June 24th Show
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On today's show:
The Sun and Your Skin
NYTimes Bestselling author Mary McNear on her book The Light in Summer
Patrick Renda, with his retired Insitutional Investment Manager hat on- discusses
Today June 24th In History
1497 Explorer John Cabot lands in North America in present-day Canada.
1509 Henry VIII is crowned King of England.
1647 Margaret Brent, demands a voice and a vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly. Margaret Brent demands two votes from the Maryland Assembly: one as a landowner and one as the legal representative of the colony’s proprietor, Lord Baltimore. She is refused.
1664 The colony of New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, is founded.
1812 Napoleon crosses the Neman River and invades Russia
1896 Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Harvard University. was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. As lynchings in the South reached a peak in 1895, Washington gave a speech, known as the "Atlanta compromise," which brought him national fame. He called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship, rather than trying to challenge directly the Jim Crow segregation and the disenfranchisement of black voters in the South. Washington mobilized a nationwide coalition of middle-class blacks, church leaders, and white philanthropists and politicians, with a long-term goal of building the community's economic strength and pride by a focus on self-help and schooling
1910 The Japanese army invades Korea.
1931 The Soviet Union and Afghanistan sign a treaty of neutrality.
1940 France signs an armistice with Italy.
1941 President Franklin Roosevelt pledges all possible support to the Soviet Union.
1948 The Soviet Union begins the Berlin Blockade, America responds with the Berlin Airlift.
1953 John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier announce their engagement.
1955 Soviet MIGs down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering Strait.
1964 The Federal Trade Commission announces that, starting in 1965, cigarette makers must include warning labels about the harmful effects of smoking
1970 The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution enacted August 10, 1964, was a joint resolution that the United States Congress passed on August 7, 1964, in response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident. A bit like the Cuban missile crisis but involving sensitive U.S. radio intercepts of North Vietnamese communications At the time of the August 2 attack, USS Maddox was on an intelligence-gathering mission thirty miles off North Vietnam’s coast. It is of historical significance because it gave U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorization, without a formal declaration of war by Congress, for the use of conventional military force in Southeast Asia.
1842 Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist (The Friend’s Delight, The Devil’s Dictionary).
1848 Brooks Adams, American historian, son of Charles Francis Adams (The Law of Civilization and Decay).
1883 Victor Francis Hess, Austrian-American physicist, and Nobel laureate in physics, who discovered cosmic rays. Hess's discovery opened the door to many new discoveries in particle and nuclear physics.
1985 Jack Dempsey, American boxer and world heavyweight champion.
1912 Norman Cousins, editor of the Saturday Review.
1930 Claude Chabrol, French film director (The Cousins, Madame Bovary).
The Sun and Your Skin
the Light in Summer
Mary McNear, NYTimes Best Selling author joined us to talk about
the Light in Summer
It was a WONDERFUL interview about this easy and wonderful summer beach read!
In her new book - THE LIGHT IN SUMMER - it's vacation time on Butternut Lake, where the heat of noon is soothed by the cool breezes of evening, the pace grows slower, and sometimes, just sometimes, the summer light makes everything clearer… Year after year, McNear brings readers to the one place they want to spend their days and you'll want to take your listeners there...with the help of McNear herself on June 21.
THE LIGHT IN SUMMER is the newest novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear hitting shelves on June 20 - a day before the official start to summer.
The book introduces us to Billy Harper who believes Butternut Lake is the place she feels most at home, even though lately she believes the only one listening to her is Murphy, her faithful Labrador Retriever. Her teenage son, Luke, has gone from precious to precocious practically overnight. Her friends are wrapped up in their own lives, and Luke’s father, Wesley, disappeared before his son was even born. No wonder she prefers to spend time with a good book, especially ones where everything ends in perfection.
But Billy is about to learn that anything is possible during the heady days of summer. Coming to terms with her past—the death of her father, the arrival of Cal Cooper, a complicated man with a definite interest in Billy even the return of Wesley—will force her to have a little faith in herself and others.
And she’ll soon realize that happiness doesn’t always mean perfection.
CELEBRATE WITH A CUTE TITLE
Amazons acquisition of Whole Foods
So much great information emerged in this segment of the show! For those who are interested, this is a must listen conversation about Amazons acquisition of Whole Foods Market for 13.7B.
Patrick, who was an institutional investment manager for decades, guided us through, in incredible detail, many important insights about the ramifications, dynamics, effects this very significant move on the associated industries and how it will affect us individually.
The Sun and Your Skin
Summer is here, the beach is filled with children, the afternoon rains are rolling in, watermelon and lemonade are available in abundance and for better or for worse, so is our sun exposure. We have been told for 40+ years that sun exposure is bad, will cause skin cancer and damage your skin. However what was not mentioned was that sun exposure also has significant benefits. Many have noted vitamin D production happens when exposed to sunlight and it does. However it is not the only thing.
Vitamin D3 is an oil soluble steroid hormone that forms when your skin is exposed to UVB radiation from the sun. When UVB strikes the surface of your skin, your skin converts a cholesterol derivative into vitamin D3. Limited sun exposure on bare skin also produces nitric oxide and carbon monoxide that cause vascular relaxation, improves wound healing, and helps fight infections among other biologic processes. The carbon monoxide your hemoglobin molecules release in response to UV radiation also acts as a neurotransmitter and has beneficial effects on your nervous system. Like nitric oxide, it causes relaxation and has anti-inflammatory activity.
Taking a vitamin D supplement does not do the same thing for your body as your body being triggered to produce something it is designed to do, at the right time and in the correct amounts for your body’s needs. Many of these very important biological processes occur only when exposed to direct sunlight.
There are many studies that suggest sun exposure (and maximizing vitamin D levels and the chain reaction of other things your body generates) plays a role in decreasing risks of at least 16 different types of cancer including lung, pancreatic, breast, ovarian, prostate, and colon cancers.
This goes without saying that sunburns are bad- always. However there are ways to lessen their possibility. Increasing your skins tolerance to the sun slowly over time and boosting your "internal sunscreen" by eating antioxidant rich foods and healthy fats will help negate the effects of exposure. These foods, such as several servings of vegetables and fruits like blueberries and raspberries, strengthen skin cells, helping to protect them from sun damage.
Other antioxidant rich foods include kiwi, green tea, cucumber and olive oil. Kiwi offers the powerful combination of vitamins C & E together that helps your skin guard against the harmful UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Tea has been shown to reduce sun damage by destroying free radicals and reducing inflammation, when used in conjunction with an effective sunscreen. Where collagen has broken down, green tea's enzymatic action can result in firmer looking skin.
Cucumber- deceptively rich source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging, like cucurbitacins and cucumerin. They are rich in Vitamins A, B-5, C and K. Vitamin A fights dark spots, B-5 helps retain moisture, C very effectively combats wrinkles and sun damage, and K fights dark circles under eyes.
Olive oil- Rich in vitamins like Vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols and antioxidants, it is a highly effective component in neutralizing damaging free radicals, helping restore skins smoothness and protects against ultraviolet light.
The damage done by free radicals in the body is known as oxidation.
Oxidation is the same process that browns an apple or rusts metal. Rampaging free radicals react with compounds in the body and oxidize them. The amount of oxidation in the body is a measure of oxidative stress.
Here’s where anti-oxidants come in
Antioxidants counteract free radicals because they’re essentially “self-sacrificing soldiers.” As Byrnes explains, they donate an electron to free radicals to “calm” them down and are consumed in the process.
major antioxidants that have been identified include some you’re likely familiar with, such as vitamins A, C and E; beta-carotene; bioflavonoids; CoQ10; lycopene, selenium; and zinc. Copper and manganese have roles in antioxidant production as well. So anti-oxidant rich foods are scaled on an ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorption capacity) and its based on 100 grams. These include goji berries, 25,000, wild blueberries, 14,000, dark chocolate, 21,000, pecans, 17,000, artichoke, 9,400, elderberries, 14,000, kidney beans 8,4000, cranberries, 9,500, blackberries 5,300 and cilantro 5,100. berries, kiwi, green tea, olive oil
Our skincare routine, including moisturizers, lip care and sunscreens also has an effect on our health. When selecting a daily moisturizer, avoid those with sunscreen in them and do not use any moisturizer with sunscreen as your evening moisturizer as the chemicals from the sunscreen are doing more damage than the moisturizer is benefitting. Look for a moisturizer like Moxie Creed that includes antioxidant rich ingredients to protect you from future sun damage and heal and restore from prior damage. Moxie Creed moisturizer even includes kiwi, green tea, cucumber and olive oil listed above, as known protectors. Available on Amazon and at www.moxiecreed.com
When selecting your lip treatment, avoid anything that includes Retinyl palmitate. Retinyl palmitate ranks a 9 out of 10 on the Environmental Working Groups (EWG) Skin Deep database for its level of toxicity. Retinyl palmitate is a combination of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). Vitamin A is, of course, very good for you, but combine it with palmitic acid and you’ve created something that acts like a steroid for tumors. Sixteen percent of the sunscreens, 16 percent of SPF-rated moisturizers and 10 percent of SPF-rated lip products in this year’s guide contain retinyl palmitate. On sun-exposed skin, retinyl palmitate may speed development of skin tumors and lesions, according to government studies.
According to the EWG, there’s no proof that sunscreens prevent most skin cancer.
“Rates of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – have tripled over the past 35 years. Most scientists and public health agencies – including the Food and Drug Administration itself – have found very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer.” In addition, these same sunscreens designed, in theory, to protect us, are actually causing significant issues of their own and no one is reviewing them. “Sunscreen is designed to be applied to large portions of the body, several times per day. Sunscreen ingredients soak through skin and can be detected in people’s blood, urine and even mothers’ breast milk. Several commonly used ingredients appear to block or mimic hormones, and others cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin. The FDA’s sunscreen rules grandfathered in sunscreen active ingredients that were already on the market. The agency has never reviewed evidence of ill effects of sunscreen ingredients.”
Each year, the EWG releases its review of the best and worst sunscreens, evaluating the ingredients based on both their toxicity and their effectiveness and assigning them a number between 1-10. You can find the EWG’s 2017 master list here.
Two things the EWG recommends we stay away from include sky-high SPF’s and the active ingredient Oxybenzone. More than 10 percent of the sunscreens evaluated this year claim SPFs above 50+. SPF stands for sun protection factor, but that term refers only to protection against UVB rays that burn the skin. It has little to do with a product’s ability to protect skin from UVA rays, which penetrate deep into the body, accelerate skin aging, may suppress the immune system and may cause skin cancer.
More than 40 percent of the beach and sport sunscreens in this year’s guide contain oxybenzone, an active ingredient in sunscreens. It penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It can trigger allergic skin reactions. Some research studies, while not conclusive, have linked higher concentrations of oxybenzone to health disorders, including endometriosis. Not sounding like something any of us would be looking to add into our personal skincare regimen. What they do suggest using after this extensive review? See the box below. The master list of recommendations is linked here.
Summer is here, enjoy fruit in abundance, embrace the opportunities, get in the sun, find peace in the rain and get clear on your understanding of what the foods and products you select are doing to your body, because YOU matter!