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Living with Stress in Today’s World

Dr. Vince Sferra

Every month, The New Jersey Power Team features a special guest speaker delivering content on a variety of topics of interest. Health and fitness, nutrition, finances, relationships, careers, overall mental well-being – they cover it all. To help people stay on course toward the life they want to lead, they have asked our very own Dr. Vince Sferra & Pat Taylor to be the guest speakers this month!

Please join us on Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 7:15 for an enlightening presentation on stress and its effects on the body.  You’ll learn techniques for tempering its toll and discuss ways for more peaceful living.  The mind-body connection between stress and bodily manifestations will be explored for understanding the motivation to engage in stress tempering techniques so urgently needed by most.

Presentation discusses:         

  • Stress and individual perception
  • Adrenal function and physiology
  • Effects of stress on the body
  • Chemical, Physical, Nutritional & Emotional stressors
  • Action steps to reduce and control various stressors
  • Learn and practice techniques to reduce the physical and emotional effects of stress using deep breathing, meditation, guided imagery, chakra imagery and acupressure.

Learn about the physiological impact of stress and how you can better control it with stress reduction techniques for more peaceful living.

Wednesday June 19, 2019
7:15 pm arrival time, workshop begins at 7:30 pm sharp
Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation
399 Campus Drive in Somerset, NJ
Admission is FREE, but space is limited.
Please email by 6/18 to reserve your seat. 

Sugar impairs our body’s ability to detoxify

Sugar impairs our body’s ability to detoxify by sabotaging our major detoxification organ, the liver. Processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup creates inflammation in the liver and promotes a fatty build up in this organ called fatty liver. Fatty liver is observed not only in Type 2 diabetics but more and more in children and teens and is linked to both physical and psychological/emotional and behavioral problems. In case you didn’t know, this toxic element is found in pastries, soda, candy just to name o a few. Limit your consumption at most to once/twice per week. Infants and children’s livers are immature and are not able to detoxify with the same efficiency as adults. Eating habits that involve daily consumption of processed sugar is giving our youngsters an unfair start in life, as such habits are linked with chronic disease, depression and anxiety later in life. Make a change today: Replace sugary snacks in your home with real fruit, snack on carrots, celery, peas and apples.
Join us for the Detox Workshop
Thursday 5/16/19 at 7:00pm
399 Campus Drive, Suite 110
Somerset, NJ
Email or call 908-218-1004   

DETOX Workshop

Detox Your Body & Home
By:  Dr. Claudia Tamas
Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation

Lately there has been a lot of buzz about Detox programs.  People are seeking ways to cleanse their bodies of toxins for many reasons:  weight loss, heart burn, digestive problems such as gas and bloating, acne and other skin problems, body aches and pains, fatigue or just to become healthier.  With the marketplace filled with more and more processed foods, additives, sweeteners and convenience / fast foods to assist with hectic schedules, our bodies need to work harder than ever to get rid of these toxins we consume.  And when we also consider the environmental toxins we are exposed to from the chemicals, dyes and fragrances in cleaning products, make-up, beauty products, and air fresheners…just to name a few – it certainly is time to DETOX!

The good news is the body has its own natural daily cleansing process to eliminate or filter out the toxins through the use of the liver, kidneys, colon, intestines and skin!  Our job is to expose it to the least amount of environmental toxins and give it the best possible nutrients to be able to do its job well!

Nutrition impacts every aspect of our health.  Food is not merely fuel for our bodies; it becomes our body as the nutrients are utilized to create structures that make up our muscles, bones, hormones, organs and brain!  Therefore all the systems in our body are influenced greatly by what we eat.  The quality of our food has far reaching impact on just about any chronic health condition, so everything we eat can bring us either closer to health and wellness or closer to illness and disease.

Through empowering and educating people on optimal nutrition and ways to limit toxic exposure, we can create health for ourselves, our families and our community.  Identifying and eliminating sources of toxicity and learning how to prepare foods that promote health and strengthen the immune system is key to not only our own health and wellness but also for our children.  Determining sources of toxic exposure in our homes and learning how to eliminate them will give our children and loved ones the best possible environment to heal, repair and thrive.

Come learn how to reduce the toxins you are exposed to for a long and healthier lifespan for you and your loved onesLearn about juicing, smoothies and other ways to use food to support optimal health, healing and detoxification.  We’ll also provide you with resources to find clean makeup and body products.  Sample some of Dr. Claudia’s favorite juices and smoothies and enjoy making a few of her cleaning, beauty and body products to take home with you to begin your journey to a less toxic body and home!

Thursday 5/16/19 at 7:00pm
Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation | 399 Campus Drive | Somerset, NJ
Cost:  $10 per person, or 2 for $15 if you bring a friend.
RSVP:  Email or call 908-218-1004 to reserve your seat by 5/15/19

Delaying the Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

Delaying the Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Vince Sferra


Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, research tells us that changes in the brain happen many years before the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear.  It may begin with intermittent short-term memory problems, and over time may gradually progress to more and more loss of mental capabilities. The early cognitive decline which precedes Alzheimer’s disease is of great concern for society and the families effected like no other disease because of its nature and that to date there is no good treatment for Alzheimer’s.  If we take notice of these early signs of changes in the brain it can provide us with a window of opportunity to delay the onset of symptoms and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease!

Like all chronic diseases, we know it is not one cause or one cure, but rather a multitude of factors that create dysfunction, disorder and disease in the body.  Various testing relative to many factors that contribute to cognitive decline can and should be assessed when there is concern. There are known genetic factors that can pre-dispose us to Alzheimer’s disease which we can routinely check with blood work in our office.  Things such as inflammation in the body, disruption of hormone balance and metabolism, certain vitamin levels and markers of toxicity in the body are worthy of a comprehensive evaluation.  These test results can provide an opportunity for a higher risk individual to create healthier lifestyle habits to optimize brain function right away before any decline occurs or is noticeable.

Focusing on the key lifestyle factors, which are the things we can control in our life, can help us maintain and optimize our brain health:

  • Get adequate restorative sleep on a nightly basis.
  • Learn effective tools to temper the effects of stress. Prolonged stress can affect our ability to heal, cope and can progress disease and exacerbate symptoms. And the chemistry of stress, when over secreted for a protracted amount of time, will directly and adversely impact certain regions of the brain that are responsible for our memory.
  • Proper nutrition supports a healthy body and brain, particularly as it relates to inflammation, toxicity and the nutrients needed for the brain to function and repair.
  • Be physically active through exercise and rigorous daily activity which can help prevent the development and/or slow the progression of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise increases the blood flow and nourishment to your brain. High blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol are all potential risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease which can be decreased with exercise!  It is also a wonderful way to temper and reduce the effects of stress.

Mild cognitive decline proceeds Alzheimer’s disease, catch it early on!  To learn more on how you can get started and understand cognitive decline, we offer a complimentary new patient consultation.  Learn more about your concerns and begin to set a game plan to get and keep you on the road to optimizing your brain health!

For more information or to schedule your complimentary new patient consultation call 908-252-0242
399 Campus Drive | Somerset, NJ |

Juicing for Better Health 2/21/19

Thursday 2/21/19 at 7:00pm
399 Campus Drive | Somerset, NJ

Cost:  $10 per person, or 2 for $15 if you bring a friend.
RSVP:  Email or call 908-218-1004 to reserve your seat by 2/20

Juicing vegetables is great for anyone who is interested in becoming healthier. Juicing your own fresh vegetables is not only more cost effective than purchasing prepared juices, but it is also healthier.  Learning how and what to juice is important in gaining all the health benefits of juicing to help combat everything from a cold to chronic diseases.

Many store bought juices contain large amounts of fruit instead of vegetables which can spike your blood sugar and insulin levels.  Other than green apples, fruits should not be juiced but eaten fresh.  Vegetables of all colors and varieties such as carrots, beets, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli stems, cabbage and celery should make up most of every juice. When blood sugar is a concern, leafy greens should make up to 80% of each serving. Store bought juices are also usually pasteurized to give them a longer shelf life which destroys many nutrients.  Fresh juice is unpasteurized so the taste and nutrients are preserved providing the most health benefits.

Juicing is different than making smoothies.  A juicer breaks down the food into a liquid form and separates it from the fiber.  Removing the fiber and extracting the juice enables the body to instantly absorb nutrients to nourish our cells, facilitate detoxification and optimize our health.  It gives your body more of what it needs with less food to digest.  This gives your colon, liver, kidneys, bladder and intestines a break and can help you have a healthier digestive system.  Our ability to absorb nutrients can be deficient due to unhealthy lifestyles, pollution and gut dysbiosis.  With juicing you increase your chance of getting better absorption, almost instantly! Consuming large amounts of nutrients found in juice also supports your immune system which can help you gain control of many chronic diseases and health issues.

Many people who struggle eating their veggies can consume more by juicing.  It’s a great way to help you eat your 6-8 servings a day! Juicing allows you to consume more nutrients by adding a variety of different vegetables which perhaps you normally wouldn’t cook, but throwing them in a juicer is simple. Without the pulp, the body can quickly and easily absorb the nutrients to improve your nutrition and health.  Drinking just one freshly pressed juice each day is an excellent way of infusing your body with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that can protect your cells against premature aging and disease. Although, juicing should not replace eating fresh whole fruits and vegetables because having fiber is your diet is important for your digestive system.  To be sure you get enough fiber and nutrients in your diet a proper balance between juice and solid food is important.

Come see how easy it is to juice! Learn how to combine powerful ingredients to cleanse, detoxify, hydrate and nourish your cells to help fight inflammation, ward off colds and flu, help prevent cancer and/or reduce harmful side effects of cancer treatments, soothe an upset stomach, and much more to help your body thrive! You’ll also get to sample some of Dr. Claudia’s favorite juices and take home her recipes.

Thursday 2/21/19 at 7:00pm

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation | 399 Campus Drive | Somerset, NJ
Cost:  $10 per person, or 2 for $15 if you bring a friend.
RSVP:  Email or call 908-218-1004 to reserve your seat by 2/20

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Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation

West End Physical Therapy, 10-12 West End Court, 2nd Floor, Long Branch, NJ 07740 | Phone 732.222.7799

399 Campus Drive, 1st Floor, Somerset, NJ | Phone 908.252.0242| Fax 908.252.0243