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Luxury New York Pharmacy Offers Alternative Remedies

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by No Comments

Stanley’s Pharmacy in New York takes a unique approach when serving customers. Owner Stanley George can fill your prescription at his brand new luxury pharmacy in New York City’s lower east side, but he can do more than that with his knowledge of Eastern and Western medicine.

Stanley’s Pharmacy carries prescription drugs and medicines like any other pharmacy, but he also features a wellness bar that serves a blend of herbal teas, a soda fountain that serves kombucha, and he even customizes drinks based on how customers are feeling. For instance, he can make a turmeric tea designed to help reduce inflammation for those who need it.

Stanley George comes from a traditional Indian family and has been a pharmacist for 15 years, and it was his goal to integrate natural medicine into his one-of-a-kind pharmacy. That’s what he has done with Stanley’s Pharmacy where he offers his unique blend of knowledge to help his customers feel their best.

Instead of hitting a Starbucks for a cup of Joe, Stanley’s customers can belly up to his wellness bar and get served a unique tea blend. Customers can choose hot drinks from the menu for things including sore throats, hangovers, tummy aches, detox, even a PMS Rx, and more.

Stanley’s approach is to try natural remedies in conjunction with traditional medications. His pharmacy is a “throwback to the old school pharmacy and soda fountain with a modern look and a wellness twist.” Along with helping his customers feel their best, he hopes to re-establish a neighborhood feel where people know their pharmacist by name.

He’s well on his way to accomplishing his goal. For those who don’t live in the New York area, Stanley’s teas can be purchased online.

Photo credits: Stanley’s Pharmacy

What Do Your Shoes Say About You?

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 by No Comments

Remember the jingle “Let your fingers do the walking?” While your fingers don’t really walk, did you know that your feet actually say a lot to people when they meet you? In particular, it’s your shoes that do the talking.

According to authors of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Kansas and Wellesley College, people can correctly guess a stranger’s age, gender and income by looking at their shoes.

My imagination pictured me standing behind a screen with just my shoes showing. I wondered what my feet…or really what my shoes were saying about me.

I’ve got a closet full of footwear from flats, to heels, to sneakers, to ankle boots and knee-hi styles, and yet I tend to live in my comfortable “good-for-my-feet” sneakers most of the time. That works for me because I’m a freelancer who works from home. However, when it’s time to go out I don’t usually change into something else.

The researchers also found people associated certain personality traits with different shoes. More masculine-looking shoes were associated with less agreeable people, while stylish attractive shoes were assumed to be worn by rich, conscientious people. And people who wore the ankle books (which I love) were thought to be aggressive.

Aside from drawing those types of conclusions, the researchers also found people could accurately assess a person’s level of attachment anxiety, like how clingy or insecure you tend to be in your close relationships, all based on choice of shoes.

The study asked 63 students to look at photos submitted by 208 other students wearing the shoes they wore most often. Those who submitted their photos also completed a personality test.

The participants were most successful at guessing demographic measures including the wearers’ ages, sex, and income but they were also pretty successful in identifying the attachment style of individuals which means how clingy or independent you might be.

Those who wore well-kept shoes tended to have anxious attachment tendencies…the clingy type. At least this is what people thought when they saw these shoes and personality tests agreed. Practical and functional shoes, for the most part, belong to agreeable people.

Other predictions often correct were whether or not the shoe wearers were extroverts, conscientious, and whether or not they were open to experience or political leanings. The bottom line is that our shoes tell people things about us. Think about what they might be saying the next time you slip your feet into a pair.

Photo credits: Glyn Lowe Photoworks

Raw Chipolte Zucchini Salad

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 by No Comments

This year gardens are flourishing in my area. We’ve had a nice balance of rain and sunshine and now just keeping up with all the produce is a challenge.

When I was a kid, I grew up in a household that didn’t grow zucchini, because we had enough friends who grew them. We were never lacking. In fact, they were often stacked like wood on the table in the basement. The problem was that my mom only knew how to cook zucchini one way – in zucchini bread. Not that I don’t like that sweet treat, but zucchini has so much more to offer.

I recently came up with this raw chipolte zucchini salad that I brought to share at a get-together and it was a hit.

Raw Chipolte Zucchini Salad Recipe

I used a food processor and blender for this recipe to save time, but for those who want to do things the old-fashioned way, you can use a hand grater, bowl, and masher.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium zucchini peeled
  • 2 ripe Haas avocados
  • 1 rounded tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • ¼ tsp. ground chipotle (if you like things spicy you can increase this to 1/2 tsp.)
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Grate zucchini
  2. Slice cherry tomatoes in half
  3. Blend remaining ingredients until creamy
  4. In a large bowl, mix grated zucchini with avocado mixture
  5. Place mixture into serving dish and top with tomatoes
  6. Serve right away or cover and chill until time to serve.

Because this has avocado in it, air will cause it to turn brownish just like guacamole, but it still tastes great. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes, you can top with chopped tomato, but because they release more liquid, don’t add them until you are ready to put the dish on the table.

This is just one way to serve up zucchini during the summer months. I’d love to hear how others use this versatile squash.

Photo credits: Personal photos used with permission

Are Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres Calling it Quits?

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by No Comments

One of the problems with celebrity life is that the media often jumps in with conjecture based on rumor. It’s enough to make me think I’d never want to be a celebrity.

Now rumors are floating about that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are headed for divorce. What makes it worse is the fact that de Rossi may have been covertly taping the couple’s fights.

I don’t know about you, but I sure would hate to think some of my most private moments, including fights, could be plastered across the tabloids and social media. According to In Touch, de Rossi taped the violent fights with a plan to exploit Ellen if they should ever break up.

In her defense, who would believe Ellen capable of a violent fight? She always seems so understanding and easy to relate to!

“Portia secretly taped some of their fights. She was drunk. Then she threatened to expose Ellen as controlling and manipulating.” — In Touch

According to the same insider source, it seems the fighting is over Portia thinking Ellen had an affair with one of their mutual friends before Portia went into rehab last May.

This isn’t the first time divorce rumors have swirled around the couple, but in the past Ellen was always quick to dispel the speculation. This time, both Portia and Ellen are quiet, which further stirs the speculation pot. Years ago Ellen agreed to go to couples therapy, and has been willing to put work into making the relationship work.

I don’t know the whole story, but I do know that no marriage is happy all the time. However, sticking your head in the sand and pretending there aren’t problems, when there are, doesn’t work either. Strong relationships can survive these types of things, but it  takes work.

Only time will tell how all this sorts out.

Photo credits: Domi Carole

Skinny Girl Bethenny Frankel Poses in 4-Year Old Daughter’s PJs

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 by 1 Comment

Former Real Housewife of New York reality star, Bethenny Frankel, has reinvented herself with her own line of “Skinny Girl” beverages and books, but her Skinny Girl lifestyle came under fire this week when she posted a picture of herself on Instagram wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s Hello Kitty pajamas…which fit.

Frankel is 43 and is thin enough to squeeze into her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas. She posted the pic with the caption, “This is my daughter’s nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?”

If the idea was to stir up a hornet’s nest of controversy, she achieved her goal! Some viewers had no problem with it such as user opinionsnotvalid who said, “Anybody who has a problem with this apparently doesn’t have kids or their kids are depressed because their parents have no sense of humor. Either that or you’re not happy with your self image. Pull the stick out you’re a**es and lighten up.”

Some think it was meant as a joke and others suggest that she has an unhealthy obsession with body image and dieting. Some of the back and forth on Instagram grew kind of heavy and sometimes a bit mean-spirited. While the picture itself isn’t offensive, it’s the various interpretations of what the picture means to individuals that is raising ire.

The concern for me is that Frankel confessed that she used to starve and binge back in 2011. I just don’t want to see her falling back into that pattern to fit into her daughter’s clothes. It could have been a joke, it could have been a PR stunt to promote her line of “Skinny Girl” beverages and books. Either way the controversy has gone viral and she is getting attention.

What do think of her posting this pic wearing her daughter’s PJs? Should we be laughing, concerned, or angry?

Photo credits: instagram

Why Jillian Michaels Is Leaving the Biggest Loser

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Fans of The Biggest Loser were shocked to hear fitness expert Jillian Michaels is leaving the hit NBC show for the second time. She first announced she was leaving the show in 2010, and left after its 11th season because it was all consuming and she wanted to start a family.

At the time she said she was grateful for everything The Biggest Loser had done for her career, but said it was time to move on. Then she returned to the show in 2013 for season 14 to work with overweight youth.

Michaels talked with People magazine about leaving the show this time, and once again expressed her gratitude to the show and that she was “sad to leave.” However, she also admitted there were “some fundamental differences [with the producers] that have existed for a while.”

Her main complaint deals with how she was being portrayed in a negative light in the recent seasons. According to Michaels, “In the beginning of the show, it was tough love. You saw the tough, and you saw the love.” While in recent episodes, “you saw none of the relationships, none of the bonds that I build with my clients.” In her words, the show portrayed her as being “more harsh.”

While this makes for good reality TV, let’s face it, from Michaels’ perspective, it’s not the kind of reputation you’d want to have as a personal trainer, and that’s her concern. She says, “Millions of people have this warped negative perception of me.”

But that’s only part of it. Last year she was accused of cheating by the producers because she let her team take caffeine pills without the show’s permission. That’s hard enough to deal with, but the controversy hit home when her four-year-old daughter was confronted by another child who said, “I know who your mom is – she is a cheater. I saw it on TV.”

On top of all this, last year’s winner came under criticism for being too skinny when Rachel Fredrickson lost 155 pounds and weighed in at 105 pounds. Michael’s said, “I had to take a hard look at my work […]. I came to the conclusion that moving forward, I need to be able to have an impact on the outcome of what I do.”

And so that’s exactly what she hopes to do. Move on and have an impact on the outcome.

Photo credits: Entertainment Tonight

Study Shows Smelling Farts Good for Your Health

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by No Comments

We’ve all been there. You’re riding down the road and suddenly the smell of one of those “silent but deadly” farts creeps like an invisible shroud throughout the car. Windows unroll and if relationships of those in the car are close someone will dare to ask, “Who farted?”

A new study shows that maybe we should be saying “Thank you,” and breathe deeply of the…essence.

When I saw that the University of Exeter did a study on the benefit of smelling farts, all I could think was it must have been some guy’s idea of a joke. But the study is real and according to the findings, “Hydrogen sulfide is naturally produced in the body and could have significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases.”

The fart study was published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, and reports that flatulence could be a key factor in treating diseases including stroke, heart failure, diabetes and arthritis, dementia and ageing.

And according to a statement made by Dr. Mark Wood, a professor at the University of Exeter, “the pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence…could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases.”

While this sounds rather bizarre, according to the research small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas preserves the body’s mitochondria – the “powerhouse” of cells that urge energy production in blood vessels. Mitochondria determine whether cells live or die and regulate inflammation.

According to Dr. Matt Whitman, another University of Exeter professor who worked on this study, researchers are replicating the natural gas to reap its health benefits. That’s right, manufactured fart-smelling gas that will turn into a product we would eventually be able to buy.

This new compound is thought to prevent or reverse mitochondrial damage by delivering very small amounts of the substance to key places inside cells.

Photo credits: wikimedia

Rosie O’Donnell Invited Back to the View but Why?

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by No Comments

ABC has announced they are bringing Rosie O’Donnell back to The View. This has raised some eyebrows because of the circumstances around her leaving the show in 2007 after just one season. The announcement was made two days after the talk show diva let loose with an obscenity-laced rant before an audience that included everyone from media elite to high school girls.

However, the reasons for her leaving were said to be related to the inability to come to terms when renewing her contract. I thought, “Thank God!” Her negativity and overbearing spirit ruined the exchange that otherwise naturally took place between the panel and their diverse viewers.

Yes, she is a lightning rod that draws controversy and The View is in need of something to energize it, but I think it would be better to give Whoppi Goldberg her own show than to bring Rosie O’Donnell back. Her take is always so extremely negative that it’s enough to make many viewers change the channel.

Back in 2007 when O’Donnell announced she would be leaving the show, Barbara Walters had said she was sad to see her go, and I thought she was just being polite. But since that time, a lot more people have left the show.

Barbara has retired, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has moved on to be part of the Fox and Friends morning team, and Joy Bahar left on her own terms in August. Then just last week Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy also decided to leave. That leaves Whoppi Goldberg and now ABC has called Rosie O’Donnell back.

The show was once a vibrant exchange of ideas from different point of views. I don’t know where they think they’re going with it, but it may be that “the” view will be an accurate title with basically one view discussed between Whoopi and O’Donnell.

That doesn’t make for the type of back and forth that made viewers fall in love with the show. It might be time to get a shovel. It’s an idea that had its time, and it might be better to let it die a respectable death.

Photo credits: SP8CECOWBY

Harry Potter Nemesis Actor David Legeno Found Dead

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Harry Potter fans received some sad news last week, when the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department reported that British actor David Legeno, who was known as Harry Potter’s lycanthrope nemesis Fenrir Greyback, had been found dead following a desert hiking outing in California.

The body was discovered by hikers on Sunday in a remote area west of Zabriskie Point. He was only 50. Officials reported there was no sign of foul play and attribute his death to heat related issues, however, the Inyo County coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

Fenrir Greyback
It’s always sad to hear of someone so young passing away, and Legeno seemed so fit it’s hard to believe this could happen to him. He was a former bouncer with experience as a wrestler and boxer. At the age of 42 he became a mixed martial arts expert and was known in the ring as The Enforcer.

He segued his skills and burly build into a movie career playing tough guy types. In the early years, he was stuck with small roles but then he landed the gig as the ferocious werewolf, Fenrir Greyback, with the Harry Potter franchise.

That role stretched over the final three films and his career could officially be considered a success. He was also in Snow White and the Huntsman, Snatch, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Batman Begins. According to Legeno’s credits listed on his IMDB page, he had also just finished production for “The Last Knights” starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen.

Lengeno’s body was removed by helicopter from where it was found in Death Valley. He is survived by his daughter, Wendy.

Photo credits: Flicks And the City, Rabbis News