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April's Health Genie: Sunscreen

Dear Health Genie,

SunEvery year I buy several different sunscreens thinking one may be better than the other. Even though I work outside, I end up with extra tubes left at the end of the summer. Some sunscreen has irritated my face but I didn’t have any way of knowing this until I’d purchased it. Now I choose a baby sunscreen because it doesn’t make me itchy or one for faces or one that sprays on because those feel lighter. I enjoy being tan so I choose a low or medium SPF, skip sunscreen some days, and around midsummer I stop using sunscreen except on the very brightest days. Is that ok once I am tan? Sometimes people who see my dark tan warn me that I should always cover up even if I don’t think I am getting burned. Is it safe to continue using the sunscreens I bought last year, this year? Will you advise me about what to look for on the label? I know about SPF. What else should I know? 

Thanks,
Outdoorsy Sun Lover

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March's Health Genie: Iron

Dear Genie,

IronWhat can you tell me about iron? My husband and I have a new baby. I feel I could be anemic. We could both use something to support our energy. I never took multivitamins until my pregnancy so I am unsure about what to take now that I am no longer pregnant. My husband’s doctor urged him to avoid iron supplementation. I have heard that too much iron can be harmful to children. Should I be cautious about how much iron I take while I am nursing? Should we try to get our iron from food alone?

Thanks,
Tired Tina

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February's Health Genie: Zinc

Dear Genie,

ZincI want to help my family miss less school and work. There are so many products in the cold and flu section. I am unfamiliar with most.  My kids would appreciate it if I didn’t make them take so many different supplements every time a cold is going around. They get exasperated if I offer too many remedies. My wife won’t take anything that is not backed by research. Can you suggest one supplement that could help us this season?

Thanks,

Devoted Dad

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June's Health Genie

Dear Genie,
We have an outdoor wedding to attend in July (where we’ll be standing at the edge of a beautiful pond). My wife says she doesn’t want me to wear my favorite dark blue suit. She claims that I will attract mosquitoes and pledges not to sit next to me if I do. We choose not to use conventional bug sprays. If I take my chances and wear my favorite suit, do you have any suggestions on ‘natural’ bug sprays?
Thanks,
Got the Blues for Bugs

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May's Healthy Genie

Dear Genie,
I saw a bag of ‘cacao nibs’ in the Co-op recently that seemed a bit more expensive than any chocolate I’ve seen. What are these and how are they supposed to be used?
Thanks,
Curious Chocoholic

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April's Health Genie

Dear Genie,
I bake a lot and use non-stick cooking sprays frequently, but tossing out those aluminum cans has always been an irritant.  Is there something that I can do to get the same effect, but reduce my level of waste?  I have tried using cooking oils, but haven’t been happy with the results.
Thanks,
Frustrated Baker

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March's Health Genie

Dear Genie,
I love buying food in the Bulk department of the co-op, but can’t find many Gluten-Free varieties of items.  You have a lot of these products prepackaged in your store, so why not have them in the bulk department too?
Signed,
GF Co-op member

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