The ban on foam clamshell containers has come into effect starting 2019.
The new law will prohibit restaurants, stores and manufacturers from
possessing or selling any containers, cups, trays, plates or any packing
peanuts composed of polystyrene. Establishments will have until July
to comply and make the transition to paper products. Owners of
restaurants fought to not have the ban enforced but could not prove
that the articles mentioned above could be recycled in an economically
and effective way. This is a ban that was originally proposed by Mayor
Bloomberg in 2013 but has met strong opposition by lobbying groups
and manufacturers. The new law will have a great impact on the city’s
already overstressed landfills. Next obstacle is the replacement of
plastic straws for paper.

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Longer Telomeres, Longer Life…

Posted by Lenny Variano on February 22, 2019

Exercise, especially aerobic, affects the way cells communicate with each other in a positive way. Exploring deeper inside the body and looking closely at our DNA, we are able to see just how important activity is to overall health. At the end of each chromosome, our DNA is protected during replication by what is known as a telomere. It is what holds our DNA strands together and prevents each strand from fraying. A telomere is similar to an aglet on a shoelace which prevents the shoelace from coming apart. As we age these telomeres begin to wear away until the cell no longer is capable of replicating. This is what in turn leads to disease and premature old age. It was previously believed that when this occurs that there is no chance of reversal. According to studies published in the European Heart Journal, Stanford Medicine News Center and Lancet Oncology, all results showed a sizable increase in the proteins responsible for lengthening these telomeres with lifestyle, especially aerobic activity. All evidence points to finding an enjoyable aerobic activity that speeds up your heart rate to the point that you are able to enjoy a good sweat.

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Why Should I Apologize?

Posted by Lenny Variano on February 15, 2019

Why is it so difficult to apologize? Does it make the person who is apologizing less of a person because he or she has to admit that they have done something which may be considered unacceptable? Does an apology do as much or maybe more for the person who is the giver as for the receiver? An apology can help a person move past their anger which in turn can prevent them from getting stuck in the past. It is amazing how an apology can mend a relationship by its power to repair harm and increase empathy. At times the remorse and shame of hurting someone can become both mentally and physically draining for both parties involved. In fact, apologizing can have both a decrease in important bodily functions such as blood pressure, breathing and heart rate especially on the part of the person who feels that they have been harmed. Apologizing is difficult because it can make a person accept responsibility which can be a humbling experience. On the other hand it can develop a sense of empathy on the part of the other person because they can now look at the wrongdoer as someone as fallible as themself instead of looking at them with bitterness and anger. This in turn sets aside space for forgiveness and the possibility for a more intimate relationship in the future. At the same time it should be sincere, timely without excuses for certain actions. This is not to say that an apology can undo the harmful past actions but it may eliminate the negative after effects of the action by giving the receiver time to heal. More important, since apologizing is so difficult it can be a deterrent for repeating a certain action.

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The Colder the Better…

Posted by Lenny Variano on January 4, 2019

Is there a health benefit to cold temperatures? Do we need the change in temperature to stimulate the body and in turn develop a stronger immune system? Studies have shown that people actually think more clearly in the winter and are able to make more complex decisions. Glucose, which is important for brain function, is diverted more often in the summer in order to keep the body cool. The body’s metabolism actually burns more calories in colder weather in an effort to maintain a body temperature of 98.6. For those who suffer from allergies the winter provides an atmosphere in which the pollen count is almost non-existent. Core temperature drops when you sleep. This can take longer in the summer months which can limit the hours of deep restful sleep. Exercising in colder temperatures strengthens the immune system as well as your heart muscles, kills ticks and mosquitos as well as burns fat and makes you appreciate the warmth of your home. In spite of all this, I really love a hot summer evening.

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