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  • System Syndromes

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Fall 2019

    Medical marijuana relieves symptoms of autoimmune disorders.

    For 15 years, Laurie Canning had a career in retail management. She gave that career up nearly a decade ago to be a stay-at-home mom, but shortly thereafter, she wound up going into business for herself. For Laurie, improved gut health was a secondary benefit of medical marijuana. “When my children got older, I started a shop on Etsy.com, where I sell novelty handbags that I hand sew,” Laurie shares. “It all began on my fortieth birthday when I decided to get a sewing machine. “I didn’t know how to sew, but I always wanted to learn, so I taught myself with the help of the internet and sewing tutorials. I thought somebody might like some of the things I mad...

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  • Reverse Osteoporosis

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Fall 2019

    Once-a-week, 15-minute workouts increase bone density.

    Julie’s most recent bone density scans show that OsteoStrong workouts are working well for her. Some people have a personal trainer to help them stay physically fit. For nearly 30 years now, Julie Baum has been a personal trainer for everything else – a life coach who helps people set and achieve personal, financial and lifestyle goals. “My background is in personal growth and spiritual development,” Julie relates. “I take a holistic approach to what I do, helping people in areas such as health, well–being, finances, personal relationships, self–expression and spiritual development.” As part of her own personal development program, Julie, 60, rides a...

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  • The Outer Limits

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Fall 2019

    Ophthalmologist’s critical diagnosis saves peripheral vision.

    Robert and Elizabeth Welch With its drivers responsible for moving more than 70 percent of all the country’s freight, the trucking industry has long been considered the lifeblood of the US economy. For more than 25 years, Robert Welch was one of the cells in that bloodstream. “I was stationed in Delaware, Ohio at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company manufacturing facility there,” Robert, 82, remembers. “From there, I hauled just about everything the company made – all of its glass and paint products – all over the United States and Canada.” Robert retired from the trucking industry in 1998 and moved to Florida five years later in an effort to escape what h...

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  • Miracle Worker

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Fall 2019

    Minimally invasive procedure seals leaky leg veins, heals wounds.

    Endovenous ablation helped get Larry back on his feet After graduating college, Larry Thompson, 69, began looking for a place to begin his career and interviewed with several companies. He discovered the best match for his skills and temperament was at AT&T. As it turned out, Larry worked for AT&T in various capacities for nearly 44 years before retiring in October 2015. “I held many different jobs with the company, including positions in customer service, finance, billing, revenue management, project management, marketing and marketing development,” Larry reveals. “All of them were good, growth assignments. “I liked working at AT&T. It w...

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  • Game-Changer

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Fall 2019

    Specialized treatment foils complex headache syndrome.

    Gary Brinson, 60, was a warehouse supervisor for a fertilizer plant until 2012, when he fell at work and his world turned upside down. Injuries he Gary Brinson suffered from the fall disabled him. They also worsened pain he was experiencing beforehand. “I was already having massive headaches,” the Indiana native shares. “Then when I fell, I broke my shoulder. But when I tried to do physical therapy, I couldn’t do it because my neck and head hurt too bad. And when I tried to do physical therapy on my neck, I couldn’t because my shoulder hurt too bad. “I had surgery on my shoulder and neck. During the neck surgery, the surgeon went through the front and put in bo...

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  • Physicians Turn to the Experts for Vision Correction

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Fall 2019

    LASIK® surgery corrects dry eyes, hazy vision and headaches.

    Danielle Schwartz-Wooster and Robert J. Weinstock,MD As she worked her way through college, the thought of following in the footsteps of her father – noted glaucoma specialist Jeffrey S. Schwartz, MD – crossed Danielle Schwartz-Wooster’s mind. But only briefly. She wanted to do something in the health field, so she decided to become a dentist. “My best friend’s father is a dentist, and after shadowing him at work for a while, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” says Danielle, who now practices in South Carolina, where her work often forces her to wear a specialized pair of glasses that magnify everything she sees in her patients’ mouths. She recentl...

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  • Wave Goodbye to Pain

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Fall 2019

    Acoustic therapy proves effective as pain reliever.

    The wave of enthusiasm for off–road dirt track bicycle racing was just beginning to grow some strength when Daniel* caught it back in the early 90s. Soon thereafter, Daniel’s love for BMX racing evolved into a love for its forerunner, motocross racing. “Just about everybody I grew up with was into riding motocross bikes and BMX racing,” Daniel says of his two favorite sports, both of which feature riders competing on rugged dirt tracks filled with lots of obstacles, tight turns and jumps. “I was into a lot of the more extreme sports back then,” Daniel adds. “I also did a lot of inline skating at skate parks with ramps and stuff like that. It was a lot of fun. But th...

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  • Like Night and Day

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Fall 2019

    Cataract surgery clears vision, eliminates glasses.

    JoAnne rates the results of her cataract surgery as miraculous. An annual trip back home to New Jersey to see their children, grandchildren and old friends has been a fixture on Dan and JoAnne Seib’s summertime calendar for as long as the couple has been living in Florida, which is right at a dozen years now. The trip is usually one of the highlights of the entire family’s year, a joyous occasion for one and all. For JoAnne, though, the trip the couple made in the summer of 2018 to attend their grandson’s high school graduation was nothing short of miserable. Cataracts were the reason. “I’d found out a year or two ago that cataracts were forming in both my eyes...

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  • Reality Check

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Fall 2019

    Revealing the truth about macular degeneration.

    The retina, which is the light-sensitive layer of nerve cells lining the back of the eye, is essential for vision to occur. When light hits the retina, it triggers impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain, where the visual images are formed. “People’s sharpest vision is controlled by a small area at the center of the retina called the macula,” describes Jonathan A. Staman, MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained retina specialist at Florida Retina Institute. “The macula is responsible for a person’s central, most detailed vision, and is what we use to read and identify facial features. “Macular degeneration is a common disease affecting the macula. It is the ...

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  • It’s A Wonderful Life

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Fall 2019

    Resident ambassador eases transition into assisted living community.

    Ambassadors are not synonymous with politics; they can be found in all walks of life. Such is the case with Sandy Petty, Sabal Palms first resident who serves as a resident ambassador at Sabal Palms Assisted Living & Memory Care in Palm Coast. Sandy Petty “I meet and greet all the new residents and help them get acquainted with their new home here,” says Sandy, a Tampa-born, self-described Navy brat. “It’s just something that I like to do because I like people and want to be helpful.” Florida is known as a state many people retire to, so there is a great need for senior living communities offering myriad forms of care. That care is not always medical in ...

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