A Heavenly Experience!

by Shannon Traphagen Imagine being transported to Polynesia in the time it takes to get to The Spa at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino or the Spa at Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino, and depending upon where you are coming from in Western New York, it won’t take very long. I visited Seneca Niagara for my Polynesian Spa experience. The palm-fringed coral reef and crystal clear water immediately tr... »

Snack Your Way to Your Summer Weight!

by Patricia Salzer Healthy snacking throughout the day can help you maintain your ideal weight, or even help you to drop a few pounds in time for swimsuit season. “When you snack on the right foods, you tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day,” said Patricia Salzer, a registered dietitian and health and workplace wellness consultant at Univera Healthcare. “You’ll feel fuller longer and b... »

Benefits of plant-based medicine

By Shannon Traphagen Across cultures, herbal medicine is a part of our human heritage. Herbs are an important tool in conventional medicine throughout Europe, Asia, and India, and have been used since the 1800’s. In the early 1900s, American doctors commonly used naturopathy, homeopathy, and other holistic practices to help alleviate or combat certain ailments and diseases. While it has take... »

National Stroke Awareness Month

Don’t blame the brain for an ischemic stroke A CLOGGED ARTERY IN THE NECK IS THE LIKELY CULPRIT – HERE’S WHY   Duplex ultrasound is an easy, painless test that can diagnose carotid artery disease. CHICAGO, Illinois, May 1, 2017 – Since a stroke occurs in the brain, it might seem like that’s where the problem originated. But that is not usually the case. Most ischemic strokes are caused by a c... »

Dialysis and Kidney Failure: Treatment for a Better Quality of Life

      by Mandip Panesar MS, MD, FASN and Patricia Denny MS Most of us know someone who is a dialysis patient. Kidney failure, resulting in the need for dialysis, strikes as many as one in nine Americans. When kidney function decreases to approximately 10% of its normal function, dialysis is essential to sustain life. Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) is the largest provider of dialy... »

Is Medically-Guided Weight Loss An Option For You?

  It may be. ECMC Synergy Bariatrics offers services designed for patients who experience excessive weight gain and have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise. Awarded the highest designation as a Comprehensive Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, Synergy Bariatrics is a full-service, comprehe... »

Southtowns Animal Clinic Strives to Feed Hungry Animals

By Shannon Traphagen Southtowns Animal Hospital in West Seneca, NY, is helping pet owners in need feed their pets. The Animal Food Bank of WNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to supplying food for animals in need. For many, when economic times get tough or a loss of a job occurs, the first thoughts are, “How am I going to feed my family, my pets?” It becomes a choice of paying b... »

Flower Sale for a Good Cause!

The Ovarian Cancer Project, founded in 2012 is Western New York’s most trusted resource for women with ovarian cancer. The organization provides professionally facilitated support groups, mentoring, resources and information for women with ovarian cancer as well as their families. All proceeds of the sale directly support these specific programs, including the organization’s signature “Comfort &am... »

Do you understand the ingredients in your natural nutritional supplements?

National Public Health Week is April 3-9 ( With Public Health Week just around the corner, it might be time to think about what’s in those natural nutritional supplements you are taking? If you are asking these questions—good for you! If you’re not, you should be. When we see terms like: serenoa repens, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, and methylsulfonylmethane. They all ... »

Taking Shared Responsibility for Your Health

By Alicia Schwartz, MSN-ED, BSN, RN, PCC, CCM, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans As we age, it is not uncommon to experience kidney problems, but for some people talking about symptoms even to a doctor can be a challenge. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the risk for chronic kidney disease increases after age 50 and is most common among adults older tha... »

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