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  • Get Going with GAINSWave®

    Edition: Lee County Published: Fall 2018

    Drug-free, noninvasive therapy is effective option.

    Patrick* is the man. He’s a motorcycle-riding hearing aid specialist from New Jersey. He’s been living in Florida for 28 years and working in the hearing aid business for more than half of them. At 60, he doesn’t consider himself old, but the diabetes he’s been battling for 15 years was beginning to affect his abilities in the bedroom. GAINSWave treatments help stimulate stem cells and break up scar tissue and plaque. “Things were happening to me that I didn’t like,” he confides. “I was experiencing ED, erectile dysfunction. It was frustrating because there were times I could perform and times I couldn’t. It was also frustrating for my partner, even though she said she unde...

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  • Skip the Drugs and Surgery

    Edition: Lee County Published: Fall 2018

    Urinary incontinence therapy targets pelvic floor muscles.

    Jane*, 67, is retired but working. For 20 years, she worked as a clerk in several departments of a Miami hospital. When she retired and moved to Cape Coral, she began a job as a safety attendant for a local health system. Jane enjoys her new, part-time career because the work is diverse and she loves being with people. While Jane was completely secure in her retirement role, she developed health issues that made her feel less comfortable. She started experiencing some pain in her lower abdomen and noticed urine leaking during recreational activities and at inopportune times at work. “Every time I danced, or walked around my neighborhood, I felt leaking from my bladder...

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  • Ring Out the Old

    Edition: Lee County Published: Fall 2018

    New generation of hearing aids relieves tinnitus symptoms.

    During the 30 years he has spent working as a pharmacist, Paul Garneau has had to break the sad news to hundreds of people seeking a remedy for tinnitus that there is no absolute cure for it. Just recently, Paul himself had to come to grips with that fact as well. “For me, it was something that came on gradually over the last three or four years,” Paul says of the condition more commonly known as ringing in the ears. “Little by little, it just started getting worse and worse. Paul Garneau “Luckily, it never reached a point with me where it was keeping me up at night and really driving me crazy. But I can tell you it was the last thing I noticed before falling asle...

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  • Leading the Way

    Edition: South Sarasota County Published: Fall 2018

    Dentist has the answers for upper and lower dentures.

    Joseph Bird knows the importance of good leadership. He spent his working career serving two of the country’s biggest insurance companies as their general manager and assistant vice president. When a personal battle with several disconcerting dental issues arose recently, the retired New Jersey native wanted a dentist who was a leader also. Implants have allowed Joseph to attain a higher quality of life. “I had veneers on my front teeth, which were deteriorating,” he reveals. “I also had bridges on either side on the top, and I lost a tooth next to one of them. I thought it was an isolated incident, but then another tooth became loose in the front, and I started to bec...

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  • Do You Have Dermato Venous Disease?

    Edition: Lee County Published: Fall 2018

    Stasis dermatitis is a dermatologic presentation of a venous disorder.

    For about a decade, Mary Anne Simpson’s lower legs were always a bit itchy. Initially, she thought the skin on her legs was just dry, so she slathered on moisturizing lotion. The lotion minimized the itching enough that she was able to live with it. Two and a half years ago, however, her legs became more itchy than ever, and she became concerned. “The itch became almost unbearable,” confides the Illinois native. “I really noticed it at night when I went to bed. Then, it got worse during the day. One day, my daughter asked me if I was okay. I said, No. I’m not okay. “At first, I didn’t scratch. But as time went on, the itching got to the point where I couldn...

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  • The IrisVision® Advantage

    Edition: South Pinellas County Published: Fall 2018

    Wearable video magnifier provides visual independence.

    For 15 years, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) slowly robbed Sherwood White of his vision. In the beginning, he was given injections of medication into his eyes, which slowed the disease’s progression for a while, but didn’t stop it. Three and a half years ago, his eyes registered 20/200 on an eye test, and he was declared legally blind. IrisVision has given Sherwood, who is legally blind, new sight “At first, the AMD was just in one eye, then it affected both of them,” shares the semi-retired financial advisor. “I knew something was wrong when the television started looking squiggly, and I needed to have really good light to read. “I eventually reached a point wh...

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  • Optical Options

    Edition: South Pinellas County Published: Fall 2018

    Different replacement lenses bring the world into focus.

    Though immersed in a world of science fiction and fantasy, about which he writes award-winning short stories, novels and novellas, Rick Wilbur also returns to Earth as a professor of journalism, mass media and creative writing. These pursuits necessitate long hours of intense research and reading, so Rick’s vision is precious to him. Richard Wilber “I’ve worn glasses since seventh grade,” he recalls. “I was a heavy reader as a kid, which probably made my eyes worse. Because I read so much, the bottom parts of my glasses were for reading, and the tops had these little half-moons that were more for distance vision, like reading the chalkboard at school.” Always the story...

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  • Digging Deeper to Defeat Diabetes

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County Published: Fall 2018

    Holistic approach eliminates need for medication.

    When Yassira Orellana was first diagnosed with diabetes in January of 2016, the 38-year-old mother of three knew that from that point on, her life was going to be a bit more complicated. She just didn’t expect her life to become as difficult as it eventually did. Yassira found a better treatment for her diabetes at Root Cause Medical Clinic. For more than a year after being diagnosed with the disease, Yassira was under the care of a Tampa Bay area endocrinologist who initially prescribed for her a typical diabetes medication designed to lower her blood sugar levels. In Yassira’s case, however, the medication never worked the way it was supposed to. “For the year-plus that I w...

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  • Take a Seat

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County Published: Fall 2018

    Innovative therapy relieves urinary incontinence.

    When Kristin Gonzalez got together with a few of her girlfriends for a typical girls’ night a couple years ago, she had no reason to believe that an embarrassing bout with urinary incontinence would interrupt her good time. The BTL Emsella chair treatments have given Kristin back confidence and security. Though urinary incontinence does occur most often in women, it usually occurs in women who are pregnant, have had children or are going through menopause. At the time of the get-together, Kristin didn’t fit into any of those categories. An aesthetician by trade, she was only 38 and had never been pregnant. But when someone said something that made her laugh hyste...

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  • Backcourt Rebound

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center Published: Fall 2018

    Better than ever after chiropractic treatments.

    Basketball is in Courtni Demorest’s blood. Her mother, Diane, played the game and has been coaching it for 32 years. It was only natural that after toying with a couple other sports as a youngster, Courtni went all in on basketball a few years back. Courtni Demorest A budding shooting guard, Courtni has forgone the traditional high school route to attend the Impact Basketball Academy in Sarasota. Courtni has already drawn the attention of a few colleges and therefore has realistic dreams of one day playing college ball. If she makes it, some of the credit for her success will have to go to Steven J. Minafri, DC, of Riverview Chiropractic Center. Courtni, 15, might no...

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