Not your typical Irish pub: Erin’s Isle has gourmet approach to dining
Published 09/14/2008 at 12:04 a.m.
“Yes, we do pour a proper Guinness,” proclaimed Executive Chef/Owner Michael Ward of Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Lounge, “but the pub is really a bar, a lounge.” Confused? Technically, a true Irish pub serves specific ‘pub grub,’ which does not ...
It’s Your Health: Trimming down after holidays — part 2
Published 03/30/2008 at 10:12 p.m.
We’re a finicky lot when it comes to food. Many equate healthy with unappetizing. If we omit butter and heavy sauces, it will be bland. Or we get in a rut eating the same things and never try something different. ...
It’s Your Health: Trimming down after holidays
Published 03/25/2008 at 10:38 a.m.
March was a tough month for our waistlines. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Spring Break noshing and Easter feasting were the primary culprits (did you eat your way through the Ides of March too?)
It’s Your Health: Back to the basics — be nice
Published 03/18/2008 at 11:53 a.m.
Easter already? Peak season, Spring break, and many edgy, impatient, disgruntled people on the roads, in restaurants, and grocery stores. Reality check. This happens every year so let’s all take a deep breath, relax, and be more accommodating than we ...
It’s Your Health: The power of water, Part III
Published 03/11/2008 at 12:02 a.m.
Last week I discussed the physiological aspects of immersing yourself in water and the changes that occur within your body. I also mentioned several studies that substantiated healthful effects for the cardiovascular system and kidneys.
It’s Your Health: A splash of health — Part 2
Published 03/03/2008 at 1:40 p.m.
Tranquility, invigorating, refreshing… whatever term you choose, the undeniable pleasure of immersing ourselves in water is a conundrum. Why do we feel so serene and what exactly happens to our body as we sink down into aqua? Physiological changes occur ...
It’s Your Health: A splash of health
Published 02/25/2008 at 4:23 p.m.
Why does immersing ourselves in water make us feel so good? Note the serene faces of those sinking into a hot tub or the exuberance of children splashing in a swimming pool. Bad moods and crankiness seem to dissolve in ...
It’s Your Health: Older adult fitness — 30 years ago
Published 02/18/2008 at 12:29 p.m.
Hippocrates said, “Speaking generally, all parts of the body, which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised in labours to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well-developed, and age slowly; but if unused and left idle, ...
It’s Your Health: You could save lives — learn CPR
Published 02/11/2008 at 7:34 p.m.
Pay attention. Doing something is better than doing nothing if you observe a cardiac arrest. It’s imperative to act immediately because the chance of survival plummets by as much as 10 percent every minute.
It’s Your Health: Y-ending words in fitness
Published 02/04/2008 at 1:26 p.m.
In fitness, three key words ending in “y” are mobility, agility, and flexibility. We strive to maintain these modules for independence and a better quality of life but we need to add adaptability and versatility for an overall enhanced wellness… ...
It’s Your Health: Reality TV weight loss shows
Published 01/28/2008 at 5:45 p.m.
Hooked on the popular “Biggest Loser” TV show? Apparently, many faithful viewers are since it’s back for another run and I believe now there is also a spin-off version involving twins. Maybe triplets next time? I admit I’ve never watched ...
It’s Your Health: Your food IQ
Published 01/15/2008 at 1:52 p.m.
Think you’re food savvy when it comes to portion size, best sources of certain vitamins, and optimum way to refuel after a tough workout? Take the following quiz to see how knowledgeable you are in these areas.
It’s Your Health: Disease fighting winter veggies
Published 01/07/2008 at 4:37 p.m.
We’re all familiar with the disease-fighting benefits of broccoli, peas, beans, tomatoes and their ilk, even if we don’t regularly devour them. But consider the following often ignored color pleasing winter vegetables that not only boost our immune system during ...
It's Your Health: Of ointments, chest pains and sport drinks
Published 01/01/2008 at 10:03 p.m.
What is your preference for sore aching joints and muscles? Do you pop an analgesic or slather on a non-prescription formula like Icy Hot or Ben-Gay? How safe are those topical muscle-soothing gels and creams? Just because you buy a ...
It’s Your Health: Have a richer life — take care of yourself
Published 12/21/2007 at 12:11 p.m.
In case you missed what seemed to be earth-shattering news, people are more concerned about their finances than fitness entering the New Year.
It’s Your Health: Benefits of massage go beyond relaxation
Published 12/17/2007 at 10:20 a.m.
If you’ve ever had a massage, you know how relaxed and tranquil you feel afterwards. Your stress melts away and you have an overall sense of well-being. But now there is scientific evidence indicating massage is actually beneficial to our ...
It’s Your Health: Viruses don’t just cruise around
Published 12/04/2007 at 12:20 p.m.
Persnickety, perhaps … but I’ve had “flat-on-my-back-with-a-bucket-next-to-the-bed” food poisoning. I’ve also endured typhoid fever compliments of a Florida lake but that’s another article. So I’m cautious about putting anything in my mouth without first inspecting it and that starts with ...
It’s Your Health: In case you missed — medical milestones this year
Published 11/27/2007 at 1:25 p.m.
Perhaps you missed these thought provoking medical briefs this past year. Some were front-page news while others were buried in back of a paper or appeared only in medical newsletters. They are worth considering and could affect your heart health.
It’s Your Health: It’s not too early — or late — for resolutions
Published 11/20/2007 at 11:12 a.m.
Holidays are a time for overindulgence — especially Thanksgiving. Food is the focus whether we’re stressing about preparing it for our guests or anticipating stuffing ourselves before collapsing into a cushy chair to recover.
It’s Your Health: Fired up
Published 11/05/2007 at 2:19 p.m.
I am going to ‘lighten up’ this week and not talk about “gloom and doom”, as a friend refers to some of my columns such as the environmental toxins series.
It’s Your Health: A look at environmental toxins - Part III
Published 10/29/2007 at 2:03 p.m.
Most of us are storing between 400 to 800 chemicals in our bodies, mainly in fat cells. Last week I discussed menacing neurotoxins— those most detrimental to the brain— but many other hazardous toxins have short and long-term effects.
It's Your Health: Environmental toxins — Part 2
Published 10/22/2007 at 8:38 p.m.
Environmental toxins can be tricky. You can't smell, feel, or see many toxins, although they permeate our water, food, and air. We don't ponder their affects until later, when we develop a chronic plight after years of exposure.
It’s Your Health: Environmental toxins, Part 1
Published 10/15/2007 at 1:05 p.m.
Have you had a dose of hydrogen sulfide gas today? Never mind, there are thousands of environmental industrial chemicals out there, ready to alter your nervous system and brain.
It’s Your Health: Essential reasons to exercise
Published 10/08/2007 at 2:44 p.m.
You’re tired but invigorated after your workout, whether it’s pumping iron, a brisk walk, or a swim in the pool. You know you’re improving your health, but do you wonder what is actually happening inside your body?
It’s Your Health: Carbs and type 2 diabetes
Published 10/01/2007 at 12:30 p.m.
I never did understand the anti-carbohydrate mania. Reducing or eliminating the simple variety, such as candy bars, donuts, etc., makes sense but we need the complex ones for energy. As with most everything, this controversy has come full circle and ...
It’s Your Health: Does your kitchen sabotage eating healthy?
Published 09/24/2007 at 12:27 p.m.
Is your kitchen making you fat? Are there sugary snacks gracing the counter calling your name? Do you watch TV while dining on large 12” plates? If you answered, “yes” to any but the kitchen question, you’re probably ingesting more ...
It’s Your Health: Children need exercise
Published 09/17/2007 at 9:54 a.m.
With the alarming increase in childhood obesity, parents and fitness instructors are devising innovative ways to get kids active. Some parents are even hiring personal trainers for their less than robust pre-schoolers.
It’s Your Health: Concussions in young athletes
Published 09/10/2007 at noon
Now that school has started, children are once again participating in their favorite sport. Coaches educate kids about safety but unfortunately, accidents do happen. An injured arm or leg will sideline the participant until the limb has healed, but what ...
It's your health: The cause, cure for muscle soreness
Published 09/03/2007 at 7:31 p.m.
Our bodies are amazing machines. If we treat them right, they will act accordingly. Healthy nutrition and regular exercise are imperative for maximum performance.
It’s Your Health: Frozen novelties: Be careful what you eat
Published 08/27/2007 at 9:24 a.m.
What a dilemma. You’re pondering the selection of ice cream and frozen fruit bars. You’ve got to have something cold and refreshing to get you through the afternoon. You scan labels — reduced fat, light, no sugar added, real fruit. ...
It’s Your Health: Do we need energy bars? Well that depends ...
Published 08/20/2007 at 11:03 a.m.
The gooey power bar used to be the only one out there. Its’ purpose was to enhance an athlete’s performance. Now the $3 billion industry is seducing us with slick advertising, innovative marketing and an array of taste tempting energy ...
It’s Your Health: Water vs. ‘The Carb Drink’
Published 08/13/2007 at 11:23 a.m.
You’re 20 minutes into your fitness walk on a sweltering August day. You take a huge swig of your 32 ounce Gatorade and wonder if you’ll have enough for the hour-long workout.
It’s Your Health: Brain food for children
Published 08/06/2007 at 11:32 a.m.
Proper nutrition fuels the brain and this is especially important for children. To provide optimal brain function, they need a healthy variety of food. Unfortunately, many parents fail to realize that children’s developing brains are extremely sensitive and require a ...
It’s Your Health: New CPR holds promise
Published 07/30/2007 at 1:05 p.m.
Unfortunately, unless in a hospital, the survival rate for cardiac arrest is a somber 1 to 3 percent; 325,000 Americans die each year from our nation’s second leading cause of death. Could this staggering number be reduced if a simplified ...
It’s Your Health: Soy: The good, the bad and the ugly
Published 07/23/2007 at 11:06 a.m.
It has been a dietary staple in Asian countries for thousands of years. Soy, often touted as a low-fat miracle bean packed with quality protein, is native to southeastern Asia and actually, a member of the pea family.
It’s Your Health: Soak up the sun, not the cancer
Published 07/16/2007 at 12:58 p.m.
Every year more than one million people in America develop skin cancer and approximately 10,000 die from it annually, according to the American Cancer Society. That is more than one death per hour nationwide.
It’s Your Health: Clueless about your health? Look in the mirror
Published 07/09/2007 at 11:50 a.m.
Does your hair and face reveal anything about your health? Should you worry if you experience hair loss, pale inner eyelids, a swollen tongue, or sunken cheeks?
It's Your Health: Beware of lightning, and bugs crawling in your ear
Published 07/02/2007 at 6:49 p.m.
Summer in Florida, the Fourth of July, kids out of school, and lots of outdoor activity.
It's Your Health: A real pain in the back – Part 4: Core Stabilization
Published 06/25/2007 at 7:53 p.m.
Each time we move, we rely upon muscles to hold us steady, and others to actually move us.
It's Your Health: A real pain in the back – Part 3
Published 06/18/2007 at 7:03 p.m. 1 Comment
According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in the United States, costing us about $50 billion a year in treatments.
It’s Your Health: A real pain in the back — Part 2
Published 06/11/2007 at 12:14 p.m. 1 Comment
Last week I wrote about common causes of back pain that are mainly preventable. This week I will explain more complicated conditions that cause a lot of discomfort and debilitation.
It’s Your Health: A real pain in the back — Part 1
Published 06/04/2007 at 10:36 a.m.
Every year: $55 billion. That staggering amount is approximately what we spend for back pain and disability in the U.S. Although 60-80-percent of adults experience lower back pain at some point during their lives, about 50-percent suffer within a given ...
Kay Sager: A week of personal training ... hell
Published 05/27/2007 at 7:51 p.m.
In Florida, it’s almost always swimsuit weather. Not so for our neighbors to the North who are finally peeling off the layers. Some are discovering one of those extra layers is permanently attached to the body.
Abdominal exercise mistakes
Published 05/21/2007 at 5:03 p.m.
Do not dismiss abdominal exercises. Do them correctly along with an aerobic workout and you will have a toned tummy.
Published 05/14/2007 at 8:30 p.m.
Male hormones can get out of whack, too.
It’s Your Health: Government involvement in weight loss advertising
Published 05/07/2007 at 11:51 a.m.
There is a plethora of weight-loss products and programs that sound too good to be true (and usually are). Unscrupulous marketers promote and sell the aforementioned, targeting approximately 70 million Americans trying to lose weight. Are you one of the ...
It’s Your Health: Don’t ignore warning signs if you think you are injured
Published 04/30/2007 at 12:10 p.m.
Whether you are the “weekend warrior” or a regular exercise participant, at some point you’ve overworked a body part and wondered if the pain was significant.
It’s Your Health: Who needs a heart attack for a wakeup call?
Published 04/23/2007 at 11:23 a.m.
I was having a convivial conversation with a couple of vacationing men today and musing about the content for this week’s column.
It’s Your Health: Your hearing is precious — so protect it!
Published 04/16/2007 at 10:23 a.m.
As we age, it’s common to lose some of our hearing. According to a Mayo Clinic publication, about one-third of Americans over the age of 60 have lost some of their hearing.
Kay Sager: Another reason to lose weight and exercise
Updated 04/09/2007 at 6:10 p.m.
If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know I often mention the importance of exercise, proper diet, and weight control. If heart disease, diabetes, and a myriad of other health related problems aren’t enough incentive to manage your ...