Unfortunately, ticks also love summer in The Hamptons
As natives of the East End, we have seen an explosion of Lyme Disease, Erlichiosis,and other diseases transmitted by ticks to pets and humans. We have consulted with some of the most dedicated entomologists, scientists and doctors. There is too much misinformation, and we are dedicated to keep you informed of the continuing research and accurate information available. A favorite quote of scientists we have consulted with is “if someone says something long enough, people will actually believe it.”tick-control-banner

Life-cycle of Ixodes scapularis (a.k.a. black- legged or deer tick) in the northeast/mid- Atlantic/upper mid-western United States.
DeerTickEggsLarval deer ticks are active in August and September but these ticks are pathogen-free. Ticks become infected with pathogens when larvae (or nymphs) take a blood meal from infectious animal hosts. Engorged larvae molt over winter and emerge in May as poppy-seed sized nymphal deer ticks. Please note that most cases of Lyme disease are transmitted from May through July, when nymphal-stage ticks are active. Adult-stage deer ticks become active in October and remain active throughout the winter when the ground is not frozen. Blood engorged females survive the winter in the forest leaf litter and begin laying their 1,500 or more eggs around Memorial Day (late May). These eggs hatch in July, and the life-cycle starts again when larvae become active in August.
Courtesy of The University of Rhode Island

Protect your children, your pets, and yourselves from the potential harm caused by the infestation of ticks. We will implement a tick control program, tailored to your needs. ORGANIC PROGRAMS AVAILABLE as well.

These ticks are back with a vengeance . Give us a call and we will help find you a solution. Even bring one to our office and we will identify it for you free of charge. We will also educate you because there is so much misinformation out there.(631) 726-6088


Hamptons Wellness:Why is Gluten Free Trending
Everywhere I go these days in the Hamptons there is a sign that says GLUTEN FREE, the restaurants, supermarkets, deli’s and even farm stands have jumped on board to this trending craze that seems to be growing. “The market for gluten-free products is exploding. Does anyone know? Many people may just perceive that a gluten-free diet is healthier.”

According to Peter H.R. Green, MD, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential, but for others, “unless people are very careful, a gluten-free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

It is estimated that about 1% of Americans have celiac disease. The condition, caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten, can damage the lining of the small intestine. That, in turn, can prevent important nutrients from being absorbed.

Symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, anemia, bone pain, and a severe skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis. But celiac disease often has few or no symptoms. The only way to know if you have this disease is to be tested. According to WebMD the first test is typically a blood test that detects antibodies related to an abnormal immune response. If the blood test is positive a biopsy is performed to confirm inflammation in the lining of the small intestines.

Some may say I feel so much better when I don’t eat Gluten, so what’s wrong with eliminating Gluten from your diet? For starters it is incredibly expensive, and many whole grains that contain gluten have special nutritional benefits. They’re rich in an array of vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins and iron, as well as fiber. Studies show that whole grain foods, as part of a healthy diet, may help lower risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that half of all carbohydrates in the diet come from whole grain products. So if you have no medical reason to eliminate Gluten from your diet is it wise to do this?

What are your thoughts on this explosive trend? Why is Gluten Free Trending?
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In the Know” Hamptons Emergency Care InformationGreetings Mouthpiece Readers in continuing to keep you in the know, being in an unfamiliar place when traveling can be scary if a medical emergency arises . How many times have you visited an area and  you or a member of your family gets ill and need to seek emergency medical attention? I suppose your first choice is to visit the emergency room if you are in the Hamptons, but my friends there are alternatives if this is not life threatening emergency. There are walk-in Medical Centers in various areas in the Hamptons.

 Wainscott: Wainscott Walk In Medical Care: 
Wainscott Walk-In Medical Care is a privately owned business that services patients of all ages. The practice currently includes founder, Dr. Blake Kerr, as well as Dr. Ilona Polak and Pediatrician, Dr. Michael Schessel.
Please call the office for insurance information
 83 Wainscott Northwest Rd, Wainscott, NY 11975
Phone:(631) 537-1892**hours: Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Sat: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

 Walk In Medical CAre new signEast Hampton, NY:  East Hampton Walk-In Medical Care

Quality Urgent Medical Care In East Hampton
470 Montauk Hwy.
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 329-5900
Summer Hours*
Monday through Friday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday – 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Fall Hours
Friday through Monday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Current Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Empire Plan (NYSHIP)
Island Group Administration, Medicare, United Healthcare/Oxford

Southampton:  Dr. Mark R. Kot, MD

Southampton Urgent Medical Care is a family practice that specializes in the treatment of minor injuries and also offers flu shots. The practicing physician at the office is Dr. Mark Kot. Walk-ins are welcome. 
Dr. Kot accepts the following insurances: Anthem Blue Cross PPO
Empire Plan NYSHIP, Empire PPO / EPO / Indemnity Plans, Island Group Administration, MEDICARE,
TriCare (Military Service Personnel)
 609 Hampton Rd, Southampton, NY 11968
Phone:(631) 204-9600 Hours: 9a-6pm (call for days)


Southampton Hospital: 

240 Meeting House LaneSouthampton, NY 11968
Emergency Medical Services
Southampton Hospital is in partnership with the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organizations throughout Long Island’s South Fork. These volunteer organizations perform a vital, often life-saving service to residents and visitors, providing advanced life support delivered by paramedics 24 hours a day. These trained and experienced volunteers often improve the outcome before a patient arrives at the Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Local EMS Agencies

Amagansett Fire Department – Ambulance 
East Hampton Village Ambulance
Montauk Fire Department – Ambulance 
Springs Fire Department – Ambulance 
Bridgehampton Fire Department – Ambulance 
East Quogue Fire Department – Ambulance 
Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance
Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance 
Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance 
Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance 
Southampton Volunteer Ambulance 
Westhampton War Memorial Volunteer Ambulance 

1300 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: 631-548-6000
The largest hospital on Long Island’s East End, PBMC Health is a comprehensive continuum of services and providers dedicated to serving the full range of healthcare and wellness needs of the families and communities of Eastern Suffolk County and all of Long Island.

HM Mental Health: When Someone You Know Struggles with Fear, Anxiety and Stress! What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. In addition, here are some other techniques you can use to help the person cope.

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photo credit: “The Mental Health Act” by Ian Smith

Learn as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression. There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who is struggling. Education is the key in finding the answers your looking for in managing your fears. Be understanding and patient with the person struggling with their fears. Dealing with depression and anxiety can be difficult for the person so do not add more problems than what is already there. In every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around. Another thing to remember is that things change and events do not stay the same. For instance, you may feel overwhelmed today with your anxiety and feel that this is how you will feel the rest of the week or month. This isn’t correct. No one can predict the future with one hundred percent accuracy. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. You never know when the help and answers you are looking for will come to you. When your fears and anxieties have the best of you, seek help from a professional. The key is to be patient, take it slow, and not to give up. In time, you will be able to find those resources that will help you with your problems. BIOGRAPHY: Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”. Stan’s managing fear book has become very popular with over 300 positive book reviews and counting. Please read the many book reviews of Stan’s popular book by going to Stan’s website at

Hamptons Wellness: Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties and Stress

Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties.

When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.

Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem.  A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket.  Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your small notebook and read those statements.   This will help to manage your negative thinking.Upset Crying Woman By The Ocean

Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties and Stress

Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem.  By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.  Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.