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  • Wave of the Future

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2019

    New-age treatment erases effects of erectile dysfunction.

    Nearly three dozen red push pins dot the map of the world that hangs on the wall behind the desk Gerry* sits at in his Bradenton home office. The pins represent all the countries the 68-year-old retired insurance executive has visited during his lifetime. “I’m fortunate that my work took me virtually around the world,” Gerry exudes. “I’ve always loved to travel, and when you combine all the work travel with vacations, I’ve been to 32 countries and every continent except Antarctica.” Gerry’s wife of 38 years has accompanied him on many of his trips, and together they’ve created a treasure trove of memories. Their trip to Denmark, Sweden and Norway last sp...

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  • Trailblazing Treatment

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2019

    New, minimally invasive technique resolves acid reflux disease.

    The misery often starts with a burning sensation behind the breastbone that radiates to the neck and throat. In addition to this pain, known as heartburn, there may be nausea, regurgitation, bad breath and, eventually, tooth decay. These are some of the telltale signs of a common condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. The term gastroesophageal refers to the stomach (gastro) and the esophagus, or food pipe. The esophagus empties into the stomach through a circular band of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). If the LES doesn’t open and close properly, digestive acids from the stomach can flow back into the eso...

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  • In the Nick of Time

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2019

    Expansion project pushes stroke center to new levels.

    The human brain is like a universe all its own, and inside each little universe, there are billions upon billions of neurons, which are special cells that process and carry information to other parts of the body such as the nerves, glands and muscles. Christine Gonzalez, RN, CNRN and Ralph Gonzalez, MD These neurons are the basic component of the human nervous system, and just as it is with stars in a galaxy, when they die out, they don’t come back. They’re gone for good, and their absence can negatively affect the function they were designed for. That’s why time is of the essence anytime someone suffers a stroke, which is what occurs when the blood supply to an...

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  • Damaged Disc Recovery

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2019

    Nonsurgical vacuum therapy ends back and neck pain.

    Linda West was born and raised in Downers Grove, Illinois, outside of Chicago, but she spent most of her professional life working in customer service for United Airlines in Denver, Colorado. After an accident as a teen, Linda also spent a good part of her adult life battling severe lower back pain. “I always liked trampolines, and after I graduated from high school in 1960, I went to a trampoline park, jumped up and down on one and fell on my back,” Linda remembers. “That was the beginning. I suffered with the resulting back pain for years after that, but the pain really took hold about two years ago. “It was a very sharp pain right in the middle of my lower b...

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  • Getting Stronger, Staying Stronger

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Spring 2019

    The winter months are always the busiest time of the year for Susan McCormick, who along with her husband, Chuck, rents out a unique historic property along the Gulf Coast in Venice that accommodates about 20 visitors during peak season. Under Michelle’s watchful eye, Susan (right) completes a 20 Minutes to Fitness workout. “The property has three buildings that were built in 1926. In 1930, it became known as the Banyan House because of the large banyan tree that’s growing there,” Susan, 66, says. “We restored it, and now we rent it out on a seasonal and monthly basis.” Susan’s role in the business doesn’t end at finalizing a booking. In addition to keeping the property in good shape, she often lends a hand moving renters in and out o...

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  • Treatment Trilogy

    Edition: North Tampa Published: Spring 2019

    Three avenues for treatment of varicose and spider veins.

    A Fort Myers native, 38-year-old Natalie* has a full-time job as an administrator of a health care company. She’s also the mother of four children. Between the stress of her job and four pregnancies, it wasn’t a complete surprise when Natalie developed issues with pain in her legs. “The problems with my legs had been going on for about fifteen years,” Natalie reports. “I had the pain in my legs, as well as some burning and numbness. I didn’t have any swelling or discoloration, but the pain started getting worse after work when I’d lie down. I knew it wasn’t normal. “I work out a lot, so I thought at first my pain was related to that. After a while, I r...

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  • Sound Advice

    Edition: North Tampa Published: Spring 2019

    Acoustic wave technology delivers hope for ED.

    Years ago, when Calvin* was in the United States Marine Corps, he was stationed at a radar installation. Somehow, signs designating the area around the control room were removed, and Calvin was exposed to a type of radiation. Calvin can’t say for sure that it was the radiation exposure that caused it, but soon thereafter, he started having problems with erectile dysfunction (ED), which is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for sexual activity. “After that incident, I was told I’d probably never have children either,” Calvin shares. “Fortunately, God intervened, and I had three great kids. But I’ve had severe erectile dysfunction for almost tw...

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  • Dual-Action Remedy

    Edition: East Citrus County, West Citrus County Published: Spring 2019

    Anxiety and pain relieved with medical marijuana.

    In 2001, Amanda* was working nights unloading trucks at a discount department store. She was handling a case of antifreeze, but the bottom of the box was not sealed tightly. The bottles began falling out, and as Amanda tried to catch them, she wrenched her back and injured it badly. That started the severe pain that’s plagued her to this day. “The pain was horrible after my back injury,” recounts the Massachusetts native. “And it just got worse over the years as different things happened.” Following her back injury, Amanda decided to seek the assistance of a physician to help her manage her pain. She did some research and chose pain management specialist Mark Fall...

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  • Tailored Treatment

    Edition: East Citrus County, Hernando County, West Citrus County Published: Spring 2019

    Expertise, leading-edge technology allow for customized care.

    For 42 years, Henry Landrum worked as a registered nurse, 30 of them in the emergency room. He spent hours on his feet caring for patients. He also sat for long periods noting patients’ symptoms and treatments in their medical charts. Add all that to a genetic predisposition for them, and Henry eventually developed severe varicose veins. Henry’s vein treatment makes working on the farm a lot easier “I had really bad veins in my upper and lower legs,” confirms the Brooksville native. “I inherited them from my mother, who had terrible ulcers on her legs. I’ve had varicose veins for years, and they’ve bothered me off and on for about ten years. I’ve been ...

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  • Soaring

    Edition: East Citrus County, Hernando County, West Citrus County Published: Spring 2019

    State-of-the-art laser treatment gives WWII fighter pilot a lift.

    At 95 years young, George Pasternack refuses to accept the title of “hero.” But how else would you describe someone who flew dozens of combat missions during World War II and still takes to the skies on occasion even today? Even at age 95, George isstill flying high. “I joined the service right after I got out of high school and got into the war right after the Battle of Midway,” the Spring Hill resident explains. “I used to fly off carriers in the South Pacific and all that stuff, and I’m still flying. “I have three planes that I used to own that I have access to, and when I go back home to North Dakota in the summertime, I usually take them up. Pe...

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