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 Netcong, 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 Netcong, 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 growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:
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The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre in Netcong is proud to present the main stage production of GO, DOG. GO! The show runs May 6th through May 22nd with performances Saturdays at 4:00PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM and a special Opening Night Performance, May 6th at 7:30PM. Based on the book by P.D. Eastman, GO, DOG. GO! is adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory with music b...
The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre in Netcong is proud to present the main stage production of GO, DOG. GO! The show runs May 6th through May 22nd with performances Saturdays at 4:00PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM and a special Opening Night Performance, May 6th at 7:30PM. Based on the book by P.D. Eastman, GO, DOG. GO! is adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory with music by Michael Koerner. This production is directed by Lori B. Lawrence, TGS's Director of Educational Programming with Musical Direction by Laura Petrie and Choreography by Jillian Petrie.
GO, DOG, GO! brings P.D. Eastman's classic children's book to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color, and space. While the title may instantly bring back young childhood memories, please know that this truly is a production for all ages. The clowning and physical comedy will entertain as much as the songs that encompass the blues, jazz, and a few standard musical theatre pieces. One that even includes a bubble-wrap tap number. The ensemble creates a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon. They snorkel. They howl at the moon. They ride a Ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees. This is a rollicking free-for-all of chicanine-ery. A big and little musical world of doggy fun. Like a pop-up book that comes to life - and never stops.
GO, DOG, GO! features the talents of professional, community and young performers in this production. David O'Neill (The Wizard of OZ) of Randolph, NJ as MC Dog; Dave Cameron (Pinkalicious) of Cedar Grove, NJ, as Yellow Dog; Sara Giacomini (Curious George) of Harrison, NJ, as Spotted Dog/Hattie; Danny Francis (Pinkalicious) of South Plainfield, NJ as Blue Dog; Lauren Santarelli (Peter Pan) of Hackettstown, NJ as Green Dog; and rounding out the company are young performers: Josephine Hardy of Hackettstown, NJ as Red Dog, Nicholas Profito of Chester, NJ as Yellow Dog; Sean Cahill of Netcong, NJ as Blue Dog; Emily Ligarzewski of Hackettstown, NJ as Red Dog and Lorelei Domick of Netcong, NJ as Green Dog.
Ticket prices are $28 for adults, $22 for seniors and $18 for children. To purchase tickets, please visit www.growingstage.com or call (973) 347-4946. Group rates are available.
Checks for $15,000 Each Presented to Growing Stage & Sabor LatinoThe nonprofit Growing Stage—The Children's Theatre of New Jersey in Netcong and the Sabor Latino Restaurant in Dover were today’s recipients of $15,000 checks through the Morris County Small Business Grant Program, as the Morris County Board of County Commissioners continued to assist shops and nonprofits hit hard by the pandemic.Sabor Latino was a particularly special st...
Checks for $15,000 Each Presented to Growing Stage & Sabor Latino
The nonprofit Growing Stage—The Children's Theatre of New Jersey in Netcong and the Sabor Latino Restaurant in Dover were today’s recipients of $15,000 checks through the Morris County Small Business Grant Program, as the Morris County Board of County Commissioners continued to assist shops and nonprofits hit hard by the pandemic.
Sabor Latino was a particularly special stop for Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen and Deputy Director John Krickus because owners Wilson and Maria Vasquez had opened their business to host a kick-off for the grant program on Valentine’s Day. With the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Morris County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and other partners, Wilson and Maria permitted their restaurant to serve as a one-day staging area for owners of Dover businesses, including their own, to apply for up to $15,000 grants under the program on Feb. 14.
“On behalf of the Morris County Board of Commissioners, it is my pleasure to present you with this grant,” said Director Selen to Wilson and Maria, noting the family business, operating since 2007, was substantially impacted by the pandemic.
Joining the check presentation was Dover Mayor Carol Blackman, Chamber Vice President Michael Stanzilis and Ed Ramirez of the Morris County EDC.
“This is an example of different levels of government coming together … all working for nonprofits and, most importantly, to help out our small businesses,” said Deputy Director Krickus, noting the county built the program using American Rescue Plan Act funds.
“This is a visionary approach to helping small businesses, and we really appreciate what the Morris County Commissioners have done with this funding. We are not seeing programs like this elsewhere,” said Stanzilis.
Later in the afternoon, Netcong Mayor Joseph Nametko joined Commissioner Krickus in presenting a $15,000 check to Stephen L. Fredericks, founder and Executive Director of The Growing Stage—The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.
“It has been a difficult time for all of the arts … We thank you for this,” said Fredericks, as Commissioner Krickus presented at check.
The Growing Stage is a non-profit professional performing arts center for young audiences, and as with all performing arts centers, the pandemic essentially shut down operations for many months, leaving the center struggling to recover. The presentation was held in the lobby of the historic Palace Theater in Netcong, where The Growing Stage established its home in 1994.
In attendance for the presentation were Morris Arts Executive Director Tom Werder and Growing Stage Business Manager Stephanie Kingsbury in attendance.
Nearly 600 small businesses and nonprofits have applied for grants under the unique Morris County program, which is designed to help shops who overcame the pandemic, but continued to face financial impacts as they struggled to maintain their business.
The Commissioners dedicated $10 million to the program, and $3 million currently remains uncommitted. Morris County is still accepting applications.
Apply Now! Go to: morriscountysmallbusinessgrant.com
Most of applications heading for final approval will provide each of the qualified businesses and nonprofits the maximum grant amount of $15,000. While the remaining applications are still being reviewed, the program remains open to new applications.
There is no cost to apply.
The Small Business Grant Program eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to:
Read the Qualifications & Apply: morriscountysmallbusinessgrant.com
Federal guidelines covering the grant program will determine exactly which expenses qualify for coverage under the grant program and which applications may be approved.
The grants are capped at $15,000 per applicant. However, business owners and nonprofits are encouraged to submit applications that include all costs they believe may qualify for the grant, even if the total amount of a single claim exceeds $15,000.
A final review may determine that some costs submitted for consideration are not covered under the program guidelines. However, by submitting all expenses that may qualify, applicants increase the possibility of getting the maximum amount of grant dollars possible.
Top Right: Director Selen and Wilson Vasquez greet Ed Ramirez with Dover Mayor Blackman and others at the start of the Sabor Latino event.
Top Left: At the Growing Stage, in the lobby of The Palace Theater in Netcong, (l-r), Morris Arts Executive Director Tom Werder, Growing Stage Business Manager Stephanie Kingsbury, Commissioner John Krickus, Growing Stage Founder and Executive Director Stephen L. Fredericks and Netcong Mayor Joseph Nametko.
Center Right: At Sabor Latino, (l-r) Ed Ramirez, Maria Vasquez, Wilson Vasquez, Mayor Carol Blackman, Director Tayfun Selen, Deputy Director John Krickus and Michael Stanzilis.
Bottom Left: The Palace Theater, home to The Growing Stage - The Children's Theatre of New Jersey.
Just over one-fifth of New Jersey’s public schools have switched to virtual learning due to COVID-19 as this week, according to state education officials.A total of 516 schools, out of 2,679 schools, were conducting remote learning this week, according to a list of closures provided by the state Department of Education. The list noted 205 districts that were closed the previous week but scheduled to reopen on Monday.That figure, representing 20% of schools, is down from 934 schools that were closed for in-person learning ...
Just over one-fifth of New Jersey’s public schools have switched to virtual learning due to COVID-19 as this week, according to state education officials.
A total of 516 schools, out of 2,679 schools, were conducting remote learning this week, according to a list of closures provided by the state Department of Education. The list noted 205 districts that were closed the previous week but scheduled to reopen on Monday.
That figure, representing 20% of schools, is down from 934 schools that were closed for in-person learning as of last Thursday, Yaple said.
The state’s list includes public schools, public charter/renaissance schools, and approximately 140 state-approved private schools for students with disabilities that also serve public school students.
The switch to virtual -- which must be approved by the state, even if it’s only for a day due to staffing shortages -- comes as the rate of COVID cases among school staff has nearly quadrupled since Dec. 19, according to the latest statistics reported on the state’s dashboard. However, only 50% of schools reported positive test results last week.
Here’s the complete list of every school district in the state that’s remote right now and the expected return dates:
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For “Santa Jersey Joe” Nametko, Christmas and politics don’t mix. For the last six years, Nametko, 69, has worked as both the mayor of Netcong, a small borough in Morris County, and as a professional Santa Claus. But Nametko, who has been mayor for a total of 15 years, makes a concerted effort not to let his two worlds collide.“I have been asked several times to appear in photos with elected state officials and respectfully decline because I truly believe in the magic and spirit of Christmas, and politics could...
For “Santa Jersey Joe” Nametko, Christmas and politics don’t mix. For the last six years, Nametko, 69, has worked as both the mayor of Netcong, a small borough in Morris County, and as a professional Santa Claus. But Nametko, who has been mayor for a total of 15 years, makes a concerted effort not to let his two worlds collide.
“I have been asked several times to appear in photos with elected state officials and respectfully decline because I truly believe in the magic and spirit of Christmas, and politics could not be further from those ideals,” says Nametko, whose Santa work mostly includes events and photo sessions.
When he’s off the clock as mayor, Nametko does mingle professionally with other Santas, including those in the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas—a large professional Santa and Mrs. Claus organization with a New Jersey chapter. Membership provides practical benefits, such as liability insurance and subsidized background checks, plus the chance to forge friendships and network.
Pre-pandemic, Jersey’s branch, which is run by professional Santa Jim Kelly, hosted dinners where the Santas and their Mrs. Clauses would “swap stories and have fun,” while also trading professional tips, says Kelly. “The interesting thing [about] people who want to spread joy is they tend to be very nice,” says Kelly, a retired physics teacher who lives in Manville.
These real-bearded Santas take their jobs seriously—and can earn quite a bit of Christmas cash doing it (Nametko’s December rates range from $300 to $500 for a half-hour home party). Many have attended the well-known International University of Santa Claus, which offers “degrees” and courses on everything from talking to children to the history of Santa. Kelly, 65, even went on a Santa cruise to Alaska a couple of years back that was part learning—and all fun.
Doug Meyer, a retired music teacher from Dunellen who now works as a professional Santa, says that from February to September he hones in on skills he wants to improve—from learning American Sign Language to beard care—through classes, conferences and Santa meet-ups. “There’s a big world of Santas out there,” says Meyer, 66. “It’s something you don’t think about when you’re a normal person.” Others spend part of the off-season doing Santa gigs; Nametko was hired for a nun’s 80th birthday party this past summer, while Kelly donned his red suit for a 3-year-old’s birthday celebration.
Even when Santas are not on duty, “you kind of have to become Santa full-time because you are recognized as Santa full-time,” says Meyer, who is working at a New Jersey mall this season. “But who’s a better person to try to be than Santa Claus in your own personal life?…If you take it seriously enough to wear a beard, you also have to work on your outside persona.”
It’s obvious that once I talk about something on the air or write about it, I can no longer call it a secret. I’ve actually mentioned this on the air before, but sort of in passing, almost praying that no one would notice.But recently I was given the history about my little private beach and I think it’s something that needs to be shared.Conners Beach is the little strip of sand that you see along the bay when you arrive (or leave) on the Sea Streak Ferry in Highlands.Anytime I’ve ever come home f...
It’s obvious that once I talk about something on the air or write about it, I can no longer call it a secret. I’ve actually mentioned this on the air before, but sort of in passing, almost praying that no one would notice.
But recently I was given the history about my little private beach and I think it’s something that needs to be shared.
Conners Beach is the little strip of sand that you see along the bay when you arrive (or leave) on the Sea Streak Ferry in Highlands.
Anytime I’ve ever come home from Manhattan on the ferry, I landed at this beach and wondered why it looked so idyllic. Well, it turns out I’m not the only one who discovered it. In fact, the place they call Conners used to be a beach club back in the '50s.
Conners Cedar Grove Hotel was something that dreams were made of. Like a fantasy destination in an old Elvis Presley movie, people met and romanced there, fell in love under the stars and dipped their toes into the calm warm waters of the bay. There was a snack bar and a pool and a legendary hotel dining room where you could order lobsters and cocktails.
There were bungalows along the beach, which have been replaced by apartments and condos and that beautiful piece of land along the Shrewsbury River was sold to Sea Streak.
The road that runs along the old Conners land is now Shore Drive but used to be railroad tracks that brought people from North Jersey and New York to this stunning little piece of beach.
What’s so special about this beach is that it sits along a strip of bay instead of ocean, so the waves lap gently on the shore as if you’re on some deserted Caribbean island.
Running along this pretty little strip of paradise is a gorgeous trail that is part of the Henry Hudson Trail, a paved, 10-foot wide, 24-mile long trail that is a former railroad right-of-way. Some parts have views of surrounding wetlands, streams and fields.
Beginning at Conners, the trail continues along Sandy Hook Bay to Popamora Point on the Atlantic Highlands/Highlands border. Spend the day on this beach and end it with this hike. It’s a little bit of heaven in New Jersey. But shhh. Don’t tell. Let’s keep it to ourselves.
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