Zorba Paster: Pot Can Be Addictive
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:00pm
Like alcohol and opioids, pot can foster dependence. It's called cannabis use disorder and it's characterized by high daily pot use because of the body's ability to develop tolerance. The more you smoke, the more the cannabis receptors down-regulate — requiring more and more.
Zorba Paster: Look At The Science Behind Alternative Medicine
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5:00pm
Alternative and complementary medicines can answer many questions Western medicine doesn't. But before you spend your money, know what you’re buying. If you believe in science and a therapy has been proven to be worthless, then chuck it. If it hasn’t been studied scientifically, then use your common sense.
Zorba Paster: Checkout Lines Can Be Test Of Willpower
Monday, January 21, 2019, 2:00pm
When you check out at the grocery, do you look at the sweets like I do? I find myself wondering if I’m going to buy a Hershey’s bar — I love the ones with almonds — or some other sweet. Then I read the label and realize these are 210 calories that I don’t need.
Zorba Paster: Exercise Is Key To Feeling Better
Monday, January 7, 2019, 6:05am
we know exercise reduces death from all causes, especially heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some forms of cancer. It can also improve your mental health. But here’s the research. It’s a compendium of studies taking all the data, putting it in the pot and evaluating it to see what comes out. In total, 1.2 million people were in this research. That’s a lot of folks.
Zorba Paster: The Health Risks Of Shift Work
Friday, December 7, 2018, 2:05pm
Shift workers have it tough. I used to work in the ER — I remember it well. If I worked 3 to 11 p.m., I never got to see my friends. If I worked 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., I was wiped out all day. I knew that lifestyle was not for me. But if you’re a nurse in a hospital, you don’t have a choice. People get...
Zorba Paster: Vegetarian And Vegan Diets Have Many Health Benefits
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 2:05pm
I’m an omnivore. I eat everything. I love food — all kinds. These days, my diet has improved from the meat-and-potatoes, always-liver-on-Thursdays approach my mom thought was healthy for us. That was the thinking back in the 1950s. Now my diet aspires to be as Mediterranean as possible. I call it...
Zorba Paster: The Power Of Thank You
Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 2:05pm
Are you blue at this time of year? Do you find your energy is moving in the direction of "I’m a slug — let me curl up with a good book, a blanket around me, and read for the next four months until spring comes?
Zorba Paster: Daily Aspirin May Not Be A Good Idea
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 2:05pm
Taking that aspirin to ward off the angel of death in the form of a heart attack may not live up to its hype — and it just might put you in the hospital, Zorba Paster writes.
Zorba Paster: We Need Transparency In Drug Costs
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 2:05pm
Dear Readers: I've written a lot lately about drug costs because they are so expensive. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think when it comes to new drugs, companies have to make a profit. Without that, we wouldn’t have new technology that saves lives. Case in point: Hepatitis C. We can now cure it not...
Zorba Paster: How To Save On Prescription Drugs
Friday, August 31, 2018, 2:05pm
A study from the website www.goodrx.com looked at commonly used drugs, comparing the cost city by city. Now, I do expect the cost in New York City to be more than in Madison, Wisconsin — rent, salaries and everything else are higher in NYC — but not in some of the other cities.
Zorba Paster: Eat More Lentils
Friday, July 27, 2018, 2:05pm
Lentils are a fabulous bean — inexpensive and high in protein — that you should consider because recently published research shows eating them significantly cuts down blood sugar.