Jessica Wangelin, right, talks to Alicia Tartick and Skyler Bowen about essential oils during the 9th Annual Spring WNY Health Expo on April 9, 2016.  Photo by Karen Gioia

Community Turns Out for 9th Annual WNY Health Expo   Recently updated !

The Western New York community had the opportunity to meet with local health-related vendors last Saturday at the WNY Health Expo. Area vendors presented valuable health information, answered questions, and performed screenings to a large crowd at the McKinley Mall in  Blasdell. Visitors had the opportunity to attend several informative seminars with topics ranging from healthy […]


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Glorious Garlic

By Erin O’Donnell, Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD Glorious garlic is worth the less-than-sweet breath. The so-called “stinking rose” not only tastes divine, but also could help prevent disease. One study of people from 10 European countries linked eating more garlic and onions with lower levels of intestinal cancers. Research also suggests that garlic […]


Never Burn Pressure Treated Wood

When the weather is cool, it’s nice to light up a fire to keep warm. Often we throw any log or wood that is handy into the fire. Be careful though, that you don’t throw pressure treated wood on the fire. Burning pressure treated wood in your fireplace, or even outside in your fire pit, […]

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Golden Milk Vegan Ice Cream

We would like to consider ourselves connoisseurs when it comes to ice cream. So we took the challenge of making vegan ice cream very seriously. With dairy out of the question, we decided to go the coconut route and riffed on golden milk, a popular vegan beverage of coconut milk steeped with ginger, turmeric and […]


Mini Whole-Wheat Pot Pies Recipe

Directions Special equipment: a 4-inch round cookie cutter For the dough: Whisk the egg with 3 tablespoons cold water in a small bowl. Pulse the flour, 1/3 of the butter, Parmesan, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor until the mixture looks like fine meal. Add the remaining butter and […]

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Restaurant Roulette: How Many Calories in Chicken Tikka Masala or Pad Thai?

Restaurant Roulette:  How Many Calories in Chicken Tikka Masala or Pad Thai? WASHINGTON—Americans are getting increasingly used to seeing calorie counts on chain-restaurant menus as the industry prepares to comply with the menu-labeling provisions enacted into law in 2010.  Calorie counts have otherwise been mandatory at chains in California, New York City, and some other jurisdictions […]

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What To Do With Leeks

Leeks are a member of the Allium family, which is essentially the onion family, and can really be used in any way that you would use an onion, which is lots of ways. Their flavor is slightly milder than that of a typical onion. They look like oversized scallions or green onions, long and cylindrical, […]


Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini bread is a family tradition in many households and still remains a top ten recipe for health benefits and affordability. This quick bread is perfect for breakfast as well as for dessert. The secret ingredient is the canned pineapple, which adds moisture along with the zucchini. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s become as legendary […]

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7 Ways to Nourish Sun-Damaged Skin

No matter how good you’ve been about wearing sunscreen, it’s almost impossible not to have soaked up some ultraviolet (UV) damage along the way. And since the sun causes most skin aging, chances are you’re paying the price with wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin. But don’t worry: Sun damage doesn’t have to end your […]