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A Matter of Trust

Assisted living community “checks all the boxes.”

When Joann Pearson gave up her teaching career to start a family back in the late 1950s, she never thought she’d wind up with a classroom full of kids all her own. But after initially giving birth to twins, that’s exactly what happened.

Photo courtesy of Karin Wyatt.

Joann Pearson

“There were nine of us total, six girls and three boys,” says Karin Wyatt, one of Joann’s daughters. “My parents started their family after moving back to the US from Panama, where my father was in the military. From the start, my mom had her hands full.”

Once her children were grown, Joann ventured back into education, where she excelled at enrolling young children into reading programs. She also became active in her local church. As time passed, though, Joann needed the kind of attention she often gave to others.

“My mom developed dementia,” Karin says. “For years, my father took care of her, but after he passed, she moved in with my sisters. It was very hard, though. We knew she needed to be moved somewhere where they could look after her properly.”

After visiting several senior living communities in the area, Karin and her sisters decided the best place for their mother was Hibiscus Court Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Melbourne.

Hibiscus Court offers an assisted living program, senior day care services, and short-term respite stays for seniors recovering from illness or surgery. It also has a secure memory support community called The Garden.

“I knew the first time I walked into Hibiscus Court that this would be the place for my mom, because the people are all so amazing,” Karin says. “They told me, Wherever your mom is, that’s where we are. That made me feel very secure. I knew right away that I could trust them to take good care of my mother.”
After settling on Hibiscus Court, Karin and her sisters set up their mother’s apartment just as it was at her home, with all of her bedroom furniture and personal items arranged just as they had been before.

“That really helped my mom make the transition, but what’s made it even better is the fact that they do so much for the residents there,” Karin says. “They don’t isolate them or just sit them down in front of the TV the way they do at some places.

“They treat them so well! When they have entertainment or events, they bring all the residents together and make them a part of it. They do a lot of other things to keep them active as well.

“They have an activities room for them and a garden club where they plant gardens and they weed. For a lot of the residents, that brings back a lot of great memories. They have them doing all kinds of things like tie-dying shirts, among other activities, and that’s great for my mom.

“She reached a point where she wasn’t doing much. We couldn’t get her to go out to the store or anything, but she’s very active now at Hibiscus Court, and she loves it. I can tell you she’s happier there now than she has been in six years.”

“Engaging residents in meaningful pursuits to promote health and happiness is a core value of our team,” says Charisse Durham, sales and marketing director at Hibiscus Court. “All residents come to our community with preferences regarding their interests, level of socialization and level of cognition. Many families are searching for exactly what the Pearson family has found, and family stories such as theirs says so much more than any brochure or website ever could.”

“I’m so happy I chose Hibiscus Court for my mother,” Karin says. “When you’re looking for a senior living community, you want to be sure your family member is safe, healthy and being taken care of the right way. Hibiscus Court checks all the boxes.

“Hibiscus Court has everything you are looking for in a senior living community. That’s why I’ve recommended it to others I know, and my husband has recommended it to people he knows as well. We’re fortunate to have found it.”

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News

Effortless hearing results in seamless communication.

The belief that anyone can do just about anything they put their mind to is greatly personified by Jay Olsson, DO, a pain medicine specialist who taps into his creative side almost as often as he makes a diagnosis.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Hearing aids are allowing Dr. Olsson to hear better at work and at home.

When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Olsson spends a lot of his downtime painting, writing poetry and song lyrics, and playing the bass guitar, which he does at his local church most every Sunday.

“I’ve been singing and playing the bass at church now for about 12 or 13 years,” Dr. Olsson reveals. “The bass is a hobby I first picked up when I was a teenager living in Germany, where my dad was stationed while in the service.

“The poetry I write is more for music than anything else, writing lyrics and things like that. But I always leaned toward getting into medicine. Ever since I was in the Boy Scouts doing the work for my first-aid merit badge.”

A graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Olsson, 69, has been in practice for 43 years, but he recently needed the attention of a specialist himself when a problem with his hearing reached an acute stage.

“The problem has probably been going on for a couple of years, but I never realized it myself,” Dr. Olsson says. “My wife was the first one to point it out to me. She said I was often asking people to repeat themselves.

“It was happening with her and it was happening with the people I work with. It was even happening with some of my patients, women in particular. I wasn’t hearing them clearly and that’s obviously a very important part of my job.

“Like I said, I thought I was hearing just fine. But when it got to the point where I couldn’t hear my wife when she was behind me and I was always asking people to repeat themselves, she set me up with an appointment to get my hearing checked.”

Being a speech pathologist, Dr. Olsson’s wife knows exactly where to get the best care for hearing loss issues. That’s why she arranged for her husband to go to EarCare, which has offices in Melbourne, Merritt Island and Indian Harbour Beach.

During his initial visit, Dr. Olsson was examined by board-certified audiologist Karen Cowan-Oberbeck, AuD, FAAA, CCC-A. Her exam revealed that Dr. Olsson was suffering from a significant loss of high-frequency hearing. That, Dr. Cowan-Oberbeck said, explained why he was missing so much in conversations.

In response to her findings, Dr. Cowan-Oberbeck recommended that Dr. Olsson be fit with hearing aids. At that point, Dr. Olsson began working with Glenn Oberbeck, BC-HAS, who recommended he be fit with ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids.

Best in Brand

Among the most advanced hearing devices available, the ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids allow the wearer to better identify speech and other sounds in noisy surroundings while maintaining a better dimension of control over all sounds, no matter the setting.

The ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids also provide the wearer with the ability to create customized programs they can control through an app on their smartphone that allows for better hearing in a variety of sound environments.

“We’re not just talking about adjusting the volume,” Glenn says. “With these hearing aids, the wearer has individual controls over the microphone patterns, noise cancellation and the manipulation of the frequency response throughout the different hearing levels.

“I’ve referred several of my patients to them. It’s good to have someone you know and trust that you can send people to.” – Dr. Olsson

“They have the ability to modify the bass, treble and mid frequencies. You can save programs after you’ve manipulated those settings so that when you get back into that environment or one with similar acoustics, you can retrieve that program.”

The ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids are also made with Bluetooth technology, which allows the wearer to stream the sound from a television set, computer or smartphone directly through the hearing aids and into their ears.

Dr. Olsson gladly accepted Glenn’s recommendation, and the Bluetooth is one of the features he appreciates the most. Not only has it made watching TV more enjoyable, it’s helped him become a better vocalist and bass player.

“With the Bluetooth technology, I can set up the hearing aids so that I can hear the sound coming from the amplifiers directly through my hearing aids,” Dr. Olsson explains. “Now when I’m playing, I can tell better that I’m on key and have the right pitch.

“No one ever said anything before about me being off key, but ever since I started wearing the hearing aids, I’ve been getting a lot more compliments about my singing and playing.

“People say, Wow, that was really good, or You really harmonized well there. That’s because I can hear myself better. But it’s not just when I hook up the hearing aids to the amplifier. I’m hearing better even when I just listen naturally through the speakers.”

The Extra Mile

Dr. Olsson’s new hearing aids are also benefitting him at home, where he is once again watching TV with the volume at normal levels, and at work, where he no longer struggles to hear patients and co-workers.

“My wife is happier because I don’t turn the TV up loud to hear it the way I used to,” he says. “Getting these hearing aids was definitely the right thing for me to do.
“I don’t think I could have found a better place to have gotten them from than EarCare. Dr. Cowan-Oberbeck and Glenn are both great people and tremendous professionals who go the extra mile for you.

“When she was testing me, Dr. Cowan-Oberbeck explained that the high-frequency hearing loss I had was why I wasn’t hearing women’s voices very well, and Glenn did a fabulous job of fitting the hearing aids, adjusting them and showing me all the features.

“The hearing aids are great, and so is the service at EarCare. That’s why I’ve referred several of my patients to them. It’s good to have someone you know and trust that you can send people to and that are good friends, too.”

Revolutionary Rehab

Taking a ‘highly scientific approach’ to alleviating chronic pain.

It’s not often that someone abandons a successful 23-year career in law to chase after a medical career, but at age 44 and in the wake of what she refers to as a life-altering four-year stay in China, that’s what Michelle Brown did.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

When Michelle began treatment at Advanced Spineworks, she rated her pain as eight or nine on a scale of one to 10. Now she rates it at zero

“I moved to China with my husband, who took on a new job there, and during our stay we experienced a totally different culture,’’ Michelle explains. “One of the new or different things I was introduced to there was Chinese medicine.

“I had never heard of that before, but when I first got to China I had some real issues with allergies and asthma that weren’t being treated with pharmaceuticals. After a while, someone suggested I try Chinese medicine, which I did.

“Four years later, after we came back to America, I went to medical school and, finally, about 10 years ago, I opened up my practice, where I provide primary health care through acupuncture, laser injection therapy and other Chinese modalities.”

Going back to school took quite a toll. Not mental, though. It was a physical one, brought on by the long hours sitting through lectures and labs. They rekindled a back issue she had been fighting since she was a teen.

“I was diagnosed with a slight curvature of the spine when I was young, and when I was 16 I started getting chiropractic treatments for it,’’ she says. “I have no idea what kind of shape my back might be in had I not done that.

“But all that time sitting and working in school again caused another flare-up. It got so bad that I actually went to the Cleveland Clinic and saw a back specialist, who said I wasn’t a candidate for surgery and tried to correct it with physical therapy.”

Chance Meeting

The physical therapy alleviated some of Michelle’s back pain, but not enough to make her consistently comfortable. As a result, she tried other treatments such as spinal decompression, steroid injections and homeopathic medicines.

None of those provided the relief she sought, and for years she fought daily through the pain, which was so crippling that she had to abandon her regular workout routine and even struggled to get through her days at work.

“The pain was so great that it actually made me fatigued,” Michelle says. “I had to sit a lot more than usual, because I couldn’t stand for very long. It seemed as if my neck was always falling out of alignment.”

Michelle even tried acupuncture, but that didn’t bring lost-lasting relief either.

A chance meeting last year finally made a difference. While attending a health fair, she was introduced to Bryan T. Hunte, DC, of Advanced Spineworks, and shortly after made an appointment to see him.
His practice in Bonita Springs utilizes chiropractic care and goes a step further in caring for patients by taking a “highly scientific approach” to rehabilitation.

“That’s what makes our facility unique,” Dr. Hunte says of Advanced Spineworks. “We don’t just stop at relieving someone’s pain. We focus on the corrective phase of care using equipment that cannot be matched by traditional approaches.

“This corrective phase of care is what restores the musculature around the injured area. When the musculature is restored, the patient experiences relief. And the equipment we use has a unique way of restoring this support even in the most severe of cases.

“In the end, our goal is to create an independent individual who can enjoy the activities they had once given up.”

Dr. Hunte started by performing a thorough evaluation, which revealed herniated discs in her lower back and neck, and a subluxation, or misalignment, of the vertebrae in her neck.

The subluxation was likely the greater cause of Michelle’s pain: When she stood up straight, it caused her spine to twist and tighten, and when she tried to sit down, it would cause her back to go out of alignment.

That’s why none of the remedies she tried previously provided long-lasting relief. Any correction made by a chiropractor, for example, was soon erased by the body’s response to the subluxation, the pain which radiated down to her knees.

To correct the problems, Dr. Hunte recommended Michelle undergo therapy using two of the advanced corrective devices at Advance Spineworks, the MCU machine and the Eccentron.

Strong Offerings

The MCU, or Multi-Cervical Unit, is a nonsurgical device that can diagnose weaknesses in the neck and get the patient back to normal strength through a specified regimen. The MCU creates a workout – designed around the test results to restore strength and balance in the neck – that cannot be reproduced by traditional methods in physical therapy.

The Eccentron is a negative-resistance device on which a patient performs leg exercises that improve strength, balance and endurance. Like the MCU, it assesses the patient’s progress throughout the course of the workout and provides objective data.

The Eccentron program consists of 30 minutes of strength training, providing up to 670 repetitions. The combination of repetitions and the thought that goes into playing a game on the Eccentron stimulates atrophied muscles and reconnects them to the nervous system.

“When Michelle came here, she was all but resigned to the belief that she would continue needing adjustments and would at best just be able to manage her pain,’’ Dr. Hunte says. “But that’s not what we do here. We get to the root cause of the problem, and in the case of a disc problem such as Michelle’s, as long as the structure of the spine allows someone to get stronger, we will get them stronger 95 percent of the time. Those are pretty good odds.”

Michelle began treatment on the MCU and Eccentron concurrently this past December. She rated her pain level as an eight or nine on a scale of one to 10 at the time, but after just nine sessions on the devices she was “totally out of pain.”

“Dr. Hunte also did some traditional chiropractic work on me using some different adjustments from what I previously had, but the key for me was the work on the rehabilitation machines. I was absolutely amazed by the results,” Michelle says.

“I was so impressed that I sent my husband there because he had been suffering with shoulder pain forever, and he’s out of pain, too. I even send patients of mine to see Dr. Hunte, and the results they’ve been getting are unbelievable.

“I am incredibly fortunate to have found Dr. Hunte and Advanced Spineworks. Dr. Hunte has brought to the health care environment something that is not provided by any other health practitioner in this area. It’s a unique rehabilitation treatment that you don’t see in traditional physical therapy, and I recommend it highly.”

Service With A New Smile

Rebuilding that beautiful bite may be easier than you think.

Commercial and recreational boaters alike were dealt a disappointing surprise a couple of months ago when the Canadian-based parent company of Evinrude outboard motors announced it would no longer be making the popular boat engines.

Photo courtesy of Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers.

Martin Nyberg

Martin Nyberg of Hill Marine Service in Fort Myers was among those greatly affected by the news.

“I work for an Evinrude dealer doing outboard motor and pleasure boat repair,” Martin reveals. “We’re a warranty and service center for Evinrude but, unfortunately, they’re not going to be making the boat engines anymore.

“The good thing is, we’re still going to be doing warranty work on all the motors that are still out there, so I’ll still be working on them for the next eight to 10 years. We just won’t be selling any new ones, which is kind of a bummer.”

It’s not just boats and boat engines that Martin repairs. In his spare time, the 44-year-old has been restoring a 1966 Pontiac Tempest that he’s had since he was 19. The engine and transmission have been replaced, and he’ll soon move on to the interior.

“It was the second car I ever owned, and I guess you could say I’ve grown attached to it,” Martin says. “I’ve got it back in pretty decent shape, with all the lights and exterior things working, so I’m almost there with it. It’s a fun hobby.”

Like the boat engines he works on and that Pontiac, Martin’s teeth had fallen into a state of disrepair over the years. But it wasn’t until last year, after a friend asked him to be in his wedding, that Martin decided to take care of the problem.

Photo courtesy of Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers.

Martin Nyberg Before

“I knew I wouldn’t look good in the pictures, so I figured it was time to finally do something about it,” Martin explains. “My biggest worry was a missing tooth in the front. I lost that tooth about 20 years ago when I fell and hit a concrete wall around a pool.

“My dentist at the time put a post in there, but 12 years later it came out. By then, my old dentist had retired and I never did anything about it. Ever since then, I’ve always been a little hesitant to smile or even go out in public much.

“But then my best friend asked me to be in his wedding, and I wanted to make sure I looked good for it. Thankfully, my friend’s mom works at a dentist office, so I went there to see what could be done about that tooth.”

Bridging the Gap

That office is Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers. During Martin’s first visit he met with Katrine A. Farag, DMD, who found more than just a missing tooth that needed repair.

“What inspired Martin to visit us initially was that missing right lateral incisor, which is the tooth right next to the two front teeth,” Dr. Farag says. “When I started my examination, however, I discovered he was missing a number of teeth, especially in the back.

“He told me he had been missing those teeth for a while, for many years actually, and what unfortunately happens when you’ve been missing teeth for many years like that is you begin to lose a lot of bone structure and eventually your whole bite collapses. That’s what happened to Martin. He was missing a lot of teeth, mostly on the top, so when he would bite down, the lower teeth went straight up to the gum where he was missing the upper teeth.

“The same thing was happening with that missing tooth in front. A lower tooth was going straight into the space where that missing top tooth had been, so the challenge was fitting something into that space.”
In taking on that challenge, Dr. Farag determined she would need to rebuild Martin’s bite. To do that and correct the aesthetic problem created by the missing front tooth, she would need to extract a few other teeth as well.

The fact that some of Martin’s remaining teeth were infected made that decision easier. The difficult part for Martin was deciding how to replace all the missing teeth. He had three options, though Dr. Farag quickly cut it to two.

“A lot of people in a situation such as Martin’s come in thinking they’re going to need to get dentures,” Dr. Farag reports. “Many of them assume that’s their only option. But that’s not the case at all. In fact, I told Martin, You’re too young for dentures.

“So, we talked about dental implants, but because he had so little bone left in the area where he lost the teeth, the surgery required to prepare him for implants would have been very extensive. That’s why he decided to go with a full fixed upper bridge.”

The fixed upper bridge would include replacement teeth for all those teeth that had been lost previously, including the missing tooth in the front, and it would be secured by new crowns placed on healthy existing teeth.

The first step in fashioning that bridge was to extract Martin’s failing teeth. That included extracting what remained of the missing front tooth, which still had some structure to it beneath the gums.

“For this kind of bridge, you need to have enough good anchors to support it, and we were fortunate that Martin did,” Dr. Farag explains. “We prepped those good teeth with crowns to serve as the anchors.

“The other replacement teeth were connected to those crowns so it’s all one piece. Then, for the missing tooth in the front, we added what we call a pontic. That’s a fake tooth, but it’s connected to the other anchors and looks and functions like a real tooth.

“The whole thing is done from a mold, and from that mold the lab makes a temporary bridge that Martin wore until the permanent bridge was ready. But even with the temporary, he could eat and smile and do everything normally.”

Confidence Builder

Martin smiles a lot these days. He was fit with a temporary bridge in time for the wedding and later received the permanent bridge, which he’s ecstatic about. He says his new smile has made him a lot more confident and outgoing.

Photo courtesy of Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers.

“I let my teeth go for far too long, and Dr. Farag did a great job reconstructing the damage I did.”

“It has changed my whole outlook,” Martin raves. “They did a beautiful job and took great care of me. I haven’t had a full set of teeth for a long, long time, but I do now, and they look awesome. I’m super impressed with what they’ve done for me.

Martin now visits Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers for regular cleanings. He’s also planning to have Dr. Farag restore his lower arch, which will require the placement of a partial. Martin says he’s confident Dr. Farag will do a great job on that arch as well.

“Dr. Farag and her whole staff are just great,” he enthuses. “They made me feel very comfortable and took away any fears I had right away. I let my teeth go for far too long, and Dr. Farag did a great job reconstructing the damage I did.

“I’m thrilled about all that they’ve done for me and love the new smile they gave me. That’s why I readily recommend them to anybody. In fact, I just recommended them to a neighbor. I told him, You definitely want to see Dr. Farag. She’s great.

“She makes you feel comfortable, she gives you options for the work that has to be done and she explains everything that’s going on. She tells you what they’re doing and why they’re doing it, and the staff is just wonderful. They’re all very kind and conscientious. You won’t find anyone better in the area.”

Lesson Learned

Discover a new world of sound.

During the 34 years he spent working as an educator in and around Baltimore, Michael Savarese served in almost every capacity possible, from teacher to principal to administrator. His work in the field didn’t end with his retirement.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Michael Savarese

“After I retired, I started my own company,” Michael reports. “It was called PACES, which stands for Parent and Children Educational Services. I mostly worked with home-schoolers.

“Home-schoolers tend to get a bad knock sometimes. People say, Why don’t you just send your kids to school? But home-schoolers are some of the most dedicated parents you can find, and for the most part they are very devoted to learning.

“Think about it; when you’re teaching your kids at home, you’re teaching them every minute of the day; it doesn’t stop. Even when they go on vacation, they’re teaching them things like maps, distances and geography. So their kids are always learning.”

Now 85, Michael is still learning himself. He recently learned firsthand how someone with a severe hearing loss can often be the last one to learn they actually have such a loss. If not for friends and family, he might still be waiting to learn that lesson.

“Like most people, I thought I could hear pretty well,” Michael says. “I didn’t hear anybody saying anything bad about me, so I figured I was okay. And I could hear birds and things like that, so I thought everything was fine.

“But when I would talk to my brother, my wife or my friends, I’d get a different story. There were times when someone would say something, and I’d miss what they were saying, and someone else would say, You’re going to have to repeat that, he didn’t hear you. Again, I thought I was fine. But when your brother, your wife and your friends are telling you you’re missing stuff, you’ve got to pay attention. So I visited my primary care physician, and she recommended I see Dr. Duran.”

A Gradual Loss

Drianis Duran, AuD, a certified audiologist with Gulf Coast Audiology, says Michael is typical of many of the patients she sees, because others were more bothered by Michael’s hearing loss than he was.

“When I ask a new patient, What brings you here today? the answer is usually, My wife or my husband, or the patient points to whoever brought them,” she says. “Hearing loss is often more noticeable to others than it is to the patient.

“Because the loss is very gradual, people don’t always notice just how drastic their hearing loss is. Many even think their family exaggerates, that they hear well but their spouse mumbles or talks while walking away from them, things like that.

“Michael was having that problem, but it was actually a failed hearing screening that first brought him to us. That was in 2015, and I explained at that time that he had a high-frequency hearing loss. That’s the type where you feel like you can hear, but you can’t hear clearly. That type of hearing loss happens gradually, and what happens is you feel like you hear well and everyone around you mumbles. It’s almost like you’re hearing underwater, but you blame everyone around you because you’re in denial.”

Michael was certainly in denial. The results of his hearing screening notwithstanding, he passed on Dr. Duran’s initial recommendation to be fit with hearing aids. She knew he’d be back, though, and this past spring, Michael returned with a new attitude.

“When Michael came back to us earlier this year, he was very receptive to the idea of getting hearing aids,” Dr. Duran says. “So we talked about options and fit him right away with hearing aids, and he was very, very happy with the results.”

A Real Marvel

Michael was fit with Phonak Marvel hearing devices. Among the most advanced in the industry, they contain Bluetooth technology that allows the wearer to stream audio from electronic sources such as a TV or smartphone directly through the hearing aids.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

“With these hearing aids I can literally hear things I couldn’t hear before,” Michael raves.

As Michael soon found out, the direct streaming feature not only makes for a much clearer, cleaner sound, it also affords the wearer a new level of independence and freedom that can greatly enhance their lifestyle.

“When I’m watching TV now, it’s like the people on TV are talking directly to me,” Michael says. “It’s really amazing. I can even leave the room where the TV is and still hear the TV clearly. It’s just wonderful.”

Michael’s hearing aids also include a feature that allows him to create specific settings for different environments. For crowded areas, for example, he can use a setting that dims the ambient noise around him and enhances the voices of those closest to him.

“With these hearing aids I can literally hear things I couldn’t hear before,” Michael raves. “I can hear all the birds. I can even hear my feet walking across the floor. I can hear paper crumpling. I didn’t realize just how much I was missing until I got them.”

Michael’s first follow-up visit with Dr. Duran came at a time when her office was temporarily closed because of COVID-19 concerns. But in what amounted to a virtual visit, Dr. Duran still made the same adjustments she would normally make face-to-face.

“That first follow-up visit is where we address any questions and make any changes that are needed to ensure everything is working optimally,” Dr. Duran explains. “So what we did with Michael was we had him come to our office and wait in our parking lot.

“Once he was there, we went down to his car, got the hearing aids, brought them back in, and from there I checked them out and read all the data. Then we gave them back and made a call to him on his cellphone and carried out the rest of the appointment on the phone.

“Michael was actually the first patient we did that with, and it taught us that there are a lot of different ways we can treat patients, whether it’s through curbside service or sending supplies directly to their home. We’re doing a lot of that now.”

It was during Michael’s second follow-up that Dr. Duran set up the direct streaming component that has Michael hearing the TV and phone so clearly. He rates his experience with Dr. Duran and her staff as exceptional.

“Dr. Duran is truly one of a kind,” Michael raves. “They don’t come any better than her. She really is wonderful. She diagnosed my problem and never pushed me one way or the other, and when I was ready to get the hearing aids, she stepped up and did a great job.

“I have only nice things to say about her staff. They’re all so kind and helpful. I can’t imagine there’s a better place to get hearing aids, which is why I’ve already given her name and number to some of my friends. I will recommend her to anybody.”

Reverse Osteoporosis

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

From the beehive of the ’60s to the long waves that are popular with many women today, Evelyn* has fashioned dozens of hairstyles across her 55-year career as a hairdresser. If she has her way, she’ll fashion dozens more before she’s done.Photos courtesy of OsteoStrong.

“I’m 76 years old, and I have a hard time thinking about quitting because I love my customers and absolutely love what I do,” says Evelyn, an Ohio native who got into hairdressing because she no longer wanted to work in a factory.

“I worked in a Rubbermaid® plant making all the containers and decided I wanted something better,” she says. “In my off time, friends were always asking me to do their hair, so I decided to become a professional hairdresser.”

Evelyn’s dedication to her profession is so great that, a few years ago, she began a specialized exercise routine designed in part to give her the physical strength to stay on her feet through her long days at work.

“I started it after I learned I had osteopenia and was close to getting osteoporosis,” Evelyn reveals. “I was trying to figure out what to do, and one of the ladies at the salon showed me an article in Florida Health Care News about OsteoStrong, so I decided to try it.”

Revolutionary Program

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia, two potentially severe conditions that can greatly increase the risk of bone breaks throughout the body.

Found most often in post-menopausal women, osteopenia and osteoporosis develop when new bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point where bone mineral density becomes dangerously low.

About 54 million Americans have osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, the latter of which also places them at increased risk for the hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks that are most commonly associated with osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis can even cause some to lose height, as it can affect the bones in the spine and lead to a stooped posture. Considered a silent disease by many physicians, osteoporosis often goes undetected until a bone fracture occurs, and it’s not exclusive to women.

Statistics show that while one in two women will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in her life, one in four men will suffer from a similar incident. Those odds are what prompted Evelyn to check out OsteoStrong.

“I was actually thinking about having stem cell therapy for a problem I was having with my left hip,” Evelyn says. “But after I read the article about OsteoStrong in the paper, I decided to try that instead. I’m really glad I did.”

The OsteoStrong program is designed to help people such as Evelyn rebuild bone through once-a-week, 15-minute sessions that utilize proprietary equipment to achieve osteogenesis.

The equipment includes four bio-mechanical machines that allow users to be placed in the safest and strongest position. During these sessions, the user can safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight.

“I’m such a fan of OsteoStrong that I’ve recommended it to some friends and to some of my customers.” – Evelyn

“The difference between our equipment and that used at a traditional gym is our equipment is focused to strengthen the skeletal system, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscle,” states Bill Atterbury, owner of OsteoStrong near The Villages.

“There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force. On the leg press, for example, I’ve had ladies in their 80s who weigh 100 pounds press 1,000 pounds. That’s because the equipment is designed to keep you in a safe position.

“For a person who weighs 100 pounds to develop new bone working out on traditional equipment, they would need to create a resistance of well over 400 pounds. That simply cannot be done for 99 percent of all people in a gym environment because it involves weights that they couldn’t physically move. Or, if they could move them, they’d be at high risk of injury.”

Resistance Yields Results

To understand the difference, Bill invites people to come in and try the equipment at the new location near The Villages, noting that his facility offers a complimentary tour and session that allow newcomers to experience the OsteoStrong program.

OsteoStrong improves bone density from 7 to 14 percent a year.

“What we do at OsteoStrong is help people build a stronger skeletal system, which further allows them to live a healthier, more active lifestyle,” Bill adds. “That’s why I felt it was so important to open an OsteoStrong facility near The Villages.

“I’m a Village resident myself, and I know that the people who live in this area are very conscientious about living healthy, active lives. If I can help give them another 10 or 15 years of that healthy, active lifestyle, then that’s a winning situation for all involved.

“That’s why we targeted The Villages, because this is an amazing concept based on a century-old theory called Wolff’s Law that looked into the body’s own natural adaptive response to growing new bone and improving bone density.

“Through that theory and years of research, we have come to learn that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing new bone tissue. That’s a known medical fact. And the results of these short sessions are absolutely amazing.

“On average, our studies have found that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from 7 to 14 percent per year. Also, people will increase their strength by an average of 73 percent over their first year at OsteoStrong.”

Bill also points out that similar studies show that doing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote any additional benefit. As a result, the workouts are not only impactful, but time efficient. And their benefits go far beyond reversing osteoporosis.

They can also help to alleviate pain and suffering associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee and back pain, neuropathy, Type II diabetes and vertigo, and improve posture, strength and balance.
Bill encourages men and women of all ages to accept his invitation to try out the OsteoStrong equipment. He further notes it’s important to know that osteoporosis is not a disorder that is exclusive to a specific age group or gender.

“Osteoporosis is not something that only happens to old people,” he explains. “We have clients from young to old and everything in between. And men are not immune. When they start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid.

“In addition to helping them recover from it, OsteoStrong wants to help educate people about bone loss. The skeletal framework is the most important part of the body, and you need to take care of it and be aware of changes to it.”

Routinely Recommended

Photos courtesy of OsteoStrong.

OsteoStrong improves bone density from 7 to 14 percent a year.

Evelyn, who visits the South Pasadena location every Monday morning, has been doing the 15-minute OsteoStrong sessions for nearly three years. She says the workouts have had a major impact on her health and well-being.

“I remember that my hip started feeling better right away, after just two or three workouts,” Evelyn reports. “I decided that since I was feeling that much better that fast, I might as well go ahead and stick with the workouts.

“Now, my hip never hurts me at all, and the workout is such a part of my normal routine that I really miss it if I can’t get there for some reason. But I always make sure to get there during the week because it’s done so many good things for me.

“That first bone scan I had a few years ago showed I had osteopenia and was close to getting osteoporosis, but on the one I got last year, it showed that my bone density had increased significantly, and I don’t have osteopenia anymore.

“I really enjoy the workouts because it gets your body going, and I always feel great afterward. I’m such a fan of OsteoStrong that I’ve recommended it to some friends and to some of my customers. It’s great. I love it, and I love what it’s done for me.”

*Patient’s name withheld at her request.

 

I Can See Clearly Now

Laser correction procedure eliminates glasses, prevents cataracts.

The roots of Cornelia Logan’s fascination with China can be found in Pearl S. Buck’s portrayal of Chinese village life in the novel The Good Earth.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Cornelia Logan

“I read her books as a young girl, and ever since, China has been my place,” Cornelia says. “I’m fortunate enough to have traveled there several times.”

Travel being Cornelia’s favorite hobby, China is one of dozens of countries she’s visited. For years, whether she was at home or abroad, she was plagued by an annoying problem.

“I had a bad habit of losing my glasses,” the 70-year-old paralegal says in frustration. “Losing my glasses was a real problem because I had different glasses with different strengths.

“I had regular glasses and reading glasses, and I had a tendency to leave them everywhere and forget where I left them. They were a needed nuisance. One day, I was talking to my eye doctor about it, and he suggested I talk to Dr. Weinstock.”

Dr. Weinstock is Robert J. Weinstock, MD, the director of cataract and refractive surgery at The Eye Institute of West Florida. When Cornelia first went to see Dr. Weinstock, her distance vision measured 20/70 and her reading vision measured 20/400.

“As a paralegal, she was doing work at all different ranges of vision, and because she was never comfortable with contact lenses, she had these different strengths of glasses. It had become a problem for her,” Dr. Weinstock says.

A Common Problem

The problem Cornelia had is not unique. Most everyone’s vision changes naturally as they age. In particular, near, or reading vision deteriorates to a point where reading glasses become necessary for anything done in the near vision field.

When that change occurs in conjunction with changes in distance or intermediate vision, people may need different strengths of eyeglasses such as Cornelia did or a combination of contact lenses and reading glasses to see clearly at all distances.

“Even with people who had a laser vision correction procedure done when they were in their 20s or 30s, by the time they reach their 40s, the natural lenses in their eyes start to change,” Dr. Weinstock informs.

“That happens to everybody, and eventually, around the age of 65 or so, that lens starts to get cloudy. That’s a cataract, and when cataracts develop, our vision gets blurry, colors fade and we eventually need to take that natural lens out and replace it.

“Well, what we have for people such as Cornelia, who did not have a cataract but did have a desire to get out of her glasses, is a procedure called clear lensectomy, where we remove the natural, dysfunctional lens and replace it with a new, clear lens.”

A “Joyful” Outcome

The clear lensectomy procedure is similar to cataract surgery. A laser is used to remove the old lens and repair any astigmatism. A special machine is used to determine the strength of the replacement lenses while the surgery is being performed.

“This is a great solution for anyone between the ages of 40 and 80 who doesn’t have cataracts and still sees well with their glasses or contacts,” Dr. Weinstock advises. “It’s like LASIK® surgery for anyone over 40.

“And one of the best things is it prevents cataracts from developing because the new lens will stay clear for the rest of your life. So, by getting this done, you can avoid all the problems that come with the development of cataracts.”

Greatly intrigued by the advantages associated with the clear lensectomy procedure, Cornelia chose to have it done. Her surgeries were performed one eye at a time, a couple of weeks apart. She noticed a difference in her vision immediately after the first surgery.

“The day after I had the first surgery, it was like a miracle had happened,” she says. “I got up and went outside, and I couldn’t believe it. All of a sudden, everything was crisp and clear. Even colors seemed brighter. And this was without any glasses.

“I was absolutely joyful, and when I went back and got the other eye done, it was as though I had the same experience all over again. It’s been wonderful ever since. I see better than ever, no matter what I’m doing, and I’m doing it all without glasses. It’s great.

“And my experience with Dr. Weinstock was great, too. I’m so glad I went to see him and that he suggested this clear lens option. I tell all my friends about it because it’s made my life so much easier and I see better than ever.”

The Bone Builder

Innovative once-a-week, 15-minute exercise sessions reverse osteoporosis.

After working for nearly 30 years in residential lending, Stefani Margolis was ready to move on from her long career in the mortgage industry. At 61 years of age, however, she wasn’t ready to move into retirement.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Stefani Margolis

After mulling her options for a while, Stefani ultimately followed in the footsteps of a sister who had recently transitioned out of a long business career and took a job in retail at a boutique called Patchington near St. Pete Beach.

“It’s been very interesting,” Stefani says of her transition. “At this little boutique, I’ve worked for the same boss and with mostly the same people for the past eight years, and we’re all friends. Even the customers are friends.

“We’re kind of like the Cheers of boutiques, if you will, and I have a good time with it. I do the fashion shows for them and we do a lot of Facebook-type things that I really enjoy as well. It’s been a great, fun experience.”

There’s nothing fun about osteoporosis, a condition that can greatly increase the risk of bone breaks throughout the body, but Stefani has been experiencing life with that disorder for the past couple of years.

“I have full-blown osteoporosis,” Stefani confirms. “There’s a precursor called osteopenia, and about five years ago I was told I was right on the borderline between those two. Then about two years ago, I was told I’d gone over the borderline.

“The thing is, other than breaking a bone, I guess, there really aren’t any symptoms that show you have this. I didn’t experience any, at least, and because of that it is an easy thing to ignore. That’s what I did. For a long time.

“Then, all of a sudden, about two years ago, I was being presented with these two options for taking care of it. One was getting a very expensive shot once every six months. The other was getting a shot every day.

“I didn’t like the sound of either of those two options, and I really didn’t get a warm and fuzzy feeling from either of the two rheumatologists I went to see, either. Then one day, I saw this sign for OsteoStrong and thought, Maybe I should see if that works.

Revolutionary Program

Located in South Pasadena in an area Stefani visits regularly, OsteoStrong is a revolutionary program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Found most often in post-menopausal women, osteopenia and osteoporosis develop when new bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point where bone mineral density becomes dangerously low.

“On average, our studies have found that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from 3 to 7 percent a year.” – Mark

About 54 million Americans have osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, the latter of which also places them at increased risk for the hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks most commonly associated with osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis can even cause some to lose height, as it can affect the bones in the spine and lead to a stooped posture. Considered a silent disease by many physicians, osteoporosis often goes undetected until a bone fracture occurs, and it’s not exclusive to women.

Statistics show that while one in two women will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point, one in four men will suffer from a similar incident. Those odds are just one of the reasons Stefani decided to check out OsteoStrong.

“Once I started reading about OsteoStrong, I learned there is verifiable evidence that it actually works,” she says. “It’s one of the only remedies that doesn’t just stop osteoporosis, it actually reverses it. The more I read, the more I thought, This is more my style.

The OsteoStrong program is designed to help people such as Stefani rebuild bone through once-a-week, 15-minute workout sessions that utilize specialized strengthening equipment.
The equipment includes four biomechanical machines that allow users to perform resistance-based pushing and pulling exercises with their arms and/or legs. During these sessions, users can safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight.

“The difference between our biomechanical equipment and that used at a traditional gym is that our equipment creates an osteogenic load, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscle,” states Mark Brady, president of OsteoStrong in South Pasadena.

“There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force. On the lower body growth trigger, for example, I’ve had ladies in their 80s who weigh 100 pounds produce 1,000 pounds of force.

“For a person who weighs 100 pounds to develop new bone using traditional weight equipment, they would need to lift more than 400 pounds. That simply can’t be done for 99 percent of all people in a gym environment because it involves weights they couldn’t physically move. Or, if they could move them, they’d be at high risk of injury.”

Resistance Yields Results

To understand the difference, Mark invites people to come in and try the equipment, noting that his facility offers a free session that allows newcomers to experience the OsteoStrong workout.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

OsteoStrong workouts have had a positive effect on Stefani’s life.

“This is an amazing concept that is the culmination of 12 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,” Mark says.

“As a result of that research, it is now a known medical fact that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing new bone tissue. And the results of these short workouts are absolutely amazing.

“On average, our studies show that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from 3 to 7 percent a year. In addition, people will increase their strength by an average of 73 percent over their first year at OsteoStrong.”

Mark also points out that similar studies show that doing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote any additional benefit. As a result, the workouts are not only impactful, but also time-efficient.

Mark encourages men and women of all ages to accept his invitation to try out the OsteoStrong equipment. He further notes it’s important to know that osteoporosis is not a disorder that is exclusive to a specific age group or gender.

“Osteoporosis is not something that develops only when older,” he explains. “We have clients from young to old and everything in between. And men are not immune. When they start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid.

“In addition to helping them recover from it, OsteoStrong wants to help educate people about bone loss. The skeletal framework is the most important part of the body, and you need to take care of it and be aware of changes to it.”

Routinely Recommended

Stefani has been doing the 15-minute OsteoStrong workouts for nearly two years. She says no other exercise routine she has tried has had such a positive impact on her health and well-being.

“This is not something that’s going to whittle down my waistline or anything like that, but it works for me,” she exudes. “And I love that it’s not a sweaty-type activity. You can literally stop on your way to somewhere else and work out.”

Stefani has not had a bone density scan since she started with OsteoStrong, but she’s so confident the program has resulted in an improvement of her condition that she highly recommends it to others dealing with osteoporosis.

“If I don’t like the atmosphere of a place, I won’t go back,” she says. “That’s how it was at the two doctors’ offices I visited. But at OsteoStrong, I love the atmosphere, and everyone who works there is great.

“They’re encouraging and also very serious about what they’re doing. They fully understand the science behind this and are especially careful about monitoring you on the machines to make sure you’re doing everything correctly.

“They coach you through each pressure exertion and always make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit from the exercise. They know exactly what you’re trying to achieve, and help get you there. That’s why it’s such a good place to go.”

Welcome Sight

Revolutionary lens serves up superior vision after cataract surgery.

A sense of dread spread through Akron, Ohio, a few years back when loyal patrons of Luigi’s, an iconic family-owned Italian restaurant that has been a community staple since 1949, learned of a social media post claiming the business was closing.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Marie Keith

What the patrons eventually discovered, much to their delight, was that it wasn’t the award-winning Akron Luigi’s known for serving the best pizza in town, but rather a Luigi’s thousands of miles away in Fife, Scotland.

Marie Keith, 77, remembers all the confusion and consternation caused by that social media post. She is, after all, the daughter of Rick and Rose Ciriello, the couple who founded Luigi’s in Akron’s Northside District.

“My father opened the restaurant, and after he and my mother got much older it was mostly my brother who ran it, and I worked weekends there,” Marie explains. “Now my son Tony is the general manager, and he’s doing a great job.”

That’s no exaggeration. Luigi’s has been named Akron’s best Italian restaurant by Akron Life magazine each of the past two years and won first prize in the Akron Beacon Journal’s Best Pizza contest on several other occasions.

“We’re also very proud of our spaghetti and tossed salads,” Marie adds. “We put our own homemade dressings on the salads and lots of mozzarella cheese. But all the food is good. It must be, right? Because we’ve been there for so long.”

Marie has been there as long as anyone, but she’s mostly a seasonal visitor now because she spends winters in Florida. It was while she was back home a couple of years ago that she learned of a growing medical issue.

“My eye doctor back home told me I was getting cataracts,” Marie reveals. “At the time, though, he told me they weren’t ready to come out yet, so I didn’t do anything about them.”

Until recently.

“I was helping my friend look for an ophthalmologist here in Florida, and when I read about Dr. Emery at Pasadena Eye Center I said to myself, Wow, I really like what I’m reading. So, we made an appointment and went to see him.

“As I sat there and listened to Dr. Emery examine my friend, I was so impressed that I thought, I want to make an appointment for myself with this man, which I did. That’s how I became a patient of his myself.”

Nathan R. Emery, MD, first saw Marie as a patient in early March, when he explained that her cataracts had, in fact, matured enough to come out, if she was ready to have the surgery. Marie was more than ready.

“I had started experiencing some vision problems, the worst of which were these terrible starbursts I was seeing around lights at night,” Marie confides. “It was so bad that I had to stop driving at night, so I was ready to get the cataracts out. I told Dr. Emery, Let’s do it.

In Focus

With more than 4 million performed each year in the United States alone, cataract surgery has become one of the more common medical procedures. Typically completed in less than 15 minutes, it is also one of the quickest.

With a break of a week or two in between, ophthalmologists typically correct one eye at a time by first breaking up and removing the cloudy, natural lens with an ultrasonic device. Once that lens is removed, an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL, is implanted in its place.

IOLs are made of a flexible plastic. During surgery after a patient’s clouded natural lens is removed, the IOL is rolled up and placed inside the eye. Once it is in place, the IOL unfolds and side structures called haptics hold it in place.

IOLs, which permanently correct a patient’s vision, come in various forms. Standard IOLs correct vision primarily for distance, but patients can have one eye fixed for distance and the other for reading, an option called monovision.

A third option is multifocal IOLs. One such multifocal lens acts like a bifocal lens to correct distance, and reading or intermediate vision. But now there is a new multifocal lens that acts like a trifocal lens to correct distance, reading and intermediate vision.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

The PanOptix lens has given Marie “perfect vision” at all three distances: near, far and in between.

This revolutionary trifocal IOL is called the PanOptix® lens. It has been available to patients in Europe for four years and Canada for two years, and recently received FDA approval for use in the United States.

“Most people these days need all three aspects of their vision to function properly,” Dr. Emery explains. “They can literally be looking at their cellphone while working at a computer and then suddenly need to look into the distance for some reason.

“The problem with prior multifocal IOLs is that they are not great at providing patients with all three aspects of vision. They’re great at providing two, say distance and reading vision, but then the third aspect may not be as sharp.

“With the PanOptix lens, you get that sharp distance, intermediate and near vision, and we’ve been very pleased with the results we’re getting in patients who want all three of those aspects and want to be independent of glasses.”

Dr. Emery warns that the PanOptix lens may not work well for every patient. He notes that patients with macular degeneration, a corneal condition or diplopia, which is better known as double vision, are not good candidates.

But for patients such as Marie, or anyone who may be nearsighted but does not have another lingering vision issue, the PanOptix lens is fast becoming the gold standard for replacement lenses
during cataract surgery.

“It really is one of the best options we can offer a patient who wants to be glasses-free,” Dr. Emery concludes. “When I have a patient who has that goal in mind, I now lean in the direction of recommending the PanOptix lens for them.”

Glasses-Free

Dr. Emery did exactly that in recommending an IOL for Marie, who accepted the recommendation and had surgery to remove the cataract in her right eye on March 11. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Marie had to wait until May 20 to have the surgery on her left eye. The result, she says, was well worth the wait.

“My vision now is perfect,” Marie exudes. “I like to do crossword puzzles in the morning, and before I got the cataracts out, I had to wear glasses to do that. Now, I don’t need to wear glasses anymore for anything.

“Another problem I had was I would get bad headaches, I guess from eye strain, if I sat at the computer for too long. But ever since I had the cataract surgery, I’m not having that problem anymore either.

“I think so much of them that I would almost offer a money-back guarantee on their work. They’re that good.”- Marie

“Having this surgery was absolutely wonderful for me, and I am thrilled that I met Dr. Emery and had him do it. He is so kind and warm-hearted, and he makes you feel comfortable from the very first time you meet him and step into his office.

“He’s really inspiring, and his staff is incredible. They are so caring, and they do a great job of following up and calling to make sure you’re doing okay after the surgery. I was even impressed by the surgery center where they do the surgery.

It’s like a mini hospital.

“My whole experience with Dr. Emery and Pasadena Eye Center was so good, I recommend them to anybody and everybody. I think so much of them that I would almost offer a money-back guarantee on their work. They’re that good.”

Safe Under the Sun

July 8th, 2020

A few precautions can keep your skin safe this summer.

Summer is here and with it comes an increased desire to get out of the house and do something outdoors. That desire may be even stronger this year, what with so many isolating themselves at home in an effort to avoid contracting the coronavirus.

Before venturing outside, though, it’s always smart to take into account the risks associated with exposure to the sun and its potentially harmful ultraviolet rays. That’s why July has been named UV Safety Awareness Month.

UV light is a form of radiation emitted naturally by the sun, which produces three different UV wavelengths. One of those wavelengths, UVC, is blocked by the ozone layer that protects the earth’s atmosphere.

But the other two UV wavelengths, UVA and UVB, can not only pass through the ozone layer but they can penetrate deep into a person’s skin and cause everything from sunburn to wrinkling of the skin and skin cancer.

That’s why it’s so important to protect the skin from overexposure to the sun, which is hottest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is also the time when UV levels and radiation levels are highest, especially at the beach, where the sun’s rays can easily be reflected.

If at all possible then, it’s best to plan outdoor activities for the early-morning or late afternoon hours. No matter the time of the outdoor activity, though, it’s also smart to take a few simple precautionary measures to reduce your risk of suffering skin damage.

Those measures include wearing a hat, preferably a wide brimmed hat; wearing lightweight, light-colored loose-fitting clothing and sunglasses. The latter is a step endorsed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and rightfully so.

Because overexposure to the sun can lead to the early development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, the AAO recommends wearing sunglasses that are labeled UV400 or come with a label saying they block 100 percent of UV rays.

When outside, it’s always best to spend as much time in the shade as possible, but it’s important to keep in mind that the sun is so powerful that it can still cause skin damage even on a cloudy day or when someone is in the shade.

It’s also important to remember that reflective surfaces such as a white sandy beach, the water in a pool, lake or ocean, even snow on a bright sunny day in the winter, can intensify the sun’s ability to damage skin through UV exposure.

That’s why one of the most important precautionary measures is to wear sunscreen. But not just any sunscreen will do. For the best protection, the US Food and Drug Administration recommends using waterproof sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at l5.

And don’t be conservative with it. When applying sunscreen, it’s best to apply at least an ounce (which amounts to about a palmful) every two hours and to apply it even more frequently when sweating or swimming.

Another step that can be taken to ensure your safe under the sun is to check the UV index for your area prior to going outside. By simply typing in your zip code, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can give you a UV forecast.

This forecast will give you a number from 1 to 11 that will help you determine just how dangerous the sun is that day and how much protection is needed to avoid serious damage from UV rays. The lower the number, the less protection you’ll need.

Summer is a time for outdoor fun and adventure, but assuring you and others are safe under the sun is one way to ensure you won’t regret you venture outside.

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