Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Don’t sit too close to the TV or you’ll need glasses. Put down that spicy chili dog or you’ll give yourself an ulcer. These are health claims so pervasive that it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. What should you believe? We asked local medical professionals to weigh in on some of the most popular myths.
• A support group for caregivers who look after the elderly or chronically ill will meet Tuesday, May 19, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Southold Town Senior Center on Pacific Street in Mattituck. Call 298-4460 for information.
The author has always been able to crack her knuckles — and almost all her other joints, for that matter. But is the habit bad for your health? (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
I’m a crack addict, but it’s not what you’re thinking.
When I was 9, I discovered I could manipulate my ankles with very little effort. My toes, knuckles and elbows soon followed. By the time I was a teenager, I was regularly cracking my back and neck. Now, at 29, I’m a full-blown junkie of the “snap, crackle and pop” variety. It just feels good. (more…)
The Mad Hatters (from left) Sue Hanauer of Riverhead, Harold Gordon of Mattituck, Rita Cohen of Southold and Prue Brashich of Cutchogue during last week’s bi-monthly knitting session at Ms. Hanover’s kitchen table. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
In 2003, Sue Hanauer was working on a project with fellow North Fork Reform Synagogue members when she developed the idea for Mad Hatters, which knits hats for local cancer patients.
“We were finishing a quilt cover for a wooden ark and were talking about what we wanted to do next,” said Ms. Hanauer, of Jamesport. “I had heard about a nationwide group that was doing caps for women and brought that to their attention. They liked the idea and the rest is history, as they say.” (more…)
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders at Monday’s press conference. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) has announced it will offer healthcare services to military veterans at its new facility in Manorville starting Tuesday.
Joe Van de Wetering, the Garden Festival’s founder, outside Peconic Bay Medical Center on Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
When Joe Van de Wetering told Central Suffolk’s board of trustees he could earn the hospital $100,000 through an on-campus plant sale, they didn’t believe him.
They rejected the idea, but a year later, after some deliberations, the board approved the project — with some restrictions, however.
His plan to feature a Battle of the Bands?
It would have been too loud, he was told.
His pitch to sell shellfish and other farm goods?
The health department would never go for it.
Still, he organized the first Garden Festival in 1995.
It raised just $7,000.
Kraft, creators of the fluorescent orange macaroni and cheese of my childhood — and quite possibly yours — announced plans last week to stop using artificial dyes and preservatives in the beloved boxed dinners starting in January. (more…)
About a year ago, prospective customers kept walking into Shelly Scoggin’s Greenport health store, The Market, asking for obscure supplements they had heard Dr. Mehmet Oz endorse as weight-loss breakthroughs on his eponymous CBS television show. They were looking for items like white kidney bean extract and African mango seed. (more…)