Category Archives: Health

The CBD Story

March 23rd, 2020
It seems like everywhere you look these days, there are ads for products containing CBD. I get emails almost every day hawking these products. But what do we really know about CBD and how does it work? Here’s a little overview of what I’ve learned about it, and it just touches the surface of the CBD story. CBD, an abbreviation for cannabidiol, is one of the major active ingredients of cannabis, essentially marijuana. CBD is a vital constituent of medical…

New Technology Brings Back the Old-time House Call

March 17th, 2020
What was old is now new again. House calls, where a doctor arrives at your door with a black bag and stethoscope, are making a comeback. Only this time, medical providers come equipped with portable X-ray machines, labs and even EKG machines. “We’re bringing house calls back to medicine because we believe in high-quality patient-centered, convenient care,” says Dr. Paul Nanda, chief medical officer of Tampa General Hospital Urgent Care powered by Fast Track. “As medical providers, we want to…

Doctors Without Borders

March 8th, 2020
When much of the area in and around Managua, Nicaragua was destroyed by an earthquake in December 1972, humanitarians from all over the world pitched in to help the Central American country recover. Among them were legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente and a team of volunteers, all of whom perished when the cargo airplane they were flying in crashed on New Year’s Eve 1972. Also coming to the aid of Nicaraguans in the wake of that disaster was a fledgling…

COVID-19: An Update

February 14th, 2020
The spread of the novel coronavirus, recently named COVID-19, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, continues to dominate the news, and with good reason. As of Tuesday, February 11, the death toll from this virus topped 1,100. FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, file photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows evacuees from China arriving at Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif. An evacuee from China has…

The Best Valentine’s Gift is a Healthy Heart

February 5th, 2020
Here we are in February already. We’ve gotten through the stress of the holidays and if you’re like me, you made promises to yourself to take better care of your health this year. So how’s that going for you? Hopefully, you’re making good on your promise to yourself. Along those lines, February brings with it Valentine’s Day, and there is no better gift that you can give yourself, or your significant other, than a healthy heart. That’s why February is…

New Chinese Virus Spreading Rapidly, Hits US

January 21st, 2020
One of the biggest stories making headlines today concerns the recently identified coronavirus in China that’s spreading rapidly, even outside of China to the United States. Chinese health authorities report that as of midnight Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases of infection from this virus rose over 440. On Monday, the total number of cases in China was 219. Medical staff carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected with a new strain of…

America’s Suicide Crisis

January 20th, 2020
The United States is in a suicide crisis. America’s rate of suicide, now its 10th leading cause of death overall, has increased by more than 33 percent since 1999. That was among the findings of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics research study. The results of the study were released in June. The worst thing you can do for someone dealing with suicide or expressing suicidal thoughts is remain…

Florida Flu Cases on the Rise in 2019

January 6th, 2020
With the peak of flu season upcoming, it's important to look back at beginning of the 2019-2020 flu season, as the number of people catching influenza is already outpacing what physicians have seen in the past. According to the Florida Department of Health, 16 outbreaks were reported during the week of Nov. 23, up from nine the week before. Of those, nine were confirmed influenza, while seven were illness with flu-like symptoms. Six counties – Hillsborough, Pinellas, Miami-Dade, Collier, Lake…

Spinal Decompression Therapy FAQs

December 30th, 2019 - Travis Utter, DC
Neck and back pain are unfortunate issues that most of us experience at some point in our lives. Our bodies are, after all, flesh and blood, and we often forget how much we put them through on a daily basis. Americans spend over 50 billion dollars every year on pain management, which includes everything from MRIs to pain medications. It’s safe to say that people are trying whatever they can to improve the quality of their lives. But who wants…

Researchers say psychedelic substance found in mushrooms may prove to be magic for mental health

December 24th, 2019
Critics encourage use of less risky alternatives. The term “magic mushrooms” typically conjures images of hippies in tie-dyed t-shirts tripping out while listening to psychedelic rock music during the 1960s. However, the reputation of the fungi that is synonymous with the counterculture is changing. Recent scientific studies at leading academic institutions point to promising results in the use of psilocybin, the hallucinogen in these mushrooms, for treating some of the most challenging mental health issues as well as addiction. This…