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Nutrition & Wellness for Life Healthy and youthful from the inside out

Preventing disease and aging with antioxidant-rich foods By Desiree Lanz

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hen perusing the aisles at groceries for healthconscious choices, it may be overwhelming to discern between the many products available.

Labels on products from beverages to snacks to body lotions promise the benefit of antioxidants, but being informed about antioxidants, what exactly they are, where to find them and how they work in the body can help ensure that one’s diet obtains the maximum advantage from them. With March known these days as National Nutrition Month, it’s a good time to remind ourselves about the importance of healthy eating and impact of antioxidant-rich foods on our overall health and longevity. “To understand why antioxidants are important, you must first know what free radicals are,” says Stacey Whittle, a registered dietitian and cofounder of Healthy by Design Nutrition Specialists. “In regards to the human body, free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that can

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damage our cells and organs. They are responsible for aging, tissue damage and possibly the cause of disease. The chemical reactions responsible for breathing and eating create free radicals.” Environmental causes of free radicals include stress, air pollution, processed foods, prescription and recreational drugs, smoking and industrial chemicals. She says one’s health is at risk when the amount of free radicals is greater than what the body can handle, causing aging and disease. “This sounds grim, but we aren’t helpless against free radicals,” Whittle says. The body makes numerous molecules that suppress free radicals, and the body also extracts free-radical fighters from food, she explains. These

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defenders, often called antioxidants, are phytochemicals (plant chemicals), vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. They can be found in most fruits and vegetables, but culinary herbs and medicinal herbs can also contain high levels of antioxidants. According to Whittle, the most commonly known antioxidants are: Vitamin A and carotenoids: Found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, collards, kale, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, etc. Vitamin C: Found in fruits, such as oranges, tangerines and other citrus fruits, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, bell peppers, green leafy vegetables and tomatoes. Vitamin E: Found in nuts and seeds, whole grains and green leafy

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vegetables. Selenium: Found in fish and shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic. Coenzyme: Q10 (CoQ10): Found in fish, meat, soybean oil, sesame oil and canola oil. Whittle says antioxidants came to public attention in the 1990s, when scientists began understanding that free radical damage was involved in the early stages of artery-clogging atherosclerosis and may contribute to cancer, vision loss and several other chronic conditions. Some studies showed that people with low intakes of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables were at greater risk for developing these chronic conditions than were people who ate plenty of these foods. Clinical trials began testing the impact of single substances, especially beta-carotene and vitamin E, as deterrents against heart disease, cancer and other diseases. “We have to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts every day,” says Marion Alvarez, M.D., health coach and plantbased nutrition counselor. “There’s no need to take antioxidant supplements; just add a few of these to your diet every day”: • Beans • Squash • Blueberries • Carrots • Artichokes • Green leafy • Raspberries vegetables • Apples • Whole grains • Pecans • Cocoa beans • Broccoli • Green tea

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etables because most antioxidants can be affected when cooked at high temperatures,” Alvarez adds. Also, “it has been said that dairy can cancel out the antioxidants’ positive effects, so it’s better to avoid eating dairy with fruit and vegetables.” In addition to being an important part of a balanced diet for overall health and well being, antioxidants are available in a variety of beauty products marketed as anti-aging. Dermatologist Dr. Molly Griffin says the most effective ones are vitamin C, idebenone (she recommends the product Prevage) and the fruit extract CoffeeBerry (she suggests the product Revaleskin). These help with “all the components of sun damage: tone, texture and discoloration in the skin,” Griffin says. So while antioxidants aid in disease prevention, they may also preserve and improve physical appearance. According to Alvarez, consuming antioxidants in food can also “prevent premature aging and increase collagen production, which helps skin to be firmer,” she says. “It also reverses sun damage and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The most important information I can give you about antioxidants is that it is best to consume them from fresh fruits and vegetables. There are a lot of supplements claiming to be as helpful, if not more, than the actual foods, but this has not been proven yet. Remember, eat healthy ... be happy!”

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You are what you eat

Powerful super foods for a healthy life The trick, nutrtionists, is to eat a variety of the best foods as much as possible. Here’s a handy list to make sure you’re on the right track.

Avocados

Sure, they’re high in fat, but avocados contain healthful monounsaturated fat, which has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. They’re loaded with fiber (11 to 17 grams per fruit) and are a good source of lutein, an antioxidant linked to eye and skin health.

Apples

Keep in mind that old adage “An apple a day keep the doctor away.” Apples are loaded with the powerful antioxidants quercetin and catechin, which protect cells from damage – that means a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, especially if you eat the skin. Research shows that the apple peel contains five times more polyphenols than the flesh. Apples and their skins pack a lot of fiber too (about twice that of other common fruits, including peaches, grapes, and grapefruit), which may help fight the battle of the bulge.

Blueberries

Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, especially anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve vision and brain function. Studies show that eating blueberries slows impairments in motor coordination and memory that accompany aging. These little berries also reduce inflammation, which is inextricably linked with virtually every chronic disease from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, to diabetes and heart disease.

rooms have powerful effects on the immune system – especially the maitake, shiitake, and reishi varieties. In fact, mushrooms are used as an adjunctive cancer treatment throughout Asia because of their ability to counteract the toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiation while simultaneously shrinking tumors. What’s more, Japanese researchers have found that regularly eating shiitake mushrooms lowers blood cholesterol levels up to 45 percent.

Almonds

Almonds are loaded with fiber and monounsaturated fat, both of which have been shown to lower cholesterol. According to the Food and Drug Administration, eating 1.5 ounces of most nuts, including almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. And even though almonds are relatively high in fat and calories, studies show that eating almonds can actually help with weight loss (their protein, fiber, and monounsaturated fats provide the feeling of fullness, preventing overeating).

Loaded with alpha-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation, flaxseed has been used for centuries for medicinal and health reasons. Additionally, they’re a great source of fiber.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates have up to three times the antioxidants of red wine and green tea – and the juice has been shown to reduce artery-clogging plaque, which in turn prevents heart disease and stroke. Research shows that longterm consumption of pomegranate juice may also help slow aging and protect against cancer.

Garlic

Research shows that garlic lowers total cholesterol and triglyceride (blood fat) levels, helping prevent clogged arteries. Whole baked garlic helps detoxify the body of heavy metals like mercury (from fish) and cadmium. Garlic also acts as an antibacterial and antiviral, boosting resistance to stress-induced colds and infections. Can’t stand garlic breath? Chew on a sprig of parsley.

Mushrooms

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Spinach

Some consider spinach to be the king of all super-foods. It is quite essentially one of the most nutrient-packed foods you can purchase. Pound for pound, spinach contains over 40 percent more iron than ground beef! 100g of spinach delivers 20 percent of your recommended daily allowance of iron. A cup of spinach contains around a fifth (20 percent ) of your recommended daily allowance of dietary fiber. And spinach is loaded with numerous vitamins namely, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B9, Vitamin E and most impressively Vitamin K. 100g of spinach contains 460 percent of your daily recommended allowance of Vitamin K! Only Kale contains higher levels of Vitamin K. Spinach is also very high in Beta Carotene and is loaded with minerals, including iron, you’ll find zinc, phosphorus, selenium, copper, magnesium, manganese and potassium.

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Broccoli

Broccoli is a powerhouse in a small package. Vitamins C, A, Beta Carotene and fiber make Broccoli a staple in just about every diet on the planet. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable (as are cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, bok choy, kale, and others). Broccoli is one of the most nutrient-dense foods known having more polyphenols than any other food (other than beets and red onions). And as good as broccoli is, the key protective compound is at least 20 times more concentrated in broccoli sprouts! Try some of the other crucifers also.

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Salmon, preferably wild, is one of the top super foods simply because it is rich in Omega 3. This fatty acid reduced your risk of heart disease and can help build grey matter in your brain making it one of the best brain boosting foods out there.

Whole Grains (oats, whole wheat, barley) Whole grains help stabilize blood sugar and insulin and help protect against heart disease. They include all three parts of a grain kernel: the bran, germ and endosperm. Whole grain foods are made with all three of these grain components. Whole wheat flour, brown rice, barley and oatmeal are all whole grain foods. Contrary to popular perception, the benefits of whole grains go well beyond fiber and fiber’s role in digestive health. Whole grains contain vitamins B and E; the minerals magnesium, selenium and zinc; phytonutrients; and many other important nutrients.

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he neglected prune. Everyone is aware of them, but most people do not eat them on a regular basis. Prunes are traditionally the go-to food for a person who has digestive issues and needs help with constipation. Their reputation as a laxative has created somewhat of a negative image of prunes, but as we understand the many health benefits of eating prunes, the public perception of this fruit is changing. Prunes, also known as dried plums, are among the healthiest foods a person can eat. Not only do they have benefits for the gastrointestinal system, they are high in antioxidants, may help prevent premature aging and can promote cardiovascular health. Plums have been eaten for centuries, and in Chinese mythology the plum tree is associated with great age and wisdom. Prunes are usually made by dehydrating the fruit quickly with the use of natural gas heat in dehydrating tunnels. At this point prunes can be stored or processed further for packaging. Some prunes are processed with potassium sorbate, which is a preservative that improves the shelf life of packaged prunes. Prunes also are generally washed and steamed to return some of the moisture to the fruit. Other prunes are hot-packed so they are processed without any preservatives. What makes prunes (and plums) nutritional powerhouses is that they are very high in antioxidants. According to researchers from Tufts University in Boston, prunes rank No. 1 in terms of antioxidant capacity. It was found that prunes had more than twice the antioxidant capacity of other superfoods, like blueberries and raisins. Dried plums also rank above fresh plums in having a greater capacity of antioxidant power. Prunes contain high levels of hydrocinnamic acids (phenol compounds), which give them their antioxidant boost. Prunes are very high in dietary fiber, containing between 6 to 7 grams. Prunes also contain sorbitol, a mild colon stimulant, which will help educe the risk of constipation and hemorrhoids, and may reduce risk of colorectal cancer. You may not be aware that prunes also contain high amounts of polyphenols, which are known to restore bone mass and structure. As a result, dried plums are often part of osteoporosis prevention treatment for postmenopausal women. Various studies have indicated prunes may have beneficial effects on bone mineral density, bone formation activity and the production of boron, which is thought to play a role in the prevention of osteoporosis. Prunes also may help prevent certain types of cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, foods high in fiber and vitamin A may offer some protection against cancers of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts as well as cancers induced by chemicals. The phytonutrients in plums also can inhibit in-vitro breast cancer growth without adversely affecting normal cell growth.

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What happens to your food after you eat it? By Linda Fiveson

unmotivated. It also contributes to “mind fog� which causes us to make “unconscious� food choices. In other words, these are poor food choices. Carbohydrates satisfy us in the moment – and for the moment. No sooner have we eaten them than we are hungrier than before we indulged and we want more! The pleasure and satisfaction we get when we eat refined carbohydrates is short-lived. We are left only with cravings and regret. The cycle of eating carbohydrates and craving them is self-perpetrating. It goes around and around in a vicious, self-destructive cycle. The only way to rid yourself of the carbohydrate compulsion is to rid yourself of the carbohy-

drates. You might be thinking you won’t be able to live without carbs because you’ve come to believe that you “need� them. That’s evidence of the addiction though and like other addictions, it can be overcome. It’s really not as hard as you think – and you’ll be surprised how you stop having cravings when you stop having refined carbohydrates. I bet you’ll realize life’s even sweeter without sugar than with it! Linda Fiveson is a nutritionist in Syosset. In addition to counseling she sells her own line of foods, which are all free of flour, sugar, gluten and refined carbohydrates. For more information, call (516) 496-2300 or visit www.lindafiveson.com.

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re you ready to hear what has been tried, true and proven for years? If you have a predisposition to gain weight, and are in a constant weight battle, confused by the daily announcements of new weight loss discoveries, this is what you need to know: the culprit is the hidden SUGARS! Forget everything else you are reading and hearing about. You probably know this, and maybe you don’t want to admit or accept it, but when we are gaining weight it’s from carbohydrates, not necessarily the fats. We crave carbohydrates because we are addicted to them. We are addicted to the behavior of craving them to a point of obsession. We feel better when we’re eating them because it takes our minds off our everyday stresses in life and it takes our minds off thinking about eating the carbohydrates! Yes, that’s the addiction but like any addiction, the more we have, the more we need! Sugar comes into our system from many different sources. Refined sugars turn into glucose, which is the body’s source of fuel. The part that’s not used as fuel turns into fat. Refined sugar is found in processed foods such as bread, bagels, cookies, cereal products, pretzels, soda, candy, cake, ice cream, and frozen yogurt. It’s in most products that are packaged and have labels listing ingredients such as sugar, corn syrup, cane syrup, fructose, sucrose, flour, grains; even whole wheat and whole grains, just to name a few. Proteins and fats metabolize in the body more slowly; they do not cause an insulin reaction and do not cause weight gain, unless you are just eating too many calories. When you eat high-glycemic foods, they turn into glucose in your digestive tract, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream. The sugar entering your blood stream then causes the pancreas to put insulin into the blood. Each blood cell is like a furnace waiting for the fuel to burn. Sugar needs the insulin to get into the blood cell. The body will burn what it needs for fuel, (we have short and long term energy stores.) Short-term glycogen is stored in your liver and muscle tissue, and long term gets stored in your “fat� cells for a rainy day. The rainy day is when you decide to remove the sugars and force your body to use the stored fat for fuel. If you want to lose weight, you have to get the message to your body to burn those fat, flabby deposits hanging around in various places. What’s great is that your body knows what to do: cut off the sugar and you’ll be cutting out the fat. Accepting this knowledge is empowering. I never believed in willpower. I believe that we have to eliminate the foods that we can’t control. We have to call upon our “Won’t-power.� The food industry has changed so much in the last decade that we find it difficult to know what foods are “really� high in refined sugars and carbohydrates and should be avoided. Packaging sells food and it can be really confusing. The illusion of what’s healthy is just that, “illusion.� Get into the habit of going to the

ingredient portion of the label. What is labeled “healthy, organic, high fiber, etc., etc., may just be a manipulation of words to appeal to the consumer and encourage a sale so be aware of marketing ploys. It’s scary, but you need knowledge to make good choices. When you shop, make sure that you only buy foods that have as few ingredients as possible – avoiding sugars, refined carbohydrates (wheat, gluten, flour (all types) syrups, cocoa butter, fats, and chemicals and additives that you can’t even pronounce or be sure where they came from. Carbohydrate addiction not only makes us fat; it makes us feel fatigued and sluggish too. It zaps our energy and makes us feel lazy and


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Power up with breakfast Tired of the same old, boring morning routine? Get yourself going with some new ideas

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reakfast gives you energy to start the day. A healthy breakfast is important for everyone. Get the morning nutrition you need with these quick breakfast ideas. Make instant oatmeal with milk instead of water. Mix in raisins or dried cranberries. Top with chopped walnuts. Layer low-fat yogurt with your favorite crunchy cereal and sliced fruit or berries. Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana. Top a bowl of whole-grain cereal with blueberries, sliced peaches or any favorite fruit. Pour on low-fat or fatfree milk.

Spread a flour tortilla with peanut butter. Add a whole banana and roll it up. Spread almond butter on a wholegrain toasted bagel. Top with apple slices. Add lean ham and low-fat Swiss cheese to a toasted whole-grain English muffin. If your taste buds just don’t crave breakfast foods, try these: Peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole-grain bread. Leftover veggie pizza. Deli turkey, a slice of low-fat cheese an lettuce wrapped in a tortilla.

Top a toaster waffle with low-fat yogurt and fruit.

Leftover rice mixed with low-fat yogurt, dried fruit and nuts. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Stuff a whole-wheat pita with a sliced, hard-cooked egg and low-fat shredded cheese.

Now you’re off to a great start on your day, feeling healthy and satisfied.

Springtime Cereal 3⁄4 cup wheat and barley nugget cereal 1⁄4 cup 100% bran cereal 2 teaspoons toasted sunflower seeds 2 teaspoons toasted almonds, sliced 1 tablespoon raisins 1⁄2 cup bananas, sliced 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 cup raspberry or strawberry yogurt, low-fat Mix the wheat and barley nugget cereal, bran cereal, sunflower seeds and almonds in a medium bowl. Add raisins, bananas and half of the strawberries. Gently stir in the yogurt and divide between two bowls. Scatter the remaining strawberries over the top and enjoy! Makes 2 servings. Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 352; Fat: 6g; Saturated fat: 1g; Carbohydrate: 69g; Sodium: 272 mg; Fiber: 8g With light yogurt – Calories: 268; Fat: 5g; Saturated fat: 0g; Carbohydrate: 53g; Sodium: 263mg Fiber: 9g

Orzac Center for Rehabilitation

What is Adult Day Care? (ADHC)? The Adult Day Care program at North Shore-LIJ Orzac Center for Rehabilitation is a safe and caring home away from home for your loved one during the day. The program offers frail, elderly, chronically ill and disabled adults a supportive environment where they will have the opportunity to make friends and explore hobbies seven days a week. It also gives you the time you need to work, run errands or enjoy some important time for yourself. Our program offers unique and personalized services that can help your loved one live at home longer and serves as a bridge to all the services he or she needs.

Adult Day Health Care Located inside the North Shore-LIJ Orzac Center for Rehabilitation, on the campus of Franklin Hospital

900 Franklin Avenue Valley Stream, NY 11580 P: 516-256-6630 • F: 516-256-6631

SERVICES PROVIDED: • Door-to-Door Transportation • Personal Care • Nursing assessments/treatment/monitoring • Physical & Occupational Therapy • Speech Therapy • Health Education • Day Trips • Social work case management, info & referrals • Therapeutic recreation activities • Nutritional Counseling • Continental Breakfast, lunch, snacks

PROFESSIONAL STAFF: • Certified Nurses Aides • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists • Licensed Social Workers • Physical & Occupational Therapists • Registered Dietician • Registered Nurses

SPECIALIZED SERVICES: • Beauty Salon • Dental • EKG, laboratory, X-Ray • Ophthalmology • Podiatry • Psychiatry • Psychology • Spiritual Care

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Orzac Adult Day Health Care Program helps seniors maintain their dignity

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People Choose Mercy for Exceptional Health Care Close to Home. Patients choose Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre more than 100,000 times a year – for quality, state-of-the-art health care, in a healing, faith-based environment that is sensitive to all cultural and religious needs.

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Add spices or herbs to season food without adding salt. Make major sources of saturated fats such as desserts, pizza, cheese, sausages and hot dogs occasional choices, not every day foods. Select fat-free or low-fat dairy products.

efore you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your bowl.

Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. Over the day, include foods from all the food groups. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark- green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas. Fresh, frozen and canned vegetables all count. Choose “reduced sodium” or “no-salt-added” canned vegetables. Add fruit to meals and snacks. Buy fruits that are dried, frozen or canned in water or 100 percent juice, as well as fresh fruits. Make at least half your grains whole. Choose 100 percent whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice. Check the ingredients list on food packages to find whole-grain foods. Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk. Fat-free and low-fat milk have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories.If you are lactose intolerant, try lactose-free milk or a calcium-fortified soy beverage. Vary your protein choices. Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs. Twice a week, make seafood the protein on your plate. Keep meat and poultry portions small and lean. Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Eat sugary desserts less often. Choose 100 percent fruit juice instead of fruitflavored drinks. Look out for salt (sodium) in foods you buy. Compare sodium in foods and choose those with lower numbers.

Switch from solid fats to oils when preparing food. Enjoy your food but eat less. Avoid oversized portions. Use a smaller plate, bowl and glass. Cook more often at home, where you are in control of what’s in your food. When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options. Choose dishes that include vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Write down what you eat to keep track of how much you eat. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly.

FAMILIES HANDLING & COPING with BULLYING A Psycho-educational Interactive Group Counseling Series Families are encouraged to participate in a 5- week series on bullying. The program is family friendly and while parents can attend alone, they are highly encouraged to bring adolescents and children over the age of 6 to participate. Participants will play an integral role in the interactive process of understanding bullying; and its impact on self-esteem, academics, and social-emotional development. The series will also discuss prevention and awareness.

WOODMERE REHABILITATION & HEALTH CARE CENTER

The series will address the following:

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• An overview, definition and brief history of bullying.

Specialized Services

Most Insurances Accepted.

121 Franklin Place Woodmere, NY 11598

For exceptional care, call (516) 374-9300

• Learn how to cope and help as family and friends. • Engage in activities, become a part of the solution, build self esteem, communication and assertiveness. Mondays from 5:30- 7:00 pm Groups are forming

ADC Psychological Services, PLLC 1728 Broadway- Suite 1, Hewlett, NY 11557 We are offering a low rate of $25/week, per family

It takes a community to overcome bullying. Be the change you want the world to be! Contact Milena Gambarian, Ms.Ed,CASAC-T, for more information and enrollment. 516-596-0073 or milena.gambarian@gmail.com



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• Psychological impact. Looking out for Warning Signs!

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• Short Term Rehabilitation — Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies • Certified Ventilator Unit • Hemodialysis — In-Patient and Out-Patient • Amputation Recovery Program • IV Therapy — Hydration, Nutrition and Medication Administration • Wound Management • Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia Care • Social Work/Discharge Planning • Long Term Care • Hospice Care • Glatt Kosher • Daily Minyan

• The WHOs? WHATs? WHEREs? WHYs & HOWs?

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Plattdeutsche Retirement Home’s Enriched Housing Apartments

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lattdeutsche Retirement Home has a distinguished history of caring for Nassau County’s seniors. The development, owned by the non-profit Plattduetsche Home Society, began as a retirement home for poor immigrants from Germany but is now available to all. Limited to ages 65 and older, the property was built in 1922, with the apartments added in 1990 and 2000. A dedicated, caring staff provides prompt attention to the needs of every resident, so that their retirement years are carefree and enjoyable. The housing complex consists of 48 individual apartments: studios, one-bedrooms, junior two-bedrooms and two-bedrooms in a three-level building, and 80 single-bedrooms in a separate, supportive living area. Each apartment has a balcony and an intercom connected to the front entrance, and at least two emergency pull cords connected to a nurse’s aide station. The community is invited to an open house on Saturday, April 6, 1:30-4 p.m., to learn more about all that Plattdeutsche has to offer. Amenities include a spacious dining room, lounge on each floor, chapel with stainedglass windows, library, hobby room, beauty/barber shop, physical fitness room, billiards, private party room, coin-operated laundry, indoor swimming pool, and Jacuzzi. Outside are gardens, seating areas, a gazebo, pond and shuffleboard. Spotless and beautifully maintained, with ample parking, the staff’s guiding policy is that nothing is more important than the well-being and tranquility of its residents. A geriatric case manager runs informational sessions and helps residents with everything from Medicare to elder law issues. A physical therapist, podiatrist, psychiatrist, and medical doctors visit the development regularly. Plattdeutsche Retirement Home 1150 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square • 516-352-4252 Health memos are supplied by advertisers and are not written by the Herald editorial staff.

Park Avenue Extended Care announces new Neuro Rehabilitation Program

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ark Avenue has established what we believe will be the finest Neuro Rehabilitation Program on the South Shore. Created by Dr. Mihai Dimancescu of Neurological Surgery, P. C., who has amassed world-wide recognition in the evaluation and management of Coma, the program is designed for those individuals in need of a specialized neurological program. Each client will be evaluated and an individual program of treatment will be fashioned. This program will be of great benefit to clients who have suffered a stroke and those recovering from traumatic brain injury. Our staff has been trained in the latest state-of-the-art equipment to assist in the recovery of brain disorders. In addition to the mass suspension harness, we have acquired the QUADRICISER, which will be vital to the recovery process. Many patients have made significant strides towards an improved quality of life since its introduction. The quadriciser is a motorized total body therapy system. Through the use of a motor and cables, individuals unable to walk are gently moved to simulate walking. This pattern of repetition stimulates the brain to regain activity and improves muscle function. As the patient improves, a more rigorous routine can be introduced. All aspects of this program will be customized to that individual’s tolerance. As the program progresses, additional equipment will be acquired in an effort to offer the finest rehabilitation possible. Although this can be specific for neuro patients, we intend to incorporate all equipment into our general rehabilitation program for the benefit of all.. In addition to our existing staff, Dr. Ivan Mikolaenko, F.A.A.N. Board Certified in Neurology and Neurocritical Care, will also be available to meet the needs of all our Neurological patients. Park Avenue Extended Care Facility 425 National Blvd., Long Beach • 516-431-2600 Health memos are supplied by advertisers and are not written by the Herald editorial staff.

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Hypnosis evolves with technology

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ith 20 years behind her as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Terry Biener, CCH, believes that the key to successful results is knowing what to say, how to say it, and which techniques to apply once a person is hypnotized. This wisdom can only come from extensive training and experience. “Everyone processes information differently,” said Biener. “There are reasons why a habit or fear has formed, which should be examined before effective treatment can take place.” A thorough intake session is done first. The number of hypnosis sessions recommended varies. Hypnosis sessions are tailored to the person’s triggers and habits. Motivation and willingness to work with suggestions on a conscious level are important. Trust and rapport with the hypnotist is vital too. Biener has recently added Computerized Client-Based Weight Loss to her repertoire. A sophisticated computer program is used to pinpoint personality, mental processing, strengths and weaknesses. Combined with data gathered from the client, she custom designs hypnosis sessions to zero in on imprints that need to be changed. Weight loss workshops, which include group hypnosis, will be offered in the future. Biener’s true passion is helping people with fears and panic. Having experienced phobias and panic attacks herself, which were ultimately healed through hypnosis, her understanding and empathy is profound. By combining Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques with hypnosis, she can eliminate or reduce unwanted and sometimes devastating anxiety. “People should realize they aren’t alone. Phobias can seem irrational since they come from the subconscious – the part of the mind that responds without logic. Most people who have never experienced a phobia simply don’t understand.” Understanding how hypnosis works before trying it is advised. “Ignore what you’ve seen in movies or on stage. A hypnotic trance is actually a natural state we visit frequently; when we’re engrossed a movie, or if we daydream while driving and don’t remember passing certain streets or exits. A hypnotist induces a trance to “reframe” the subconscious part of the mind. A good subject is strong-willed and intelligent. The person being hypnotized never loses control.” Hypnosis can help with trauma, sports, procrastination, self-esteem, stress, anxiety and most habits. As a former New York City schoolteacher, Biener is comfortable working with children. She holds numerous certifications though the American Board of Hypnotherapy and the National Guild of Hypnotists. She has done speaking engagements and group hypnosis sessions for organizations and wellness centers. Clients are seen by appointment only. Phone consultations are free of charge and confidential. Easy Changes Hypnosis is located in Valley Stream. Contact Terry Biener, CCH, at 516791-6174 or visit www.easychanges.com.

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Oceanside Care Center announces the addition of renowned Dr. Michael Smar as its new medical director

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ceanside Care Center is proud to announce that Dr. Michael Smar officially joined the Oceanside Care Center team on Jan. 1, 2013. Dr. Smar is well known throughout the area as a practicing physician for over 30 years in Nassau County, at South Nassau Internal Medicine Associates, LLP, in Freeport and as an attending physician at South Nassau Communities Hospital. He is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiology. Oceanside Care Center is a 100-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation care center that has been serving Oceanside for over 40 years, providing personalized, high quality care to each resident according to his or her needs. OCC stays committed to the well being of the entire community, and is devoted to assisting in the recovery and rebuilding of Oceanside itself. OCC feels much like the community of Oceanside: small, warm and homelike. “Dr. Smar offers the expertise necessary for OCC to continue offering the highest quality of care to our residents,” noted Steven Rohinsky, MHA, LNHA, and Oceanside Care Center’s Administrator. “Adding Dr. Smar to our team is a huge win for OCC, and we are thrilled to welcome him.” Oceanside Care Center provides short term and rehab care, consisting of physical, occupational and speech therapy along with audiology services. OCC also has a special program for Alzheimer’s/Dementia residents and a well-known hospice program. Other specialty care services include cardiology, dentistry, neurology, orthopedics, podiatry, psychiatry, and laboratory and radiology services. For more information, visit www.OceansideCareCenter.com. Kellie O’Connor, Oceanside Care Center 516-536-2302 • koconnor@oceansidecarecenter.com Health memos are supplied by advertisers and are not written by the Herald editorial staff.


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Health benefits of caffeine could outweigh negatives

he pitfalls of caffeine consumption are well known, but the various health benefits of caffeine are often overlooked.

Excessive caffeine can make a person jittery and unable to fall asleep. However, caffeine can also prevent disease by boosting the immune system. Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a psychoactive stimulant drug. It is a naturally produced plant product that is most often found in coffee beans, tea and cocoa. Whether caffeine addiction is real or not is open for debate; however, regular coffee drinkers who stop drinking coffee have experienced caffeine withdrawal symptoms. In the last 60 years, researchers have conducted thousands of studies on caffeine and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re continuing to study whether or not itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addictive. Though few might be willing to say with certainty that caffeine is â&#x20AC;&#x153;goodâ&#x20AC;? for you, caffeine does have its strong points. Fights damage-causing free radicals: Free radicals are molecules in the body that can attack healthy cells and cause damage that precipitates disease. Antioxidants are substances that eliminate free radicals in the body. Recent studies have shown that caffeineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s antioxidant activity actually fights free radicals quite well. In a study published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, the different chemical mechanisms of caffeine were studied in relation to free radicals. Researcher Jorge Rafael Leon-Carmona of Mexico found that a mechanism called radical adduct formation, or RAF, was the main reason caffeine can protect against damage from free radicals. Improves memory and brain function: Harvard University researchers have determined that men who drink four cups of caffeinated coffee a day are half as likely to develop Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease as those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The results are believed to be linked

to caffeineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stimulation of dopamine production in the body. Dopamine is a brain chemical that is responsible for alertness, problem-solving capabilities and feelings of pleasure. An Austrian study says caffeine can boost cognitive abilities for about 45 minutes, which means it may help individuals score better on tests or perform better in business meetings. There is also evidence that caffeine can delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because caffeine can block adenosine receptors in the brain. Adenosine slows down the neurological system so that the body can relax. However, adenosine may also contribute to the buildup of amyloid-beta, a toxic brain plaque thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s associated with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Helps the heart: Although caffeine can cause blood pressure to rise because it constricts the arteries, caffeine does not appear to contribute much to the development of heart disease. In fact, scientists at Brooklyn College found people who drank four cups of caffeinated coffee daily had a 53 percent lower risk of dying of heart disease than those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consume a cup of Joe. Individuals who do not already have hypertension can tolerate moderate coffee drinking, and over time their bodies actually may become accustomed to the temporary rise in blood pressure. Aids with type 2 diabetes risk reduction: More than 125,000 participants were studied in a 20-year look at coffee consumption and its potential relationship to type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham & Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital have found individuals who drank caffeinated coffee lowered their risk for type 2 diabetes considerably. Men saw a 50 percent reduced risk, and women saw their risk reduced by 30.

Alleviates headaches: Caffeine is often a hidden component of analgesics. Working in conjunction with the pain medication, caffeine helps the body absorb the pain reliever more efficiently. This requires a smaller amount of the drug and brings relief faster. Some other people surmise that since caffeine is a natural mood booster, it also helps the body to feel better faster. Following this line of thinking, caffeine may help to prevent other pain associated with exercise, fibromyalgia and arthritis. Sometimes caffeine is seen as the villain in a healthy living plan. Yet there is much research and ever-evolving theories that caffeine may be more help than hindrance.

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Shape up your plate How to make healthful eating fit your daily routine â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was admitted to South Nassauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maternity Unit 5 days before C.C. was due because of a complication in my pregnancy. My heart ďŹ lls with love every time I look at him . . . and with thanks for those caring South Nassau nurses and doctors.â&#x20AC;? South Nassauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maternity Services Unit is medically advanced . . . and family-centered. With hotel-like, private maternity suites that include baths, fully equipped Labor/Delivery/Recovery Rooms, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and an experienced team of compassionate doctors and nurses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know in your heart that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting the very best care . . . for you and your baby.

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e all know that eating right is essential to keeping your body running at its best. But nutrition advice doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always account for peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varied lifestyles, health needs and tastes. Now, during National Nutrition Month, is an excellent time to review your diet and make positive, sustainable changes. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the â&#x20AC;&#x153;rightâ&#x20AC;? way to eat for you? Experts say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as restrictive as you may think. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sometimes a misperception that eating properly means giving up favorite foods,â&#x20AC;? says registered dietitian and President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ethan A. Bergman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But including foods you love in your diet can help you stick to your goals.â&#x20AC;? She suggests that those looking to eat a healthy diet tailor food choices to meet lifestyle, needs and preferences: In the office: Busy work days can lead to onthe-fly meals. For desktop dining, keep singleserve packages of crackers, fruit, peanut butter, low-sodium soup or canned tuna in your desk. Always on the go? Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in your bag for meals on the run. Try granola bars, peanut butter and crackers, fresh fruit, trail mix or single-serve packages of whole-grain cereal or crackers. Athletes: Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a competitive athlete or just enjoy working out, what you eat affects your performance. Eat a light meal or snack before exercising, such as low-fat yogurt, a banana or cereal with low-fat milk. Before, during and after exercise, drink plenty of water or a sports drink, if you prefer. Students: For nutritious, budget-friendly snacking, combine protein and carbohydrates, such as apples and peanut butter, low-fat cheese and whole-grain crackers or hardboiled eggs and fruit. These also double as quick grab-and-go breakfasts. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the cafeteria, salad bars are a great choice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just go easy on the highcalorie add-ons. Families: Family meals allow parents to be role models to ensure kids eat right. And, just because a meal is made quickly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be nutritious. Keep things simple. Choose ingredients you can use for more than one meal. For example, cook extra grilled chicken for salad or fajitas the next day. Get the kids involved. They can make the salad, set the table or do other simple tasks. This month, set yourself up for success, and remember that good nutrition isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meant to make you suffer. With exercise and moderation, you can enjoy your favorite foods regularly.

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Giving up grains Why are so many people going gluten-free? By Chandra Orr

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umans have been cultivating grains for more than 10,000 years, so why now are so many people going gluten-free?

It may look like just another food fad, but for those with gluten sensitivity, the latest supermarket offerings could make life a lot easier. “Millions of people suffer everyday not knowing that what they are eating is making them sick,” says Dr. Edward Conley. “Doctors are not aggressive enough in diagnosis because they still feel that everyone who is sensitive to gluten must have celiac disease, and that is not true.” Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a serious autoimmune disease in which a person can’t tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Symptoms can be quite severe – including intermittent diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and malnutrition – or so mild and nondescript as to be overlooked or misdiagnosed. Depression, anemia, muscle cramps, joint pain and skin rashes are all common. Gluten sensitivities, by contrast, are less severe and characterized by bloating, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea – and they’re on the rise. In fact, it’s almost five times more common today than it was 50 years ago, according to a 2009 study conducted by the Mayo Clinic. And most people affected don’t even know they have it.

“This is a very serious health issue,” Conley explains. “I have seen people who were told they were going to die from autoimmune disease and we were able to reduce the inflammation and damage by getting rid of gluten.” Gluten is most commonly associated with bread and pasta, but it also shows up in some very unlikely places. Lumped under monikers like “modified food starch” and “vegetable protein,” gluten can be hiding in cold cuts, salad dressings, spice blends, spaghetti sauce, beer – even gum and pills. Luckily, the FDA now requires food manufacturers to list common allergens, including wheat, on all labels – and with the rise in gluten sensitivities, many companies are using a product’s gluten-free status as a top selling point. “Gluten-free products are beneficial only if you are gluten sensitive. The problem is that 95 percent of people who are gluten sensitive are never diagnosed because doctors don’t think of it,” Conley explains. “In my practice, I have seen tremendous destruction of health from the fact that someone is gluten sensitive and never knew that what was causing their abdominal pain or autoimmune disease was due to what they were eating everyProponents of a gluten-free diet claim that it boosts energy levels, aids in weight loss and helps patients better cope with migraines, ADHD, autism and depression.

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day,” he says. Not all gluten-free options are created equal, though. “A naturally gluten-free grain like quinoa is an excellent choice for a healthy, balanced diet,” says Cheryl McEvoy, director of communications for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. “Gluten-free cookies, on the other hand, may have the same or even more sugar, fat and sodium than their traditional wheat-based counterparts, so they’re not healthier for those who don’t have to avoid gluten,” McEvoy says. Even those without acute sensitivities are going gluten-free. Proponents claim that glutenfree diets significantly boost health and energy, aid in weight loss and help patients better cope with migraines, ADHD, autism and depression. Evidence also suggests that gluten can exacerbate chronic health problems like allergies, asthma, digestive disorders and autoimmune conditions. “I frequently recommend gluten free diets to my patients. It is not necessary for everyone, but you would be surprised at how many people feel so much better when they get rid of the gluten,” says Dr. Mary Ann Block, an osteopathic physician and medical director of The Block Center. “While we have been making and using grains for 10,000 years, the results still yield a food that is not real. It must be altered, manufactured to be eaten. It is better and healthier to eat foods the way they come and eating a shaft of wheat just doesn’t happen.” If you suspect you may have a gluten sensitivity, track your symptoms and speak with your doctor. They may advise a gluten-free diet.

If your doctor suspects celiac disease, they will likely order a blood test to check for raised levels of specific antibodies that are produced in reaction to an allergen. However, these tests have varying degrees of reliability and may show false negatives, so an intestinal biopsy may be required.


Power up with breakfast Tired of the same old, boring morning routine? Get yourself going with some new ideas Spread a flour tortilla with peanut butter. Add a whole banana and roll it up. Spread almond butter on a wholegrain toasted bagel. Top with apple slices.

Make instant oatmeal with milk instead of water. Mix in raisins or dried cranberries. Top with chopped walnuts.

Add lean ham and low-fat Swiss cheese to a toasted whole-grain English muffin.

Layer low-fat yogurt with your favorite crunchy cereal and sliced fruit or berries.

If your taste buds just don’t crave breakfast foods, try these:

Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana.

Peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole-grain bread. Leftover veggie pizza.

Top a bowl of whole-grain cereal with blueberries, sliced peaches or any favorite fruit. Pour on low-fat or fatfree milk.

Deli turkey, a slice of low-fat cheese an lettuce wrapped in a tortilla. Leftover rice mixed with low-fat yogurt, dried fruit and nuts. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Top a toaster waffle with low-fat yogurt and fruit. Stuff a whole-wheat pita with a sliced, hard-cooked egg and low-fat shredded cheese.

Now you’re off to a great start on your day, feeling healthy and satisfied.

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ccording to Dr. Dana Weissman Timmins, chiropractor and owner of Bellmore Village Chiropractic & Wellness, an integrated approach that incorporates chiropractic care, a nutritious diet, adequate sleep, regular exercise and low stress can help boost general health and provide support for optimal immune system functioning. Chiropractic helps eliminate physical nerve stress, and research suggests it can have other beneficial effects on immune system processes. For instance, recent studies have shown that patients receiving chiropractic adjustments experienced an increase in disease-fighting white blood cells, are less likely to become sick and if they do the duration of the illness are Dr. Dana Weissman Timmins shorter. In addition to chiropractic care, there are a few simple practices that Dr. Dana recommends for a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition: Maintain a good diet. Eat a healthy balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Reduce the amount of sugar and refined foods in your diet and decrease alcohol consumption. Dr. Dana often recommends vitamins and supplements for patients based on their individual needs. Adequate Rest: Ideally, 8 hours of sleep per night. You are more likely to be sick if you are sleep deprived or excessively fatigued. Studies show that a lack of sleep can cause infection-fighting T-cells to decrease, plus other detrimental effects that can impair the immune system. Relieve Stress: Chiropractic care helps to relieve physical, chemical and emotional stress on the body. Regular exercise helps stimulate the immune system and reduce the negative effects of stress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life is Better When Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Well Adjusted!â&#x20AC;? Come in for a FREE consultation today!

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or over 25 years Dr. Myles Grossman has been providing podiatric care to his patients at his offices in Merrick and Westbury. His philosophy is simple. He treats every patient as if they were his own mother. You will never feel like you’re a number in Dr, Grossman’s office. You will feel like you’re part of his family. The office staff will greet you with a friendly smile to put even the most apprehensive patient at ease. Don’t expect to wait too long in the waiting room either. Dr. Grossman hates waiting when he goes to the doctor. Why would he expect his patients to feel any different than him? Dr. Grossman has been using lasers in the office for over two decades. They can be used in the treatment of many disorders. Laser treatment may or may not be right for you. Every patient is unique and you cannot treat everyone the same Dr. Grossman will take the time to explain what your particular problem is and go through what all your possible treatment alternatives are. Together Dr. Grossman and the patient will find which treatment that might work best. Dr. Grossman participates in Medicare’s Diabetic shoe program. For those that qualify, you can choose your favorite shoe with little or no out of pocket cost. He also has been working with patients with disabilities, both physical and mental, throughout his entire career. He is involved with FEGS and renders care to their group home residents. Dr. Myles Grossman • 2174 Hewlett Ave., Merrick • 516-379-2560 156 Post Ave., Westbury • 516-334-8208 Health memos are supplied by advertisers and are not written by the Herald editorial staff.

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e all know that eating right is essential to keeping your body running at its best. But nutrition advice doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always account for peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varied lifestyles, health needs and tastes. Now, during National Nutrition Month, is an excellent time to review your diet and make positive, sustainable changes. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the â&#x20AC;&#x153;rightâ&#x20AC;? way to eat for you? Experts say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as restrictive as you may think. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sometimes a misperception that eating properly means giving up favorite foods,â&#x20AC;? says registered dietitian and President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ethan A. Bergman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But including foods you love in your diet can help you stick to your goals.â&#x20AC;? She suggests that those looking to eat a healthy diet tailor food choices to meet lifestyle, needs and preferences: In the office: Busy work days can lead to onthe-fly meals. For desktop dining, keep singleserve packages of crackers, fruit, peanut butter, low-sodium soup or canned tuna in your desk. Always on the go? Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in your bag for meals on the run. Try granola bars, peanut butter and crackers, fresh fruit, trail mix or single-serve packages of whole-grain cereal or crackers. Athletes: Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a competitive athlete or just enjoy working out, what you eat affects your performance. Eat a light meal or snack before exercising, such as low-fat yogurt, a banana or cereal with low-fat milk. Before, during and after exercise, drink plenty of water or a sports drink, if you prefer. Students: For nutritious, budget-friendly snacking, combine protein and carbohydrates, such as apples and peanut butter, low-fat cheese and whole-grain crackers or hardboiled eggs and fruit. These also double as quick grab-and-go breakfasts. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the cafeteria, salad bars are a great choice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just go easy on the highcalorie add-ons. Families: Family meals allow parents to be role models to ensure kids eat right. And, just because a meal is made quickly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be nutritious. Keep things simple. Choose ingredients you can use for more than one meal. For example, cook extra grilled chicken for salad or fajitas the next day. Get the kids involved. They can make the salad, set the table or do other simple tasks. This month, set yourself up for success, and remember that good nutrition isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meant to make you suffer. With exercise and moderation, you can enjoy your favorite foods regularly.

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Power up with breakfast Tired of the same old, boring morning routine? Get yourself going with some new ideas

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reakfast gives you energy to start the day. A healthy breakfast is important for everyone. Get the morning nutrition you need with these quick breakfast ideas.

Spread a flour tortilla with peanut butter. Add a whole banana and roll it up. Spread almond butter on a wholegrain toasted bagel. Top with apple slices.

Make instant oatmeal with milk instead of water. Mix in raisins or dried cranberries. Top with chopped walnuts. Layer low-fat yogurt with your favorite crunchy cereal and sliced fruit or berries.

Add lean ham and low-fat Swiss cheese to a toasted whole-grain English muffin. If your taste buds just don’t crave breakfast foods, try these:

Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana.

Peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole-grain bread. Leftover veggie pizza.

Top a bowl of whole-grain cereal with blueberries, sliced peaches or any favorite fruit. Pour on low-fat or fatfree milk.

Deli turkey, a slice of low-fat cheese an lettuce wrapped in a tortilla. Leftover rice mixed with low-fat yogurt, dried fruit and nuts. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Top a toaster waffle with low-fat yogurt and fruit. Stuff a whole-wheat pita with a sliced, hard-cooked egg and low-fat shredded cheese.

Now you’re off to a great start on your day, feeling healthy and satisfied.

Springtime Cereal 3⁄4 cup wheat and barley nugget cereal 1⁄4 cup 100% bran cereal 2 teaspoons toasted sunflower seeds 2 teaspoons toasted almonds, sliced 1 tablespoon raisins 1⁄2 cup bananas, sliced 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 cup raspberry or strawberry yogurt, low-fat Mix the wheat and barley nugget cereal, bran cereal, sunflower seeds and almonds in a medium bowl. Add raisins, bananas and half of the strawberries. Gently stir in the yogurt and divide between two bowls. Scatter the remaining strawberries over the top and enjoy! Makes 2 servings. Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 352; Fat: 6g; Saturated fat: 1g; Carbohydrate: 69g; Sodium: 272 mg; Fiber: 8g With light yogurt – Calories: 268; Fat: 5g; Saturated fat: 0g; Carbohydrate: 53g; Sodium: 263mg Fiber: 9g

Orzac Center for Rehabilitation

What is Adult Day Care? (ADHC)? The Adult Day Care program at North Shore-LIJ Orzac Center for Rehabilitation is a safe and caring home away from home for your loved one during the day. The program offers frail, elderly, chronically ill and disabled adults a supportive environment where they will have the opportunity to make friends and explore hobbies seven days a week. It also gives you the time you need to work, run errands or enjoy some important time for yourself. Our program offers unique and personalized services that can help your loved one live at home longer and serves as a bridge to all the services he or she needs.

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Cup of joe Health benefits of caffeine could outweigh negatives

Excessive caffeine can make a person jittery and unable to fall asleep. However, caffeine can also prevent disease by boosting the immune system. Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a psychoactive stimulant drug. It is a naturally produced plant product that is most often found in coffee beans, tea and cocoa. Whether caffeine addiction is real or not is open for debate; however, regular coffee drinkers who stop drinking coffee have experienced caffeine withdrawal symptoms. In the last 60 years, researchers have conducted thousands of studies on caffeine and they’re continuing to study whether or not it’s addictive. Though few might be willing to say with certainty that caffeine is “good” for you, caffeine does have its strong points. Fights damage-causing free radicals: Free radicals are molecules in the body that can attack healthy cells and cause damage that precipitates disease. Antioxidants are substances that eliminate free radicals in the body. Recent studies have shown that caffeine’s antioxidant activity actually fights free radicals quite well. In a study published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, the different chemical mechanisms of caffeine were studied in relation to free radicals. Researcher Jorge Rafael LeonCarmona of Mexico found that a mechanism called radical adduct formation, or RAF, was the main reason caffeine can protect against damage from free radicals. Improves memory and brain function: Harvard University researchers have determined that men who drink four cups of caffeinated coffee a day are half as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as those who don’t. The results are believed to be linked to caffeine’s stimulation of dopamine production in the body. Dopamine is a brain chemical that is responsible for alertness, problem-solving capabilities and feelings of pleasure. An Austrian study says caffeine can boost cognitive abilities for about 45 minutes, which means it may help individuals score better on tests or perform better in business meetings. There is also evidence that caffeine can delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. That’s because caffeine can block adenosine receptors in the brain. Adenosine slows down the neurological system so that the body can relax. However, adenosine may also contribute to the buildup of amyloidbeta, a toxic brain plaque that’s associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Helps the heart: Although caffeine can cause blood pressure to rise because it constricts the arteries, caffeine does not appear to contribute much to the development of heart disease. In fact, scientists at Brooklyn College

People Choose Mercy for Exceptional Health Care Close to Home. Patients choose Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre more than 100,000 times a year – for quality, state-of-the-art health care, in a healing, faith-based environment that is sensitive to all cultural and religious needs.

• Ranked among the top hospitals in New York State - in the 2012 ratings of Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report • Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center found people who drank four cups of caffeinated coffee daily had a 53 percent lower risk of dying of heart disease than those who didn’t consume a cup of Joe. Individuals who do not already have hypertension can tolerate moderate coffee drinking, and over time their bodies actually may become accustomed to the temporary rise in blood pressure. Aids with type 2 diabetes risk reduction: More than 125,000 participants were studied in a 20-year look at coffee consumption and its potential relationship to type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham & Women’s Hospital have found individuals who drank caffeinated coffee lowered their risk for type 2 diabetes considerably. Men saw a 50 percent reduced risk, and women saw their risk reduced by 30. Alleviates headaches: Caffeine is often a hidden component of analgesics. Working in conjunction with the pain medication, caffeine helps the body absorb the pain reliever more efficiently. This requires a smaller amount of the drug and brings relief faster. Some other people surmise that since caffeine is a natural mood booster, it also helps the body to feel better faster. Following this line of thinking, caffeine may help to prevent other pain associated with exercise, fibromyalgia and arthritis. Sometimes caffeine is seen as the villain in a healthy living plan. Yet there is much research and ever-evolving theories that caffeine may be more help than hindrance.

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he pitfalls of caffeine consumption are well known, but the various health benefits of caffeine are often overlooked.


Giving up grains Why are so many people going gluten-free? By Chandra Orr

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umans have been cultivating grains for more than 10,000 years, so why now are so many people going gluten-free?

It may look like just another food fad, but for those with gluten sensitivity, the latest supermarket offerings could make life a lot easier. “Millions of people suffer everyday not knowing that what they are eating is making them sick,” says Dr. Edward Conley. “Doctors are not aggressive enough in diagnosis because they still feel that everyone who is sensitive to gluten must have celiac disease, and that is not true.” Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a serious autoimmune disease in which a person can’t tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Symptoms can be quite severe – including intermittent diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and malnutrition – or so mild and nondescript as to be overlooked or misdiagnosed. Depression, anemia, muscle cramps, joint pain and skin rashes are all common. Gluten sensitivities, by contrast, are less severe and characterized by bloating, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea – and they’re on the rise. In fact, it’s almost five times more common today than it was 50 years ago, according to a 2009 study conducted by the Mayo Clinic. And most people affected don’t even know

they have it. “This is a very serious health issue,” Conley explains. “I have seen people who were told they were going to die from autoimmune disease and we were able to reduce the inflammation and damage by getting rid of gluten.” Gluten is most commonly associated with bread and pasta, but it also shows up in some very unlikely places. Lumped under monikers like “modified food starch” and “vegetable protein,” gluten can be hiding in cold cuts, salad dressings, spice blends, spaghetti sauce, beer – even chewing gum and pills. Luckily, the FDA now requires food manufacturers to list common allergens, including wheat, on all labels – and with the rise in gluten sensitivities, many companies are using a product’s gluten-free status as a top selling point. “Gluten-free products are beneficial only if you are gluten sensitive. The problem is that 95 percent of people who are gluten sensitive are never diagnosed because doctors don’t think of it,” Conley explains. “In my practice, I have seen tremendous destruction of health from the fact that someone is gluten sensitive and never knew that Proponents of a gluten-free diet claim that it boosts energy levels, aids in weight loss and helps patients better cope with migraines, ADHD, autism and depression.

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what was causing their abdominal pain or autoimmune disease was due to what they were eating everyday,” he says. Not all gluten-free options are created equal, though. “A naturally gluten-free grain like quinoa is an excellent choice for a healthy, balanced diet,” says Cheryl McEvoy, director of communications for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. “Gluten-free cookies, on the other hand, may have the same or even more sugar, fat and sodium than their traditional wheat-based counterparts, so they’re not healthier for those who don’t have to avoid gluten,” McEvoy says. Even those without acute sensitivities are going gluten-free. Proponents claim that glutenfree diets significantly boost health and energy, aid in weight loss and help patients better cope with migraines, ADHD, autism and depression. Evidence also suggests that gluten can exacerbate chronic health problems like allergies, asthma, digestive disorders and autoimmune conditions. “I frequently recommend gluten free diets to my patients. It is not necessary for everyone, but you would be surprised at how many people feel so much better when they get rid of the gluten,” says Dr. Mary Ann Block, an osteopathic physician and medical director of The Block Center. “While we have been making and using grains for 10,000 years, the results still yield a food that is not real. It must be altered, manufactured to be eaten. It is better and healthier to eat foods the way they come and eating a shaft of wheat just doesn’t happen.” If you suspect you may have a gluten sen-

sitivity, track your symptoms and speak with your doctor. They may advise a gluten-free diet. If your doctor suspects celiac disease, they will likely order a blood test to check for raised levels of specific antibodies that are produced in reaction to an allergen. However, these tests have varying degrees of reliability and may show false negatives, so an intestinal biopsy may be required.


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Rapid, expert emergency care at Mercy Medical Center

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hen immediate medical attention is needed, patients choose the Emergency Department at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre nearly 40,000 times a year. Mercy provides 24-hour emergency and trauma care to both children and adults, with a staff of board certified emergency physicians trained at some of the nation’s finest medical schools, residency programs and trauma centers. Most patients are seen by a physician within 45-minutes or less of their arrival at Mercy’s Emergency Department. And Mercy also offers Express Care to provide rapid thorough assessment and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, providing a more convenient, lower cost alternative to the Emergency Department, particularly during evening hours when private physician offices are closed. A pediatrician is on duty around-the-clock to see to the needs of young patients, and the physicians are supported by nurses who are specially trained in providing rapid, expert, compassionate care. Recognized as one of the best hospitals in New York in the 2012 ratings by U.S. News and World Report, Mercy also is a New York State-designated Stroke Center and the recipient of consecutive Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Mercy is staffed and equipped to provide swift, state-of-the-art urgent care, close to home, any time, day or night, every day. In an emergency, dial 911. For information and physician referrals, call 516-62MERCY or visit www.MercyMedicalCenter.info. Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre 516-62MERCY • www.MercyMedicalCenter.info

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Orzac Adult Day Health Care Program helps seniors maintain their dignity

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SLIJ Orzac Adult Day Health Care Program is a community based long-term program designed to keep participants in their homes with dignity and respect. The goal is to maintain wellness through the combined efforts of a dedicated experienced professional staff under the direction of each participant’s personal physician. The program will assist caregivers with critically needed respite from their caregiving responsibilities so they can continue to provide care for their loved ones. The program operates seven day a week from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Door-to-door transportation is provided. A variety of therapeutic recreation activities are offered daily, including games, arts and crafts, exercise, special events, entertainment, and monthly birthday parties. Trips to restaurants, stores and parks are offered monthly. Intergenerational programs include visits from Washington Avenue 6th grade class in Franklin Square. Education on maintaining one’s wellness is offered daily. Participants have an opportunity to attend the following classes: Weight Management; Strength and Balance; Healthy Food Choice; Diabetes Education. The philosophy of the Orzac Adult Day Health Care Program is based on a holistic approach to health care that embraces the physiological, psychological, spiritual, emotional and social needs of each registrant. Each individual is recognized as having worth, dignity and autonomy. Call 516-256-6630 to schedule your visit and meet the compassionate professional team of the Orzac Adult Day Health Care Program. Orzac Adult Day Health Care Program 900 Franklin Ave., Valley Stream • 516-256-6630

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Advanced maternity care for added peace of mind

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outh Nassau Communities Hospital’s Center for New Beginnings is unlike any other labor, delivery and maternity care unit in the region. Combining a staff of compassionate, experienced maternity nurses, obstetricians and high-risk pregnancy specialists with advanced maternal-fetal medical technologies, it provides maternity care that is among the very best anywhere in the U.S. In addition to 26 private family/newborn rooms with first-class hotel-like accommodations and spacious labor and delivery rooms, the Center houses a 6-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Premature deliveries and newborns with developmental complications or conditions receive the specialized care they need in the neonatal intensive care unit. Staffed by board-certified neonatologists, the unit is equipped with dedicated medical technologies for premature newborns and newborns with special needs. For mothers needing a Caesarean delivery, the Center has a dedicated state-of-the-art surgical suite to ensure that they experience a model of family-centered care. The Center for New Beginnings has been designed specifically for the family. Parents experience the entire birth process in the comfort of the unit’s private labor and delivery suites. Knowing that family and friends will be waiting to celebrate the birth, the visitors’ lounge features armchairs with a clear view to the nursery so that everyone can gather when the new addition is introduced for the first time. If you would like a personal tour of the maternity unit or Pediatric Unit, call 516-377-5310. It truly is a special place for your special event. South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside • 516-374-8631 Health memos are supplied by advertisers and are not written by the Herald editorial staff.

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Plattdeutsche Retirement Home’s Enriched Housing Apartments

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lattdeutsche Retirement Home has a distinguished history of caring for Nassau County’s seniors. The development, owned by the non-profit Plattduetsche Home Society, began as a retirement home for poor immigrants from Germany but is now available to all. Limited to ages 65 and older, the property was built in 1922, with the apartments added in 1990 and 2000. A dedicated, caring staff provides prompt attention to the needs of every resident, so that their retirement years are carefree and enjoyable. The housing complex consists of 48 individual apartments: studios, one-bedrooms, junior two-bedrooms and two-bedrooms in a three-level building, and 80 single-bedrooms in a separate, supportive living area. Each apartment has a balcony and an intercom connected to the front entrance, and at least two emergency pull cords connected to a nurse’s aide station. The community is invited to an open house on Saturday, April 6, 1:30-4 p.m., to learn more about all that Plattdeutsche has to offer. Amenities include a spacious dining room, lounge on each floor, chapel with stainedglass windows, library, hobby room, beauty/barber shop, physical fitness room, billiards, private party room, coin-operated laundry, indoor swimming pool, and Jacuzzi. Outside are gardens, seating areas, a gazebo, pond and shuffleboard. Spotless and beautifully maintained, with ample parking, the staff’s guiding policy is that nothing is more important than the well-being and tranquility of its residents. A geriatric case manager runs informational sessions and helps residents with everything from Medicare to elder law issues. A physical therapist, podiatrist, psychiatrist, and medical doctors visit the development regularly. Plattdeutsche Retirement Home 1150 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square • 516-352-4252 Health memos are supplied by advertisers and are not written by the Herald editorial staff.

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