We are about to hit the heat of summer with the July Fourth holiday being the unofficial start around here.  While you’re celebrating our Independence Day, spend a few minutes protecting your future by using a quality sunscreen.  Just recently, the  FDA announced new labels and safety warnings on sunscreen will go into affect next year, but you don’t have to wait to keep your family sun safe.  Dr. Marc Siegel, a NYU Internist and author of  The Inner Pulse; Unlocking the Secret Code of Sickness and Health, provides the following tips on how to keep your family healthy and protected from the sun this summer.

Dr Siegel's Save Sun Tips

These seem like such simple, common sense rules, but every summer I see children with terrible burns and I know with those burns can come high fevers, chills, peeling and blisters, and vomiting.  You can prevent all that by using sunscreen properly.  I prefer an organic sunscreen because most of us don’t need additional chemicals slathered on us and by wearing sun protection clothing and opting for shade during the hottest part of the day.

According to Dr. Siegel, “Patients rarely listen to their doctors or to warnings to stop laying out in the sun; nevertheless, the new rules should be there. Patients shouldn’t wait until they are sick from the sun, as by then it may be too late. Your Inner Pulse is silently screaming at you to stop poisoning your skins and opt for a better lifestyle.” Marc Siegel MD, author of The Inner Pulse; Unlocking the Secret Code of Sickness and Health.

Tips reprinted with permission