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A Living Donor Story—10 Years After   

by Dan Martinsen This is a story of family and faith—about positivity in the face of adversity. It is about two “warrior angels”: my wife, Doreen Schmidt Martinsen, and my sister-in-law, Kelly McGrath Martinsen. It is, sadly, also about our country’s continued failure to respond to the acute need for registered organ donors. And it is the story of the ... Read More »

It Is What It Is…Or Is It?

You want to see my husband go nuts? Simply say, “It is what it is.” Those five words said by anyone in any situation literally drives Kevin crazy—fingernails on a chalkboard crazy. Knowing it’s a trigger, our kids will say it with a sly chuckle just to push his buttons. When they do, his reply is always the same, “It ... Read More »

3rd Annual BeauTea Soiree Wellness

On Saturday April 9th at 1pm the 3rd Annual BeauTea Soiree Wellness event to Benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Fund will be held at the Upsky Long Island Hotel at 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. Doctors will be there to discuss Integrative Medicine and Cancer Care, while guests enjoy complimentary Nutritional Buffet, Chair Massages, Gaia’s Essence Wellness Teas, ... Read More »

Love your Friends

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.” As a kid, my friends and I hung out on my block until the streetlights signaled it was time to go home. We ran, played, dreamed of our futures—of becoming a movie star or professional baseball player—and debated the big issues, like what car was better a Corvette or the ... Read More »

Super Soups

New Twists on Old Favorites Heal, Nourish and Soothe JUDITH FERTIG Winter season soups on chilly days can warm us, both body and soul. Whatever our food preferences or time constraints, some new twists on traditional favorites will satisfy everyone’s taste buds—with an accent on healthy pleasure. Here’s where to start. Reinventing the past. From her Colorado mountain home, Jenny McGruther, ... Read More »

Unique Character

Sesame Street Addresses Autism After working with organizations such as Autism Speaks and the Autism Self Advocacy Network, Sesame Street has been aiming to help reduce the stigma associated with autism spectrum disorder. A new autistic character, Julia, already has her own digital storybook, We’re Amazing, 1,2,3 as part of the campaign See Amazing in All Children. According to Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, senior ... Read More »

Doctor’s Orders

GMO Labeling Endorsed by Physicians Even as the federal government pursues H.R. 1599, aka the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) act, mainstream medicine is urging the government to abandon its resistance to GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling. They are bolstered by a recent announcement by the World Health Organization that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed ... Read More »

Sci-Fi Solution

Beaming Solar Power to Earth from Space A great deal of solar power falls on our planet, but a lot more misses us and goes off into space. Scientists at JAXA, Japan’s space administration, have made a major breakthrough in accurate wireless power transmission on Earth that bodes well for solar space technology. The team beamed 1.8 kilowatts of power, ... Read More »

Puppy Cuddles

Students De-Stress by Petting Dogs At least three universities in England have offered puppy rooms to stressed students. More than 600 students signed up last year in Bristol alone. Gordon Trevett, from the University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, says, “Every year I see students fretting about their exams, and I thought this would be a great way to ... Read More »

Drive-Thru Vegan

Amy’s Opens Organic Fast Food Restaurant California now hosts the nation’s first Amy’s Organic Drive-Thru restaurant, in Rohnert Park, with a vegetarian menu sporting veggie burgers, salads and dishes served in both regular and vegan varieties. Ingredients are sustainably grown and GMO-free (no genetically modified ingredients). The company’s signature frozen pizzas have been popular for years in health food and ... Read More »