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MORRIS & life


October 2009

4 Editor’s letter


· Taste tea delight · Eerie evenings · Pink purse power · Ghosts on stage? · Drama queens Captured moments around the county

18 Things we love /

Sportin’ sweet

Hip gear and gadgets to keep you active and attractive

21 For the record /

By the numbers

Notable health-related facts and figures

22 In the news /

Updates on

staying well

A look back at the top health reports of the year


The great wellness quiz Are you up to speed on recent health developments?



‘Crazy’ cures that work These 5 remedies may be peculiar, but they’re doctor-approved.


Buying beauty? Before you sign up for a cosmetic procedure, know the facts.

13 Morris mix

16 Flash


Which diet works best? In recent studies, top weight-loss plans went head to head. Find out the winner—and what local doctors say.

36 Escapes /

Guru-guided getaways

These 3 jaunts with renowned experts prove that self-improvement can really be a trip.

40 At home /

Stealing the show

A revealing look at 3 stylish rooms, each from a celebrated area show house

50 Glorious food ’Bello the banquet The coveted ingénue among

mushrooms, portobellos inspire foodies and health devotees alike.

52 Morris gourmet Road trip Expect dashes of true creativity and

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54 Where to eat Your Morris County dining guide

62 Be there! A listing of local events you won’t want to miss

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TASTE TEA DELIGHT Yearning for a bit of British charm? Stop by the delightful SALLY LUNN’S TEA SHOPPE AND RESTAURANT in downtown Chester (908-879-7731, www.sally for afternoon tea—replete with finger sandwiches, fruit and salad garnishes and warm scones for $17.50. Indeed, the friendly eatery offers some 70 different types of teas, served in bone-china teacups, as well as “all of the favorites, like pastries and sausage rolls and shepherd’s pie,” says Theresa Gaffney, who now runs Sally Lunn’s with sister Carrie. (Mom Jean, who hails from the south of England, launched the sweet spot some 19 years ago.) But it’s not the fare alone that will send your thoughts across the pond. “It’s very Victorian,” notes Gaffney of the shop itself. “The rooms are stuffed full of antiques and curiosities.” “Always get a scone—they’re baked fresh and served with clotted cream and strawberry jam,” raves Anne Agostin of Randolph, who likes to lunch at the spot. “It is not a low-calorie place, but every bite is worth it!”


—Sharon Sheridan

Eerie evenings

Ghosts, graveyards and a dash of the past—that’s what’s on the agenda for the Morris County Tourism Bureau’s HISTORIC GRAVEYARD TOURS (973-631-5151,, set for 5 p.m. on October 17 and 24. Indeed, history goes down a lot easier when it’s paired with spooky sights and lantern-wielding guides (local historians). The 90minute tours take visitors through the graveyard of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, which holds the remains of prominent 19th century families like the Vails (who were involved with inventing the telegraph) and the Maccullochs (George Macculloch was responsible for the Morris Canal). “You’ll learn about those people’s lives in the historic district of Morristown,” promises bureau member Carol Barkin—though she notes that the spookiness might be too much for children under age 10. —Diane Szulecki


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Look good, feel good and do good this October with local National Breast Cancer Awareness Month deals. True to its namesake color, Denville’s PINK CAKE BOX bake shop (973-998-4445, www.pinkcake

Ghosts on stage? will be doing sweet things aplenty to raise funds for the cause: Owner Anne Heap will donate a portion of October’s profits from her popular cakes, cupcakes and cookies to breast cancer research. In addition, the shop will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from special pink-ribbon cookies and T-shirts also for sale. Another tasty way to help is to try PANERA BREAD’S ( Pink Ribbon Bagel, a ribbonshaped treat made with cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries. The bagels are available for $1.29 at Panera’s various Morris County locations, and each one sold nets the Cancer Institute of New Jersey 25 cents. Browse BLOOMINGDALE’S “Pink” boutique in-store at Short Hills or online (973-548-2200, www.blooming for items by designers like Calvin Klein, Estée Lauder and Juicy Couture, as well as the store’s own Big Pink Umbrella ($12). A portion of all “Pink” purchases will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Finally, go “pink”—literally—when you stop by LABORATORY HAIR STUDIO in Morristown (973-538-3757, any day in October. In exchange for a donation of at least $10 benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, you’ll get a fun pink hair extension. No appointment necessary!






Seventeen years ago, a group of local actresses were asked to clean the bathrooms at the theater where they worked—a request that was the last straw. “We were always given more cleaning than the men and were feeling abused as performers,” says Barbara Krajkowski (mom of 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski). “We said, ‘I think it’s time to start a woman’s company.’” The result is the Parsippany-based WOMEN’S THEATER COMPANY (973-316-3033,, which offers women “an opportunity to practice their craft in a safe, professional environment,” according to Krajkowski, co-founder and artistic director. This doesn’t mean there’s a “no boys allowed” rule. Indeed, the group welcomes guys and gals alike. “My stage manager is a woman; my production people tend to be men and women,” says Krajkowski. “But we try to choose good stories that involve women as the main characters. And I think we’ve created a niche that allows women to express themselves much more freely than they might do otherwise.” The theater’s season begins October 2 with The Smell of the Kill. As with each production, the second Thursday is “ladies’ night out,” when women can enjoy the show, plus food and wine or champagne, and browse the wares of craft vendors (tickets $18; $15 seniors). —SS



On the prowl for seasonal spirits? Skip those faux haunted houses and head over to the DARRESS THEATRE in Boonton (973-334-9292, www.darress—an old-fashioned vaudeville stage built in 1919 that has been long-rumored to be haunted. Although he’s never seen any ghosts, owner Tom Timbrook acknowledges the theater’s air of creepy mystery: “A large variety of folks have said that they’ve seen strange things, like images passing by them in a hallway, or felt an unexplained presence.” But fear not—Timbrook tells a spirited tale that implies that the resident ghost is a friendly one: “We were moving a large set piece—the cement façade of a fireplace—pulling it up some 20 feet in the air,” he says. “One of the people helping me suddenly felt something brushing up against him, making him move away. Just when he stepped back, the rope broke and the set piece came crashing down, right where he’d been standing.” Brave enough to investigate for yourself? Pick up a ticket to the group’s production of Frankenstein, running in October. —DS

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FLASH GOLFERS STEPPED OUT FOR GOOD CAUSES AT TWO recent events. At the Knoll Country Club West in Parsippany, the Daniel Galorenzo Foundation held its annual golf outing. The organization honors the memory of Daniel Galorenzo, a Hanover resident and Seton Hall Prep wrestler who died of an aortic aneurysm in 2002 at age 16. Proceeds will help the group support a variety of children’s charities. At the Somerset Hills Country Club, meanwhile, the Morristown-based Jersey Battered Women’s Service hosted its 10th annual Hope Classic. JBWS offers a range of support for victims of domestic violence, including a safe house, a help line and more.



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3. A feminine take on a classic tennis favorite, the S Tournament Edition green track top by Adidas, $95, is made of double-knit piqué and woven twill. Line available at Lady Foot Locker, Rockaway Townsquare, Rockaway, 973-361-7075; 4. Fashion meets function in the pretty Ribbon sport tank by Under Armour, $49.99, featuring a built-in shelf bra and moisture-wicking HeatGear fabric. Line available at Alfred’s Sport Shop, Madison, 973-377-0051; 5. You do the running, let Polar’s RS800sd heart rate monitor, $499.95, do the thinking. The device measures your heart rate, speed, distance, stride length and more. Line available at Morristown Running Company, Morristown, 973-401-1300;


6. Give your feet a high-tech twist with Nike’s Shox Zipsister+ II iD women’s training shoe, $120. A built-in pocket is designed to hold a Nike+ sensor (sold separately), which wirelessly transmits your pace, distance, time and calories burned to an iPod or iPhone. Line available at The Sports Authority, East Hanover, 973-884-4022;






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For the Record


The top 10 most prescribed medications, 2007:

How do you compare? Average Man

1. Lipitor (cholesterol-lowering agent)

Height (inches): 69.3 (5’9”)

2. Singulair (used for the long-term treatment of asthma)

Weight (pounds): 190 Waist circumference (inches): 39.0

3. Lexapro (antidepressant drug) 4. Nexium (used to treat acid reflux disease)

Average Woman

5. Synthroid (thyroid medication)

Height (inches): 63.8 (5’3”)

6. Plavix (prevents blood clots after a recent heart attack or stroke)

Weight (pounds): 163 Waist circumference (inches):

7. Toprol XL (used to treat hypertension)


8. Prevacid (used to treat acid reflux disease)

Source: The National Center for Health Statistics

9. Vytorin (cholesterollowering agent) 10. Advair Diskus (used for the long-term treatment of asthma) Source: RxList

32% of Americans


of Americans over age 20 are overweight. Source: The National Center for Health Statistics


Top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures, 2008: 1. Breast augmentation 2. Liposuction 3. Eyelid surgery 4. Rhinoplasty 5. Abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”) Source: American Association

The United States spends more on health per capita than any other country—

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A promising cancer drug Background: Among people who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, the risk of certain malignancies—breast, ovarian


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Background: After a frenzied arrival in the spring, the swine flu

the BRCA mutations, has shown effectiveness.

virus (or H1N1) spread to more than 70 countries, prompting the World Health Organization to declare it a global pandemic in June. Though most sufferers recover without needing medical treatment, by late July the flu strain had contributed to 302 deaths in the U.S. What’s new: The government partnered with private manufacturers to create a vaccine that may control the virus. At press time, researchers were testing the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness by administering it to volunteers across the country, with hopes of releasing it by mid-October—a breakneck speed for this process. And officials were keeping a close eye on flu season in the Southern Hemisphere, where H1N1 seemed to be elbowing aside the usual seasonal flu—a possible preview of the coming winter in the U.S. Meanwhile, health professionals suggest frequent hand washing and avoidance of touching the eyes, nose and mouth as the best protection.

The drug shrank tumors in those with breast, ovarian and prostate cancer, causing only mild side effects. Two studies reported in June at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting seemed promising: In one, 41 percent of females with advanced breast cancer saw their tumors disappear after taking PARP inhibitors. In the other, combining PARP inhibitors with chemotherapy reduced patients’ risk of dying from the disease by about 60 percent and lengthened patients’ survival more

CONTAMINATED peanut butter Background: Nine died and hundreds were sickened earlier this year by a salmonella outbreak in peanut butter that spurred one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history. This most-recent outbreak again cast a critical light on our government food-safety system.

What’s new: In July, the Obama administration announced plans to implement new regulations: To start, the government plans to battle E. coli by ramping up beef inspections, establish stricter testing and refrigeration rules to reduce salmonella in eggs and create new positions at FDA and the Department of Agriculture overseeing food safety.





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In the news

C-reactive protein & heart disease Background: Last year, a highly publicized study suggested that reducing levels of a substance called C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood might lower a person’s risk of heart disease. High CRP levels have long been associated with the illness, because the protein acts as a marker of inflammation in arteries, which develops when white blood cells invade artery walls and cause plaque formation. The study showed that patients with high CRP levels but low cholesterol had fewer heart attacks when taking a statin, a drug that

Stem-cell research


Background: In 2001, then-President

George W. Bush imposed strict limits on the use of federal money to fund research involving human embryonic stem cells. Scientists believe these cells—which have the ability to develop into any of the human body’s different, specialized cells—may someday allow doctors to “repair” improperly functioning tissues and organs or even cure a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and heart disease. But because obtaining these cells requires the destruction of human embryos, Bush’s order allowed only for research that involved 21 already existing stem-cell lines. In March, President Barack Obama issued an executive order lifting these limitations, clearing the way for more extensive stem-cell research. What’s new: In July, Obama approved new guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health to govern stem-cell research. The guidelines allow for the study of both existing and new stem-cell lines, thereby greatly increasing the number of stem cells available to federally funded researchers. The new lines will be developed from donated fertilized eggs—embryos unused in the in vitro fertilization process— for which the donor has granted consent. “Stem-cell research holds great promise to treat diseases that science has so far been unable to cure, and this change in policy will allow researchers to accelerate their efforts by applying for federal research funds,” noted American Medical Association President Joseph Heyman, M.D.

lowers both cholesterol and CRP, and some researchers believed that the reduction of CRP had played a key role.

What’s new: A study of more than 100,000 people published in July in the Journal of the American

Medical Association indicates that CRP is merely an indicator of inflammation associated with heart disease, not a cause of the disease itself. Cholesterol remains the key controllable risk factor.

Brazilian bikini wax ban Background: After two women were hospitalized due to severe

infections resulting from a Brazilian bikini wax, New Jersey’s Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling (part of the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs) in March passed a proposal to ban the practice—in which hot wax is used to remove all or most of the hair from a woman’s genital region—from the state’s salons. What’s new: Following a public outcry, Consumer Affairs Director David Szuchman rejected the board’s proposal. But because Brazilian waxes are not specifically listed as one of the permitted procedures in the state statute that governs waxing, many salon owners still feared penalties if they continued the practice. Thus, in April the board voted to allow genital waxing while it investigates the practice further. Charged with this inquiry was a regulation committee, to be appointed in September. Experts note that Brazilian waxes leave the delicate genital area without the protection of pubic hair and also renders the skin open and vulnerable to infection. Most healthcare providers agree that patients should avoid waxing if they have diabetes or poor circulation, or if they are taking the acne medication Accutane or products containing Retin-A, as their skin may tear. And the FDA notes that waxes should not be used over varicose veins, moles or warts. ■


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QUIZ by Maria Lissandrello


GREAT WELLNESS QUIZ You keep tabs on your blood pressure, BMI, LDLs and HDLs. You slather sunscreen, shun tobacco and nibble salmon and broccoli. But are you missing out on other, lesser-known wellness behaviors because you’re not fully up to speed? See how well you know your facts by taking our quiz, then turn the page to read the answers. What you learn could add years to your life and life to your years!


Your boss is giving a—what else?—boring presentation. Which of the following will help you recall the info more easily?


The symptoms of stroke are usually similar in men and women. True


a. doodling 5 Besides avoiding common triggers like pollen and pet dander, people with asthma should steer clear of:

b. making eye contact with her c. pressing your pulse points

a. dryer lint

d. all of the above

b. deodorizing room sprays 2 Which of the following is associated with a greater risk of osteoporosis?

c. aspirin d. soy milk

a. hot flashes and night sweats during menopause 6 Drinking a glass a day of which beverage may help keep your arteries clear?

b. drinking more than three cans of cola a day c. depression

a. skim milk

d. all of the above

b. tonic water c. orange juice


d. peach nectar

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Stuck in front of a computer all day? Eyes feel strained and dry? Give them a break by:

7 Trying to ward off type 2 diabetes? This can help:

a. looking away from the monitor every 20 minutes or so to focus on an object 20 feet away

a. brushing your teeth after every meal b. sleeping at least seven hours a night c. getting 10 minutes a day of sunshine

b. blinking frequently

d. eating breakfast every day

c. alternating computer tasks with computer-free tasks

8 Which of the following may increase your glaucoma risk?

d. all of the above

a. thyroid disorders b. high blood pressure c. diabetes d. all of the above 9 The incidence of cancer deaths could be cut by more than _____ percent if people would stop smoking, achieve a healthy weight, follow a nutritious diet and get regular physical activity.

a. 30

b. 45

c. 60

d. 80

16 Which of the following can cause sperm to die?

a. vaginal lubricants b. the vagina’s natural secretions c. a hot shower immediately after intercourse d. a. and b.

10 Adult smokers who quit the habit can expect to live as many as ____ years longer than those who continue to smoke.

a. 3

b. 5

c. 10

d. 20

e. all of the above 17 If you’re looking to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, avoid eating ______ for breakfast:

a. low-fat yogurt 11 The use of indoor tanning booths increases the risk of

skin melanoma by ___ percent when tanning begins before age 30, a new study found. a. 10

b. 25

c. 50

d. 75

Consuming meat-free sources of protein can help lower blood pressure. 12



13 Mid-afternoon snack attack: Which of these choices

will satisfy your hunger for just 100 calories? a. 2 cups of raspberries

b. cornflakes c. canned pineapple d. oatmeal 18 Adding extra laughter to your day may raise your levels of “good” cholesterol.



19 Cubital tunnel syndrome—which can lead to numbness or weakness in the hand as well tingling in the pinky and ring finger—is caused by:

b. half of mini bagel with 1 ounce smoked salmon

a. sitting in an enclosed space, such as a cubicle, for more than three hours

c. 5 Nilla wafers

b. playing excessively with a Rubik’s Cube

d. 45 steamed edamame pods

c. using a laptop in bed

e. 1⁄2 cup low-fat cottage cheese with 5 strawberries

d. extended cell phone conversations


f. all of the above 14 Migraine sufferers have a lower risk of breast cancer.

20 There’s nothing you can do to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.







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ANSWERS 21 Which of the following sexually transmitted diseases can cause arthritis?

a. HIV b. HPV

1. a. doodling. Researchers at England’s University of Plymouth found that doodlers were able to recall 29 percent more data than nondoodlers. Researchers suspect the squiggling forces you to use just enough cognitive energy to keep your mind from wandering off.

c. chlamydia

2. d. all of the above. A study in the journal Menopause

d. genital herpes

found lower bone density among women with hot flashes and night sweats, while researchers at Tufts University linked a three-can-plus-a-day caffeinated soda habit to a 4 percent decrease in bone density. And studies at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University and elsewhere found a connection between depression and osteoporosis, though a cause is yet to be established.

22 Balancing your checkbook, filing your taxes or just fig-

uring out how much that shirt on sale will really cost you will be easier after you eat: a. salmon

3. True. It’s called the PillCam Colon capsule endoscope, and a study in The New England Journal of Medicine found

b. chocolate c. spinach

it to be effective—but not as effective a colonoscopy (recommended for all adults starting at age 50).

d. mango 23 Whether you just stubbed your toe or got stung by a

bee, this can help lessen the pain instantly: a. doing a squat b. holding your nose c. closing your eyes d. saying your favorite four-letter word 24 Healthier—and happier—relationship tip: To help ensure your partner really hears what you’re saying, try:

a. writing it down

4. False. A research team at the University of Michigan found that women are more likely than men to experience nontraditional symptoms of stroke, such as confusion, disorientation and loss of consciousness. Traditional stroke symptoms include numbness or paralysis on one side of the body, speech difficulty, vision and coordination problems, sudden and/or unexplained headache or dizziness. 5. c. aspirin. Doctors suspect aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen and ketoprofen, may trigger an immune response that narrows the airways. A safer way to ease pain: acetaminophen. 6. c. orange juice. Research out of France found that hes-

b. using your hands when you talk c. speaking into his/her right ear d. asking after you’ve made love

peridin, an antioxidant in OJ, improves the function of the arterial lining, helping to fight plaque buildup. What’s more, it lowers diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number).

7. d. eating breakfast every day. Harvard researchers reported that starting the day with a healthy breakfast not only cuts the risk of developing insulin resistance by 35 to 50 percent, it also prevents obesity.

8. d. all of the above. The good news? All three conditions

25 Coffee raises your risk of breast cancer. True False

can be treated, which, in turn, helps prevent glaucoma.

9. c. 60. According to the American Cancer Society, 169,000 cancer deaths in 2009 will be the direct result of tobacco use, while an additional 186,000 will result from obesity, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. In all, 562,340 cancer deaths are expected this year.

10. c. 10. Smokers who quit by age 30 added the most years to their life expectancy, according to report by the American Cancer Society, but even those who waited until age 60 to kick the habit could still expect to gain 3 years. was higher than doctors previously believed the risk to be.





11. d. 75. This figure, published in The Lancet Oncology,



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And that’s not all: The researchers also found a link between sun beds and melanoma of the eye.

12. True. Beans, soy products and whole grains are excellent sources of glutamic acid, a protein proven to reduce blood pressure. These protein sources are also rich in magnesium and potassium, which regulate blood pressure. 13. f. all of the above. Enjoying healthy snacks has been shown to increase satiety, control daily calorie intake, boost energy, regulate insulin levels and improve overall nutrition. 14. True. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer

ter a day saw a 26 percent increase in levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, plus significant decreases in stress hormones and inflammatory chemicals linked to heart disease.

19. d. extended cell phone conversations. Keeping your elbow flexed during marathon chats compresses the ulnar nerve, leading to the syndrome. 20. False. Mounting evidence suggests that supplementing with vitamins A, C and E, as well as zinc and copper, can slow degeneration by as much as 25 percent. And a new Irish study found that the supplements may even improve vision!

Research Center in Seattle discovered that a history of migraines decreases breast-cancer risk by 26 percent. The doctors suspect migraine sufferers have lower levels of estrogen, a hormone that has been linked to the condition.

21. c. chlamydia. Within two to four weeks of exposure to

15. d. all of the above. Computer-induced eyestrain can

rich in flavonols, chemicals that increase blood flow to the brain. Researchers at Northumbria University think that’s why study subjects who drank hot cocoa were able to count backward in increments of seven more quickly and efficiently than subjects not given the chocolaty beverage.

lead to burning or itching eyes, blurred vision and headaches and can make you feel tired. Constantly focusing on the screen is one culprit; that’s why looking away every so often is helpful. And people’s tendency to blink less when sitting at the computer contributes to eye dryness.

16. d. a. (vaginal lubricants) and b. (the vagina’s natural secretions). Studies have shown that most lubricants, including water-based varieties, are toxic to sperm. And believe it or not, the vagina’s acidic secretions normally kill sperm—except during ovulation, when secretions become more alkaline so sperm can survive.

17. b. cornflakes. This breakfast favorite is a high-glycemic carbohydrate, which means it causes blood sugar levels to rise. The problem? Elevated glucose levels set the stage for atherosclerosis and heart disease, according to a study from Israel’s Chaim Sheba Medical Center. On the other hand, low-glycemic carbs, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, help keep blood sugar levels steady and can help control weight by boosting satiety.

18. True. Loma Linda University researchers recently found that people with diabetes who added 30 minutes of laugh-

chlamydia, the bacteria can travel to the joints via the bloodstream, causing reactive arthritis.

22. b. chocolate. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is

23. d. saying your favorite four-letter word. In a study at Keele University in England, subjects instructed to swear were able to keep their hand submerged in ice water significantly longer than those told to utter words describing a table. Researchers say swearing triggers the fight-or-flight response, which raises our ability to withstand pain. 24. c. speaking into his/her right ear. Scientists in Pescara, Italy, have found that verbal data entering the right ear receives preferential treatment. They speculate that it’s because sound that enters the right ear is processed by the left side of the brain, which is the seat of language.

25. False. Harvard’s Women’s Health Study found no elevated risk for breast cancer among women who drank four or more cups of coffee a day—and researchers followed the subjects for 10 years. Other studies suggest coffee can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and Parkinson’s disease, and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

What’s your wellness IQ? SCORE:18–25 Surgeon General. Someone’s been keeping up with the medical news—good for you! Knowing the latest recommendations on keeping a healthy lifestyle empowers you to make important choices for wellness. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor before heeding a health tip you heard on the 6 o’clock news. Still, adopting good habits now may very well put you on the road to longevity. SCORE: 9–17 Major Knowledge. You’ve kept tabs on the key health-related developments, but often let the minutia fly under your radar. Frankly, we can’t say we blame you—taking to heart every wellness study published could drive a person batty. Our advice: Stay abreast of major trends and landmark developments to help keep you on the path to lifelong health. SCORE: 0–8 Captain Obvious. With any luck, you make healthy decisions without even knowing it. But having solid health awareness is too important a task to neglect. One way to start: Take a moment to scan the health headlines whenever you go online. Whatever your home page—CNN, MSN, Yahoo—you’ll find the latest info with a click. And to bone up on the basics, try a reputable site like or ■



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HEALTH WATCH by Leslie Pepper



PSSSST! OVER THE BACK FENCE, YOUR neighbor tells you about an ingenious, easy, drug-free treatment for a common malady, and she swears it’s legit. You nod, but you’re mentally rolling your eyes, thinking for sure her “cure-all” is bunk. Still, every once in a while a silly-sounding cure actually works wonders. Morris Health & Life checked in with Mark A. Moyad, M.D., director of preventive and alternative medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, and he endorsed these five:


To remove warts: duct tape




It’s a call every mother dreads—but if your tyke develops those pesky parasites, try skin cleanser. A study in Pediatrics found the over-the-counter cleanser Cetaphil to be 96 percent effective in curing head lice. Essentially, says Dr. Moyad, this method suffocates the lice. What to do: Apply the skin cleanser to the child’s dry hair, comb out the excess, then blow-dry hair, allowing the lotion to dry on the scalp in a shrinkwrap–like layer and leave it on overnight. In the morning, shower out with regular shampoo. Do this once a week for three weeks. (For full details, go to www. When to see a pro: If after three weeks you’re still finding lice, see your child’s pediatrician.


To prevent poison ivy: liquid dish soap What began as a beautiful walk in the woods turned ominous when you ran into a patch of poison ivy. But instead of waiting for the “inevitable” ugly red rash, use plain old dish detergent to avert the itch. In a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, researchers gathered subjects exposed to poison ivy, then rubbed liquid dish soap on the affected locations for 25 seconds. They were able to prevent a reaction in almost half of the volunteers and reduced inflammation and blistering in the others by 56 percent. “It’s a no-brainer,” says Dr. Moyad. The


The main current medical treatment for warts is cryotherapy (aka freezing) with liquid nitrogen, which smarts. According to a study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, applying duct tape is actually smarter. The study was done on children, and though further research on adults has yet to replicate the findings, Dr. Moyad nevertheless recommends the ducttape method. “It’s darn cheap and simple to do,” he says. Experts don’t know exactly why the cure is effective, but Dr. Moyad theorizes that it has to do with the tape’s ability to irritate the skin, which stimulates the body’s immune system to attack the wart virus. What to do: Apply a piece of tape about the size of the wart and leave it on for three to four days (a week if it’s a child’s wart). Then pull it off, wash the area with soap and water and apply a new piece of tape until the wart is gone. When to see a pro: If the wart is painful, changes color or interferes with your daily routine. Or if the duct tape doesn’t work after six to eight weeks.


To treat head lice: skin cleanser



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soap strips the skin of the plant oil that’s responsible for causing the rash. What to do: Put dish soap on a clean washcloth or rag and apply to the exposed areas as soon as you can. When to see a pro: If you do develop poison ivy, see your doctors if the rash springs up near sensitive areas such as the eyes or genitals, is very extensive or isn’t improving after several days’ treatment with over-thecounter medicines.

Folk remedies: Worth it or worthless? Here Mark A. Moyad, M.D., director of preventive and alternative medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, renders his verdict on some oft-recommended treatments: CHICKEN SOUP FOR A COLD The hot liquid thins mucus in the airway and makes it easier to breathe.


To treat cold sores: witch hazel

They’re ugly, they’re embarrassing and they show up out of nowhere. What to do about cold sores? Try witch hazel, which contains anti-inflammatory tannins. “When the cold-sore virus is replicating, you see an exaggerated inflammatory response, so your lips can get quite big,” says Dr. Moyad, who suggests applying witch hazel to reduce the swelling. What to do: The minute you feel the tingling, start gently dabbing witch hazel on the cold sore with a cotton ball or swab several times a day. When to see a pro: If you see no improvement after a week, or if you’re getting cold sores more frequently than usual.



To prevent blisters: antiperspirant

Blisters form from friction, and moist skin creates more friction than dry. Keeping the sweat at bay can help avert those aching eruptions. In a study of 667 Army cadets published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, only 21 percent of those who prepped their feet with antiperspirant for three to five days before a long hike developed blisters, compared with almost half of those who’d used a placebo. What to do: Before any vigorous activity, apply antiperspirant all over the feet (pay close attention to the sides). Note: If you’re using a roll-on product, don’t use the same one you use on your underarms. When to see a pro: If you do develop blisters, see a doctor if they become blue or black (a sign that pooled blood is present or that the area is getting insufficient oxygen), or if the pain interferes with your daily routine. ■

Plus, the ingredients’ anti-inflammatory properties help ease symptoms.

URINATING ON A JELLYFISH STING Urine can actually cause the nematocysts (little coiled stingers) left behind by the jellyfish to release more venom and worsen the sting. MILK COMPRESS FOR A SUNBURN The protein in the milk builds a protective film to help ease discomfort. Always use skim milk, since milk fat impedes natural healing. DRINKING OUT OF THE FAR SIDE OF THE CUP FOR HICCUPS This awkward trick may help because it increases levels of carbon dioxide in the blood and thus helps the vagus nerve reset itself. But holding your breath accomplishes the same thing. CRANBERRY JUICE TO PREVENT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS Although a 2008 Cochrane Review summary of 10 previous studies determined that cranberry products did reduce UTIs by 39 percent in women who experienced them often, Dr. Moyad says its benefits for other folk remain uncertain. And if you’re a frequent sufferer, he adds, you’re better off seeing a doctor than loading up on this high-calorie drink.


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by David Levine

Which diet

works BEST? IN RECENT STUDIES, TOP WEIGHT-LOSS PLANS WENT HEAD TO HEAD. YOU MAY BE SURPRISED BY THE WINNER—AND WHAT LOCAL DOCTORS SAY YES, YES, YOU’VE HEARD IT BEFORE: If you want to lose weight, just eat less and exercise more. But frankly, for many of us, that’s not nearly enough guidance. We need a plan, a strategy, words of wisdom to inspire us and a surefire routine we can fall back on in moments of weakness. Enter the $58 billion diet industry. Browse the health-and-nutrition shelf at your local bookstore and you’ll find advice aplenty—but which program offers your best chance of success? To find out, Morris Health & Life recently looked at the data (two recent studies that compared the success of popular diets) and talked to the experts (two New Jersey physicians). Here’s what we learned about get-slim plans:

The diets LOW-CARB: The Atkins diet (named for car-

from complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and

diologist Robert Atkins, M.D., who published

whole grains; proteins provide the remaining 20 percent.

Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution in 1972) is the

MEDITERRANEAN: Based on the eating habits of peo-

grandfather of the diets that limit carbohy-

ple who live near the Mediterranean Sea, this diet pre-

drates, encouraging dieters to consume more protein (30 percent of calories) and fat (50 percent). The remaining 20 percent of calories come

It calls for getting 45 percent of one’s calories from carbs, 35 percent from fats such as olive oil and nuts and

from complex carbs. The South Beach Diet,

20 percent from proteins, especially fish, nuts and beans.

designed by cardiologist Arthur Agatston, M.D.,

ORNISH: The Ornish diet—named for its developer,

became popular as a less-restrictive low-carb plan,

internist Dean Ornish, M.D.—is a vegetarian plan that

allowing more fruits and vegetables and encourag-

strives to nearly eliminate fat. In it, a full 70 percent of

ing dieters to consume less fat than with Atkins. The

calories come from complex carbs, 20 percent from pro-

idea behind both is that when carbs are limited, the

tein (but no meat or fish) and only 10 percent from fat.

body will more frequently switch from burning glu-

ZONE: The Zone diet, popularized in books by the bio-

cose for energy to burning stored body fat.

chemist Barry Sears, is based on the notion that the best

LOW-FAT: These diets, including the Weight

way to control hunger and overeating is to balance the

Watchers plan, limit fat to no more than 30 percent of

three nutrients more closely—30 percent of calories from

total calories. Fifty percent of calories generally come

fat, 40 percent from carbs and 30 percent from protein.





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The research winner: Low-carb THE STUDIES: The ‘A to Z’ Study (or Atkins, traditional, Ornish and Zone), Journal of the American Medical Association, March 7, 2007 6-MONTH WEIGHT LOSS: • Low-carb: 14 pounds • Low-fat: 9 pounds • Zone and Ornish: 6 pounds each

The subjects, 311 overweight or obese premenopausal women, were divided into four groups and put on a lowfat, low-carb, Zone or Ornish diet. Each group had lost weight at both six and 12 months, but women on the lowcarb diet lost the most weight and experienced “more favorable metabolic effects,” study authors say, including lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, than those on the other diets. The caveat: Most of the weight was lost in the first six months; by the study’s end, most subjects were regaining weight and many had stopped following their diets entirely. The ‘DIRECT’ Study (for Dietary Intervention Randomized Controlled Trial), The New England Journal of Medicine, July 17, 2008 6-MONTH WEIGHT LOSS: • Low-carb: 14 pounds • Mediterranean and low-fat: 10 pounds each

The subjects, 322 moderately obese men and women, were assigned to one of three diets: low-fat, restricted-calorie; Mediterranean, restricted-calorie; or low-carbohydrate, non–restricted-calorie. At both the six-month and twoyear marks, the low-carb dieters again lost the most weight. Again, however, many participants could not stay on their diets for the full 24 months, and most began regaining weight after six months. (This study was funded in part by the Atkins Research Foundation.)

The doctors’ choices: South Beach, Mediterranean and low-carb Do these studies mean it’s Atkins time if you’re serious about reducing? Not necessarily, our New Jersey physi-


cians agree. Here’s what they advise:

William D. Salerno, M.D., director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Hackensack University Medical Center: “I think these studies are too small to tell us much. For many people, low-carb diets may indeed work best for dropping pounds in the

short term. But some of them create a euphoria caused by a carb starvation called ketosis. That’s a stress on the body that can harm the gallbladder and cause other health problems, which is why the recidivism rate is so high. “The South Beach Diet was created by a cardiologist, and I think it’s good. I also like the Mediterranean diet, but what I really recommend is the ‘Salerno program’: Kill it and grill it—eat anything you find in nature, avoid all processed foods and do some vigorous physical activity for 25 minutes a day, every day.” Michael Rothkopf, M.D., medical director of the Metabolic Medicine and Weight Control Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital: “I agree that a low-carb diet is probably best, but not Atkins. The Atkins diet is based on an idea that was picked up before much of the science in the field was understood. It seeks to induce ketosis, in which your body is burning fats at a very accelerated rate, posing the danger of an illness called acidosis. Atkins also calls for unlimited protein consumption, and too much protein (more than, say, 60 to 100 grams a day) isn’t healthy for kidneys or bones. But the diet’s worst flaw is its reliance on protein sources that are heavy on saturated fat, which can increase your heart-disease risk. Rather than red meat, it’s better to get your protein from things like chicken and turkey (which are low in fat), seafood (which has beneficial omega-3 polyunsaturated fats) and nuts (which provide helpful monounsaturated fats). “To lose pounds and keep them off, you should also exercise, look at your eating behaviors (do you eat to appease depression, loneliness or stress?) and know your metabolic background. Your doctor can run a glucose tolerance test to see if you have problems with glucose, as three-quarters of us do. If so, you should limit carbs; otherwise a Mediterranean diet may be a good choice. I myself have lost about 60 pounds and kept them off for 18 years—with a low-carb diet, daily exercise and controlling my eating behaviors.” ■ MORRIS

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HEALTH & BEAUTY by Kristin Colella









sun-damaged skin, it seems there’s a doctor-approved treatment for nearly every imperfection these days. Once an industry for the rich, cosmetic treatments have gone mainstream; Americans spent a staggering $11.8 billion on both surgical and nonsurgical procedures last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. But while fixing a flaw that troubles you can be a confidence-booster, there’s much to consider before booking a treatment. “You have to weigh the risks against the gains,” says Bonnie B. Kazam, M.D., a dermatologist who has been practicing in Morristown for 30 years. “And if you’ve done research on your own but you’re not sure, it’s always good to get a second opinion.” Dr. Kazam suggests asking your physician about treatment options, recovery time and how long the effects of a procedure will


last. Here are the facts on five top treatments—so you can decide for yourself whether they’re right for you. continued

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SKIN TAG REMOVAL How it’s done: These benign skin growths can be removed with one of several simple procedures performed in a doctor’s office. These may include snipping the growths with scissors, freezing them using liquid nitrogen or burning them off using a cautery. Pain: Small tags may be removed without anesthesia, so 34



activity immediately, but may experience itching, redness or temporary discoloration. Depending on how much of the body is treated, skin should be fully recovered after one to two weeks. Cost: $250 to $500 per treatment; multiple treatments may be required Insider tip: Intense pulsed light therapy isn’t the best option for all types of scars. Thickened, raised scars often need to be injected with a steroid or cut out so the


you might experience a pinch. If How it’s done: You can bid this concerns you, ask about a those unsightly spider and varitopical anesthetic. For larger cose veins farewell with two tags, the area will be numb—the minimally invasive procedures only pain will be the injection of performed in a doctor’s office. the lidocaine. Squiggly, branch-like veins can Time: On average, about two be treated with sclerotherapy, minutes per tag; several tags which involves injecting a solumay take up to 30 minutes. tion directly into the veins Recovery/rehabilitation: through minute needles. Long, Slight bleeding may occur if straight veins can be treated the tag is snipped with scissors, with endovenous laser ablation, but generally no recovery time in which laser energy causes is needed. damaged veins to collapse and Cost: $100 to $250, depending seal shut. on the number of tags removed Time: 15 to 30 minutes for scleInsider tip: Don’t try popular rotherapy; 1 hour for endovenous “at-home” skin-tag removal laser ablation remedies, such as snipping tags Pain (both procedures): Minimal with a nail clipper or tying a Recovery/rehabilitation (both string around their base to cut procedures): Patients can return off blood circulation—doing so to work immediately, but will be can lead to a possible infection. asked to wear a compression stocking for up to a week. Sclerotherapy patients will generally Americans be fully recovered after about two days. SCAR CORRECTION underwent Full recovery for endovenous laser ablaHow it’s done: For newer, red scars, a more than tion takes about two weeks, during non-invasive treatment called intense 10 million cosmetic which time some bruising and cramping pulsed light therapy can often help. procedures last may occur. Performed in a doctor’s office, the proceyear. Cost: $200 to $950 per treatment for scledure uses light waves to reduce redness. rotherapy; $3,000 and up per leg for endoveTime: 10 to 20 minutes nous laser ablation Pain: A numbing cream is often used before the proInsider tip: Take a walk! If you’re looking to sit back cedure, so any pain is minimal. You might, however, and rest up after the procedure, think again. Experts experience a slight burning sensation in the hour or two encourage patients to walk—sometimes several miles— after the procedure. following both procedures. Recovery/rehabilitation: You can return to normal



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cific parts of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. While various liposuction techniques exist, a popular option today is ultrasonic liposuction, in which fatty tissue is turned into a liquefied state with highfrequency sound waves and then gently vacuumed out. BROWN-SPOT REMOVAL Time: 45 minutes to 2.5 hours or more How it’s done: You can thank years of sun Pain: Moderate aches and soreness can genexposure for those annoying brown spots The erally be expected for about two to three dotting your skin, but luckily a number of number of days after the procedure. noninvasive procedures can make them liposuction Recovery/rehabilitation: Although paappear less conspicuous. These include procedures done tients must wear a compression garment intense pulsed light therapy (described in the U.S. nearly for about four weeks, they typically can on the previous page); laser treatment, doubled between return to work in two to four days and using a tool such as the 755 Alexandrite 1997 and begin exercising again after one to two weeks. laser; or chemical peels. 2008. Cost: $2,000 and up Time: Chemical peels generally take 10 to 15 Insider tip: You can inquire about the ultrasonic minutes. Times for light and laser treatments vary procedure, but your doctor will decide which treatment depending on the area covered and number of spots taroption is best for you after conducting a full evaluation. ■ geted, but are often less than 30 minutes.


skin can be restitched. Your doctor will be able to recommend the most appropriate treatment option for you.

Pain: For the pulsed light and laser treatments, pain is minimal, though you might feel a mild burning afterwards. During a chemical peel, you can expect your skin to feel warm or hot, and you may experience stinging following the procedure. Recovery/rehabilitation: Though you can expect your brown spots to darken just after a laser or pulsed light procedure, they typically flake off in a few days to a few weeks; you can return to work and normal activity the day of your procedure. Patients who undergo light chemical peels can also return to work immediately, though full healing may take several days; those who have deeper peels may need to recover at home for up to a week. Cost: Prices vary, but may be around $400 for an entire face treatment using intense pulsed light therapy and $350 for 20 minutes’ treatment with the 755 Alexandrite laser. Chemical peels can range from about $175 up to $1,500, depending on how deep the peel goes; several treatments are often required. Insider tip: It’s best to avoid scheduling treatments in the summer, since you’ll need to avoid getting a lot of sun just after these procedures.

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by Timothy Kelley

Guru-guided GETAWAYS THESE 3 JAUNTS WITH RENOWNED EXPERTS PROVE THAT SELF-IMPROVEMENT CAN REALLY BE A TRIP WANT TO LEARN AS YOU TRAVEL? A GROWING NUMBER of idyllic journeys now allow you to return with something better than snapshots and credit-card receipts: nifty new skills. Here we profile three specially designed junkets that combine enchanting sights and sumptuous pleasures with in-person guidance from a nationally recognized authority. Whether your passion is an art, a hobby, a sport— or passion itself—chances are there’s a special travel experience waiting for you that will be well worth writing home about.






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Revitalize your romance in Bermuda with love guru Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D. re the sparks of love not what they used to be? Try this three-day “Romance Seminar,” in which you and your sweetie leave everyday hassles behind and learn new relationship communication skills. True, the fact that the classes are set in lush, dreamy Bermuda doesn’t hurt, but it’s Schwartz’s guidance that’s the real draw. You’ll learn to see your lover anew, to study his or her “love style” and to conspire together to pluck more passion from your busy life.


The setting: Bermuda’s sun-blessed Cambridge

Beaches Resort & Spa, on a 30-acre peninsula between the cerulean blue Atlantic Ocean and picturesque Mangrove Bay, features four private beaches and 94 cottage-style rooms and suites. The expert: Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., has the ivory-


tower thing going—she’s a professor of sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle— but despite her name she’s the salt of the earth. Along with more than 40 scholarly articles, she’s the author of 14 books, including The Great Sex Weekend and Everything You Know About Love and Sex Is Wrong. She also created the Personality Profiler, an assessment tool designed for to help singles find their soulmates. Schwartz has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Oprah and Dateline NBC. The extras: Attendees get 50 percent off on couples’ massages and 20 percent off on beauty treatments at the renowned Ocean Spa. When we visited, we tried the Swedish massage with hot lava rocks. Our therapist, Sharon, alternated seamlessly between the rock and her hands. Or sneak off together down a winding road to the charming little town of Somerset, where a complimentary ferry whisks you to Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital. In the evening, before dinner, join the resort’s sommelier for a wine tasting. The dates: February 25 to 28, 2010 The cost: $379 per couple added to room rates begin-

ning at $915 per couple, with breakfast included; see for details continued


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Master Italian cuisine in Bologna with celeb chef Mary Beth Clark n “The Basics of Great Italian Cooking,” a six-day course in cuisine-famous Bologna, Italy, you’ll learn to prepare some 40 recipes, from handmade pasta to thin-crust pizza to real ragu Bolognese. Dine in splendor on the stunning Adriatic Sea and take a guided expedition to the city’s market, where you’ll visit with local producers of cheese and balsamic vinegar and learn just which wines are the best accompaniments for your enticing Italian entrées.


The setting: You’ll be taught in an ultramodern, fully equipped professional kitchen with individual work areas—in a charming 16th-century palazzo in the historic heart of Bologna, the center of Italy’s EmiliaRomagna region. The expert: Mary Beth Clark, an award-winning




The extras: Take a break and stroll Bolognese streets whose grid pattern is a legacy of the Roman Empire, or savor stunning city views as you walk along the 666 arches leading to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, reputedly the longest portico in the world. Inside the sanctuary, see the famous painting Madonna With Child, attributed to Saint Luke the Evangelist. The dates: You can hurry to book the next “Basics of

Great Italian Cooking” (October 4 to 10, 2009) or the school’s “October Truffle Festival” course (October 11 to 18). But there’s no need to rush: “Basics” is offered twice a year—as are “Taste of Emilia-Romagna” and “Savoring Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.” The cost: “The Basics” is $3,450 with first-class hotel accommodations (excluding air fare), $3,850 with deluxe accommodations; other courses vary—see for details.


chef and cooking teacher and founder of the International Cooking School of Italian Food and Wine, has been training cooks since 1977. Widely known for her book Essentials of the Italian Kitchen, she’s been a guest chef on TV’s Food Network and a contributor to Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, The New York

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Learn art and antiques at sea with Professor Lori Verderame, Ph.D. n seven relaxing, fun-filled days at sea, traveling from Philadelphia to St. George, Bermuda, and back, you’ll attend art seminars, learn to appraise antiques and find out how to ferret out undiscovered treasures at inauspicious-looking yard sales.


The setting: You’ll learn aboard


the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Majesty, enjoying NCL’s gym, spa and casino, its six international restaurants and its trademark freestyle dining, with no set dining times, dining partners or dress codes. Picturesque St. George’s, Bermuda, where you’ll dock for leisurely exploring, is the oldest continuously inhabited English-speaking settlement in the New World. The expert: Lori Verderame, Ph.D., a professor of art history at Pennsylvania State University’s World Campus, has been called “one part Antiques Roadshow and one part Comedy Central”—and she has appeared on the latter’s Daily Show. Verderame is the author of An American Sculptor: Seymour Lipton and the forthcoming Don’t Host a Yard Sale. Her syndicated column on art and antiques appears in 80 publications and reaches more than 7.5 million readers each month. The extras: The first 100 guests to book will have a

chance to have their own antiques appraised at sea. In St. George’s, check out the State House—talk about antiques, it was 112 years old when George Washington was born.

The dates: At press time, this fall’s cruise, October 24 to 31, 2009, was fully booked; check for the dates of next year’s cruise and other details. The cost: Starts at $999 per person ■

Sail with celebs! 3 MORE LUMINARY-GUIDED SPECIAL-INTEREST CRUISES • On the “Baseball Greats Cruises” on MSC Cruise Line’s Poesia, you can ply the Caribbean with baseball stars such as former Yankee Ken Griffey Sr. (a January 16 departure from Fort Lauderdale) and ex-Met Ed Kranepool (a trip leaving February 6). Find out more at • Sail out of Argentina November 15 on an ambitious 22-night Antarctic Ocean “Emperors and Kings” expedition, in the company of cinematographer Doug Allan of Planet Earth documentary fame—with a stint of helicopter-borne sightseeing—and spot as many as seven of the 17 known species of penguins. (Not for the faint of wallet, this one starts at $21,890 per person—learn more at • Thrill your Twilight-crazed teen with the “Twilight Cruise,” in the company of cast members Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Michael Welch (Mike Newton) and more. It sails from Seattle on August 8, 2010; details are at



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EACH FROM A CELEBRATED AREA SHOW HOUSE At first glance, a designer’s show-house room may seem effortless. But look more closely and you’ll see it has stories to tell—a challenge overcome, an unlikely motif made triumphant. Recently, stunning spaces in three states told such enlightening tales. And in doing so, offered design ideas aplenty. 40





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by Diane Szulecki



“The Lounge” by Charles Pavarini, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Manhattan


color palette with almost no actual color may not

strove to reflect the artwork’s icy quality throughout the

seem an enticing design choice, but in the deft

room, coupling spots of shine with dashes of warmth

hands of designer Charles Pavarini of Charles Pavarini III

thanks to pale mauve and taupe touches.

Design Associates, New York City, this singular palette

A sparkling mother-of-pearl floating fireplace and

was transformed into a breathtakingly sleek lounge befit-

a custom-carved Steinway piano by John Eric Byers

ting a grand boutique hotel.

anchor the opposite end of this “new contemporary”

“I wanted it to feel very clean and light,” Pavarini

room, while a trio of fancifully looped hangings add

says of the space. His color inspiration? A striking iceberg

whimsy upon the walls. The designer’s few splashes of

photograph by Camille Seaman that sits at one end of the

hue—pale teal and lavender—come from a decidedly

room, overlooking a chic seating area with a swanky tête-

futuristic source: a computerized cyclical color-fading LED

à-tête sofa, an amorphic bronze-and-pewter Silas Seandel

lighting system, incorporated into the Pavarini-designed

coffee table and a glittering rock-crystal geode. Pavarini

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HOME POWDER PERFECT “Reflections” by Felicia Zwebner, Sheep’s Run Show House, Rumson


mall and dark. Such was the space designer Felicia Zwebner, owner of Art de Triomphe in

Teaneck, faced at the beginning of the design process. Her mission: Transform the dim nook into a room that would be bright but not overbearing, a nod to the past but not stuffy. The posh result? A glamorous powder room fused with English and Asian elements. “The inspiration for the room was The Great

Gatsby—that feeling of ‘20s elegance and opulence,” Zwebner says. So to make the space appear larger, the designer used some decidedly luxurious tricks: She added pleated silk to the ceil-

ing and embellished the closet doors with antique mirrors that reflect the hand-painted silver metallic wallpaper by Gracie. To evoke a sense of British opulence, she chose a mahogany demilune and mirror from the Althorp Living History collection by Earl Spencer, then incorporated Eastern touches with cherry blossom–print wallpaper, a lightly striped woolen silk rug from Starr Carpets and bamboo-reminiscent window treatments that softly diffuse light, creating an ethereal glow. A luxurious silk adds a cushy spot to “sit, reflect and relax.”


velvet-upholstered ottoman—Zwebner’s own creation—



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COZY CONTEMPORARY “The Grand Salon” by Eric J. Schmidt, Society of the Arts Designer Show House for the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania


hen it comes to home design, bigger is often not better.

“Most people would look at this space and feel very intimidated,” admits Eric J. Schmidt, principal of Eric J. Schmidt Interiors, North Caldwell, of this 22-foot by 32foot room. “They’ll think, ‘How could I live here? I need to have a million dollars’ worth of furniture!’ But you don’t


need to stuff a large space to make it lovely and usable.” Thus, Schmidt opted to keep the space clean-

Schmidt-designed console and bold Venetian Ribbon mir-

lined, functional and tailored using the mantra “modern-

ror from Mirror Fair occupy the other. The space’s com-

ized tradition” as a guiding vision. Sticking with a soft,

fortable center, meanwhile, is adorned with a Ralph

soothing color palette, he began by balancing two pure-

Lauren sofa and Duralee chenille daybed and further

white Cavallini leather-hide floor coverings on each side,

accented by Lucite antlers on the mantle, while Ralph

thereby creating three distinct areas: A white baby grand

Lauren Modern Hurricane candles in the fireplace add a

piano anchors one end of the room, while a curvilinear

warm, homey glow. ■


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Glorious Food Portobello stuffed with sausage,

’Bello the banquet

spinach and smoked mozzarella SERVES 4 3 4

⁄ pound mild Italian sausage 1 medium Spanish onion, sliced 6 tablespoons olive oil 1

⁄2 cup dry red wine

8 ounces fresh spinach leaves, stems removed and coarsely chopped 1

⁄2 cup water

Salt and freshly ground

black pepper 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves 4 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 12 ounces fresh smoked mozzarella, cut into small cubes 4 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced

• Preheat grill to medium-high heat. • Brush sausages and onion slices with olive oil and place on the grill. Cook until browned on all sides. • Transfer the sausage and onion to a sauté pan and add wine. Cook until wine is completely reduced, all the while breaking up the sausage into small pieces.


• Add spinach and water. Season with salt and pep-


per and cook until the spinach has wilted, about





spoons of basil and 2 tablespoons of parsley and the cheese and let cool slightly. • Turn the grill to high heat. Brush the mushroom caps on both sides with the remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the mushrooms on the grill and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the grill and place on a flat surface, cap side down. • Fill the mushrooms with the sausage mixture and top each with a few slices of tomato. Season with salt and pepper and place them on the grill, cap side down. Close the grill cover and cook until the mushroom and filling have heated through, the cheese has melted and the tomatoes are soft—about 5 minutes. Remove to a platter and sprinkle tops with the remaining parsley and basil.


THINK OF THEM AS THE GEN-XERS OF THE gourmet world. After slipping quietly onto the culinary scene in the 1980s, portobello mushrooms exploded in popularity in the early- to mid-90s. True, many a mushroom enthusiast assumes the humungous fungus to be a long-beloved delicacy with an exotic pedigree. But in reality, a portobello is simply an overgrown version of the long-unpopular crimini mushroom, grown mostly in Pennsylvania—not on some lush Tuscan hillside. Still, despite these decidedly commoner origins, portobellos today reign as recipe royalty. Thanks to a hearty flavor and surprisingly steak-like texture, they’re a versatile indulgence, acclaimed as both a complement to and an alternative for meat ingredients in many a gourmet creation. Equally excellent grilled, sautéed and roasted, in sauces, sandwiches and salads, the mushrooms are a healthy as well as tasty treat, with a mere 40 calories per cup and high levels of potassium, niacin, cancer-fighting selenium and antioxidants. Choose portobellos that are firm and plump with an earthy aroma. Refrigerate in a paper bag to keep them fresh for up to five or six days. Then cook them up however you please. ■

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Our wallet-friendly zinfandel was a delight. We began with appetizers that were well prepared if not super memorable. A sampler plate featured tuna tartare (fresh and appealing), crab cakes (a nice balance of crab and bread crumb) and vegetable spring rolls (tightly assembled so they didn’t fall apart). Our salad, one of the specials, was an enjoyable mix of baby spinach, strawberries, almonds, a crispy ball of creamy goat cheese and—the star—grilled peaches, which added a peach pie–like quality. The New York strip was pleasingly topped with a tangy steak sauce and cooked precisely to our specifications. The accompanying grilled asparagus were perpendicular underneath the strip and thus nicely infused with its meaty juice. The pan-roasted grouper, one of many seafood entrées, was a thick cut that flaked well. A thin moat of green basil oil gave the delicate fish a nice Ta b o r R o a d Ta v e r n pesto kick. All was surrounded by an 510 Tabor Road, Morris Plains; 973-267excellent zucchini and eggplant rataWE CAN’T BRAG THAT WE 7004; touille that quickly disappeared as we discovered Tabor Road Tavern in Hours tried to sleuth out the secret ingrediMorris Plains. After all, the eatery— LUNCH: Monday through Saturday, ent (Cinnamon? Nutmeg?). open a year and a half—is right off 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday, noon–4 p.m. Had our meal ended here, we Route 10 and was already packed on DINNER: Monday through Thursday, would have departed pleased and satthis Friday night. Even so, as we 4–10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4–11 isfied—but thankfully we lingered worked our way through course after p.m.; Sunday, 4-9 p.m. for dessert, which was where Tabor satisfying course, we couldn’t help What you should know Road Tavern’s true creativity shone. but feel we’d uncovered a local gem. • Entrées range from $20 to $34 The first featured heaps of shaved Set in a large space with vaulted • Full bar frozen watermelon, slightly sweetceilings so high they’re illuminated • Outdoor seating available ened, layered atop first a lime with stage lighting, the structure is best • Private parties accommodated meringue, then diced cantaloupe and described as ski-lodge chic: exposed • Major credit cards accepted honeydew in simple syrup. Served in brick, warm woods, multiple fireplaces, a martini glass, it was a refreshing Art Deco flourishes in various nooks. revelation. More decadent was the single-serving French The lights are dimmed at sunset, making for a romantic toast—a sweet piece of homemade brioche baked with ambiance even amid the echoed din and close-set tables. chocolate in a cast-iron pan, topped by caramel-drizzled Of the small details that set Tabor Road Tavern banana slices and a scoop of rum raisin ice cream. Both apart, the most notable is the use of two servers for each were specials that night—and though we understand why table, ensuring a steady stream of attentive service. (We the watermelon may be only seasonal, we certainly hope learned from a manager that they communicate through the French toast is offered on cold winter nights. subtle table cues, such as placing a napkin a certain way to If you’re planning a trip to the Tabor Road Tavern, indicate the drink order has been taken.) and we encourage it, pay attention to the specials—you’ll About those drinks: There are reds and whites and discover ingenuity aplenty. But just remember: We found champagnes for multiple budgets and palates, with occathe place first. ■ sional bottles dating back to the Clinton administration.

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ORIGIN THAI II Elegant French-Thai eatery. Major credit cards. · 6-14 South St., Morristown · 973 971-9933 PAZZO PAZZO Fresh regional Italian food. Major credit cards. · 74 Speedwell Ave., Morristown · 973-898-6606 SEBASTIAN’S THE STEAKHOUSE NY-style steakhouse . V/MC/AMEX/Diners Club. · 80 Elm Street, Morristown · 973-539-8545

M O U N TA I N L A K E S SOUTH CITY GRILL Seafood grill featuring Shanghai lobster. Major credit cards. · 60 Rt. 46 E., Mountain Lakes · 973-335-8585



PA R S I P PA N Y ECCOLA ITALIAN BISTRO Italian fare with daily specials. Major credit cards. · 1082 Rt. 46 W., Parsippany · 973-334-8211 continued



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MING II Reinvented pan-Asian–inspired cuisine. Major credit cards. · 88 Headquarters Plaza, 3 Speedwell Ave., Morristown · 973-871-2323

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Be THERE OCTOBER October 1 to 18—Catch a per-

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Mexican boys left behind as their father searches for work in the United States, at the Playwrights Theatre in Madison. Tickets: $15. Call 973-514-1787 or visit for more information. October 15—Paddle along the Rockaway River in search of local flora and fauna during an EVENING CANOE PADDLE,

4:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Tourne County Park in Denville (ages 12 and up welcome). Canoes, life vests and paddles are provided; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $20. Call 973-334-3130 or visit www.morris for more information. October 16—Dress in your comfiest PJs and head to A MOTHER


October 4—Travel back to the Middle Ages at this Manhattan

event, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jesters, jousting knights, a live chess game, minstrels, jugglers and other entertainments will accompany medieval music, crafts, food and drink. Visit for more information.

or visit for more information. October 16, 17, 23 and 24—

Admission: $17.95 for adults, $15.95 for children. Call 908-8797189 or visit for more information.

Grab your flashlight and head to Alstede Farms in Chester for

October 21 to November 15—


a fundraiser to benefit St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Hubert’s auditorium in Madison. The event includes cookies and milk, a pet therapy dog visit, book readings by children’s author Dianne Ochiltree and more. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children; registration required. Call Joan Raabe at 973-403-1918


6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tackle the New Jersey Devils–themed corn maze, make s’mores over the camp fire, enjoy unlimited mulled cider, listen to country music and more.

THE CHOCOLATE SHOW October 30 to November 1—Get a sugar rush at this decadent three-day expo featuring

Enjoy a stage adaptation of THE GRAPES OF WRATH, John Steinbeck’s renowned novel about a man and his family’s flight from the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma during the Great Depression, at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. Tickets: $43 to $54. Call 973-408-5600 or visit for more information.

demonstrations, kids’ activities, chocolate showpieces, a chocolate lounge and more, beginning 10 a.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. Tickets: $8 to $28. Visit




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more, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township. Call 973326-7600 or visit for more information. FREE

October 23—Laugh out loud as the legendary comic performs at the Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, 8 p.m. Tickets:

October 31—

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Experience the creative spectacle that is New York City’s VILLAGE

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nation’s largest public Halloween celebration, featuring thousands of costumed marchers, giant puppets, dancers, musicians, artists and more, starting at 7 p.m. and traveling on 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street. Visit for more information.


November 3—Learn how to

navigate those seasonal feasts at HEALTHY EATING DURING THE HOLIDAYS, a lecture conducted by ShopRite dietician

Tara Domzalski, 7 p.m. at the Parsippany Library in Parsippany. Call 973-887-5150 or visit for more information. November 6 and 7—Hunt for treasures at THE MORRISTOWN ARMORY ANTIQUES SHOW,

Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Morristown National Guard Armory. Admission: $7; $6 with online coupon. Call 973-927-2794 or visit for more information.

November 8—Hear the Baroque

Orchestra of New Jersey perform Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto #2 in F Minor and other masterpieces with guest pianist Paul Ziegler during AUTUMN WINDS, 3 p.m. at the College of Saint Elizabeth’s Dolan Performance Hall in Convent Station. Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $5 for students. Call 973-366-8922 or visit for more information. through November 15—See

bridal fashions of eras gone by at INVITATIONS TO A WEDDING: BRIDAL GOWNS FROM THE

FOOD AND CUISINE: WINTER SQUASH November 15—Learn how to prepare curried butternut-squash soup and other tasty concoctions at this workshop led by chef Cynthia Triolo, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Center in Whippany. Tickets: $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers; register by November 10.


Call 973-326-7603 or visit www.arboretum for more information.

1820S TO THE PRESENT at the

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S t ro l l o n . . . New parents (left to right) Margot Wagner, Shelley Hirshberg and Preethi and Supreeth Srinivasa head out for a breath of fresh air during a “Baby and Me” walk though Jockey Hollow.





NEVER BE WITHOUT TEETH, INCLUDING IMPLANTS Patients travel from around the country to Denville, in search of the perfect smile. Denville is famous for its medical community. So, it’s no surprise that a perfect smile is a must have item in this friendly town. Hand crafting those smiles is the life work of Dr. Steiner and Dr. Fine. Our office’s reputation has spread so far that we now treat patients from around the world; often doing more smile makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. We also offer an amazing alternative for those living with missing teeth. This dramatic advancement in the field of dental implantology now makes it possible for many patients to switch from dentures to permanent implant supported teeth in only a few hours. This new approach can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth. Patients leave the office after just one appointment with a beautiful and strong smile. Discomfort is so minimal that most patients eat a light meal that evening. Upon entering our front door you will immediately know that this is no ordinary dental office, because that’s what most people say upon seeing it for the first time. Among our practice’s notable patients are actresses, actors, astronauts, models and TV personalities. However most of the doctor’s patients are everyday people who just want to look their best. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski have focused their practice on those areas about which they are highly passionate. (After all you wouldn’t ask your family doctor to do heart surgery.) Those areas are Cosmetic Dentistry. Trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for advanced dental studies, they have devoted over fifty combined years to perfecting their skills and have placed over 23,000 cosmetic restorations. Our main focus is on cosmetic and full mouth reconstruction cases. This includes Implant Dentistry and Neuromuscular Orthodontics, which can avoid unecessary removal of teeth. Many people do not realize that dental problems may be the cause of headaches, shoulder, back and neck pain, noisy jaw joints and pains in the TMJ. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski pride themselves in having Morris County’s premier head, neck and jaw pain relief center. Our office also offers a “limited warranty” that provides free repair or replacement of restorative dental work, when a patient’s regular hygiene visits are maintained. This kind of security could only be offered by truly World Class Dentists. This is why our motto is: “Experienced professionals make the difference.”

AESTHETIC FAMILY DENTISTRY, PA 35 West Main Street, Suite 208 Denville, NJ 07834 973-627-3617 Alan B. Steiner, DMD • Derek Fine, DMD • Jenni Kwiatkowski, DDS C3_MRHL_OCT09.indd c3

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Stroke is the nation's third leading cause of death, yet nearly five million Americans are living proof of stroke survivability. Hackettstown Regional Medical Center has been nationally recognized for Advanced Stroke Care by The Joint Commission. From an initial clinical assessment to our new Teleneurology, HRMC uses the latest diagnostic technology and treatment options available. Teleneurology technology allows HRMC emergency physicians and nurses to consult with an expert neurologist 24/7 in a face-to-face video conference at bedside with the patient and family. If you or a loved one is showing signs of stroke, it is critical to get to the closest emergency department as soon as possible. To help minimize the effects of stroke, it is necessary to diagnose and begin treatment within three hours of the first sign or symptom. This new technology is just part of the stroke care story that has earned HRMC the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. Expect Better, Get Better. It has greater meaning every day.

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Morris Health & Life's October 2009 issue  
Morris Health & Life's October 2009 issue  

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