Healthy Reds

Some tips on wine from Dr. Farhin Rahman, ND, practitioner at Merchantville Medical Wellness Center. You’ve probably also heard that the best kind of alcohol is red wine because of its heart-healthy and antioxidant benefits. While drinking 5 oz of red wine daily has anti-aging benefits, you might still want to be careful about the quality of wine you’re consuming. Believe it or not, a huge portion of vineyards use a chemical called glyphosate (Monsanto’s weed killer, Roundup), which is a poisonous and carcinogenic substance linked to diseases like Lymphoma, Alzheimer’s, Autism and Brain Cancer. There have also been high levels of sulfites and heavy metals - like arsenic - found in wine. So here are some helpful guidelines: Avoid wine from California. That’s right! Even organic wines from California- Napa, Sonoma, etc. are contaminated and tested positive for glyphosate. The highest level came back from Cabernet Sauvignon. If possible, avoid all US and French conventional wines, as their wine tested the highest in pesticides. Look for USDA Certified Organic Wine whenever possible. The best wines to drink: Pinot Noir is considered the healthiest red wine you can drink. Pinot grapes have a thin skin, so Pinot Noir has low tannins but high levels of resveratrol. Sagrantino is an antioxidant-rich wine and might contain the most antioxidants of any red wine out there. Merlot has high levels of resveratrol and procyanidin which help to lower cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health. Cabernet Sauvignon helps to stimulate the immune system and cell health and Malbec high levels of antioxidants and has been linked to both heart health and immune health. To find out if you have heavy metals or chemical sensitivities, schedule an appointment with Dr. Far to discuss more! 

SJIHP Research Grants

The South Jersey Institute for Population Health (SJIPH), established by the the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors (Joint Board) to improve health outcomes in our region, is pleased to announce its inaugural funding initiative for 2021. SJIPH’s Call for Proposals will fund research projects that involve collaborations between Rowan University, Rutgers University-Camden, and community-based organizations in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Requests for Proposals.

Merchantville OEM

Councilman Sean Fitzgerald convened a meeting for those involved with the Merchantville Office of Emergency Management and coordinating entities via video conference on Thursday evening to share information and synchronize efforts moving forward. JP Beauchamp from OEM spoke about working with the County and emergency preparations to obtain PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for our first responders and equipping an EOC (Emergency Operations Center) which will open as a Level 3 center from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the basement of the Community Center if required. He has reviewed the school lunch distribution program developed by Scott Strong and requested that a pdf on basic hand washing/covid-19 symptoms be attached to each brown bag.

Department of Health member, Joan Brennan, is monitoring several sites for information and statistics including the CDC, NJDOH Dashboard, PA DOH Alerts, County Department of Health & Human Services and Kinsa Health/Weather Mapping. She noted that Merchantville has several websites and social media outlets where we can push out information from national/state/county/municipal outlets and virtual meetings/town halls/messages and asked asked about identifying potential cluster housing hotspots like Chestnut Station, Greenleigh Court and Wellwood Manor to determine who is coordinating their preparation efforts. Mayor Brennan stated that Denise Brouse, borough clerk, has been in touch with Chestnut Station an a plan is in place and handouts have been provided. He also mentioned that the Camden County Mayors Association is promoting the importance of the senior food program and community volunteers are welcome.

Police Chief Rich Grassia spoke on changes to central dispatch communications including screening incoming calls with inquiries about recent out of country travel and flu like symptoms. He noted that police are not entering buildings unless necessary when answering calls. The Police Chief Association keeps them current on the number of positive cases in Camden County and is working on ways to better inform police about pockets of contagion. Their info share system will red flag call situations with a Covid-19 tag (cautionary flag). Chief Grassia reported that town residents appear to be heeding warnings because there have been no walk-ups at the Boro Hall police station and no large gatherings noted.The chief and detective are at the police department every day and night shift rotate through to cover the buildings.

Fire Chief Kevin Patti discussed the status of fire, code and public works. The Merchantville Fire Department is restricted to members only, temperature screening is done upon arrival and response modifications with EMS have been made. Merchantville and Pennsauken have established a joint 14 day quarantine space if needed and right now all members healthy. All fire/housing inspections have been canceled but, they continue to complete resale CO inspections and handle minor complaints. Public Works still active and are ready to maintain trash removal in case something happens with our municipal provider, Gold Medal. They have been sanitizing doorknobs twice a day and the phone pad outside the police station can be added.

Mayor Brennan reported that the Mayors Association had decided that individual municipal emergency declarations provided no additional value or power beyond the County declaration so, 37 municipalities agreed to piggy back on the county. Mayor Brennan doesn’t anticipate he will have to put a municipal declaration in place but, we have it if needed. Mayor Brennan was very appreciative of the level of coordination and communication among municipal OEM stakeholder groups and feels we are as prepared as we can be. We hope to avoid a major situation so, the more days we go without cases the better off we will be in 14-16 days. Unless an earlier meeting is necessary the next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 3/26/20 @ 8:00 p.m.

Jumpstart Health Naturally

The Merchantville Medical Wellness Center encourages you to get a "jumpstart on a healthy 2020". Dr. Jennifer Phillips ND, heads the team as a Naturopathic physician in guiding clients to a natural approach to medicine. Her personalized approach to health care offers an alternative to disease management and covers specialties including food allergies, women’s health, digestive & GI issues and chronic pain. Dr Jen is especially fond of beginning wholistic care for children as this is where a life time of good health starts. Dr. Phillips has the support of other physicians in the community if necessary for the purpose of physical examination, lab testing, and referrals.


Holistic Fitness


Start your fitness journey with Essence Fitness Studio today. In the two years since the studio moved to town they've been embraced by the community in many ways and hosted several exciting activities for kids and families. Trainers Ivory Pardo and Christian Nusom set out with the goal of improving overall health in Merchantville using a wide range of holistic centered fitness classes ranging from yoga and zumba to spinning and boxing. They partnered with chiropractor in Dr. Kevin Gyurina and several local business to meet this goal. Call Essence Fitness Studio at 856-254-2891 to schedule your FREE assessment. For more information please follow us on Instagram and FacebookOpen: Monday -  Friday 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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