Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
If you are a gardener, around this time of year, your tomato and pepper plants are getting taller, basil is filling out, you might even be getting fast-growing stuff like lettuce and spinach already. As you think about how you garden at home - hopefully with an organic soil and certainly without the many hazardous pesticides used in commercial farming – it is a good time to think about all the foods you cannot grow and how they could affect your health. If you don’t garden at all, the same question applies: are traces of dangerous chemicals left on the fruits and veggies you and your family are making the effort to eat in order to stay healthy?
One gardening guru says that through his own research he found that there is a significant amount of “pesticide residue” on the fruits and vegetables we most commonly eat. George Pisegna, director of Horticulture and Public Programs at the Horticultural Society of New York works at the largest gardening library, offering consulting and education on everything related to growing plants. He told Anton Community Newspapers that looking at reports coming from the USDA confirmed his instinct to eat organic foods.
Over the past decade, hookahs have become a growing phenomenon and a new ritual of teenage culture. The word “hookah” originated in India, and was first put into English speech by the British. The hookah is a pipe that works by burning tobacco in a bowl with a screen over it, and then sending it through water before delivering it to the user’s mouth through a hose. The use of water in the device is inaccurately believed to make hookahs safer than other forms of smoking, such as cigars, cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
To the outrage and frustration of health groups, the exotic device is now becoming commonly seen at parties on college campuses and newly-constructed “hookah bars” throughout the country. Their use has also been the subject of a growing public health debate, centering on whether or not it legally qualifies as indoor smoking.
Leading up to Father’s Day every year, Men’s Health Week is used as a time to bring a focus to the males in your life who might not give their physical well-being enough attention. This year it is June 13-19.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, men need a push in the right direction:
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