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Be Well, Marsha 2/16/16

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Another transplant frontier By Marsha Bonhart Modern medicine is miraculous and its use is nothing short of marvelous. The more the medical community learns and experiments, the longer we live productive lives. One of those therapies is organ transplantation and a recent endeavor in that area is helping severely injured military servicemen return to their […]

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Be Well, Marsha 2/9/16

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Another one bites By Marsha Bonhart Okay everybody, there’s a new bug in town and the World Health Organization (WHO) is getting us ready for its apparent inevitable U. S. invasion. The mosquito-borne Zika virus has already spread to 20 countries worldwide—its most prominent victims are women of child bearing age. The WHO considers the […]

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Be Well, Marsha 2/2/16

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Forget me not by Marsha Bonhart In my much younger, other life, I was a model. I never graced the covers of major magazines, but I did my share of runway modeling, promotions and photo shoots. Back in those days, other than the Ebony Fashion Fair, there were few African American women who were reflective […]

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Women’s health warning signs

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By Marsha Bonhart   It’s the same old song. I have sung it many times (and not necessarily with feeling). Too tired, too busy; just disregard or cancel the doctor’s appointments. Believe it or not, it is the better-educated women who make the sometimes fatal mistake of not paying closer attention to their health. Taking […]

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What we ask

By Marsha Bonhart Trying to stay healthy is a job. Do this. Don’t do that. Eat this. Don’t eat that. How to properly work, live, play and eat is the quintessential quest. Editors of the “Well” section of The New York Times polled readers to find out what they most wanted to know about maintaining […]

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Why sourdough is a better bread to consume

By Rocco Castellano It might seem weirdly sacrilegious, in honoring the eclectic and alternative genius of David Bowie to focus on a track from Let’s Dance, his hugely successful 1983 release. Stranger still, for a film critic to do so, even though the album contained the song “Cat People (Putting Out Fire),” which was the […]

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Ask Rocco 01/12/16

  Is gluten really the enemy? Normally I don’t jump on a bandwagon when science and emotion buck heads, but this whole gluten-free thing is out of control. The reality is that it doesn’t have anything to do with gluten and has everything to do with the rest of your diet. I want to start […]

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Be Well, Marsha 01/12/16

The letter C The ads are everywhere. You can hear them on the radio, see them on television and read them on printed materials. Like banners carrying life-saving messages, you will find them on the sides, backs and interiors of public transportation, warning you about a liver infection that can kill. If you’re smart and […]

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Be Well, Marsha 1/5/16

The law of 100 By Marsha Bonhart It is something to which most of us aspire. Living to be 100 is what we admire, but only a small percentage achieve. But it makes us all feel so very good when we see the proclamations and accolades about folks who make it to the special group […]

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Ask Rocco 1/5/16

Seven things to make 2016 the year of fitness By Rocco Castellano So not only did my wife have an unbelievable baby boy just six short months ago, we also decided to do the unthinkable—move! There is nothing that is more of a pain in the ass than moving. I think the only silver lining […]

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Ask Rocco 12/29/15

… and what a F–ked up year it’s been By Rocco Castellano The fun part about writing a weekly column is that you are able to address the stupidity as you see fit as current events unravel. One problem … the idiots came out in droves this year and it was too overwhelming to fit […]

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Be Well, Marsha 12/29/15

We all fall down By Marsha Bonhart I am getting clumsier by the year. I was decorating the Christmas tree last weekend and hit my head several times on the chandelier that hangs near it. I mean really big smacks. One sent me to the floor. I think to create stronger footing, I have created […]

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Ask Rocco 12/22/15

For those with hip and back pain, here’s your Christmas present By Rocco Castellano For years I have found it nearly impossible to actively stretch my hamstrings and hips, and because it’s such a pain in the ass, literally, I have lived with hip and low back pain. I love hiking and cycling but I […]

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Be Well, Marsha 12/22/15

New year, new you By Marsha Bonhart Here we are, as we find ourselves each December, looking to a new year for refreshing possibilities. If you notice, I am reserved as I write about what can come with a new year.  Embracing refreshed possibilities is a lot easier to grasp than promises of totally revamping […]

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Ask Rocco 12/15/15

One hundred push-ups a day By Rocco Castellano Have you ever tried to do 100 push-ups in a row? When I was a kid, my brother and I would wake up every morning and try to outdo each other. I was 150 pounds and he was 90 pounds, so guess who won every morning? Plus, […]

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Be Well, Marsha 12/15/15

How sweet it isn’t By Marsha Bonhart I know it’s the holiday season, but I am not bringing glad tidings. I am not scolding, only offering information. As I write this article, I think of an old tune: “Sugar/ Oh honey, honey/ You are my candy girl/ And you got me wanting you.” The lyrics […]

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