Women and the Environment: A Brief History of Involvement

Mar 31, 16 Women and the Environment: A Brief History of Involvement

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We all know how important environmentalism is in today’s world.  But did you know that it took a woman from England to inspire action to do something about New York’s pollution back in the mid-1950s? In 1956, Hazel Henderson, the well-known futurist, immigrated to New York. Soon after her arrival in the US, she began a letter-writing campaign to clean up New York’s air. Reminded of London’s smog crisis of 1952, in which 4,000 people died, Henderson wrote letters to New York Mayor Robert Wagner describing the thick smog she observed from her apartment window. Wagner, in denial, retorted that what she saw was merely normal ‘mist’ rolling in from the sea. Henderson was not deterred, however, and proceeded to write letters to the presidents of major American broadcasting networks and sent copies to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. These letters urged them to broadcast the index of air pollution each day along with the daily weather report. Her efforts were successful five weeks later when WABC-TV in New York City began to report on the air pollution index, with CBS and NBC soon following suit. Soon after, Henderson and two friends created Citizens for Clean Air, an organization to warn residents about the health hazards of air pollution. Membership grew quickly with about three-quarters of the 25,000 members being women. Since then women have been especially active in this important arena of public health and welfare. From such notable women as Sheryl Corrigan, former Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to Gina McCarthy, the current administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, women have certainly made their mark in this important area of public...

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Dry Harbor Rehab Upgrading Cardio-Pulmonary Program

Feb 04, 16 Dry Harbor Rehab Upgrading Cardio-Pulmonary Program

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Conveniently located in Middle Village, New York, Dry Harbor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center is a state-of-the-art facility which has been delivering excellent nursing care for more than 30 years. Today Dry Harbor is upgrading their Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, a program which includes a team of full-time specialists in their fields. Under the leadership of its Medical Director, Vincent Rappa, MD, the cardio-pulmonary department has succeeded in lowering the re-admission rate of the patients under the care of department. The three major divisions of the facility offer care on long-term and short-term basis. The departments, Rehab, Nursing and Nutrition, work together to insure that residents get the best possible care. The seven-day program includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Dry Harbor’s pulmonary and cardiac patients also receive cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, vestibular exercises, and oxygen saturation monitoring. Patients in the care of the staff at Dry Harbor receive other amenities which make their stay pleasant and enjoyable. Among those services, which are offered at no extra charge, are flowers upon admission, a complimentary set of clothes, a bouquet of flowers when being admitted and a 32-inch smart TV with internet. For more information about Dry Harbor Nursing Home visit their Facebook page; and to find third party reviews of the facility, turn to...

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Cannabis Will Grow in Brooklyn?

Jun 07, 15 Cannabis Will Grow in Brooklyn?

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A spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health did not say how many companies are applying for licenses to dispense medical marijuana, but he did say five licenses will be issued. Each license will allow each vendor the rights to establish four dispensaries throughout New York. One company, PalliaTech, signed a lease on a 3,000-square-foot space in downtown Brooklyn. The lease however is contingent on the company winning one of the five coveted licenses. The licensing competition is a result to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the Compassionate Care Act in 2014, legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, unlike in California and other states with liberal medical marijuana regulations, New York State will have the country’s strictest regulations. The fact there will only be 20 dispensaries in a state as large as New York with a population of 20 million people, will make it not as ubiquitous as some might like. In addition, cannabis will not be available at all in plant form, so it cannot be smoked by users. Instead, users will need to ingest a highly refined version of the drug using vaporized oils, gel caps, nebulizers or other ways to achieve its medicinal effects. One other limiting factor is that only 10 illnesses will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. “We believe that New York has set a national standard” said Andrei Bogolubov, the executive vice president of PalliaTech. “It will give doctors a tool so that they can finally unlock the therapeutic potential of cannabis, which is vast for patients in New York, and ultimately that will benefit people who suffer from...

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Organizations that Offer Support with Illness or Aging

Feb 02, 15 Organizations that Offer Support with Illness or Aging

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Navigating one’s way through an illness, or the difficulties of aging can be a daunting process. Luckily there are several organizations that exist to offer a helping hand through the complexities of confronting illness. Brooklyn-based Refuah Resources, headed by Rabbi Shuky Berman with Jack Lefkowitz co-chairing the board, specializes in making referrals, offering support, and acting as an advocate for patients and their families. Utilizing their excellent working relationships with highly regarded physicians and preeminent medical centers all over the world, Refuah Resources can truly make a life changing difference for the people that turn to them. Team Continuum is a unique organization which provides support for those with cancer and their families. There are several ways in which this support is delivered: Their Patient/Family Assistance Program pays the non-medical bills, such as rent, mortgage, car, gas, and more when there is a need. There is a Toys for Kids Program; and a program that helps improve communication between caregivers and patients through Narrative Workshops which use narrative medicine. Team Continuum raises money through having athletes participate in endurance events such as marathons. As the population in the US continues to age, organizations that help seniors will play an increasingly important role supporting the elderly. One such organization is BenefitsCheckUp. A free service of the National Council on Aging, BenefitsCheckUp helps those over 55 years old find the federal and local benefits available which could save them money. There are many more similar organizations helping people get through what can be one of the most difficult challenges life has to...

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Brooklyn Community Garden Found to Contain Deadly Toxins

May 04, 14 Brooklyn Community Garden Found to Contain Deadly Toxins

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Vegetables grown in a Crown Heights garden could be dangerous, even deadly, warns a report from the state Department of Health which is yet to be released. According to information which has come to the knowledge of the New York Post, the Sterling Community Garden was found to have three times more than the acceptable level of lead and as much as six times acceptable levels of arsenic. Despite the fact that food grown on the contaminated soil could be, at best, unhealthy, and at worst, deadly, the DOH did not release its findings until the Post filed a Freedom of Information Act request this past March. “This is insane” said neuropsychologist Theodore Lidsky. Lidsky is a former state researcher. He said that even much smaller amounts of lead than those found in the garden can lead to serious health problems including brain damage, seizures, and even death. Yet the people who grow the vegetables in the garden were not forewarned about the danger. “They didn’t tell us to change the soil” said Catherine Bryant, 70. She has been carefully tending to the garden for the last ten years. Bryant explained that most of the food, which includes collard greens, cabbage, mustard greens, and turnips, is given away for free to anyone who asks. “That’s a good plot to avoid” urged Dr. Paul Mushak, a toxicologist and human risk-assessment expert. “In the case of any cancer-causing agent, you really don’t want any sizable exposure.” The urban farmers, however, have not noticed any problems with the produce. “No one has ever gotten sick that we know of” noted Annie Faulk, 66, who also tends the Sterling Garden... Professional medical aesthetics in Tampa. First consultation FREE!

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Todd Meister the Dietician Weighs In On Tetris Diet

Feb 21, 14 Todd Meister the Dietician Weighs In On Tetris Diet

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A new fascinating article published in the journal Appetite takes a look at how a certain unusual item just might help you lose weight. The item? Tetris. We found this so fascinating that we’ve invited dietician Todd Meister for an exclusive interview to discuss the Tetris diet phenomena. Is it true? Can it be validated? Let’s find out. Gowanus Lounge: Welcome Todd. Thanks for being with us today. Todd Meister: My pleasure. I’m always happy to discuss health issues and to help New York to slim down. GL: Ok, so let’s get right to the meat of it. Can you tell us the basis of what the health study had to say? Meister: First of all, keep in mind that there are many, many studies published each year about various fad diets and various ways to stay fit. With that context, the study shows that cravings have a large visual component to them. And if you’re doing something very visual, it’s hard to think of something else visual. So, a game like Tetris, which is so visual, will help to distract people from their cravings. GL: Hmmm….Do you buy it? Meister: Here’s the problem. Yes, Tetris can distract you and keep you from visualizing your craving, but how much Tetris are you going to play in a given day? Will it distract your cravings for 10 minutes, but then in 10 minutes you’ll be back at the fridge. You can’t replace the visual imagery all day in this way. GL: What would the authors of the study say about this point? Meister: Well, Jackie Andrade, the study author from Plymouth University in England explained that most cravings don’t last for a long time. So, when you find yourself with a craving, you can reach for your Tetris game instead of your cigarette, French fries, coke or drugs and that a quick game of Tetris should make the craving tolerable until it ends. GL: Interesting. Was this a large study? Todd Meister: They actually looked...

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