Spice In Your Life For Longevity


By Aparna Mele Hot peppers are a great way to add flavor to your recipes, but we now know that they may have a surprisingly positive effect on your health too.  Hot peppers, like jalapeños and chills, are rich in a component called capsaicin, a fiery substance which gives you that scorched burning feeling in … Continue reading Spice In Your Life For Longevity

What’s New In Our Poo?


By Aparna Mele, MD We are what we eat. And we are plastic! That’s right, plastic!  A recent study found that globally, people are consuming traces of environmental plastic contaminants which include polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and other synthetic substances. Although their effect on human health is still unclear, some evidence suggests that these microplastics, less … Continue reading What’s New In Our Poo?

Piña Colada Zucchini Bread


Is your garden overflowing with zucchini? Are you trying to hold onto the last vestiges of summer? Then look no further than this recipe which combines pina colada and zucchini!  Happy Indian Summer!! Submitted by Tina Kutz Source: Sharon Rydbom from Tipton; 1st Place Winner of 2002 PA Farm Show “Simply Delicious” Vegetable Quick Bread … Continue reading Piña Colada Zucchini Bread

Versatile Coconut Oil


By Aparna Mele MD While the health benefits of eating and cooking with coconut oil are well understood–including improving digestion, fighting infection, and increasing metabolism—a growing body of scientific studies are starting to highlight its far-reaching topical benefits too.  Studies show that coconut oil—which is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts—may improve skin barrier … Continue reading Versatile Coconut Oil

3 Questions Every Senior Should Ask About Medicare Coverage and Long-Term Care


By Sharon Wagner If you’ve ever asked yourself “What are my chances of needing — and paying for — long-term care?” then this article is for you. Many seniors find Medicare invaluable when it comes to healthcare coverage, but they are often surprised to learn about critical healthcare needs it does not cover. Long-term care, … Continue reading 3 Questions Every Senior Should Ask About Medicare Coverage and Long-Term Care

Responsible Disposal of Pharmaceuticals


By Aparna Mele Water sampling studies throughout the country have revealed the presence of antidepressants, beta-blockers, anxiolytics, antibiotics, analgesics, antihypertensives, hormones, and more. A decade of research has clearly demonstrated that medications in water have significant detrimental effects on other species who depend on these waterways for life. Amphibians, fish, and reptiles have shown altered … Continue reading Responsible Disposal of Pharmaceuticals