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March Towards Health

Kids & Art is a fabulous non-profit organization, they are leaders in the art world, and in sharing the gift of strength through making art. Kids are battling cancer, and this group makes sure they have inspiration and fun in their lives too.  

A note from Art & Kids

March Towards Health — Kid’s Art Exhibits around the Bay Area!

This year is already proving to be a busy year for us! We are collaborating with Maker Therapy and are going to be part of the Summit on April 4 at the Tech Museum.

  • From April 4 to 28 our pediatric cancer families art will be exhibited at the San Mateo City Hall.
  • From May 1 to June 30 the San Mateo Main Library will exhibit our work on the 2nd floor gallery.
  • Save The Date: April 22-23 for our upcoming Art Fair and Fundraiser at Art Attack SF’s new gallery in the Castro. We have many celebrated artists presenting their work.
  • Our 16-week pilot at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay is in full swing.
  • If you would like to know more about this program please do feel free to call or email me directly. Our facebook page has photos from our weekly workshops. Thank you for supporting our mission to heal through the arts. Happy Spring,

Kids & Art contact info: 1443 Howard Avenue, Suite 218, Burlingame, CA 94010 | 650.877.2750 | art@kidsandart.org

Can skin cancer be prevented?

The best ways to lower your risk of skin cancer are to avoid long exposure to intense sunlight and practice sun safety. You can still exercise and enjoy the outdoors while using sun safety at the same time. Here are some ways to be sun safe:

  • Seek shade, especially in the middle of the day (between 10 am and 4 pm) when the sun’s rays are strongest. Teach children the shadow rule: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
  • Follow the Slip! Slop! Slap!® and Wrap! rules:
  • Slip on a shirt: Cover up with protective clothing to guard as much skin as possible when you’re out in the sun. Choose comfortable clothes made of tightly woven fabrics that you can’t see through when held up to a light.
  • Slop on sunscreen: Use sunscreen and lip balm with broad spectrum protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen (about a palmful) to all areas of unprotected skin. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, toweling dry, or sweating.
  • Slap on a hat: Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat, shading your face, ears, and neck. If you choose a baseball cap, remember to protect your ears and neck with sunscreen.
  • Wrap on sunglasses: Wear sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB absorption to protect your eyes and the surrounding skin.
  • Sunscreen doesn’t protect from all UV rays, so don’t use sunscreen as a way to stay out in the sun longer.
  • Follow these practices to protect your skin even on cloudy or overcast days. UV rays can travel through clouds.
  • Avoid other sources of UV light. Tanning beds and sun lamps are dangerous. They damage your skin and can cause cancer.

Hopefully, this information inspired you! If you’d like to learn more from the American Cancer Society on this subject, click here.  I’d have to disagree with the “Slop on Sunscreen”, I’d rather stay out of the sun OR use natural sunscreens made from essential oils (check the doTerra site for recipes), than use chemical laden sunscreen. — the editor

Starve Cancer – Angiogenesis

The odds are nearly 100% that you, like everyone else, have microscopic cancers in your body. Why is it that most of the time, these cancers never become a problem?

A newly emerging science of a process called angiogenesis carries keys to understanding how your blood vessels can feed — or starve — cancer.

  • Red Grapes, red wine
  • Tea, combining teas
  • organic
  • no sugar

In a truly extraordinary 20 minute video presentation, Dr. William Li, president and medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation, presents stunning research about how eating cancer-fighting foods can cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.

Watch William Li’s powerful presentation here.  20 mins. June 11 2014

BAN ATRAZINE

Went to a great science lecture last night at Stanford [spnsored by the Ethics and Society group] about pesticide and cancer, reproductive problems and farm workers especially in corn growing states. THE FIGHT IS ON.  The EPA needs to step up and do something… the EPA caution is costing us health and quality of life.
Atrazine NEEDS TO BE BANNED – —  company safety blurb.
then read the real deal…..
They make the chemical that starts amphibian reproductive [feminizing male frogs etc] malfunction in motion— very scary — and then they make the medicine that is given for the cancer cure. So gross ….

After 49 years of using atrazine at or above 80 million pounds per year, many target weed species have become atrazine-resistant [1, 2]. In fact, the number of documented atrazine-resistant “super” weeds number more than 80. No other herbicide has produced such dramatic effects on the evolution of weeds.

From the Atrazinelovers website, An explanation of what this chemical does: In addition to the ecological impacts on land, recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), showed that atrazine negatively affects marine phytoplankton [3, 4].

These microscopic organisms serve as food for other organisms such as clams and oysters and the effect of atrazine is likely reflected throughout marine food webs: Phytoplankton serves as food for zooplankton which is in turn food for many larval and young fish and several species of whales. Thus, atrazine’s impact on this critical member of the marine foodweb will have dramatic and irreversible effects on marine life including damage to commercially important shellfish and finfish populations as well as sea mammals (whales) of which many are already threatened or endangered.

  1. Heap, I., The occurrence of herbicide-resistant weeds worldwide. Pestic. Sci, 1997. 51: p. 235-245.
  2. Gadamski, G., et al., Negative cross-resistance in triazine-resistant biotypes of Echinochloa crus-galli and Conyza canadensis. Weed Science, 2003. 48(2): p. 176-180.
  3. http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/releases2007/jan07/noaa07-r402.html.
  4. http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/s2778.htm.
  5. Rohr, J., et al., Multiple stressors and salamanders: Effects of an herbicide, food limitation, and hydroperiod. Ecological Applications, 2004. 14(4): p. 1028-1040.
  6. Rohr, J. and B. Palmer, Aquatic herbicide exposure increases salamander desiccation risk eight months later in a terrestrial environment. Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 2005. 24(5): p. 1253-1258.
  7. Fairchild, J., D. Ruessler, and A. Carlson, Comparative sensitivity of five species of macrophytes and six species of algae to atrazine, metribuzin, alachlor, and metolachlor. Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 1998. 17: p. 1830–1834.