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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Chester Township, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Chester Township, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life with HRT for Women

Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Chester Township, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Can Tri-Cape defend its title or will another N.J. team capture Carpenter Cup?

Led by the best of the best from the Tri-County Conference and Cape-Atlantic League, Tri-Cape will look to defend its crown when the 2022 Carpenter Cup Classic begins play Monday at FDR Park in South Philadelphia.Tri-Cape defeated Mercer County 5-3 at Citizens Bank Park in last year’s championship game. This season, the semifinals will be at the home of the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, June 19. The title game is slated for Monday, June 20 on Showcase Field at FDR Park in South Philadelphia.Presented by the Phillies, t...

Led by the best of the best from the Tri-County Conference and Cape-Atlantic League, Tri-Cape will look to defend its crown when the 2022 Carpenter Cup Classic begins play Monday at FDR Park in South Philadelphia.

Tri-Cape defeated Mercer County 5-3 at Citizens Bank Park in last year’s championship game. This season, the semifinals will be at the home of the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, June 19. The title game is slated for Monday, June 20 on Showcase Field at FDR Park in South Philadelphia.

Presented by the Phillies, the showcase debuted in 1986 and has been played every year expect for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a talented team,” said Tri-Cape coach D.J. Gore, the head coach at Highland. “We like our roster.

“The No. 1 thing is still to get to Citizens Bank Park. Whether you’ve been there once, it’s still a huge draw to get to play on that field, be in those surroundings. It brings out the little kid in these teenagers, and the adults, too.”

New Jersey will be represented by five teams, all of which have at least one championship on their resume - Burlington County (2006, 2009, 2012, 2019), Olympic Colonial (1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2018), Jersey Shore (2002, 2010, 2014, 2017) and Mercer Comity (2004, 2013). Last year was the first for Tri-Cape.

Ocean/Monmouth won in 1994, while South Jersey Central took the 1989 title.

A New Jersey team has won the last four titles - Tri-Cape (2021), Burlington County (2019), Olympic Colonial (2-18) and Jersey Shore (2017).

O’Dell, Hill to be honored

Burlington County will honor the memory of Tyler O’Dell and Danny Hill, two former players who passed away in 2021, by retiring their numbers. O’Dell, a Northern Burlington graduate, wore No. 23. Hill, Shawnee grad, wore No. 24. A commemorative logo with their name and number will also be on the left sleeve of the 2022 uniform shirts.

“We wanted to do something to honor the memory of both Tyler and Danny,” said Brian Solomon, the longtime assistant general manager who spearheaded the idea with general managers Tony Lotierzo and Jim Varsaci. “While the 16-team tournament only lasts around 10 days each season, we have kept in touch with many of our former players over the past quarter-century as their collegiate and professional lives have evolved and because of that we have become a close-knit family.”

O’Dell was a two-time (2013, 2014) member of the Burlington County Carpenter Cup squad, helping lead the franchise to the championship game as a junior. At the time of his passing in November, O’Dell was a graduate student and member of the Limestone baseball team in Gaffney, South Carolina, earning All-Conference honors after transferring from Mercer County Community College.

“Tyler O’Dell loved baseball,” said former Northern Burlington coach Richard Doppler. “He played hard, played to win, and no matter what team he played on, he always had his teammates back.”

Hill was named an honorary member of the 2018 Burlington County team which advanced to the title game. He waged a courageous eight-year battle with cancer beginning at age 13 and in his fight, truly threw cancer a curveball day after day before passing away in December.

“Danny’s character and poise under difficult circumstances was an example to all,” said Shawnee coach Brian Anderson. “He gave us all perspective while reminding us to appreciate the time together on the field.”

“Both Tyler and Danny had a positive impact on the Burlco Carpenter Cup franchise,” Solomon added. “They are both missed tremendously and our thoughts continue to be with their respective families. In support of that, we all decided that this would be an appropriate way to honor their memory.”

Editor’s note: Following are team rosters and showcase schedule. Olympic Colonial roster was not available at the time of publication.

Tri-Cape

Burlington County

Jersey Shore

Mercer County

Schedule

Monday, June 13

Showcase Field, FDR Park

Tuesday, June 14

Showcase Field, FDR Park

Wednesday, June 15

Showcase Field, FDR Park

Friday, June 17

Showcase Field, FDR Park

Ashburn Field, FDR Park

Sunday, June 19

Semifinals, Citizens Bank Park

Monday, June 20

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Burlington baseball knocks Mercer out of Carpenter Cup Classic

PHILADELPHIA — After not meeting for eight years before last season’s opening-round get-together, the Burlington County and Mercer County all-star baseball teams met in the Carpenter Cup Classic in consecutive years for just the second time in tournament history Sunday when they played at Citizens Bank Park in the 2022 semifinal round.The teams had only gone head-to-head in the home of the Phillies one other time, back in 2004 (CBP’s first season of existence) when Mercer won in extra innings in the semifinals, then ...

PHILADELPHIA — After not meeting for eight years before last season’s opening-round get-together, the Burlington County and Mercer County all-star baseball teams met in the Carpenter Cup Classic in consecutive years for just the second time in tournament history Sunday when they played at Citizens Bank Park in the 2022 semifinal round.

The teams had only gone head-to-head in the home of the Phillies one other time, back in 2004 (CBP’s first season of existence) when Mercer won in extra innings in the semifinals, then went on to win the title.

That led to a nine-year separation before the teams met again in the 2013 Cup. After that, they did not play again until 2021, following the only season the Carpenter Cup was not played since 1986 because of COVID-19.

Burlington remembered being eliminated in the first round last year and got its revenge by doing to Mercer County what the Central Jersey squad had been doing to teams throughout the tournament.

By scoring more in the middle innings, the boys from South Jersey earned themselves a championship game spot with a 10–1 win over last year’s Cup runner-up.

Monday’s 1 p.m. final at Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy Showcase Field in Philadelphia’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park will feature the last two Carpenter Cup champs going head-to-head with Burlington County meeting New Jersey’s Tri-Cape, the defending champion.

The all-stars from the Tri-County and Cape-Atlantic League advanced with an 11-inning, 6-5 win over Pennsylvania’s Inter-Ac/Independents club.

The tri-state, single-elimination event put on by the Phillies and presented by Nike over the course of the last 36 years brings together some of the top high school baseball all-star teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey year after year to determine who will take home the top prize.

After Princeton High right-hander Kenny Schiavone threw three innings of one-hit ball for Mercer County, Burlington, which has won the Cup four times, took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Delran’s Jake Baumann walked and Seneca’s Brayden Davis singled off new pitcher Caleb Kasof of West Windsor-Plainsboro South.

Delran’s Danny Murphy hit a fly ball to right field, on which both runners tagged, so that Baumann was able to score on an ensuing ground out by Pemberton’s Kai Hutchins.

A two-out single by Delran’s Nicholas Merunka made it, 2-0, before a pair of errors when Bordentown’s Luke Guire was batting opened the door for Burlington County to score two more runs (one after a balk by Kasof).

Mercer, which has won the Cup twice, got one run back in the bottom of the frame when Allentown’s Joe Butera walked with the bases loaded after singles by his high school teammate, Jack Sweeney, and Notre Dame’s Jackson Wargo around a walk to the Lawrenceville School’s Shaun McMillan by pitcher Brett Gable.

“They had some good pitchers, but we made a lot of mistakes,” said Allentown sophomore Jack Sweeney, who had one of Mercer County’s seven hits and scored its only run. “This was an awesome experience, but we couldn’t get a big inning going today.”

But the 2019 Carpenter Cup champions extended their lead with three more runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles from Cherokee’s Brandon Petrick and Shawnee’s Oskar Heino around a sacrifice fly by Shawnee’s Drew Ucccello.

Cherokee junior Evan Brown had the biggest hit of the day when he followed Mercer’s fourth error of the day with a home run into the left field seats for an 8-1 lead.

“That was kind of fun because the guy dropped the foul ball I hit before I hit it,” said Brown, whose older brother is a Carpenter Cup champion. “I had a feeling I had hit it well. It felt smooth off the bat, but I was thinking maybe a triple. Then I saw it keep going. It was awesome.”

Except for the fourth inning, Burlington got strong pitching on the day with Cherokee’s Jeremy Cheeseman striking out six and only allowing one hit over the first three innings before Rancocas Valley’s Tim Hartman pitched a scoreless fifth, sixth and seventh innings, limiting Mercer County to two hits.

One of the lone offensive bright spots for Mercer County was Notre Dame junior Logan Eilbacher, who went 2-for-2 as one of manager Dave Angebranndt’s mid-game replacements.

While Burlington County added two more runs off Hightstown’s Aaron Winzinger in the top of the ninth, Burlington Township’s Jacob Dorety kept Mercer scoreless for two more innings to cap the victory.

Burlington 000 403 102 — 10 12 1

Mercer County 000 100 000 — 1 7 3

HR: Brown (B); RBI: Petrick 2, Uccello, Heino, Brown, Hutchins, Merunka (B), Butera (M).

WP — Cheeseman (1-0); LP — Kasof (0-1).

2022 CARPENTER CUP BASEBALL

Results

Monday, June 13

Inter-Ac/Independents (Pa.) 8, Delaware North 5

Delaware County (Pa.) 8, Philadelphia Public 0

Tuesday, June 14

Delaware South 5, Berks County (Pa.) 1

Burlington County 6, Lehigh Valley (Pa.) 4

Wednesday, June 15

Philadelphia Catholic 9, Jersey Shore 3

Mercer County 6, Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) 3

Bux-Mont. (Pa.) 7, Olympic/Colonial (NJ) 3

Thursday, June 16

Tri-Cape (NJ) 5, Chester County (Pa.) 1

Friday, June 17

Quarterfinals

(at Archbishop Carroll High School, Radnor, Pa.)

Inter-Ac/Independents (Pa.) 8, Delaware County (Pa.) 6

Burlington County 9, Philadelphia Catholic 6

(at Villanova Baseball Field, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

Tri-Cape (NJ) 9, Delaware South 2

Mercer County 6, Bux-Mont. (Pa.) 5 [12 innings]

Sunday, June 19

Semifinals

(at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia)

Tri-Cape 6, Inter-Ac/Independents (Pa.) 5 [11 innings]

Burlington County 10, Mercer County 1

Schedule

Monday, June 20

Championship

(at UYA Showcase Field, FDR Park)

Game 15: Tri-Cape vs. Burlington County, 1 p.m.

Recreational Pot In Mendham, Chester: Closest Place To Buy

Adults over 21 can buy legal marijuana from 13 dispensaries starting on Thursday. Here are the closest locations to you:It's been nearly two years since New Jersey voters legalized recreational cannabis. But the state is ready to begin legal marijuana sales on Thursday, and there are more than a dozen dispensaries that have been cleared to serve the general public – but it ma...

Adults over 21 can buy legal marijuana from 13 dispensaries starting on Thursday. Here are the closest locations to you:

It's been nearly two years since New Jersey voters legalized recreational cannabis. But the state is ready to begin legal marijuana sales on Thursday, and there are more than a dozen dispensaries that have been cleared to serve the general public – but it may be a ride to get to some.

In all, 13 medical marijuana dispensaries will be opening their doors to all customers 21 or over on April 21. The closest to the area may be the Apothecarium in Warren County and Essex County.

Consumers should check the websites of the approved retailers for specific information on their hours of operation.

The other dispensaries that will begin serving the general public on Thursday are:

While possession of up to six ounces of marijuana has been decriminalized in New Jersey, recreational cannabis customers will only be able to buy a maximum of:

Jeff Brown, executive director of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, said that people should expect all the above locations to be "extremely busy" on Thursday.

Brown said each company has assured state officials that their locations will be able to meet the new demand without disrupting access to patients registered with the state medical cannabis program – one of the conditions they needed to meet to be able to sell to the general public. Read More: New Jersey Marijuana Patients Need Lower Prices, More Weed

Dispensaries are required to put patient access policies in place so that registered patients don't have to wait on long lines or risk not getting their medicine. Facilities are expected to implement special lines or hours, online ordering, curbside pick-up or home delivery to ensure patient access is uninterrupted.

ADVICE FROM NJ OFFICIALS: 'GO SLOW'

If it's been a while since you've partaken, it may pay off to "go slow," Brown cautioned, reminding people that the state's laws against impaired driving also apply to cannabis.

"Our guests from neighboring states should remember it is illegal to transport cannabis across state lines," he added.

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission offered the following advice for anyone who plans to buy legal marijuana on Thursday:

NJ POT LAWS: THE BASICS

New Jersey voters approved recreational marijuana in November 2020. But it wasn't legal to fire up the bong until Gov. Phil Murphy signed the official framework into law.

Now, adults 21 and over are allowed to consume cannabis on private property. Similar to New Jersey's alcohol laws, it's still illegal to smoke or consume marijuana in a public place, such as a park or the beach.

New Jersey residents can't grow marijuana at home under the state's current law.

The state's cannabis laws provide limited protection for employees. New Jersey employers can't fire or refuse to hire a worker if they use cannabis on their own time. But bosses will still be able to discipline or fire employees if they get high on the job, and can order them to take a drug test if they have "reasonable suspicion" that they did. Random workplace testing and pre-employment drug screenings will still be allowed.

"We recommend that employees clarify workplace rules with their employer's HR department," a NJCRC spokesperson told Patch.

CANNABIS 101

There are three main types of cannabis (sativa, indica and hybrid), which are categorized into different "strains." Some can make people feel energetic and talkative, while others can make them feel sleepy and relaxed.

Many people are familiar with the most common way of consuming cannabis: smoking it in joints, blunts or pipes. But marijuana can also be taken orally in tinctures or eaten in foods such as brownies, a popular option among many medical users who have trouble inhaling it. Some people also opt to "vaporize" their cannabis, a method of heating that uses lower temperatures.

Cannabis can be made into "concentrates" such as hashish, wax or oil, which increases its potency.

It's difficult to define an average dosage for marijuana, as the drug can have different effects from person to person. The effects usually last anywhere from an hour to six hours.

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Get 'On Board' With Charcuterie From Chester

What is charcuterie and how has it become such an embraced food trend in the pandemic? Find out more here and where you can find it locally.CHESTER, NJ — With the COVID pandemic quest for mouthwatering foods with eye appeal and sustainability, charcuterie has become a rising star.The term "charcuterie" comes from France, Deli Business magazine explained in 2020, which is the process of preserving meats that dates back for centuries, with it today reflecting convenience blended with beauty, two of the reasons t...

What is charcuterie and how has it become such an embraced food trend in the pandemic? Find out more here and where you can find it locally.

CHESTER, NJ — With the COVID pandemic quest for mouthwatering foods with eye appeal and sustainability, charcuterie has become a rising star.

The term "charcuterie" comes from France, Deli Business magazine explained in 2020, which is the process of preserving meats that dates back for centuries, with it today reflecting convenience blended with beauty, two of the reasons this food art has continued to grow in popularity.

People are looking for something sustainable, high-protein, nice to look at and easy to grab, which they find that all on a charcuterie board, the publication reported.

Charcuterie made an even greater splash in 2021, according to a Fox5 report, with the pronunciation of the word one of Google's most searched this past year.

It's not just meats that comprise a beautiful-looking charcuterie board. The New York Times recently suggested charcuterie could make an easy dinner spread, when prosciutto and sausages are paired with cheeses, olives, dried fruit, cornichons and nuts, all artfully arranged.

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The charcuterie wave has become so popular, Women's Health magazine featured a lineup of charcuterie boards as gift ideas for the people who love to entertain - mostly wooden ones - some equipped with drawers to arrange pistachios and tools like cheese spreaders and knives, to transform the feast into something even more special.

Some charcuterie ideas have expanded beyond meats, with vegan varieties, dessert platters and other options, Pinterest offering a storehouse of ideas.

If you'd like to leave the art of making one to a charcuterie expert locally, this holiday season or beyond, Chester Main Charcuterie has you covered.

Started by Marisa Casendino who has owned Taylor's Ice Cream Parlor on 18 Main Street over the past four years, Casendino described it has a "whole new journey" with branching out into the charcuterie board-arranging business.

She embraces gourmet foods and with a commercial kitchen already, Casendino can put together "the best smorgasbord of locally-made artisanal cheeses and quality-cured charcuterie," for all occasions.

She needs 48 hours' notice to prepare one, like the charcuterie board pictured below:

Casendino has even taught the art of beautiful charcuterie board arrangements recently, during a DIY Charcuterie Board Fundraiser to benefit the Chester-based NJ South Hills Pet Rescue, with participants walking away with a wood board, supplies and the know-how to stylize their own charcuterie spread.

Prevailing over the pandemic supply chain issues like many small business owners, Casendino can prepare charcuterie for those who would prefer to have someone else create their Instagram-worthy, picture-perfect board for them.

Some of those special ingredients she can customize boards with, include meats rolled up into rose shapes and arranged with flowers and sprigs of herbs, and with components depending on the boards, like marinated mushrooms, blackberries, fresh figs, specialty crackers, jars of local honey and much more.

Ordering a charcuterie board from Chester Main Charcuterie is just a click away, to enjoy for one person or several people, with the full menu of platters here, which can be picked up in the store or delivered.

For all of Chester Main Charcuteries' offerings go to www.chestermaincharcuterie.com.

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Mendham, Chester Area's COVID Levels Increase: What To Know

Some local hospitals have tightened visitor restrictions, while Morris is one of 2 NJ counties with 'medium' community levels of COVID.COVID-19 has not left the Mendham, Chester area, which may carry a greater virus risk than most of the state. Morris County is one of two in New Jersey with "medium" COVID-19 community levels, while the rest remain low, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.The CDC's new framework for measuring each county's level of risk — implemented in late February &...

Some local hospitals have tightened visitor restrictions, while Morris is one of 2 NJ counties with 'medium' community levels of COVID.

COVID-19 has not left the Mendham, Chester area, which may carry a greater virus risk than most of the state. Morris County is one of two in New Jersey with "medium" COVID-19 community levels, while the rest remain low, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

The CDC's new framework for measuring each county's level of risk — implemented in late February — focuses on patients hospitalized with COVID and the amount of space remaining in those hospitals. Previously, the agency measured COVID risk based on the amount of virus spreading within each county and what portion of the lab tests turn up positive.

Based on the new framework, Morris and Bergen Counties carry "medium" COVID risk, while the CDC places the rest of New Jersey in the low category. Meanwhile, Atlantic Health Systems tightened its visitor restrictions Monday because of increased COVID cases in its hospitals' communities. Read more: Morristown Medical Center Limits Visitors As COVID Cases Rise

The CDC, under its new method of measuring COVID risk, does not advise people to mask up until communities reach "high" activity levels. But hospitalizations represent a lagging indicator of the virus's presence, following increases in transmission and cases. Critics of the CDC's approach say the agency moved the goalposts to justify political missions to get people back to normal sooner than is safe.

"What it looks like is quite literally a changing of thresholds in order to justify a policy that I think assumes way too much risk," Jessica Malaty River, an epidemiologist at the Pandemic Prevention Institute, told NPR.

Morris County has a case rate of 239.1 people per 100,000 in the past week — the third-highest in New Jersey. Case rates of 200 or more put a county in at least the "medium" category. But only seven people per 100,000 in Morris County were admitted to the hospital for COVID in the past week, with COVID patients occupying only 1.3 percent of local hospital beds.

The county would need more than 10 COVID hospitalizations per 100,000 people and more than 10 percent of hospital beds occupied by patients with the virus for the CDC to raise its risk level to "high."

Ninety-five percent of Morris County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine — tied for the highest rate in New Jersey.

But it may be harder to accurately determine case totals. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation — an independent research institute — believes only 7 percent of positive cases in the United States get detected. The institute raised concerns that the recent rise in at-home COVID testing leaves many positive results unreported.

But one color-coded CDC map, which uses the agency's prior methodology for determining community risk, places almost all of New Jersey in the high end of community transmission.

According to the previous metrics, people in almost all New Jersey counties should mask in indoor, public spaces, stay up to date on vaccinations, get tested if they have symptoms and take additional precautions if they have a high risk for severe illness.

The new framework suggests Morris County residents should do the following:

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