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 […]

Top 33 Peanut Butters Ranked

First…the Worst A really good peanut butter should have just two ingredients: peanuts (duh) and a pinch of salt. But today’s manufacturers—even the “all-natural” brands advertising themselves as healthy—pack their PBs with additives you simply don’t need. “Peanut butters are most often processed with hydrogenated oils and sugar, so make sure you check the label […]


Teens: E-Cigs Lead to Smoking

Ever wonder how many teens use e-cigarettes? Or whether smoking e-cigs means you’re more likely to start using tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, or hookahs? Check down below for the answers, plus more facts on teen and e-cigs. Teen e-cig users are more likely to start smoking than non-users Smoking includes combustible tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, and hookahs) […]



Sunscreen Safety

The ingredients in sunscreen have been used for many decades and are considered safe. The real danger is choosing a sunscreen that is too weak. To protect against both UVA and UVB rays, choose a product labeled “broad spectrum” and choose SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin […]


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, […]



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 […]