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Show Your Smile

Dentist eases fears, restores confidence.

In today’s society, having a beautiful smile can mean the difference between getting a second look or not. With so many ways to be seen in everyday events and through social media, many people still choose not to smile. So, what’s holding them back?

Stock photo from iStockphoto.

No need to hide that smile anymore.

“People don’t smile because of two major issues,” says J. Terry Alford, DMD, who practices general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry at Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center in Bradenton. “Either they are in pain or they are in denial, at least outward denial, of what their smile may or may not be.”

Pain might be related to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which is the second most common joint discomfort in the body, preceded only by back pain. Facial pain can also be caused by other issues associated with the teeth and gums or by a combination of factors.

“These pains can be related to trauma, tooth loss or chronic actions where the patient is clenching, gnashing or grinding their teeth or has an inappropriate bite,” explains Dr. Alford. “All of these issues can be addressed in the modern dental office.”

Sometimes, people don’t smile because they feel insecure. They might have crooked, eroded or discolored teeth, all of which can contribute to how they look when they smile. Dentists today can easily address all of these concerns as well.

“For many people, their self-consciousness is why they don’t smile,” notes Dr. Alford. “Because of this, they are not able to project a nice, healthy look. They feel they cannot show a sexy, beautiful or youthful smile, so they do not smile at all.”

Some people just have a fear of the unknown. Dr. Alford puts it simply: “Fear is a problem because most patients have a very poor understanding of what can be accomplished to improve their smile and evaluate their pain. We have treatments that can give them that balance they are looking for.”

New Technology

Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center can address TMD and other issues affecting patients’ smiles with the help of new technology, including the Tekscan T-Scan III Occlusal Analysis System.

“The Tekscan T-Scan III has an oral sensor that is placed in the mouth,” describes Dr. Alford. “The patient bites down on the sensor, and it gives us incredible information regarding not only where the patient bites, but also the force and the length of time of the bite. The system also produces a three-dimensional bar graph showing the strength of the contact of the teeth.”

This technology gives the dentist more information about what is occurring within the mouth compared to the articulating paper method of bite analysis, including the timing of first and last contact and the biting relationship of the teeth. The dentist can then examine how all of these forces are transmitted to the temporomandibular joint.

“I can use the T-Scan III to identify disharmonies and interferences in the bite that cause severe pain when chewing, such as a TMD issue.”

With this new technology, Dr. Alford has the tools to create a smile the patient will be proud to show. Avoiding oral care does not fix the problem. Seeing a qualified dentist does.

Dr. Alford concludes, “We like to see patients walk out of our office with a smile, because smiles are our business.”

Double Play

Dual approach alleviates aggravating back pain.

Terri Beer isn’t just a resident of DeLand, she’s part of the community’s fabric. Now retired from her career in sales and marketing, she is a dedicated community volunteer who has served as president of the Rotary Club of DeLand and was once a board member of the Florida Hospital Foundation for Florida Hospital DeLand.

 Terri Beer found relief from back pain caused by a bulging spinal disc, thanks to spinal decompression therapy with the DRX 9000 decompression system at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. To protect her back even more, Terri enrolled in the clinic’s Ideal Protein® weight-loss plan. She lost 30 pounds, taking significant strain off her lower back.

Terri Beer

She’s also an avid golfer, but it wasn’t all that long ago that lower back pain forced her to put away her clubs and cut back on a lot of her activities.

“The pain in my back would wake me up and as I got out of bed in the middle of the night, I felt like an old lady,” she confides. “Lying down was a killer, and sitting for any length of time hurt, too. It went on for months, and I kept thinking, Oh, it will eventually go away, but it never did.”

Forced to seek medical attention for her sore back, Terri eventually learned through her doctor and the results of an MRI he took, that she was suffering from a bulging disc in the lower region of her spine. Despite the diagnosis, she was adamant she was not going to have surgery to repair the problem.

“I said, I am not going under the knife,” Terri reveals. “A lot of my friends have had back surgery, and it didn’t do anything to relieve their pain. A lot of them even had to go back for a second surgery. I didn’t want to go through anything like that. Besides, I knew there was an alternative from reading the paper.”

The alternative Terri had read about is called spinal decompression. She read about it in Volusia Health Care News, where she learned that this noninvasive treatment for back pain is the specialty of Jeremy M. Gordon, DC, clinical director at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. Remembering the article, she made an appointment to see Dr. Gordon.

About Spinal Decompression

“If you want to get the best results for your patients, you need to have the best equipment available,” Dr. Gordon says. “That’s why we utilize the DRX9000™ decompression system. When it comes to achieving the best results for patients with back pain, I feel that the DRX9000 is the best piece of equipment available.

“In my opinion, the DRX9000 nonsurgical spinal decompression system is unequaled in its design and clinical results. The DRX9000 system primarily benefits patients with herniated, bulging or protruding discs; spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and those suffering with neuropathy in the arms or legs, as well as those with post-surgical neck and/or low back pain.”

DRX9000 technology has multiple design elements that make therapy easy on the patient, whether the problem is in the lumbar spine in the lower back or the cervical spine in the neck area.

“The patient is able to relax and close their eyes while the treatment is performed, gently stretching and decompressing the discs of the spine,” describes Dr. Gordon. “This gentle motion increases disc spaces and reduces the size and severity of herniated, bulging or degenerative discs and restores nutrients and hydration.

“Unfortunately, many people choose to have back or neck surgery when it may not be necessary,” asserts Dr. Gordon. “By contrast, the DRX9000 has an excellent track record. After tracking our results with hundreds of patients over eleven years, I am very proud that our patient satisfaction rate exceeds eighty percent, even with those patients who were told that surgery was their only option. That’s a much higher satisfaction rate than invasive surgery.”

Decompression treatments are typically followed by cold therapy and/or electrical muscle stimulation to restore proper muscle tone, decrease inflammation and maximize the effects of the treatment. Cervical spinal decompression is also accompanied by laser therapy, which decreases nerve root inflammation and improves the healing process.

Terri had a series of ten treatments and discovered they were painless and highly effective. She followed Dr. Gordon’s advice to temporarily stop playing golf to rest her back while undergoing therapy.

“It really worked,” Terri enthuses. “Every time I had a spinal decompression treatment, I felt so good! Eventually, the discs started to align, and I eventually started to feel so much better. It was the best thing I could have done for my back.”

Ideal Protein® Plan

While the spinal decompression treatments may have been the best thing Terri could have done for her back, they weren’t the only thing. It turns out that by enrolling in a comprehensive and personalized weight-loss program available through DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression, Terri could do even more for her back.

“Excess weight, especially around the abdomen, increases pressure on the lumbar discs in the lower back, as well as the hips and knee joints,” explains Dr. Gordon. “It’s similar to overloading the trunk of your car or the back of a truck with too much weight. The tires will compress and bulge outward because of the excess load. That’s the same type of thing that happens to the disc and lumbar spine when they’re put under extra weight and stress and strain.”

To help patients such as Terri further alleviate such stress and strain, Dr. Gordon offers the Ideal Protein® program. Based on more than 27 years of experience that includes more than five million people in the United States, Canada and Europe, the Ideal Protein plan enables patients to achieve weight loss quickly without sacrificing muscle mass.

In addition to enabling quick weight loss, the Ideal Protein program also helps participants boost energy levels, fostering better appetite control, improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure. It is an easy-to-follow, comprehensive, customized program that helps people such as Terri achieve and maintain a healthy weight in a way that becomes second nature.

“Ideal Protein is incorporated into a customized program for patients,” Dr. Gordon says. “On average, most of our patients lose approximately twelve to fifteen pounds per month on the Ideal Protein program, because it helps limit the amount of sugars and dietary fats that are coming in while providing a high-quality form of protein that is easily absorbed.

“Whereas some weight loss plans merely restrict caloric intake so the body will burn fat, that calorie restriction will also burn some muscle. The Ideal Protein program focuses on helping people lose weight by burning stored fat while preserving lean muscle.”

Even better, the plan is not simply a substitute for normal food; it also transitions patients to overall healthier eating. By offering cooking classes for our patients, they learn healthy eating habits and proper food combinations to allow them to maintain a healthy weight long term.

Terri Beer found relief from back pain caused by a bulging spinal disc, thanks to spinal decompression therapy with the DRX 9000 decompression system at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. To protect her back even more, Terri enrolled in the clinic’s Ideal Protein® weight-loss plan. She lost 30 pounds, taking significant strain off her lower back.

Before & After Ideal Protein

“There are four supplements that go along with the actual foods that they’re eating: a multivitamin, a potassium supplement, a fish oil and a calcium formula,” continues Dr. Gordon.

“None of the supplements are like what you see with the different fad diets,” affirms Dr. Gordon. “There are no diet pills or stimulants in Ideal Protein. The Ideal Protein plan is focused on the body’s biochemistry and burning stored fat through eating properly and through proper nutrition.”

What also sets Ideal Protein apart is the one-on-one coaching and support provided by the clinic’s Ideal Protein Coach, Jennifer Gordon, he adds. Jennifer meets one-on-one with Ideal Protein patients each week providing coaching and accountability to help them reach their health and weight loss goals.

Feeling Good Again

Terri, who is 5-feet-7, quickly lost 30 pounds following the Ideal Protein plan.

“This is the first diet I’ve been on where the weight came off quickly,” she reports.

“I lost three dress sizes. It was costly at first to buy new clothes, but I said to myself, If I buy these new clothes, I’m going to wear them and I’m not going to go back to big sizes anymore!

Although she has followed diets ranging from Weight Watchers to NutriSystem® in the past, she says Ideal Protein is the first that taught her how to manage weight without food cravings. Terri credits the support and nutrition counseling she received from her IP Coach  at the clinic.

“She is so compassionate, and she wants you to succeed,” shares Terri. “I’m in such a routine now, eating the right foods and a lot of vegetables.”

She is also thankful for how Dr. Gordon helped her find relief from chronic back pain – without surgery.

“Dr. Gordon is a remarkable man and just the nicest person you ever want to meet,” she acknowledges. “And his office is very friendly. There’s not a person that works there that doesn’t greet you when you come in.”

Free of back pain, and with much more energy, Terri is playing golf again and has resumed her active lifestyle.

“My back is so much better,” she raves, “and the weight loss just brought even more good things. I’m feeling great now.”

Evolutionary Development

Acoustic wave therapy reverses erectile dysfunction, cellulite.

It wasn’t until about four years after his divorce that Terry* rediscovered the desire to date again. A woman he met during a business meeting finally rekindled that fire. Soon thereafter, Terry learned he needed more than desire to rekindle his sex life.Terry* underwent Evolution Wave treatments for his ED.

“I knew this kind of thing was an issue for some men, but it wasn’t anything I had ever worried or even thought about,” says Terry, 47. “Then it happened to me. When it did, I knew immediately that I needed to address it.”

What Terry needed to address is erectile dysfunction (ED), which is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sex. It is essentially a circulatory problem caused by an impediment in the chambers that fill the penis with blood when stimulated.

For years, physicians have treated ED with medications such as VIAGRA® and CIALIS®, penile injections or penile implants, but now there is a nonsurgical, drug-free treatment that corrects the underlying cause of ED through the use of acoustic wave therapy.

The new treatment is called Evolution Wave, and it’s available at Evolution Weight Loss & Hormones, where Evolution president and functional medicine specialist Erin Bolton has found it to be effective in treating far more than erectile dysfunction.

“The acoustic waves help regenerate blood flow in the blood vessels of the penis by breaking up and unclogging the plaque that’s built up in them,” Erin explains. “But it’s also FDA approved as a treatment for reducing musculoskeletal pain and reversing cellulite.

“What it does for cellulite, in fact, is absolutely amazing. I was told it was effective, but I needed to be convinced; I needed to see the results for myself. Now, I have and I am consistently shocked at how well it works.”

Truly Remarkable Results

Terry wasn’t in need of a treatment for cellulite, but he was eager to correct his ED issue, so he took a friend’s advice and visited Evolution Weight Loss & Hormones, where he recently received a series of six Evolution Wave treatments.

“The Evolution Wave treatments were just the kind of thing I was looking for because I wanted something that was noninvasive, and I didn’t want to have to take any kind of medication that might bring about a bunch of side effects,” Terry says.

Evolution Wave treatments last about 15 minutes and are performed right in the doctor’s office. There is no downtime afterward, and Terry says his six-treatment regimen provided him with the boost in sexual performance he wanted.

“The results are truly remarkable,” Terry exudes. “I actually began to notice a change after two or three treatments, but I completed the whole course, and now, six months later, the issue is completely gone.”

ED patients receiving acoustic wave therapy sometimes seek booster treatments after a couple of years. Terry says he won’t hesitate to get such a booster should he need it, in part because of how well he was treated at Evolution Weight Loss & Hormones.

“First off, they do a great job of explaining how the treatment works, which I describe as being like Drano® for your pipes,” Terry says. “And they don’t make you feel awkward at all. They actually make you feel very comfortable. And the results speak for themselves.

“If you’re looking for better sexual performance and a boost in sexual confidence, this treatment is a no-brainer. And I recommend seeing Erin and her staff at Evolution Weight Loss and Hormones for it because they really are as professional as they come.”

*Patient’s name withheld at his request.

Skip Surgery

Noninvasive stretching protocol relieves pain, restores flexibility.

During his working years, Bill Lundgren owned an advertising and marketing agency, but was always a musician at heart. After he retired and relocated from New Hampshire to Florida three years ago, he began volunteering with a local arts organization, directing several musical performances.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Johnson of Johnson Medical Center in Venice treated Bill Lundgren and Pat Shehorn for lower back and neck pain using Sedative Stretching.

Bill Lundgren

Finally given a chance to live out his dream, Bill refused to let an agonizing back condition that dates back to his childhood stop him.

“When I was a kid, I fell out of a tree, landed on the sidewalk and crushed a vertebra,” shares the Rhode Island native. “I spent a few months lying flat in bed. I couldn’t get up, couldn’t do anything, in order for my back to heal.

“It has bugged me ever since, and over the last couple of years, the pain and stiffness in my lower back gradually increased. It got to a point where one area was basically solid as a rock and didn’t move at all. The muscles were frozen from guarding.

The pain in my back was moderately sharp all the time and rated seven to eight on a scale of one to ten. I’d also get radiating pains down my legs that literally put me on the floor. My legs would go out from under me and drop me to the ground.”

As Bill’s back pain intensified, he sought advice from several medical specialists, including a neurologist and neurosurgeon. However, he wasn’t satisfied with what either physician told him.

“The neurologist performed an exam and told me there were many degenerative changes happening,” Bill states. “Then I saw a neurosurgeon, and the first thing he said was, Let’s fuse all the discs. I didn’t think that was the answer, because I’ve never heard of anybody who had that done and was happy with it.

“At that point, I started looking for other alternatives, and I have a good friend who suffered with a serious shoulder problem who went to Dr. Johnson and had his special stretching procedure. She was amazed by how much better she felt after that procedure, so I decided to make an appointment with Dr. Johnson.”

Jeffrey P. Johnson, DC, is a skilled and experienced chiropractor at Johnson Medical Center in Venice. Dr. Johnson has expertise in a specialized treatment protocol called Sedative Stretching. Sedative Stretching is an expanded and comprehensive form of Manipulation Under Anesthesia, or MUA.

“Dr. Johnson is a real straight shooter,” Bill describes. “He said if he didn’t think he could help me, he wouldn’t recommend Sedative Stretching. Between his honesty and the fact that the process made sense to me when Dr. Johnson explained it, I decided to move forward with the treatment. I’m just sorry I waited so long.”

Limited Follow-Through

Pat Shehorn is a retired health care executive who continues to consult from her home in Chicago. During the chilly winter months, the snowbird leaves Illinois and travels to Florida so she can golf year-round. Pat struggled with back and neck pain for some time, but a problem with her golf swing was the final straw that sent her in search of help for her condition.

“The first clue something was wrong was when the middle finger on my right hand turned blue,” relates the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native. “Then about a month later, it happened to a finger on my left hand. We thought it was nerve impingement in my brachial plexus under my arm. Then my golf game went horribly wrong.

“I had a huge knot between my neck and shoulder, which was achy and sore to the touch. I also had lower back pain with tingling in the bottoms of my feet. I must have a high pain threshold because, although the pain was a six or seven, I was generally just uncomfortable. Mostly, I was losing mobility and flexibility.

“As a result of the pain, tingling and stiffness, I had difficulty bending and stretching, and I was losing range of motion. I still did my daily workouts, but they just didn’t feel right. And I couldn’t follow through on my golf swing, and that affected my game.”

It was a neighbor who told Pat about Dr. Johnson. Pat was hesitant at first because she’d never been to a chiropractor. She was concerned because she thought all chiropractic adjustments were rough, and she didn’t want that. A quick call to Johnson Medical Center assured her that Dr. Johnson’s approach is gentle, so she made an appointment.

“Dr. Johnson performed a physical assessment and took x-rays, then came up with a treatment plan,” Pat recounts. “He said an alternative would be Sedative Stretching, but doing that was totally up to me. After about a month of treatment, I opted for Sedative Stretching. I was grateful Dr. Johnson was able to treat my neck and back during the same procedure.”

Scar Tissue Scourge

Many people with painful muscle and joint conditions can benefit from Sedative Stretching. Ideal candidates are those with conditions such as unresolved neck and back pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, frozen shoulder, acute and chronic muscle spasm, headaches and failed back surgery syndrome. The procedure can also benefit
people who want to regain lost flexibility or those who are “sick and tired of being stiff and sore.”

“The sooner a person addresses the cause of their condition, the better,” Dr. Johnson notes. “The chronic stiffness, tightness and pain cause excessive wear and tear on the joints of the spine and
extremities, resulting in permanent degeneration and arthritis.

“People start losing flexibility after minor injuries incurred during their typical daily activities results in chronic, low-grade inflammation. Many times, this occurs in early childhood and is a long-forgotten event. Over time, these injuries develop into severe and sometimes debilitating conditions.”

Inflammation is part of the body’s natural healing process, which lays down a mesh of connective tissue, commonly known as scar tissue. Over time, layer upon layer of scar tissue can form in the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joints, restricting the joints’ ability to move properly. These layers of scar tissue are called adhesions.

The symptoms and warning signs generally associated with adhesions include the slow and insidious loss of flexibility, as well as an increasing achiness and soreness. Most people will attribute this to normal aging. While it’s very common to become stiff and sore with age, it’s not normal.

“People will compensate how they move their bodies when this occurs, although they don’t always realize it,” Dr. Johnson points out. “This is evident everywhere while watching the way people walk, bend, twist and turn.

“Regrettably, many people wait until significant damage from excessive wear and tear has occurred before seeking appropriate care. Often, people will utilize over-the-counter and prescriptive medications, which help alleviate their symptoms. Unfortunately, this gives the patient a false sense of being cured while the underlying scar tissue continues to cause excessive damage.”

Twilight Treatment

During Sedative Stretching, the patient is put under light sedation, often called twilight sedation. With the patient relaxed, the affected joints are brought through their normal full range of motion. This frees the adhesions that have developed between the joints, causing pain.

“While the patient is sedated, we use light, comprehensive stretching techniques,” Dr. Johnson informs. “Since we don’t have to contend with tense, guarded muscles, we are able to free up the scar tissue and mobilize the joints without causing the patient any discomfort. This would be impossible to do without the use of sedation.”

A highly trained team of medical professionals coordinates the Sedative Stretching procedure. Generally, there are multiple health care providers present, including an anesthetist and several nurses. Patients usually require only one procedure. It is very rare that patients require a second procedure to fully address their condition.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Johnson of Johnson Medical Center in Venice treated Bill Lundgren and Pat Shehorn for lower back and neck pain using Sedative Stretching.

Bill has always been a musician at heart.

Typically, there are a couple of weeks of rehabilitation following the procedure itself that are designed to reinforce the increased movement obtained from the treatment. During this time, patients are instructed how to perform stretching exercises to prevent the condition from recurring.

“By following the recommended exercises, patients regain the flexibility they had decades before, and typically, they return to activities they haven’t done in years,” Dr. Johnson emphasizes. “This is truly correcting the original cause of their conditions.”

“Piece of Cake”

Bill and Pat are glad they put their trust in Dr. Johnson and Sedative Stretching. Both patients achieved significant pain relief from their procedures, enough relief to live comfortably.

“Within a few days of the Sedative Stretching procedure, my pain dropped dramatically,” Bill raves. “Instead of being a seven or eight on the pain scale, I’m consistently down to around a three, which is bearable.”

“Things are good now,” Pat agrees. “I’m back to golfing, and I can bring my golf swing all the way through. My pain is much better as well. It’s down to a one, sometimes a two, and I can manage that. It’s a piece of cake.”

Pat was especially impressed by her improved range of motion and flexibility following Sedative Stretching.

“When I first saw Dr. Johnson, he asked me how I turned my head to drive,” Pat remembers. “I told him I used my mirrors to see. But since Sedative Stretching, I can turn my head, so I can see what’s behind me when I pull out. And my neck doesn’t hurt.

“Now, after stretching, I can bend over and touch my toes. It’s another sign that I’m much more flexible. Sedative Stretching was very successful for me. I wish I’d done it sooner. If anyone’s in pain, I recommend Dr. Johnson and Johnson Medical Center.”

“Sedative Stretching is an amazing treatment,” Bill enthuses. “I definitely recommend it to anybody who’s got spine problems. Who wants to go under the knife if you don’t have to? And it’s a lot easier if you can find somebody like Dr. Johnson. I wasted a lot of time with those other doctors, but not so with Dr. Johnson. I’m a believer!”

On Your Toes

Those shoes may match the outfit, but are they good for your feet?

One of the most common foot ailments that I see walk though my door are bunions,” explains board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM. A bunion is an unnatural, bony hump that forms at the base of the big toe where it attaches to the foot. Often, the big toe deviates toward the other toes.Those shoes may match the outfit, but are they good for your feet?

“Sometimes, this particular foot deformity is genetic; other times, it can be related to an injury to the foot or a congenital issue [a deformity present at birth],” explains Dr. Dunne. “Arthritis can play a role, along with improperly fitting shoes and high heels.” 

Bunion Symptoms

There are several symptoms to look for when diagnosing bunions.

“A bulging bump could be evident at the base of the big toe,” describes Dr. Dunne. “There may also be some swelling, redness and soreness in the area of the big toe’s joint. Other signs include a thickening of the skin at the base of the big toe, limitation in movement, pain that comes and goes, and corns and calluses developing.”

According to Dr. Dunne, people are intimidated by treatment for bunions because they have heard negative stories regarding surgical correction. “Our patients come first, and we recommend they take action now if they have a problem. Surgery is not the only option. Alternate treatments are available.”

When to See a Doctor?

“More often than not, a patient will put off treatment until surgical correction is the only option,” says Dr. Dunne. Here are some of the signs that you should be aware of:

Difficulty with movement of the big toe

A bump at the side of your big toe

Issues with shoes fitting properly

Big toe pain that is constant or intermittent

The formation of corns or calluses

Redness in the area at the bottom of the big toe

Once you make an appointment with your doctor, it is helpful to know what questions to ask, including “What is the cause of my foot pain, and is this a long-term or short-term problem?” This is another question to ask: “Is surgery right for me, or is there a conservative treatment that will help?”  These are useful questions to help you make decisions about your care.

“Occasionally, a bunion formation left untreated can cause additional ailments to arise,” warns Dr. Dunne. “These can include bursitis, hammertoe formations and metatarsalgia, which is pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot.”

Treatment Options

“For a bunion, our typical treatment regimen will be determined by the severity of the deformity, along with the individual needs of the patient,” explains Dr. Dunne.

“Again, surgery is not always the only treatment option a patient has. Treatment should be tailored to the patient’s needs.” 

Some conservative treatments include:

The application of ice

Orthotics (over-the-counter or custom-molded)

Medications to reduce inflammation

Padding and splinting of the area

Changes to better-fitting or more appropriate shoes

Rehabilitation time varies per patient and type of surgical procedure. As always, the patient’s individual needs come first, and treatment should reflect those needs.

Lake Washington Foot & Ankle is a comprehensive podiatric medicine clinic, offering treatment for everything from ankle sprains to hammertoes.

“We treat ingrown toenails, warts, dermatitis, ankle and heel pain, tendonitis and neuromas,” assures Dr. Dunne. “We also do clinical trials for onychomycosis [fungal toenails], as well as studies on diabetic ulcers, in an effort to find better and more effective treatments for these and other ailments.”

Fountain of Youth

Senior not feeling his age after ED therapy.

construction worker all his life, Emory Allen, 74, spent the last few years of his career running his own business and working for a large contracting company, from which he retired. The North Carolina native, who spent his young-adult years in Southern France with the Army, always felt proud when clients turned to him for his construction expertise.

Senior not feeling his age after ED therapy

Emory Allen

“I had a lot of fun doing construction, so I started my own construction company,” Emory recounts. “The name of it was Professional Industrial Contractors. Clients I did work for included Coors® Brewery, Gerber® Baby Food and Frito-Lay®. I also worked on several ethanol plants, a few bakeries and many other projects.”

As Emory got older, he faced a few common health issues that sometimes affect men as they age, including prostate disorders. In Emory’s case, treatment for those disorders contributed to a frustrating problem – erectile dysfunction (ED).

“I hadn’t been able to do anything in the bedroom since I had prostate surgery fifteen years ago,” Emory confirms. “My wife was very understanding because we have more than sex going on in our relationship. We’re best friends.”

“That’s true,” Emory’s wife confirms. “The sex wasn’t as good as it was in the past, but there’s more to our relationship than sex. That made it easier for me to be understanding about Emory’s problem.”

For years, the couple lived with an incomplete sex life, then Emory learned about a treatment that offered significant improvement without pills or surgery. The treatment was provided by Robert C. Lupo, DC, of Physical Medicine Center in Tampa.

“I was already a patient of Dr. Lupo for chiropractic services,” Emory relates. “One day, I was in the waiting room and saw an article in Florida Health Care News about Dr. Lupo and his GAINSWave® therapy, so I asked him about it. He said it works like the treatment that’s used to break up kidney stones, except that it breaks up the plaque that builds up in the blood vessels of the penis.”

“GAINSWave is a unique treatment that uses sound-wave technology to clear the tiny microvessels in the urogenital region,” Dr. Lupo describes. “This increases circulation to the penis, which improves sensitivity and the quality of the erection, intensifying the entire sexual experience.”

Emory was given a sample GAINSWave treatment during his initial appointment at Physical Medicine Center. Emory later returned for five subsequent treatments, during which he says, “Things started looking up.”

The Bedroom and Beyond

Sexual health can affect overall well-being, so the impact of untreated erectile dysfunction, as well as decreased sensitivity and performance, can extend beyond the bedroom.

“Everyone wants to feel good, be healthy and have great sex,” Dr. Lupo reports. “In fact, studies have shown that good sexual energy does many things for health and well-being. These include decreasing stress, providing a stronger-functioning immune system, improving sleep, increasing self-esteem and happiness, and much more.”

Difficulties in the bedroom are not limited to men in their 70s, such as Emory. Even men in their 30s and 40s can begin to lose sensitivity or have trouble achieving and maintaining the strong erections necessary for great sex. It’s important that men experiencing these symptoms seek the advice of a medical professional.

“Trouble with erections is a sign that blood flow issues, hormonal changes or other serious conditions are beginning to develop,” Dr. Lupo notes. “We offer bio-identical hormone therapy as well as GAINSWave to get men suffering with treatable conditions back on track and working like they’re supposed to.”

Dr. Lupo stresses that while GAINSWave is an excellent treatment for men with ED, it is also very effective for achieving sensitivity and volume improvement in younger men.

“Some younger men come in to tune-up their sexual functioning and improve their experience,” he says. “They simply want to keep their bodies in good working order, which leads to better performance in the bedroom. These men report that GAINSWave provides a very dramatic result.”

GAINSWave helps improve a man’s sexual health in another way as well. It also stimulates the growth of nerve tissue vital for increasing sensitivity and achieving and maintaining healthy erections.

Back in Time

Men have experienced a renewed ability for healthier erections after only a few GAINSWave treatments, Dr. Lupo points out. Just two painless treatments per week over a three-week period are all most men need to restore or improve erectile function.

“GAINSWave’s ability to improve blood flow, increase new vascularization and increase nerve sensitivity in the urogenital region has been pretty phenomenal,” the doctor asserts. “The erection ability is stronger, longer, better and more impressive. It’s taking men back to more youthful times in their lives without the necessity for medications.”

The noninvasive therapy is also used to successfully treat a painful syndrome that causes curvature of the penis called Peyronie’s disease that is the result of scar tissue.

Dr. Lupo says GAINSWave uses the same technology that has been effective for years in the US and Europe to treat plantar fasciitis; heel, knee and elbow pain; scar tissue, tendonitis and connective tissue injuries.

“GAINSWave emits concentrated blasts of sound waves akin to ultrasound or sonar technology,” he explains. “These sound waves travel faster than the speed of sound, and when applied through the correct number of pulses, frequency and energy, they can have a positive effect on tissue to restore blood flow and nerve sensitivity.

Senior not feeling his age after ED therapy

Emory has renewed vim and vigor.

“We’re very encouraged by how GAINSWave has been used to treat hundreds of patients without harmful side effects. Any man who wants to restore youthful performance should call us to explore this option.”

Second Honeymoon

Men gain the most benefit from GAINSWave when they finish the full course of treatment. Many men, however, experience positive effects after just a few treatments. Emory was one of those men who noticed benefits from GAINSWave early on.

“After two or three treatments, I started to see a difference,” he recalls. “I began having some sensation down there, the blood started flowing and things started getting better, so now I’m doing very well for an old man.

“I’m almost seventy-five years old, and everything works! The GAINSWave must have broken up all of those calcium plaque deposits in my penis because everything is up now, and my wife is happy.”

“It’s wonderful,” his wife says. “Our sex life is back to the way it was years ago.”

Emory credits his excellent results to Dr. Lupo. He thinks very highly of the doctor and trusts him completely. Thanks to
Dr. Lupo, Emory always has a good experience at Physical Medicine Center.

“Dr. Lupo is a good, honest man,” Emory states. “He has high morals. His good character means a lot to me. He’s very good, and so is the GAINSWave treatment. I recommend them both.”

Satisfying Nonsurgical Pain Relief

Pain-free spinal decompression therapy relieves lower back, neck pain.

Most people join the Peace Corps when they’re young, when their uncertainty regarding which path to follow in life meshes with their desire to see the world and make an impact on a small, needy community someplace far, far away.

Not Ted Mooney.

Ted Mooney and Allison* both found relief from their debilitating neck and back pain through spinal decompression.

In his late 50s, Ted joined the Peace Corps and became the country director for Lesotho and Uganda.

Ted, now 67, joined the Peace Corps when he was in his late 50s, long after he’d built and sold a scientific instrument sales company, retired for the first time and rejoined the workforce as a consultant for a group of small tech companies.

“I tend to re-invent myself every six to eight years,” says Ted, a mechanical engineer who also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. “My job with the Peace Corps was country director of Lesotho, a small country inside South Africa.

“I then became the country director for Uganda. In both places, I was primarily responsible for the health and safety of the volunteers and for working with the local ministries to find the productive things that would help us make a difference in the community.”

Ted moved on from the Peace Corps in 2011 and retired for good last October. At the time of his retirement, he was still quite active, swimming, kayaking and bird-watching on a regular basis. That is until back problems crept up on him.

“I’ve had back problems throughout the course of my life, ever since I was in my teens, but I never paid much attention to them,” Ted says. “Then one morning a few months back, shortly after I’d retired, I woke up and could barely get out of bed.

“I thought at first that it would be just as it always had been before, that it would eventually clear up, but this time, it just kept getting worse. After a couple of weeks, I could barely even get out of the house.

“I tried taking a walk with my wife one day, and I couldn’t even get one hundred meters down the road. I couldn’t go outside and do any of the bird-watching I love to do because it hurt just to bring the binoculars up to my eyes.

“It was bizarre how much pain I was in, and after a third week of that, I thought my life, as I understood it, was going away because of this back pain. That’s when I decided I needed to get it taken care of.”

Ted’s fear of spending his second retirement as a shut-in prompted an internet search for a physician to treat his agonizing back pain. The search led him to Tyler Albrecht, DC, at St. Augustine Spine Center.

The goal of the staff at St. Augustine Spine Center is to help patients suffering from severe and chronic back pain, neck pain and peripheral neuropathy return to a pain-free, active lifestyle using the most advanced nonsurgical, drug-free procedures available.

Their work always begins with a thorough examination of the patient, and in the case of Ted, Dr. Albrecht’s initial examination revealed that the constant stabbing pain he felt in his back was radiating into his right hip and leg.

“In addition to Ted’s back pain, he was also having some tingling and itching along his right thigh, and the pain would get worse when he would do any walking or standing,” Dr. Albrecht reports. “It was making him limp and was interfering with his activities around the house.

“He could no longer go to the gym, which he had been doing three or four times a week. He was even having trouble sleeping. He had tried ice and heat treatments and taken some anti-inflammatories and even used a TENS device, but he found no relief.”

Based on his findings, Dr. Albrecht ordered an MRI of Ted’s back. The MRI showed Ted was suffering from degenerative disc disease and that the primary cause of his pain was four bulging lumbar discs that resulted in irritation of the nerves in that area.

The severity of his problem came as a bit of a shock to Ted, who agreed immediately to follow Dr. Albrecht’s recommended course for recovery, which called for him to receive a full series of spinal decompression treatments.

Time to Decompress

Spinal decompression is a pain-free, FDA-cleared treatment that works to restore herniated or bulging discs to a healthier state, thus relieving pain. The decompression procedure works by reversing the pressure on the injured discs, allowing them to heal, rather than just trying to cover up the pain with injections or medications.

“The treatment is performed while the patient lies on a specialized table that
gently pulls on the two vertebrae on either side of the affected disc, producing a vacuum effect,” Dr. Albrecht informs. “This allows bulging material and nutrients to be drawn back into the disc over time, which allows it to rehydrate and heal naturally.

“Advanced technology and computerized load sensors combine to create a gentle, pain-free treatment that avoids the muscle spasm or guarding reflex that is commonly triggered with rudimentary traction or inversion devices.”

Patients in a spinal decompression program are treated three times a week for about seven weeks. Each decompression treatment lasts about 30 minutes, after which most patients are treated with a combination of other modalities.

Those modalities include manual therapy, rehabilitative exercises, chiropractic care, ice, electrical stimulation and laser therapy, all of which help to speed up the healing process and are part of the typical disc rehabilitation program at St. Augustine Spine Center.

“One of the things that I really appreciate about Dr. Albrecht was how informative he was,” Ted says. “He told me everything about the treatment before we got started – how it was developed and everything – and that was really helpful.

“He even told me how it was important to make sure that I drink sixty ounces of water every day because hydrating the discs and the area around the spine is one of the keys to the spinal regeneration process.

“It made me feel very confident going into the treatment, which lasts for about thirty minutes on the table. Then, when you’re done, they do some manual therapy on you and have you do some additional stretches and things like that.”

At first, Ted couldn’t do many of the post-treatment stretching exercises. Over time, though, he was able to incorporate those stretches into his routine, the results of which have led to what Dr. Albrecht describes as a full resolution of his symptoms.

“When Ted started, his average pain level was seven on a scale of zero to ten, and occasionally, it would go up to a nine,” Dr. Albrecht says. “But by the time we completed his treatment, his average pain was down to zero.

“He is no longer limping, and he has gone back to the gym and is working out again. His sleep is no longer being interrupted, and he is back to doing all the normal activities he was doing before. He’s had really good success with his treatment.”

Ted concurs, saying his treatment has made him “a very happy camper.” He’s a lighter camper, too, adding that his return to the gym has resulted in a loss of at least ten pounds of weight gained during the time he was inactive.

“This program really works, because I am able to do all the things I like to do again,” Ted enthuses. “The bottom line is, I feel great again, and I thank Dr. Albrecht for that.

“I say this all the time, but he saved my life. He really did, and that’s why I’ve already recommended him to some friends, and I know of one who has already gone to see him and raves about him the same way that I do.”

Worth a Try

Unlike Ted, Allison* hasn’t reached retirement age just yet, but at 63, she says she “can see the other side, and it looks pretty good.” Unfortunately, Allison’s view of what lay ahead in retirement didn’t look all that promising just a few months ago.

“I had been dealing with some serious neck problems for about two years, and nothing I was doing was making it any better,” she says. “At first, I was going to a chiropractor and doing some physical therapy, which helped for a while, but it never lasted.

“Then about a year and a half ago, I went to an orthopedic surgeon. He was telling me we could try doing some cortisone shots, but if they didn’t work, I was looking at having surgery. That just frightened the heck out of me.

“I had disc surgery a long time ago on my back, and going through that was frightening enough. But of all the surgeries you can have, neck surgery to me is the most frightening. That was my ultimate last resort.”

Allison never had to seriously consider her ultimate last resort, thanks in part to her husband, who started looking through a copy of Florida Health Care News while he and Allison were waiting to be seated for dinner one night.

“He was reading this article about spinal decompression and told me to take a look at it,” Allison remembers. “The article was all about spinal decompression and St. Augustine Spine Center, and we thought, Why not give this a try? What have we got to lose?

“When Allison came in, she was having not just constant neck pain but constant upper back pain as well. She was also getting about ten headaches a month,” Dr. Albrecht reports. “As you might expect, those problems were really affecting her lifestyle.

“Allison is a very active person. She likes to play tennis and golf, does some weightlifting to stay in shape and rides a bicycle and walks her dog. All those things were being limited by her neck and upper back pain.”

After reviewing an MRI and learning of Allison’s previous attempts to rid herself of her neck and back pain, which included receiving massage therapy and taking muscle relaxers, Dr. Albrecht suggested she try spinal decompression as an alternative to surgery.

“The MRI showed degenerative disc disease and disc bulging at three levels in the mid-to-lower part of her neck,”
Dr. Albrecht reports. “In that area of the spine, the normal diameter of the spinal canal should be twelve to fourteen millimeters. Hers was narrowed to seven, resulting in spinal stenosis. That made her a great candidate for spinal decompression.”

Proof Positive

Anxious to get off the muscle relaxers and resume her active lifestyle, Allison took Dr. Albrecht up on his recommendation and began the same spinal decompression program that Ted did in July of last year. The results, she says, have been miraculous.Ted Mooney and Allison* both found relief from their debilitating neck and back pain through spinal decompression.

“It’s unbelievable what the decompression therapy has done for me,” Allison exudes. “Through that and some stretching exercises that I’ve incorporated into my workout, I feel two hundred percent better than I did this time a year ago. Even the headaches are gone.”

Allison initially thought her headaches were the result of some severe sinus and asthma issues, but Dr. Albrecht believes their disappearance is proof they were actually being caused by Allison’s neck and upper back problems.

“By the time Allison completed the spinal decompression therapy, she had gone a month without a headache,” Dr. Albrecht says. “That told us they were actually coming from her neck, because we didn’t treat her for allergies or sinus issues at all.

“And that makes sense, because pressure on the neck and the spinal cord in that area so close to the back of the head can easily cause inflammation and the muscles in that area to tighten, which can irritate the head and lead to those headaches.”

It’s not just because of the spinal decompression treatments that Allison is feeling so much better. Allison says Dr. Albrecht also gave her some good advice regarding proper posture that has helped her keep the pain at bay as well.

“I work as a category manager for a food broker, and I sit at a computer all day analyzing data,” she says. “It turns out that I’ve been sitting at my computer the wrong way, and that has probably contributed to my neck problems.

“Dr. Albrecht suggested I have a co-worker take a random picture of me at my desk, and in the picture, I’m sitting on my legs all hunched over and turning my neck the wrong way. When I saw that, I thought, No wonder. I’m really not helping myself here.

“So, Dr. Albrecht gave me a diagram that shows me exactly how I should be sitting at my desk, and that has helped me, too. I also bought a posture pump like the one Dr. Albrecht has in his office, and I use that twice a day, and it has done a lot for me as well.

“Dr. Albrecht even told me that just getting up from my desk and walking around the office once every hour will make a difference and so I try to do that now. It’s why I highly recommend them and the spinal decompression for anyone who is facing neck or back surgery and thinks that’s their last resort. It’s not. There’s more you can do for yourself that will get you feeling right again, and I’m proof of it.”

*Patient’s name withheld at her request.

Up, Up and Away

Noninvasive balloon system helps mother lose post-pregnancy weight.

After delivering her second child six years ago, Cindy* had a difficult time losing the weight she gained during her pregnancy.

“I have two daughters, and after the first pregnancy, I was able to lose the weight pretty quickly,” Cindy shares. “But the weight from the second pregnancy didn’t come off anywhere near as easily.

“I tried every diet I could think of, and at best I would lose ten pounds, then turn around and gain it all back again. As a wife and a mother, I was trying to do it all and carried a lot of stress. I think that affected my metabolism to a certain point. But, I was also making the wrong food choices. I ate a lot of sweets and unhealthy foods.”

At 190 pounds, the five-foot, three-inch Cindy says she became desperate to make a change. She set a goal to lose around 50 pounds.

“I wanted to look and feel better about myself,” she says. “I am raising two girls, and I want them to see their mom healthy and active.”

Cindy says she talked with a friend who underwent gastric sleeve surgery, but she did not feel that was the best option for her.

“My husband wasn’t on board with that either,” Cindy shares. “So, we went online and did some research and read about the Obalon® Balloon System. It sounded interesting to me because it did not require any kind of surgery. I started searching for doctors in our area who offered the procedure, and I found Manatee Weight Loss Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Are You Overweight?

For people such as Cindy who haven’t found success with conventional forms of dieting, weightloss procedures to reduce stomach size are often a proven method for overcoming obesity.

The Obalon Balloon System is available at Manatee Memorial Hospital, where it is performed by Stelios Rekkas, MD, FACS, a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon. The procedure is ideal for patients who are overweight.

“The majority of the weightloss procedures we offer here are for people who are about one hundred pounds above their ideal body weight,” explains Dr. Rekkas. “Those surgeries involve general anesthesia and a brief stay in the hospital. This is the first outpatient, noninvasive procedure we offer that provides significant weight loss between forty to sixty pounds.

Cindy was our first patient to undergo the Obalon balloon procedure, which I think is a game changer when it comes to weight loss. She was an ideal candidate, as she was about fifty pounds above her ideal body weight. She just needed the right tool to help her find success.

Obalon Balloon System

The Obalon Balloon System requires patients to swallow a pill containing a small balloon. An x-ray is then taken to make sure the balloon is in the right position. The balloon is then filled with a gas similar to nitrogen gas. After three weeks, patients return and get a second balloon and after nine weeks, they get a third balloon.

“Each balloon shrinks the space available in the stomach and as a result, the patient eats less,” Dr. Rekkas explains. “On average, patients lose about three times the weight they would normally lose on their own.

“One of the beautiful things about this system is there are no incisions, no general anesthesia, no scarring and the balloons are removed through endoscopy after six months,” concludes Dr. Rekkas. “With these balloons, patients eat a little bit of food and get full much faster.

“We were the first hospital in the state to offer the Obalon Balloon System,” shares

Dr. Rekkas. “This is a revolutionary new product, and we are proud to offer it at Manatee Memorial Hospital and Manatee Weight Loss Center.”

Dr. Rekkas emphasizes that the program is about more than a pill.

“I want to stress that what we do here is not just about a specific weight loss procedure,” he explains. “We educate every person about diet and exercise. It is an all-encompassing program.

“Each patient receives a customized plan, including diet and exercise. The balloons are the training wheels. It is a game-changing tool to help them get started. As long as they incorporate the diet and exercise long term, they will keep the weight off.”   

Look Good, Feel Great

Weight loss carries with it profound benefits for better health.A mom looks to lose 50 pounds through a noninvasive weight loss procedure offered at Manatee Weight Loss Center.

“We see really good improvements in sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Instead of just giving medications to lower blood pressure or control diabetes, a lot of these problems go away or improve markedly through weight loss,” says Dr. Rekkas. “We’ve seen patients get off their diabetic and hypertensive medications and sleep apnea machines. Also, great improvement is seen in patients with arthritis.”

Cindy says the Obalon Balloon System has allowed her to take an important step toward achieving her weight loss goal of 50 pounds and is confident she can keep the weight off, because she has already noticed a change in her eating habits.

“I used to always want candy or dessert before, but now, I no longer want sugar,” she says. “It’s really amazing how your body reacts to this system and how that in turn changes how you think and feel about yourself.”

“I am on my way to a smaller size; I can feel it. With this system and proper exercise, I know I can maintain the weight loss. This has been a good decision, and I am really happy with
Dr. Rekkas and all the staff at the center.
This is changing my life!”

*Patient’s name withheld at her request.

Repair Bone Loss

A once weekly, 15-minute strengthening program can rebuild bone.

After suffering for years with endometriosis, Shirley* and her husband turned to infertility treatments to help them conceive.

Photo courtesy of OsteoStrong.

During an OsteoStrong workout, patients apply
pressure on patented equipment designed to stimulate the body’s natural impulse to rebuild bone.

While those treatments were not successful, Shirley and her husband still got the child they always wanted through adoption.

In the aftermath of the infertility treatments, however, Shirley was left with a serious side effect resulting from prolonged use of infertility drugs – osteoporosis.

Bones are made of tissue that is constantly broken down and replaced. But when new bone creation does not keep up with degeneration, osteopenia and osteoporosis can occur.

About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Breaking a bone is a serious complication of osteoporosis, especially as we get older. Osteoporotic bone breaks are most likely to occur in the hip, spine or wrist, but other bones can break too. In addition to causing permanent pain, osteoporosis causes some to lose height. When osteoporosis affects vertebrae, or the bones of the spine, it often leads to a stooped or hunched posture.

“I had a friend of mine who was a nurse advise me to get a bone density screening because she knew that many women on the same infertility drug had severe bone loss,” Shirley recalls. “So, I had my first bone scan performed when I was thirty-eight.

“The results indicated I was osteopenic, which means I had early onset of osteoporosis.”

That was 13 years ago.

“At that time, doctors told me to do weight-bearing exercises and increase my calcium and Vitamin D intake. They had no answers and no real plan.”

When a friend’s mother died of osteoporosis, Shirley vowed she would not succumb to the condition herself.

“I have a child, and there is just no way that after everything I’ve been through I will allow osteoporosis to win,” Shirley says. “It isn’t going to happen like that for me.”

Despite joining a gym and following a rigorous exercise regimen, she continued to see her bone density scans get worse each year.

“My numbers kept going down,” Shirley recalls. “I felt like there had to be something out there that would help.”

In 2015, through online research, Shirley found a unique program called OsteoStrong that helps rebuild bone through once-a-week, 15-minute sessions using specialized strengthening equipment.

“It is difficult to explain the difference between our equipment and that used at a traditional gym,” educates Marc Cannon, owner of OsteoStrong in Sarasota. “This equipment is isometric, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscle. There is no force pushing against you, which means that you create the force. On the leg press, for example, I’ve had ladies in their eighties weighing one hundred pounds who can press a thousand pounds. Because it is isometric, it is different.”

To understand the difference he describes, Marc invites people to come in and try the equipment for themselves.

“We offer one free session so that people can see what we mean by isometric,” Marc shares. “They have the opportunity to use the equipment and see exactly what it is like.”

A Proven Solution

“Osteoporosis is a silent disease that most people are unaware they have until they fracture a bone,” educates Marc. “Statistically, one in two women and one in four men over age fifty will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.”

Marc says OsteoStrong is a proven, effective, natural solution to reverse bone loss for all age groups. “This is an amazing concept that culminated after twelve years of research that looked into the body’s own adaptive response to growing new bone and muscle structure and improving the density of the bones we have.”

Marc loves to share stories that highlight the program’s long-term value.

“OsteoStrong is a miracle for me and has changed my life!” – Shirley

“I met Shirley at an OsteoStrong conference in Albuquerque and after hearing her story, we connected instantly because in my view, her story is a success,” Marc says. “The program utilizes a concept called osteogenic loading, which is a fifteen-minute, once-a-week, resistance-based session that increases bone density, prevents fractures and strengthens muscle tissue.”

Shirley admits that initially, she was uncertain about how well a 15-minute workout, once a week, could rebuild bone.

“At first, I was skeptical, but after I read a lot about it and researched its success, I was convinced,” she says. “The patient applies pressure on the patented equipment through short, acute activities that stimulate the body’s natural impulse to rebuild bone and tissue loss. Once the tissue growth process has been triggered, the body will naturally rebuild tissue and bone.”

Sessions are deliberately scheduled once a week.

“Studies have determined that doing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week doesn’t promote any additional benefit,” Marc explains. “Overall, studies have found that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density by about seven percent a year.”

Better Late Than Never

Shirley knows that had she found OsteoStrong years earlier, her bone loss would not have been as substantial.A once weekly, 15-minute strengthening program can rebuild bone

“I’ve already lost twenty percent of my bone in my hip and twenty four percent of bone in my arm,” Shirley explains. “If I were to lose another twenty-five to thirty percent, I would have the bones of a significantly older woman who could have a fracture at an early age.

“In the first six months, I had a significant bone increase in my hips because of the OsteoStrong program,” she continues. “I was in tears when my latest bone scan results showed that increase. I had not had a gain in twelve years.”

Shirley’s life has been so dramatically improved because of OsteoStrong that she and her husband invested in a franchise.

“My husband and I were looking for a business venture, and after experiencing OsteoStrong, and with my own personal situation, we decided to buy a franchise ourselves.

“The important thing is, my numbers are increasing now, and I owe it all to OsteoStrong,” she says. “It’s been a miracle for me and has changed my life!”

Because of her significant improvement in her bones, Shirley says she likely will start having bone scans every other year once she turns 55.

“We’ve already had success stories in our center even though it’s been open for a short amount of time,” Shirley shares. “I tell women who come to our center here – we can reverse bone loss and you don’t have to be in fear of having a fracture.”

It is important for those who suffer from osteoporosis to consider that OsteoStrong is a program that caters to all age groups.

“Osteoporosis is not just something that only happens to old people. We have clients from young to old and everything in between. We have a lot of women in our center that are younger than I was when I was diagnosed.

“Men aren’t immune either,” she adds. “When they start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid.

“OsteoStrong wants to help educate people about bone loss. The framework is the most important part of your body and you need to take care of it and be aware of changes to it.”

While there are many factors in a person’s life that can cause osteoporosis, thankfully programs like OsteoStrong can help a person reverse the damage.

“OsteoStrong has been a miracle for me and has changed my life!,” Shirley raves.

*Patient’s name withheld at her request.

Improving Memory and Reversing Chronic Inflammation

Innovative treatments alleviate arthritis pain, enhance memory.

As a personal trainer, Pamela Kirscher taught others how to keep their bodies working optimally. But she became increasingly frustrated with her own body as it showed signs of escalating dysfunction.Pamela Kirscher received treatment for arthritis, memory loss and a viral infection using nonsurgical regenerative therapy techniques.

“I had arthritis in my left ankle, which I broke in 1980,” Pamela shares. “It caused a stabbing pain that made me actually buckle over. I also broke my right ankle twice. The original break happened when I stepped backward into an empty swimming pool that was under construction.

“My orthopedic doctor told me he could inject my ankles with steroids, but I’d have to get injections every three months. When I first became a patient at Advanced Rejuvenation I started getting prolotherapy.”

Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical procedure during which a solution containing dextrose, a natural sugar, and lidocaine are injected into the damaged area to stimulate healing. The treatment helped Pamela for a while, but her body continued to let her down.

In 2006, Pamela broke her right foot when a horse inadvertently stepped on it. Later, she noticed she was having some issues with memory loss.

“Not only did I have arthritis in both ankles, I also got it in my foot,” she declares. “There was a period of time when I could barely walk. Every step was like a sharp knife through my foot. All I really wanted was to be able to walk on the beach.

“I was also having memory problems. I have the ApoE4 Alzheimer’s gene, which makes me thirty percent more likely to develop the disease. I could’ve just dismissed the memory loss as senior moments, but I wanted to address it. I wanted to maintain my memory.”

As time went on, Pamela’s arthritis affected other areas of her body as well. She finally had enough and sought treatment at Advanced Rejuvenation in Sarasota. Jeffrey Sack, MD, chose two innovative therapy options to treat Pamela’s varied symptoms.

Exosomes: Stem Cells

The specialized treatment options Dr. Sack chose for Pamela included exosome therapy and ten-pass hyperbaric ozone therapy. These unique treatments are effective at treating the core causes of virtually all diseases, which is chronic inflammation.

Pamela was diagnosed with a seronegative arthropathy that resembles rheumatoid arthritis as well as early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The arthritis disfigured her hands and also involved her spine and ankles.

“To treat all of Pamela’s conditions, we utilized ten-pass hyperbaric ozone and stem cell exosomes,” reports Dr. Sack.

Stem cell therapy has been used in various medical disciplines for years. Stem cells are the body’s building blocks, the foundation of all tissue and organs. They can be used to regenerate cartilage, tendon, muscle and new tissue in the heart, brain, shoulders, wrists, spine, pelvis, feet, etc.

“It’s been the prevailing thought that once stem cells are introduced into the body, they migrate to the injured area, transform into the needed cells, such as cartilage, ligament or nerve cells, and proliferate from there,” Dr. Sack notes. “Research has determined that’s not what happens at all. Stem cells are actually more like messengers.

“In reality, stem cells go to the injured area, open up and spill out tiny vesicles called exosomes. The exosomes contain information that triggers two critical functions. The first function is to clean up the injured area.”

When the body is trying to heal from a disease or injury, whether it’s a stroke or an arthritic knee, it must first clear out the old, weak and damaged tissue. Dr. Sack uses the analogy of remodeling a bathroom. That can’t be done properly without removing the old tile and bathtub. In the body, old worn out tissue must be removed before new tissue can be regenerated.

“The second function triggered by the exosomes is to instruct existing, healthy cells to enter a trophic, or growth phase,” Dr. Sack observes. “This is a long-term change into a more youthful state. It’s when cell regeneration occurs.”

Terrific Ten-Pass

The second treatment Dr. Sack used for Pamela was ten-pass hyperbaric ozone therapy. During this treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s body into specialized equipment from Germany. It is then mixed with ozone and returned to the patient’s veins.

“Historically, ozone was used with one-pass procedures, but the developers of the ten-pass equipment have made it so a much higher amount of ozone can be safely administered to the patient,” Dr. Sack explains. “Ten-pass is ten times the treatment of a single pass procedure. The other component of ten-pass is that the ozone is delivered under pressure. That’s the hyperbaric part.

“When ozone is exposed to blood, it does several important things. The first thing it does is sterilize the blood. Ozone’s been shown to be effective on just about every known virus, mold and bacteria. Ozone is hundreds of times stronger than bleach at killing bacteria and viruses. Still, it’s safe when given at the correct dosage.”

The second thing ozone does is charge the immune system. When there are chronic infections, the immune system releases cells to destroy the offending pathogens. With ten-pass, some of the pathogens are killed directly by the ozone, but it also throws the immune system into high gear, killing the rest of the pathogens and clearing up infections. It has been beneficial for many autoimmune conditions as well.

Another thing that occurs when ozone is mixed with blood is the creation of compounds known as ozonites. These ozonites travel through the body and are instrumental in improving anti oxidant responses.

Intravenous ozone has proven to be a strong activator of mitogenesis – the creation of mitochondria. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells. They convert oxygen and glucose into energy. Mitochondrial dysfunction is linked to a host of disorders, from cancer to chronic inflammation to degenerative neurologic disorders.

Pamela Kirscher received treatment for arthritis, memory loss and a viral infection using nonsurgical regenerative therapy techniques.

Pamela Kirscher

“One-third of the body’s weight is mitochondria,” Dr. Sack expounds. “The body is constantly scavenging and cleaning out old, weak mitochondria and creating new, healthy mitochondria. Improving mitochondrial function improves symptoms of everything from heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as other neurological conditions and chronic infections.

“There is no more effective stimuli to the body to clean out old dysfunctional mitochondria and make new mitochondria than intravenous ozone and especially ten-pass.”

Treatments like exosome therapy and ten-pass hyperbaric ozone therapy can be done separately or together, as in Pamela’s case. When used together, they often work synergistically.

“We call that the entourage effect,” Dr. Sack informs. “That’s when combining modalities creates a better outcome than using one alone. In these cases, one plus one may equal four instead of two. The modalities are synergistic. They multiply the benefits.”

“New Lease on Life”

Pamela was amazed by the results of her treatments at Advanced Rejuvenation. The exosome therapy and ten-pass hyperbaric ozone therapy turned her world around.

“I have a new lease on life,” Pamela raves. “All I wanted was to walk on the beach, and after a short time, I was walking twenty to thirty minutes on the beach. I was no longer restricted in my activities. I could go to the store when before I couldn’t do that. I had my independence back again.

“We did a follow up memory test called CNS vitals which showed a seventy-five percent improvement, and I can tell my memory has definitely improved. I don’t have the memory issues I had before. Reducing the inflammation in my body and getting more oxygen to my brain has helped. I’ve noticed that I’m a lot more clear-headed now.

“They’re doing so many amazing things at Advanced Rejuvenation,” Pamela enthuses. “I highly recommend them.”

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