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ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO LOSE WEIGHT? Weight management through reduction of excess body fat plays a vital role in maintaining good health and fighting disease.

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Dear Readers, In these unprecedented times, all we can do is hope for better days ahead. The last few months have been stressful and downright scary for our entire nation, actually world. We have learned to live “virtually “by connecting with our loved ones across a screen. All kinds of plans from graduations to Little League have either been cancelled or postponed. Normal life as we know it was put on hold. However, Mother Nature has not rescheduled and with summer just around the corner the Jersey Shore is about to come alive. With so much of our time restricted, people all across the state will be eager to get outside and get back to living a normal life. There are a myriad of reasons to celebrate in the next couple of months. May and June we can recognize the tremendous work of Moms and Dads everywhere. For many who live at the shore, there will be long days spent at the beach or boardwalk. Take some time to visit all the local restaurants and shops that have no doubt suffered losses due to Covid-19. Whether your idea of fun includes touring the lighthouses or visiting the many local wineries, it’s a time to get out and be thankful we made it through. Please remember to continue to practice sanitary precautions like washing your hands and maintaining a safe distance from one another when appropriate. Enjoy the summer!

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Medical Professionals


Cancer Patients And COVID-19 Written by Sara Kovaly, Advanced Practice Nurse.

The first step in protecting yourself from illness is understanding what coronavirus (COVID-19) is and how it is spread. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These infectious droplets can be inhaled or live on surfaces where transmission happens when someone touches these surfaces, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Sara Kovaly, APN

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe and life-threatening. These symptoms appear approximately 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms include flu-like aches and pains, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Avoiding exposure to this virus is the most important way to protect yourself from becoming ill. Avoid crowds and stay at home whenever possible. Avoid unnecessary travel. If travel is necessary, practice social distancing and keep at least 6 feet between other people. While everyone is susceptible to this illness, we understand that older patients with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, COPD, or heart disease and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk for becoming critically ill from COVID-19. To avoid contracting this illness, it is important to: • Practice frequent handwashing • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol • Avoid crowds and contact with those who are sick • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth • Clean household surfaces frequently with disinfecting products Cancer patients should follow the same recommendations as the general population. It is especially important for this population to

avoid gatherings and crowds. We know COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, and it is imperative that cancer patients avoid exposure by stringently following social distancing recommendations. If you start exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, flu-like symptoms, cough), contact your primary medical physician for further recommendations. If your symptoms become lifethreatening, seek medical attention immediately.

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Preimplantation Genetic Testing and In-Vitro Fertilization With the ever-increasing awareness and use of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve pregnancy, women may be surprised to learn that their embryos can be tested to check for problems that may affect their likelihood of a successful pregnancy and the future health of their offspring. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) can be performed on high quality embryos, and this technology can improve the selection of a genetically normal embryo that in turn has the possibility of reducing future genetic disease.

What is preimplantation genetic testing?

Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is a laboratory technique where a few cells of an embryo are removed and tested, providing genetic information that is used to select the best embryo/embryos suitable for transfer. Patients undergo an IVF cycle, and embryos are then tested either for their chromosome number or for a specific genetic mutation.

What tests are done with preimplantation genetic testing? Embryos undergo genetic testing to check for either a specific disease, or are screened to look at the number of chromosomes present. The results tell whether an embryo carries a specific genetic mutation, or if it has a normal number of chromosomes. There are two techniques that correspond to each testing condition. This includes preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS).

What is preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)? For women with hereditary or familial cancers, one way to avoid the risk of potentially transmitting genetic mutations is to perform preimplantation genetic diagnosis. PGD involves testing for specific genetic mutations, such as the BRCA breast cancer gene, cystic fibrosis, and other single gene disorders. PGD can dramatically decrease the chances of disease in patients undergoing IVF.

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What is preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)?

PGS involves testing an embryo for chromosome abnormalities and chromosome number. This testing becomes more important in older women or in those with advanced ovarian aging following fertility testing. It does not test for specific genetic mutations or diseases as with PGD. Since many women and men will have eggs and sperm that are not chromosomal normal, use of PGS can help increase the pregnancy success following IVF and embryo transfer.

What is the success rate for preimplantation genetic testing?

Although both PGD and PGS utilize the latest cutting-edge laboratory technologies and are helpful in selecting the best embryos for transfer into the uterus, the success and pregnancy rates are affected by many factors. This includes the age of the patients, presence of good ovarian reserve and creation of fairly large numbers of high quality embryos for testing. Your individual success rate should be discussed with your physician, and a tailored treatment plan will be constructed to give you the highest chance of pregnancy and delivery of a healthy child.

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Should I have preimplantation genetic testing done?

We welcome you to schedule an appointment in our office to speak with one of our physicians about whether preimplantation genetic testing is right for you. At the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey, we are available to answer your fertility questions, perform a complete fertility evaluation, and present you with individualized options for conception all in a comfortable, caring setting. We are a full service fertility center experienced in all the latest technologies and look forward to help you achieve success.

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In a large saucepan over high heat, cook eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, celery and garlic in the oil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vinegar, capers, sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender. Stir in tomatoes and olives and bring to a boil over high heat. Spoon mixture into a bowl, cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or until well chilled. Recipe by: Cutting Board Creations

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Medical Professionals


Bloating And Gas And What You Can Do About It Written by: Kenneth Glazier, MD Gastroenterologists of Ocean County

Abdominal distention and bloating are thought to be due to too much gas and are some of the most common gastrointestinal complaints. These symptoms can be eliminated with the help of your gastroenterologist. How do salads and vegetables cause gas?

There are bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract that convert foods such as salad, broccoli, and beans into gas. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth occurs when too many bacteria form in the small intestine and can cause gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and anemia. It can be caused by slow motility of the intestine that can occur in normal aging, diabetes and scleroderma. Other causes include decreased stomach acid from medications such as omeprazole or gastric surgery, NSAID use, Crohn’s disease, pancreatitis, cirrhosis, celiac disease, diverticulosis of the small bowel and prior surgeries. Bacterial overgrowth can be diagnosed in our office with a simple breath test and is treated with antibiotics.

During this troubling time the doctors and staff at Gastroenterologists of Ocean County remain available to care for your needs. We are using telemedicine and offer limited office hours for carefully screened patients. Our endoscopy centers remain open for emergent procedures for which a delay could cause harm to the patient or lead to hospitalization. Please call if you have any questions or concerns, 732-349-4422

I never had a problem with milk when I was younger but now it gives me gas, how is that possible? Lactose is present in most dairy products such as milk, cheese and ice cream and is

digested by an enzyme in the lining of the intestine. This enzyme can sometimes be missing at birth. The enzyme can also be lost later in life due to injury of the intestine from an infection, celiac disease, alcoholism, and Crohn’s disease. More commonly, the enzyme simply disappears with aging. This late-onset lactose malabsorption affects people more depending on their race and ethnicity and can affect close to 100% of Asians in the U.S., 80% of African Americans and 70% of Italians. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include abdominal cramps, distention, flatulence, diarrhea and/or vomiting. Lactose intolerance is also diagnosed with a simple breath test offered in the office.

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Yogurt makes me distended, does that mean I am lactose intolerant? No. The cultured yogurt at the grocery store does not contain lactose. More likely you

are having trouble digesting the fruit on the bottom part of the yogurt, which contains fructose. Fructose is a sugar found in candy, soda, barbecue sauce, ketchup, jellies, fruiton-the-bottom yogurts, apples, mangos, watermelon, canned fruit, honey, corn syrup and many other food products. Fructose can be malabsorbed by the intestine and produce symptoms of gas and bloating. Fructose intolerance can also be diagnosed by a simple breath test in our office.

Is there a diet for bloating? My first approach is to have patients write a diet/symptom diary of what they eat and

how they feel. This can be used to pinpoint what foods are causing bloating and eliminate those foods from the diet rather than making drastic dietary changes. These results can also help guide which breath tests to start with. An alternative is to follow the low FODMAP diet. This diet tries to eliminate foods that can commonly cause bloating. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccarides and Polyols. These include fructose, lactose, sweeteners, beans, wheat, onion, garlic, lentils, and some fruits. This elimination diet is usually followed for 6 weeks. After this, high FODMAP foods are added one at a time to see if foods trigger symptoms.

How do breath tests work? Bacterial overgrowth and lactose and fructose malabsorption can be detected using a

hydrogen breath detector. Patients either drink a can of soda for fructose intolerance or a glass of whole milk for lactose intolerance at home. Three hours later patients come to the office and blow into the machine once, which takes a few seconds. For the bacterial overgrowth test, patients drink something one hour before coming to the office and have to blow into the machine every 20 minutes until the test is positive. This can take from one hour up to three hours. Our practice has an entire office dedicated to breath testing at least one morning a week.

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Myth Or Reality – What Affects Your Credit Score? Even the most responsible person in the world who has never missed a payment could be missing a good credit score. Why? Because it takes time to build a reputation, which is based on what you’ve done. The general guidance for creating a good reputation and credit score aligns with what one would expect: Live within your means in order to be able to make payments on time to whoever has extended you any form of credit. Establish a history of paying on time, and lenders will be more likely to want to lend to you. Intuit recently acquired Credit Karma for $7.1 billion, a firm with a user base of over 100 million, with 37 million active monthly users taking advantage of their service to better monitor and build a credit score (among other services). People want to understand their credit scores, and it isn’t always easy to do so. Here are some popular myths that have arisen about credit scores, the reality of where they stem from, and the actual effects they have on one’s credit score. Myth #1: Paying interest on credit cards improves my credit rating. Reality – People associate credit card companies profiting with their wanting to extend ever more credit to boost profits as long as the customer keeps paying the minimum balance. In fact, paying on time improves your credit score even if the balance is paid down to zero. Though having active accounts longer can increase your creditworthiness, it is not necessary for them to be carrying a balance from month to month. Myth #2: Checking my credit score hurts my credit score. Reality – Checking your own credit score does not hurt your credit score, and statistics show that people who do are likely to improve their credit scores. No-effect checks on your credit score: Initiated by you – Checking on your own credit score

Initiated by company – “Soft check” by company requested to pre-approve a credit offering for you When there is an effect Initiated by you – “Hard check” by company requested to extend credit, such as a loan or credit increase – small negative effect Myth #3: I should ask to be extended the amount of credit I need. Reality – One of the metrics for your credit score is based on your credit utilization. If you ask for a credit increase (easiest to get when the credit utilization is lower), it will in fact further reduce the utilization. For example, if you have one credit card using $5,000 of a $10,000 limit, your utilization would be 50%. If that limit was increased to $15,000, your utilization would be reduced to 33%, which would improve your credit rating. This would likely represent a hard check on your credit rating, which may reduce your score at the same time, but that change will only affect your credit rating for one year, and be less than you gained by changing the other metric. Of course, if you increased your spending at the same time, that could end up having an adverse effect and cause you to carry a higher balance. Myth #4: I need a credit card in order to establish a credit history. Reality – The easiest way to establish a credit history is generally to get a secured credit card or loan, or a loan with a co-signer sharing the liability, and build your way up from there. However, a credit card is not required to establish a credit history. One alternative tactic is to request that your landlord or utilities provide a record of your on-time payments to credit bureaus. A great reputation takes a lifetime to build, and a good credit report is no different. Creating a lasting legacy should also involve providing guidance and cultivating values. There’s more to it than simply transferring financial assets to the next generation. The professionals at Garden State Trust Company would be pleased to share some of their insights of what to expect and potential pitfalls to overcome.

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Medical Professionals


The Importance of Routine in the Age of Covid-19 A Message From Reliance Medical Group

The world as we know it has changed due to the global pandemic and if you happen to be quarantined at home, in good health with your family, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. After all, loneliness and isolation are all very normal emotions during this time but if you live alone these feelings are magnified. There is a new normal emerging everyday and we are asked to change course. During this highly unpredictable time, keeping to some form of a schedule or routine is vital to our collective sanity. Of course this routine is going to look very different from whatever you had in place pre quarantine. Try to be deliberate with your time and create a routine that works for you and your loved ones. Exercise and stretching are highly recommended. In addition, this is the ideal time to develop a new hobby or learn a new skill. The Internet is a treasure trove of information and there are endless websites that can help you reach a goal. Although the news is constantly changing, routines help by allowing us to keep some assemblance of normalcy. For example, try and wake up at the same time and get dressed like you would in normal times. These small details can help ellimate some of the stress this situation brings. The stress will take its toll on your physical body and can affect your immune system. Look for ways to alleviate some of that stress by staying active. Check out some of the free workouts or Yoga routines online or through your local gym. Along with keeping your body active, the importance of keeping your mind active cannot be overstated. Pick up a new book or listen to a podcast. Many local libraries have online systems that will enable you to check out electronic books or audiobooks to use on your device at home. Now more than ever we must practice self-care. Think about the things that make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Since we are not able to physically be with our friends the importance of community should also be part of your daily routine. Set aside some time each day to reach out via phone to neighbors and others in your community that could benefit from some conversation. After all, these days can feel long for all of us but even more so for those living alone. And finally, many the experts agree that there is no reason to consume any stressful media before bedtime. Although we have no idea how long this will last it is imperative that we remain calm and not panic. The only thing we can control is our response. We will all have to do our part to keep calm and carry on as best we can. Please call our office, Reliance Medical Group, to learn more about how we can help you.

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A Lawyer With a Heart of Gold Christine Matus is an attorney that cares an awful lot about the relationships she has with her clients. Her practice helps protect the assets of those families who have loved ones with special needs. She does this in two areas: estate planning and real estate. “I have always had a desire to help those who can’t help themselves,” she adds. This area of the law was a perfect fit for her, as she is the proud Mother to two beautiful daughters, one who was born with Down syndrome. She became focused on helping other families with special needs children by sharing the information she has gathered in an effort to make their lives a little bit easier. 
Assisting families’ plan for their future is what she does best. After Christine helps her clients create a plan she follows up and calls them regularly. She adds, “We invite our clients to workshops, outings and provide the latest news via our newsletters.” CW: What is the most rewarding part about your profession? Christine: I love to see the relief we bring to families when we create a plan that gives them peace of mind and security.

death and dying, but if you have a special needs child, you cannot delay. If something happens to you, isn’t it better to know that your loved ones will be taken care of? They will be so thankful for your foresight and wisdom to protect them in the long run instead of wishing you did things differently. 
 CW: What are some common misconceptions about your area of the Law?
 Christine: A common misconception is that attorneys don’t have the time to explain the information to the client. A majority of lawyers that I know, and especially our firm take the time to make sure our clients are heard and they understand our solutions. CW: How does your experience having a child with disabilities affect what you do in your practice? 
 Christine: As a mother of a special needs child, we live in a land of extremes. There is an indescribable high we get when our child accomplishes a goal like saying a two-syllable word or walks up and down the stairs with little, or no help. Then, there are the lows that hit when you start worrying about the future or their progress. I can honestly say to a parent or guardian, “I know what you’re going through” and help them with the tough issues.

CW: How do you balance your career with motherhood? 
 Christine: I am so grateful for my family CW: How did you become interested in Christine L. Matus, Esq. support system. My husband is patient and Real Estate? supportive with not just me, but with both of Christine: My parents exposed me to our children. I am also grateful that my parents are so involved in our lives. They the buying, selling and renting of property early in my childhood. Although know the children’s schedules better than I do and help me concentrate on my my father was a physician and my mother a nurse, they both liked investing in clients when I am at work so I do not have to worry about what is happening at property. They would often take me along during their transactions whether it home. was negotiating terms or interviewing a prospective tenant. In fact, when I was Christine has been practicing law since 1995. She graduated with a degree just 18 years old they left me in charge of their property while they went on in Economics from Douglass College, Rutgers University and then went on vacation. As luck would have it, one tenant called because of a backed up sewer to study law at Touro Law School. She was awarded the highest grade for and another one called about a broken furnace. Talk about trial by fire! 
 the Course on Mental Disability Law and was Senior Staff Member for the CW: What is the most challenging part about your field? International Law Review. Recently, she was awarded Special Needs Lawyer of Christine: The most challenging part is making sure we address as many issues the Year by Corporate Live Wire. She and her husband Steven live in Ocean as possible for our families. We may not have all the answers with the changes County and have two daughters, Emma, and Juliana, ages 12 and 10. in real estate and special needs planning, but we make sure to find those answers Recently I was named Superlawyers for Estate Planning and both lawyers for our clients. in our firm have been named Best Lawyer for Families in the area of estate 
 planning, special needs, and real estate for another year in a row. CW: What are the most common issues you see in your profession? Christine: I see a great deal of procrastination when trying to help families with estate planning. It can seem overwhelming or just morbid talking about

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Planning for the Unexpected: 5 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Children By Christine L. Matus, Esq. Children are every parent’s treasure. You do everything within your power to ensure they are protected and taken care of all the time. However, death is inevitable and therefore, you should put various mechanisms in place to ensure that your kids and properties are in good hands in case the worst happens. In this article, you will learn about specific things you should do to protect your children after you pass away.

1. Create a Trust Fund

A trust fund protects the assets held within it from legal claims. However, you have to put the assets in an irrevocable trust in order to protect them from seizure by banks and creditors. In an irrevocable trust, the terms are created at the onset and cannot be changed. This basically means giving up a certain level of control over the trust, which might be difficult, but is absolutely necessary if you want to ensure the assets are completely protected.

2. Write a Will

Writing a Will is one of the most important things you can do for your children. Through a Will, you can dictate what happens to your assets once you are gone. You can decide how the assets should be distributed among your children. Without a Will, your kids are at an increased risk of inheritance theft.

3. Have Life Insurance

Life insurance is a paramount financial tool you should have for various reasons. A good life insurance policy is essential for a family that has dependent children. This policy takes care of your children’s living expenses and education costs if you die unexpectedly. If a death occurs in the absence of a life insurance policy, all of your resources and investments can be used to pay other expenses like debts or mortgages, leaving your kids with little or nothing to cater for their day-to-day expenses.

4. Choose a Guardian

Appointing a guardian is another essential way of ensuring that your kids will be protected should you die

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before they reach the age of 18. A guardian assumes all of your responsibilities in your absence, such as catering for your kids’ education expenses and their daily care. The appointed guardian acts as your child’s trustee and is responsible for their finances until they reach the age of 18. If you fail to appoint a guardian, the courts will decide who should be responsible for your children. Unfortunately, this person may not always be the person you would have wanted.

5. Try to Save Some Money for College

A college education is important for today’s children to succeed in life. A college education can be instrumental in increasing a person’s net worth, but it does not come free. Many students end up taking heavy loans to pay for college, which takes them several years to pay back. Saving for the future is extremely difficult when you are buried in debt. As such, keeping some money aside for your children’s college fees can go a long way.

Whichever way you decide to protect your children financially, it is important to find a reliable and experienced attorney to ensure that you are compliant with the relevant state laws. For any assistance or legal representation, contact the Matus Law Group today.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate the joys of

having a mother. There is simply no way we can ever really thank our mother for all she has done for us. On May 10th, strive to make Mother’s Day absolutely hassle free for your mother and take the responsibilities on yourself for a day. Pamper her a little on this special day of hers just as she pampers you all the year round. Give her a warm hug and a big kiss as you wish her a Happy Mother’s Day!

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Embracing Uncertainty

The last several months certainly “shocked” our priorities and changed our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that we are not in control of what is happening in our lives. On March 8, 2020 we went to bed as usual, yet we woke up to the BIG AWAKENING: UNCERTAINTY of how we are going to live and function under the NEW RULES of social/physical distances, home schooling, cancelled vacations, cancelled college courses, lost jobs, fighting for toilet paper in the grocery store, etc. We witnessed the “lowest” part of human nature under the sudden changes in our lives. In my many years of practice as an OB/GYN physician, I witnessed numerous newly pregnant couples being very excited about having a baby, planning for a “gender reveal” party, starting a birth plan because the pregnancy test was positive. Yet later on they are to find out that the pregnancy is not viable. Since they were already attached to the expected outcome and how it was “supposed to be” in their minds, the news of an unfortunate pregnancy loss is absolutely devastating to them. They can cry, scream, be angry, yet nothing is going to change the outcome. Once again, the Universe shows us that we are living our lives as we want or plan, yet the outcome can be different. And we need to learn how to be flexible and accept changes in our lives as they come with a deeper understanding of its meaning. There are no guarantees in our lives. We do not have control over the future! I hope that this historic pandemic will awaken more people to the true realization that we do not control what happens in our lives. The only thing we can control is our ability to handle our ATTITUDE and our REACTION toward whatever happens in our lives. Let’s appreciate every moment of our lives.

Be nice to each other, help each other, and count your blessings every day!

Natalia Rezvina , M.D., Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG) , member of American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) completed her residency at UMDNJ-Newark program. She is a well-seasoned and well-respected OB/GYN physician servicing patients from Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. She worked for Somers Manor OB/GYN practice, branch of Axia Women’s Health, in Southern NJ from 2009 to 2019. During this last year of her working as Ob/Gyn hospitalist at Shore Medical Center she realized that there is an extreme need for female Ob/GYN providers in the community. Thus, she faced the fear and embraced challenges of opening her own practice. Her vision Natalia Rezvina, MD, FACOG is to attract more female Ob/Gyn providers into our community, develop teaching opportunities for future women’s health providers. Dr. Rezvina is a passionate advocate for women’s health from adolescence, the child-bearing years to postmenopausal care. No woman is too young or too old to be seen at her practice. She believes that women should be treated beyond their physical complaint. “We have a body, soul, yet we are the spirit”, conflicts between spirit’s needs and body’s needs most often end up in the shift in our ability to function and heal, eventually leading to the “dis-ease “. Intuitive Women’s Health practice mission is about servicing women of the community according to their “body & spirit “needs, incorporating knowledge of traditional science of medicine with the alternative therapies, like Meditation, Yoga, Acupuncture, Massage, Physical Therapy, and many more.” Dr. Rezvina is known as “baby whisperer” at the maternity unit at Shore Medical Center. Her primary C/S rates are the lowest among all Ob/Gyn providers in the department (13-25%).

Intuitive Women’s Health provides wide range of services to women: • Comprehensive prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care • Family planning (preconception counseling, infertility, contraception) • Quick and easy “90 seconds” IUD placement • Routine women wellness exams • Menstrual abnormalities (fibroid uterus, adenomyosis, PMS, heavy periods) • Intractable pelvic pain, painful intercourse, painful bladder syndrome • Pelvic floor relaxation (bladder/uterine prolapse) • Evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence, medical and surgical (TVTO sling) • Minimally invasive gynecological surgeries (laparoscopic hysterectomy, vaginal hysterectomy) • Laparoscopic treatment of ovarian cysts, endometriosis Dr. Rezvina is affiliated with Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, NJ, the only “Planetree Designated® Person-Centered Hospital” in South Jersey.

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May 5th is World Asthma Day! Asthma: Understanding the Condition There are many different types of asthma, brought on by many different triggers. If you’re struggling with asthma symptoms – trouble breathing, a persistent cough or tightness in the chest – an allergist can help you take control by providing a diagnosis and identifying the underlying causes.

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MRI CT Scan With Contrast: 3DOr Mammography When Is It Unsafe?

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Pediatric Services Self-Regulation: A Learned Skill

Written By Tamara Hollenback Seashore Pediatric Therapy Center.

Does your child have difficulty with self control? Poor impulse control? Seem to be more emotionally reactive, quick to anger, or have limited coping skills to manage their behaviors compared to other children his/her age? We may be able to help! Our Occupational Therapists at Seashore Pediatric Therapy Center are

trained in The Zones of Regulation program. This is a curriculum, designed by Occupational Therapist Leah M. Kuypers, to help children learn selfregulation skills. The program can be introduced and adapted for children as young as four years old and implemented for school age children and teenagers as well. The Zones of Regulation curriculum can help all children who struggle with emotional and behavioral management, including those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Anxiety Disorder. This program breaks down complex social learning skills using a color coded system designed to assist children in developing emotional awareness and coping strategies. So what is self-regulation anyway? Self-regulation means being in control of your mind and your body in order to make good choices. Self-regulation is the ability to control your emotions, impulses, and reactions in a way that best fits a specific situation. Self-regulation helps us do what we need to do throughout the day, by adjusting our level of alertness depending upon the situation and setting. Self-regulation involves monitoring and controlling one’s own feelings, emotions and behaviors. In order to do so, a person has to have the ability to block out irrelevant stimuli, control impulses, and persist in tasks. Therefore, intact sensory processing is a crucial and foundational building block to self-regulation. Occupational therapists are in a unique position to help address self-regulation difficulties because they are trained to assess and address the underlying skills that are impacting selfregulation development, especially in terms of sensory processing. Sensory processing is the ability to take in sensations (sights, sounds, smells, taste, touch, pressure, movement) from the external environment, as well as internally from within the body, process the sensations accurately, and then respond in a socially appropriate way in order to perform daily activities. It requires the nervous system to take in messages from the senses and turn them into outwardly observed behaviors and responses. When sensory processing isn’t working correctly, the sensory information is going into the brain, however once there, the signals may get mixed up, create a traffic jam, and are not organized properly. This is the actual “processing”

part of sensory processing that is impaired. As a result, a person may experience a wide variety of defensive and compensatory behaviors and emotional responses that do not appropriately match the context or social setting that the person is in. People with sensory processing difficulties are often too sensitive to stimulation or not sensitive enough. This results in a dysregulated sense of self and a poor understanding of one’s environment. This dysregulation makes it difficult, and sometimes impossible, for children to feel safe and comfortable and to function and behave appropriately during social or learning opportunities. Appropriate sensory processing and self-regulation develops naturally overtime with experience and maturity, but for some children it is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. This is where The Zones of Regulation comes in. The overall goal of the curriculum is to help kids (and adults too) learn to expand their emotional vocabulary and to create a greater understanding and recognition of these emotions in themselves. The hallmark component of the program is the use of various visuals and the categorization of all the different ways we feel, including different states of alertness and behaviors, into four colored zones - Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red. The program then expands to help children learn tools and strategies to help manage their feelings and states of alertness. Sensory regulation tools, calming techniques, and cognitive strategies are combined to help kids match the appropriate emotions, behaviors, and level of alertness to the situation and environment they are in. The Zones of Regulation curriculum emphasizes that there are no “good” or “bad” zones. It encourages kids to describe and recognize all of their emotions, while helping them understand that different “Zones” are expected or unexpected depending upon the situation. Overall, The Zones of Regulation is an effective, interactive, and most of all fun way to learn these critical emotional, behavioral, and social awareness skills. If you have any of these sensory or behavioral concerns for your child or would like to discuss The Zones of Regulation program further, do not hesitate to contact one of our Certified Occupational Therapists at Seashore Pediatric Therapy Center, in one of our two locations - Manahawkin or Toms River.

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Our up-to-date infection control measures are, and have always been: • Wearing gloves, masks, eye protection, and personal protection equipment • Utilization of appropriate barriers and handwashing protocols to prevent cross-contamination • Using CDC-recommended disinfection products and techniques to decontaminate our treatment areas – including furniture, equipment, and work surfaces – between patients • Sterilization of all patient-related, non-disposable items and instruments, and using a rigid sterilization monitoring program • Cleaning and disinfecting non-patient areas such as the bathroom and reception area, doorknobs and door handles • Having tissues and hand sanitizers available in each area of the office If you have an upcoming appointment, please reschedule if you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. We look forward to working with you through this difficult period.

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Are You Struggling With Your Loved One Getting Older? Are you finding it difficult to cope with your loved one getting older? Do you blame yourself for not being able to help them all of the time? One of the most challenging things in life is when you realize that your parents, grandparents or other loved ones are getting older. Age is one of the harsh realities of life, as time catches up to every individual. Whether it is a family member or a dear friend, it is hard to see someone change both physically and emotionally. The vitality they once had as young men and women may not be there anymore. At Tallwoods Care Center and Fountainview Care Center, we are here to help you cope with your loved one getting older.

Coping with change

running high on both ends but it is strongly recommended to take care of your own mental health during this process. There is no sense of breaking down and being unable to take care of your loved one. If you are struggling venting to your other family or friends may help you get through this process. Ensure that you are not taking on this situation alone.

Finding the best help

Deciding to move a parent into a nursing home is a big decision and one that is best done by making numerous small decisions. At Tallwoods Care Center and Fountainview Care Center, we offer tours to help family and friends of aging loved ones make the process more smooth. During the tour process, we happily answer any questions you or your family members may have to ease your peace of mind. Call us today to set up a tour or to ask any questions you may have.

One of the major issues of this process is learning how to cope with change. Most of the times you would consider your parent, grandparent or loved one being self sufficient and resilient. Normally they are the person who would be taking care of you. One of the most important things to do is to talk with your loved one and get their input on what they want. If it is a family Say Hello to Tallwoods Care Center member, it would be important to include members of Newest member Pet Therapy Dog families opinion to make sure everyone is on the same page. “Dakota” Finding an arrangement that suits everyone is extremely Dakota is a well-trained, smart, important.

Happy Spring!

Staying strong

A lot of the times when change occurs, some people struggle with staying strong. It is important for you to stay strong for your loved one because this could most likely be one of the biggest changes in their life. Emotions may be

caring, comforting Therapy Dog who loves people.

Dakota will be available the fourth Thursday of every Month at 10:00am

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May/June 2020

Women Of Atlantic County


Jennifer Courlas

Teresa Menadier, MD,

Jennifer Courlas currently resides in Bayville. She was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Maryland. At 16 she moved to New Jersey with her family. She graduated from Montclair University with a degree in Psychology. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Assisted Living Administrator. Jennifer’s current position is Administrator at Complete Care at The Havens, a 78-apartment Assisted Living Community nestled on the campus with Silverwoods Independent Living and Complete Care at The Arbors, a Sub-acute Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility. She is very proud of their “Transition to Home” program. Some patients leaving a rehabilitation stay could benefit from additional therapy before heading home. They can come to The Havens, to a private furnished apartment, and enjoy the amenities including nursing and therapy services, planned social programs and three nutritious meals a day, for one all-inclusive fee. Jennifer is married to her husband of 40 years; Sam, and they have two daughters, Jillian and Samantha. Jillian and her husband, Jay, gave them their first grandchild, Colton, who will be three in February. Samantha and her boyfriend, Doug, will be giving them their first granddaughter in May of 2020. Bentley and Kenzie, Samantha’s two French Bulldogs, are an integral part of the family. Jennifer enjoys being a grandmother, listening to county music and following the weather. For more information and a tour of The Havens, please call 732-341-0880.

Doctor Teresa Menadier recently joined Gastroenterologists of Ocean County after completing her Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Virginia. She is a graduate of Tufts University. She obtained her medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School in 2012 where she was elected President of the NJMS chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. Dr. Menadier went on to complete her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the ANMS Clinical training program in GI Motility and Neurogastroenterology in October 2017, Dr. Menadier received specialized training in high resolution esophageal and anorectal manometry and pH/impedance interpretation under the supervision of Dr. Henry P. Parkman at Temple University. Her clinical interests include esophageal and anorectal motility disorders, as well as liver diseases. Doctor Menadier loves spending time with her family, baking, dancing and listening to flamenco guitar. For more information, call 732-349-4422 or visit www.GastroOfOcean.com.

Administrator, Complete Care at The Havens

Gastroenterologists of Ocean County

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Siobhan M. Connolly, CTFA Vice President and Trust Officer Garden State Trust Company Siobhan Connolly moved from New York with her husband and two girls to Howell, NJ in 2008 to be closer to her father who lives in Manasquan. While in New York she taught high school, worked with at risk students teaching career skills and employment preparation and owned a retail business. Siobhan joined Garden State Trust Company, Toms River, NJ, in January of 2009. As Vice President and Trust Officer and senior relationship manager her responsibilities include meeting the needs of trust & estate, investment management and charitable foundation clients. With a Master’s Degree in Education and as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor Siobhan has found her passion focusing on Special Needs Trusts which often require navigating the dilemmas faced by special needs clients and their families. Siobhan is honored to work with these families and takes pride in helping them provide the best life possible for their loved one. Siobhan currently serves on the Board of Directors for SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) serving the large retiree population of Monmouth and Ocean Counties providing education and resources to enhance their quality of life. Siobhan resides in Howell, NJ with her husband and her daughters. You can reach Siobhan at 732/255-5000 or Email: sconnolly@gstrustco.com. Visit www.gstrustco.com to learn how Siobhan may be able to help you.

Jill Houston Director of Health & Weight Loss Jill Houston, born a Toms River native, has been dedicated to the field of wellness for most of her life. Jill is Director of Health & Weight Loss in Toms River and is on the Executive committee for The Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. Commissioners represent the diverse roles that women assume in our society. The Commission is dedicated to analyzing the needs, concerns, problems and interests as well as identifying services and resources for women in Ocean County. As Vice President of Central Ocean Rotary of Toms River. She enjoys giving back to the community including the charity work she has been providing to many local charities in Ocean County. Jill supports Dotties House, Providence House, Veterans, Mental Health, & Juvenile Diabetes, as these are just some of her passions including being on the board of ocspca as animal safety is very important to Jill . She began her career in wellness as a Certified Massage Therapist and Lymphatic Technician. Jill became Clinical Director of Ocean Health & Weight Loss located in Toms River. Jill has spent many years studying the process of human chorionic gonadtropin (HCG). Secure in her learning of HCG, she has now been working with many medical doctors to help others with weight loss, cholesterol control, diabetes and just overall health for all who need or desire to remain in good health. Her position as Director of health and weight loss and Licensed Nutritionist has been a passion of Jill’s for many years. . To contact Jill about your journey to health www.oceanhealth4you.com.

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May/June 2020

Women Of Atlantic County Amy Hatt, CNMT, NMTCB(CT)

Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Toms River X-Ray, CT & MRI Center

Amy is a nuclear medicine and PET/CT technologist who began her career 12 years ago. She has earned her BS in Allied Health Technologies from UMDNJ, now known as Rutgers, and is licensed in both nuclear medicine and CT. Before joining Toms River X-Ray, she was the lead nuclear medicine technologist at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus and worked as a technologist at Community Medical Center. Amy currently performs among the highest volume of Alzheimer’s disease PET/CT studies in the nation. She has always had a passion for helping others, making a career involving patients the perfect fit for her. Born and raised in Toms River, Amy currently resides in Bayville with her husband and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys indoor rock climbing, is an avid runner, volunteers with Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue, and is an Independent Consultant with Arbonne. For more information, call 732-244-0777 or visit www.tomsriverxray.com.

Kathleen Taranto, Paralegal at The Matus Law Group

Kathleen is a graduate of Toms River North and earned three Associate Degrees from Ocean County College, including Criminal Justice, Business Administration, and Paralegal Studies. She is currently enrolled at Liberty University Online, School of Law, working toward her Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies with a 4.0 GPA. Kathleen has been a paralegal for many years and recently joined The Matus Law Group. She enjoys helping clients and she is very excited to bring her years of experience to the team at The Matus Law Group. Kathleen is very active in her local church and is also a member of the District NMI Council, where she serves as Central Jersey Zone Chairman. She is enthusiastic about collecting for Crisis Care Kits, which are distributed through Fawn Grove Compassion Center to areas affected by natural disasters throughout the world. Kathleen enjoys spending time with family, knitting, scrapbooking, gardening, and a good book. She also enjoys cake decorating, baking, and playing with Buddy, her cat. For Estate or Special Needs Planning, or to learn more about The Matus Law Group, visit Matuslaw.com or call (732) 281-0060.

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Randi Katz, D.O.,

Rhoda Kopy, BS, CH

Randi Katz, D.O. is a board-certified Oncologist / Hematologist with New Jersey Hematology Oncology Associates. Dr. Katz graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Residency and Fellowship at Lennox Hill Hospital in NYC. Upon completing her medical training, Dr. Katz moved to the Jersey Shore to take up practice. Dr. Katz has privileges at Community Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She was voted one of New Jersey’s Top Docs in 2018. Dr. Katz has been a valuable member of New Jersey Hematology Oncology Associates since 2017. There she provides compassionate care alongside the latest in treatment options for patients with all cancer types and blood disorders. She believes that joint decision making with her patients is the cornerstone of a successful treatment plan. At NJHOA, Dr. Katz also has access to the latest clinical trials right in her office. You do not need to travel to NYC for cutting edge care, you can stay right here in your own neighborhood. Dr. Katz is happily married to her husband of 12 years, Dr. Evan Krawitz, an Optometrist. She has two beautiful children ages 9 and 7. When she is not helping her patients, Dr. Katz’s enjoys spending her free time traveling with her family. For more information, call 732-840-8880 or visit www.NJHOA. com.

As a hypnosis practitioner and wellness coach with specialty certification in Complementary Medical Hypnotism, Rhoda Kopy helps people break free of limiting habits, fears, and beliefs. She is celebrating her 15th anniversary as a Nationally Certified Consulting Hypnotist. Her private practice, Hypnosis for Women, in Toms River, serves primarily women, teens, and children, throughout the tri-state area. After earning a B.S. in Biomedical Communications, she worked for various organizations providing community health education and counseling services. She later segued into career services and founded A Hire Image, which offered motivational coaching, marketing, and training. As a result of success she achieved using hypnosis to improve her life, she completed an advanced training program and later opened her private practice. Rhoda co-founded Jersey Shore Hypnosis Practitioners, a peer support and networking group, and is a member of professional hypnosis organizations. Born in Bayonne and raised in North Plainfield, she has lived in Toms River for most of her life. She enjoys coordinating Bookie Babes, attempting to draw, watching meteor showers, traveling with her husband, and playing with friends and family. She has a daughter, two grandsons, and an adopted goofy shih-tzu. Rhoda can help you determine if hypnosis and coaching are appropriate for you. Call her at 732-270-0080 and visit www.HypnoForWomen.com.

Oncologist/Hematologist, New Jersey Hematology Oncology Associates

Nationally Certified Consulting Hypnotist & Wellness Coach, Hypnosis for Women

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May/June 2020


Medical Professionals Women and Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease affects 13 million women in the United States. Almost two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women. In their 60s, women are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

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More than three in five unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers are women. While these statistics can be unnerving, it is important that those who need support receive it. At AMRINJ, we offer free memory evaluations for those who may be experiencing symptoms of memory loss. We also offer access to the most up-to-date research opportunities to help find a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s disease. We also offer our support group, Caring for Caregivers, to help those caring for someone with memory loss. This group meets at AMRINJ every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Call today to schedule your FREE memory evaluation.


Dr. Sanjiv Sharma is a boardcertified geriatrician who specializes in memory loss. His mission is to educate all patients and families on memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and bring the latest research to those directly affected by these diseases.


Statistics and information from the Alzheimer’s Association website: “Women and Alzheimer’s” https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers/women-and-alzheimer-s

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May/June 2020

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May/June 2020

Pet Services


How Animals Help Us In Time Of Need Written by Matt Reeves


an 8-year-old little boy who had cancer. He loved animals so much that his As we face this worldwide family bought him an iPad so he could pandemic, none of us could have see the animals at the Funny Farm and read about their stories on Facebook. imagined how our lives would Everyday he laid in bed laughing change. Just a few months ago, everything seemed perfect. Today, and smiling at the animals, especially Cowboy the Donations Inspector. stopped flying, gyms One of the best places in theairlines world have to learn the meaning of Cowboy, a baby goat who looked closed, Farm and weRescue have to&avoid “unconditional love” is the Funny Sanctuary like in a cow, would get into people’s cars others, put off weddings, skip to search for food. He could make Mays Landing, NJ. anyone laugh. This little goat, with a funerals and all social gatherings If you’ve ever had a pet, you have a pretty good idea how much they love you and getbroken leg at just one month old, was to protect ourselves and others. excited when you come home and how sad they are when you leave. Those are the lucky ones. to be euthanized, but instead became Not all animals are so lucky to have someone love them. an international celebrity at the Funny When fear creeps into The animals at the Funny Farm Rescue are theuncertainty exceptions.and They have thousands Farm Rescue! lives, there onethey guaranteed way animals to of people each year who come to visit andour give them theislove need. Most come to the farm from very difficult situations. Many disabled, abused, injured, or With only weeks to live, the little make you feelwere better…an animal. According unwanted. Some people simply didn’t make arrangements for their pets after to the Center For Research, animals they may were boy wanted nothing more than to come gone and the animals had nowhere to go. How scary that must be for these sweet animalsto the Funny Farm to meet all of the animals he came to improve heart health by lowering blood that gave their owners so much love. love, including Cowboy. pressure and regulating rate during One example is a nameless little black and white baby goat the withheart a broken leg. At less When we were contacted by his family and heard stressful than a month old, he was injured and was in a lotsituations. of pain. His future was dark. Through a series In aof2002 study,Laurie researchers measured changes in heart rate andRescue, blood pressure miracles, Zaleski, the Founder of the Funny Farm found out aboutof his story, we made special arrangements for him to come with his family and enjoy the farm all to himself. this little goat’swho situation and or didn’t any time rescuing among people had a dog cat, waste compared to those who him. did not, when We made customstress splint to stabilize ahis leg because he couldn’t at all. HeSadly, that day never came but a note from his family participants werea under (performing timed math task). People stand with aon dogit or needed food and water brought to his mouth while he lay in a new warm bed made just for did. They thanked us and all of the 550+ animals for cat had lower resting heart rate and blood pressure measures at the beginning of the him. Farley the Farm Manager, a 1-year-old Australian Shepard, took him under his wingbringing their son so many laughs and smiles when he experiment than non-pet and gave him a lot of loveowners. and attention. needed them most. Peoplesowith a dog cat were The little goat was black and white and looked much likeora cow that also he earned the name “Cowboy.” Over the next few days, and visits to to many Zaleski less likely haveveterinarians, spikes in heart rates took Most 8-year-old boys can’t stop thinking about video games. This little boy couldn’t stop thinking about to him to the University of Pennsylvania, where the best equipment. Several and they bloodhad pressure while performing animals that came from very difficult pasts. To him, he thousands of dollars were spent trying to savethe hismath leg from and task,possible and theirnerve heartdamage rates and amputation. loved them and they were his celebrities. We are all like that blood pressure returned to normal more He lived in the house so he could be cared for properly and received much little boy. We seem to know what matters socialization with other animals and people. quickly. And because of this interaction, he has no idea he’s a goat, Animals love you unconditionally. They most especially in our times of need. Our he thinks he’s a dog! focus changes Seven months later, not only has Cowboy’s healed, has captured the hearts of people all overwhen we realize the hustle and makelegyou smile,helaugh, and somehow bustle of the globe!! He makes everyone laugh and getsmake into you everything! He isyour now pain. known as the “Donationsour daily lives means nothing when forget about comes right down to it. Inspector.” When visitors come and donate food for the animals, they barely out of Animals put that little sparkle in have yourtime eye toitget their cars when they discover Cowboy is already inside their car! We like to think that that little boy may that we all need and strive for. Listen to a laugh He has a wonderful, lovable, sweet personality and will stop at nothing to make you just beand one has of the best volunteers at the Funny childSomehow giggle as he a cat or dog lickswas their an unlimited supply of kisses! Everyone is hissick friend! knows what done for him and he Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Heaven Division. face and you’ll understand that animals appreciates his life now. yourself to from othersanless fortunate The unconditional love that comes fromtruly an animal is astounding, the unconditional love that comes animal that than are gifts. The effect anbut animal has on Compare you. You might just look at life in a whole was once in distress is nothing short of miraculous! Nearly 400 of these animals at the Funny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary are waiting our lives is nothing short of miraculous. newisway. to meet you and your family!! 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Are You Stuggling To Lose Weight? Weight management through reduction of excess body fat plays a vital role in maintaining good health and fighting disease. In fact, medical evidence shows that obesity poses a major threat to health and longevity. (The most common definition of obesity is more than 25 percent body fat for men and more than 32 percent for women.) An estimated one in three Americans has some excess body fat; an estimated 20 percent are obese. Excess body fat is linked to many physical threats like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. (Three out of four Americans die of either heart disease or cancer each year; according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, approximately 80 percent of those deaths are associated with lifestyle factors, including inactivity.) For example, if you’re obese, it takes more energy for you to breathe because your heart has to work harder to pump blood to the lungs and to the excess fat throughout the body. This increased workload can cause your heart to become enlarged and can result in high blood pressure and lifethreatening erratic heartbeats. Obese people also tend to have high cholesterol levels, making them more prone to arteriosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries by deposits of plaque. This becomes life-threatening when blood vessels become so narrow or blocked that vital organs like the brain, heart or kidneys are deprived of blood. Additionally, the narrowing of the blood vessels forces the heart to pump harder, and blood pressure rises. High

blood pressure itself poses several health risks, including heart attack, kidney failure, and stroke. About 25 percent of all heart and blood vessel problems are associated with obesity. There is also a delicate balance between blood sugar, body fat, and the hormone insulin. Excess blood sugar is stored in the liver and other vital organs; when the organs are “full,” the excess blood sugar is converted to fat. As fat cells themselves become full, they tend to take in less blood sugar. In some obese people, the pancreas produces more and more insulin, which the body can’t use, to regulate blood sugar levels, and the whole system becomes overwhelmed. Blood sugar and insulin results in diabetes, a disease with long-term consequences, including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, amputation, and death. Excess body fat is also linked to gallbladder disease, gastrointestinal disease, sexual dysfunction, osteoarthritis, and stroke. Life is meant to be lived!!!!! Let’s Get Healthy Together.

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Father’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate the joys of having a father. There is simply no way we can ever really thank our father for all he has done for us. On June 21st, strive to make Father’s Day absolutely hassle free for your father and take the responsibilities on yourself for a day. Pamper him a little on this special day of his just as he pampers you all the year round. Give him a warm hug and a big kiss as you wish him a Happy Father’s Day!

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Health & Wellness Three Techniques to Help Improve Your Mindset During Difficult Times ON A PERSONAL NOTE… I don’t know if, as you’re reading this, we’re still confined – or if our world has “reopened.” Through this ordeal, many people have been extremely stressed, fearful, and worried – and at a loss as to how to deal with those feelings. Some have fallen into unhealthy patterns, not knowing how to release them, and feeling stuck and guilty. If you need help, please know that I – and many of my colleagues – have shifted to online or phone sessions, at deeply discounted rates for those who’ve been hit hard financially. Once the all-clear is given, I look forward to being with you in person. These are challenging times, emotionally and financially, but we’ll all get through this by helping each other. To navigate through this surreal time, we’ve all had 3) Engage in mental rehearsal after your to be resourceful, adaptable, and gutsy. And we’ve been centering breaths. If your goal is greater relaxation, doing whatever we need to – because that’s what we imagine yourself in a place that makes you feel happy do – as intelligent beings who want to stay healthy and and peaceful, and linger there. If you need to change well. While there have been positive effects that have negative patterns, imagine yourself engaging in smarter resulted from this situation, it’s the not-so-positive behaviors. Notice the details. Doing this activates effects that need addressing. the same neural pathways in the brain, as though Here are a few powerful techniques for lowering you actually made that smarter choice. It works for stress, building a more positive mindset, and professional athletes; it will work for you, too. improving immune system functioning. Don’t be If you feel you need additional help, know that fooled. They may seem deceptively simple, but they hypnosis / coaching is a gentle and effective way to work, if practiced regularly. help you feel more calm and relaxed, and empowered 1) Pay attention to your self-talk – the to deal with challenges. Within several sessions, you’ll “program” yourself to relax your mind and body, and messages you give yourself. Are you in a pattern work on resolving key issues. Recordings are provided of constantly making negative statements? That for reinforcement. can make you feel stressed and sad. Recognize that thoughts generally precede feelings, so challenge those This approach is ideal for people who are motivated to change, believe that with the right tools negative thoughts and restate them in more realistic and techniques they are capable of changing, and terms. Instead of, “I don’t know how I’ll make it understand they need to be a partner in the process. through this,” say, “I’ve gotten through tough times before, and I’ll get through this, too.” 2) Practice centering breaths several times a day. Diaphragmatic breathing (or deep belly breaths)

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can minimize the production of stress hormones and improve your physical and emotional well-being. Regular practice can benefit your immune system, brain, heart, and digestive tract. Do about four breaths, at least four times a day. (Check drweil.com for the 4-7-8 breathing technique.)

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Fecal Incontinence: Dealing With An Embarrassing Condition Nina Paonessa, DO, FACOS, an established colorectal surgeon practicing in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, answers questions about fecal incontinence, a condition that is not only embarrassing and common, yet very rarely discussed.

What is fecal incontinence?

Fecal incontinence, or bowel incontinence, is the inability to control bowel movements, causing the involuntary passage of stool. Symptoms of this often embarrassing disorder range from occasionally leaking small amounts of stool and passing gas, to completely losing control of bowel movements. Classified as a pelvic floor disorder (PFD), fecal incontinence occurs when muscles in the pelvic area cannot support the organs in the pelvis. These organs include the bladder, uterus (women), prostate (men), and rectum.

What causes fecal incontinence and PFD?

The brain controls the muscles of the pelvic floor through the nerves. Medical conditions or injuries that impact the health of nerves (such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, back surgery, spinal stenosis, or childbirth) can result in weakness or injury of the pelvic floor muscle, resulting in fecal incontinence and PFD. Those with PFD are unable to control the muscles in the pelvic floor to have a bowel movement. People with PFD contract these muscles rather than relax them, and because of this, they either can’t have a bowel movement or they have an incomplete one. PFD also includes urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In fact, many people suffering with fecal incontinence also experience urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control due to bladder muscles that are too weak or too strong. Symptoms range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting, and become more common with age. Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which the uterus, bladder and bowel may “drop” onto the vagina and cause a bulge through the vaginal canal. Also common is a disorder in which the rectum becomes “stretched out” and slips out of the anus. This is called rectal prolapse. It is estimated that nearly one-third of all U.S. women are affected by one of these types of pelvic floor disorders in their lifetime.

incontinence. As stool consistency is affected by what you eat and drink, your doctor may recommend diet modification and adjusting nutritional supplements taken. If nerve or muscle damage is the cause of the fecal incontinence, the physician may recommend exercises and similar therapies to improve function and strength. These exercises include bowel training and biofeedback. Biofeedback is a technique taught by specially trained physiotherapists that can increase anal muscle strength, allowing patients to learn to relax or contract pelvic floor muscles. Medication sometimes helps patients with fecal incontinence. When appropriate, these may be prescribed by your physician.

Is surgery required to treat fecal incontinence?

Those who continue to experience fecal incontinence that continues even with medical treatment may benefit from surgery to correct the problem. Several options exist, depending upon the underlying cause of the incontinence. In most cases, surgery options are minimally invasive, offering less pain, less scarring and shorter recovery time. Dr. Paonessa is a fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon who is trained and has a special interest in treating patients with PFD and fecal incontinence. She always approaches the problem with conservative measures prior to exploring surgical options, if and when necessary.

Testimonial “My experience with Dr. Paonessa was exceptional. She made me feel so comfortable and at ease. I’ve never met a doctor like her. For many years, I thought I had hemorrhoids and was completely uncomfortable. After being diagnosed with a prolapsed rectum, I met with Dr. Paonessa. She immediately put me at ease and explained everything. Dr. Paonessa performed prolapsed rectum surgery and now I feel wonderful. I feel like I came out as a better person.” - Natalie H.

How is fecal incontinence diagnosed?

Physicians will begin the exam by asking about symptoms, taking a careful history and performing a visual inspection of the anus and perineum. A physical examination will determine the patient’s ability to control the pelvic floor muscles. The physician will check for nerve damage, muscle spasms or muscle weakness. Additionally, the physician may request or perform any number of medical tests available, including blood work, X-rays and ultrasounds, to uncover the cause of fecal incontinence.

Who is at risk for developing fecal incontinence?

Although men and women are at risk of developing fecal incontinence and PFD, pelvic floor disorders occur more frequently in women than men. Nearly one in 10 women older than the age of 40 has fecal incontinence, possibly as a complication of childbirth. Other risk factors include being over the age of 55, overweight, postmenopausal, having a past pelvic surgery, nerve damage or a connective tissue disorder.

How is fecal incontinence treated?

Fecal incontinence can be treated in a number of non-invasive ways. Treatment usually combines self-care, medicines, physical therapy and home exercise. Treatment depends on the cause of the problem you have and what best fits your lifestyle. Dietary changes often reduce the occurrence of fecal

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For more information about programs, services or to support please visit OceanMHS.org Recipe Chicken In Puff Pastry Compliments of Chef Steph

Serves 4

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed and rolled out into a 14in square. 4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked 1/3 cup herbed soft cheese 1/4 cup fresh parsley , chopped 1 large egg Optional ingredients-chopped spinach, diced roasted red peppers, additional cheese, etc.

Preheat the oven to 400 degress. Roll out puff pastry, cut into four equal sized pieces. Place 1 1/2 tablesoons of herbed cheese in the center of each piece. Top herbed cheese with a chicken breast and then chopped parsley Next, fold the corners of the pastry over the chicken breast. Place chicken pastry seam side down on a baking sheet covered in parchement. Lightly brush the top with a whisked egg. Bake for 20-25minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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Health & Wellness


The Benefits Of Meditation


eace is often associated with yogis and monks sitting alone in a far-off place, cave or monastery, praying and meditating all day long. To some it may seem like a mystical concept or something elusive, wondering how do we, in a world of high demands—pandemics, social distancing, relationship and financial pressures; where battling life and people situations, concerns and restlessness exist—find peace? The truth is, peace of mind can be attained and enjoyed even in the midst of the chaotic, stressful conditions and circumstances of life. Meditation is essential in offering healthy benefits to help us focus and eliminate negative thoughts, worries, anxiety and other factors that can cause havoc in our overall health and well-being. It has been proven that the practice of meditation, carried out on a regular basis, will mitigate the symptoms of stress and anxiety and support beneficial health. Everyone can do it, and benefits can be seen after just a few minutes.

Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know: About the Health Benefits of Meditation What is meditation? The calming of the mind. Meditation is when we refocus our attention away from everything else in order to achieve a relaxed state of being, inner peace and balance. It isn’t about not having thoughts; it is about not being attached to your thoughts. There is a saying: “Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.” In doing so, it can enhance our overall well-being, creative thinking, perspective, and ability to cope with stressful situations.

Are there different types of meditation?

Yes. Meditation is used as a catchall term for the many ways we can achieve mental and physical relaxation.

While there are many types, most share these elements: • A quiet location with minimal distractions • A comfortable position—sitting with legs crossed, lying down—in our home or garden or favorite chair • Concentrating in order to cut out all distractions—focusing on a word, a key teaching or saying, an object, our breathing • There are also forms of “moving meditation” such as yoga or tai chi that incorporate gentle movements

helps to provide perspective and calm, and aids against those storms of life on the outside coming inside. In doing so, it can have a number of health benefits.

When is a good time to meditate? One of the beauties of meditation is that we can make it as formal or informal as we like, and thereby adapt it to our needs. While not for everyone, there are centers, groups and classes that are led by trained instructors to teach us advanced techniques. And because meditation does not require equipment or formal training, it can be done on our own, at any time. So whether we are at work, sitting on an airplane or train, ready to go to sleep, or just feeling anxious or stressed, all we need is a few minutes to achieve our inner peace.

How can I meditate in just a few minutes?

Take a few minutes in the morning or evening (or both), rather than turning on your phone or going online, and see what happens if you try quieting down your mind, or at least paying attention to your thoughts and letting them go without reacting to them. If the research is right, just a few minutes of meditation should make a difference. When on the go, slow down the pace and focus on each movement and be “in the moment” instead of racing through every demand on your neverending to-do list. If we have a faith we follow, consider engaging in prayer, praise or a spiritual precept, the most widely practiced example of meditation. It can be saying or reading our own words or verses, or listening to sacred music. And yes, today there are apps that can help you with meditating. Through meditation you will get your personal “weather” forecast on situations (which can range from sunny and bright to gloomy with storms). And often with meditation you can break away from the racing thoughts of your environment to better understand any source of conflict that is troubling you.

Can meditation help me decrease the stress I deal with?

Absolutely! We know when stress becomes chronic and is not properly managed, it can injure our mind, body and spirit. It can interfere with our enjoyment of life and relationships and our work. That being said, we also know that relaxation is the opposite of stress. Meditation decreases the release of stress hormones—adrenaline and cortisol— and changes the frequency and amplitude of our brain waves. Meditation

Nina Radcliff, M.D., is a practicing physician and a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Often called upon by media to speak to medical health topics impacting our lives today, Dr. Nina is passionate about sharing truths for healthy, balanced living as well as wide preventative measures.

This article is for general information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions and cannot substitute for the advice from your medical professional. Dr. Nina has used all reasonable care in compiling the current information but it may not apply to you and your symptoms. Always consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

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Women’s History


Elisabeth Kübler-Ross As I sit down to draft this feature, we are in the process of making history with the “COVID-19” pandemic. There are many of us who may be experiencing some type of loss and perhaps some feelings of grief. It may be the loss of loved ones, canceled weddings or special events, feeling disconnected LinkedIn from friends and family, and even perhaps missing out on the experience of “memorable moments” such as a last year of high school and college. As I began my research attempting to identify a famous female in history in the medical field, I came across famous women in science. Among the list was Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. I was quite familiar with Kübler-Ross from my studies as well as my professional practice; however, I never truly immersed myself in learning about Elisabeth the person, and not just the infamous psychiatrist and journalist. Elisabeth Kübler was born on July 8, 1926 in Switzerland. She was the middle of three children. Elisabeth had a desire to become a doctor at a young age. Elisabeth’s father was not in support of her vocational goal; however, Elisabeth forged ahead and went to medical school, graduating in 1957. Elisabeth attempted to obtain a position in the medical field, but due to the time period, females were not recognized candidates for such roles. Elisabeth was a positive and driven woman and became a member of the International Volunteer Service for Peace, helping “ravaged” communities after World War II. Elisabeth worked in a concentration camp and observed many carvings of butterflies on the walls in the caves where prisoners were left in the final hours of their lives—a symbol that Elisabeth would later identify and describe as a “transformation” from life to death. It was through this experience that Elisabeth began the focus of her work in the area of death and dying. After medical school Elisabeth married Emanuel Robert Ross and they relocated to the United States. Elisabeth and Emanuel had two children (Kenneth and Barbara). Elisabeth worked in New York, Colorado and Chicago. Elisabeth was known to have been “appalled” by the unfair treatment of terminally ill and elderly patients. She took the time to talk with the patients and invested herself to care for them through their “transformation” to their next life. Elisabeth provided lectures with dying patients in an effort to destigmatize death. It was Elisabeth’s goal for patients to be afforded the respect and dignity to share their fears, concerns and end-of-life transition. In 1969 Elisabeth published her first book, entitled On Death and Dying. The book explains the stages of grief as a pattern of adjustment with no defined sequence. The stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The book has become required reading for most major medical, nursing and psychology programs. The ability to understand our emotions and feelings of grief provides a validation and acknowledgment that what we are feeling is truly real. The book details the aspects of death and dying and enables society to better understand the process of transition. Throughout Elisabeth’s career she has published 24 books, which are available in


34 languages. She has approximately 49 awards of recognition from the UK to the USA! In the 1980s Elisabeth settled on a 300-acre farm in Virginia and as its president developed “Healing Waters,” a healing and workshop Medium.com center. Over the course of Elisabeth’s career, a career that was “discouraged” by her father, Elisabeth served in administrative roles that have included psychiatrist, educator, chairman of the board, medical director, acting and associate chief of psychiatry, and president of her own healing center. Elisabeth has earned 20 honorary degrees and has an impressive teaching resume that includes instruction to over 125,000 students on the subject of death and dying. Elisabeth settled into retirement in 1996. During Elisabeth’s own “transition” she was frustrated with the inability to control her own metamorphosis. Elisabeth grew her wings on August 24, 2004 at the young age of 78. She made a significant impact in the medical field on the subject of death and dying due to her courage, determination and vision, which enabled her to give a voice to those who were not being heard. Elisabeth has shown humanity that the ability to “embrace life is through death.” On the EKR Foundation eulogy, it was quoted that Elisabeth was referred to as the “death and dying lady”; however, Elisabeth referred to herself as the “life and living lady.” I close with a final message from Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” (Death: The Final Stage of Growth, 1975) Even though we may be experiencing some aspect of grief during this time, understand that it’s okay, and remember we must not forget to live!


Rita King, LCSW is a mental health clinician providing psychotherapy services to adults and children. Rita has worked with individuals with mental illness in the community mental health setting, criminal justice system and private practice setting. Rita is a “De-escalation for Individuals with Special Needs” training facilitator and has trained approximately 1,200 law enforcement professionals to date. Rita is also a CIT trained mental health professional. Rita has a strong passion for women’s history and in her free time she continues to raise awareness of the importance of women’s history through lectures and community speaking engagements.


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