NYC Brooklyn Health Center

In this video from last month, Mayor de Blasio was at the opening of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council & Hotel Association of NYC Brooklyn Health Center where he delivered congratulatory remarks. At the clinic, hotel workers are able to benefit from health care at zero cost.

Clarifying the Issues at West Lake Landfill

The West Lake Landfill has been the focus of worry for many residents in the St. Louis area, but experts say there is little risk associated with the radioactive waste that has been stored at the location since 1943.

Scientists say that the majority of the radiation detected coming from the landfill is small, with the vast amount alpha particles which cannot penetrate through any dense material, including human skin. The only way these particles can do damage is internally, so when they are stopped at the skin they are rendered harmless.

The minute amounts of gamma rays which can pierce skin do not pose more than a tiny risk, similar to the risk of driving a car.

According to calculations made by the International Commission on Radiological Protection, the amounts of radiation which have been detected over the years by the EPA at the surface of West Lake is truly tiny. A person would need to ingest more than an ounce of the material to receive the same amount of radiation that a full-body CT scan delivers. According to the National Research Council, a CT scan’s risk is about 1 in 1,000 to cause cancer.

In addition, those levels are the highest at West Lake Landfill. Most of the radiation levels are much smaller, requiring closer to 4 ounces or more to equal the radiation exposure of a CT scan.
The following video debunks a few of the myths surrounding the dangers of the West Lake Landfill:

For more information about this important subject please read “Misplaced fears? Radiation risks from West Lake, Coldwater Creek low, say experts.”

Enhancement of Marijuana Program

Since there is continued increase in demand for medical marijuana in New York, the state’s  Department of Health is boosting the program in response.  What this means is that for those involved in the medical industry (PAs, nurse practitioners and doctors, etc.) patients can be certified in one day once they register them online.  So rather than go through a whole slew of time-consuming bureaucracy, now New Yorkers will be able to get the treatment they need basically as fast as they can with other medication.

In addition, a second course on medical marijuana use has been approved by the Health Department for those who want to participate in the state program.

With over 22,000 (and rising) patients using New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program, any facilitation in it is welcomed.

Campaign for New York Health

In this video, Secretary of Ithaca DSA Theresa Alt,, talks to Dr. Susan Soboroff about the Campaign for New York Health. If put into action, this would provide health care for all New Yorkers in a single payer system.

New Jersey’s Best Doctors

Being hit with the news that you (or a loved one) has cancer is undoubtedly overwhelming.  So when it comes to accessing the best medical treatment, what resources are available to facilitate this process? The New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s annual report on Top Doctors is a good place to start.  In 2016 the journal approached over 24,000 doctors in New Jersey with the question: “Which of your fellow practitioners do you consider as New Jersey’s best doctors?”

As such 1,069 Top Doctors (as selected by their colleagues) were included in the magazine.  One of these was Kenneth Nahum who has received the award various times in the past as well (including: 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012).  A specialist in hematology/oncology, Nahum is affiliated at both CentraState Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  He participates in cancer research trials and treats patients for a variety of cancers (breast, GI and lung in particular).

Another award winner in the same specialty (hematology/oncology) in 2016 was Myron E. Bednar, MD.  A second-time winner (the first being in 2011), he has been reputed to provide the “highest-quality cancer care in a compassionate manner.” Like Nahum, he too, participates in cancer research trials and seeks to offer patients new treatment options.

These are just two of many top hematology/oncology doctors caring for patients in the New Jersey area.  Having built up a reputation among trusted colleagues for their work and commitment to their patients, the New Jersey Monthly Magazine seems to be one place to start for those undergoing treatment.

The Vietnam Luxury Hotel Experience

At the end of a long winter, many of us need a wellness recharge. We need the chance to look inward, to reflect on ourselves and to nourish our bodies. How do you do so when you’re so busy and have so many responsibilities? Certainly, you can go for a one time massage in the city, but you’ll find yourself just as stressed as you were before quite quickly.

The best way to really get the opportunity to replenish yourself is with a getaway to a location like Amanoi – Luxury Hotel, Vietnam. Nothing beats the chance to truly get away from it all and to enjoy the breathtaking views, the amazing and healthy food and the pampering that comes with a wellness package at the Luxury Hotel Vietnam Amanoi location.

They have a number of Individual Wellness Immersions that help people to change, grow and replenish. The sessions typically last from 3-14 days and include an initial orientation and wellbeing review at the beginning of the day. Then, the rest of the day allows for bodywork sessions, personalized holistic spa treatments, group movement sessions and more.

They have a weight management program, a movement and stress control program, and a longevity and detoxification program. You select your track and enjoy personalized treatments to meet your needs and desires.

And all of this is set near the Nui Chua National Park on the shores of Vinh Hy Bay.  Nothing compares to the chance to truly nurture yourself and to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City life.

New York, Women, Health

New York City is a great place to be if you’re a woman and focusing on your health and wellness is important to you.  There are often many events and opportunities in the area that focus on women and their wellbeing.  For example, earlier this month, the NYC Health + Hospitals/King County put together an event entitled ‘GO RED for WOMEN,’ which attracted over 200 people from the community. At the event  women were able to engage in activities to learn how to relax, understand more about maintaining mental health wellness (with a focus on Tai Chi and meditative outlets).

In addition, the event (that is held annually in conjunction with the American Heart Association) provided an opportunity to bring up the subject of women and heart disease given that this is the number 1 killer for the demographic and that together with stroke, this causes 1 in 3 deaths for women every year (which is greater than all cancers combined).

And then there was the recent announcement by New York’s Mayor, Cuomo, who said that he was forcing health insurance companies to cover “medically-necessary abortions” along with most types of contraception at no cost for women.  He is making efforts to “firmly secure access to reproductive health services in New York State.” In a shout-out of additional support to women in this regard, a nice twist was created at New York’s Fashion Week with the “Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood” campaign which offered its swag of magenta-colored bold buttons for designers, industry influencers, modeling agencies, PR firms, press and runway locations.

Ways to Reduce Waste

We can all help the environment in so many small ways without really feeling the impact in our own lives. How can we do this? We can consider the things that we throw out, reuse, recycle and purchase and try to make reductions wherever possible. Each of these steps can make a huge difference on landfills like the Bridgeton landfill if you think about it over a one week or one year (or many year) pattern.

Make sure that you purchase items that have been recycled whenever you can. This could include paper goods, clothing and more. You will help to reduce the impact that your purchases make on landfills.

Another creative suggestion is to clean with natural products. Rather than buying floor soap, tile cleaning, toilet bowl cleaner, counter cleaner and more, you can find ingredients in your house for natural cleaning supplies. You won’t be buying plastic bottles and purchasing more things that need to go into landfills.

NY: New Care Centers

Various new health centers have recently been created in New York and the surrounding areas, covering a variety of different wellness issues.

The first, is Staten Island’s ambulatory care center.  The groundbreaking ceremony for this was just led by Dr. Ram Raju, on his last day as CEO and President of NYC Health + Hospitals. The facility that is due to open next Fall will take care of around 40,000 visits each year by 2020.  The 18,000 building will have 24 exam rooms and will offer adult medicine, asthma, diabetes, OB-GYN, mammography, pediatrics, podiatry, Ultrasounds and X-rays.  According to Raju: “Providing more ambulatory care to meet the needs of community residents is critically important for the future of health care in New York.  The expanded access is expected to mean tens of thousands more patient visits each year, which in turn will reduce the need for costly emergency and inpatient care.”

Meanwhile over in Bronxville Lawrence Hospital, a new cancer center and surgical suite (costing $65 million) has just been renovated, revamping the existing cancer program.  The NY-Presbyterian health system (parent organization of the hospital) has invested in this.  Some of the enhancements made include:  a radiation oncology program, bringing it in line with other key local hospitals.  Indeed, as hospital president, Michael Fosina said: “You can’t be a standalone community hospital anymore and survive, you have to be part of a bigger health system.”

In addition, a new chain of free mental health clinics for US army veterans has opened nationwide.  One of these is New York.  The idea is to provide these vets with much needed treatment that they are spending way too long waiting to receive.  The centers were established due to the generosity of Steve A. Cohen.  He put his money into these centers following the friends of his son who returned from Afghanistan needing counseling but were unable to get help quickly.

New York’s New Wellness Products

feminineFirst up is Lo Bosworth’s Love Wellness, “a line of 100 percent natural and OB/GYN-approved feminine wellness and hygiene products,” that emerged from Bosworth’s personal frustrations with inadequate service from this part of the health industry. Saying that it’s much more than just a case of splitting women up into “good/bad plumbing,” her products aim to deal with “yeast infections, BV, funny smells, and UTIs.”

Included in the Love Wellness products are: The Killer ($24), a suppository made with boric acid to balance pH, Good Girl Probiotics (designed to balance the gut – a very common issue females encounter) and the Perfect Condition Vitamin (to destroy yeast on a cellular level). The downtown Manhattan living Bosworth explains how with pH out of whack, infections are much more likely. Using a design that is minimalist with subtle packaging, Bosworth explains how these products will not attract any unwanted attention.

Elsewhere in the city, Boxed Wholesale – is slashing its tampon and pad prices along with other female hygiene items in order to encourage manufacturers and legislators to repeal the taxes. This was partly in response to findings from a study of gender pricing in New York City which discovered that feminine hygiene products cost around 7 percent more than those for their male counterparts.