Halloween Pet Costumes: Safety Guidelines

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s SUPERDOG! Costumes aren’t just for people. Pet owners love spreading the Halloween fun by dressing their four-legged friends up as superheroes, scary ghosts and famous celebrities. Tiffany Donhauser Thomas, a mother and pet owner, who works in a veterinarian’s office in Florida, says that she dresses up her Pyrenees mix on a regular basis, as things like a lobster, Batman and hockey fan. But while pet lovers often enjoy dressing up their dogs or cats in what they think are cute costumes, many don’t realize their pets may not appreciate it as much as their owners….

Drinking This Juice Could Make You Stronger

A new study found that drinking beet juice boosts muscle performance by 13 percent. Researchers were looking specifically at how nitrate-heavy foods, like concentrated beet juice, helped patients with heart failure improve muscle function. The small-scale study found that patients who drank beet juice had improvements in strength that you’d normally see after months of weight training. Study co-author Linda Peterson told NPR’s The Salt, “we’re seeing these improvements within about an hour and a half to two hours after ingestion. It’s pretty dramatic.” The study authors were looking at how inorganic nitrate impacts muscle function, and this isn’t the first time researchers have…

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin fruit is one of the widely grown vegetables incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins. Though this humble backyard vegetable is less in calories, nonetheless, it carries vitamin A, and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance. Pumpkin is a fast-growing vine that creeps along the surface in a similar fashion like that of other Cucurbitaceae family vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, squash, cantaloupes…etc. It is one of the most popular field crops cultivated around the world, including in the USA at commercial scale for its fruit, and seeds. Pumpkins vary greatly in shape, size…

Apple Cider Vinegar and Health

You probably have a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your pantry right now. It’s a tasty addition to homemade pickles, marinades, and salad dressing, but is it also good for you? As a folk remedy, apple cider vinegar has been credited with curing everything from theflu to warts. Many of its supposed benefits are unproven, but some experts think that adding a little of this sour liquid to your life may have some health benefits. Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss Have you heard that apple cider vinegar will help you lose weight? The only study to test the idea in people…

5 Reasons Your Body Needs More Water During Colder Months

In the summer, drinking more water comes naturally for a lot of people. After all, there’s nothing like a hot, humid and active day that gets you to reach for an icy cold glass of water! In the fall and winter, however, have you ever noticed how your need for water isn’t always quite as obvious? Here’s why that happens. 1. Research has shown that our sense of thirst is blunted by up to 40 percent in colder weather. According to at least one study, there’s a physiological response behind why we don’t exactly feel as thirsty when we’re cold. You know…

Performance Enhancing Drugs in High School

The following was written by Dr. Laurence E. Mermelstein, M.D. There are a fair amount of people who continue to remain ambivalent regarding athletes like Lance Armstrong  and Alex Rodriguez and their involvement with performance enhancing drugs (PED’s).  Many fans feel that whatever the professional athletes want to put in their bodies is their business.  Besides, all those home runs make for exciting baseball. In addition, the major league organizations have been equally ambivalent.  It is only recently that there is a firm anti-steroid policy in baseball with significant penalties in both the major and…

15 Safety Tips to Prevent a Back Injury During Your Fall Cleanup

Raking up a gigantic pile of leaves might seem like a simple task, however, if it’s done too abruptly with poor body mechanics, you can EASILY strain your precious back muscles. So before you pull out your rakes and leaf blowers, and potentially throw your back out, check out the following 15 Safety Tips: 1.  Warm up for at least 10 minutes before doing any heavy yard work. Try walking around the yard, doing some circular arm movements, bending forward and backward, and to each side. 2.  Use a rake that is comfortable for your height and strength. 3.  Wear gloves or use a rake with…

Breast Cancer Walk

Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C. supports the Making Strides Towards Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach! We are proud to have raised $650.00 towards finding a cure.