2 Holiday Health Hacks to Digest Better, Bloat Less, & Stress Less This Holiday Season

Ohh, the holidays. This year is going to look a lot different than it ever has before. I find myself reminiscing on past holidays. Honestly, for me, the holiday season used to be like one of those Instagram vs. Reality moments… 

I’d expect Thanksgiving to be relaxing: I’d think of a perfectly juicy seasoned turkey with tangy cranberry sauce. Granny’s legendary stuffing. Of course, a variety of scrumptious pies… I’d imagine myself effortlessly prepping for the big day – like that scene in Snow White where she dances around her kitchen with the help of all the cute forest animals.

But in reality, I’d become a bucket of stress. Running from here to there, like a turkey with its head off, simply trying to get the Thanksgiving turkey on the table! And that delicious, mouth watering dinner I dreamed of… It would taste amazing going down, but 20 minutes later it had me bloating out like I was 6 months pregnant… Only to end up passing out on Granny’s couch in a food-coma… And having toilet troubles for the next week…

Does this sound familiar?

Squash Holiday Stress

The holiday season can be stressful. It’s usually a busy time filled with lots of events, decorating, cooking, cleaning, shopping… the list goes on. This year will be different, and it will be stressful for different reasons. 

For those of us with digestive issues, this stress, mixed in with potentially eating foods that we aren’t used to, can lead to uncomfortable bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Feeling crappy only leads to more stress, further aggravating these symptoms. It’s a vicious cycle. 

As a naturopathic doctor who has struggled with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for the greater part of my life, I’ve learned how to breeze through the holidays, stress-free, with only the occasional flare-up if I overindulge. 

Here I’m going to divulge two simple, fool-proof holiday health hacks I’ve cultivated to support the body through the Thanksgiving season.

Holiday Health Hack #1: The Castor Oil Pack

The Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack Compress

For me, and all of my patients, castor oil packs are non-negotiable. In fact, a daily castor oil pack practice is the very first thing that I get all of my patients to do. Why?

First and foremost, castor oil packs help to keep our stress response balanced. The soft compression of the organic pack against the skin helps to move our body from the stressed-out state into the relaxed state1. It also promotes hormones that make us feel good, like oxytocin2 (A.K.A. the love hormone) and dopamine3.

They help regulate bowel movements by improving smooth muscle tone of the digestive tract4, and they’ve been shown to alleviate constipation just as well as laxatives – but without negative side effects5

Castor oil packs help you beat the bloat when worn over the liver/tummy, by reducing inflammation6 in your core. They also improve the balance of the bugs in your gut (A.K.A. your microbiome) by breaking down biofilm7 8 9, leading to better absorption of nutrients and less gas! 

Plus they help us detox by providing antioxidants like nitric oxide10, glutathione11, vitamin E and omegas12. Castor oil packs are especially helpful to wear overnight if you have a few alcoholic drinks… hasta la vista hangover!

In a nutshell, castor oil packs support the foundations of our health and healing – helping us poop better, sleep better, digest better, cleanse better, bloat less and stress less. This why they’re my #1 Holiday Health Hack.

The Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack Bundle

The Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack takes less than 2 minutes to prepare and ties onto your body, so you can wear it while you do all of your holiday prep work – cooking, cleaning, facetiming your family, you name it. Even better, you can wear it to bed and let it work it’s magic while you dream. My patients say it helps them sleep like a baby!

Do your castor oil pack every day for at least 1 hour to get the most benefit. As with anything, consistency is key!

CLICK HERE to get your own castor oil pack today.

The Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack placed on the liver.

Holiday Health Hack #2: Avoid Your Food Sensitivities

Food, food – glorious, delectable, irresistible food! A focal point of the holiday season and something that we all look forward to. But if you have digestive issues, it can often be a source of anxiety. 

I remember thinking to myself before holiday dinners, “Will there be food options that don’t upset my tummy?”, “Will there be a bathroom close by if I have an emergency?”, “Is this dress too tight for my inevitable post-dinner food baby?”

How do you know if you have food sensitivities? Well, it’s simple… Each of us has unique sensitivities to certain foods, sometimes even healthy ones! (For me it was broccoli, kale, almonds, and rice!) Reactions to eating a food sensitivity can be difficult to pin down, because they can take up to 72 hours to manifest and symptoms can appear anywhere in the body.

Foggy brain, weight gain, fatigue, the confusion of “is this really caused by my thyroid?”. The shame of feeling like you always need to cover up because of your skin irritations. The pressure on your chest & sleepless nights; your mind rapidly flipping between “Am I feeling this way because of something I ate or do I have an undiagnosed disease!?”

All of these symptoms can easily be triggered by food sensitivities. But where do we draw the line between symptoms of disease & symptoms of food sensitivities? Right here! If you don’t know what your personal food sensitivities are, you can use the 5 natural at-home techniques for revealing your food sensitivities that I share in the Food Empowerment Kit

The best thing to do is avoid your food sensitivities. When I attend holiday dinners I always make sure to bring some holiday dishes of my own that are free from my food sensitivities, that way I know I’ll have some healthy choices that don’t upset my tummy.  

To be proactive, don’t forget to wear your castor oil pack daily. With regular use, castor oil packs help your body to become more resilient – so if you do eat something that doesn’t agree with you – they will help you bounce back better and more quickly! In acute situations of indigestion and bloating, they feel like a great big hug for your belly and immediately help you to relax.

This year, we won’t have the luxury of large holiday gatherings with friends and family. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do something special!! Find out what your food sensitivities are (learn how with the Food Empowerment Kit) then throw on your castor oil pack and whip up some delicious holiday dishes.

Don’t Forget The Love!

These Holiday Health Hacks will help you waltz through the holidays with less stress. And always remember, at the heart of the holiday season is love. It is a time to gather together with the people we care about (whether it be physically or virtually), creating meaningful memories and showing our gratitude toward one another.

Try to infuse love into everything you do this holiday season, it’s the best gift you can give to yourself and those around you! Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!


References

1 Löken LS, Wessberg J, Morrison I, McGlone F, Olausson H. Coding of pleasant touch by unmyelinated afferents in humans. Nat Neurosci. 2009 May;12(5):547-8. Epub 2009 Apr 12. PMID: 19363489
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19363489

2 Walker SC1, Trotter PD2, Swaney WT2, Marshall A3, Mcglone FP4. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides. 2017 Aug;64:27-38. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 19. PMID: 28162847 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28162847

3  Rolls ET et all. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17. PMID: 12571120
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12571120

4 Sorin Tunaru,a Till F. Althoff,a Rolf M. Nüsing,b Martin Diener,c and Stefan Offermannsa,d,1 Castor oil induces laxation and uterus contraction via ricinoleic acid activating prostaglandin EP3 receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5; 109(23): 9179–9184. Published online 2012 May 21. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201627109 PMID: 22615395
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22615395

5 Arslan GG, Eşer I. An examination of the effect of castor oil packs on constipation in the elderly. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Feb;17(1):58-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.04.004. Epub 2010 May 18. PMID: 21168117
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21168117

6 Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8 PMID: 11200362 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11200362

7 Andrade IM1, Andrade KM2, Pisani MX1, Silva-Lovato CH1, de Souza RF1, Paranhos Hde F1.Trial of an experimental castor oil solution for cleaning dentures. Braz Dent J. 2014 Jan-Feb;25(1):43-7.PMID: 24789291
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24789291

8 Badaró MM, Salles MM, Leite VMF, Arruda CNF, Oliveira VC, Nascimento CD, Souza RF, Paranhos HFO, Silva-Lovato CH. Clinical trial for evaluation of Ricinus communis and sodium hypochlorite as denture cleanser.J Appl Oral Sci. 2017 May-Jun; 25(3):324-334. PMID: 28678952
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28678952

9 Salles MM, Badaró MM, Arruda CN, Leite VM, Silva CH, Watanabe E, Oliveira Vde C, Paranhos Hde F. Antimicrobial activity of complete denture cleanser solutions based on sodium hypochlorite and Ricinus communis – a randomized clinical study.J Appl Oral Sci. 2015 Nov-Dec; 23(6):637-42. PMID: 26814466
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26814466

10 Mascolo N1, Izzo AA, Autore G, Barbato F, Capasso F.Nitric oxide and castor oil-induced diarrhea.J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1994 Jan;268(1):291-5. PMID: 8301570
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8301570

11 Holm T, Brøgger-Jensen MR, Johnson L, Kessel L.Glutathione preservation during storage of rat lenses in optisol-GS and castor oil. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 19;8(11):e79620. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079620. eCollection 2013. PMID: 24260265
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24260265

12 Marwat SK, Rehman F, Khan EA, Baloch MS, Sadiq M, Ullah I, Javaria S, Shaheen S. Review – Ricinus cmmunis – Ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activities.Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep;30(5):1815-1827. PMID: 29084706
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29084706

Why Am I Always Bloated? | Tips to Wake Up With a Flat Tummy

When you’ve spent the majority of your life struggling to achieve the infamous flat belly, it’s like the golden goose — just slightly out of your reach. You achieve it and feel so proud, so rewarded, only to crash, crumbling down. It works great for a week and then ‘poof’, it’s gone, and you’re back to square one. All because you cheated just a little bit on your diet.

It’s so hard to be “perfect” all the time. You try, and you do your best, and I want to honour that here!!! You are working hard, good for you.

But maybe, just maybe — it’s not enough to only avoid certain foods. After all, you know you can’t avoid indulging on more than one occasion. Let’s face it — you’re human and you’re not perfect, and that is absolutely OK!

So how can we indulge and not go back to square one? Instead of feeling like a beluga whale, we want to feel bodacious and like our best selves!

Here you will learn why the bloat happens, the main factors causing problems and the easy nightly routine that you can do to help alleviate the problem.

Why Do I Get Bloated?

There are many causes of bloated bellies. When you feel and look 7 months pregnant and well, you’re not… it’s a really important sign that things in your body aren’t working as they should. There is something terribly wrong with the environment in your body.

Here are the most common reasons why you’re dealing with bloating.

  • Food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances (most commonly, dairy and wheat) 
  • High sugar diet
  • Excessive processed foods 
  • Lack of exercise and natural movement  
  • Constipation (lack of daily bowel movement)
  • Low digestive factors
  • Unhealthy gut microbiome 
  • Insomnia, or problems sleeping

Let’s look at this interactive day-in-the-life example so you can see what I mean.

Living with Daily Bloating

Here’s what happens. You wake up in the morning with a relatively flat stomach. For breakfast, you eat a bagel and cream cheese. Seems innocent enough, right? As it goes down your digestive tract, because you are sensitive to it (gluten and dairy as it has been shown that the majority of people are), it causes inflammation and irritation. You may or may not feel symptoms directly associated to the food, but things are brewing down under!

What’s brewing is the unhealthy bacteria and yeast that look for any opportunity to advance their position and the best one to them is an irritated, inflamed gut and digestive tract (no matter how it got that way). They easily propagate and build their colonies and biofilm, which is a protective barrier that keeps them colonizing your gut.

Then, to make it all go down smoothly, you follow your delicious bagel with a cup of coffee, that you added 3 tsp of sugar and milk to (which is also sugar), or you opted for a healthier version: a glass of orange juice (BTW that is equivalent to 8 tsp of sugar).

Here you add flame to the already burning iridescent fire. Sugar FEEDS yeast overgrowth; this well known in natural circles as Candida. Your microbiome, as it’s called, is up to no good, and causing you bloating because of it. Coffee also promotes the stress response, so when paired with sugar, it creates one unhappy couple.

A solution? Switch to green tea! Green tea heals the gut lining, improves the microbiome and stimulates you like a coffee, but relaxes you at the same time, negating the cortisol spike that may occur2. We have 100% organic loose leaf Estate Green Tea now available on the Queen of the Thrones™ CANADIAN online shop here.

Bacteria and yeast aren’t all in all bad, but those that are bad create nauseating gases and ferment in your body. These nauseating gases not only make you smell bad but they also slow down how quickly you go to the bathroom. This means you’re more likely to be constipated when this happens.

Plus you feel foggy-brained and fatigued. It’s almost like you are creating your own alcohol in your digestive tract. I am 100% serious here!

There is of course a serious complication with all the other factors causing bloating. Add complication to an already complicated matter with the next aspect.

Is Bacteria Causing me to Bloat?

The microbiome is often blamed for gas and bloating, specifically in the condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), where one of the main symptoms is bloating due to gas created by overgrowth.

Well, yes and no, and as you can see from the example above. It’s many factors.

The reality is, it’s a big smorgasbord of interplay between related factors that create the ENVIRONMENT in your body for there to be bloating.

Change Your Environment, Change Your Life

How do you then fix the environment or the foundation of your body, without having to take a bazillion supplements and see a bunch of practitioners to get things in control?

A great first step is to have your food sensitivities tested. Food sensitivity testing allows you to see the whole picture and YOUR personal reaction to foods.  In naturopathic college, I was personally unwell and struggled with food for a long time.

Well, it turns out that the foods that everyone recommended were actually the ones that I had a sensitivity to and should have avoided! To read more about how food testing was my saving grace, head over to my blog on “How Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerance are messing with your IBS”

If you’re interested in more information on food sensitivity testing, here is a link to lab testing it in the US.

Our next Pearls of Practice ‘5 At Home DIY Alternatives to Test Your Food Sensitivities Naturally’ is on Wednesday September 16th at 8pm EST – sign up here to find out how you can learn easy methods to test your food sensitivities from home!

How do I Stop Bloating!?

Calm your Bloat with Castor Oil Packs

The keys to this legendary treatment that has been around since the beginning of human civilization is that it works because it supports the fundamentals of health.

It has been shown to improve bloat because it improves these 5 key things:

  1. Function of digestion, absorption and elimination
  2. Antioxidant status 
  3. Inflammation regulation 
  4. Tension and stress reduction 
  5. Host microbiome balance

What this means for you is better digestion, a good night’s sleep, better tolerance of stress, improved bowel movements, and increased absorption of good fats that help you heal and help you with cleansing and hormonal balance.

You will still need to be conscious of your diet, but regular practice of the castor oil packs allow for indulgence that won’t do you in. This is the awesome part about resetting the foundation and not just focusing on the symptoms!

This pack is typically placed on the liver underneath the right rib cage. It’s worn for a minimum of one hour, or ideally overnight. Why? Because you don’t tend to your garden only once in a while, you make sure it is watered, has good nutrients and that you keep the soil healthy and hospitable.

What also keeps the garden happy? The natural day and night cycle.

Optimize your Sleep Cycle with the Beauty Sleep Eye Kit

The best way to optimize your sleep cycle is naturally, with The Beauty Sleep Kit™. It’s a castor oil pack for the eyes.

These packs help to block out light, but also help with improving your melatonin. The best benefit is that they also help with growing your lashes and eyebrows as well as reducing the fine lines around your eyes.

It’s a win-win! As part of your bedtime routine, before putting your eye mask on, apply the castor oil with the cosmetic brush on your eyebrows and eyelashes.

So there you have it, a better understanding of a few things that cause the dreaded bloat, but most importantly, what you can do about it now, so you don’t always have to be living on pins and needles when you indulge. You get deeper foundational healing and support of your fundamental function and the ability be disciplined with a bit of indulgence.


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Quick Fix for Better Sleep and Tired Eyes | Nightly Castor Oil Beauty Routine

You know the saying, “there’s plenty of time to sleep when I’m dead”? I used to use this as an excuse to justify my erratic sleeping habits. When I was in naturopathic college I would stay up all hours of the night studying, or working late hours as a waitress to pay the bills. Coffee was literally my lifeline – if I couldn’t have it, I couldn’t make it through the day. Period. Does this sound familiar? 

I would be foggy and groggy in the mornings, trudging around like a zombie until I had my cup of Joe. Then in the evenings, it seemed as soon as the sun went down I had a miraculous bout of energy that wouldn’t allow me to fall asleep. So I’d toss and turn, becoming tangled up in my sheets worse than an old telephone cord! I came to dread those long, desperate hours, feeling so exhausted but unable to drift off into Dreamland.

That’s when I learned about the simplest of sleep practices that totally changed the game for me. Gracias a Dios!

Eye Masks for Better Sleep

I learned that wearing an eye mask to bed helps us get a deeper, more restful sleep. The eye mask blocks out all light and promotes melatonin production1 in the body; our sleep regulating hormone! 

The soft compression of the eye mask over the face also supports hormones that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy and relaxed, like oxytocin2 and dopamine3

I was absolutely blown away by how much this simple practice helped me sleep. 

Castor Oil for Beauty Sleep 

Around this time was when I began falling in love with castor oil and castor oil packs. Through research, I quickly learned that castor oil was a beauty staple in Egyptian and Greek cultures, and that Cleopatra herself used it to enhance her eyes. I found that castor oil was commonly used as a treatment to help  eyelashes and eyebrows grow, and found it in the ingredient list of dozens of lash growth serums.

This makes total sense! Castor oil improves circulation to where it is applied via nitric oxide stimulation4, so when applied to the lashes and brows it ensures that the hair follicle is getting a good blood supply. Castor oil is also anti-inflammatory5 and provides nourishment for the skin and hair follicle like vitamin E, polyphenols and omegas6. It’s antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant.

These properties also make it the perfect anti-wrinkle eye cream. The oil is exceptionally emollient and nourishing for the delicate skin around the eyes and can help with dark circles, puffiness, redness and fine lines.

Watch this video below of my friend Kitty Martone and I talking about our Nightly Castor Oil Routine, including how to do a castor oil face wash!

Is Castor Oil Safe Near the Eyes?

There is a wealth of research supporting the use of castor oil in the eye as a treatment for dry eyes7 8 9  and prevention of cataracts10. In a study done on rat lenses, castor oil was shown to preserve levels of glutathione exceptionally well11 (glutathione is one of our most powerful antioxidants!).

So castor oil is 100% safe and even beneficial to use in/around the eyes. This made me adore it even more because we have to be so careful with the products we use around our eyes – always read ingredients carefully!

Pair It With Your Castor Oil Pack

The most important part of my nightly castor oil sleep routine is putting on my castor oil pack. It immediately relaxes the nervous system1213, getting it ready for a deep night’s sleep.

Quality of Castor Oil

I just want to quickly note that not all castor oil is created equally. You want to use the best quality, especially when using it near the eyes. Castor oil should be certified organic, cold-pressed, 100% pure, hexane-free, extra virgin and ALWAYS packaged in a glass bottle. If you have castor oil in a plastic bottle, throw it away! Castor oil can absorb toxins and there are many compounds in plastic such as nonylphenol14 and benzophenones15 that can mess with our hormones, immune and nervous systems.

Sweet Dreams, Sleeping Beauty!

So this became my bedtime routine. I dab a little bit of castor oil in the palm of my hand and apply it to my lashes and brows with an applicator brush. Then I dab the excess oil around my eyes, put on my organic cotton eye mask and crawl into bed, easily drifting and dancing off into Dreamland.

I’ve never slept better in my life, and I’m always being complimented on my bright, beautiful eyes!

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References

1  Rong-fang HuXiao-ying JiangYi-ming ZengXiao-yang ChenYou-hua Zhang. Effects of earplugs and eye masks on nocturnal sleep, melatonin and cortisol in a simulated intensive care unit environment. Published online 2010 Apr 18. doi: 10.1186/cc8965

2   Walker SC1, Trotter PD2, Swaney WT2, Marshall A3, Mcglone FP4. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides. 2017 Aug;64:27-38. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 19.

3   Rolls ET et all. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17.

4    Mascolo N1, Izzo AAAutore GBarbato FCapasso F.Nitric oxide and castor oil-induced diarrhea.J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1994 Jan;268(1):291-5.

5   Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8

6  Marwat SK, Rehman F, Khan EA, Baloch MS, Sadiq M, Ullah I, Javaria S, Shaheen S. Review – Ricinus cmmunis – Ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activities.Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep;30(5):1815-1827.

7  Goto E1, Shimazaki JMonden YTakano YYagi YShimmura STsubota K. Low-concentration homogenized castor oil eye drops for noninflamed obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction. Ophthalmology. 2002 Nov;109(11):2030-5.

8  Maïssa C1, Guillon MSimmons PVehige J. Effect of castor oil emulsion eyedrops on tear film composition and stability. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2010 Apr;33(2):76-82. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2009.10.005. Epub 2009 Dec 6.

9  Jean-Sébastien Garrigue, 1 Mourad Amrane,1 Marie-Odile Faure,2 Juha M. Holopainen,3,† and Louis Tong4 Relevance of Lipid-Based Products in the Management of Dry Eye Disease J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2017 Nov 1; 33(9): 647–661. Published online 2017 Nov 1. doi: 10.1089/jop.2017.0052 PMCID: PMC5655476 PMID: 28956698

10  Mary Fu, BA, MA Jennifer Brusewitz, ND Castor Oil & Age-Related Cataract – A Case for the Therapeutic Order NDNR Posted May 1, 2018 in Anti-Aging

11   Holm TBrøgger-Jensen MRJohnson LKessel L.Glutathione preservation during storage of rat lenses in optisol-GS and castor oil. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 19;8(11):e79620. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079620. eCollection 2013.

12   Walker SC1, Trotter PD2, Swaney WT2, Marshall A3, Mcglone FP4. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides. 2017 Aug;64:27-38. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 19.

13   Rolls ET et all. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17.

14   Kim H1, Oh S1, Gye MC1, Shin I1,2. Comparative toxicological evaluation of nonylphenol and nonylphenol polyethoxylates using human keratinocytes. Drug Chem Toxicol. 2018 Oct;41(4):486-491. doi: 10.1080/01480545.2017.1391829. Epub 2017 Nov 10

15   Amar SK1, Goyal S2, Srivastav AK3, Chopra D3, Ray RS2. Combined effect of Benzophenone-2 and ultraviolet radiation promote photogenotoxicity and photocytotoxicity in human keratinocytes.Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2018 Jun;95:298-306. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2018.04.003. Epub 2018 Apr 4.