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...

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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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Rabbi Tully Bryks, Devin Rose and Raghad Ebied on Finding Love

Feb 10, 14 Rabbi Tully Bryks, Devin Rose and Raghad Ebied on Finding Love

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Although there are still some societies that practice polygamy, it seems that the thrust of history is towards monogamy. Especially in more westernized societies the majority of the population seeks stable relationships with only one special person with at least the initial desire that the connection last a lifetime. This mysterious drive for connection is accomplished in a variety of ways, usually highly influenced by culture. Are different cultures so different, really, in the way they go about finding that perfect someone? Let’s take a look. Rabbi Tully Bryks discusses the issue of “How to find a soul mate?” on his “Ask the Rabbi” website. According to Jewish law, Rabbi Tully explains, if a Jew is committed to following the law, or halacha, his choices of potential mates dwindles down to only 1% of the population, “significantly increasing the chances of finding your soul mate.” Rabbi Tully adds that avoiding intimacy before marriage actually lowers the divorce rate by half, as well as reducing the number of affairs. Using a matchmaker can also be helpful, and the way couples use the services of a matchmaker, or ‘shadchan’ is often misunderstood. According to Jewish law the couple is required to meet and be attracted to each other. If not, the match is wrong. Couples should also be sure that their values are compatible. Thus, according to Rabbi Bryks, the matchmaking system can have many advantages over the secular system of finding spouses, which is often left completely up to chance. Devin Rose is a Catholic writer and lay-apologist, according to his own blog “St. Joseph’s Vanguard“. In his essay entitled “How to Find Your Wife in Five Difficult Steps” Rose sets out a worthwhile approach to finding the perfect spouse. The advice is not necessarily a step-by-step guide, but more of a compilation of several strategies one can use to find one’s life partner. The first step is to go up to someone who has caught your eye after mass, and introduce yourself. This is...

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Daniel Straus HealthBridge Exec, Announces Upcoming Valentine’s Day Fundraiser

Feb 08, 14 Daniel Straus HealthBridge Exec, Announces Upcoming Valentine’s Day Fundraiser

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CEO Daniel Straus, HealthBridge Management, announced earlier this month that he was aiming towards the goal of raising at least $1 million for the company’s Valentine’s Ball scheduled for February 12. This annual evening event supports The Valerie Fund, an organization which benefits thousands of children in New Jersey and the greater New York area who have been diagnosed with cancer and blood related illnesses. Daniel Straus, Healthbridge Management, and the other affiliated companies including CareOne Centers in New Jersey, and Care Virginia in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, have been working tirelessly to make this important fund raiser a success. “Those of us at CareOne feel that there’s no more meaningful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than in support of The Valerie Fund” said Straus. “The work of The Valerie Fund is heartwarming, supporting both superb state-of-the-art outpatient healthcare and emotional support each year for thousands of New Jersey children with cancer and blood disorders. The fund is a wonderful example of love being expressed by giving to others, and we are proud to support it. We’ve set a fundraising goal of $1 million. That’s an ambitious goal but I am confident in the ability of our team to achieve and perhaps even exceed it.” The funds raised will not only go to Valerie Fund Centers, but will also be distributed in support of scholarships, transportation to treatments for patients who would otherwise be forced to rely on public means of transport, and for attendance at Camp Happy Times. Camp Happy Times is a one week sleep-over camp for 200 children who have or have had cancer, an experience which is provided free of charge through the auspices of the Valerie...

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3 Tips for Healthy Teeth at the Holidays: Dr. Nadia Kiderman

Dec 20, 13 3 Tips for Healthy Teeth at the Holidays: Dr. Nadia Kiderman

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Certainly, New Yorkers and people around the world recognize that they need to take care of their teeth. Most of us, however, don’t necessarily know what this means. We brush our teeth, we floss once in a great while and we make a dentist appointment when we have to, or when we realize we haven’t had one in a long time. With the holidays upon us, we tend to eat more and to pay attention to our hygiene less. There are many more ways that we should be protecting our teeth, however, and New York dentist Dr. Nadia Kiderman has tips of the trade to help the rest of us stay healthy. Here are a few of her recommendations for good oral hygiene. 1. Chewing hard foods: If you have a mouth full of popcorn, nuts, meat, candy and similar items, it’s very important to chew slowly. Dr. Nadia Kiderman reminds her patients that a cracked tooth can actually take from several hours to days to show symptoms, and patients should come to the doctor immediately if they believe they have cracked a tooth. 2. Team Sports: Whether you’re playing winter hockey or going ice skating, Kiderman recommends certain tips for sports activities. Buy a mouth guard to protect against injuries. If you do damage or break a tooth, rinse out your mouth and carefully clean the area. Then call a dentist and apply a cooling compress as needed. 3. Daily Measures: Make sure, as Dr. Nadia Kiderman advises, to floss every single day and to brush twice a day. Invest in fluoride toothpaste or tablets. And make sure to come for regularly scheduled visits to the dentist. As Kiderman reminds her patients, “Professional teeth cleaning sessions every six months can bolster any daily cleaning regiment at home by removing tartar build-ups in hard-to-reach areas. Plus, regular examination can help catch potential health problems early, avoiding costly surgeries down the...

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Soap Safety

Dec 17, 13 Soap Safety

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People have been using anti-bacterial soaps in homes, offices and schools for many years. So the fact that question as to whether or not they are completely safe has arisen, is somewhat worrisome, especially for the manufacturers. Indeed, just earlier this week the FDA came up with a proposal that would force these soap manufacturers to bring clinical studies as proof that their soaps are not only safe, but also more effective than regular soaps vis-à-vis illness prevention and infection spreading.   As FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Janet Woodcock said,   “due to consumers’ extensive exposure to the ingredients in anti-bacterial soaps, we believe there should be a clearly demonstrated benefit from using anti-bacterial soap to balance any potential risk.” The FDA is doing this in an attempt to stem overuse of germ-killing chemicals.   The problem is that studies are now suggesting that long-term exposure to key ingredients in these products (such as triclosan and ticlocarban) can actually result in hormone imbalances and can lead to weight gain, amongst other hormone-based problems. Indeed, according to medical director of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Emily Landon, triclosan found in human urine has been linked to a higher body mass index. However, from the other side, the American Cleaning Institute, there is “perplexity” about what the FDA is proposing.   They cite 24 studies showing the benefits of using anti-bacterial soap.   If these new standards were to go ahead however, it would impact up to 2,000 products. Ultimately, if the soaps are proven not safe and/or not effective, then the FDA will be doing a real service in this...

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