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6 18 The Staff
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This section is all about living
your best life every day. We’ve
gathered together advice from
the best doctors, nutritionists and
healthcare professionals, both
locally and around the country,
to give you everything you need to
take your lifestyle to the next level.
This month, we look at how college
kids can battle the infamous
“Freshman 15,” help you keep your
kids healthy and happy at school
and reveal to you the fat-busting
secrets of the Mediterranean Diet.
Ready to start living?
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Avoiding the Freshman 15
BY CAROLYN WINUK, PT, SSF, TCR
Ihave always loved the fall, and like CAROLYN WINUK, PT, SSF, TCR utes of some type of physical activity daily
many exhausted parents after a summer is a reasonable exercise goal. It is natural to
of entertaining young children, I found jumping jacks, push-ups, dips, planks, squats have to adjust for illness, school or work con-
myself welcoming the return to the school and lunges or a YouTube fitness video while flicts. Students need to be mindful of getting
year and some semblance of routine. When waiting for that load of laundry to spin dry. enough sleep. Research indicates a lack of
my oldest went off to college, however, I was restorative sleep is associated with increased
filled with a mix of bittersweet emotions, as The type of exercise is important, as well. daytime hunger and is linked to a slower
was my college freshman-to-be. Muscle, built through lifting weights, burns metabolic rate, a contributing factor to
Although extremely exciting, freshman calories at rest. Packing shorts and running weight gain. Healthy habits take some work
year at college can be overwhelming for even shoes can prove useful if a quick trip to the to develop, but, begun in youth, can contrib-
the most organized and flexible of students. gym can be squeezed in before or after class- ute to a lifetime of wellness and fitness.
New surroundings, new friends and new es. Better yet, a job at the college fitness cen-
educational demands can be stressful for in- ter allows a student to stay fit and get paid Carolyn Winuk, PT, SSF, TCR is a
coming freshmen. Add to those factors a lack for it at the same time. Staying well hydrated, practicing physical therapist, an ISSA certified
of sleep, change in diet and the loss of home- eating regular and well-balanced meals and Specialist in Senior Fitness and a Tai Chi
cooked meals, a lack of parental supervision avoiding mindless snacking while studying for Rehabilitation instructor. The former
and the potential use of alcohol, and you’ve or watching TV are sensible habits for col- owner/founder of Moms In Motion Physical
got a prescription for weight gain. lege students and adults alike. Using smaller Therapy, PC, a women’s health physical therapy
For many freshmen, the health and fitness plates and bowls, choosing water and seltzer practice, Ms. Winuk currently devotes her
routines often maintained through mandato- over sugary beverages, opting for grilled (not time to providing physical therapy services for
ry physical education classes in high school, fried) foods, avoiding dessert at every meal, seniors. She is a public speaker on healthcare
as well as community team sports, can fall by and leaving the table feeling 80 percent full and wellness related topics, and is currently
the wayside once living on a campus. Faced are dining hall tips for success. pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy.
with the unlimited, buffet-style dining plans
offered at many colleges, students can be Freshmen year, albeit exciting, is fraught
tempted to over-indulge. Five hundred ad- with new expectations and responsibilities.
ditional calories daily can easily result in a A healthy sense of priority and perspective
four- or five-pound weight gain by month’s is nearly as important as a healthy eating and
end, especially if every trip to the dining hall fitness regime. Aiming for at least 30 min-
turns into a free-for-all! This can, of course,
add up to a sizeable weight gain by senior
year, left unchecked. A 2015 study published
in BMC Obesity noted that over 60 percent
of all college freshmen gain an average of 7.5
pounds, with one in ten students gaining as
much as 15 pounds. But this “Freshman 15”
weight gain is far from inevitable, and with a
few smart choices and adjustments in time
management, college freshmen can maintain
control of their health and fitness.
Students can be mindful and attentive to
their wellness while away at college by sched-
uling exercise into their daily routine, placing
it on the calendar alongside classes and jobs,
and approaching it as just another task that
must be completed each day. Partnering up
with a friend adds the element of account-
ability, which is a strong motivator for some.
Exercise can be used as a great break between
classes and an opportunity for socializing. It
can even be a means of getting to class: think
biking, running, roller blading, skate board-
ing or race walking. Proficiency in multi-
tasking is a great skill for college students,
easily enhanced by a dorm room workout of
SEPTEMBER 2018 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 7
BY LEE S. MARCUS, MD, study. The study demon- Medi- eating
strated that participants terranean this way is to enjoy breakfast,
FACC, FASPC who strictly followed the diet, you may lunch and dinner and not skip a
CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST Mediterranean diet (as moni- need to make sig- meal.
tored by a food questionnaire) nificant changes to your eat-
Coronary artery disease and faced a lower early mortality risk. ing habits. Fast food and takeout As with any lifestyle plan, you
stroke patients may now During the 7.3-year follow-up will no longer be a part of your should also incorporate physical
have a non-pharmacolog- period, 208 deaths were record- lifestyle. You’ll need to stay away activity into your day. This will
ic way to lower their risk of early ed. The investigators found that from processed foods that use help to maximize the cardiovas-
mortality. Several recent scientific death from any cause was reduced sugar or trans fat and keep sweets cular benefits of the Mediter-
studies appear to demonstrate by 37 percent in participants with to a minimum. Fresh fish, toma- ranean diet. Walking, running,
that adherence to a traditional a higher adherence to the Medi- toes, feta cheese, grilled chicken cycling, swimming, boxing, and
Mediterranean diet is associated terranean diet, compared to those and olive oil will now be an es- aerobic or cardio classes are all
with decreased risk for various who followed the diet poorly. sential part of your diet. great exercises to try. The most
chronic diseases, and mortality. important thing to do is keep
Prior research had mainly focused According to Dr. Bonaccio, Researchers also recommend your body moving while eating a
on the general population, and there were major contributors adding at least five tablespoons of heart-healthy diet.
demonstrated favorable effects that reduced the mortality risk, olive oil to your meals and incor-
of this type of diet on inflamma- including the higher consump- porating nuts into your diet, such Lee S. Marcus, MD, FACC,
tion. A recent analysis conducted tion of vegetables, fish, fruit, nuts, as walnuts,almonds and hazelnuts FASPC
by Dr. Marialaura Bonaccio, Pro- and monounsaturated fatty ac- to help you receive the maximum President and Founder, Preventive
fessor Giovanni de Gaetano, and ids, such as olive oil. The results benefits. Other previously dem- Cardiology of New York
fellow researchers found that the of the study have stimulated onstrated potential health benefits
Mediterranean diet is particularly further research into the mecha- of the Mediterranean diet include
beneficial for patients with a his- nisms behind the benefits of the protection against type 2 diabetes,
tory of various forms of cardio- Mediterranean diet. Because the prevention of stroke, reduction in
vascular disease. Moli-sani project was an obser- the risk of Alzheimer’s demen-
vational study, further research is tia and overall increased lon-
The overall Moli-sani project needed to validate the association gevity. The key for success when
included nearly 25,000 people between the dietary effects and
living in the province of Molise, reduction of mortality.
Italy. Among those participants,
the current analysis identified FOLLOWING THE
1,197 people who self-reported a MEDITERRANEAN DIET
history of cardiovascular disease
at the time of enrollment in the If you’re planning to start the
PAGE 8 – WESTCHESTER WELLNESS SEPTEMBER 2018
BY DR. DEBORAH HARDY gesting breathing. So do it. Take dent of mine once suggested a of what we may be dealing with.
one deep breath and let out all “me time” when discussing ways If dealing with concerns, such
the air. Try it again. After three to reduce tension. Since then, I as change and transition, I of-
You might be thinking deep breaths, your body seems have adopted the term to remind ten suggest writing down what
about the next steps in to let out all the tension and myself that everyday I need a lit- happened, and how did you deal
your journey. Maybe a the weight that you may be car- tle of “me time” to get organized, with it in addition to having a
transition to college, high school, rying. If you can’t do it because to relax and reconnect. Hav- section to follow up if needed. It
middle school or even a new job. you need a focusing tool, I sug- ing a time in the day where you is important to always write how
Our reaction to change can be gest finding an app that can help can step away from the thought the problem was solved or dealt
unique, but for most it brings on you such as www.calm.com. The or activity that reminds you of with to have as a future reference
stress and some level of anxiety. app provides a short-timed mo- change in order to just let the in case a similar situation comes
Our minds overthink and focus ment for individuals to sit and emotions calm down is a good along.
on the ongoing question: “What do nothing or follow the circle in thing. Self-awareness is impor- Change can be terrifying, or
if…” breathing in and out. tant at every stage of develop- it can be a moment of learning.
“What if this is not the right 2) Doodle. Doodling is a fa- ment, so find some time where Set your mind to embrace what
college for me? What if I don’t vorite pastime for many. In class, you can reflect on what worked, you learn from each change you
fit in anywhere in high school? or in a meeting, I have observed what didn’t work, what bothered go through. Set up a toolbox of
What if I don’t get the locker many students and colleagues you and how you can learn from resources that you find suitable
opened in time to go to my 6th doodle while discussions sur- the event. “Me time” is a teach- for you to use if you get stressed
grade class? What if I make a round them. It may seem offen- able moment! or anxious. By using the tools
mistake on my first day at work?” sive, but in fact, it is an activity 4) Journalize. Our minds are as part of your daily routine, the
The questions may go on and on that keeps individuals focused. constantly working and some- new journey won’t be so over-
for a while. Having such a tense Let’s not try it in these locations times it is very hard to shut whelming. Will it be easy? No,
moment can cause a cyclical ef- to further avoid stress! Grab a down. We are thinking about but will it be worth the journey?
fect of creating more chaos in pen or pencil and a piece of paper. what someone said, what was Without a doubt!
one’s life. So how do we set our Sit in a location you enjoy, listen observed or even our emotions
minds to rethink the uncertainty to music and begin doodling. Let at a given time. To overthink Dr. Hardy is an educational
of change and refocus? Here are a few minutes pass and reflect on makes letting go more difficult. consultant focused on assisting
some tips that can help: how you feel. If it helps you, al- Having a journal is great to write students to acheive their post-
1) Breathe. You have prob- ways have the tools available in down ideas, tasks, emotions and secondary journey. Learn more at
ably heard everyone say, “just your favorite location. There are so much more. Using a journal guidedconsult.com.
breathe” and seen too many of some great apps for doodling! expands our self-awareness but
the postings in social media sug- 3) Me Time. A graduate stu- also aides in self-management
SEPTEMBER 2018 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 9
Wash Your Hands!
ENT and Allergy’s Dr. Jason Abramovitz shares the most important advice
for keeping kids healthy this school year
BY JEREMY BROWN “Hand washing has been “With the beginning of the as they wash. By the time they
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF shown to be the No. 1 most ef- school year comes a new batch get to “Z,” their hands should
fective way of preventing germ of u vaccinations, which are be squeaky clean. Alternatively,
As parents pack lunches, spread,” he said. “I think it’s re- important for kids to get because they can also run through two
gather up textbooks and ally important for children to be they can help prevent the spread rounds of “Happy Birthday” to
send their kids o to educated on proper hand-wash- of the u,” he said. “Especially get their hands properly washed
another school year, they’re all ing, especially when using items once you go to school and your and ready.
united in the common goal of that may have been handled or children are being exposed to
keeping the little ones as healthy touched by other children. It’s al- lots of other children and lots of With each month of the
as possible. ways a good practice to have your other sources of germs and the school year, it seems there’s an-
However, as hard as parents kids wash their hands as soon as spread of germs.” other virus to contend with and
might try, inevitably, kids bring they get home from school so something else that can get your
germs home with them, expos- they don’t bring anything from As important as hand-wash- kids sick, so Abramovitz stresses
ing themselves and the family to school into the home.” ing is, however, it can be a chal- that it’s very important for par-
a host of nasty illnesses. So what lenge to teach kids the right way ents to know what the signs of
can parents do to try and prevent With young children, espe- to get their digits clean. Experts infection are and when it’s time
germs from wreaking havoc on cially, it can be di cult to combat recommend trying to make it fun to see a doctor. But, above all,
their lives and their kids’ school germs, because kids in kinder- for kids, with scented soaps or it’s most important to get those
years? garten and nursery school share soaps that come in fun shapes to hands under running water as
Dr. Jason Abramovitz, an ear, toys and games, often after put- engage them. Additionally, since often as possible.
nose and throat specialist with ting their hands in their mouths. kids need to wash their hands
ENTA, says the answer is so As a result, Dr. Abramovitz rec- for at least 20 seconds for it to “It’s important to always wash
simple that parents often over- ommends that parents make sure be e ective, those in the know your hands,” he said. “It’s by far
look it: wash your hands! that their kids are up to date on suggest making a game out of it the most important thing a child
their vaccinations. by having them sing the alphabet can do.”
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The “Myth-information” About Head Lice
There are so many myths around lice, how it is spread, how it is treated and how it is avoided. The misinformation and long standing
myths are astounding. Well, let’s set the record straight but let’s have some fun first. Test your lice knowledge with a little quiz. Here are 10
statements regarding lice. Take a guess as to whether they are true or false and read on for the answers.
TRUE OR FALSE? 1) False. Lice can occur in anyone who has hair on their head and blood. Lice do not
TAKE THE QUIZ care about socio-economic status!
1) Lice mostly occur in low-income 2) False. Lice do not occur as a result of poor hygiene. Lice are parasites thathold
homes. onto hair and feed on the human scalp. They can only be contracted through head-
2) Lice are a result of poor hygiene. to-head contact or, in rare cases, by the sharing of hats and brushes.
3) Lice can only live off of a human
head for 24 hours. 3) True. Adult lice need to feed on human blood every three hours (babies feed every
4) Items that have been in contact hour). Without blood, they will begin to dehydrate. Removed from their food source
with lice must be bagged for one (a human head), they will die within 24 hours. Removal is the only way to ensure lice
week. will be defeated.
5) Lice can jump from person to
person. 4) False. Since lice cannot live away from their food source or away from 98.6˚,
6) Lice have become resistant to all items that have come in contact with lice can be removed for 24 hours or put in a
over-the-counter treatments. dryer on high heat for 20-30 minutes.
7) The mom louse lays approximately
10 eggs per day. 5) False. Lice do not jump or fly. They have claws that are designed specifically to
8) Mayonnaise, vinegar or olive oil hold on to hair. They can only move along an individual strand of hair or from strand
can kill lice. to strand. This is why the best way to avoid lice is to avoid hair-to-hair contact.
9) Nits without live lice bugs and are
not a worry. 6) True. Lice have indeed become 100% resistant to all over-the-counter products.
10) If you do not itch, you do not The only way to eliminate lice is to comb them out with a fine tooth comb to remove
have lice. it from the head. In addition, many over-the-counter products contain toxic pesticides
that may be harmful to children. There are several all natural products that can be
THIS QUIZ used to assist in combing out lice.
LICEOUT911! 7) True. The female louse lays up to five eggs two times a day. Given the fact that
four to five lice travel to a head at a time, most of which are females, a case of lice
can quickly become significant.
8) False. There are no magic solutions to killing lice. Mayonnaise, vinegar and oil
should remain in salads. The notion that these food items kill lice comes from the
act of combing them through the hair. The combing is what is doing the trick, not the
condiment. Some useful non-food products that assist in combing are Cetaphil® or
a thick conditioner like Pantene®. However, the proper comb (we recommend the
Terminator®) is essential.
9) False. Nits are lice eggs. Although a case of nits without live bugs does not pose
an immediate threat, they need to be removed. The incubation time for a louse
is approximately 7-10 days. At that time, the egg will hatch and a baby louse will
emerge. In nine more days, that baby will grow to be a reproductive, contagious
adult. Remember question seven? Do the math. All nits must be removed from the
hair in order to ensure lice are completely gone.
10) False. This is probably the biggest falsehood. Itching from lice is an allergic
reaction. Only 50% of people are allergic to lice and thus, experience itching.
As such, when you receive that note home from school alerting you to a case of lice
in the classroom, check your child regardless of whether or not they are itching.
liceout911.com Within the past five years, we have learned a lot more about lice than we have
believed for the past hundred thousand. As such, it is important that you consult
with a certified professional to help you get rid of lice and avoid it in the future. You
can eliminate it yourself but armed with the knowledge of how these creatures work,
your treatment will be much more effective!
SEPTEMBER 2018 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 11
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The Before and After My Son’s Fatal Overdose
BY SUSAN SALOMONE, MS, to break down barriers and work
CASAC together for the better good. We
DRUG CRISIS IN OUR BACKYARD have watched as hundreds rally
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR around us to stop the stigma asso-
ciated with addiction and mental
Like so many other families illness.
that have lost loved ones As a member of Governor Cuo-
to the Opioid Epidemic, I mo’s Heroin Task Force, I heard
divide my life into the before and innumerable families explain the
after. e before was May 28, chaos in getting their loved ones
2012, and the after was May 29, into treatment, helping them nd
2012 when my son Justin died of a their way after treatment, and
heroin overdose. Today 6 years lat- then experiencing relapse after
er I ask myself what has changed. relapse. I was present when Gov-
rough the e orts of our grass- ernor Cuomo signed laws that METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION
roots organization, Drug Crisis in limit doctors to prescribing 7 days ing or in recovery. e overall goal
is to build long term, sustainable
our Backyard, we have certainly of opioids rather then 30, and re- In 2016, 64,500 Americans died supports in order to live a ful lled
of Drug Overdose, approximately drug free life.
brought awareness of the rampant quiring treatment centers in NY 75% from opioids. In 2017, there
was a 10% increase in drug over- A Certi ed Recovery Peer Ad-
use of heroin and opioids in our to accept opioid addicted patients dose deaths being estimated at vocate is a trained professional
70,467 people. who provides outreach, advocacy,
community,we have helped count- to rehab without prior insurance mentoring, and recovery support
Billions of dollars are available services to those seeking or sus-
less families understand Substance authorization for a minimum of through federal government grants taining recovery. Peer Advocates
to the states and in turn to agencies usually have lived the experience
Use Disorder (addiction) as a dis- 14 days. ese are all huge ac- that provide services. Some of the and have a personal understanding
new treatment modalities that are of addiction. Peer Advocates will
ease and rallied together in an ef- complishments but apparently not now available that weren’t just a connect with a person that may be
few years ago are Family Naviga- in the emergency room or some-
fort to support each other live with enough. e National Vital Sta- tion, Recovery Coaching and Cer- one that is reaching out for help.
ti ed Peer Recovery Advocate.
the symptoms in a loved one. As a tistics System came out with pre- ese and many other grants
Family Navigation is a service have been o ered by OASAS
community, we have been amazed liminary statistics for Drug Over- that Drug Crisis in our Backyard (NYS O ce of Alcohol and Sub-
has been o ering since inception stance Abuse) in an e ort to stem
to see the agencies whose mission dose Deaths in the twelve-month and continues to o er. Family the tide of overdose, to prevent
Navigators provide free, con den- preteens and teens from unwit-
is prevention and treatment begin period ending December 2017. tial services and information for tingly experimenting with sub-
families struggling with addiction. stances that can forever change
CoveCare Center COUNSELING their destiny and supporting the
THAT ey lead support groups and edu- families that are living with active
cational workshops in an attempt addiction. It is the hope of Drug
EMPOWERS to support families before things Crisis in our Backyard that as more
CHANGE get out of control and after they and more people are educated on
are out of control. ese services the depth and breadth of this cri-
Mental Health Alcohol & Substance Use are now grant funded and avail- sis, they will begin to understand
Counseling & Treatment Treatment & Prevention able in most areas in the Hudson that addiction is not a choice but a
Valley, including Westchester and disease and with compassion reach
Rehabilitation Services Community-Based Services Putnam Counties. out to those that are still ghting
PROSper for Adults, Families & Children this battle.
Recovery Coaching is a
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Who doesn’t love to go outside and
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inside the rather puzzling medical
mystery of Restless Legs Syndrome.
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Letting kids go out and play could b
BY GABRIELLE BILIK playing outside we stayed out until the Even organized sports like baseball take
MANAGING EDITOR streetlights came on,’”Skenazy says.“But then away the child’s control, she argues.
they follow it up with ‘times have changed.’ “Really, it’s a class,” she says. “Who brings
Trying to raise confident and secure children? However, if you look at the statistics, they’re the snack, how long the game is, who plays
The answer could be as simple as letting them safer now. in what position—it’s all adult run—even
play outside. Skenazy argues that parents are influenced though it has the veneer of the child’s activity.”
Mentalillnessamongchildrenandadolescents to think of wort-case scenarios. A question Westchester mom of three and admin of
is on the rise. From 2007 to 2012, diagnoses of she was often asked on talk shows was ‘but the Facebook Group Northern Westchester
anxiety increased by 20 percent from 2007 to Lenore how would you have felt if he never Natural Parenting Leah O’Donnell prefers
2012 in children ages 6-17, according to the came home,’’referring to her son,who recently to let her kids have more independence and
2016 National Survey of Children’s Health. turned 20, who rode the subway as a child. is a believer in free play for children versus
Lenore Skenazy, a writer living in New “I trust reality rather than this worst-case structured activities day in and day out.
York, inadvertently started the “free-range kids” scenario, which is very unlikely to happen,” O’Donnell who earned degrees from
movement 10 years ago when she let her then she says. “If it did, it would be horrible but NYU and Columbia University in clinical
9-year-old son ride the New York City subway [the idea that] if you’re not going to that dark social work and infant, child and adolescent
alone and wrote about it in an article. place, you’re not doing it right has become so psychology, touts the benefits of letting
After the backlash she received from other engrained that it feels instinctive, but it’s not.” children reconnect with nature and explore
parents and media, she began discussing her The free-range movement (more the world more independently.
choice and promoting the concept of loosening information at freerangekids.com) and “There so much research out there too
the grip of supervision on children and their organizations like “Let Grow,” which that says giving children breaks helps with
playtime on her blog, in books, in interviews promotes a non-helicopter parenting style, their academic and emotional health…Yet
with the media and on a TV show called, offer parents ways to support their kids to that’s not the way society and institutional
“World’s Worst Mom.” practice more independence from letting education is always structured”
For as much backlash as Skenazy got, she them do tasks around the house alone to O’Donnell encourages her kids to use
also received a good amount of support. There campaigning for extra recess time. certain real tools to join her on DIY projects
are parents—including here in Westchester— Skenazy says that anything that promotes to encourage them to use their imagination
that are open to the experience of letting their a child’s internal locus of control will benefit and feel empowered. That’s not to say she
children skip structured, supervised play and get them long into adulthood. doesn’t worry, or that she thinks it’s the best
reacquainted with the unsupervised playtime An internal locus of control, she explains, fit for every child.
older generations of Americans remember is how much control over one’s life a person “I think the really tricky thing is that when
fondly from their youths. Skenazy says that feels they have versus how much control you become a parent your heart is so full of
even so-called helicopter parents admit that comes from external sources. love for your kids and you want more than
they wish they could let their kids enjoy more “For example, how do you feel with a anything to keep them safe,” she says. “Often
unstructured play, but don’t think it’s safe. micromanaging boss?” she asks. “You’re our mind makes us think of all the bad things
“People say ‘I loved my childhood, I loved depressed, you’re anxious.” that could happen to them and so we react
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Your Child PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE
REWILDING SCHOOL FACEBOOK PAGE
be the key to their lifelong success
by doing what we can to not let those things wilderness retreats. also offers programs for older children and
happen. But it’s all a grey area, and a moving Playing outside he says promotes a heathy adults.
target as kids are constantly growing and relationship with exploration and curiosity. One of the most important things as an
maturing.” “They get a chance to taste edible plants— educator that I’ve seen with kids is that kids
She adds that finding the “sweet spot” we teach how to tell which ones are safe and can’t learn in school if their basic needs aren’t
between allowing them the freedom to figure which ones aren’t safe,” Stone says. “They get being met,” Stone says. “A lot of times if
things out on their own and intervening isn’t to climb over rocks and branches and flip over their emotional or social needs aren’t being
easy. logs and look at all the critters.” met its really difficult for them to focus in a
“I think that our society consumes too While some people might cringe at the classroom and what nature play does is give
much media and I don’t think human brains thought of children being exposed to germs, kids a chance to learn how to emotionally
are really created to take in that much media Stone says it’s good for them and not only center themselves.”
and to be able to separate actually what is that—it’s a key piece of children’s lives that’s Stone encourages parents to let their kids
a relevant threat versus something that is starting to get lost. engage in safe “risky” behaviors. By simply
passing by on the other side of the country,” “There’s a movement now to get kids to letting kids be kids, it statistically protects
she says. “Way back when, people would only connect with the land because we recognize them as they grow up.
know about an actual imminent threat, so you that it is something that’s missing form their “There was a study done that showed that
would take it in, then react and change things lives,” Stone says. kids who are allowed riskier play like climbing
to be safe.” Nature play is important to the and jumping—all of those risky behaviors—
Now, she says people do that, but the threat development of the mind, Stone says and without being stopped, even jumping in a
is statistically unlikely to happen to them. it has consequences on the development of puddle of mud and seeing what that feels like.
“My kids are still little,” she says. “So, who children. “It gives them a huge academic, are less likely to engage in risky behaviors as
knows what I’ll do? I’m not letting them go emotional and physical curve,” he says. teens,” he says.
off on long hikes alone in the woods just yet In addition to the benefits of exercise Stone adds that it is definitely the place of
but I think playing in the yard is fine.” children that play outside are exposed to a parent or teacher to step in when that risky
Inaddiitontolessstructuredplay,O’Donnell microbes that don’t make them sick but make behavior elevates.
is a proponent of children exploring nature their bodies strong. “You want them to run around, but you
and is enthusiastic about a new pre-school “There’s been study after study mostly done don’t want them to run into a patch of poison
program at Westchester’s Rewilding School. in the northern European countries showing ivy,” Stone says. As far as his programs go, he
O’Donnell was instrumental in organizing how free play and specifically free nature play says it’s normal for kids to walk away with a
the program with Rewilding School founder allows kids to better learn to control their few mosquito bites or scrapes, but assures the
Eric Stone. emotions to think creatively and even reducing children are in good hands.
Aiming to connect people to the wild, the symptoms and attention symptoms “We’re very careful to make sure that
The Rewilding School teaches ancestral associated with ADD and ADHD.” whatever rsiky behavior it is, isn’t enough to
survival skills to kids and adults through This is the first year of the Forest preschool cause a lasting physical or emotional injury.”
summer camps, forest preschool and, guided offered to ages 3-5. The Rewilding School
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Restless Legs Syndrome and Your Sleep
Psychiatrist & Sleep Medicine Specialist Dr. Alex Dimitriu with Menlo Park Psychiatry
& Sleep Medicine Offers Tips on a Common Neurological Disorder
For millions of Americans, a good most severely affected tend to be middle- geted to managing the disorder, minimizing
night’s sleep is an elusive goal. In- aged and older. symptoms, and improving sleep.” Treatment
somniacs are plagued by a persis- may include the following:
tent combination of difficulty falling asleep, The precise cause of RLS isn’t known but
it does tend to run in families and iron de-
frequent waking and difficulty getting back ficiency may play a role. Some cases of RLS LIFESTYLE CHANGES
to sleep, waking too early, and not feeling are associated with an underlying condition, Eliminating or reducing the use of alcohol
rested on waking. Chronic insomnia can such as Parkinson’s disease, kidney failure, and tobacco, establishing regular sleep habits,
have serious implications for quality of life, or peripheral neuropathy, but most often undertaking a program of moderate exercise,
resulting in daytime sleepiness, irritability, RLS is not accompanied by another condi- leg massage, and hots baths or heating pads
impaired job performance, accidents, and tion. Certain medications, including anti- may relieve symptoms. For those with mild
health risks. depressants like SSRI’s, as well as dopamine to moderate symptoms, these steps may pro-
According to psychiatrist and sleep medi- blocking medications - mood stabilizers, vide sufficient relief.
cine specialist Dr. Alex Dimitriu, the cause can result or worsen RLS, and the insomnia
of an individual case of insomnia may be as that it causes. IRON SUPPLEMENTS
elusive as the sleep that is so hard to come “Another important point worth noting For people with low or low-normal levels
by. It can be associated with a wide range of is that patients who have known or existing of iron, iron supplementation is often helpful.
underlying medical and psychological con- RLS should discuss this with their provider.
ditions, including anxiety and depression. Dopamine blocking mood stabilizers or anti- MEDICATIONS
“Anxiety about being unable to sleep often psychotics, used for bipolar disorder, can make There is no single medication for RLS that
makes it even more difficult to sleep,” he RLS worse - and in some cases, temporarily works for everyone and it may be necessary
says. “But sometimes insomnia isn’t caused spread ‘up the body,’” notes Dr. Dimitriu. A to try several before settling on one. Among
by anxiety or medication or any of the other condition known as akathisia we have of- the choices are dopamine-related drugs like
possible culprits. Sometimes it is a conse- ten called, “RLS of the whole body,” can be those used to treat Parkinson’s disease, al-
quence of restless legs syndrome, a condi- brought on in someone with existing RLS, though long-term use may make symptoms
tion so disruptive to restful sleep, that it is taking some of these dopamine blockers. worse; opioids, which carry the risk of ad-
itself considered a sleep disorder.” There is no test that can confirm a diag- diction but are effective in some people in
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known nosis of RLS but blood and other tests may low doses; and benzodiazepines, which are
as Willis-Ekbom disorder, is a common be used to rule out the presence of another generally prescribed for anxiety and can help
neurological condition that causes unusual condition. RLS sufferers get restful sleep.
or unpleasant sensations in the legs or other “There is no cure for RLS,” says Dr. Dimi- “Restless legs syndrome afflicts suffer-
parts of the body and an irresistible urge to triu. “If there is an underlying condition, ers twice,” says Dr. Dimitriu, “first with the
move the legs to relieve those sensations. treating that condition may relieve symp- symptoms of the condition itself and then
“Patients often find it difficult to describe toms. But for primary RLS – when there is with chronic sleep disruption and its accom-
the sensations in their legs,” says Dr. Dimi- no associated condition – treatment is tar- panying ill effects. While research is ongoing
triu. “They use descrip- to identify the specific
tions like itching, throb- changes in the brain
bing, pins and needles, or that cause the disorder,
a ‘creepy-crawly’ feeling. careful management
Some say it feels like bugs and conscientious ad-
are crawling on their legs. herence to prescribed
These sensations are worse therapies can minimize
when at rest – sitting or the effects of RLS and
lying down – and tend to help people get a good
be more severe late in the night’s sleep.”
day and at night, a com-
bination that significantly Alex Dimitriu, MD, is
impairs the ability to get double board-certified
restful sleep.” in psychiatry and sleep
It is estimated that medicine and is the
7-10% of the U.S. popula- founder of the Menlo
tion suffers from RLS. It Park Psychiatry & Sleep
affects both genders but is Medicine Center in
more common in women Menlo Park, CA. http://
and while it can start at www.doctoralex.com
any age, those who are
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Best Pain Relief
Options for Sciatica
Dr. Kaliq Chang with Atlantic Spine Center offers tips
on treatment choices for this painful back problem to
feel better quicker
West Orange, NJ, August 2018 - – certain activities can also contribute to
Since sciatica pain is often com- sciatica’s development. These include fre-
pared to the agony of a toothache, quent lifting, especially while twisting; and
effective treatment options for this poorly driving, especially when it vibrates the en-
understood back problem are welcome. For- tire body.
tunately, pain relief choices are also plentiful, Certain common back conditions also
according to Interventional Pain Manage- can lead to the pinched nerve(s) causing
ment Specialist Dr. Kaliq Chang with At- sciatica pain, including:
lantic Spine Center. · Bulging or herniated spinal discs
Sciatica isn’t actually a medical condition · Spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the
at all. Rather, it’s a term used to describe spinal canal)
symptoms stemming from the compression · Scar tissue
of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. When · Spinal bone spurs · Epidural spinal injections
this happens, the pain beginning in nerve Radiating pain from the lower back to If non-surgical options don’t work after
roots located on either side of the lower spine the buttocks, thigh, calf and foot can also weeks or months of consistent use, only then
radiates down the length of the leg, depend- be accompanied by tingling and numbness, will surgery be considered to correct the un-
ing on the affected side. Dr. Chang explains. “The pain can be worse derlying condition fueling sciatica pain, Dr.
Sciatica affects between 3% and 14% of when sitting and can even affect standing or Chang says. In about one-third of cases, sci-
adults at some point in their lives, accord- walking,” he adds. “With symptoms this se- atica patients experience persistent and dis-
ing to 2017 research in the journal BMJ. But vere, the need for relief can feel overwhelm- abling symptoms after one year, according to
for those affected, pain resulting from this ing.” the BMJ research.
poorly understood condition can be severe, “The vast majority of sciatica patients can
Dr. Chang says. TIPS FOR PAIN RELIEF expect the problem to be temporary and
“Pain from sciatica can be worse than back It’s a good thing, then, that many at-home won’t need surgery,” Dr. Chang says. “Easy
pain alone,” Dr. Chang adds. “It’s often com- remedies as well as prescribed therapies are treatments usually work, and a doctor’s care
pared to the agony of a toothache and cannot available for sciatica. Once a doctor confirms can help the pain be resolved even more
simply be ignored. Luckily, there are many the diagnosis of sciatica – a process that quickly.”
successful ways to treat the problem.” can involve several tests and imaging scans
– conservative treatments will generally be Atlantic Spine Center is a nationally
SYMPTOMS STEM FROM SEVERAL recommended at first, Dr. Chang says. These recognized leader for endoscopic spine
CAUSES include: surgery with several locations in NJ and
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more prone to the problem than others – in- ants management specialist board-certified in
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In this section, we’re going to put your
body through its paces. Exercise, outdoor
activity and just plain old-fashioned
fun are all on the table in these pages.
This month, we tackle everything from
tendonitis to knee pain and show you
how to get your body functioning like the
well-oiled machine we know that it is! But
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How Regenerative Medicine Treatments
Can Help Chronic Tendonitis
Dr. Jason Arora with Atlantic Spine Center o ers tips on PRP
and stem cell therapy for this common condition
Instead of conventional bend and straighten joints. But of actually helping to PRP therapies are minimal, ac-
treatments for chronic this role is threatened when ten- heal the problem, not cording to Dr. Arora. e same-
tendonitis – which merely donitis strikes, says Dr. Arora, just cover up the dis- day procedure – which may
mask resulting pain and tender- an interventional spine and pain comfort.” need to be repeated periodically
ness – regenerative medicine is management specialist. – also enables patients to go
presenting exciting new options HOW PRP AND right back to regular activities
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Two types of regenerative explains. “But when that hap- therapies are both cat- thing that symptom-based
medicine treatments known as pens, it’s hard to exercise – or egorized as biologic treatments – which for years
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and even move – the a ected part of treatments because have included anti-in ammato-
stem cell therapies use patients’ the body without pain.” they’re derived from ry medications, pain relievers or
own body cells to help heal in- the body’s own cells, Dr. Arora steroid injections – simply can-
amed tissues around injured “ at’s why it’s so important says. not, Dr. Arora notes.
tendons. Small, thick bands that we continue developing
of tissue connecting muscle e ective new treatment ap- PRP is made from platelets “PRP and stem cells o er
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SEPTEMBER 2018 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 25
Join the Ghee Club
BY DONNA MASSARO Ghee is clari ed true food t to help people who are battling
CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST Chron’s Disease and ulcerative
cooking fat. And for the Gods. colitis.
Iwas fortunate enough to
live in Tahoe City, Califor- even though it’s is liquid ere are many ways to incor-
nia for a year of my life. My porate this food into your diet.
roommate at the time was a true crazy healthy, too gold balances You can use it as a healthy cook-
hippie born in the wrong decade. ing oil, spread it on toast, melt it
She practiced yoga, snowboard- much of it will cholesterol lev- over veggies, put it on popcorn
ed, had dreads in her hair and and replace it for butter in bak-
formed a non-pro t to save the have you packing els, provides ing recipes. Look up “bulletproof
elephants. She taught this small- co ee,” which we make at e
town Mahopac girl a lot about on the pounds. energy, in- Freight House. It’s a healthy
the world. She would food shop alternative to your sugar and
and I would cook every day. is Butter was creases vitamin cream.
routine introduced me to ghee.
We became good friends, ghee discovered in absorbency You can make ghee yourself or
and me. buy it at most natural food stores.
Ghee is one step farther than India by what and increases It doesn’t need to be refrigerated,
clari ed butter. e ghee is has at least a year shelf life and a
cooked a little longer, which gives they think was the secretion of high smoke point. I don’t know
the butter fat a deeper avor. I how you can go wrong!
will give you the recipe on how an accident. A stomach acid,
to make it yourself at the end of I’m going to give you two reci-
this article. But rst, I’d like to shepherd would which aids in pes. e rst one is how to make
introduce you to your new little ghee, which I have done many
friend. Always remember, how- walk with a skin digestion. It is times. e second is a chocolate
ever, everything in moderation. spread. which I haven’t made yet,
bag of milk from DONNA MASSARO appropriate in a but plan on doing ASAP. I’d love
whatever animal, dairy-free diet some feedback if you make it!
a goat, a cow or a sheep. e for intolerant people because the
bag would bang around in the lactose and casein are removed.
heat before they would drink It is high in vitamins A, D, E &
it. When it would come time K and supports your bones, your
to take a sip…it would be but- brain, your heart along with your
ter! Good thing these guys were immune system. Ghee also con-
so adventurous, because I don’t tains the cancer- ghting fatty
think I would have drank that! acid conjugated linolenic acid,
Before ghee was considered which also aids in weight loss
a food, it was used to heal skin and is loaded with butyric acid.
aliments and fuel lamps. It is Butyric acid has been shown
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Resolving Knee Pain
BY DORON BEN-DOV, MS, LAC keep the joints warm throughout the win- cal therapy.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER ter. In addition, attention should be paid to Since swell-
other elements that have a direct impact on ing can be
The number of knee surgeries has been knees, like prolonged uncomfortable posture, the result of
going up significantly every year, and high heel shoes (and uncomfortable shoes in torn meniscus
knee surgery is definitely one of the general), and weak pelvic muscles. Because or cartilage, it
most common forms of intervention by or- muscles are built to work harmoniously, the is important to consult a doctor, but also to
thopedists. While this is an effective form body’s muscle balance and posture are ad- get to the bottom of the problem and iden-
of treatment, it is unclear whether or not so versely impacted when one muscle is sig- tify what is causing the excess of fluids. As
many people actually need such surgery. In nificantly stronger or weaker than the other. I mentioned earlier, it is important to em-
a study performed in 2013 and published in For our knees, pelvic muscles are particularly phasize the patient’s posture and addition-
the New England Journal of Medicine, a group important, and therefore it is critical to main- ally listen to and understand the patient’s
of patients in Finland was divided into two. tain the right balance between the knees and mood and feelings. Emotions have a direct
The people in one group underwent sur- pelvis. After sitting down over a long period impact on a person’s posture, and as a result,
gery to remove problematic cartilage from of time, a person needs to loosen up the mus- on the knees. While talking to Maurice, he
the knee. The second group received placebo cles through light exercise in order to prevent disclosed a great deal of stress and mental
treatment, in which an optical instrument unnecessary pressure on the knees. Maurice’s turmoil that he had been going through.
was inserted into the knee to assess the dam- pain was not along the ligaments and after Tossing and turning at night had caused re-
age, but the cartilage remained untouched. A performing a routine orthopedic test, I did curring spasms in his midback,specifically on
year later, the study organizers were surprised not have a reason to suspect a tear. the right side in proximity to where the liver
to discover a significant improvement in the is located. Not only does the liver metabolize
condition of all patients, from both groups. Similar to problems caused by muscle im- fat and remove toxins from our bloodstream,
In other words, patients in the placebo group balance, weakness of an internal bodily or- but it also has much to do with the way we
did not need surgery in order to get better. gan can impact the knees. Prolonged kidney process our emotions. Emotional distress can
The only thing the doctors agreed upon is the weakness (a term commonly used in Tradi- at times result in a heavy feeling along the
need to discuss the importance of preventing tional Chinese Medicine) can be caused due ribcage specifically on the right side.
knee problems and avoid surgery as long as to excessive secretion of stress hormones such
possible. as cortisol and epinephrine. This will lead to After a few treatments addressing the
Maurice (not his real name) is a young symptoms such as pain in the back, knees and symptoms that were not present at random
man in his late thirties who started feeling rear thigh. One can alleviate such symptoms with the knee pain but rather linked to it,
periodic sensations of sharp knee pain. He by practicing relaxation techniques such as Maurice felt better. He came to see me for
came to see me, as the as treatments he re- ones offered by yoga, the Silva Method and maintenance and specifically for acupuncture
ceived prior to my care, while helping, were acupuncture. We may considerably reduce and nutritional consultation.
not resolving the problem. Maurice did not knee pain by these methods (unless there is
want to consider knee surgery, as some doc- structural damage seen in imaging and even Maurice is one patient,but he is an example
tors suggested, and I was left to determine if that is the case, we can considerably reduce of so many patients who go to many health
what would be the best method of treatment. our levels of pain and discomfort). care providers and don’t feel they attain suf-
Maurice came to see me initially in the ficient results. An individualized treatment
winter. Generally speaking, people tend to Prolonged knee swelling can be a side ef- plan built on the whole of the person should
experience more joint problems during the fect of excessive bodily fluids, which are not be the main priority and this is where I have
winter. Cold weather causes blood vessels properly drained by the kidneys. I have per- seen remarkable results that follow.
to contract, effectively leading to bodily dis- sonally witnessed many people who suffered
comfort. Thus, it is highly recommended to from swollen knees, even after the original Doron Ben-Dov, MS,Lac
injury that caused the swelling was long gone Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine
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The differences between hot and cold therapies
Inflammation can affect are comfortable, and people suf- the tissues of the body. Upon ap- Merck Manual notes that ice
anyone, and those who have fering from them may be on the plication, heat can temporarily bags or cold packs can be used
battled it likely have noth- lookout for ways to alleviate their reduce pain and alleviate stiffness to apply cold. In addition, fluids
ing positive to say. But while few pain and suffering. in the joints. Heat also may tem- that cool by evaporation, includ-
people may associate inflamma- While anyone battling persis- porarily relieve muscles spasms. ing ethyl chloride, may be ap-
tion with something good, in- tent inflammation should speak The Cleveland Clinic notes that plied topically. Some medicines
flammation is actually a process with their physicians to explore heat can be effective at relieving may interact with ethyl chloride
by which the body’s white blood their treatment options, a pre- pain associated with worn-away spray, so inflammation sufferers
cells and the substances those liminary search of how to best cartilage in the joints because it should consult their physicians
cells produce protect the body treat inflammation will no doubt eases chronically stiff joints and before applying such sprays.
from infection at the hands of turn up information about heat relaxes tight muscles. In addition, According to the Cleveland
bacteria, viruses and other for- therapy and cold therapy. The moist heat can relax painful neck Clinic, ice can be used to calm
eign organisms. following breakdown should spasms linked to nerves or blood flare-ups and numb pain associ-
While inflammation is protec- not replace a physician’s advice, vessels in the head or pain ema- ated with chronic, inflammatory
tive by nature, sometimes an in- but it can help patients battling nating from muscles in the neck. arthritis. Ice also can ease inflam-
flammatory response is triggered inflammation better understand Heat can be applied via hot packs, mation and numb pain linked to
by mistake. When that hap- both treatment options. infrared heat, paraffin baths, and pulled muscles or injured ten-
pens, the body’s immune system, According to the Merck hydrotherapy. dons. Pain and inflammation
which is designed to protect the Manual, a reference book for Cold therapy, sometimes re- resulting from the stretching or
body, begins to damage its own physicians and patients alike, ferred to as “cryotherapy,” can tearing of ligaments in the joints
tissues. The resulting symptoms heat works against inflammation relieve pain associated with in- may also be eased by applying ice
of this faulty immune system by increasing blood flow and flammation that has developed to the affected area.
response may include joint pain, making connective tissues more recently. Cold can help numb
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Whip Up Waffles thePAGE 28 –WESTCHESTERWELLNESS SEPTEMBER 2018
Whole Family Can Enjoy
While the dinner table 2. In a large serving bowl, stir
might be where families together the flour, sugar, baking
catch up and share stories powder, and salt. In another bowl,
of their day,breaking bread at break- whisk together the milk, orange
fast time can be just as enjoyable. juice, egg yolks, and orange zest.
That’s especially true when families In a third bowl, beat the egg
take the time to create homemade whites until firm, but not stiff.
breakfasts, such as the following
recipe for “Orange Whole Wheat 3. Make a well in the dry
Waffles with Yogurt and Fresh Ber- ingredients and pour in the milk
ries” from Susie Cushner’s “Sunday mixture, blending gently only until
Brunch”(Chronicle Books). the ingredients are combined.
Orange Whole-Wheat Add the butter in a slow stream,
continuing to blend until the
Waffles with Yogurt and butter is incorporated. Gently fold
Fresh Berries in the egg whites.
Makes about 6 5- to 6-inch 4. For the yogurt topping: In a
waffles small serving bowl, whisk
Serves 4 to 6 together the yogurt, honey and
Step By Step Orange Whole-Wheat 5. Pour 1/2 cup of the batter (or
Reading Instruction Waffles more, depending on the size
One-to-One Tutoring 2 1/4 cups white whole-wheat of your waffle iron) onto the
flour waffle iron and, using a metal
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Fundations and Orton-Gillingham) 1/4 teaspoon salt edge. Close the cover and cook
to focus on: Shari Suss, Founder 1 1/4 cups whole milk approximately 3 minutes, or until
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baking sheet in the preheated
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1 cup Greek-style yogurt (see remaining batter.)
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SEPTEMBER 2018 Garlic!WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 29
BY KIM KOVACH from omelets to linguine with KIM KOVACH lic chocolate truffles, garlic ice
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demonstrations, arts and crafts and so much more! Huge fresh
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garlic in the air elic- Did you know that garlic make this two-day event the available for sale as well as im-
its two possible re- second-largest garlic festival in pressive garlic braids to hang
actions–aahh! or eeww! The was used as an insect repel- the nation. up in your kitchen. Decorative
strong scent and flavor of garlic lant throughout history? Of garlic souvenirs abound. Why
is used in cuisines around the course, while the garlic scent More than 50,000 visitors not pick up a pair of garlic
world including Italian, Asian, can keep the mosquitoes away, eagerly indulge in roasted gar- bulb earrings for your favorite
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garlic bulb–they either love it or posite direction! Author Bram ley Garlic Festival is a must for
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in calories but high in antioxi- now for
dants, the active sulfur com- Gilroy, California, is the
pounds are valued for regulat- home of the largest garlic fes- back to
ing blood pressure, lowering tival in the U.S. For the past school!
cholesterol levels, boosting the forty years, garlic lovers have
immune system, and helping headed to Gilroy each July for Delaney M. Acosta, DMD
the body protect against cell garlic-centric foods, arts and Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
damage. Upping your garlic in- crafts, live music and cooking
take may help to reduce the se- competitions. Of course, the 845.628.3400
verity of colds and flu. Whew! main attraction is Gourmet Al-
All that goodness can be ob- ley, a gigantic outdoor kitchen Dentistry for kids, teens
tained from including just four where chefs prepare their gar- and special needs patients
cloves of garlic into your meal licky specialties for tastings and
preparation each day. purchase. From garlic fries to 888 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 10541
garlic ice cream, the bounty of www.mahopacpediatricdentistry.com
A fresh head of garlic is a the regional garlic farm pro-
thing of beauty. Once referred ducers is on display at this fun
to as “the stinking rose,” the and flavorful three-day event.
parchment paper-thin skin sur-
rounds a tightly packed clus- Closer to home, the Hudson
ter of individual garlic cloves. Valley Garlic Festival ™ takes
Harvested in August and place on September 29th and
September, garlic is most fla- 30th in Saugerties, New York.
vorful when chopped, minced, Started in 1989, this regional
pressed or sliced raw into salad garlic festival is presented by
dressings, pasta dishes, soups the Kiwanis Club of Saugerties
and pesto sauces. The aromatic and held at Cantine Field. Gar-
levels are off the charts when lic fans are treated to garlic in
garlic is sautéed in olive oil be- all of its many varieties grown
fore adding to almost any dish, by more than 100 area farm-
ers. Chef lectures and cooking
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