunger, weight loss and frequent urination.

Adrenal fatigue is caused by prolonged stress, which can become severe. Chronic stress is thought to “stress” the adrenals, which are small glands in your body that produce hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that support your body especially during times of stress. Chronic stress is felt to deplete your body of these hormones leading to fatigue. Treatment requires permanent lifestyle changes and removal of chronic stressors.

Sleep disorders like Sleep apnea, cause people to stop breathing multiple times during the night, leading to interrupted non-restorative sleep and fatigue. Restless leg syndrome, the uncontrolled movement of ones legs while sleeping also results in interrupted sleep and resulting fatigue.

Celiac disease, Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis all chronic diseases involving inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract are associated with fatigue.

Mood disorders like anxiety and depression can cause both mental and physical fatigue.

In addition, infections, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus, and malignancy frequently have fatigue as one of their main complaints.

Fortunately most people who have fatigue can resolve their symptoms with some minor lifestyle changes. However it may not be the whole picture. When treating fatigue taking a holistic approach looking at all aspects including lifestyle and a comprehensive medical evaluation will help give you the best long-term result. See your physician for an evaluation; finding the cause not merely treating the symptom will improve your health immediately and long term by preventing chronic diseases.

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Dr. Betty Keller M.D. F.A.C.R. is the Medical Director Of Optimal Wellness Center

A Integrative Medical Center specializing in Wellness, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Weight Management, Hormone Balance, and Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation and Body Contouring.

Optimal Wellness Center is located In Franklin Lakes NJ