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  • “O,” That’s Better

    Edition: Martin County, Published: Summer 2019

    O-Shot® ends misery of sexual health disorders.

    Elise*, 42, a Bronx native, moved back and forth from New York to Florida several times before finally settling in the Sunshine State in 2000. Being from New York, Elise was privy to the latest trends in fashion and pop culture. She was also keenly aware of the chatter on the streets. But there was one popular topic she admits she knew nothing about. “For years, I heard people talk about orgasms and how they’re the best things ever,” Elise discloses. “I asked my friends what I was supposed to feel. They said an orgasm feels like an intense rush of pleasant sensations inside. But I never experienced anything like that. My friends found it odd that at my age I had never had an or...

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  • Vision of the Future

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2019

    New technology helps predict success of breast implant healing.

    Marlene Wynarczuk was religious about getting her mammograms. The test results were always negative until August 2018, when the exam showed something lurking deep within Marlene’s left breast. The New York native was taken by surprise. Marlene was a perfect candidate for the new technology available at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “There were absolutely no symptoms,” Marlene reports. “I didn’t feel a lump, I didn’t have pain, and my breast didn’t look different. It was actually a very tiny growth, so it’s likely nobody would have felt it on a breast exam. I was given the three-dimensional mammogram, so that’s how they found it. “I decided that instead of a biops...

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  • Happy Hunting Without Pain

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2019

    Upper cervical procedure relieves neck and back pain, headaches.

    It started as a hobby 20 years ago when John Gettle was still in his 50s. He enjoyed organizing alligator hunts in the swamps of Okeechobee County. Eventually, it turned into a second career along with his swimming pool repair and remodeling business. John loved the work, but it sometimes left him with back and neck pain and intense headaches. With regular treatments John doesn’t worry about neck pain anymore. “In the pool business, I had to bend over into the pool and reach and extend my arms above my head a lot to do the electrical work, like changing the motors on pool pumps,” John elaborates. “That would get my neck and back aching and then I’d get the head...

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  • Triple Play

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2019

    Trio of back disorders tamed by nonsurgical vacuum therapy.

    Seventy-six-year-old Pennsylvania native Shirley Piazza has suffered from back problems off and on for years. Physicians diagnosed a combination of disorders including spinal stenosis, sciatica and arthritis. Shirley’s condition deteriorated over time, and last year, it became so severe that nothing she tried alleviated her intense pain. Shirley Piazza “The pain just grabbed me,” Shirley describes. “It felt like pressure pushing on a nerve. It went from my right hip down my leg, and I never knew when it would hit. Sometimes, it hit me when I was sitting down. Other times, it hit if I was on my feet too long. I couldn’t predict it, but when it did hit, it really s...

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  • New Generation

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2019

    Regenerative stem cell therapy relieves disabling knee pain without surgery.

    The arrival on the internet of websites such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.com and MyHeritage.com has helped turn genealogy into the second most popular hobby in America. Eighty-two-year-old Lydia Pain is among those caught up in the craze. Lydia Pain “It’s fascinating,’’ Lydia declares. “I recently found out that my family actually has its roots in Greece, Italy and Spain and that someone way back was a privateer, which is like a pirate who’s licensed to hold up merchant ships on the high seas during a war.” The wife of a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel, Lydia’s passion for researching the family trees of friends and other family members has rep...

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  • A Winning Strategy

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2019

    Radiofrequency treatment keeps avid golfer on course.

    “The doctors explained that my discs deteriorated as I got older,” Naaman elaborates. “And the nerves in my neck and low back were being pinched by them. That caused the sharp and stabbing pain that I felt for years.” Naaman Clonch The pain put a wrinkle in Naaman’s active lifestyle. It especially affected his golf game because golf requires a rotary motion of the spine, which can aggravate the nerves of the facet joints and cause discomfort. “I like to boat and fish, too, but I experienced severe pain doing those things,” Naaman discloses. “I knew if I didn’t take care of the problems with my back and neck, I’d have to give up those activities altogether because the pai...

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  • Look and Feel Amazing

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2019

    BHRT, cosmetic procedures restore youth and vitality.

    Illinois native Donna Turner spends her days juggling two demanding careers. She’s a landlord for the eight rental properties she owns but also manufactures swimming pool and spa accessories. Donna Turner She can’t afford to be slowed by symptoms of perimenopause, but those symptoms recently began to take a toll on her nonetheless. “Being a woman of a certain age, I began having hot flashes, which were miserable, and I was fatigued,” Donna shares. “I was also achy and overweight. I was aging at a rate faster than I wanted. “Sleeping wasn’t that much of an issue, except when the hot flashes woke me up at five o’clock in the morning. My biggest problem was that feeling of fa...

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  • Switch and ReSTOR®

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2019

    Glasses free after cornea, cataract surgeries.

    Kevin Daniels was a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force and was working at Special Operations Command in Florida when he retired in September 2000. During his retirement physical, Kevin was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes but was told they didn’t require surgery. He saw an eye doctor every year after that, and his cataracts remained stable, until 2018. Kevin is thrilled to be reading glasses free. “Around January of last year, I started noticing differences in my vision,” the Chicago native recalls. “When I drove at night, oncoming headlights were exceptionally bright and glaring. When I watched the news on TV, I had trouble seeing the words running across the bottom...

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  • Wave Goodbye to Erectile Dysfunction

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2019

    New-age treatment corrects disorder’s root cause.

    Like a lot of young college students, Davis* spent his early 20s burning the candle at both ends. He didn’t have much of a choice. Forced to pay for school himself, Davis chose to work his way through college instead of leaning on student loans. “I had a part-time job working about thirty hours a week at a shoe store, and I was taking a full load of classes,” Davis explains. “As you might guess, I didn’t get much sleep back then. But when you’re young, you don’t necessarily need a lot of sleep. Or so I thought.” Davis maintained his hectic pace without issue for about two years. Then, about midway through his junior year, he began to feel sluggish. When the problem pe...

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  • The Future Is Here Today

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2019

    Wireless pacemaker takes the lead in heart health care.

    Memphis, Tennessee native Jim Blackburn spent only two of his 45 years as a sheet metal worker installing ductwork in the Holiday Inn® motels that were popping up all over America back in the 70s. Those two years wound up having a long-lasting impact on him. Jim Blackburn “That’s when I first got the travel bug,” Jim states. “The contractor I was working for back then knew Kemmons Wilson, the founder of the Holiday Inn chain, and they were so tight that Mr. Wilson wound up giving my boss the contract for the duct work in his hotels. After that, I spent the next two years traveling all over.” Jim found himself on the road yet again soon after that contract ran out. A Memph...

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