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Following its March 25 issue, U.S. 1 will be taking a hiatus from publishing. While it was our intention — and, we felt, our duty — to continue supporting and informing our community during this time, the current business climate has made it infeasible to carry on for now. We hope to be with you again very soon.
Sara Hastings, Editor
The following stories were originally published in the March 25, 2020, issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper.
Fast Lane Stories
Preview of the Arts Stories
- Filmmaker Keeps His Audience Connection
- Deaths of Despair in the Time of Coronavirus
- In Their Own Voices: P. Carl’s ‘Becoming a Man’
Survival Guide Stories
On October 30, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed Senate Joint Resolution #366, designating National Doctors’ Day as a national holiday celebrated annually on March 30.
- Princeton Medical Institute: Here to Help the Community
- Capital Health Doctors Deliver Innovative Patient Care
- New Jersey Prevention Network
- American College of Orgonomy: Dealing with Pandemic Panic
- Drs. Kirk & Kiersten Huckel Focus on Community Service
- Healthy Outlooks for Older Adults
Between the Lines
Numerous businesses are closed up and down the Route 1 corridor, but for some companies work continues over airwaves and fiber-optic lines. One of the companies that has shifted its operations online is Netelixir, an Independence Way-based retail marketing agency. In the past few weeks, its work has focused on understanding the radical changes now taking place in the way Americans buy things.
Netelixir co-founder and CEO Udayan Bose has been using data from his company’s clients, which consist of about 100 U.S.-based retailers, to analyze the latest trends. He says Netelixir does not track the personal data of individual customers but collects information such as how long it takes for customers to make purchases, whether they do so from a mobile phone or a desktop computer, where they live, and other details.
Bose grew up in India, where his father was a scientist and his mother a schoolteacher. He went to school for chemistry before joining an online gaming company, where he ran its lucrative bingo business. “Things became a little crazy when we became rich very quickly,” he says. “A lot of us left to get into slightly more ethical lines of business.”
He founded Netelixir in 2004 together with his wife, Tulika, initially running the company out of a garage in Hyderabad. They moved the headquarters to Princeton in 2007.
Netelixir now employs about 30 people locally and is nominally headquartered on Independence Way, although everyone is working from home. It also has an India-based workforce of about 80 people.
Bose says that Netelixir’s data has showed some expected results, such as that the event and entertainment industries have been hit hard by the virus and social distancing measures.
But other sectors have skyrocketed. Among the company’s clients are sellers of food and gourmet items, and these have seen a massive spike in sales. The first week of virus impacts saw this business go up 48 percent. The next week saw that figure climb to 68 percent, and as of now it has more than doubled, to 120 percent of baseline sales.
With bricks-and-mortar shops closed, online retailers have seen an increase in sales. “Across the board, online sales are more or less trending up,” he says.
Another category of goods that is selling well, besides food and pet supplies, is home decor. “You don’t know how long you’re going to be at home,” Bose says. “If you’re in New York, you probably live in a smallish apartment. You want to brighten up your space as much as possible.”
With more people working from home, home office products are also selling well. For instance, there has been a boom in sales of Lenovo laptops.
Certain products have seen wild increases in demand. As has been widely reported, hand sanitizer is flying off the shelves. There has been a corresponding spike in the price of online advertising related to those products: Bose said the price of a “click” on an ad for a hand sanitizer product has gone from $1 to $9.
Customers are also looking for ways to reach out to their friends and family. Sales of flowers and greeting cards have gone up. “People are trying to brighten each other’s lives as much as possible, which I think is a great thing to happen,” Bose says.
Religious products have also seen an increase in sales. “It makes us think that in such times of a lot of uncertainty, people tend to take a lot of comfort even in very simple things. What makes us very happy is that we’re seeing a lot more flow of compassion and love. People are sending out greetings to one another.”
On a somewhat more ominous note, sales of guns and ammunition have spiked as well.
Netelixir has been hosting weekly webinars to share its research with the business community. In a March 11 presentation, Bose noted that buying something is an emotional decision, and that right now, the dominant emotion among consumers seems to be fear.
However, he says, that has not appeared to translate into companies creating marketing materials designed to stoke fear and translate it into purchases. “A lot of marketers are behaving responsibly,” he said. “Some people have started putting out on their website how they are contributing to COVID-19 victims and so on.”
Bose speculates that the virus outbreak may create permanent changes in the marketplace. A significant number of those shopping online for food were doing so for the first time. Google analytics show that a large percentage of those searching for online food options for the first time were 55 and over. “Many of them are technophobic,” Bose says, adding that overcoming that hurdle to make a purchase for the first time indicates that they may continue to do so even after the crisis abates. “We’ve removed the biggest barrier to online shopping for the 55-plus age group.”
Bose anticipates that there will be a permanent shift from brick-and-mortar retail to online shopping to a certain extent. “It’s a question of habit forming,” he said.
Bose said Netelixir is launching a program designed to help Route 1 corridor retailers that lack online stores to shift their businesses online for a one-time fee. For more information, visit Netelixir’s website.
Netelixir Inc., 3 Independence Way, Suite 203, Princeton 08540. 609-356-5112. Udayan Bose, founder & CEO. www.netelixir.com.
Rent and Mortgage Relief from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae
The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced a nationwide relief plan for its Multifamily borrowers and residents of their apartment properties. Under the Freddie Mac program, multifamily landlords whose properties are financed with a Freddie Mac Multifamily fully performing loan can defer their loan payments for 90 days by showing hardship as a consequence of COVID-19 and by gaining lender approval.
In turn, Freddie Mac is requiring landlords not to evict any tenant based solely on non-payment of rent during the forbearance period. Through partnership with its network of Optigo lenders and investors, Freddie Mac anticipates that the program can provide relief for up to 4.2 million U.S. renters across more than 27,000 properties.
“This program is historic in its size, and it has the potential to provide relief to millions of families in multifamily rental homes financed through a Freddie Mac loan,” said Debby Jenkins, executive vice president and head of Freddie Mac Multifamily. “Countless Americans are facing unimaginable hardships, and Freddie Mac is doing what we can to provide relief.”
Freddie Mac Multifamily’s coronavirus forbearance program is modeled on its disaster-relief forbearance plan introduced in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Since then, Freddie Mac has implemented the forbearance plan in response to other natural disasters, including additional hurricanes and the California wildfires.
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae previously announced a relief program for mortgage-holders of single-family homes. Together, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back nearly 50 percent of all mortgages in the United States.
Sandoz Acquires Rights to Two Injection Drugs
Carnegie Center-based drug manufacturer Sandoz has announced that it has acquired the distribution rights in the United States for two injectible drugs from BE Pharmaceuticals AG. BE retains responsibility for manufacturing the products and managing the regulatory approval process.
Daptomycin is a naturally occurring antibiotic used in the treatment of infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria and is the generic version of Cubicin. Fosaprepitant is an antiemetic drug used in the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with certain chemotherapies, administered as IV infusion, and is the generic prodrug of Emend for injection.
“These medicines strategically support our institutional portfolio, add value for our sales force, and increase our overall offerings in the hospital setting,” said Carol Lynch, president of Sandoz Inc. “Our ambition is to make Sandoz the world’s leading and most valued generics company. To realize that ambition in the U.S. market, we are focusing on specific segments such as hospitals and oncology clinics with generic and branded generic injectables, where we can do the most to pioneer access for patients.”
Sandoz Inc., 506 Carnegie Center, Suite 400, Princeton 08540. 609-627-8500. www.us.sandoz.com.
YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton 08540. 609-497-2100 x334. www.ywcaprinceton.org.
YWCA Princeton has made Melissa White the new director of its Breast Cancer Resource Center. The center provides free support services for Mercer County women throughout any and every stage of their breast cancer journey. This includes a transportation and companionship program that brings women to and from treatment, fitness and wellness classes, a wig boutique and prosthesis fitting, and more. She was formerly support services coordinator for the BCRC.
“Melissa has always been a team player, and now she is a team leader,” said YWCA Princeton CEO Judy Hutton. “She’s been critical in the administration of daily services provided by the BCRC as well as in the planning and execution of large events and fundraisers.”
White, an eight-year cancer survivor herself, said she was excited to be the new director of the BCRC. “The legacy of the women before me is an incredible groundwork for what we are doing today and for what we have planned for the future of the BCRC,” she said.
KBP Biosciences, 116 Village Boulevard, Suite 210, Princeton 08540. 609-531-0889. Jennifer Miao. www.kbpbiosciences.com.
KBP Biosciences, a clinical stage biotechnology company based in Forrestal Village, has appointed Nick Hart as chief financial officer. Hart has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector.
“Nick’s impressive record and breadth of financial leadership experience, which includes work at both public and private companies, makes him an extremely valuable addition to the KBP team at a pivotal juncture for the company,” said Thijs Spoor, CEO of KBP Biosciences. “Nick is well equipped to help us navigate the next phase of the company’s growth as we work to complete the Phase 2b study of our lead product candidate, KBP-5074, for the treatment of uncontrolled hypertension in chronic kidney disease patients.”
Most recently, Hart was CFO at Temptime Corporation, a private equity-owned manufacturer of temperature monitoring devices for the global pharmaceutical and vaccine industry, through its successful sale to Zebra Technologies in 2019. From 2008 to 2013, he was CFO and acting president at HemCon Medical Technologies. Previously, he was CFO of Alltracel Pharmaceuticals, which was sold to HemCon in 2008. Earlier in his career, he worked at venture capital firms Porton Capital Ltd and BioScience Managers.
He earned a bachelor’s in economics and statistics from Kingston University in London.
“I am excited to join KBP at such a crucial time and grateful to the Board for their confidence,” Hart said. “Until now, late-stage CKD patients with uncontrolled hypertension had few safe and viable treatment options. Our goal with KBP-5074 is to bring a new first-in-class therapy to these patients and address a major unmet medical need. I am looking forward to working with the KBP team to continue advancing this great initiative.”
NJ PURE, 214 Carnegie Center Drive, Princeton 08540. 877-265-0225. James J. Sheeran, www.njpure.com.
NJ PURE, a medical malpractice insurer, has formed a partnership reinsurance contract with General Reinsurance Corporation (“Gen Re”), a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Gen Re has over $17.75 billion in assets.
“All of our policyholders may now take added comfort in knowing that NJ PURE has the financial support of Gen Re,” said Eric S. Poe, a principal of NJ PURE’s management company.
“By backing NJ PURE up to 70 percent of our future exposures up to our policy limits, we believe Gen Re’s commitment to us is a testament to our long-term business model and its viability into the future,” Poe said.
Llura Ambler Gund, 79, on March 15. She was a philanthropist who was married to businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund. Together with Gordon, she co-founded the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, which sought treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. She founded the Princeton chapter of the FFB and ran it for 48 years. She also helped to preserve land around Princeton, where the couple lived.
Robert Aresty, 79, on March 21. He owned SOLEC Solar Energy Corporation in Ewing.
Herbert W. Bilsky, 97, on March 16. He was an engineer for RCA and GE/Lockheed in Hightstown, where he worked on groundbreaking aerospace projects, including the first satellites, several deep space missions, and Mars explorers.
Feeling down? Princeton Medical Institute can help!
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Princeton Medical Institute (PMI) believes in bringing cutting edge research out of the University and into the New Jersey community! In addition to conducting Clinical Research Trials, we offer free evaluations for memory loss and mental health evaluations to any interested community members, no insurance necessary!
PMI is the headquarters of Global Medical Institutes, LLC, an investigative research organization that has been conducting clinical trials in the areas of psychiatry, neurology, and general medicine since 1989. Princeton Medical Institute is one of New Jersey’s leading sites in clinical research trials and has served as a leader in CNS research for more than 25 years. PMI is currently enrolling patients for the following trials: Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s Disease, Depression in individuals aged 7 to 65, ADHD, Schizophrenia, and Cluster Headaches.
The experienced and innovative staff is led by Medical Director, Dr. Jeffrey T. Apter, a Key Opinion Leader in Alzheimer’s research. He is also a founding member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychoendocrinology and the International Society of CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology.
With decades of knowledge and experience, Dr. Apter has published more than 30 articles in the field of psychiatric and Alzheimer’s research in conjunction with Princeton University. Recently, he was named one of NJ’S Top Docs in 2018 & 2019 and also delivered a fascinating lecture as the keynote speaker at the Alzheimer’s meeting held in Dubai in August.
Princeton Medical Institute is New Jersey’s only site recognized by the Global Alzheimer’s Platform (GAP). GAP promotes advancing Alzheimer’s Disease medications from the laboratories all the way through the final stages of clinical research trials.
The most important thing to know about research trials is that no medical insurance is needed to qualify or participate in a trial. This means that the trial is completely free! If selected for a study, the participant will be compensated. How does one participate in a trial? The first step is to call PMI at 609-921-6050. Our talented staff will then be able to help see if you qualify for any trials. If we believe you would benefit from participating in a study, an evaluation will be scheduled.
Princeton Medical Institute is here to help the community. We want to educate and provide treatment for anyone in need. Contact us to schedule an educational lecture or a memory screening event.
Simply reach us anytime at 609-921-6050 or visit our website, www.princetonmedicalinstitute.com to get involved in an initial evaluation. After being screened by one of our Clinical Research Coordinators, you will be notified of any indicated studies that you may be qualified for.
In the ever-changing and dynamic health care industry, Capital Health and its physicians continue to advance patient care, expand services, and remain a trusted health care provider in Central New Jersey and Lower Bucks County, PA.
“At Capital Health, we’re always pivoting to address the continually shifting health care priorities of the people who live in our region, thanks in large part to the work of the physicians who serve on our medical staff,” said Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr., chairman of the Capital Healthcare, Inc. Board of Trustees.
“We continue to broaden our reach so the growing number of communities we serve are finding high quality care close to home,” said Capital Health President and Chief Executive Officer Al Maghazehe. “Access to the area’s largest and most diverse line-up of medical services is more convenient than ever and guided by a medical staff of more than 800 primary and specialty care physicians.”
Capital Health continues to make significant investments in technology and facilities, but according to its Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eugene McMahon, it takes the right people to raise the bar for quality care and bring medical innovations to the region.
“Cutting edge equipment and facilities are important elements of our success, but our medical staff is what makes the difference,” said Dr. McMahon. “In addition to delivering innovative care to our patients every day, they provide direction on what new programs are needed and the best way for patients and referring physicians to access them.”
This philosophy is evident at the Capital Health Cancer Center. The Center recently fulfilled important surgical needs in the region with the addition of five physicians who are highly trained in minimally invasive approaches to their respective specialties, including minimally invasive (laparoscopic) and robotic-assisted surgery (using the da Vinci surgical system).
The team of expert surgeons who recently joined Capital Health includes Dr. Ashlee Godshalk Ruggles (colorectal surgeon), Dr. Africa Wallace (thoracic surgeon), Dr. Joyce Varughese (gynecologic oncologist), Dr. Eric Mayer (urologic surgeon), and Dr. John Abraham (orthopaedic oncology surgeon from Rothman Orthopaedic Institute). These providers offer their services at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell.
Capital Health is known for providing the highest level women’s services in Mercer County and nearby communities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, from being the only Regional Perinatal Center, including Level III neonatal intensive care for the most at-risk deliveries, to offering robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci surgical system.
Now, Capital Health is making access to women’s health services in the region more convenient than ever with Capital Health OB/GYN, a team of specialists who provide care through every stage of a woman’s life at seven locations in Mercer, Bucks, and Burlington counties.
In addition to its clinical initiatives, Capital Health also works to address the public health needs of the communities it serves. The Capital Opioid Reduction Program (CORP) works to decrease opioid use in the Emergency Department at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell and the Mercer County community, changing the way pain is treated and raising awareness of non-opioid options for pain management.
And as part of a statewide effort to combat violence, Capital Health Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the Mercer and Burlington County region (and one of nine in the state) to host the New Jersey Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program. The program connects hospitals and patients with community partners that provide victim assistance and work to reduce violence.
“Patient safety is our top priority, and it starts with our physicians,” said Dr. Louis D’Amelio, vice president of Clinical Performance at Capital Health. “They continue to lead the way in proactive quality and safety initiatives that always put the needs of patients first.”
To learn more about Capital Health doctors, visit capitalhealth.org and click on the link labeled “Find a Doctor.”
New Jersey Prevention Network, working under the umbrella of NJ Department of Health’s Tobacco Free for a Healthy New Jersey, aims to create a comprehensive tobacco prevention, education, and cessation program throughout the state. One of the current efforts is to provide prevention and cessation services to young adults in the workplace through wellness policies. Considering, nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start smoking by the time they are 18 years old, and 99 percent start by the age of 26, intervening during adolescence and young adulthood is critical.
New Jersey passed the Smoke Free Indoor Air Act in 2006. The law requires smoke-free environments in all indoor workplaces. Workplaces include but are not limited to offices, factories, commercial buildings, restaurants, shopping malls, and retail stores. In 2010 the law was amended to include the use of electronic smoking devices. Although this law was passed, data shows there are still disparities in smoke-free environments.
Through the Working Well Tobacco-Free Program, we are working with NJ employers to increase the number of businesses with 100 percent tobacco free worksite policies. The initiative is designed to help individual employers implement at least 5 best practice activities that go beyond NJ law, ensure compliance with the Smoke-Free Indoor Air Act, and include other elements such as a written policy banning tobacco use at the worksite, actively enforcing policy, displaying no-smoking signs with information about the policy, and providing employees with cessation options.
James Alexander Corporation, a small manufacturing company in Warren County, has collaborated with Working Well Tobacco-Free New Jersey to promote employee wellness through becoming a tobacco-free worksite. Tobacco-Free for a Healthy NJ came to the company to provide resources to their staff and speak about the importance of smoking cessation.
Several employees signed up for the free six-week cessation program and successfully completed the program and have remained smoke-free. These employees were recognized in their company for taking the steps to better their health and wellness and serve as role models for other employees who are seeking cessation.
By Hilary S. Kayle
The coronavirus pandemic has left us living with tremendous uncertainty. How contagious is this virus? Will I fall ill? Will my loved ones? Can I be treated if I do? Will I die? Is it safe to have contact with my loved ones? Is it safe to leave my house? How long will this siege last? Will I lose my job? What will happen to our economy? To our society? To the world? That’s enough to put anyone in a panic.
Peter A. Crist, M.D., president of the American College of Orgonomy (ACO), a Princeton area non-profit, educational institution, says, “We are living in uncertain times and anxiety is a natural, emotional reaction to uncertainty. What matters is how we handle our anxiety. Some people tune out and don’t engage, like ostriches who stick their heads in the sand. Others jump to conclusions without adequately looking. In some people the anxiety builds, they lose perspective, and the anxiety tips into blind panic. We are in the midst of pandemic panic — panic about the coronavirus pandemic and a pandemic of panic itself.”
Dr. Crist adds, “It’s hard to find people with voices of reason walking the fine, but crucial line, between ostriches dismissing the significance of the coronavirus pandemic and those becoming panicky and hysterical about it. Ostriches don’t look and panickers can’t see. A healthy response in the face of uncertainty is to stand our anxiety and use our powers of observation and perception until we can see the best course to follow.
“At the ACO we teach a functional scientific method, which we can apply to own lives: perceive, perceive, perceive until a conclusion spontaneously comes to you. It’s essential to see the difference between conclusions and observations to be sure our conclusions are based in reality rather than coming from misperceptions driven by emotions and blind panic. We need factual observations on which to base decisions.”
Dr. Crist notes, “One of the difficult things with any epidemic, any pandemic, is that it’s not just a medical problem; it’s not just a problem of understanding the biology of this particular infectious agent; it’s also a social problem.”
The ACO offers a multidisciplinary, functional approach in training doctors and others to look at the big picture and integrate that with details within disparate fields that include medicine, sociology and biology. Dr. Crist points out, “The process of functional thinking, which allows thoughts to spontaneously come up that mirror an actual process in nature, and, as taught at the ACO, can apply to any discipline. This is in contrast to thinking mechanistically, as if nature and people function like machines or thinking mystically, as if nature is unknowable and happens by magic.
“At the ACO we teach a key functional principle that keeps us rooted in reality especially in social interactions: what matters is not what is said or the intentions behind it but the actual effect of what is said or done. All too often, with the best of intentions, people act on decisions that have disastrous effects.”
Dr. Crist says, “We desperately need functional thinking during the coronavirus pandemic. A good example happened recently at U.S. Customs points of entry for people returning from Europe. It made sense to try to identify and separate out potentially infected individuals from those who were not infected. But the way that policy was implemented did not take into account the sociology of how groups of people move in an airport. As a result, screening stations at multiple busy airports interrupted the natural flow of pedestrian traffic, creating huge lines and crowds of people congregated in close proximity, defeating the very purpose of the screening in the first place.”
Dr. Crist says, “A social orgonomic perspective helps us see that in a pandemic of panic, anxiety in one person triggers the latent anxiety in another, much as one startled bird can send the whole flock into flight. That’s a natural response that protects the birds both individually and as a group, as long as they keep their eyes open and their perceptions sharp to avoid flying into each other or crashing into a tree. What a contrast with what happens in human mass hysteria.
“Another mass emotional response often happens when people are frightened and vulnerable. Again, it all depends on how people handle their anxieties and fears. Most people suffer personally with them. But some people cannot tolerate their own anxiety and fear and manage their own feelings by controlling their environment and everyone in it in ways that end up destructive. We call this an emotional plague reaction. Because this is the person’s unconscious means to manage their own anxiety, they are usually unaware of their true motives and rationalize their destructive actions with plausible explanations such as that they are for the protection of others.
“The term emotional plague is apt because the destructive, controlling tendency in one person can trigger it in another who is trying to lessen their own anxiety by controlling what’s in their environment — much as the infectious nature of anxiety. The ACO education in social orgonomy underscores the importance of understanding and diagnosing the emotional plague in society.
“Many of the extreme measures presented with great certainty as essential to control the coronavirus pandemic have hallmarks of an emotional plague reaction, especially in the ways they have affected life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The reality is that without more definitive information about the biological, medical and sociological aspects of the pandemic we don’t know what’s truly necessary. It’s hard to resist the impulse to act on premature conclusions; we need to gain a clear-eyed understanding of what’s actually happening and avoid unintended consequences.
“Again, without thinking functionally and seeing the broader picture, the long term social effects of the medical quarantine may be more devastating than the pandemic itself — the cure worse than the disease. In medicine we are taught ‘first do no harm.’ We need to think medically about social interventions as well.”
It’s important to note that the ACO-trained medical orgonomists approach to anxiety differs from much of the psychiatric and psychological community. Dr. Crist says, “We see anxiety as a signal that a feeling or impulse is blocked rather than a pathological symptom that must be medicated or mediated away. Anxiety is what people experience when a feeling or impulse is excited but lacks a satisfying outlet. In individual therapy, we help people tolerate feeling their anxiety so that they can overcome their blocks and get through them to something more satisfying.”
Asked about general advice to help people deal with this difficult time, Dr. Crist says, “For individuals it all comes down to managing uncertainty and handling anxiety. Everyone is different, so each person needs to do whatever they’ve found that helps them. Basic, commonsense hygiene of hand washing is advisable with any viral infection as is maintaining physical distance from anyone suspected of being infected, both of which also serve to reduce uncertainty about spreading the virus. Exercise is valuable for most people to discharge energy. Without outlets, pent-up energy will fuel anxiety.
“Dr. Wilhelm Reich who first developed orgonomy said, ‘Love, work and knowledge are the wellsprings of our life. They should also govern it.’ We need to put our energy into contact with loved ones, productive work, and gaining genuine knowledge about ourselves and our social world. That will all help manage the panic. We are social animals. Now more than ever we need contact with others. I’ve never liked the term ‘social distancing.’ It’s a misnomer that confuses functional realms. To prevent viral contagion, we need physical distancing not social distancing. In fact, especially now, we need to practice social closeness with family, friends, and other loved ones in whatever forms we can find.”
As a precaution, the ACO has postponed all of its events through the end of April. Dr. Crist adds, “The office is functioning, and we are still taking calls for referrals to medical orgonomists. We unfortunately had to postpone a social orgonomy presentation and suspend our monthly case presentation series, which is free and open to the public for anyone to learn more about our approach to therapy. But we’ve turned a number of those presentations into podcasts, which are available at the ACO podcast series (adifferentkindofpsychiatry.blubrry.net). Our website and book store also have a trove of knowledge on all aspects of orgonomy (www.orgonomy.org).”
Princeton Center for Dental Aesthetics and Implants (PCDA&I) has been a dental home to many in the greater Princeton area for over 35 years. Their patients have come to know Drs. Kirk and Kiersten Huckel and staff as a highly competent dental team, where their individual needs and health are always the priority.
However, PCDA&I offers the community more than just state-of-the-art dentistry. Drs. Kirk and Kiersten Huckel offer their expert dental services to many in need, within our community and beyond. They are both passionate about community service and participate with different programs in which they donate their time and specialized skills.
Both Drs. are actively involved with Dental Lifeline Network through their Donated Dental Services program, where eligible program participants in New Jersey receive comprehensive dental care at absolutely no cost to them. Each Dr. treats at least one patient a year through Donated Dental Services. These cases usually involve extensive dental work, which allows someone who could otherwise not afford to restore their mouth to receive quality dental work. The impact on their lives is huge and it is so gratifying for the staff to see how they are able to change someone’s life by transforming their smile and restoring them to optimal dental health.
Another group dear to the hearts of PCDA&I is HomeFront. The entire staff participates in an annual Give Kids a Reason to Smile Day, where they each volunteer their time and skills to treat their friends from HomeFront. Every Thanksgiving the office also holds a food drive that benefits our local families at HomeFront.
What the staff looks forward to the most, however, is the Giving Tree they host every year during the holidays! The office, together with its patients, adopts 10 HomeFront families and fulfills their holiday wishes.
There are several other organizations that both Drs. volunteer their time with. They support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) by participating in their annual walk to raise funds to support building better lives for Americans suffering from mental illness.
Additionally, the Drs. participate in a program through the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville called CookWell. This program offers a fresh start to those who have previously been incarcerated by training them in the culinary arts. PCDA&I is the team that takes care of the dental needs of the participants of the CookWell program.
Another program through the church that Dr. Kirk Huckel is particularly passionate about is Harmony Ministries, which is in based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is led by Pastor Luc Deratus.
Harmony Ministries is special to Dr. Kirk Huckel because he had the opportunity to travel to Haiti in February of 2017 on a mission trip. He was joined by approximately 15 others to conduct a dental and medical clinic for over 500 local Haitians. The mission group also distributed dental and medical supplies to locals. While there, Pastor Luc Deratus mentioned a need for more permanent medical equipment to be installed at Harmony Ministries, in order to provide continuous care for his people. One of these needs is for a dental examination chair.
As a state-of-the art dental care provider in Princeton for over 35 years, Dr. Huckel’s office has been at the forefront of using modern dental technologies to provide advanced dental health care. He understands the patient benefits of investing in the best equipment. He experienced the less than ideal “examination room” facilities and setting in Haiti and promised Pastor Luc that he would attempt to raise the funding needed to purchase a dental examination chair for Harmony Ministries. He has made it his goal to raise these funds in 2020.
At PCDA&I giving back to the community is an integral part of the everyday functions of the office. Drs. Kirk and Kiersten Huckel hope that the impact they make on the greater Princeton area is lasting and that the community is aware that they are here to support its needs in whatever way possible. At PCDA&I they do not just offer the highest standard of healthcare available, they also offer hope, love, and support to their community.
Princeton Center for Dental Aesthetics & Implants is located at 11 Chambers Street, Princeton. For more information on becoming a new patient, please call our office at 609-924-1414 or go to our website: www.princetondentist.com.
As we age, our body goes through many changes. Even if we don’t have a chronic health condition as an older adult, we often feel more aches and pains than we did in our younger years. Pain can be your body’s warning system that something is wrong. It’s important to communicate to your doctor where you hurt and specifically how the pain feels. There are two kinds of pain: acute and chronic pain. Acute pain begins suddenly, lasts for a short time, and goes away as your body heals. Examples of acute pain would include post-surgery, a broken bone, a toothache, or kidney stone.
Pain that lasts for three months or longer is considered chronic pain. This pain often affects older adults, many times caused by a health condition such as arthritis. Chronic pain can sometimes follow acute pain from an injury, surgery, or other health condition that has been treated, like post-herpetic neuralgia after shingles.
Living with pain can be difficult and can cause many other problems: getting in the way of your daily activities; disturbing your sleep and eating habits; making it difficult to continue working; keeping you from spending time with friends and family; and can also be related to depression or anxiety.
Treating or managing pain is important. Some treatments involve medications and some do not. Your treatment plan should be specific to you. Good communication with your doctor or healthcare specialist is essential to proper treatment. Talk with your healthcare specialist about your pain level so he/she can give you a specific treatment plan.
Your healthcare specialist may prescribe pain medications. Talk with him/her about their safety and right dose to take. Opioid use is becoming more prevalent among aging adults creating a potential health hazard that could have negative outcomes.
A recent study conducted by AARP found that 40 percent of older adults have chronic pain that is often treated with opioids. While opioids can be an effective form of pain management, if not properly managed, the risk of a substance use disorder, including addiction, overdose, or death is increased. These drugs can be dangerous especially when taken with alcohol or certain other drugs. Examples of opioids (also called narcotics) are codeine, morphine and oxycodone.
One of the problems for older adults when it comes to opioid use is the fact that as we age, our bodies metabolize medications differently. It is important to “start low, and go slow,” meaning starting opioids at low doses and increasing only as directed by a healthcare professional.
In addition to drugs, there are a variety of complementary and alternative approaches that can give you pain relief. Whether one approach is safer and more effective than another will depend on your unique situation. Some of these approaches include acupuncture, chiropractic, cognitive behavioral therapy, massage therapy, physical therapy, yoga and meditation and relaxation.
This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Instead, use this information to help you discuss your pain management options with your provider so that together you can identify the most effective approach to your care.
This article is brought to you by The Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. For more information, go to www.mercercouncil.org or call 609-396-5874 ext 205.