June 2017

Olive Branch Wellness Center
Wellness Newsletter

The Truth About Sunshine & Sunscreen

Summer is coming and so are days at the pool, the beach and working outside in the yard. That means we'll be out in the glorious sunshine!
Sunshine offers amazing health benefits. It is one of the best resources to help our bodies manufacture the best type of vitamin D. This may be why higher UVB exposure reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes, breast, colon and rectal cancer, gives higher survival rates to those diagnosed with cancer, protects bone health, boosts immune function of T cells, helps restore normal circadian rhythms for better sleep, reduces depression and improves your mood. All for free!
But sunshine ironically has a dark side, if that's possible. Too much sunlight can damage skin, raising your risk of premature aging and skin cancer. This is especially true if you get sunburned.










Ray Ilg, ND

Raynette Ilg, N.D., is the owner of Olive Branch Wellness Center in South Elgin, IL. A Naturopath who earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Medicine and then a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences, she employs Nutritional Guidance, Herbal Medicine, Hydrotherapy, and Homeopathy in her clinic. Dr. Ray can be contacted via her website,
Olive Branch Wellness Center

Rising skin cancer rates are why some experts warn people against ANY sun exposure at all!They urge us to slather on sunscreen every time we walk out the door.  But that advice might have its own hidden danger: Conventional sunscreens contain artificial and toxic chemicals that cause cancer!In fact, some researchers allege that rising skin cancer rates have more to do with the chemicals in sunscreen lotions than over-exposure to the sun. Chemical carcinogens in lotions and cosmetics are dangerous because our skin can absorb the chemicals and deliver them to our bloodstream. Then consider that new research shows 73% of sunscreens don't even work!

So, what's the answer?!!I recommend short but frequent exposure to sunshine. Unless you have extremely fair or sensitive skin, you can normally build up to 20 minutes or so of sun exposure without needing to use sunscreen. If you do have fair, freckled or sun-sensitive skin, it's better to enjoy sunshine in the early morning (before 10am) or late afternoon (after 2pm). Sitting in the shade will also help, and you will still get a bit of indirect sunshine.

If you are going to be out in the sun longer than 20 minutes, or if you burn or freckly easily, then I recommend using a carefully chosen natural sunscreen. The best sunscreens have no parabens, oxybenzone, or pthalates. Mineral based sunscreens that use zinc or titanium oxide are safe and natural, but these may leave a bit of a white sheen. Do a little research on what's safe and brands to avoid by googling "Environmental Working Group" and "sunscreen." Then do your best to bring a little more sunshine into your life!

Olive Branch Wellness Center 630-370-7290


The Monthly "Vita - Mini"


Vitamin B15, or Pangamic Acid, is a very controversial vitamin that is used to treat many medical conditions outside the USA – mainly in Europe and the Soviet Union. Because of FDA concerns, Pangamic Acid is not easily accessible here. It is also controversial in that it has not proven to be vitamin, since there is little evidence that it is essential to the body, nor are there any noted deficiency symptoms.

So, what's up with mysterious B15? In the Soviet Union, it is used to treat alcoholism, drug addiction, senility, autism, schizophrenia, heart disease and diabetes. Their research also shows that B15 reduces the buildup of lactic acid in athletes, so they've used it to increase athletic endurance. In Europe, B15 is used to treat premature aging because of its antioxidant effect.

Pangamic acid helps form certain amino acids such as methionine and plays a role in cell respiration. It is an antioxidant that stimulates the endocrine and nervous systems, as well stimulating the liver's detoxification activity.

Pangamic acid is found in pumpkin and sunflower seeds, brewer's yeast, beef blood, and brown rice. Since it is illegal to distribute B15 in the United States, there is no recommended daily allowance for this nutrient. There are also no known toxic effects, outside of mild nausea, for high dosages.

Jeana's Cucina






Tomato Avocado Burger


    4 large tomatoes

    1 lb  grass fed organic ground beef

    tsp ground black pepper

      tsp  sea salt

    1/2  tsp chili powder

    1/2 tsp paprika

    tsp ground cumin

    1 handful alfalfa sprouts

    1 ripe avocado

    2 tbs Greek yogurt

    1 tbs mayo

    2 tsp fresh lime juice


    Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out the seeds and seeds membrane.
    Place half of the avocado in a bowl and mash with a fork until almost smooth. Add yogurt, mayo, lime juice and cumin and stir to combine. Dice remaining half of the avocado and add it alongside teaspoon salt. Stir gently to combine. Set aside.

    In a bowl season ground beef with teaspoon of salt, black pepper, paprika, and chili powder and mix well.
    Divide into equal 4 portions and gently shape each portion into -inch thick patty.

    Preheat grill (or grill pan) to medium-high heat. Grill patties  on each side  until desired degree of doneness.

    Lightly grease with olive oil a medium non-stick pan/skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Cook halved tomatoes face down for 2 to 3 minutes, until they begin to brown. Flip and cook for 20 seconds on the other side so that they get a bit of color.

    To assemble burgers, place a large pinch of sprouts on the bottom part of each tomato, top with a beef patty, about 2 tablespoons of guacamole sauce and finish with the other half of each tomato.


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