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August 8, 2009

BehindTheMedspeak: World's best sunburn treatment — and you don't even need a doctor (Blast from the past)


Reading an article in the August 6, 2009 Wall Street Journal about how to deal with a sunburn, I wasn't surprised to see nary a mention of the very best sunburn remedy on the planet, seeing as very few doctors have ever heard of it.

The so-called "expert" — Chris Salgardo, president of skin-care and cosmetic lines Kiehl's USA and Shu Uemura, clearly needs to spend less time in the sun and more in the biomedical library.

Barring that, he should sign on here and let me do the heavy lifting.

But I digress.

Long story short: Aspirin, two tablets the instant you realize you've got — or will soon have — sunburn issues.

Rx: Take 2 every four hours until the sunburn's gone, for days if your burn's that bad.

This simple treatment has attenuated much pain and discomfort for me and my red-headed, fair skinned friends over the years.

It was good advice when I posted it back on May 10, 2007 and it's equally good now.

Here's that post.


BehindTheMedspeak: World's best sunburn treatment — and you don't even need a doctor

Two regular aspirin, taken every four hours around the clock until the pain stops.

That's it.

This treatment is simple, cheap, and more effective than the most expensive creams, ointments, and lotions you can buy and apply.

Don't wet or wash your affected skin: dryness afterward will only increase the pain.

I learned of this remedy in a two-paragraph letter to the New England Journal of Medicine from a family physician in Miami, back when I was in medical school.

I tried it: it worked!

Keep a little container of aspirin in your car's glove compartment, so you always have it handy at the pool or beach.

The sooner you begin treatment, the better the results.

But, even if you can't get your hands on any aspirin until bedtime, take two then, and again first thing in the morning when you wake up: you'll still get relief.

Mechanism of action? Aspirin is a powerful prostaglandin inhibitor; sunburn causes prostaglandin release, leading to inflammation in the skin and subdermal tissues.

Aspirin blocks the inflammatory response.

A second site of action is the brain, where the pain of sunburn is ultimately perceived; aspirin targets these receptors as well, lessening the discomfort and agony.

I find it a continuing source of amazement that other doctors have never even heard of this remedy, instead dispensing gibberish advice like "apply cool compresses" and prescribing steroids and all manner of ridiculous, expensive, less-than-efficacious meds with all manner of potentially deleterious side effects.

Why pay more?


No, Tylenol is not the same as aspirin when it comes to sunburn.

It'll help with pain, true, but why not get two benefits for the price of one?

August 8, 2009 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack

Strawz — 'Hey, what's that behind you?'



From the website: "This is the kind of thing I wish I had when I was little, I would have been able to put a straw together to drink not only my glass of milk but my brother’s too!"

44 pieces — 24 straws and 20 connectors.



August 8, 2009 at 03:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

The Reflecting Pool — Bill Viola

Close your eyes.

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Limited Edition Cyclops Watch


Designed by Crispin Jones and individually numbered on the back of the case: edition of 100 released yesterday, of which 75 remain.


No hands: "... a single hour marker passes around the coloured dial... each hour is represented by a different coloured circle, and the black hoop gradually passes over each circle to indicate the time."


Stainless steel strap and case.

37mm face Ø.


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Digital DNA


"Installed in 2005 at Lytton Plaza


in Palo Alto, California,


this 7-foot-tall egg is made


from welded steel,


polystyrene bead foam,


epoxy resin fiberglass skin and,


for the outer shell,


recycled circuit boards. 


Created by Brazilian artists 


Adriana Varella and 


Nilton Maltz,


the sculpture has

different phrases relating to technology


written in multiple languages


on its surface."

[via WomansDay.comWonderlane via Flickr and Milena]

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Scarfi Creazoni Strappy Sandals


"Designed in a small workshop


on the island of Panarea in Italy,


Scarfi Creazoni sandals are handmade and


come with four different fabric straps."


"The small workshop sells 3,000 pairs of this style alone every year."



[via Highsnobette and my7475]

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Bag — by Hendrik Kerstens


"In Hendrik Kerstens's 'Bag,' a portrait of his daughter as a 17th-century Dutch housemaid uses a plastic bag to mimic a lace hood."

Below, Kersten's "Napkin."


Last but not least,



They're part of the show "Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered," on view through September 13, 2009 at the Museum of the City of New York.

[via Martha Schwendener and the New York Times]

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Mixtape Love Poster


"This 11" by 17" poster features a white cassette tape & red anatomical heart on a royal blue background. The red type below says "MIXTAPE = LOVE". Printed on high-quality text-weight presentation paper with a professional grade photo printer, this super cool poster is sure to put a smile on anyone's face."

Worked for me.



[via Street Anatomy]

August 8, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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