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 River Edge, 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 River Edge, 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:
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When "Old Bergen," the 1812 cannon, was stolen in May 1980 from the front of the Steuben House in River Edge, where it had stood watch over the Hackensack River for four decades, many believed it had not gone too far.One popular theory is that a few men who may have had too much to drink picked it up and carried it across the street to the footbridge that crosses the Hackensack River and dumped it into the water."It was dropped over the bridge, right in front," Bradley Luberto, a county reside...
When "Old Bergen," the 1812 cannon, was stolen in May 1980 from the front of the Steuben House in River Edge, where it had stood watch over the Hackensack River for four decades, many believed it had not gone too far.
One popular theory is that a few men who may have had too much to drink picked it up and carried it across the street to the footbridge that crosses the Hackensack River and dumped it into the water.
"It was dropped over the bridge, right in front," Bradley Luberto, a county resident, has been telling the Bergen County Historical Society, which owned the 6-pounder cannon (named for the 6-pound projectiles it fires), possibly used during the Revolutionary War.
This month, that theory was put to the test by a volunteer dive team that went into the river to search for the heavy metal cannon.
"The divers didn't find anything, but they will be back," said Deborah Powell, a former president of the historical society and chair of the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission. The divers will return once the weather cools, as that will make the water less cloudy and improve visibility, Powell said.
The divers are volunteers from the North East Public Safety Divers, Mahwah Rescue, the North Jersey Scuba Task Force, and the Wallington Diving Team.
"The team spent several hours looking [last Thursday], beginning at 8 a.m.," reads a post on the historical society's Facebook account. "They used sonar and are eager to come back soon."
The historical society volunteers credit Ringwood State Park Superintendent Eric Pain with connecting them to Timothy Andro and the other divers.
"I hope it's there," Luberto responded to the post before the first dive. Others did, too.
The missing cannon was mentioned by the historical society in another Facebook post in early July, 42 years after it went missing.
"Our c. 1810 cannon went missing on May 9, 1980," the historical society posted on July 2. "We want it back."
Why now, after four decades, is the society asking the thieves to return it?
Powell said that after law enforcement started investigating thefts reported by other museums, the society thought it was time to bring the cannon theft back into the spotlight.
"Maybe enough time has passed that someone will come forward with information about our cannon's whereabouts," Powell said.
Over the years, Powell said, she has received calls and messages telling the society to look just a few feet away in the river for the missing cannon.
In July, Powell said about the river theory "there's no way." She said it would have gotten stuck on the mud part of the river bottom that slopes into the water. "The cannon is heavy," she said, "meaning there's no way one person could carry it into the river."
It is not clear whether the cannon was reported stolen and whether there was an investigation.
Reginald McMahon, a late member of the society, researched and wrote about the cannon before his death.
"On the night of May 9, 1980, 'Old Bergen' disappeared," he wrote. "Thieves, obviously strong-armed, lifted the hundreds of pounds of iron from its mount and its fate remains a mystery."
By all accounts, Themis Mourelatos, chef and owner of A Taste of Greece, a quaint 30-seat Greek restaurant in River Edge, embodies the great American success story.Having grown up dirt-poor in Greece — "We didn't have heat or electricity," he said — Mourelatos learned how to cook at a free government-sponsored culinary school. He came alone and penniless to the United States 20 years ago and worked tirelessly to build a thriving BYOB.For the past 17 years, Mourelatos filled the seats of his ...
By all accounts, Themis Mourelatos, chef and owner of A Taste of Greece, a quaint 30-seat Greek restaurant in River Edge, embodies the great American success story.
Having grown up dirt-poor in Greece — "We didn't have heat or electricity," he said — Mourelatos learned how to cook at a free government-sponsored culinary school. He came alone and penniless to the United States 20 years ago and worked tirelessly to build a thriving BYOB.
For the past 17 years, Mourelatos filled the seats of his open-kitchen restaurant by, as he put it, "pushing and pushing myself" to offer what some claim is the best avgolemono (chicken lemon soup) in North Jersey, deeply delicious pork gyro, and brilliantly crunchy baklava — and by serving more daring, more, in his words, "fine-dine" dishes such as Greek-coffee-rubbed Tomahawk steak, pan-seared duck in a blackberry reduction doused with sweet Greek liqueur Mastika and leek risotto with lobster tail.
"My goal was always to be really good at what I do," said Mourelatos, who has a beard and always sports a knit cap. "I always wanted to give good value food that is much better than anything you can get at neighborhood restaurants, food you would have to drive into the city for."
The cozy boite was so popular, "you couldn't get in," reported Mourelatos, 49, who lives with his wife and 9-year-old daughter in a two-bedroom house in Oradell. Six years ago, to guarantee guests seats, he instituted a reservations-only policy Thursday through Sunday nights — and turned tables three times a night.
"I made this little place happen," he said. "Business was booming."
About three years ago, he was set to double the size of the restaurant by investing "a quarter-million dollars" to turn the space above it into a second, 25-seat dining room. "I spent $15,000 on drawings."
Then COVID-19 hit.
Fast forward to today and A Taste of Greece and Mourelatos are both completely different.
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Gone are the restaurant's tables and chairs, the front-of-house staff, the late-night dinner hours, the seven-days-a week service, the sauce reductions, torched ingredients, braised meats and, for that matter, silverware and dishware. A Taste of Greece pivoted and became strictly a takeout joint, sending customers home with sandwiches, salads, mousaka and spinach pie.
While the food is still high-quality, he said, "no more lamb chops, no more expensive stuff."
He couldn't be happier.
"I changed my whole life. I changed how I think. I changed my whole point of view."
He may still work hard, but he no longer feels the need to repeatedly remake his menu. He no longer puts in crazy, long hours.
"What for?" he said. "I never saw my daughter. The restaurant consumed me."
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Instead of working from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m., he begins his days now at 9 and shuts the restaurant's door at 8 p.m., allowing him time to make breakfast for his daughter in the morning and to see his wife at night.
"It's hard to be a parent and a spouse when you work all the time," Mourelatos said.
It's hard to eat well too. He used to grab whatever junk food ("lots of chips and chocolate," he said) would be in the house when he returned home. Now he has time to prepare oatmeal if he yearns for a snack — and to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. He also gave up alcohol.
And he's got time again to pursue a passion he gave up 10 years ago: running distances.
"I was a marathon runner," he said. "I ran 11 marathons. But before I was so drained of energy, so exhausted, I gave it up."
Now he runs 80 miles a week and is planning to enter a mini-marathon in New York City on March 20.
As a result, Mourelatos lost 37 pounds and got his blood pressure and cholesterol under control, he said.
"I was overweight and the doctor told me to lose weight," he said. "But I didn't listen. I was too busy working and pushing myself. It's all under control now."
So is, he said, his temper.
"I used to butt heads with my staff, to yell." Now, he said, he is less stressed.
"I calmed down so much, people don't recognize me anymore."
But his food is still recognizable — it's still really good, diners say.
Sandy McMillan, a Hoboken resident, said she used to make the trek to A Taste of Greece once a week pre-COVID and today she stops by whenever she finds herself in the area and takes food home. "I've tried all his dishes and I love it all," she said. Among her favorites are the octopus, Greek salad, gyro platter, baklava and, of course, avgolemono.
"It is so good I would bring care packages to my friends who weren't feeling well during COVID." She added, "Themis is the American dream."
Nick Nicolaou of Fair Lawn is a fan, too.
"The lemon soup he makes is the best I've ever had," Nicolaou said. "It's better than my mother's and that's saying a lot."
He adds, "Themis is passionate about what he does. He checks every order that comes out of the kitchen, even with the takeout. I've never had any orders that were not good. He is always consistent."
And thanks to COVID-19, he is now consistently living a more balanced life.
"I built a better me," Mourelatos said, "A more positive me. I'm healthier, I'm happier, I'm better."
Esther Davidowitz is the food editor for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.
WARREN TOWNSHIP, N.J., July 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Riverside Oral Surgery, the Official Oral Surgeons of the NJ Devils, and the largest surgeon-own...
WARREN TOWNSHIP, N.J., July 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Riverside Oral Surgery, the Official Oral Surgeons of the NJ Devils, and the largest surgeon-owned and operated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice in New Jersey, announces their acquisition of the office of Dr. James P. McMenamin, located in Warren, NJ.
Dr. James McMenamin is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who has and will continue to serve the Warren community for over three decades. Dr. McMenamin currently serves Jersey City Medical Center as both Chief of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Academic Residency program. Dr. McMenamin had previously served Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, prior to its closing in 2008, for the better part of 18 years as both Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of the Dental Department.
Dr. McMenamin has received extensive training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery techniques, including dental alveolar surgery, implantology, bone grafting as well as orthognathic surgery and trauma surgery. Riverside's founder, managing partner, and Instagram's "BloodyToothGuy," Dr. Jason M. Auerbach, notes, "I am thrilled to welcome Dr. McMenamin and his entire team to the Riverside family. Dr. McMenamin's patient-centric focus and his attention to detail aligns with the Riverside vision. We are all excited to have the opportunity to work together to serve Warren and its neighboring communities for years to come. We will be enhancing established relationships and building new ones and working cooperatively to deliver the optimal patient experience...each and every time."
Riverside Oral Surgery, founded in 2007 in River Edge, NJ by Dr. Jason M. Auerbach, currently operates multiple state-of-the-art surgical facilities across five counties in NJ. Each of the practice's surgeons utilizes cutting-edge technology in digital imaging and scanning and offers a full spectrum of services from wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants, and surgical management of oral cancer, to TMJ and full reconstructive procedures. Riverside Oral Surgery is headquartered at 130 Kinderkamack Road in River Edge, NJ. www.riversideoralsurgery.com
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Just when Parkinson's disease patients were starting to learn the ins and outs of pingpong and how it could help them in everyday life, the pandemic forced them to put down their paddles for more than a year and a half.Ping Pong Parkinson, a nonprofit that aims to help people with Parkinson's disease regain mobility and flexibility through table tennis, had opened for the first time in New Jersey last February in Westwood. After a few weeks, however, the group was forced to stop meeting due to the pandemic and later los...
Just when Parkinson's disease patients were starting to learn the ins and outs of pingpong and how it could help them in everyday life, the pandemic forced them to put down their paddles for more than a year and a half.
Ping Pong Parkinson, a nonprofit that aims to help people with Parkinson's disease regain mobility and flexibility through table tennis, had opened for the first time in New Jersey last February in Westwood. After a few weeks, however, the group was forced to stop meeting due to the pandemic and later lost its venue when Wang Chen Table Tennis Club closed.
Now, members of the group are hoping to pick up where they left off in a new location in River Edge at Ready to Golf, an indoor golf range that recently installed 14 table tennis tables. After months of delays, the group is looking to start lessons in its new space near the end of January.
The group had seen 20 to 35 people per week at the Westwood branch before it had to stop activities in March 2020, said Dr. Elana Clar, a neurologist from New Jersey Brain and Spine and an advisory board member for Ping Pong Parkinson. While she isn’t sure how many of those players will shift over to the River Edge location, Clar is confident those types of numbers will return.
"We’re so excited to relaunch because we feel like we never really got our footing," Clar said. "We were really only around for eight weeks until we had to stop."
Clar said some of her patients who participated noted better dexterity and fine motor skills in a significant way. One participant, Linda Ferrari, a former Waldwick resident who also attended sessions in Westwood before the closure, ended up loving the game so much that during lockdown, her husband bought a net and the two would play pingpong on their dining room table.
Ferrari has moved to Toms River, and she hopes Ping Pong Parkinson will venture south, too.
"It helps from the perspective of a social atmosphere with people who are going through" the same thing, said Ferrari, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2019. "It was also great exercise. It helped relieve some of the stress you go through with Parkinson's."
Going forward, Clar would like to put together a scientific study that analyzes the benefits of pingpong for those with Parkinson’s disease. She said none has been done, though a few individual case studies have come out of Japan. Those case studies did find improvement for patients.
“The question is whatever deficits you incur as a result of the Parkinson’s disease, can you combat that and get some of those skill sets back?” Clar said. "You're trying a new way of exercising; it's a new way of challenging the brain."
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Although the COVID-19 shutdown of the Westwood branch was tough, it did give the organization time to take a step back and create a more systematic program that can be expanded more quickly to other areas and nationally, Clar said. Before and after sessions, the group participates in physical therapy and speech therapy that amplifies movement and voices. The group will also end sessions with a song.
"Basically it makes everything exaggerated," Clar said of the therapy. "In Parkinson’s, everything slows down and stiffens up. Everything that you do, whether it’s how you speak or how you move, is smaller."
Lawrence Wolfin, a River Vale resident who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2018, went to two sessions in Westwood before the pandemic shut everything down.
"I was a pretty good pingpong player as a kid, and I noticed I wasn’t nearly as good presently," Wolfin said. "I was hoping to do it regularly to get better and to meet new people. With Parkinson’s, no two cases are alike. You can talk to somebody and learn something, so it also becomes a social thing with the patients.”
Once he heard the group would be restarting, he said he would be happy to rejoin.
"I’m very optimistic that it will help," Wolfin said. "Anytime they have something for Parkinson’s that involves sports, most people want to go to it." He's also taken part in Rock Steady Boxing, another Parkinson's therapy.
Ping Pong Parkinson is the brainchild of Nenad Bach, a Croatian-American musician from Westchester County, New York, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about a decade ago. Stiffness in his hands made it difficult for him to play his guitar, causing him to stop playing professionally.
After six months of pingpong, however, mobility returned to his hands and he was able to play guitar again. He hopes to create more branches while also working on research that studies the effects of pingpong on Parkinson’s disease.
"There’s also a social aspect to it," Bach said. "People are happy spinning a ball in the air. I’m 50% better when I play. If it helps me, I want it to help everyone else."
During the pandemic, Bach found another way to continue his mission: by moving to the virtual world. In April, Ping Pong Parkinson partnered with Eleven Table Tennis VR to hold a Ping Pong Parkinson Virtual Reality World Championship, where players from all over the world could compete via VR headsets.
The venture was a success, with Bach wanting to lobby for VR Table Tennis to become an Olympic sport. In the meantime, a second Ping Pong Parkinson Tournament was held from July 9 to 11.
"A number of people don’t have tables or clubs, so it could be a great platform for research for scientists," Bach said.
For more information about how to get involved, visit pingpongparkinson.org. Sessions in River Edge are planned for Tuesday nights.
Stephanie Noda is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
A new study found drinking water is often less safe than what the federal government may deem legal.RIVER EDGE/ORADELL, NJ —Most Americans don’t think twice about drinking a glass of water. A report released Wednesday, though, found more than 270 harmful contaminants in local drinking water across the nation, including in River Edge and Oradell. The substances are linked to cancer, damage to the brain and nervous system, hormonal disruption, problems in pregnancy and other serious health conditions.The nonprofit E...
RIVER EDGE/ORADELL, NJ —Most Americans don’t think twice about drinking a glass of water. A report released Wednesday, though, found more than 270 harmful contaminants in local drinking water across the nation, including in River Edge and Oradell. The substances are linked to cancer, damage to the brain and nervous system, hormonal disruption, problems in pregnancy and other serious health conditions.
The nonprofit Environmental Working Group, collaborating with outside scientists, aggregated and analyzed data from almost 50,000 local water utilities in all 50 states.
The organization found a troubling discrepancy between the current legal limits for contaminants and the most recent authoritative studies of what is safe to consume.
"Legal does not necessarily equal safe," Sydney Evans, a science analyst at the environmental group, told Patch.
"A lot of these legal limits are outdated and not necessarily the safe level, and the EWG really wants to fill that gap," Evans said. "The federal government has not been able to, or is not willing to, set those new regulations to protect public health. We’re trying to fill the gap to let people know, based on the latest science, what the safe levels of contaminants in water are."
In River Edge and Oradell, the group found seven contaminants across our water supply between 2012 and 2017.
United Water New Jersey serves 792,713 people, according to the environmental group.
The following contaminants were detected above the environmental group’s own recommended health guidelines in River Edge and Oradell:
4. Chromium (hexavalent)
5. Dichloroacetic acid
6. Nitrate and nitrite
7. Trichloroacetic acid
In the case of polyfluorinated substances, or PFAs, the environmental group estimated up to 110 million Americans could have the potentially cancer-causing, immune-system damaging contaminant in their drinking water. Yet the EPA requires drinking water utilities across the country to test for only six of 14 known substances in the category.
A variety of other contaminants often found in the water of millions of Americans can profoundly impact health. They include lead, which has been linked to brain damage in small children; arsenic, which can cause cancer; and copper, which can be harmful to infants.
The EPA did not respond to numerous requests by Patch seeking comment on the findings of the study.
According to the environmental group, many of the 270-plus contaminants detected through water sampling are at levels deemed legal under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, yet are above levels that recent studies have found to pose possible health risks.
Visit the environmental group’s web page for River Edge and Oradell to see the recommended ways to combat the specific substances in your drinking water and the risks that they pose.
The environmental group has a clear opinion on the federal government’s handling of water safety.
"The regulatory system meant to ensure the safety of America’s drinking water is broken. The inexcusable failure of the federal government’s responsibility to protect public health means there are no legal limits for more than 160 unregulated contaminants in U.S. tap water," Environmental Working Group researchers stated in its "State of American Drinking Water."
A focal point of the organization’s concern is the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to add a single new contaminant to the toxic chemicals list covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act in almost 20 years.
Independent experts agree.
"With the science on what we call 'emerging contaminants' continuing to grow, it is clear that there are components of our tap water that can be improved," Kristin Strock, professor of Environmental Science at Dickinson College, told Patch.
Strock, who is not affiliated with the environmental group, also emphasized the challenges in the process of federally regulating harmful contaminants, suggesting the current system is somewhat backward.
"The road to regulating harmful contaminants is difficult, as our current construct for ensuring clean water is based on 'proving' that something is harmful before it is regulated as opposed to assuming contaminants could be harmful and ‘proving’ them safe before allowing them to go into industrial production and, as a result, our environment," she said. "The EPA has been working on identifying safe limits for a number of these emerging contaminants and continues to work on the problem."
The Environmental Working Group also noted that the every-day person is frustratingly helpless to the chemicals going into their water supply, and the subsequent costs associated with different water filtering techniques.
Olga Naidenko, vice president of science investigation at the group, further explained, "Industries and companies that released PFAS into the environment and drinking water sources — should be responsible to covering such costs, as it is unfair for homeowners to be saddled with costs for pollution they did not create."
The water group does offer information, though, on filtering technologies that you can use to dramatically reduce water contamination. Filtering technology will help. Carbon filters, for example, will reduce many, but not all, contaminants.
How to Check Contaminants In Your Water:
The environmental group’s public database catalogues contaminants in every water system in the country — the first such database of its kind. First, select the state where you live, and you’ll see state-level data. For more local information, enter your ZIP code.
After you enter your ZIP code, you’ll be directed to a page showing the name of your water utility system. Select "View Utility" to see which contaminants were identified in your area.
What You Can Do
For those with concerns, the environmental group provides a guide to buying water filters. If you find your local water supply has a particularly high level of a dangerous chemical, you can search for a filter that best blocks the specific substance.
While water filters are important, the group also acknowledges they are more of a Band-Aid solution than an actual fix.
"We really want to iterate that’s a first-line, temporary measure," Evans told Patch. "It's what you can do today to protect yourself, but really we want long-term permanent change, and that's going to happen at the community level."
Subsequently, the environmental group has created a set of seven questions to ask your elected officials about tap water.
The organization strongly believes that everyone can help in the battle to improve tap water safety.
"We absolutely believe in the power of personal advocacy — for individuals to reach out to their local elected officials of all levels. The power of people can come into play," Naidenko said.
Where The Environmental Working Group Gets Its Funding:
The majority of the group’s funding comes from private charitable foundations, here’s a partial list of the organization’s largest backers.
More detailed information on the organization’s funding and annual reports are available on its website.
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