North Shore Times : November 16th 2010
15 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 Health Report Help us help others through Operation Heal Sir Peter Leitch By SIR PETER LEITCH, CHAIRMAN, MAD BUTCHER SUBURBAN NEWSPAPERS COMMUNITY TRUST. You might have read a story in this paper about a chap by the name of Eric Molving. Eric was racing his turbo- charged speedway saloon down Whangarei Speedway s dirt track in 2008 when he got tapped by another racer and veered into a bank. His car somersaulted and landed on its side. The petrol cap came off and fuel poured out all over Eric. The hot exhaust ignited the fuel. Soaked in petrol, Eric says he was turned into a human wick . It took 26 seconds to control the fire and during that time Eric received burns to most of his body. They were surprised I was still alive, he says. I staggered out of the car and they began to pour water on me. I remember thinking how good the water felt on my hot body but I didn t feel pain. Then there s a young lad called Jimi Harper, who s 15. When Jimi was eight, he was electrocuted by an 11,000 volt line while playing with friends near a power pole. The freak accident com- pletely destroyed his left arm, blew out his right knee and burnt the skin off the front of his chest and stomach. He s had 46 operations in seven years and still needs more to rebuild his abdominal wall. Dad Neil has given up work to help home school Jimi, who has to be careful going out- side in case someone bumps into him. He can t go swim- ming in case his intestines burst through the skin that covers his stomach. Eric and Jimi wouldn t be alive today -- and nor would countless others -- if it weren t for the National Burns Centre. Through Operation Heal The Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust plans to raise the money needed to make sure Eric, Jimi and others like them continue to get the medical help and support they need. The trust will donate proceeds from its upcoming Christmas charity function to the cause and is also calling on readers to dig deep and make donations. My beautiful wife, Janice, and I will introduce the Christmas charity function, on Friday, December 3, with a $10,000 donation to the Centre. There will also be a silent auction and a live auc- tion to raise money. Prime Minister John Key will be interviewed on stage by broadcasting icon Paul Holmes while radio and tele- vision personality Kerre Woodham will MC the even- ing. The evening promises to be a glittering gala occasion with a very special guest speaker, superb food and entertainment in the com- pany of leading corporate personalities and show busi- ness celebrities. It s at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau from 7.30pm on Friday, December 3 with proceeds going to the National Burn Centre. Tickets are $1850 + gst for a table of 10 and this event will sell fast. To secure your table please book now by phoning Shandall on 09 531-5910 or email shandall- @madbutcher.co.nz Donations to Operation Heal can be made to Oper- ation Heal, Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Com- munity Trust, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. In the meantime, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and sum- mer. This Health Report is dedicated to providing tips and hints for having a safe summer. So have a good one! This Health Report is backed by the Mad Butcher Suburban Newspapers Com- munity Trust which formed 14 years ago to contribute to the community. In that time, we ve raised money for health and other causes ranging from cancer research to Plunket. Our thanks to all our advertisers for making this possible and our thanks to you for reading this Health Report. We hope you find it informative and if you need to, you act on the information provided. Summer sun safety The baking hot summer weather may still be a few weeks away but don t be com- placent about protecting yourself from the sun! The Cancer Society of New Zealand says Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) from the sun, which causes sunburn, is not related to heat or high temperatures. You can still get sunburned on a cool or cloudy day. Spring is a time when many New Zealanders can unwittingly get sunburnt as UVR levels are rising rapidly but temperatures can still be cool even on sunny days. This makes New Zealand a challenging environment for sun protection because even on cool or cloudy days, the UVR levels can be strong enough to damage skin. UVR increases significantly across much of the country in spring. The Cancer Society advises that between September and March, you should: Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible, hats that protect the face, ears and neck and wrap around sunglasses. Use SPF 30+ water resist- ant sunscreen, and reapply every two hours especially after swimming or being in water. Seek shade. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in this country and New Zealand has one of the highest rates of it in the world. There are nearly 50,000 new skin cancers a year, including 1800 new cases of melanoma. About 300 people die of skin cancer a year, most from melanoma. You are most likely to be burnt on your face, neck, shoulder, and lower arm. The face and neck are the most common places for skin cancers particularly squamous cell carcinoma -- a raised, crusty, non-healing sore, or basal cell carcinoma -- a pale, red or pearly raised lump. New Zealanders are par- ticularly at risk of skin cancer because of our clear skies and our outdoor lifestyle. As well as individuals taking responsibility for pro- tecting themselves from the sun, the Cancer Society urges those planning outdoor events and activities to be SunSmart. You can do this by: Scheduling events to mini- mise time in the high UV danger period between 11am -- 4pm. Offering sun protection for participants, spectators and staff by providing effective shade. For example, use marquees, tents and umbrellas, allocate shaded areas, encourage people to bring portable shade structures, like beach umbrellas, and encourage people to bring their own sunscreen and provide or sell sunscreen to staff, participants and spectators. Promote the SunSmart message in your literature/ publicity. Use the public address sys- tem to remind people to be SunSmart. Officials and participants should be encouraged to wear hats with wide brims (at least 7.5 cm) or bucket style hats (deep crown and at least 6 cm brim). Caps or visors do not shade the face and neck adequately and are not rec- ommended. Shirts with long sleeves and collars should be worn as should long-legged shorts or trousers. Adequate surgical treat- ment is essential and, as with other cancers, early detection can prevent the spread of skin cancer. Any skin abnormality should be checked particu- larly if one of the following occurs: A: It s asymmetrical B: It bleeds. C: It changes colour. D: It grows in diameter. E: It s on an area of your body that has been exposed to the sun. Do you have an asthma and allergyaction plan? How many people do you know who suffer from asthma or allergies? Probably quite a handful. In fact, over the past two decades, cases of asthma have tripled and one in three people suffer from allergies at some point in their life. Combined, asthma and allergies affect a huge number of New Zealanders. Common to both asthma and allergies are airborne triggers -- causes of allergic reactions and asthma attacks. One of the best things you can do to manage asthma and allergies is to understand more about specific airborne triggers and how to avoid or minimise them. Some of the common airborne triggers for asthma and allergies include dust mites; pollen; mould spores; dog and cat (pet dander) and cigarette smoke. It is nearly impossible to avoid all airborne triggers all of the time, but by examining which specific triggers you are sensitive to, you will be better able to con- trol the effect of your environment on your health. If you have difficulty determining which triggers affect you specifically, your doctor can help with a skin prick test. You may also have one or many triggers with varying degrees of reaction. Asthma and allergies affect different people differently, but as a guide, here are a few steps to help protect your health: Identify and understand your specific triggers: Whether it is dust mites, cat and dog allergens or other airborne allergens, start your action plan by determining what they are. Manage your triggers: Once you know which triggers set you off, work out how to safeguard your home environment from them -- for example install an air purifi- cation system. It is impossible to avoid all airborne triggers all of the time, but you ll certainly reap the benefits of protecting your home environment from them. Read up: Understand as much as you can about asthma or allergies the knowledge will help you reduce the effects on your health. For asthma sufferers, monitor your asthma in consultation with your doctor or nurse. Determine the best medication for your needs: There are a plethora of pharmaceut- ical options for allergies and asthma. Take the time to carefully consider which one is working for you and how it is best admin- istered. Wherever we go, we encounter airborne triggers, be it pet dander, pollen, dust mites, mould spores or cigarette smoke. The one place we can control the amount of triggers floating around in the air is home. Cleanaer is a revolutionary technology which suppresses airborne triggers and bacteria, as well as killing 99.99 percent of the virus H1N1. Safe, silent, compact (only 21cm tall) and energy efficient, Cleanaer releases millions of liquid-ions every two minutes, 24 hours a day. Too small to see, but highly effective, the liquid-ions continuously search for airborne triggers and render them inactive. Cleanaer helps you breathe easy. Affordable and effective, contact Airborne Industries for more information about Cleanaer on 09 415-9985.
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