Come See High Tech From the Civil War

Come see the high tech that helped the Union win the Civil War at the Discovery Museum.

Civil War High Tech is now on display at the museum near Wauconda through Aug. 21. Museum goers can learn about submarines as well as reconnaissance balloons and other technology in this interactive exhibit.

The Lake County Discovery Museum is located on Illinois Route 176, just west of Fairfield Road and east of Wauconda in Lakewood Forest Preserve. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4:30 p.m., Sundays, from Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors ages 55 and older and students ages 18 to 25, and $2.50 for youth ages four to 17. Children 3 and under are free. On Discount Tuesdays, admission is $3 for adults; youth 17 years and under are free.

More information is availble by calling 847-968-3400 or visit

15 Ways In Which The Sun Can Improve Your Health

MOST of us start smiling when the summer comes and it’s no surprise – a little sunshine every day can boost your mood and also help to prevent a host of serious illnesses.Here are the top 15 ways in which the sun can improve your health…1 It cheers 1 you upSUNSHINE boosts levels of serotonin – the body’s natural happy hormone. That’s why we tend to feel happier and more energetic when the sun shines. Regular sun can stave off moderate depression, particularly if combined with exercise, such as a walk in the park. It’s also been shown that exercising outdoors creates more endorphins in the body than exercising indoors.2 Reduces heart diseaseA STUDY in the British Medical Journal showed that people in the UK are more likely to die of heart disease in winter than in summer, which is believed to be because of low levels of vitamin D. Where you live in the UK also matters. Blackpool has 27 per cent more hours of sunshine a year than Burnley – and 9 per cent fewer deaths from coronary heart disease.Cholesterol levels also rise in winter, according to reports in medical magazine The Lancet, and this is because our vitamin D levels fall.And Dr Holick found that exposing people with high blood pressure to UVB rays in a tanning salon lowers blood pressure by similar amounts as prescribed drugs.3 Prevents diabetesVITAMIN D may help to prevent the onset of diabetes. “A study in Finland found children given a vitamin D supplement for several years had an 80 per cent reduced risk of developing Type I diabetes as young adults,” says Dr Holick.A deficiency in vitamin D is also thought to contribute to Type II diabetes, according to a recent study by Dr Barbara Boucher at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals.

SunSplash Tan & Spa4 Beats SADSEASONAL Affective Disorder (SAD) – or the winter blues – is a depression specifically caused by lack of sunlight. Lightboxes can be used to treat it, although increased exposure to natural sunlight is more beneficial. Get out for an hour’s walk in the morning during autumn and winter months, and sit outside for 15 minutes a day in summer.5 Helps prevent MSMULTIPLE sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system, leading to tremors and even paralysis. The cause is not known but scientists have noted that exposure to sunlight in childhood appears to dramatically reduce the risk of developing this disease in later life. Scientists have also noted that the incidence of MS is lower in sunnier countries.6 Prevents cavitiesTHE sun could even help to keep your teeth strong. A dental study found the prevalence of cavities was greater in children from Scotland, the North-West, Wales and Merseyside – areas with less than average sunshine. The proportion of 12-year-olds with untreated cavities was three times greater in Scotland than in the South West Thames region7 Relieves aches and painsBeing out in the sun helps to warm the body’s muscles and eases stiffness, reducing the pain caused by inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.8 Reduces risk of cancersALTHOUGH over exposure to the sun increases your risk of skin cancer, vitamin D provided by sunlight can actually help to significantly reduce your risk of other types of cancer.A study carried out by the US National Cancer Institute found that people exposed to high levels of sunlight were significantly less likely to die from breast and colon cancer. A similar effect was seen in bladder, womb, oesophagus and stomach cancer.9 Boosts fertilityTHE sun reduces levels of the hormone melatonin which suppresses fertility, so it is more likely you’ll conceive in summer.And sunlight not only makes you more fertile, it increases the length of your fertility. A study in Turkey discovered that women who get less than an hour of sunlight a week reach menopause seven to nine years earlier.Sunlight also boosts testosterone levels in men, which makes summer the perfect time for baby-making.10 Gives you more energyMELATONIN also regulates sleep, so having lower levels of this hormone in your body gives you more get up and go. This is why you need less sleep in summer but still feel livelier. Plus, being woken by natural light r11 Eases IBDPEOPLE with Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel disorders (IBD) generally have low levels of vitamin D in their bodies, according to several studies. Sunlight is the best way to boost vitamin D in these cases.Although it is available in some foods (including meat, eggs, oily fish and some breakfast cereals), levels are low and poor absorption of fat – a common complication of inflammatory bowel disease – may make it difficult for sufferers to absorb vitamin D from their diet.12 Beats period problemsABOUT one in five women of childbearing age suffer from polycystic ovary disease which causes abnormal periods, unwanted body hair and infertility.Half of 14 women treated with vitamin D and calcium by Dr Susan Thys-Jacobs at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University in New York, recovered normal periods and two became pregnant. Dr Thys-Jacobs also found that women with premenstrual syndrome are likely to be deficient in vitamin D.13 Helps skin conditionsEXPOSURE to the sun can help to heal such skin conditions as psoriasis, acne and eczema. Regular controlled sun exposure is often prescribed for sufferers. For serious cases, contact your GP. For minor cases, try exposing affected areas of skin to the sun for up to 30 minutes before covering up or slapping on the sunscreen – but make sure you never burn.14 Boosts your immune systemSUNLIGHT encourages the production of white blood cells, which help to boost your immune system and fight infection.15 Helps you lose weightHIGHER levels of serotonin in our bodies not only makes you feel happy but it also suppresses the appetite, so you’ll eat less in warmer weather.Go out in the sun at least three times a week to boost levels of vitamin DSTAY SAFEIN THE RAYSYOUR skin starts to turn pink when you’ve been exposed to enough sun. It takes around half this time to produce vitamin D without risking your skin (usually between 10-15 minutes between 10am-3pm in the UK). It takes black and Asian skin up to six times longer to produce vitamin D.NEVER overdo the sun – burning and excessive exposure will increase your risk of skin cancer. Cover up or apply sunscreen (minimum SPF15) after your initial vitamin D-boosting burst.

"Sun Scare": How Commercialism Has Twisted Proper Sun Care

Scaring people out of the sun is a multibillion-dollar business. Smart Tan coined the term “sun scare” in 1996 to properly identify those who were distorting the truth about sunshine’s complex relationship with human health in order to scare you out of the sun. Some “sun scare” groups profit by marketing a distorted sun abstinence message, while others simply tell you to avoid any and all sun exposure because they don’t trust you to make your own informed decision about proper sun care:

Cosmetic Corporations- These giant “cosmecuetical” firms are driven by multibillion- dollar profits and are the leading purveyors of “sun scare.” These sunscreen manufacture res are marketing their products to block any and all UV exposure rather than simply for sunburn prevention. Sunscreen companies are enjoying record profits right now. For instance:

$9 billion pharmaceutical giant Schering-Plough (Coppertone) reported sun-care related sales of $204 million in 2005, up 16 percent from 2004 and up 40 percent from 2003, making the division one of Schering-Plough’s best performers by percentage growth.

$50 billion Johnson & Johnson consumer products unit0 which markets sun care products like Neutrogena and Aveeno, is one of the pharmaceutical giant’s most profitable divisions, with increased sales of $2.36 billion on the first quarter of 2006 alone. Neutrogena’s marketing uses some of the most aggressive sun-scare tactics of any sunscreen company. In marketing its “Age Sheid” SPF 45 product, Neutrogena warns people, “As part of your daily skin care regimen, Neutrogena recommends Healthy Defense SPF 39 Daily Moisturizer to combat damage from daily sun exposure.

Beauty Magazines- Chock full of cosmetic advertising, the average North American beauty magazine contains 21 pages of anti-sun-related advertising in every issue. That’s an estimated $1 million a month in revenue for many beauty magazines, which explains why their editorial message is so heavily slanted against sunshine.

One prominent example of how advertising affects beauty magazine coverage of this issue: Cosmopolitan magazine sold sponsorship of a cover feature on sun care to Neutrogena in May 2006. The package of stories- as beauty magazines often do- featured and recommended usage of Neutrogena products. Further, Cosmo Editor Kate White personally trumpeted the message of her advertiser on a publicity tour that included a prominent interview on NBC’s The Today Show in April. Neutrogena products were featured on that appearance as well. In essence, Cosmopolitan has compromised its editorial integrity and has officially become a paid lobbyist for the cosmecuetical industry, which markets its product base on all-out fear and denial of the benefits naturally derived from sunlight.

Skin Care Lobbying Groups-The American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation and the National Sun Safety Alliance all are prime examples of groups that the public perceives to be independent and altruistic, but which have strong ties to the pharmaceutical manufacturers of sunscreen products. This is one reason why most of these groups still recommend daily usage of sunscreen 365 days a year for people in all climates despite the fact that such a regimen clearly promotes over-use of sunscreen and may be contributing to the epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency in North America today.

Some purveyors of “sun scare” have deluded themselves into thinking that it is acceptable to overstate the risks associated with overexposure in order to convince people to moderate their sun exposure habits. This segment of the anti-tanning “sun scare” lobby, in an effort to rightfully increase awareness about sun care, often says the wrong thing the wrong way for the right reasons. But the fact that the intention- to reduce skin damage- is right does not give them a free pass to obscure the facts and ignore conflicting data, as they often do. For example:

Some dermatology industry leaders still maintain that there are no known health benefits to regular sun exposure. This position is totally non-defendable. There is plenty of well-researched material documenting the positive physiological and psychological effects of UV exposure. They are in full denial.

“People who practice proper sun protection and are concerned that they are not getting enough vitamin D should either take a multivitamin or drink a few glasses of vitamin D fortified milk every day… Dietary intake of vitamin D can completely and easily fulfill our needs.” – Dr. Raymond L. Cornelison Jr., then-president of the American Academy of Dermatology, in July 3, 2003 AAD press release entitled, “Vitamin D + Sunshine = Bad Medicine.” This isn’t true- sunshine is the body’s natural way to make vitamin D, and the vitamin D community has agreed that one cannot reliably make vitamin D through dietary supplementation alone.

Some dermatology industry leaders, in effort to increase awareness about sun care, have clearly overstated the risks associated with UV exposure. For example, dermatology industry leaders have gone on record advocating daily use of sunscreen 365 days a year in all climates. This is clearly misbranding the product in seasons and climates where sunburn is not a possibility.

“Overwhelming evidence links the development of most skin cancers to exposure of skin to ultraviolet radiation contained in sunlight. (Vitamin D Scientists Dr. Micheal) Holick hints that judicious daily exposure might be safe. However, I believe that every photon hitting the skin could produce a photo-mutation leading to skin cancer.”-Dr. Mark V. Dahl, past president of the American Academy of Dermatology in a 2003 editorial criticizing Holik’s work published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Dahl’s comment that any bit of sun exposure could lead to skin cancer is akin to saying that any car trip is dangerous and therefore people should not drive a car- it’s not the most accurate way to portray the relationship.

Some dermatology industry leaders, in attempts to scare people out of the sun, still compare tanning to smoking, making the statement that indoor tanning is like a cigarette for your skin. This hyperbole is nothing sort of ridiculous:

Smoking introduces unnatural substances into your body that your body is not designed to process. In contrast, your body is designed to process UV light, and in fact is reliant on UV exposure for natural body functions

Smoking is related to 20 percent of all deaths in the United States and 30 percent of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

Lung cancer rates are 22 times higher for current male smokers and 12 times higher for current female smokers as compared to non-smokers. In contrast, there are no studies showing that tanning in a non-burning fashion is related to any increase in skin cancer risk. This is critical, because we believe that burning, not moderate tanning, is the significant UV-related risk factor.

18 of 22 studies ever conducted on indoor tanning and melanoma have shown no connection at all, including the most recent and largest study on the topic. The four older studies have alleged small increases in risk have all contained unexplained statistical anomalies, such as failing to control for confounding variables such as outdoor sun exposure. In some studies, frequent tanners had lower risk as compared to non-tanners, which is also unexplained.

The public and the press look up to medical professionals as objective sources of public health information. But when dermatology industry lobbyists obscure the facts and distort the picture to attempt to influence health policy, that creates an abrogation of trust that is unfortunate for all parties involved, and the consumer suffers.

Sun Scare: Calling Any UV Exposure a ‘Carcinogen’

The U.S. federal government in 2000 included ultraviolet light on its list of known human carcinogens- a document it produces bi-annually to warn people about dangerous chemicals and exposure circumstances. In doing so, ultraviolet light became the first item on that list that humans also need in order to live and would die if they didn’t receive. That is nothing less than confusing. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you have heard about this listing:

-The criteria to be on the list does not take into consideration the dosage required for a substance to be harmful. That is the problem. According to the listing criteria: “The Report does not present quantitative assessments of carcinogenic risk. Listing of substances in the Report, therefore, does not establish that such substances present carcinogenic risks to individuals in their daily lives.” In other words, the criteria to be on the U.S. government’s list of carcinogens does not differentiate between sunburn and normal daily UV exposure. Purveyors of sun scare conveniently have neglected to disclose this shortfall. This exclusion makes this list meaningless.

– This report means nothing more than this: Repeated sunburn and overexposure may increase your risk of skin cancer. The list does not mean that moderate tanning in a non-burning fashion will cause skin cancer. That’s because there is no research in existence to demonstrate that tanning without burning is a significant risk factor for anything.

– Sunburn and overexposure are exactly what we are trying to prevent by teaching moderation and sunburn prevention.

-The list does not take into account that there are positive effects of regular ultraviolet light exposure. One thing we know for certain: You would be dead today if you did not receive any ultraviolet light.

(C) 2006 International Smart Tan Network

Wauconda Fire Chief Wins Top Honor from State Association

Wauconda Fire Chief David Dato was named one of three fire chiefs of the year by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association this year. Dato was recognized for his leadership of the department, which has a combination of full- and part-time staff, officials said. Dato has been Wauconda fire district chief since 1992 and has served the district for 32 years, “This isn’t my award,” he said. “In any good organization, it’s really the people who support the leader of the organization and get the job done.”