Posts Categorized: Wellness

Diet Soda Causes Weight Gain?

Drinks like diet soda that are sweetened with sugar substitutes have no calories, but they may still cause weight gain, according to a recent opinion paper published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. This theory might not make sense at first, but consider this: To prepare for intake of sugar and calories, the body releases… posted in: News, Nutrition, Wellness tags:


The Paradox of Vitamin Supplements

People who buy vitamin supplements do so with the best intentions–to make themselves and their families healthier. The irony is, they may be safer without them: Neglect or misconduct by manufacturers and distributors often causes contamination of vitamin supplements. Tainted supplements aren’t only a local problem. Yesterday’s Newsday article about the vast number of vitamin… Read more »

Vitamin Supplements Offer
Potential Risks, Few Benefits

Some Long Island-manufactured vitamin supplements are contaminated with anabolic steroids, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recent discovery poses important questions: How beneficial are vitamin supplements? What are the potential risks from consuming them? In the past, the FDA has found ingredients like lead, mercury and prescription medicine as contaminants in… posted in: News, Nutrition, Wellness tags:


Creaking, Cracking Arthritis

Are your joints creaking or cracking because of the weather–or could arthritis be the cause? Wear and tear of cartilage in a joint is called osteoarthritis (commonly just arthritis). The most common form of the disease, osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that affects about 27 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Symptoms include progressively… Read more »

10 Years Without Secondhand Smoke

New York State enacted the Clean Indoor Air Act 10 years ago today to protect workers from secondhand smoke and help reduce smoking rates. The law bans smoking in workplaces and entertainment/leisure venues—saving nonsmokers from inhaling unwanted tobacco smoke and preventing millions of New Yorkers from developing smoking-related illness. Eliminating smoking indoors is the only… Read more »

Sunburn Today, Skin Cancer Tomorrow?

While enjoying the extra hours of summer sunshine, keep an eye on your exposure to avoid developing skin cancer. Repeated, unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight (plus man-made sources like tanning beds) increases your risk of skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Most skin cancers probably come from exposure that happened… Read more »

PTSD Affects Non-Veterans, Too

With our country’s recent military conflicts, the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has gained attention because it affects so many of our soldiers (up to 20 percent). Yet this condition can strike anyone—not just those who have been to war. PTSD is a reaction to trauma. Trauma is a Greek word that means “wound.”… Read more »

Omega-3 Fish Oil: Bad for the Prostate?

Consuming large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may not be right for everyone: Researchers have observed a link between the intake of omega-3 —found in fish-oil supplements and fresh tuna, salmon, and trout–and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Scientists found a strong association between high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and a 43 percent… Read more »

Sunglasses Are Your Eyes’ Best Friend

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement, they are essential to help prevent eye disease. The harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays from sunlight can cause many ocular conditions, like cataracts, macular degeneration, eyelid and eye cancers and such unsightly growths as pinguecula or pterygia. Wearing sunglasses outside is critical year-round, not just on sunny days. In fact,… Read more »