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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 Marksboro, 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.
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?
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 Marksboro, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Marksboro, 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!866-793-9933
As golf courses and state and county pa...
As golf courses and state and county parks reopen this weekend, places of worship throughout New Jersey will remain closed. In spite of this, hundreds of churches and temples are continuing to bring those of faith together virtually during the coronavirus pandemic.
New Jersey residents can tune into the various live streaming religious services being offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday by places of worship throughout the Garden State.
Here is a county-by-county breakdown of live stream options and other online experiences available to worshippers this weekend:
A number of other places of worship with no or multiple locations — or at a location between multiple counties — throughout the state are also providing virtual services, including:
If your church or temple offers live streaming services or another innovative, hands-off method of worship in response to the coronavirus shutdowns, send an email to: [email protected].
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In Warren County, White Lake Natural Resource Area offers miles of hiking trails on hundreds of acres with a beautiful lake. Within this majestic area lies the large ruins of what was an ice plant/marl factory in the 1800s.The name “White Lake” was a derivative of the name White Pond; named as such because it was easy to see the white shell-coated bottom of the lake.John Vass, a young German immigrant, spent his earl...
In Warren County, White Lake Natural Resource Area offers miles of hiking trails on hundreds of acres with a beautiful lake. Within this majestic area lies the large ruins of what was an ice plant/marl factory in the 1800s.
The name “White Lake” was a derivative of the name White Pond; named as such because it was easy to see the white shell-coated bottom of the lake.
John Vass, a young German immigrant, spent his early years as an indentured servant. He lived in the nearby township of Hardwick. The 48-year-old became successful, and he built his limestone farmhouse in 1812 near White Lake. (It’s still there today and now serves as a museum, which you can visit.)
A father of 13 children from different wives, moving on from marriage to marriage four times, his son Isaac inherited the property after his father passed away in 1852. Isaac sold portions of the land, and, in the late 1800s, the Knickerbocker Ice Co. purchased a small piece of land near the lake.
Remnants of the ice warehouse are visible from the Yellow Trail. Photo by Kathleen Butler
The Knickerbocker Ice Co. built a huge ice warehouse, which was the largest structure in the area at that time. The ice warehouse had the capacity to store 20,000 tons of ice that was harvested from the lake during the winter. When springtime rolled around, the warehouse would process the marl harvested from the lake. Marl is a type of soil or sedimentary rock that contains lime and clay; It was later discovered that White Lake was rich with an uncommon type of marl. It contains shells that were deposited from a receding glacier during the Ice Age. Marl was used as fertilizer and, with the richness of White Lake’s marl, it was a valuable resource. According to The Bridgeton Pioneer article dated June 18, 1891: “The discovery of immense valuable marl and shell beds on the shores of White Pond, near Marksboro, Warren County, has aroused great interest in the neighborhood, and speculators are watching their opportunity to get control of the property. The beds are apparently inexhaustible.”
As decades progressed, the use of marl and ice blocks began to decline. Some businesses repurposed the buildings, but all eventually closed and the site was abandoned.
Remains of a possible furnace that would have processed the marl. Photo by Kathleen Butler
Today, the large ruins are being reclaimed by nature. Many of the walls remain, however, there is no roof. The brickwork that lines the doorways is in remarkable shape and mostly intact. A trail leads around the lake that will take you near this ruin. There is also chimney remains nearby, which could have been a cabin at one time. A crumbled lime kiln is located on the eastern side of the lake. The lime kiln may be older than the ice warehouse ruins.
The Yellow Trail is the route to follow for access to the ruins. An extensive map can be found online here.
Address: 97 Stillwater Road, Hardwick, N.J. 07825
Kathleen Butler writes about little-known local history so that others can venture out and explore these gems. She also has a YouTube channel, Rustic Ventures, as well as two published books: Abandoned Ruins on Public Lands in New Jersey and Abandoned Ruins of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Mandy R. Bristol-Leverett, the co-founder of (CAN) posed a simple question: “Who is reaching the enslaved in your community?”That inquiry prompted Matt P. Jones to ask Bristol-Leverett, 47, to present her accredited regional human trafficking awareness summit at in Hackettstown, New Jersey. After 100 students, community members, and professional law enforcement personnel learned about the indicators of trafficking and responses, they were invited to enlist.Soon after this, the pastor of the Assemblies of ...
Mandy R. Bristol-Leverett, the co-founder of (CAN) posed a simple question: “Who is reaching the enslaved in your community?”
That inquiry prompted Matt P. Jones to ask Bristol-Leverett, 47, to present her accredited regional human trafficking awareness summit at in Hackettstown, New Jersey. After 100 students, community members, and professional law enforcement personnel learned about the indicators of trafficking and responses, they were invited to enlist.
Soon after this, the pastor of the Assemblies of God congregation saw a woman at a coffee shop in a suburban shopping mall who appeared nervous while answering brief cellphone calls and texts. When the woman appeared to faint, Jones and the manager helped her to a table.
As they talked, the woman mentioned being ashamed of what she had done after coming to the U.S. from another country for a job that hadn’t worked out the way she expected.
“That’s when I suspected she had been trafficked,” says Jones, 56.
Not long after the woman’s comment, two men appeared, asked what had happened, and said they would handle the situation. After the woman indicated she didn’t want to go with the men, they fled. Jones secured help from CAN and the FBI victim specialist the pastor met at the summit.
Jones says the experience helped him appreciate how CAN helps average citizens to identify trafficking victims and rescue them.
“If you don’t think it’s going on in your neighborhood, you are sadly mistaken,” Jones says.
Since that time, Mountaintop has joined the growing number of churches that have started a local CAN ministry.
While every church’s response is unique, CAN offers comprehensive resources — everything from prevention to survivor reentry — built from more than 30 years of experience serving survivors. Bristol-Leverett is CAN’s co-founder and a U.S. missionary endorsed by AG .
Mountaintop’s adherents added their missing children’s outreach to the church’s vacation Bible school and assessment tools to its food pantry. Congregants have served in the county jail, public schools, and at a survivor home for victims (a CAN collaboration). Mountaintop’s CAN ministry leads annual missing children search and rescues, including the nation’s first statewide hotel outreach.
In 2019, the AG’s asked Bristol-Leverett to adapt the regional outreach model she had used for 10 years to reach the entire state. Mountaintop was one of five district host churches for a simultaneous outreach, where hundreds of volunteers distributed materials to every hotel and motel in New Jersey. When COVID-19 closed most hotels in 2020, CAN pivoted and launched a missing children’s outreach that located more than 1,100 young people in 2021.
CAN has enlisted members of nearly 30 churches in eight states and three other nations as abolition advocates. CAN trains and coaches these specialists, many of whom serve and advise state and federal leaders, assist task forces, and help with the federal Trafficking in Persons .
Rachel A. Stoltzfus is the advocate for in Blairstown, New Jersey. The rural AG church’s anti-trafficking response includes community trainings, foster families, trauma-informed children’s drama camps, providing staff for a survivor home, plus strip club, street, and jail outreaches.
The veteran of two short-term trips to Vietnam with an AG missionary couple to do anti-trafficking work, Stoltzfus says Bristol-Leverett’s passion made her want to also help reach the enslaved in America.
“Being involved with CAN is so rewarding because it is a ministry that is about the Father’s business,” says Stoltzfus, 30.
Bristol-Leverett has been dedicated to this work since soon after her Christian conversion at an AG youth retreat in Spokane, Washington. She encountered the first victim she served through leading a weekly prayer meeting. In every church she and her husband of 22 years Dwayne have pastored, she continued to develop a church-based anti-trafficking response. Now she is appointed by AG to equip churches nationwide to do the same.
“Every time God used someone to prevent slavery, God used what was in their hand,” Mandy says. “Moses had a shepherd’s staff. When we go in, we don’t create new clinics, we just retrofit what’s already there. We’re creating pathways to not just identify victims, but help victims heal.”
Photo: Mandy Bristol-Everett, and her husband, Dwayne, have been in ministry together for more than 20 years.
MONTCLAIR, NJ - A chapter in Montclair history is coming to a close. Ruthie's BBQ is closing its doors, owners announce.Located at 64 Chestnut Street, Ruthie's BBQ and Pizza has been a community staple. To the surprise of many loyal patrons, the owners Ruth Perretti and Eric Kaplan took to social media to announce their decision.“For over 16 years this corner has been not only our business, but our home. It has been our greatest joy to share all that we love with you," the duo wrote. “Yes, we are closing Ruthie...
MONTCLAIR, NJ - A chapter in Montclair history is coming to a close. Ruthie's BBQ is closing its doors, owners announce.
Located at 64 Chestnut Street, Ruthie's BBQ and Pizza has been a community staple. To the surprise of many loyal patrons, the owners Ruth Perretti and Eric Kaplan took to social media to announce their decision.
“For over 16 years this corner has been not only our business, but our home. It has been our greatest joy to share all that we love with you," the duo wrote. “Yes, we are closing Ruthie’s in Montclair, but our journey as creators continues. We might not be running a daily restaurant, but we are on a new mission to give back to our community.”
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The statement reads as follows:
"For over 16 years this corner has been not only our business, but our home. It has been our greatest joy to share all that we love with you; Slow Smoked BBQ, thin crust Pizza and Hot Jammin’Blues. Yes, we are closing Ruthie’s in Montclair, but our journey as creators continues. We might not be running a daily restaurant, but we are on a new mission to give back to our community. In recent years we have been cultivating naturally grown regional grains at Ruthie’s Farm and established Marksboro Mills in conjunction with River Valley Community Grains to create a market for other growers in NJ. Our vision goes beyond simply feeding you; we aim to restore a healthy local grain economy and that nourish both people and the earth. And we will invite you, when we are ready, to come see us as there is no way we will stop supporting live music! We plan on having events with the roots music we love and locally sourced food. It has been very difficult to make the final call on when to close our business here in Montclair, but the night we finally did, July 29th, 2023, it was a typical scene, outdoor music about to start, rain moving in, are we inside – are we outside? We scrambled a bit, and when the rain moved out, a vibrant rainbow emerged above our beloved building. It seemed to confirm that our commitment to creating meaningful experiences goes beyond our restaurant’s walls. We’re sorry to have made this decision without a heads up to all of you, but it was the only way that felt right to us. We will be offering our place back to the universe for the next person to create a new story, just as we did when we purchased this magical corner building those many years ago."
Eric, Chef/Owner also wrote a personal message, “This is a personnel decision that I’ve been thinking about for some time. I’m saddened, and sorry that Ruthies is closing after 16 years. Ruth and I are proud of what we accomplished, and love what we created. To all our community and all the great musicians, I wish we could keep going, but the time has come to move on. I feel guilty for stopping and letting people down and I am embarrassed to stop. Ruth and I are ready for the next chapter in our lives and look forward to creating something out in western NJ with Marksboro Mills."
Montclair is reeling from the news that Ruthie’s Bar-B-Q & Pizza had its last night on Saturday. An announcement on the restaurant’s social media came as a shock to many, but it’s something owners Eric Kaplan and Ruth Perretti had been planning for some time.“There’s no easy way to do this,” said Perretti on Sunday, adding that the couple had decided to ...
Montclair is reeling from the news that Ruthie’s Bar-B-Q & Pizza had its last night on Saturday. An announcement on the restaurant’s social media came as a shock to many, but it’s something owners Eric Kaplan and Ruth Perretti had been planning for some time.
“There’s no easy way to do this,” said Perretti on Sunday, adding that the couple had decided to sell the mixed-use commercial building that houses Ruthie’s and wanted to go out on their own terms. Both Kaplan and Perretti hope to have some kind of final event before it changes hands.
Perretti and Kaplan said the spirit of Ruthie’s, beloved not only for its thin crust pizza and BBQ, but as a live music destination, is something they want to bring west to Warren County. There, they have another labor of love, as the owners of Marksboro Mills. Perretti and Kaplan have become part of the regional grains movement, teaming up with River Valley Community Grains.
An interest in sustainable food movement stemmed from Perretti’s family. She grew up in Montclair, but her family owned property — a house and farm — in Warren County. Her father had a vision of the farm growing food for restaurants in New York City. In 2016, when Perretti left a career in fashion, she turned her focus to the farm and started growing vegetables incorporated by Kaplan into the menu at Ruthie’s.
Kaplan, seeing a farmer growing rye, had the idea that the couple should start growing grains and make their own flour from wheat. They ultimately purchased a warehouse and converted it into a grain mill, now Marksboro Mills. The bigger location allows for events, including live music, something Kaplan, a musician, is passionate about, as well as offering additional space for craftsman and creatives.
As excited as they are about their next chapter in Marksboro, Kaplan said he is sad and emotionally exhausted, adding it will be hard to cancel musicians he had booked through August. However, both say it was time.
The threat of a storm ruining their final night of alfresco food and music didn’t happen. Instead, Ruthie’s was rewarded with a rainbow, something Perretti took as a sign they were leaving on a good note.
The corner of Chestnut and Forest has a long history as a food destination. Growing up in Montclair, Perretti remembers when it was a deli run by the Calabrese family. People would come in and remember their meatballs, says Perretti. She and Kaplan were thankful they had a chance to continue in that tradition and create something memorable in the community.
“Ruthie’s lives on in hearts and minds. We are very hopeful the next owners and caretakers of this corner do it justice,” she said.