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On the day to honor romantic love, it’s not only wives who expect chocolates and a candlelight dinner - mistresses want it, too.

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he wife had a feeling her husband was up to no good. On Valentine’s Day, she hired James Gonzalez, private investigator, to follow him.

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private detectives hired to catch them - busy as well. “We call it the ‘Festival of Lies,’” said Paul Dank, whose Michiganbased firm runs a Web site called “It’s the holiday of romance, and if they’re having a romance with someone other than their spouse, they’re definitely going to spend some sort of special moment with them.” There are two basic kinds of infidelity Dank said. The first is the spontaneous, alcohol-fueled, one-night stand. Valentine’s Day is better for catching the fullblown affair. On the day to honor romantic love, it’s not only wives who


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expect chocolates and a candlelight dinner Day more with their affair partner than - mistresses want it, too. And if the woman with their spouse, and that’s what ends is doing the cheating, which private eyes up getting them into trouble.” Private detectives and marriage counsay happens frequently these days, she’s going to want to mark the day with her selors are sure of one thing: More women are getting into the act. Though men still lover. All of which means evidence can get stray more often, women are just as capable left on credit cards, phone bills, computers of leading a double life. To her friends, and, perhaps most damning of all, surveil- Kendra had the perfect life. At 22, she married her college sweetheart, a doctor. But lance video. “It plays like a broken record every throughout much of her 9-year marriage, year,” Dank said. “They buy new under- she said, her husband was unfaithful. To wear. They make up a story that they’re go- catch him, she installed a software program on his computer that recorded ing to be off-site or they have to his e-mails, chats and the Web go out of town. Then, they go sites he visited. get a hotel room with a Jacuzzi Infidelity “When I found out, I thought, and roses on the bed.” ‘What’s wrong with me? Am Reliable statistics on infidelshatters a I not smart enough, funny ity are hard to come by. Unlike enough, pretty enough?’” she divorce and marriage, affairs relationship said. can’t be objectively measured. His lies and her loneliness, Surveys vary widely, and reand many she said, led her into an affair searchers can’t verify what people report about their sex relationships of her own. “I found someone who lives. “How common is cheating? never recover thought I was all those things,” she said. We don’t know for sure,” said One Valentine’s Day, she Steven Solomon, a clinical from it. made up an excuse for not psychologist and co-author coming home and spent the of Intimacy After Infidelity: night with her boyfriend enjoyHow to Rebuild and Affair-Proof Your Marriage. “But it’s an alarmingly and ing a romantic meal. “I knew what I was distressingly high number. It shatters a doing was morally wrong,” Kendra said. “I relationship and many relationships never was living a life that went against my better judgment.” Kendra broke off the affair and recover from it.” Every year after Valentine’s Day, Solo- tried to repair the marriage. They had a mon notices an uptick in the number of daughter together. But the same problems calls about infidelity-related problems. A cropped up again, and they divorced. Colleen, a 48-year-old mother of two, few are from spouses who, prompted by found herself on the other end of heartguilt, have come clean about their betrayal. More are from spouses who got caught up break. In January, Colleen began noticing in the thrill of the affair and sloppy about odd charges on her husband’s credit card: big room service bills and purchases from covering their tracks. “At the beginning, the affair is so excit- Saks Fifth Avenue and the women’s clothing. It’s not reality,” Solomon said. “It’s so ing store Cache. The weekend after Valentine’s Day, she special and passionate and magical that many people want to spend Valentine’s hired private investigator Patrick 21 January-February 2009


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ur homes are our havens, providing refuge from the chaos, complexities and dangers of the outside world. At least that’s the ideal. But if home is where the heart is, it’s also where you find an appalling number of pollutants, toxins, harmful microbes and other environmental threats.

Living green and healthy means, first and foremost, knowing what’s hazardous, what’s not, and what to do. And clarity begins at home. There probably isn’t a room in your house without some sort of real or potential environmental threat. So why not do a little cleaning? THE AIR THAT YOU BREATHE Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That may get them away from the smog of cars and factories, but they’re still exposed to a lot of airborne pollutants. Most obvious is smoke, such as from cigarettes to fireplaces. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including toxins like ammonia, arsenic, benzene, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. It’s linked to more than 53,000 deaths in

the United States annually, says Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at University of California at San Francisco. Most at risk: children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart or breathing problems. Air filters can help, especially certified high-efficiency air particulate devices, which remove 99.97 percent of airborne particles with diameters of 0.3 microns or more. (A micron is one-millionth of a meter.) But tobacco smoke particles can be much smaller. The best remedy: Don’t smoke indoors. Better yet: Don’t smoke at all. A 2004 Italian study found that three cigarettes produced more particulate pollution than a diesel automobile idling for 30 minutes. Wood-burning stoves and fireplaces are polluters, too. Make sure chimneys and vents are clean, clear and don’t leak. Or


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switch to gas. According to the American Association Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that of Poison Control Centers, 92 percent of seeps into homes from decaying radioac- poison exposures happen in the home, tive material in soil and water. It’s natural mostly involving cleaners and children. and unavoidable. Our bodies even produce Substances are considered to be household it. There’s no consensus what a “safe” hazardous waste if they are flammable, dose of radon is, but clearly there’s a limit. toxic, corrosive, irritating, explosive, reacRadon is carcinogenic, the second leading tive or radioactive. Before buying or using cause of lung cancer in the United States, such products, think “precautionary prinlinked to roughly 15,000 deaths annually, ciple”: Does the substance pose a threat, or 12 percent of all lung cancer deaths. The real or possible? If it does, don’t use it. key is minimizing exposure. Read labels. Products with lots of warnStart by placing a few radon detectors ings and cautions should be avoided. Opt around the house, especially in basements. for safer alternatives. If use of a hazardous Measure long-term levels. If they’re high, substance is absolutely necessary, do it improve your house’s ventilation and look smartly and store it properly. According for cracks in floors and to federal surveys, less walls or gaps in constructhan half of American Continuous tion joints or where pipes households store dangerenter the house. These ous materials out of reach exposure to indoor of children. are places where radon gas is most likely to seep As for getting rid of pollutants such as hazardous in. Seal them. waste, do that Radon can also be responsibly. Most proddust mites, pollen, ucts tell you what constifound in groundwater. If you rely on wells, have proper disposal. Or molds and airborne tutes the water tested. If radon call your garbage hauler poses a serious prob- viruses is a growing for advice or directions. lem, find another water Hazardous waste also source. At the very least, includes the stuff you health concern. reduce your exposure. put inside you. PharmaDrink bottled water. Take ceuticals discarded down shorter, cooler baths and showers. The hot- the drain or toilet wind up in the water ter the water, the more radon released. supply, oceans and environment. “You can find levels of aspirin, caffeine and clofibric CHEMISTRY 101 acid, the active compound in fat-lowering Your home may not qualify as a Su- drugs, in almost any water source,” said perfund site, but it can be something of Christian Daughton, chief of environmena mini-hazardous waste dump. The EPA tal chemistry in the Environmental Protecestimates the average American house- tion Agency’s National Exposure Research hold contains 62 different toxic chemicals Laboratory in Las Vegas. and up to 100 pounds of dangerous waste The effects upon wildlife can be disasstashed away in garages, basements and trous. Hormone-based drugs, for example, storage closets. have been linked to feminizing effects Some of it is pretty obvious: paints, upon fish. As for humans, the picture is solvents, pesticides, weed killers, pool murkier. Most of these compounds are not chemicals, and automotive fluids such filtered out by municipal water treatment as oil and antifreeze. Other toxic chemi- plants. Currently, measured levels are cals pose less clear threats: arts and craft minute, but thousands of compounds have materials like certain glues, and ordinary been detected. No one wants to wash down household cleaners. their prescription with a dilute cocktail of January-February 2009


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eople who don’t set goals wind ‘How come I never got what I wanted Those are the words of Theodore Carl Soderberg, author of the novel “Uncharted Waters.” Soderberg isn’t just a successful author. He has achieved every dream he has ever wanted by setting goals. That really has been the secret of everything.   Here are six tips to earn a successful life - one half hour at a time: 

your dream. Every day you build on the progress you made the day before.  “You don’t expect to do the whole thing in a day or in a week – but a little bit every day, that really is the key to being successful.”   3. Make Goal Setting A Lifestyle “The key here,” says Soderberg, “Is to make sure it’s at the same time every day.”  If your ‘goal time’ becomes part of your daily routine – you’ll be less likely to blow it off.  Your scheduled goal time with yourself is as important as any commitment you’d make to someone else.  You wouldn’t dream of blowing off a half hour meeting with your boss – make 30 minutes with yourself just as much of a priority. 

1. Identify What You Want – And When You Want It   “Figuring out your dream can be the hardest part,” says Soderberg.  “So if you can’t be specific, that’s fine.”  You don’t need to have a whole plan in place, says Soderberg.  You just need a firm idea in your mind of what you want – and a solid idea of when you want it by.  2. Schedule 30 Minutes For Your Goal – Every Day Set aside a half hour every day to do something to get closer to

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f you’re single and looking for a partner or just a date, you’ve probably felt

impatient, maybe downright frustrated. I hear from a lot of lonely people who want to know how to find somebody. Some of them are people with presumably attractive options. They may not be desperately hitting the pavement, but many of them are feeling anxious. They’re looking to, and asking, friends for help. They’re fueling a perpetual stream of books and dating services. And some of them are seeking advice from people like me. If you’ve been married for the last 20 years, you might not relate, which means that even if you consider yourself a good friend to some of these lonely singles, you may not have given any serious thought to helping them! Imagine looking for a job for weeks, or months, or even years without finding one. You might start to question your value in the marketplace. Eventually, you might get depressed or bitter and give up. You don’t have to run off and find “the one” for your friends. Just listen long January-February 2009

enough to let them catch their breath and get a second wind. You probably can relate to this: Maybe you’ve been anxiously searching for a misplaced item only to find it right under your nose about the time you gave up looking. You can help a friend regroup. When somebody gets preoccupied and distressed, they can become ineffective. Then, the most productive thing they can do is stop. We don’t find the perfect dress, or piece of art or car when we’re in hot pursuit of it. And we don’t find the perfect partner when we’re in hot pursuit either. Often, it’s when we’re content with what we have (or don’t have) that we stumble on a great catch, the one we never would have found had we been earnestly looking. This is both my experience and the experience of many others who have finally


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landed the relationship of their dreams! So, my advice: Stop looking but when you stumble across a good prospect, take notice. Don’t, for goodness sake, hurry off as though it really matters if you’re late for your next appointment! When what you’ve been looking for shows up under your nose, don’t be too busy to notice. And it will show up - after you’ve stopped looking and caught your breath, after you’ve gone about living your life in a productive way. That can be so much more attractive than anxious or desperate! Smile. If you’re looking: • Stop long enough to get a second wind. • Talk to a friend who will at least try to understand the significance of the looking process.

• Feel how attractive you are now, to you. • Then feel how attractive you have the potential to be - that’s how attractive you are. • Go about living - one step at a time and being your beautiful self. Sometimes we forget who we are. In fact, if you lost sight of your potential early in life, you might not remember ever knowing your potential. Ah, but I bet you’ve seen glimpses of it along the way. If you’re feeling discouraged, try to remember the time you wowed your blind date or your fifth grade teacher or your boss. And remember that time - if only for a fleeting moment - you knew that you were everything you ever wanted to be? You still are. And when you start being true to that, I promise you won’t be lonely anymore. ∆


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great coat is the ultimate winter fashion essential. First impressions count: If you have a stylish coat this winter, you’ll be way ahead of the fashion game. Wear it over just about anything, and you can transform your wardrobe. Here are the latest trends to check out:

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Always a classic, this year’s silhouettes are modernized with big belts, stand-up collars, embossed textures and iridescent satin. The newest trenches are chic enough to dress up your wardrobe basics for day or evening occasions. • The Military-Inspired Coats: In wool, tweed or cashmere, these toppers -- often double-breasted -- are lining up with attention-getting details like large buttons, empire-style waists and pleated hems. Another coat classic, these styles are worth a splurge. • The Bold-Colored Coat: One shot of hot pink, cobalt blue or emerald green, and you have outerwear that stands out from the black crowd. Why not boost your spirits by donning one of these colorful style statements this winter? • The Cropped Jacket: Whether it’s a plaid pea coat, a leather motorcycle jacket or a quilted bomber

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jacket, the short hip-length coat is a casual favorite this season. Layered over longer sweaters and T-shirts, it’s the perfect topper for jeans. • The Barrel Coat: A little roomier than more fitted coats, this silhouette shows off a fuller cut and flared sleeves. A great look over bulkier sweaters and knits. • The Sweater Coat: A versatile option, especially when the weather isn’t icy cold or when you want maximum coverage in a chilly office. The cable-knit cardigan abounds on the racks this season mostly in knee-lengths, often trimmed with fur collars. • The Cozy Capes: Add some real flair to your closet with a new cape. Forget the old poncho honchos. Go for an elegant cashmere cape trimmed in fur and draped over skinny pants or leggings. ∆ A stylish colorful coat adds instant impact to any winter outfit. From Kohl’s collection, try Elle’s belted topper. Photo courtesy of Kohl’s. 28

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ot a party and nothing to wear? Look for lace. Much has been made of Miuccia Prada’s fall-winter 2008 collection with its runway overflowing with lace, lace and more lace. As the Italian designer, who so often starts the style trends rolling, unfurled a modern take on the old-fashioned elegant look of lace, other designers and retailers followed. Don’t even think about that old prom dress or wedding gown from days of yore. Put it out of your mind and gain a new lease on lace. Lace has taken the lead lately, coming out of its Victorian mourning period and into a new century of haute couture -- demure is not the word used to describe its new incarnation of bold pieces showing up in stores. We’re not talking a little lingerie either. From dresses to suits, from handbags to necklaces, wearing lace is the new way to shine this season. Here are some ways to get a little lacy, and racy: Keep it simple

Start with one piece -- a dress, a skirt, a jacket -- and keep your accessories simple. The newest lace fabrics are meant to stand on their own, since they are more elaborate and heavy than their wispy predecessors. Toughen it up Yes, lace has traditionally had a delicate reputation, but now designers are giving it a more updated twist. Think heavy boots with lace-encrusted skirts; leather biker jackets over lacy blouses; jeans and a tuxedo jacket with a lace-covered clutch. Be inspired by vintage

Nothing in the cycles of fashion trends ever remains quite the same. But if you do spot an exquisite antique lace item at your favorite vintage store, consider wearing it in more of an eclectic way by mixing it into your wardrobe of modern pieces. Go for shine

While the black “gothic” look of lace does indeed lead the way in many designer collections, the metallic shine of bronze, silver and gold also makes a glowing statement. Add accessories

Let’s face it, many of us just can’t do the lace sheath dress; however, we can pull off the strappy pair of lace-covered sandals or the handbag that’s wrapped in electric blue lace. We may even wiggle into a lacy pair of tights. Only one of these special extras may be all we need to get our lace fix. ∆


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he holidays are over, it’s time to go back to work, and you have “nothing to wear.” How about a short shopping list to get you started? With these easy pieces, you can put together a stylish work wardrobe. Add some jeans to the mix, and you’ve got the weekend covered too. • Start with a new suit. You may be accustomed to wearing separates, but there are plenty of great “matching” suits that will quickly become the base of your wardrobe. Pick a neutral color, and you’ll be set. Black or gray is your best bet, but there are many other available choices.

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• Try the cropped jacket, or more shaped “Spencer” jacket, for a sleek trend. Stick to jackets that are classic in silhouette and not too oversized, even if they are more “cocoon” shaped. Lengths that fall at the hipbone or just below are more flattering to most women; they can easily be belted for more of a nipped-in look. • Choose new skirts, which include slim and narrow pencil styles or more flared A-line shapes. Most of the skirts hit right above the knee; however, it’s best to choose 32

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• Extend your working wardrobe from the weekday to weekend with a pair of tailored trousers. A great alternative to the skinny pants of the past few seasons, fuller pants are the perfect partners to shorter, shapelier jackets, soft blouses and knit tops. • Create the versatility of your wardrobe with a classic turtleneck. Turn up the volume with a floppy funnel-neck in a basic neutral or a berry color to brighten up your suits and add a little more casual touch to weekend denim. • Expand clothing selection with a sheath dress. In a solid satin or a pretty print, this columnar shift shape has stood the test of time; it can be layered under suit jackets or coats for a variety of occasions. • Don’t forget to update all of the above with a new trench coat. In glossy metallic or colorful cotton, the trench coat will cover you in style from client lunches to posh parties. ∆


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Luxe textures and patterns add interest to the legs and an edge to any plain outfit. Look for small patterns for a more slimming effect on the legs, such as a classic chevron pattern to more eye-catching styles in open lacy or fishnet weaves. Try as a great accessory to dress up a traditional, black skirt suit. Check out Assets at Target ( Colored tights

A favorite from “Gossip Girl.” Bold colors go beyond basic black this cool season; they bring out the fashion-forward trendsetter in all of us. For a big jolt of personality, show off legs in rich reds, cobalt blues or purples. For more of a toned-down result, try tights in shades of charcoal, wine and dark blue. Visit www. for more choices. Footless tights

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oo much TV time is bad for children, even if they’re not actively watching the televised program. The results of a recent study revealed that leaving your television on to provide background noise can be distracting and disruptive to young children at play.

Researchers found that background TV disrupted the play of children at every age, even when kids paid little attention to the televised program. When the TV was on, the children spent significantly less time focused on play compared to when the TV was off. Based on their findings, the researchers concluded that background TV is an environmental risk to youngsters and that parents should limit their children’s exposure. Despite the fact that pediatricians recommend no television exposure for children younger than 2 years, threequarters of American children currently live in homes where the television is on most of the time. Previous research confirmed that babies and toddlers parked in front of television sets have a significantly higher risk for developing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by the age of 7. ConsisJanuary-February 2009

tent, heavy television viewing throughout early childhood has also been shown to contribute to behavioral and sleep problems. Too much TV time isn’t good for toddlers, and it’s just as bad for older kids, for a variety of reasons. When kids spend much of their free time parked in front of the television set, they’re at risk of packing on extra pounds. As part of a sedentary lifestyle, excessive TV viewing is thought to be a major contributor to the problem of childhood obesity. A growing body of research suggests that the more television kids watch, the more likely they are to be overweight. Researchers at Harvard University reported that kids who rack up more than five hours of television time a day are nearly five times more likely to be overweight than those who watch fewer than two hours a day. Unfortunately, very few


American kids are limiting their daily TV time to two hours. Watching television is a favorite leisure time “activity” among U.S. children, and they spend a substantial chunk of their lives engaged in this hobby. On a daily basis, the average child spends about four to five hours glued to a television set, and a third of American children watch more than five hours a day. A study based on Nielsen Media Research data revealed that between the ages of 2 and 17, most U.S. children spend about two to three years of their waking lives watching television. The typical high school graduate will probably have spent around 18,000 hours in front of a TV set, but only about 12,000 hours in school. For over a decade, the American Academy of Pediatrics has expressed concern about the amount of time kids spend watching television at the expense of active play and

exercise. For children over the age of 2 years, the organization recommends restricting TV time to two hours or less each day. Limiting the amount of time that kids spend watching television makes it easier for them to manage their weight and stay physically fit. Children tend to eat too much while the TV is on, primarily because they pay more attention to what’s on the tube than to what’s in their stomachs. Kids who spend less time watching television get a bonus benefit. Studies show that when the TV is off, children naturally gravitate toward more active pursuits, like playing ball and riding their bikes. At a time when more than a third of U.S. children are overweight, kids need all the opportunities to exercise they can get. Fortunately, limiting children’s TV time isn’t complicated or difficult. In most cases, it’s as quick and easy as pushing a single button. ∆


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Hope Cohen, LMT and Chantel DickinsonPannone, DPT co-owners of Pilates Wellness Center. The center offers physical therapy, fitness, and wellness programs, personalized for clients of all ages and abilities. The certified staff brings a new and innovative approach to authentic Pilates by integrating their expertise in physical therapy. Fort Lee, 201-585-0022.

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Kristi Sesso is the Founding Director of Pilates Studio Englewood, THE HARMONY GROUP STUDIOS and its Pilates Teacher Training & Certification Program. She is a Pilates pioneer having taught Pilates since 1982 and works successfully with pre/ post natal and post-op bodies, pain management and people with neuromuscular disease. She and her staff create a personal fitness/wellness experience to meet the health goals of the individual offering Gyrotonic®, Yoga, Pilates, Power Plate Acceleration Training®, Aromatherapy, Samba Cardio and Thai Yoga BodyWork – home visits are also available. Englewood, 201-227-0955.

Gina Santangelo, owner of Callanetics & Pilates Studio specializes in Pilates for women. Private, Semi-Private, Group Reformer, Stability Chair and Vertical Frame classes up to 8 attendees. Mat classes in Pilates, Callanetics, Yoga and Zumba. Tenafly, 201-567-7571.

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Your heart may be at greater risk than you think. Cardiovascular disease kills almost 500,000 American women each year, twice the number of all female cancer deaths combined. A woman is 10 to 14 times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer, in part because cancer is treated more effectively. Indeed, 40 percent of women do not survive their first heart attack. For women under 50, a heart attack is twice as likely to be fatal as a similar event in a man. “Women with heart disease tend not to do well,” said cardiologist Dr. Randall Moreadith. “You look at the database over the last 10 to 20 years and you see a striking decline in heart disease mortality in men, but none at all in women. It’s a flat line.” But why? Are women’s hearts different than men’s? Does cardiovascular disease harm women differently? Do women receive different treatment, and do they respond to it differently? There is no precise or entirely satisfying answer to any of these questions, but the general response to all of them is yes. There are, in fact, discrete differences in men’s and women’s hearts. Cardiovascular disease does afflict women differently than men (at least some of the time), both in symptoms and in the damage done. Medical care does vary, sometimes catastrophically so. Cardiovascular disease tends to strike later in the lives

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Ulcers form at the eroded sites, followed by blood clots, which can break off to block vessels downstream, causing heart attacks and strokes. Some women do experience plaque buildup. But unlike the case in men, the plaque accumulates evenly and uniformly A DIFFERENT BEAT in the heart, most notably in smaller blood A woman’s heart is physiologically dif- vessels called arterioles. These vessels ferent from a man’s. It’s smaller, both in gradually lose their ability to flex and exoverall size and in the carrying capacity pand with increased blood flow caused by of its arteries and lesser blood vessels. physical or psychological stress. Instead, blood flow diminishes, as It beats faster, but it may does overall heart function. take fractionally longer to Doctors call this microvasrelax between beats. And Unexpected cular disease. for much of a woman’s life, fatigue or Estrogen seems to play it is swathed in the powerconflicting roles. It is befully influential hormone sleeping lieved to be a plaque fighter, estrogen. How much each of these disturbance may slowing accumulation in women’s hearts and inhibfactors influences the develiting calcification or hardopment of heart disease in indicate the ening. Calcified plaque women isn’t fully known. possibility of an is more likely to become Certainly, women are susinflamed, increasing the ceptible to all of the basic risk factors that affect male impending heart risk of a heart attack. But in some women, escardiovascular health, from attack. trogen also increases the genetics and exacerbating risk of blood clotting. diseases such as diabetes to “There’s a lot going on here,” said smoking, heavy alcohol use, a poor diet Judelson. “There’s a lot we still don’t and inadequate exercise. The resulting disease, though, can mani- understand.” fest itself differently in a woman’s heart. In CONTRA-INDICATIONS men, cardiovascular disease often involves Differences in how heart disease occurs deposits of plaque - a sticky concoction of in men and women mean, not surprisingly, cholesterol and other fatty substances - accumulating inside a major coronary artery that there are symptomatic dissimilarities until, like silt in a river, the blockage sig- as well. Both sexes generally experience nificantly obstructs the vessel, blood flow the same classic signs of cardiac disease and arrest: is pinched, and the heart seizes. • Chest discomfort, such as sensations Coronary plaque is not an issue in many younger women with heart disease. Their of squeezing, pressure or pain • Discomfort radiating to neck, shoulproblem is an erosion of blood vessels, “as if you had rubbed sandpaper on the ders or arms • Shortness of breath artery walls,” said Dr. Debra Judelson, a • Nausea, cold sweats or dizziness cardiologist and founder of the Women’s But one-third of women who suffer heart Heart Institute in Beverly Hills, Calif. of women - at an average age of 70 for women, as opposed to 60 for men. But the consequences are frequently more devastating for women. According to one study, the death risk for a woman experiencing a heart attack is 1.7 times that for a man.

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attacks report no chest pain, and 71 percent say they felt only flulike symptoms in the weeks and months prior to their attacks. Such women often seek medical care later than they should, sometimes too late, given the high mortality rate of first-time female heart attacks. “There’s a problem of symptom denial,” said Dr. Denise Barnard, a cardiologist and director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program at UCSD. “Many women don’t think they’re having a heart attack. They think maybe their bra’s too tight or they’re just over-tired. They put off going to the emergency room until dinner is taken care of. Or they go to bed thinking they’ll feel better in the morning.” When a man arrives at a hospital emergency room clutching his chest in pain, everyone immediately assumes he’s having a heart attack and acts appropriately, said Barnard. When a woman comes in complaining of a backache and extreme fatigue, a heart attack usually isn’t the first diagnosis. “Women often display unusual symptoms of heart disease,” she said. “They’ll say they just don’t feel well. It’s something they can’t quite put a finger on. As a cardiologist, you’re confounded because they’re not presenting classic symptoms.” A 1996 national survey of general practitioners found that more than 65 percent were unaware of gender differences in heart disease symptoms and warning signs. Less than 40 percent had special training in diagnosing heart disease in females. The situation has improved, say experts, thanks to extensive professional education efforts and increased media attention, but the problem persists. A big chunk of the reason is that doctors, including cardiac specialists, simply know less about how heart disease affects females. Only in recent years has it become apparent that some traditional tools used to 56


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to 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary. TOMORROW: Lift some weight.

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Eat your fruit and vegetaWash your bles hands frequently er and longer before you tire. You’ll maintain joint flexibility, increase bone density and better manage your weight. The ACSM recommends doing eight to 10 strength-training exercises with eight to 12 repetitions of each exercise two to three times a week. DAY 3: Meditate to soothe the spirit. Not only has meditation been shown to ease stress and help relax people who

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than half of that. By eating more whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables, you can eliminate many gastrointestinal problems including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis. Remember to spread out your fiber intake throughout the day and increase your water intake as you increase your fiber. DAY 5: Protect yourself from the sun. Slather on a shot-glass-full of sunscreen every morning, even on overcast winter days. Dermatologists recommend a broadspectrum SPF 30, which blocks 97 percent of rays and protects against both UVB rays (which typically cause sunburn) and UVAs (which age the skin more gradually). Products with an SPF 15 are OK if you spend most of your days indoors and get little exposure to the sun. It’s also a good idea to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses. DAY 6: Eat your fruit and vegetables. Mom was right. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent some types of cancer, avoid diverticulitis and guard against cataract and macular degeneration. In fact, consuming fruits and vegetables has been proven to be so healthful that the old “5-a-Day” recommendation has been increased to “Eat 5 to 9 a Day” by the National Cancer Institute. A great source of vitamins A and C, antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber, fruits and veggies can be enjoyed fresh, canned, frozen or dried. DAY 7: Floss your teeth. Brushing just isn’t enough. Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it breaks up and removes plaque from between the teeth and at the gum line, where periodontal disease often begins. January-February 2009

There’s growing evidence that gum or periodontal disease may put you at increased risk for heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. Columbia University doctors have found that people whose mouths contain a high number of the bacteria that cause gum disease are more likely to have plaqueclogged arteries. Most dental experts recommend flossing your teeth at least once a day, preferably before bed. DAY 8: Wash your hands frequently. Keeping your hands clean is one of the simplest and most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces, including between fingers and around the nails. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a paper towel. If soap and clean water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Remember to wash before preparing or eating food, after going to the bathroom, after blowing your nose, after changing diapers, after tending to someone who’s sick, after handling an animal and after handling garbage. DAY 9: Eat breakfast. When you run out of the house after only a cup of coffee in the morning, you may be giving up more than just breakfast. According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, people who ate a healthy breakfast consumed less fat and more carbohydrates during the day than people who skimped on food in the a.m. Breakfast-eaters had a higher intake of essential vitamins and minerals, plus they usually had lower serum cholesterol levels, which are associated with reduced risk of heart disease. A healthy breakfast should include at


least one serving of fruit for vitamins and fiber, whole grains for even more fiber and energy, and protein for lasting energy. DAY 10: Stand up straight. It’s never too late get your spine in line and improve your posture. Ideally, good posture means the body is aligned with the joints stacked directly on top of each other from head to toe. As you look at yourself in the mirror from the side, you should see earlobes over shoulder blades over hips over knees over ankles. Your abdomen should be pulled as if you’re zipping up a pair of tight pants. Proper posture does more than just make you look good. It can aid digestion; relieve neck, shoulder and lower-back pain; calm some tension headaches; and optimize muscle performance. DAY 11: Get enough ZZZZs. During hectic times, adequate sleep may be the first thing to go. However, too little shut-eye causes more than bleary eyes and big yawns. Skimping on sleep can hinder your mental and physical performance, affect your mood and relationships, and destroy

your health. Studies show that not getting enough sleep or getting poor-quality sleep on a regular basis increases the risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. Sleep needs vary, depending on age and some other factors. Adults, on average, need seven to eight hours. Teenagers require eight to nine, while school-age kids need 10 to 11. DAY 12: Make human contact. Call your buddy, hug your sister or have coffee with your favorite neighbor. Research shows that healthy and supportive relationships not only reduce stress and improve your sense of well-being, but they can also cause the brain to grow. In 2006, when scientists at Rush University performed postmortems on the brains of 89 seniors, they were surprised to find plaque and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s in several of the deceased, though none had experienced any of the disease’s telltale symptoms. When they researched the seniors’ social histories, they found the deceased all had one thing in common: close relationships with many friends and family members. ∆


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Hire a Personal By Marilynn Preston

know times are tough, and sometimes, when the going gets tough, you really ought to go shopping . . . for a personal trainer.

“Inward calm cannot be maintained unless physical strength is constantly and intelligently replenished,” said Buddha, the philosopher-king of mind-body fitness. As your most personal trainer -- A.C.E. certified around the time the treadmill was electrified -- I couldn’t agree more. Your ability to experience calm in the face of fear and better cope with change -- good or bad -- is connected to your physical strength. For optimal health, your physical strength must be “constantly and intelligently replenished.” And that’s what a good personal trainer can help you do. A bad one can really screw January-February 2009

you up, so you must choose wisely. How do you find a good one? Be patient. First, let me list a few more reasons to justify hiring (or sharing) a personal trainer, since cash flow is uncertain these days, and we all need to set priorities: PLAY THROUGH BOREDOM. A big reason people quit exercising is they get bored. A good trainer will evaluate your current program and suggest ways to spice it up. A good trainer will give you new exercises to do and suggestions to improve your technique, your performance, your breathing. (If


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he doesn’t mention breathing in the first session, keep shopping.) Boredom will end, your spirits will lift, your confidence will improve and, in time, your jeans will slip to your knees. REDUCE INJURIES. What good is lifting 100 pounds if you tear your rotator cuff? A good trainer will watch you work out and make sure you’re aligned and moving in a way that reduces your risk of injuries. A good trainer will also keep you from overdoing it in the gym -- the No. 1 cause of most sports injuries -- trying to do too much, too soon, before your body is strong or flexible enough to meet the challenge. A trainer who pushes you too hard and causes an injury is a bad trainer. If you get stuck with a “no-pain, no gain” kind of guy, keep shopping. 56


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recent Health & Fitness Convention

introduced the new and noteworthy in the everchanging world of fitness gear. Here are some highlights from their New Product Showcase.

The Thorotread This new kind of exercise machine may look like your standard treadmill, but really it’s a step backward and a leap forward. The Thorotread is a forward and backwards treadmill. It produces a backward-pulling motion, and ushers in an entirely new form of exercise called

Resistance Retro Walking. There’s a lot of good science behind walking backward. It strengthens your legs and feet because you bring into play underused, less developed muscles. Throwing yourself into reverse also gives you a good cardio workout. January-February 2009

The manufacturer of The Thorotread -Fitness Tools, LLC, 1-800-805 4591, www. lists it at $4,999.00.

Adjustable Dumbbells This concept has been around for a while, but this new version takes the place of 44 pairs of dumbbells -- nearly enough to fill the White House. It can really be a hassle to store 44 pairs of dumbbells. Paying for 44 pairs of dumbbells is also a heavy burden for most of us. That’s why the new Lifecore Fitness AD-55 is such a find. It lets you lift from five pounds to 55

pounds with a single pair of dumbbells, and it stores in a space the size of a toaster


Is It For You? oven. The cost is a bit hefty -- it lists at $399 -- but have you priced 44 pairs of dumbbells lately? For more information about the new Lifetime Fitness AD-55 adjustable dumbbells, call 630 386 1412 or email

The Helix You gotta love the hype. “The Helix is the most revolutionary trainer since ellipticals took the world by storm,” the manufacturer claims. The Helix is the first aerobic trainer to work the inner and outer thighs. Other ellipticals use that familiar forward-andbackward motion, which does a great job of working the quads, the glutes, the calves. But the Helix takes your legs through a horizontal figure-8 motion. The result? Slimmer, tighter, less jiggly thighs. Every woman’s dream. The Helix lists at $999. For more info, call 1-866-HELIXCO or email Lenny Snyderman at Mlenny@

THE XRIDE Recumbent bikes are a terrific invention. They’re easy on the back and ideal for anyone with balance issues. The new xRide takes recumbent biking one revolutionary step further. It gives you the workout of an elliptical cross-trainer, and you do it in a supported, comfortable, seated position. According to the manufacturer, Octane Fitness, studies show that xRiders use more glutes and burn more calories than other recumbent bikers, and the “ergonomically

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designed seat offers leverage for simultaneous strength training.” Sounds great, but at an msrp of $3,199 to $3,799, the Xrider is definitely in the high-end category of new fitness gear. For more information, call 1-888-OCTANE-4 or visit

The New Teeter Hang Ups I’m a big fan of inversions. Turning upside down is not for everyone -- people with certain eye conditions and high blood pressure should talk to their doctors first. Yogis know that inversions (head stands, shoulder stands) are great for reversing the blood flow, releasing the spine, bathing the brain. Teeter is a leading manufacturer of user-friendly inversion therapy products for the home, and their latest inversion table -- “featuring Flex Technology” -- is listed at $359.95. Anyone with low back troubles (and no yoga practice) should flip for this. For more information, call1-800-8470143 or visit www. teeter-inversion. com. ∆


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REINFORCE SMART EATING HABITS. A good trainer is a teacher, and the best of them can help you discover the value of eating healthy, delicious, real food, in moderation. If instead, your trainer is trying to sell you nutrition in a can and 30 supplements a day, I say back off, no matter how buffed and beautiful he may be. ONE-TO-ONE HELP. Do you want a stronger upper body, Serena Williams’s thighs, and a spine that is supple, strong and pain-free? A good personal trainer can make your dreams come true. (So can a good yoga teacher, but that is so off topic.) A good trainer can become your cheerleader, your taskmaster -- whatever it takes to motivate you, and, like wildflowers to the sun, move you toward a healthier, happier lifestyle. SO HOW CAN YOU FIND A GOOD TRAINER? To find someone with skills and sensitivity, you have to use your own skills and sensitivity: • Look for someone who’s certified by one or more of the following: the CHANGES OF HEART — From Pg. 45 assess heart health don’t work as well in women as in men. For example, electrocardiograms, or EKGs, which measure electrical activity in the heart, and angiograms, X-rays of the heart, do not easily identify the subtler signs of microvascular disease. Screening tools such as the standard treadmill test are reasonably accurate for men but much less so for women unless combined with other tests and overseen by a specialist. GENDER BIAS

When a woman suffers a heart attack or is identified with heart disease, there’s a pretty strong chance she will be treated differently - if she is treated at all. January-February 2009

American Council on Exercise (ACE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA.) Certification tells you your trainer has a basic understanding of anatomy as well as exercise. It’s certainly possible to find a terrific trainer who never bothered to get certified, but if he or she is self-taught, be extra cautious. • Test drive your trainer before you commit to a series or package. If he bullies you the same way your high school coach did or sits reading a magazine while you grunt out your lunges, shop on. Above all, be open, ask questions, and trust your instincts. A trainer your best friend adores may not be the best fit for you. Your svelte pal may not give a fig about nutrition; you may be looking for new things to do with quinoa. MAKE THE CHOICE YOURSELF “Never -- we repeat, never -- let the gym staff assign you a trainer. That practically guarantees you’ll get the guy no one else wants, in the name of spreading the clients out.” ∆

A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2000 found women less likely to have hospital tests or procedures related to heart disease. Another study found men more likely to be prescribed cholesterol-reducing drugs, even though research indicates both sexes benefit equally. Similarly, female heart attack survivors are less likely to receive beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, even aspirin - all therapies known to improve survival. They are less likely to undergo bypass surgery. Reluctance on the part of surgeons could be due, in part, to the increased difficulty (real or not) of operating on smaller, more fragile hearts. But a more likely reason is


fear of the end result: Women are two to three times more likely than men to die from such operations, according to the Women’s Heart Foundation. That’s because women facing significant heart surgery tend to be older than men. A male with problematic heart disease may display telltale symptoms in his 50s or 60s; a woman might not until she’s in her 70s. Surgery at that age tends to be riskier. All of which argues for earlier diagnoses and less invasive interventions, but those changes cannot occur without a better scientific understanding of what makes a woman’s heart tick. One current effort is Phase 3 clinical trial

of a gene therapy drug by Cardium Therapeutics. “It’s one of a very few women-only interventional cardiovascular trials,” said Moreadith. Building upon a decade of research, Cardium is testing a drug called Generx as a treatment for myocardial ischemia, or insufficient blood flow, in the heart. The study, with multiple testing sites across the nation, will ultimately involve 300 participants and continue through 2009. In theory, Generx works by encouraging the heart to grow new arterioles to replace those damaged by disease. This natural healing process is called angiogenesis. Moreadith says Generx simply ramps 67

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Winter Beverages Boost Health By Rallie McAllister, M.D.


f you’re looking for a hot drink to warm you up on cold winter days, a cup of cocoa is an excellent choice. The tasty beverage is more than just a decadent treat, it’s actually good for your health.

Cocoa owes many of its health-promoting properties to

its rich supply of flavonoids, plant-derived compounds that

are also present in red wine and green tea, as well as fruits

and vegetables. Flavonoids are known to boost levels of nitric oxide, a chemical that helps dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow throughout the brain and body.

In humans, flavonoids act as natural antioxidants, com-

bating the cellular damage inflicted by disease-causing free radicals. Diets rich in antioxidants can help reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s.

Although it may seem surprising, cocoa is an excellent

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glass of red wine, and as much as five times more than a cup of black tea. Drinking a cup of cocoa may boost your brainpower. Researchers at the University of Nottingham in England found that consumption of flavonoid-rich cocoa resulted in significant increases in cerebral blood flow. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the scientists demonstrated that study participants who drank cocoa had greater blood flow and increased levels of activity in specific areas of the brain. The beneficial effects lasted for up to three hours following cocoa consumption. Several studies have documented the blood-pressure-lowering effects of cocoa. Scientists at the University Hospital of Cologne in Germany reported that the effects of regular cocoa consumption on blood pressure are comparable to those produced by some prescription medications. The flavonoids in cocoa also appear to have beneficial effects on cholesterol. Cocoa consumption has been shown to increase levels of heart-healthy highdensity lipoprotein (HDL) and reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), a type of cholesterol known to contribute to cardiovascular disease. Although cocoa tastes great hot or cold, the heated version offers more pronounced health benefits. Higher temperatures trigger a greater release of disease-fighting antioxidants. To keep your cocoa delicious and nutritious, try making it with low-fat milk and just a pinch of sugar. While you’re at it, you might want to steer clear of the marshmallows. If you’re not in the mood for cocoa, a cup of green tea is an excellent alternative. In recent years, hundreds of studies have proven its health-promoting properties. Green tea is well known for its ability to ward off various types of cancer. Tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), January-February 2009

a chemical compound capable of killing cancer cells without harming healthy body tissues. In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers reported that women who drank two or more cups of tea per day had a 45 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer compared to women who never drank tea. Each additional daily cup of tea was associated with an 18 percent reduction in the risk of developing the cancer. A cup of green tea can boost the protective powers of the immune system. Drinking tea has been shown to increase production of interferon, a substance known to play a key role in reducing the risk of infection. Green tea may also be useful in the fight against drug-resistant super-bugs. Recent research suggests that natural compounds in the beverage dramatically enhance the action of antibiotics, making them up to three times more effective at killing disease-causing bacteria. Drinking green tea may prove to be a simple, inexpensive way to help prevent diabetes and many of its complications. Scientists at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania found that when diabetic rats drank the human equivalent of five cups of green tea daily, their blood sugar levels dropped significantly. In addition, the tea-drinking rodents experienced a reduced risk of developing cataracts and other diabetic complications. Drinking tea has long been associated with relaxation, and now there’s scientific proof. In the medical journal Psychopharmacology, British researchers reported that regular consumption of tea helped normalize levels of stress hormones in the body, lowering stress-related rises in blood pressure and heart rate. Whether your goal is to chill out, warm up or improve your health, drinking a cup of green tea or hot cocoa is a step in the right direction. ∆


ANTI-BACTERIAL — From Pg. 47 is believed to be a contributing factor in the risk of direct exposure to the chemical, the rise of bacterial “super-bugs” that are others are worried about the impact of triclosan accumulation in the environment. resistant to a number of antibiotic drugs. Antibiotic resistance is only one of many After finding antimicrobial chemicals in health-related concerns linked to use of surface water samples in Baltimore, retriclosan. A growing body of scientific searchers at Johns Hopkins University conevidence suggests that widespread use cluded that these agents may be important of antimicrobial agents may weaken our contaminants of U.S. water sources. The presence of triclosan and other immune systems. The development of a healthy im- antimicrobial agents is believed to conmune system depends on our exposure tribute to the destruction of fragile aquatic ecosystems. In the presence to a wide variety of miof ultraviolet light from the crobes, especially during sun, triclosan is converted childhood. Many experts to dioxin, a chemical linked fear that children raised in super-sterile environments A growing body to infertility, birth defects and cancer. will end up with weak, imThe vast majority of triclomature immune systems of scientific san used in this country is that leave them susceptible found in consumer products to disease. evidence that will ultimately end up Recent research supports in public water supplies. A this notion: The results of suggests that 2000 survey found that 75 several studies suggest that percent of liquid soaps and children living in ultra-clean widespread use 30 percent of bar soaps conhomes are more likely to detain some type of antibactevelop asthma, allergies and eczema. Kids who grow up of antimicrobial rial agent, most commonly triclosan. on farms have been found When it comes to proto have fewer allergies than agents may tecting yourself and your those raised in urban and family from disease-causing metropolitan areas. weaken our germs, the use of triclosanOther triclosan-related containing products probhealth concerns center on immune ably isn’t necessary. Regular the potential toxicity of the hand-washing is one of the chemical itself. Swedish systems. most effective strategies for researchers discovered high reducing the risk of infeclevels of triclosan in three tion. of five human breast milk If soap and water aren’t samples tested, indicating that the chemical is absorbed into the body immediately available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative and stored in fatty tissues. Because the chemical structure of triclosan to hand-washing. While these products closely resembles human hormones, includ- effectively kill bacteria, their use has not ing estrogen, some experts fear that it may been associated with the development of upset the body’s delicate hormonal balance. antibiotic resistant bacteria. In the war on germs, it’s tempting to A number of animal studies suggest that triclosan can interfere with thyroid hormone resort to the use of high-tech chemicals, but regulation and may also exert a depressant washing up the old-fashioned way - with lots of soap and water - might be best for effect on the central nervous system. While many experts are concerned about you, your family and the environment. ∆


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aybe it’s just the profession I’m in or the era, but I’ve always been intrigued by the way co-workers have viewed themselves. Frankly, I must have worked around optimistic people because by and large they seemed to have an inflated sense of their talent, skills and value. I rarely have come across people who were actually better than they thought. As the years pass and I meet more people, I’ve come to the conclusion that people need to think of themselves as good at their jobs if they are going to be productive at all. A measured ego is important, if only to serve as motivation. Now, along comes John McKee with his 7 Deadly Workplace Sins, applying centuries-old values to a modern job setting. McKee, a career coach and author of books such as “21 Ways Women in Management Shoot Themselves in the Foot” and “Career Wisdom,” tweaks us with self-observations we all should be taking from time to time. See what you learn about yourself in his lists of workplace sins. • Pride: When was the last time you took full credit for a project you did with others? It happens all January-February 2009

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the time. Bosses take credit for the work of those around them or co-workers want the glory for themselves. Next time, getting grass-roots support from those around you might not be so easy. • Envy The biggest problem with envying the success of a coworker is that you damage your self-esteem, which is vital characteristic all successful people seem to share. Let envy serve as a motivational and positive force in your work. Don’t let it consume you. • Anger There is nothing productive about anger and it can impair your objectivity, poise and selfcontrol. Plus, it makes those around you uncomfortable and doesn’t do your reputation any benefit. • Greed Greed is a powerful motivator, so strong that it often impairs the judgment of otherwise reasonable people. Workers figure out sooner or later that careers and reputations are built a day at a time and the aggregate total spells success. • Sloth You probably don’t need any reminder in today’s workplace that you have to bring value to the table every day, or pretty soon your chair will be taken

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away. Past accomplishments are great, but they don’t give you a license to coast today. • Gluttony Just because you see a corporate ladder doesn’t mean you have to take the steps three at a time. In fact, there are probably reasons for each step. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to move up the ladder, just climb at a reasonable pace so when you get up to where you want, you’re prepared to stay there.

• Lust All successes can’t be yours and don’t get fixated on thinking that success by others is your loss. Co-workers admire those who congratulate others and go back to pursuing their own successes. Wanting someone else’s success as your own is not healthy. An honest self-assessment is important as a gauge of how you are doing and what your co-workers think of you. Nobody will score perfectly in this evaluation, but it can serve an important reminder of the role you hold in your workplace.∆


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Stowe Mountain Lodge Jane and Marius Rubin


towe Mountain Lodge is a new, luxury resort located at the foot of pristine Spruce Peak and Mt. Mansfield, in Stowe, Vermont. The 139-room lodge was built in the architectural tradition of turn-of-the-century New England summer camps. Its six-story faรงade is a combination of local timber, stone, and expansive glass walls that bring the scenic surroundings indoors. The soaring lobby is accented with rustic birch-bark columns, handcrafted furniture, cast iron chandeliers, fireplaces, and vibrant colors. The rooms and suites are designed with warm tones and plush furnishings. Amenities include feather beds, goose down comforters, bamboo bed linens, and a pillow menu. Additional luxuries include stone fireplaces, kitchenettes, and marble baths with tubs and glass enclosed showers. The oversized windows and balconies allow guests to enjoy the spectacular alpine vistas of Mt. Mansfield

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and Spruce Peak. Stowe Mountain Lodge also features a stateof-the-art 21,000 square foot spa and Cooper Wellness center. Its earthy, soothing decor is highlighted by stones, pebbles, and wood, all woven into a tapestry of textures. The spa offers sound therapy sessions, a couples suite equipped with a granite soaking tub, as well as massages, facials and wraps ­- all using natural and environmentally safe products. Cooper Wellness center offers individual health assessments, analyses, and fitness programs. Guests can also take fitness, spin, and Pilates classes, or exercise in the high tech gym. Dining at the resort is an experience unto itself. Solstice, the main dining room serves Vermont inspired cuisine in an elegant but comfortable setting. Chef Sean Buchanan is a strong advocate of the “farm to table” trend and his cuisine features produce, meats, fish and cheese that are locally grown and sustainably produced. At the popular bar, Hourglass, guests enjoy light meals, regional microbrews, and a collection of fine wines by the glass. While the luxurious lodge, spa, and cuisine may be more than enough to assure a great vacation, Stowe Mountain Lodge’s main attraction is skiing, golf, and the picturesque Vermont countryside. Located in the “ski capital of the east,” the resort is adjacent to the ski lifts of Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. A new intermountain transfer gondola connects both areas allowing easy access from the lodge to the slopes. Winter sports enthusiasts can also enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, horse drawn sleigh rides, dog sledding, and even ice fishing. The resort also attracts nature lovers who come to explore the area’s scenic trails, covered bridges and sparkling lakes. Golfers enjoy the unique 18-hole championship course, located amidst expansive mountain vistas and cascading streams. The resort is a perfect year-round destination for couples, families, and even pets. Make your reservations at, 802-253-3560, and ask their alpine concierge to customize your stay. ∆ 66

I Only Have Eyes — From Pg. 21 forensics. Not every bust is as obvious as Colleen’s case, said Schneemann. More often, he catches spouses in little lies - being somewhere other than where they said they’d be, being with someone other than who they said they’d be with. Private eyes also watch closely for body language that indicates intimacy or deception, like slipping off a wedding ring. Even in the face of irrefutable evidence, adulterous spouses sometimes try to lie their way out of it. Schneemann caught one husband smooching another woman in a car. Sch-

neemann notified the man’s wife, who knocked on the car window and confronted him. The man became indignant and insisted he was merely consoling the woman after a death in her family. The wife backed down. “She allowed him to manipulate her,” Schneemann said. “I guess some people would rather hang on to their spouse at all costs.” While getting the goods on a cheating spouse can be a thrill, delivering the bad news isn’t. Some clients weep. Some get angry. Men, he said, are devastated. ∆

CHANGES OF HEART — From Pg. 57 up the effort. Previous research indicates Generx isn’t notably effective on men. “It probably works on them, but we need to develop better (measurement tools),” Moreadith said. “For women though, we’ve seen significant effect in their microvascular system.” On the whole, the differences between men and women and how they are affected by cardiovascular disease are small. Most of the time, said Daniels, the cardiologist at UCSD Medical Center, symptoms, treatments and outcomes are basically the same. Except for the exceptions - which all seem to bode worse for women. One final example: Female cardiac patients are far less likely to stick to

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prescribed rehabilitation exercise programs than men are, even though the women are at greater risk of a recurrence. “We don’t know why women heart pat ient s don’t exercise as much as men,” said Dr. Christopher Blanchard, a researcher at Canada’s Dalhousie University who is studying the phenomenon. “We need to uncover the physical, social, environmental and psychological barriers that prevent them from exercising even when they know it will improve their health.” Blanchard’s point is welltaken, for men as well as for women. Heart disease is preventable. Most key risk factors are products of behavior. An ailing heart can be healed. All it may take is a change of heart. ∆ Hi Class Living


Mandarin Oriental’s Riviera Maya Offers Scuba Program Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya in conjunction with Underwater Expeditions is offering scuba diving vacations where guests can receive PADI certification while enjoying a luxurious retreat at the Mexican resort. Rates for a four-night stay per diver are from $3,800 from January 3 – April 30, 2009, and $2,900 from May 1 – December 19, 2009.

InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa has opened in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Andalusian-style resort offers 253 rooms and 40 suites, plus 34 separately owned luxury villas. The state-of-the-art, 31,000-square-foot Joya Spa, designed with Moorish accents, focuses on health, beauty and fitness.

Grand Velas, all Suites and Spa Debuts in Riviera Maya

A new $250 million, all inclusive, Leading Hotels of the World resort has opened in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The ultra luxury, new Grand Velas features 495 spacious suites, a luxurious 76,640 sq. ft. spa, several bars and fine restaurants. Call 1-866-657-0255, or visit

Delta Resumes Service To Tobago Delta resumes its weekly non-stop flight service from Atlanta to Tobago. The new service is the only travel option from the United States into Tobago. The flight’s afternoon departure from Atlanta provides New York & New Jersey passengers with seamless flight connections directly to Tobago without a stopover or overnight in Trinidad. January-February 2009

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Africa Safari Roar Africa, a touring company specializing in customized safari trips, offers personalized and unique travel experiences. They feature a wide range of accommodations, ranging from luxurious lodges at Singita and Lion Sands, to private, family owned reserves in the Kruger National Park.

Montage Hotels and Resorts, an ultra-luxury resort management company, has announced the opening of Montage Beverly Hills. Located steps from Rodeo Drive, the hotel pays tribute to both old-style Hollywood and modern day luxury, and features 201 well-appointed guestrooms, and a 20,000 square foot spa. Call 866-271-6953 or visit

Winter Savings at Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole Wyoming

St. Regis, Bal Harbour The new five-star resort and condominium, St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour, is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2010. Located on nine landscaped acres, the complex is comprised of three 27-story glass towers rising above the Atlantic coast. The luxurious property will also feature custom residences and suites starting at $1.9 million. call 305-993-6000, or visit

Jackson Hotel Mountain Resort, Hotel Terra, is the ultimate base camp for those wishing to enjoy the legendary Wyoming winter. This 72 room eco-boutique hotel features easy access to the slopes, and a state-of-the-art après ski Chill Spa. Until March 31, 2009, guests can stay four nights for the price of three. Call 800-631-6281 or visit

Silversea’s Prince Albert II Announces New Itineraries Silveresa’s new expedition ship Prince Albert II, originally scheduled to cruise French Polynesia for the spring and summer season, will instead sail to the Arctic, beginning June 1. The Arctic region, which comprises parts of Canada, Norway, Greenland and Iceland, has become a very sought after destination.


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NYC 125 Anniversary Gala at the Metropolitan Opera The Met celebrates its 125th anniversary with a star studded gala performance on March 15, at 6pm. Conducted by Music Director James Levine, the evening will feature Plàcido Domongo, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorgiu, Renée Fleming and others. The gala will also offer a preview of works scheduled for the new season. Call 212-363-0200 or visit

New Ice Skating Rink at the American Museum of Natural History The American Museum of Natural History has opened a new state-of-the-art skating rink made from a recyclable synthetic surface. Located on the Arthur Ross Terrace on the museum’s north side, the Polar Rink offers magnificent views of the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Non-skaters can view the rink from surrounding benches or from the glassed-in North Galleria. Visit www.

Beyond Babylon at The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art features Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millenium B.C. The exhibition highlights the extraordinary art created for the royal temples and tombs from Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt, the Aegean, and more. On display until March 15.

Champions of the Dance at Town Hall On Jan 23, The Town Hall, at 123 West 43rd St., will feature an evening of ballroom champions who appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, as well as dancers from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and PBS’s American Ballroom Challenge. January-February 2009


West Side Story at the Palace Theater

Lincoln Center Unveils Dynamic Design for its 50th Anniversary

Maria and Tony come back to life in a new production of West Side Story. The show, directed by the legendary Arthur Laurents, opens at the Palace Theater on March 19. Tickets are on sale at

Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum at Pier 86

Lincoln Center recently unveiled design details for a new visitor center located between 62 nd and 63 rd street, between Broadway and Columbus. A signature feature of the 7,000-square-foot public space will be a centralized box office offering same day tickets, with up to 50% discounts. The space is scheduled to open Fall 2009, coinciding with Lincoln Center’s 50th anniversary.

Guys and Dolls on Broadway

The newly refurbished Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum has reopened at Pier 86 at 46th St. and 12th Ave. The museum features interactive exhibits and multisensory technology that educates, inspires and entertains. Among the exhibits are 30 aircraft, a Concorde, a submarine, flight simulators and more. 1-877-957-SHIP or

The 1950s musical comedy Guys and Dolls returns to Broadway this year. The new production, directed by Des McAnuff, Tony Award winning director of Jersey Boys, and starring Oliver Platt, opens at the newly refurnished Nederlander Theater on March 1, 2009.

Waiting for Godot at the Roundabout Theater Roundabout Theater Company has announced the new Broadway production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot with Tony Award winners Bill Irvin and Nathan Lane. Previews for the limited engagement at Studio 54 will begin on April 10th, and the opening will be on April 30th.


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e-Designer Resale Under New Management Sara Lee is the new owner of e-Designer Resale at 720 Anderson Ave, Cliffside Park. Since opening three years ago, e-Designer Resale has become known for offering a large assortment of new and/ or gently used women’s high end designer garments and accessories. It is also the perfect place to bring unwanted items if you are down-sizing, moving to a warmer climate, or if your size has changed. Sara will pay cash on the spot for diamonds, furs, and gold. New merchandise arrives daily, so stop in to meet Sara and see the impressive collection she has assembled. 201-943-3401.

Legends Steakhouse Introduces New Chef/Partner Louis DiMauro has returned to Legends Steakhouse (formerly the Porchlight Grill) at 118 Godwin Ave., Midland Park. In addition to the regular menu featuring steaks, chops, pasta and fish, they have brought back the popular, casual selections of lighter fare. Legends Steakhouse is the ideal spot for a family dinner, social event, private party, or to watch your favorite sports team at the bar. 201-445-2881.

Adult Classes at beyond dance @ bergenPAC beyond dance @ bergenPAC, the unique dance program headed by Roberta Mathes and a prestigious NYC faculty, now offers classes for adults in ballet, jazz, tap, yoga, and ethnic fusion. The adult classes complement the popular children and teen program at the theater. As part of bergenPAC, students also have the opportunity to perform before noted artists and celebrities such as Tony Bennett, Chaka Khan, and others. Roberta is committed to “promoting a greater awareness of dance education in Bergen County ­– teaching the invaluable importance of fitness and the discipline of dance.” Located at 30 N. Van Brunt St., in Englewood. Call 201-816-8160 ext. 33 for details.

Troy’s Trims and Treats in Englewood Troy’s Trims & Treats is a full service pet grooming salon at 85 W. Englewood Ave., Englewood. They offer professional grooming services for all breeds of dogs and cats, along with premium foods, snacks, vitamins and a complete line of accessories. The owners also operate a full service boarding facility in Ridgefield. 201--871-8484. www. January-February 2009


Openings Pilates Studio Englewood at New Location Pilates Studio Englewood – The Harmony Group Studios has moved to 60 Grand Ave., in Englewood. The beautifully designed, 2800 sq ft wellness center offers Gyrotonic®, Yoga, Pilates Certification, Thai Yoga BodyWork, Aromatherapy, Samba Cardio, and is the first Power Plate® Authorized Training Center in New Jersey. The 30 minute Power Plate® Circuit Training is a powerful program that reduces pain, cellulite, anxiety, and builds bone, endurance and lean muscle mass. The Pilates Teacher training & certification program integrates both classical and contemporary styles of The Pilates Method, traditional movement modalities and advanced therapeutic systems. 201-227-0955.

Garden Party by Yellow Roze, Englewood Roslyn Mitchell, a former Wilhelmina model, is now the owner of Garden Party by Yellow Roze at 5 North Dean in Englewood. The store features stylish accessories and decorative details for the home, including table top servers, antiques, fine china, and exquisite designer accents. With her flair for fashion and interior design, Roslyn has created a unique environment of beauty and style. 201-871-3900.

Bon Jour Hair Salon & Spa in Englewood Bon Jour Hair Salon & Spa has opened at 162 Engle St., in Englewood. This is the 5th salon of owner Monier Gaffar, who is an expert in hair coloring, highlights, and Keratin straightening. His first salon Mon Hair in midtown Manhattan,(553 3rd Ave.) has been successful for 25 years. Mr. Gaffar’s personal clients include celebrities such as gossip columnist Liz Smith, models, and others. 201-541-7741.

Green Cura in Leonia Green Cura, at 454 Broad Ave. in Leonia, is a unique store offering over 50 kinds of loose leaf teas, and topof-the-line, medical grade health and beauty products. They feature high efficacy, natural formulations for body, face, skin, hair, hands and feet. Come in, and relax with a cup of brewed-to-perfection tea. 201-944-1248.


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Frank’s Waterside - 7800 B River Road, North Bergen. Frank’s Waterside is an elegant, yet comfortable waterfront restaurant with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline from the George Washington Bridge to the Statue of Liberty. It offers sophisticated cuisine and professional service. The menu includes a wide array of seafood, steaks and chops and an extensive, well-priced and familiar selection of wines. The Chef de Cuisine is a graduate of the prestigious New York Restaurant School and was classically trained at renowned, award winning restaurants. Enjoy lunch or dinner on the outdoor stone patio at the water’s edge, listen to jazz while savoring a memorable Sunday brunch, or stop by for a cocktail during Happy Hour (Mon-Fri 5-7pm). Frank’s Waterside is the ideal spot for a romantic dinner, a night out

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with friends, or a private or corporate function. The staff takes great pride in seeing to your every need and making sure that your event is a memorable experience. 201-861-0700. Legends Steakhouse - 118 Godwin Ave., Midland Park. Under the direction of chef/ partner, Louis DiMauro, a CIA graduate, Legends Steakhouse is now offering the menu that made the original restaurant (Porchlight Grill) a local favorite. Legends Steakhouse features steaks, chops, pasta, poultry and unusual fish selections-many prepared with chef DiMauro’s signature sauces. There is something for everyone, no matter what you are in the mood for, from a light bite to a formal meal. Open daily for lunch, dinner and cocktails. 201-445-2881.

American-Italian TW’s Place - 172 Piermont Rd., Cresskill. A contemporary restaurant with an eclectic menu. Specialties include brick oven pizzas, Thai citrus shrimp, chicken pot pie, blackened salmon with mango salsa, grilled rib-eye steak, and Italian classic dishes. Dinner 7 nights. Lunch Mon-Fri. Children friendly. Party room available. Reservations for 5 or more. 201-816-8988.

Chinese Peking Duck House — 411 Piermont Rd., Closter. Enjoy the great taste of Peking Duck, uniquely prepared fresh fish selections and a “healthy “ menu. Seafood buffet Fri., 6-9:30pm for $1695, Dim Sum champagne buffet Sun., 11am-3pm for $1595 and a 3 course lunch served Mon.-Fri. for $695. In the Green Room Grill there is a juice bar and a Mongolian Grill where you create your own meal choosing meat, vegetable and sauce. Great desserts, full bar and wine list, and a party room for 10-100 guests. Take out. For reservations call 201-767-8779.


rank’s Waterside on the Hudson offers guests an exquisite experience for their special event. Situated about 100 feet from the broad, placid Hudson and enhanced by a panoramic view of the New York skyline from the George Washington Bridge to the Statue of Liberty


e offer beautiful banquet facilities perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, corporate events and more. Our Grand Ballroom seats up to 200 guests and our Skyline Room, up to 144. Our catering director will happily work with you to help plan the most perfect event. For information contact: Louis Busigo, Director of Catering.



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Café Italiano — 14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs. The restaurant occupies the historic home of flamboyant 1920s NYC mayor, Jimmy Walker. The turn of the century architecture, combined with the fine Italian cuisine makes for a memorable dining experience. The menu features great selections, large portions and affordable prices. From the hot and cold appetizers, to the pastas, risottos, chicken, veal, seafood, beef and lamb entrees, you will find every item uniquely prepared and presented. End your meal with a cappuccino or sinful desert. A wine list at fair prices is now offered. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Available for private parties for up to 100 people. Ample Parking. Call 201-461-5041. Nanni — 53 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park. Features new regional Italian cuisine. Specialties include veal with chestnuts and mushrooms in brandy sauce, seafood in a white basil sauce, daily fish poached in vegetable broth, and much more. Music on Friday and Saturday nights. Major Credit Cards. 201-843-1250.

Japanese Kaname — ­ 783 Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park. Rated ★★★ by the Bergen Record, Kaname is a favorite spot for Japanese food lovers, offering an extensive menu of traditional dishes and unique sushi & sashimi specialties. Sit at the Sushi bar and watch your host George create the most imaginative items using the freshest ingredients. If you haven’t tried Sushi before, he will help you. Portions are generous, the staff helpful and friendly. Cocktails, wine and beer are available. Ample parking in rear. 201-886-0080.

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Seafood Oceanos Oyster Bar and Sea Grill — 2-27 Saddle River Rd. Fair Lawn (1 block off Rt 4W). Manhattan comes to NJ. Oceanos, (formerly Peter’s Whale) features raw bar selections, whole Mediterranean fish and steakhouse specialties. There is a sit-down bar offering a list of sophisticated cocktails and an inviting patio for outdoor dining. Open for lunch Sun-Fri, dinner Mon-Sun, and the kitchen stays open late. 201-796-0546. Sea Shack – 293 Polifly Rd., Hackensack. Voted “The best seafood restaurant of Northern New Jersey for 14 years by the readers of NJ Monthly magazine. Sea Shack offers the largest and finest seafood selection. Fish entrees are prepared to order, be it broiled, grilled, steamed, blackened or sauteed. The chefs use just the right touch of seasoning to subtly enhance the food’s natural flavors, not to overpower it with sauces. Also steaks, chops, veal and chicken dishes. Serving lunch and dinner. 201489-7232.

“Best Seafood in Northern New Jersey” Readers’ Choice of NJ Monthly Magazine for 15 Years.

Meson Madrid — 343 Bergen Blvd., Palisades Park. Casual elegance and exquisite cuisine from the heart of Spain for over 27 years. This highly rated restaurant specializes in exceptional paellas, mariscadas, as well as superbly prepared selections of lobster, seafood, veal and poultry. Lunch specials from $695. Available for private parties and corporate events. Full bar. Open Sun-Fri 1130am-1030pm, Sat 1130am-1130pm. 201-947-1038.


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293 Polifly Rd. • Hackensack • 201.489.7232

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118 Godwin Ave. • Midland Park

Open Daily Lunch • Dinner • Cocktails

★★★ —the Bergen Record


Spanish Don Quijote — 344 Bergen Blvd., Fairview. Fine Spanish cuisine featuring the freshest fish and seafood, delicious steaks and chops, as well as their famous paellas and mariscadas. Special lunches from $895 and early dinners for $1595. (served mon-fri 4pm-7pm including soup or salad and Sangria). Private parties welcomed. New parking lot with ample parking. 201-943-3133.

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