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Savings / Safety Tips for July 2018 from All Safety Products, Inc.

Working in Summer Heat Requires Pacing

When the day is hot, it's time to take precautions at work. Though heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, heat led to 37 work-related deaths and 2,830 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Muggy or humid conditions add to discomfort. Excessively hot and dry conditions can create a more dangerous situation.

The CDC recommends:

Drink plenty of fluids regardless of your activity level. During heavy work in a hot environment or strenuous activity of any kind, drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour.

Don't drink alcohol, beverages with a high sugar content or very cold drinks.

Replace salt and minerals lost through sweating by drinking a sports beverage. Discuss beverages with your doctor if you are on a low-salt diet.

Wear appropriate clothing. At home, wear as little as possible. When going out, choose light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.

Wear shoes with soles sufficiently thick and insulating so burning hot pavement does not harm feet.

Use sunscreen. Sunburn affects the body's ability to cool itself. It causes a loss of body fluids, skin damage and pain. Apply a product rated SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going out.

Pace yourself. When working or playing sports in a hot environment, begin slowly  and pick up the pace gradually. If your heart begins to pound and you begin gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Move to a cool area or at least into shade to rest, especially if you feel lightheaded or weak.

Watch each other. When working in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and have them do the same for you. Be wary of confusion.

Stay cool indoors. If you don't have air conditioning, go to a place that does.

Even a few hours in air conditioning can help you stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

Don't depend on a fan to cool yourself. When the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Cool showers help.

Pain: Balancing Health Risks With Suffering

Athletes suffering from chronic back pain or recovering from surgery often take ibuprofen to help them perform, but some experts think this might be a poor strategy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Pain is a collective experience in sports such as golf that require repetitive back movement and place a lot of stress on the spine itself during powerful swings.   Some back surgeons and pain experts recommend the practice of taking these nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) all day if needed.

But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in 2015, warned about potential health concerns. Heart attack, stroke, kidney, and gastrointestinal issues have all been commonly reported when using this kind of medication which includes ibuprofen and aspirin, among others.

Other research, conducted at Appalachian State University, found that NSAIDs were not able to produce any noticeable pain relief for athletes running ultramarathons, suggesting that there may not be a performance increase worth the risks.

In cyclists, bananas were able to produce pain relief similar to ibuprofen through their natural metabolites, with the added benefit of providing energy and nutrients.
At least one high-profile athlete, Tiger Woods, feels the risk is worth it. He is currently following his surgeon's advice to take the drugs throughout his play on the course.

After four back surgeries, his physical condition is a liability to his career. For him, the drugs are safer than opioids, and the potential health risks pale in comparison to having his golf career shortened by back pain.

Delicious Recipe: Texas Tulip Dip

July is National Horseradish Month

The bitter herb that confers high taste, low fat.   Comic book character Dagwood Bumstead loved it on his huge sandwiches. It's the bitter herb of seder tables at Passover. And, it was considered an aphrodisiac in the ancient world.

Horseradish (or "sting nose" as it was known in early America) is a root vegetable, largely planted and harvested by hand, that has played a part in human cuisine since early people hunted and gathered it. Known for its nip and heat, horseradish root is generally grated and mixed with vinegar to make a spicy sauce for sandwiches, beef and seafood; especially cocktail sauce for dipping shrimp.     
A member of the mustard family of veggies, the nip of horseradish comes from a compound called isothiocyanate that emits a bite when it hits air and saliva. There is no aroma or bite when horseradish is harvested and grated, but when the  root is crushed, the spicy compound is released.  Vinegar is added to the crushed root to stop the oxidization and stabilize the flavor. Even the leaves of the horseradish are edible, although they are rarely prepared as a dish.

According to the Horseradish Information Council, about 6 million gallons of prepared horseradish are produced annually in the U.S., seasoning enough for sandwiches that would wrap 12 times around the globe.     

For a zesty change of pace, try prepared horseradish on grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and cheeseburgers. Add a dash to deviled eggs.  But its main use is in sauces.

Here's a recipe from that will spice up French fries, onion rings and any sandwich.

Texas Tulip Dip


1 cup mayonnaise
6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4  cup  ketchup
Juice of 2 limes
1 to 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder


Mix mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, lime juice, prepared horseradish,  black pepper, dry mustard and garlic powder in a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Pour into a small container and cover.

Allow flavors to meld for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.

Serve with French fries, onion rings or sandwiches.

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