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By: Jeannette Matlock - RHI

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WESTCHASE, FL – obert R. had been living with hemorrhoids since he was a teen. Back in those days, hemorrhoids were not a subject that was discussed and Robert’s father simply brushed his son’s condition aside. Robert learned to live with the occasional pain. Fast forward to Robert in his 50s, when the frequency of pain increased along with protrusions. His primary care physician recommended surgery but warned him it would be painful with a long recovery time. He also warned that Robert might not be able to resume some of the activities he enjoyed. Again, Robert waited and endured the pain and inconvenience. One day Robert heard a commercial on a local Tampa radio station about a new procedure offered at Advanced Hemorrhoid Solutions. He made an appointment to learn more. Dr. Linh Nguyen explained the UltroidTM treatment, an innovative, painless, safe and convenient alternative to painful surgery. It is a non-invasive procedure, in which no cutting, burning or heat is involved. This is a great comfort to patients seeking relief from pain, bleeding and discomfort, but who shy away from surgery. In many cases, this procedure renders traditional surgery completely unnecessary. Patients save money and time there are no hospital stays, anesthesia, pre-op planning, long uncomfortable healing times or post-op follow-ups needed.

The UltroidTM device, a breakthrough in painless hemorrhoid treatment, works by causing “electrolysis” to occur beneath the skin. A small electrical current is applied to the base of the hemorrhoid with a probe. The electrical current works with chemicals that exist naturally in the human body. Nothing is injected into the hemorrhoid. During the process, water molecules are broken down into hydrogen (H+) and hydroxide (OH-). The hydrogen is released in the form of small gas bubbles and the hydroxide combines with sodium (Na+) in the blood, forming sodium hydroxide, which targets the irritated vein and causes it to shrink. While Robert was a little apprehensive, he figured he had nothing to lose and decided to have his first treatment that same day. He said it was “unbelievable how easy and gentle the treatment was.” So gentle in fact, he said “I almost fell asleep during it.”

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James Markham, R.E., C.M.E. James is licensed by the Florida Board of Medicine to practice Electrology and laser hair removal. He is currently on staff at Tampa Laser Touch in Westchase. In 1999, he became one of the first practitioners to use the Candela alexandrite laser for hair removal in Florida. His areas of expertise include laser tattoo removal and facial rejuvination. He finds satisfaction helping patients reach their aesthetic improvement goals. For more information call 813-MY-LASER or visit

The word “laser” is actually an acronym, standing for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The first working laser was developed in 1960 and was described as “a solution looking for a problem.”

Visible light, which we need to see objects in everyday life, appears white. This light is a combination of many different wavelengths all bouncing around in different directions spreading out as they travel from the source. Two of the distinct features of laser light are that it has only one specific wavelength, and the light travels in intense parallel lines and does not spread out. Each laser has a special material inside called a medium, which is stimulated to a higher atomic state with some type of energy, usually a bright flash lamp. The type of medium determines the wavelength of light produced by the laser. For example, when stimulated, the alexandrite crystal produces light at a wavelength of 755nanometers (nm) and the precious stone ruby produces light at 694 nm.

Because the light produced is a specific color or wavelength, each laser also has a target color that it is attracted to. This is always different from the color of the laser light. When using lasers to remove hair, the target color is dark brown (the melanin of the hair shaft). For vein removal, a laser that targets the red color of blood inside the vein is used. In the case of facial resurfacing or ‘laser peel,’ a laser wavelength is used that is attracted only to the water in the top layers of skin. In each case, light energy turns to heat inside the skin, which damages the target to produce a clinical effect.

During the past decade, the use of lasers by aesthetic medicine practitioners and dermatologists worldwide has grown tremendously. It is exciting to realize that today’s technologies are just the beginning.

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For more information about Dr. Nguyen, his clinic and the Ultroid ™ treatment procedure, visit Advanced Hemorrhoid Solutions’ website at or call to schedule a free consultation at 813-920-9799.

CONTINUED FROM COVER The process is indeed painless, with the patient awake during the procedure. Any potential for discomfort is related to a feeling of “pressure” that may be unfamiliar to the patient. The physician can control that pressure, decreasing it as the patient communicates with him. During the procedure Dr, Nguyen provides a flat screen TV so patients can watch DVDs to take their mind off the treatment. The procedure is convenient, taking only 10 to 20 minutes, so a patient does not have to miss days of work or other activities. A hemorrhoid requires an average of three treatments, one every two to three weeks. It took only three treatments for Robert to feel complete relief from hemorrhoids. Being self-employed, it was important to him that he did not have to miss work. The vast majority of Americans are unaware of this non-invasive, non-surgical, safe and effective treatment for hemorrhoid disease. That is something Dr. Nguyen wants to change -- and patients can be confident in his expertise. He has performed more than 3,000 Ultroid TM procedures during his four years as a specialist and has seen no major complications for any of his patients. Dr. Nguyen reports a more than 90 percent success rate using the UltroidTM treatment device. There are few, if any, recurring hemorrhoids after treatment. Dr. Nguyen is happy to announce the addition to his staff of Dr. Bich-Ngoc Pham, a board-certified licensed family physician. Dr. Pham has been in practice for the past eight years, and has been in private practice for the past four years in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was one of the first and leading clinical physicians to utilize the Ultroid Hemorrhoid procedure for treatment of internal hemorrhoids in the New Orleans area. She has performed over 1,500 Ultroid procedures in her private practice.

Dr. Nguyen reports a more than 90 percent success rate using the UltroidTM treatment device. Robert sings the praises of Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Pham and Advanced Hemorrhoid Solutions. “I’d recommend it to anyone suffering from hemorrhoids.” He feels it would be foolish to have surgery when

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If you are ready to live pain free, don’t continue to suffer in silence. Contact the staff at Advanced Hemorrhoid Solutions and get relief today.



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Diabetes is a hard disease to come to terms with, but millions of people live with it every day. Support systems such as the American Diabetes Association provide education and the resources we need to live a normal life with diabetes. My grandfather battled diabetes until the age of 91. He taught me a lot of life lessons -- but the most important thing I learned from him was to never give up. Unfortunately, his life ended in a sub-par nursing home. Gulfside Regional Hospice provides the type of care that people like my grandfather deserve, and they offer the opportunity for many just like him to learn about their illness and cope with dying. Sometimes we need help to educate our families about their options for planning their future.


features 1&4 Advanced Hemorrhoid Solutions will Soothe Your Silent Suffering (cover story) 3 A Brief History Of Lasers 6 Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well 10 Dramatic Decrease in Disc Lesion Size 12 For Diabetics: Important Foot & Ankle Care


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This month, we celebrated two nonprofits, as November is Diabetes Aware-

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ness Month and National Hospice Month. Although they serve distinct purposes in the Tampa community, the American Diabetes Association and Gulfside Regional Hospice are committed to a similar goal: helping people

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come to terms with and understand illness.

5 | Publisher’s and Editor’s Note

The Tampa chapter of the American Diabetes Association is small, with only

6 | Everyday Fitness Fat Burning Foods You Can Gobble Up

four people on staff, but they provide a wealth of empathy and information, and they help diabetics form support networks. In November, take a moment to think about why diabetes should matter to you. We often underestimate the burden of this disease. Gulfside Regional Hospice treats patients who face life-limiting illness, from cancer to heart and pulmonary disease to Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). Contrary to popular misconception, hospice care is not only for the dying. Gulfside’s doctors, volunteers, nurses, chaplains and many others are dedicated to helping the entire family unit cope with losing a loved one in the

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healthiest way possible.

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We were lucky to be able to dedicate space to both of these organizations

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this month, and I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoyed learning about them.


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Dr. Micah Richeson has been practicing Chiropractic Medicine for the past eight years in Gainesville, FL, and recently opened a new practice in the Wesley Chapel area. Dr. Richeson has a Bachelors Degree in Science and Anatomy. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX, where he learned eight techniques in treating musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Dr. Richeson is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association and has served as the president of the Mid-Florida Chiropractic Society for the past 2 years.

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By: Terra Walters-RHI

Dr. Micah Richeson’s Philosophy of Wellness At Cypress Creek Chiropractic and Wellness Center, they do things a little differently. Dr. Micah Richeson and his staff not only treat people with chronic pain and illness, they take a holistic approach that includes education and treating the whole body. “We need more people (who are) less sick in this society,” Dr. Richeson says. He is passionate about changing today’s pill- and drug-centric culture. “Children are exposed to so many drug commercials these days. Even many healthy people don’t know what to do beyond taking a pill.”

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Dr. Richeson’s philosophy is interesting and intuitive, but it’s not something many in his profession may have thought much about. People who are generally healthy still need to pay attention to their nerWho wouldn’t like to know how to eat and burn fat at the same time? Some studies vous systems and spinal health. Chiropractic care, have shown that certain foods help the body burn up to 38 percent more body fat. like that offered at Cypress Creek, can help patients Medical researcher Shola Oslo has found that, “Eating half a grapefruit before meals reach 100 percent physical wellbeing. helped patients reduce their insulin levels for two hours after eating. The patients who ate the grapefruit before meals lost 1.6 kg on average, compared to 0.3 kg lost by the “You have to look at the spine and nervous system. The nervous system controls patients who were not given the grapefruit, making grapefruit 433 percent more effeceverything. If your nervous system is not at 100 percent, you can’t function optitive at burning fat compared with dieting alone.” mally,” Dr. Richeson says. Certain foods have been scientifically proven to aid weight loss or contain nutrients that He advocates spinal hygiene, exercise and stretching to aid in proper alignment of stimulate thermogenesis (fat burning). The body’s main fat-metabolizing organ is the the spine, this in turn helps promotes wellness and helps alleviate pain without the liver. When one chooses foods that help the liver to fat, one can literally turn the body use of prescription medications or potentially harmful surgery. into a metabolism machine….even at Thanksgiving! Here are some foods you can eat on Thanksgiving Day that will boost your metabolism. Not everyone can heal completely using exercise and diet alone, but many common ailments such as lower back pain, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) (grinding or clenching of the teeth), headaches and sciatica can be greatly relieved with chi- Oatmeal: This complex carbohydrate is slow to digest and helps keep blood sugar levels stable. Research shows that consuming oatmeal reduces a person’s cravings for ropractic care, diet and exercise. fatty foods. A study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that Dr. Richeson is a third-generation chiropractor. His father, grandfather and two women in particular who ate cereal were 30 percent less likely to be overweight than brothers are also in the profession. He worked in his father’s established practice those who ate other breakfast foods. for many years, but soon found he wanted the opportunity to create his own environment that adhered to his unique philosophy. Berries and Apples: Fiber is the magic ingredient for weight loss. Berries, in particular, are an excellent roughage source. Raspberries are No. 1 in fiber content, “It was such a great, unique situation to work with my dad,” Dr. Richeson says, “but with eight grams per cup. Blackberries come in a close second with 7.4 grams, and I just got an itch to open my own office.” blueberries have 3.5 grams. Thanksgiving’s favorite berry, the Cranberry, packs in 5 grams of fiber per cup! Apples with the skin contain pectin, an insoluble fiber that serves The motto at Cypress Creek Chiropractic & Wellness Center is Eat Well, Move as nature’s own appetite suppressant. Well, Think Well. Dr. Richeson explains it like this:

Beans and Legumes: These complex carbohydrates are fiber great sources. They stabilize blood sugar while speeding up the breakdown of stored fat. High-fiber beans such as chickpeas, lima beans and kidney beans make you feel fuller longer as well. Cinnamon: All you need on your sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving is a sprinkle of cinnamon. Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture showed that a quarter to one teaspoon of cinnamon with food helps metabolize sugar up to 20 times better than food not eaten with cinnamon. Turkey with Garlic and Onions: Preparing your turkey with onions and garlic will fight off fat. Turkey has the fewest calories per ounce of any animal protein. Registered dietician Lisa Drayer says, “Turkey contains the amino acid leucine, which may play a role in preserving muscle mass during weight loss, keeping metabolism running at full speed.” Add garlic and onions to the recipe and you have added phytochemicals that break down fat deposits and cholesterol in the body, killing viruses and protecting against heart disease. With a little help from garlic and onions, you can burn fat while Dr. Richeson and his team happily accept all kinds of patients – people who have warding off illness. suffered injuries or have chronic pain, but his true passion lies in reaching out to families who are generally healthy to improve their quality of life even further. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Richeson and his philosophy, contact his Leafy Green Salad: Spinach, spring mix, mustard greens and other dark leafy office at (813) 914-5455 or visit his website at greens are good sources of fiber and powerhouses of nutrition. Research demonstrates that their high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants helps prevent hunger while Dr. Micah Richeson is a very positive, open and friendly guy. He truly practices protecting you from heart disease, cancer and memory loss. what he teaches, and it shows in his infectious optimism and enthusiasm. He can be a great resource for you and your family to learn how to achieve ultimate health, Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal knowing that it is possible to burn fat at the turkey table! happiness and balance. PAGE 6


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By: Terra Walters - RHI

Cindy Lunsford’s last wish was to marry her longtime fiancé, Clarence Garvin, before she became too weak. Cindy, 33, had been diagnosed with cancer, and her family – including her four children – thought she only had a few months to live.

“It really takes them (the patients) out of their situation,” Linda adds. “Along with aroma therapy and massage therapy,” patients receive the best care Gulfside can offer. They truly want to make all of their patients as happy, comfortable and fulfilled as possible.

Gulfside Regional Hospice reached out to Cindy, offering to pay for her wedding: gown, flowers, even the reception.

Who qualifies for hospice care?

Lisa Bricker, vice president of development, describes the occasion. “It was truly one of the most touching, beautiful weddings I have ever seen. Her wedding took place during the first two weeks of my employment (with Gulfside) and it cemented my commitment to working here. Every day you see someone touching someone else’s lives.”

In Florida, anyone with a life-limiting prognosis of 12 months or less is eligible for hospice care. Pull Quote: People often live much longer with the benefit of hospice care

What special services does Gulfside Regional Hospice offer? Along with pain management and palliative care, Gulfside offers many services. Their staff includes nondenominational chaplains, who council people of all faiths along with people who do not belong to a religion. Gulfside’s chaplains are well-educated, many holding Masters Degrees in counseling. Patients can receive chaplain services throughout their hospice experience. Beyond talking about religious and spiritual issues, chaplains help people work through lifelong problems. “Not everyone has lived a great life,” Linda says. “People with a lot of guilt or grief can ask for forgiveness and receive it.”

Common Myths About Hospice Care

Myth: You have to “go to” a hospice center. The truth is, 85 percent of Gulfside’s patients live at home. The routine care schedule for a patient will include visits from a registered nurse, physician, volunteer and chaplain for a total of three or four visits a week. Customized care is also available. Cindy fought hard and survived for just over a year after her blessed day. She was married in August 2007, and she passed away after her first anniversary in August 2008. “That was really hard for us,” says President and CEO Linda Ward. “She was special.” Stories like Cindy’s are common. The staff of nurses, physicians, chaplains, social workers and volunteers works around the clock to make sure that their 430 patients receive the best quality of end-of-life care. “Hospice” is not a word to be afraid of. Linda Ward personifies why the hospice experience is positive and comforting for patients, families and loved ones. Her passion shows as soon as she starts talking about her Gulfside family.

Myth: Hospice costs a lot of money. Gulfside Regional Hospice does not turn anyone away. Thanks to Lisa and her team’s fundraising, they can provide care even for those who cannot afford to pay the full cost. Myth: Hospice is only for the dying. Hospice care is a philosophy that includes the entire family and the patient’s loved ones.

The Special Gulfside Attitude Having to confront death on a daily basis, the men and women who work and volunteer in hospice care have a unique perspective. “It makes you want to be a good person every day,” Linda says. “Believe it or not, we have fun! We celebrate the staff. We have recognition and wellness

Linda sings the praises of the staff at Gulfside. “They provide compassion and total palliative care. We take a holistic approach.” Gulfside offers a pet therapy program, and Lisa says the pets provide great joy and comfort to patients and families. “It’s that unconditional love. They don’t care if your hair is messed up or you aren’t feeling well. They just want to greet you and make you smile,” Lisa says.


programs. We have to shore up those nurses who might have seen three or four deaths in a day. We have to give them the strength to go out and do what they do every day.” Above all, Gulfside Regional Hospice celebrates life – and helps people cope with life’s end. If you would like more information about Gulfside, please visit their website at or call them at (727) 845-5707.


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Debbie Kilcoyne is not your typical diabetes survivor. She has type 2 diabetes, but she does not take insulin shots. Instead, Debbie fights back by living the healthiest lifestyle she can, walking at least two miles every day, watching her diet, and participating in events to promote diabetes awareness. “I control it (the disease). It does not control me. I won’t let it rule my life,” Debbie says, and her conviction is clear. Debbie was diagnosed 11 years ago after several recurring infections. She could not understand why they kept coming back, but the thought that she might be diabetic did not cross her mind. Blood sugar tests should be part of your yearly checkup Debbie watched her mother suffer from severe brittle diabetes – a condition in which a person’s blood sugar swings drastically from high to low – all her life, but the conventional wisdom back then was that it skipped a generation, so Debbie thought she was immune. It came as a terrible shock when her doctor finally tested her blood sugar and found it was off the charts – at 251. Healthy blood sugar levels are less than 120. As soon as she received her diagnosis, Debbie went to the American Diabetes Association. She was shell-shocked and scared, and she needed information and support. Diabetes never goes away. It is something Debbie and millions like her must live with and treat on a daily basis. Luckily, Debbie found a great resource in the American Diabetes Association.

By: Terra Walters - RHI Thanks to the efforts of advocates like the ADA, new technologies for diabetics are appearing on nearly a yearly basis, Erika says. This year’s theme is “Why Should You Care About Diabetes?” The answer is that diabetes is extremely dangerous and can go undetected for months or even years, making the risks of complications all the more serious. Living with diabetes is a daily struggle, but remaining in the dark about your health is not a viable alternative. It is a good idea to have your doctor test your blood sugar the next time you have a physical. “You have to watch it every minute of every day,” Debbie says. “It is an ongoing battle to save your life every day. Every day.” Debbie does not let that stop her from living a happy, healthy, fulfilled life, however. “It’s not easy, but nobody said that life was going to be easy. (Despite the diabetes) I still feel blessed that I don’t have cancer – or lupus – or some other terrible disease.”

“The Association in Tampa is truly the most wonderful chapter,” Debbie says. “They send you information and care packages, recommend doctors and offer support.” When asked what she does to avoid taking insulin shots or using new insulin pump technology, Debbie said she is just very careful.

Debbie is an outstanding example not

“I watch what I eat, I portion control and drink lots of water. I exercise daily to avoid Neuropathy (nerve damage affecting the legs, feet, reflexes and motor control). I just try to stay as healthy as possible.”

only to diabetics, but to everyone who

Diabetes affects approximately 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, but of those only about 17.9 million have been diagnosed. That means that nearly 6 million people have untreated diabetes. Contrary to popular belief, diabetes is deadly, and without proper prevention and care it can lead to amputations, blindness, heart disease, nerve damage and finally death.

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Erika Harris, director of communications for the Tampa chapter of the American Diabetes Association, said the ADA helps improve lives in three main ways:

is to run in a marathon before I’m 65.” There is a wealth of information about diabetes at the American Diabetes Association’s website, If you have questions about finding a doctor or need information sent to you in the mail, contact the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383) or call the Tampa chapter at (813) 885-5007.


Education – The ADA holds programs, such as

the Diabetes Expo, and events where people can meet others with diabetes and collect information. They also have special programs that target at-risk groups such as African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


Advocacy – Diabetes does not get a lot of media attention unless it is being linked

to childhood obesity, and people with diabetes have suffered discrimination like any other minority group. The ADA is committed to improving laws affecting diabetics and promoting rights like healthy, low- or no-sugar options on restaurant menus.


Fundraising – The ADA raises millions of dollars every year to fund research and

improve medical practices to make living with diabetes more bearable. The funding has grown exponentially: In 1999, the ADA raised about $18 million; in 2006, that number had reached $46.4 million.

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Please Direct Any Questions or Comments to Dr. Robert Lupo Clinic Director Physical Medicine Center 14522 University Point Place, Tampa (813) 978-0020

The DRX 9000 was created to provide relief of lower back pain (LBP) caused by herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and facet syndrome. A new case report – titled “Management of Discogenic LBP with the Nonsurgical Decompression System Axiom 9000” -- shows pre- and post-MRI findings on a 31-year-old male with a history of a left disc extrusion of L5/S1 that was compressing the nerve root at S1.

Noninvasive procedure reduces LBP and disc discomfort to nearly nothing In addition, he had degenerative disc disease involving L4/5 and L5/S1. The patient reported a pain level of nine on a scale of 0-10. The patient underwent a series of 27 nonsurgical treatments over a seven-week period. After his last treatment, he reported a pain level of only three out of 10 – and he said it occurred only 30 percent of the time. Follow-up MRI demonstrated a dramatic decrease in the size of the disc lesion along with reduced pressure on the S1 nerve root. The study’s authors conclude, “Clinical and imaging data continue to emerge providing further validation of the safe and effective treatment of disc related low back pain utilizing the DRX9000. Treatment for discogenic back pain with the DRX 9000 is available at The Physical Medicine Center 14522 University Point Place Tampa 33613 Please contact Dr. Robert Lupo, D.C., at (813) 978-0020 to arrange for a consultation to determine if the DRX 9000 may be used to treat your particular case. For more information, visit www.



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Eric Smith High School Health Teacher and Athletic Coach

Teenagers in 2008 are eating more fast food than ever before. This negative trend seems to increase on an annual basis. Time – or lack thereof – is the most likely culprit for this dangerous pattern. It is true that we lead busy lives, and too often we use this as an excuse to skimp on our health – and worse, that of our kids. Teens are always on the go, going to school, playing sports, hanging out with friends and participating in extracurricular activities.

Fast food gains popularity; causes health problems in younger and younger Americans

Many also hold down part-time jobs. For lots of American kids, being active for 16 hours a day is not out of the ordinary. Making the time to eat three healthy meals just seems like too much of a hassle.

Convenience is another factor that determines students’ food choices. Having any number of fast food restaurants in close proximity, often 10 or more in a mile radius, gives teenagers quick, varied choices for grabbing lunch or an afternoon snack. Unfortunately, as we all know, fast food is extremely unhealthy. The third factor is, of course, taste. Students’ taste buds have been trained to respond to the familiar flavors in fast food. Although they know they should, teens do not make food choices based on nutritional content. They figure they’re young and healthy, so why not choose a donut over an apple when the donut tastes so much “better?” Fast food contains huge amounts of saturated fat, sodium and sugar. These three ingredients do not add anything to a healthy diet, and they have been shown to cause long-term negative health effects like obesity and heart disease and can even lead to diabetes.

The good news is: Fast food is not your only option! If you take time to plan in advance to eat healthier meals, it really is not as difficult as it might seem. Just like you make a budget to keep control of your allowance or the money you make at work, you can make a meal plan that will keep you healthy. Plan out your day or week on the weekend, creating a daily menu that you can stick to. You don’t have to choose all “health foods” like tofu and wheat germ, but adding fruits and vegetables to your diet is healthy – and can be delicious! As for convenience, it realistically takes only about 10 or 15 minutes to cook a basic healthy meal, and even less to make a sandwich. You’ll spend more than that driving to the fast food restaurant and waiting in the line at the drive through. Cooking at home saves money and gas. Finally, there is no reason why you have to sacrifice flavor for healthy foods. Spices, herbs and even butter can make or break a great meal. A little butter is a lot better than a calorie- and carb-loaded burger and fry combination. Adding flavor to your healthy diet will make your cooking taste as good (or likely even better) than fast food. “For questions about advertising, call 813-872-4448”




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Dr. Levin believes and emphasizes that healthy feet promote overall orthopedic health. Many patients with foot pain also complain of back, neck, and even headache pain. The feet are the base and foundation that support the weight of our entire body. And, poor foot posture can impede daily activities.

Diabetics are prone to a variety of foot problems, often as a result of two complications of diabetes: nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor blood circulation.

Neuropathy causes loss of feeling in the feet, taking away one’s ability to feel pain and discomfort, so you may not detect injury or irritation. Poor circulation in your feet reduces your ability to heal, making it hard for even a tiny cut to resist infection. When you have diabetes, you need to be aware of how foot problems can arise from disturbances in the skin, nails, nerves, bones, muscles, and blood vessels. With diabetics, small foot problems can turn into serious complications. You can do much to prevent the most serious complication, amputation, by following proactive measures discussed below and seeing your podiatrist regularly.

Podiatry is a vital part of diabetic health

The goals and treatment of diabetic foot problems are not only to save life and limb, but also to get patients healed and moving about as soon as possible. Call 813-973-3535 to schedule your appointment at New Tampa Foot & Ankle.



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Dr. Miles is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Post Doctorate training at University General Hospital and flight surgeon training at Brooks Air Force Base. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon aboard Air Force One under Presidents Reagan and George H. Bush. He has been in private practice in Pinellas Park since leaving the military Dr Miles is a member of the American College of Aesthetic Surgeons, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and American Society of Liposuction Surgeons. He is the former two-time Chairman of Family Practice Department at Northside Hospital and the Tampa Bay Heart Institute.

Shannon Thigpen is a nationally certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. She is the co-founder of Salsa & Soul Fitness, which can be found at

This time of year people are making choices about holiday gifts. Consider adding healthier living items to the list as gifts for others or for yourself. There are many items to choose from. Here are my top choices for the season:

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any adults find themselves hiding. When

group pictures are being taken they go to the

Bikes – There are all sorts of bikes to choose from, including mountain bikes, racing bikes, stationary bikes and recumbent bikes. As opposed to being upright, recumbent bikes enable you to sit in the bike. They can also be stationary. If for whatever reason an upright bike is not a good idea, consider recumbent bikes.

back behind every one else, they make their kids sit on their laps, or they just plain refuse to be in pictures at all. Often intimate moments between spouses only take place only under the cover of darkness; swimsuits are a thing

Slide boards may provide a change for the avid fitness person. Between two heavy ends is a sliding surface. You glide back and forth in a skating or skiing motion to work the inner and outer thigh muscles and increase your heart rate. Heart rate monitors are great for fitness training. Many have programs for target fat burning zones and building cardiovascular strength. They range from basic to complex. Home gyms offer options for those committed to working out at home. The least expensive systems are compact resistance tubing units that attach to your door and require minimum space. If you do have the space and wish to purchase a complete home gym, make sure you do your research and are committed to using it. Quite often, advertisers make promises that are not realistic for the average consumer. Rowing machines are a great option for those who want to do a cardiovascular workout and gain upper body strength. Rowing machines do not stress knees or angles and may be a great choice for someone who is unable to use a treadmill or bike.

of the past; and they avoid going to the gym because no one wants to have a body that just doesn’t measure up. Now, there is a safe minimally invasive procedure that permanently removes unwanted fat. The major risks of fat removal (liposuction) are anesthesia, bleeding and trauma to the body caused by the surgery. In contrast, Vaser Liposelection selectively removes the fat, leaving the arteries, veins and nerves intact. The procedure is so painless that general anesthesia in not required and most patients are back to work in a couple of days. Unlike going on yo-yo fad diets, your fat cells are completely removed so there is no chance of a fat rebound. Body by Design of Tampa Bay has joined with Tampa Laser Touch to bring this state-of-the-art procedure to the Westchase Area. It requires an artist’s eye and an appreciation of the grace that God has given to the human body to bring about beautiful results, in the eyes of Dr. Robert Miles, medical director of Body by Design. “Patients who are concerned about loose or baggy skin after the procedure are happy to learn that we have a skin tightening protocol unequaled in the Tampa Bay area. By combining intraoperative Lasertight Dermwave treatments and using the Nd:Yag laser postoperatively we provide our patients exceptional results.”

Yoga and Pilates mats and duffle bags are nice gifts for the yoga or Pilates enthusiast.

Pedometers help you keep track of your steps, and many can convert steps taken to calories burned. Pedometers give you a realistic measure of how much activity you do on a given day. Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is a wonderfully active way to put the video console to use. Platforms are made for Playstations, PS Ones, Xboxes, etc. You attach a pad that looks like a door mat to the video console. While the music plays, the game gives directions you follow to move your feet to the beat. The arcade versions of the game have been very popular over the last decade. Shoes are still my number one. Make sure to keep a good pair of athletic walking shoes and get movin’! “For questions about advertising, call 813-872-4448”


Body by Design of Tampa Bay offers free initial consultations. It’s time to start a healthier life and to stop HIDING! Call Dr. Miles to set up your Vaser Lipo consultation at 727-452-8406.


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Boxing gloves, mitts and speed bags can be lots of fun and really get the heart pumping.

By: Jeannette Matlock - RHI

I have been in the back scenes of the restaurant industry for over 12 years. I recently shed thirty pounds and realized I have to be more conscious of what I eat, which is difficult when my world revolve around dining out, be it socially or my career. So I am out to find a low-cal, low-carb alternative in a society that thrives on butter and bread when dining out. Ask me anything at


othing hits home about bad eating habits than hearing the news from your doctor that your blood sugar is so high you’re at risk of becoming a diabetic. When I received this news myself just over two years ago along with the order to lose weight, it was just the wake-up call I needed to make some changes.

When trying to eradicate the unnecessary sugar from one’s diet, you come to the awful realization that almost everything at the grocery store contains sugar. People with medical conditions that require dietary changes have to educate themselves, and it can be depressing to read food labels only to discover that you can’t eat the foods you like. One reason people find it hard to stay on a low-sugar diet is that they fear food will not taste good. Since processed condiments, including many salad dressings, contain sugar or high fructose corn syrup, healthy salads are less attractive without a good-tasting salad dressing to compliment them.

Citrus Park Lakeland Clearwater With autumn comes the onslaught of sports season. As the air cools and the humidity eases, we instinctively begin to crave barbeque sauce, the fire of hot wings, and the smell of smoke from the grill. Living in Tampa – between the Bucs, Lightning, Bulls and Rays – it is hard to keep up with all the excitement!

The key to creating a tasty diet is to make the dishes and condiments yourself. It can be time-

Smokey Bones does their best to encourage our fanaticism and satisfy our palates. A homey, rustic interior with hardwood accents and warm tones compliments the natural family-friendly theme.

consuming, but the time spent is fun and well worth it. One way to add taste to your food is with fresh herbs. You can buy these in packages in the produce sec-

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tion of most grocery stores, but

French and a marvelous cook. This home-

it is more economical to grow

made salad dressing is served in many

your own. There is little waste as

restaurants in France, and it is better than

you use the amount you need

anything you’d find in a store. Plus, it’s su-

when you need it (and they smell

per easy! Make sure you use the best olive

divine). Herbs are relatively easy

oil available. Olive oil is healthy -- and the

to care for as long as you keep

better the oil, the better the taste.

High ceilings and an open floor plan give guests a decent view of dozens of televisions placed throughout the bar and dining area. Personal sound boxes are available upon request. Not only can you view several different televisions, you can select and change the volume at will.

Personal volume boxes and multiple TVs keep you occupied while you wait for delicious BBQ All your tailgating and BBQ favorites are on the menu. Naughty faves such as wings, nachos, and onion rings abound! Healthier options like smoked turkey, grilled salmon and entrée salads are there for those of who are us trying to behave.

them watered and can be grown in pots on your patio or screen room.

If you have decided to allow yourself a few carbs, the skillet cornbread with honey pecan butter is worth the extra gym time! If you’re cheating altogether, the handmade donuts put Krispy Kreme to shame.

Fall-off-the-bone ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, and Fa sm smoked turkey are the heart of the entrée se selections. Ninety percent of the menu op options are grilled or smoked, so igno nore the sugars in the BBQ sauce, pair yo your meal with the steamed broccoli or roasted corn, and enjoy the taste of fo football season!



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Jennifer, Cristan and Abe Fadal Wag, 304 E. Davis Blvd. Davis Islands, Fl 813-258-9181

The Maddox Family Wellness Group is a large collection of like-minded individuals from the Tampa Bay area and across the nation. We have a cumulative 80+ years of Health and Nutrition background; with Dr. Maddox DC. PhD. and his experience with tens of thousands of patients leading the way. All this with a singular goal of helping people feel better through Life, Health, and Prosperity!!

write this article every year because I think it is so important to remember pet safety during the holidays. It is tempting to “give the dog a bone”… or a piece of juicy turkey, or mashed potatoes drowning in gravy, or…. you get the point. Your furry family member looks at you with those sad, sad eyes and there is food absolutely everywhere! I know! The average American gains a pound or two over the holidays, but that shouldn’t hold true for our canines and felines.

Keep your pet healthy this holiday season.

Say “No!” to human food snacks. The aroma of fresh turkey roasting in the oven, creamy gravy simmering on the stove and pies on the table will have your dog drooling. During this month and the next, it is important to watch the health and safety of our pets. Here are a few tips to help avoid an unwanted trip to the emergency vet or a sick pet at the party.

• Keep your pet on their standard diet. Avoid giving them turkey or other meats, since this can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea, all of which can quickly ruin a celebration. • Keep aluminum foil, plastic wrap, plastic bags and wax paper away from pets. Disposing of these items properly can prevent accidental intestinal blockage while Fido is trying to lick the last morsel of gravy from the cover. • While a wishbone might grant you a great wish, it can give your dog an unwanted problem. Any brittle or splintering bone can become lodged in the esophagus or puncture a hole in the intestines. • Discourage friends and family from feeding your dog extra snacks and scraps. Snacks that are high in salt (chips and peanuts) and other fatty foods can cause pancreatitis, which is a life-threatening condition. • While chocolates may taste great, they contain theobromine which can be hazardous to your pet’s health. Baker’s chocolate is the highest in theobromine and can cause the most problems. • As with any holiday, see that your pet has a safe haven to move to... away from the festivities. This will give your pet a much needed “Time-Out” from the hustle of the holiday. • Make sure your pet has their identification tags on during all parties or gettogethers. With people coming in and out of the house, it is very easy for your pet to wander through an open door. It is also helpful to get your pet microchipped. Most animal shelters have devices to scan for these chips and can identify and call the owner quickly. Please join us on November 22 from 10-5 for pet and family pictures at Wag. There is a $6 sitting fee for your pictures. You will be able to view and choose your photos online. And YES! Holiday cards are available. We will have a “safe” Thanksgiving feast for your pets that day as well!

Happy Turkey Day, and as always enjoy your pets! “For questions about advertising, call 813-872-4448”



Real Health & Image -November 2008  
Real Health & Image -November 2008  

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