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6 Ways to Fight the Flu (Family Features)




As temperatures drop, the spread of cold and flu germs rises. Start the year off healthy and be sure to rid your home of lingering germs that may be hiding in places you don’t expect. “I always recommend the flu shot – especially when officials are predicting a harsh flu season like this year – good nutrition and plenty of sleep, but there are other healthy habits we can all develop to help keep ourselves and those around us stay healthy during cold and flu season,” said Dr. Tanya Altmann, pediatrician, best-selling author and founder of Calabasas Pediatrics. “Vaccination is important, but there are other preventative measures that we should all keep in mind.” See FLU, Page 9

Deep Vein Thrombosis:

A Pain That Cannot Be Ignored





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Fifty-three-year-old Bernie McKay never would have guessed that the pain he thought was a simple muscle cramp was actually a serious medical condition that could have stopped him in his tracks forever. Bernie, who leads an active lifestyle and works in a hospital, experienced severe cramping in the back of his left thigh one morning while walking into work. The pain became so severe that he rushed himself to

to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and while a clot can form anywhere, it usually occurs in the legs or pelvis. Sometimes part of the blood clot can break off and travel to your lungs, which can cause a pulmonar y embolism, a serious and potenthe emergency department, know- tially deadly condition. ing that something wasn’t right. Doctors typically diagnose DVT After a series of consultations and through tests such as an ultrasound tests, he was diagnosed as having or blood tests. First line of treatment can consist of medications deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. DVT affects approximately and compression stockings, but See DVT, Page 9 900,000 people in the U.S., according





Stuck in the Middle:

What You Need to Know About Caregiving

(StatePoint) As the population ages, more people (particularly women) will be “sandwiched” in between taking care of their parents or other family members in need, and their children. Take telenurse and nurse educator Kathie Wells, RN, BSN, CCM. At age 55, she is juggling full-time work, while raising school-age kids and caring for her husband Robert, 64, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2002. As a nurse, Wells understood the onset and progression of PD, which often includes motor symptoms such as tremor, rigidity and balance issues. But her husband’s disease progressed in a surprising way when he began to see and believe things that weren’t real. PD is a neurodegenerative brain

disorder often involving both motor and non-motor symptoms, including hallucinations and delusions. When those symptoms appear, it may be Parkinson’s disease psychosis (PDP) and it occurs in more than half the people with Parkinson’s during the course of their disease. Yet, only 10 to 20 percent of patients will proactively report their hallucinations and delusions to their doctor. When Wells’ husband began to experience delusions, she found his behavior frustrating and alarming. For example, Robert would spend hours in the yard digging up garden stones, convinced he’d found valuable “treasure.” Neighbors remarked on Robert’s behavior and his children wouldn’t invite friends over to avoid them seeing their dad relentlessly digging. Robert’s delusions combined with his other PD motor symptoms were hard

for Wells to manage. She struggled to get enough sleep caring for Robert, and their children were hesitant to go out in public with their father because he shared his treasure hunting stories with strangers all the time. While there’s currently no cure for PD, there are different treatment options to address both motor and non-motor symptoms. Wells says it was a relief when her husband’s neurologist suggested an FDA-approved medication indicated for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with PDP. Wells recommends the following to caregivers of people with Parkinson’s. • Consider talking to a professional, as caregivers are more likely to experience relationships or social life suffering and emotional stress than non-caregivers. Likewise, caregiving can take a toll on physical

health. Take time to sleep, de-stress, eat well and exercise. • Seek logistical and emotional help from family, friends, support groups and advocacy groups, who often have free resources available. For example, the Parkinson’s Foundation has advice for caregivers and a helpline staffed by nurses, social workers and therapists. • Even if you understand your loved one’s condition, report new symptoms or concerns to a healthcare provider as they arise. “I now know that delusions along with hallucinations are telltale signs of Parkinson’s disease psychosis, however, I didn’t recognize those symptoms immediately,” says Wells. For more information visit www. Remember that you’re not alone. Support exists to help you manage the struggles associated with caring for loved ones.




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I remember, not that long ago, back in the 70s and 80s growing up we didn’t know what we didn’t know. There was not a 24-hour news cycle, satellite radio, irresponsible internet or 50 different supposed “news channels” that were clambering for advertiser support and sponsors. Today we have radio, TV print and Internet who have all taken a side on either the left or the right. As for the “middle” well we’re not sure who is actually the voice or what they stand for. So as we go about our daily lives we are inundated with viewpoints from both sides…some more spectacular than others. The left and right clearly are diametrically opposed and ironically find themselves more hypocritical than one can expect. For example: Clinton, Obama and Schumer were all against illegal immigration, but because Trump is against it…now they are for it. And when the RNC had a plan for a nationalized insurance and then Obama took up the mantle, the right opposed him. So my question is: was it better when we didn’t know the underhanded dealings of the left and the right. And when we didn’t know what was going on was it actually easier for the left and right to work together or maybe compromise. Today, the sides have become so polarized that they are unable to work to the middle any longer. So when you look back, and for some of you, you could be remembering back into the 30’s or 40’s when there were just a few channels, and AM radio. But were we better off when we didn’t know every little thing that was happening in some corner of the world. But not only do we know what’s going on in every little corner of the world, today, we get more opinion rather than the unadulterated facts. How many remember the term, “yellow journalism.” One-sided journalism was viewed so poorly that there was actually a name for it. If you were a journalist you were clearly looked down upon for being so one sided in your reporting. But today, it’s almost expected that you offer up an opinion.


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The danger in our society today is that there seems to no longer be unbiased news. And we could say that this happened 30,40,50, or 70 years ago to some extent. But today I believe it’s far more pervasive than it’s ever been. The sides have lined up and have made it clear what they stand for. What’s interesting though is that we’re living in seven second soundbites. Due to the unethical behavior of the media, what is being transmitted to today’s population and especially to low information voter’s smacks of unethical behavior of “journalists.” These news agencies are acting irresponsible in the way that they are reporting today’s news. Just take a look at some of the videos that are posted all over the Internet when reporters reverse the questions or reverse the author of opinions or of a political stance many politicians have taken. You can see that the average voter has no clue who the opinion or position belongs to. So I go back to my original question: was it better when we had less information. Did Congress act more responsibly or at least were they able to negotiate and find a middle ground. Or is it better today that we have much more information? But if you agree with wanting the full story than it is our responsibility as American citizens to get to the facts. We can’t just take a seven second soundbite or a post on Facebook and assume that’s legitimate. We can’t any longer assume that we open up the St. Pete Times and expect to get the unadulterated truth. We as American citizens have to look harder and look further and verify the claims. But more than that we have to look at who is making those claims, who is publishing it and even who is interviewing the guests. Oh how I long for the days of the Walter Kronkites of the World.

Reset Your Sails

One ship sails East, one ship sails West With the same self winds that blow ‘Tis the set of sails and not the gales That determine where they go.

This year, this watershed year, a time of momentous happenings. Our hearts were broken by the adversities and calamities striking so many. Our heads spun at the rapidity of changes occurring in the personal, political and social spheres. These winds of change call to each of us to sort out and revisit anew our aims and aspirations in life and reset our sails accordingly.

The margins in life change - something to take notice of. I am adjusting my behavior so as not to put unrealistic expectations on myself. During worldly strife, my North Star is the awareness that mankind’s goodness and greatness come forward each time such need exists. God is in His Heaven. The world is still turning. Changes are happening and it’s okay! Wishing you a glorious season,

Georgia Kinder





Nose Hair a Beauty Trend? Ug! By Jean Mlincek It was bound to happen, but right under our noses? Who would ever have imagined that nose hair would one day be heralded as a beauty trend? That's right. One can now sport a "hair extension" from each nostril, although I am befuddled as to why a woman would actually WANT hair hanging out of her nose! The first time I spied a young female with whiskers shooting from her nostrils, I was repulsed, and had to catch up to her to verify that I was actually seeing what I thought I was seeing. Do you know how many centuries women have tried to get rid of mustaches, and now hair dangling from one's nose is supposedly considered desirable? I say nose hairs should be kept inside the nostrils where they belong! And that goes for men's nose hair as well as women's. When I was a kid, I used to love a drawing toy called Wooly Willy. It was always entertaining to "draw" whiskers, sideburns, a mustache, beard, and a multitude of hair styles on the jolly bald-headed fellow by moving iron powder with a magnetic wand over various places on his face.

are: a "bizarre trend", and admit being "harrified" by the idea of furry nostrils. However, there's always the chance that this fad will stay around awhile before taking a nosedive. For anyone who might be remotely interested in hair flowing out of her nostrils, the look is achieved by poking false eyelashes into the nostrils and letting them unfurl around the rim of the openings. Supposedly, one can also pull down one's natural nose hair and bundle it with Vaseline. Not pretty, folks; not pretty at all. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder; for some, it is in the nose. The idea of nose-hair extensions began with Instagram user gret_ chen_chen, who obviously "nose" how to make light of something that typically grosses out the average person. I just hope she doesn't get any ideas about that one stubborn hair that plants itself on many a senior woman's chin. I also pray that hair extensions for noses are a fad that will be "hair today, gone tomorrow."

Well, the young lady I saw could have been Miss Willy because her nose-hair extensions looked like a pile of iron shavings splayed beneath her nose, or worse, as if she had just snorted two spiders up her nasal passages. Let me tell you, nose-hair extensions, in my opinion, are about as attractive as boogers, snot, well--you get the picture. Thankfully, some social media folk at least Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer who resides in have called the nose-hair extensions what they St. Petersburg, Fla.






By Carolyn Shockey

As a lone kid growing up I yearned for a pet. My cousin’s cat had kittens, and I picked my favorite, but to my dismay, my dad stood his ground, and refused to let me have it. It wasn’t that he didn’t like animals, it was just his feeling that the city was no place for a pet. My mom was a neat freak and compulsive cleaner and she was perfectly fine not having a pet in the house, so she was no help for my side. They were happy, though, feeding the birds out side, and my dad had an ongoing power play with the squirrels who tried to get the seed in the feeder. I can’t remember a time when my dad ever won that battle, and in the end the squirrels became so tame they would run up to him and take corn and nuts from this hand that he had for them. Somehow feeding the outside critters never was the same as having a pet, for me.

So it was no surprise that one of the first things I did when I was married and had a home of my own, was to go the the pound and get a dog, and I’ve had at least one dog in my life ever since. I can’t help but think of how much better my child hood would have been if I would have the unconditional love of a pet, since I had no sibling companions either. I’m sure it would have been a supportive and comforting experience. However, I did survive despite being an only child with many expectations placed on me. I have since learned that nothing can take the place of the love and devotion that our pet friends provide, and made sure that my boys had the experience growing up. A few years after my husband died I moved to a new area where I planned to start over. Shortly after the move I was diagnosed with cancer. I had not been there long enough to make many new friends, and my constant companion was

my dog, supporting me as I went through numerous surgeries, chemo and radiation. He was constantly at my side and gave me reason and strength to go on. He and I had gotten through the loss of my husband, my illness and then a hurricane that did thousands of dollars worth of damage to our house that took a year to rebuild. I couldn’t have had a more devoted companion. Unfortunately, he aged quicker than I and eventually I had to make the decision to have him euthanized. I knew that my husband was waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge which provided me with comfort getting over the loss of my pal, knowing they are enjoying each other once again. Now I have two dogs, each with entirely different personalities, who in their own ways show me humor, unconditional love and devotion. Whether I’ve been gone five minutes or five hours they are thrilled having me home, and accepting where I’ve been without

question. They do their best to protect me, and are supportive on days I’m under the weather, always with a look of concern and understanding on their face. I just can’t imagine my life without a dog in it, even though there are foot prints to clean, and food and vet bills, it is a small price to pay for what I get sharing life with them. There have been many studies that prove that a pet can help with human conditions such as high blood pressure and depression, so for those of us without a spouse, a pet is a good fit. In February, the month of love, I just wanted a chance to say thank you to all the dogs both past and present that have enhanced my life, and the rest of us humans that have appreciated the love of a pet, be it a dog or cat. And a special thanks to all those dogs that work in rescue or as police, service, comfort, and therapy pets. We are grateful for your dedication to us.




Picking HIFU Prostate Procedure Keeps Septuagenarian in Shape for his 78th Marathon

When septuagenarian Harry Bateman Blair -- or “Bate” as everyone calls him -- took power walks at Dadeland Mall and ran marathons he looked the picture of health. After all, Bate completed his 75th marathon [26.2 miles] at age 75, and topped that feat the following year when he finished his 76th marathon at 76. And having participated in marathons in 38 states, he was on pace to hit his goal of running the long-distance race in all 50 states. So he was as shocked as anyone when he got the diagnosis: prostate cancer. The aggressive kind. "I had no symptoms whatsoever," Bate recalls. "But my cardiologist was concerned after doing some routine blood work. My PSA level (prostate-specific antigen) was elevated and she recommended that I get my prostate checked." After a trip to the urologist and an MRI, he was referred to the offices of Dipen Parekh, MD, urologist, chairman and professor of the Department of Urology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSOM), where Bate underwent a biopsy. “The biopsy showed I had a Gleason score of 10 in one spot and 9 in another,” he recalled. “This is not the way I wanted to be a 10!” The Gleason score reflects biopsy results based on a grading system scale that starts at 6 for a low-grade prostate cancer and goes up to 10, for high-grade forms of the disease.

Dr. Parekh offered Bate the traditional options for addressing his condition – radical prostate surgery or radiation. Typically aggressive prostate cancers are not amenable to focal treatment with a non-invasive procedure called High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). However Bate’s cancer was localized to one specific area based on biopsy and imaging. Moreover an existing clinical trial offered within the Urology Department at the UMMSOM made it possible for Bate to be offered the HIFU procedure. With HIFU, urologists direct concentrated ultrasound waves to attack the diseased area of the prostate tissue to stop its progress – similar to how a magnifying glass can be used to focus rays of sunlight to burn a leaf. During the outpatient procedure doctors are able to avoid damaging the healthy surrounding tissue and nerve bundles that control sexual function and urinary continence, preserving quality of life, and making it a preferable option for eligible patients. Bate was eligible for the procedure since his cancer was localized, that is, it had not spread beyond the boundaries of the prostate gland. “I had an aggressive cancer and they caught it in time,” Bate said. “If I hadn't had the PSA test, it might have gotten worse and spread. I am very fortunate and I thank my cardiologist for saving my life.” “I picked HIFU because it's less invasive and I was in and out in one

day,” he added. “And if it fails I could still do the other procedures. But if I had radiation or a prostatectomy, I couldn’t do them again.” The day after his HIFU procedure, Bate went to a fundraising luncheon. “And I'm continuing my marathons,” he said. “I had the surgery in March of 2017 and did three marathons after that!”Dr Parekh cautions however that despite doing very well in the short term, Bate needs a close follow up as mandated by the clinical trial he enrolled into. Bate turned 77 on December 22, 2017, and his marathon total is now up to 78. Besides pursuing his goal to complete marathons in each U.S. state, Bate is also on a quest to see every national park in the country. Already he's been to 340 out of 417 sites in the national park system including monuments, seashores, lakeshores, battlefields and historic places. Bate combines his visits to the parks with long-distance running events around the country and his oldest daughter, Kathy participates in the marathons with him. Bate’s wife of 56 years, Sue comes to all of the races and cheers as they cross the finish line. Their youngest daughter, Penelope often comes to the marathons to help cheer too. Together, Bate and his wife reared their two daughters and one son in the same house where they have lived since first moving to SW 46th Street in Miami 47 years ago -- and

now the couple also welcome their four grandchildren to the family home. When he goes to other states for marathons and park visits, Bate still calls on old and new potential customers who purchase automatic gates and gangways from the company he started in 2007 -- Bate's Gates. His original company, Engineered Equipment, switched from selling materials handling equipment to automatic gates after facing a major setback when the big freeze of 1977 drove him out of the material handling industry because his biggest customers were citrus fruit packing companies. Clearly, Bate was able to overcome that business setback with the same drive he brings to meeting his health challenges today. And as he continues training for more marathon runs in the future, it looks like there's no stopping him.


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5 Ways to Increase Your Protein Intake Without Meat (StatePoint) Protein is an essential part of any diet, particularly for those who are physically active. And while you can always turn to chicken, meat or fish to get a boost, you may be seeking ways to increase your protein intake without meat. Eating less meat is more environmentally sustainable, as a serving of vegetables requires less energy to produce than a serving of meat. What’s more, a well-planned vegetarian diet may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes, according to the American Dietetic Association. Whether you are simply looking to reduce meat intake or you are going entirely meat-free, here are five great ways to skip the burger today and still get a sufficient dose of protein. A classic staple Rice and beans are simple to prepare and affordable. Plus, when legumes are paired with grains, they form a complete protein. Don’t get bored though, there are many preparations to try, as well as ingredient combinations. Also, each meal can be flavored in its own way with spices like turmeric, cumin and cayenne -- that can add important health benefits of their own.

Grab-and-go Need a quick breakfast solution, on-the-go snack or after workout dose of protein? Think smart protein bars. For instance, you can grab a Sōl Good Protein Bar from Sunwarrior. They are USDA-Certified Organic, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free and vegan. Made from quality plant-based protein and a variety of superfoods, including whole grain brown rice, yellow peas, quinoa and sunflower butter, they come in four flavors and offer 19 grams of protein per bar, amongst a wealth of antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. For nutrition information, visit Dip it Not just a delicious snack or appetizer, hum-

mus atop pita or veggies is also a good source of protein. Whether you go for a store-bought variety or whip up your own batch, there are many ways to jazz up your dip with add-ons like roasted red peppers, fresh herbs or even pine nuts -- bonus protein! Back to basics Getting your protein at lunch doesn’t have to be complicated. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich takes seconds to make, is delicious and satisfying, and delivers the protein you need midday to make it to your next meal. Go with the classic construction or use fresh fruit in place of jelly for extra fiber and nutrients. If you’re at home, make it gooey and extra delicious by grilling your sandwich. Simple swap When making a stir-fry, stew or soup, use tofu, tempeh or seitan in place of meat. These ingredients are high-protein additions to your meal, and easy to prepare. They also take on the flavors of the spices, sauces and broth with which you are cooking. From grab-and-go items to easily-prepped meals at home, it can be easy to get the protein you need in your diet, even while you reduce your meat intake.

New Year Plan For Optimal Health

Dr. Anthony J. Adams, DDS, PA Again with the New Year, we resolve a new plan of action. My plan includes you! I resolve to reach you through this article, the internet, your friends and families. Basically any way I can for the purpose of making sure you are aware that in the interest of oral health and total body health it is an exciting new day. Ask your healthcare provider to consider the connection between your current health status and your oral health. Depending when and where healthcare providers were educated, and also their interest

after graduating, there will be a significant difference. I work with healthcare providers who collectively represent the whole spectrum. I learn from them and they learn from me. Together, we can offer plans that are so much more successful than the old sequestration of independent providers. Human metabolism is very complicated. To keep it optimally functioning and balanced, we must use all of the knowledge, new and old, we have access to. No one provider can possibly know it all and do it all. To believe that is ridiculous, but together we can. I have practiced long enough to see patients that have had many life experiences over the years. I have seen their oral health change as their bodies aged as life takes it’s toll. I have learned some people can do everything right and still have oral disease and loss. I have seen people do everything wrong and still have oral health and a dirty mouth, never the less, basically healthy. The diseases of diabetes, heart/CVD, thyroid, arthritis, autoimmune and fibromyalgia are of interest to me. I see the connection between these diseases and oral health. Metaphorically, putting air in a tire with a hole in it will not work long if the hole is not also “fixed.” One is the dental correction, the other is the medical/alternative correction. It takes both. Before either will work, we must understand the relationship. Unfortunately as witness would bear, not everyone does. This year our office will be studying and researching any new technologies we can add to our tool box that will complement our abilities to bring our patients the best traditional and integrative dentistry.

We will reach out to patients and other healthcare providers who need and want sustainable and complete optimal health. If our practice offers you promise, call us! If you have healthcare providers who you think would join us in a more comprehensive approach to your healthcare, please make them aware of our view. I would love to meet them. ◆ Healthy Body Dental, Anthony J. Adams,DDS, PA, is located in the Cypress Point Shopping Center, 25877 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater, (727) 799-3123, www. Hours of Service: Monday Thursday 8-5pm.




FLU From Page 1 These tips from the experts at Clorox can help you prevent the spread of germs: 1. Get Vaccinated. Even though it’s well into cold and flu season, it’s still important to get a flu shot if you haven’t already. Vaccination is the first step in flu prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a yearly flu virus vaccination – even if the vaccine’s efficacy fluctuates – for almost everyone 6 months and older. 2. Keep Hands Washed: Hands touch so many things throughout the day. It’s important to wash your hands often, including after using the bathroom and before preparing or serving food. Germs can spread by touching your eyes, nose or mouth after coming in contact with a contaminated surface. Those areas are common entry points to the body for germs, so try not to touch your face or eat until you wash your hands. 3. Stay Home if You’re Sick: Even though you may not want to miss work or school, it’s important to stay home to prevent the spread of illnesses to those around you. Even at home, make sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue to prevent the spread of germs to your loved ones. Lastly, try your best to make good use of your time off from work or school to rest, relax, eat well and recover from illnesses. 4. Follow Health Guidelines: It’s important to eat right (fill up with fresh fruit and veggies, vitamin D and probiotics), get some exercise (at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity) and get plenty of sleep (at least 8 hours per night) to help boost your body’s ability to fight the effects of cold and flu viruses.

DVT From Page 1 these options don’t actually remove or dissolve the clot. Many DVT blood clots can be absorbed by the body over time with the help of blood thinners; however, as long as the clot is present, it can cause permanent damage to the valves in the vein, leading to chronic pain and swelling called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). Another treatment option that physicians may consider for their patients is a medical procedure called a mechanical thrombectomy. This procedure can help quickly restore blood flow by removing the clot altogether, thus reducing the amount and duration of medications a patient needs to take, and may help prevent future complications. “Recent medical advances are allowing more and more patients to have blood clots removed using minimally invasive procedures,” said Dr. Kush Desai, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Some patients, like Bernie, may be candidates for a mechanical thrombectomy, which uses a special catheter designed to help break up and physically remove all or portions of the clot.” Only half of the people who develop DVT experience any symptoms, such as swelling, pain or

5. Be Aware of Your Environment: Be aware of illnesses going around in your community to take extra precautions to avoid them or to know when to seek medical attention if you do get sick. 6. Disinfect Hard Surfaces: Disinfection is a key step to help prevent the spread of cold and flu germs. The CDC recommends disinfecting frequently touched, hard surfaces, such as

doorknobs, refrigerator handles, light switches and faucets, with an EPA-registered disinfectant like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They help kill 99.9 percent of germs that can live for up to 48 hours on hard, non-porous surfaces. Learn more about flu prevention at Clorox. com/FluFOMO.

tenderness in a leg with skin that’s warm and red or discolored. However, there are risk factors that you should be aware of as they can increase your chances of developing DVT: • Treatment for cancer; • Prolonged lack of movement such as long distance travel or long periods of bed rest; • A personal or family history of blood clots; • Older age; • Pregnancy. Understanding the risk factors and being aware of various treatment options can help reduce your chance of developing a dangerous blood clot and the serious health complications that may be associated with it. “With such a short recovery time, the procedure allowed me to spend time with my family and friends -- without having to take medications for the rest of my life,” said Bernie. “I’m more active than I was before, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” There are risks associated with all medical procedures. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits associated with mechanical thrombectomy. For more information visit or the Clearing the Clot Facebook community, patient resources devel-

opedby Boston Scientific. For more information, visit Take control of your health to help decrease your chances of developing DVT by understanding the risks and treatment options available.





An Overview of Multiple Sclerosis

By Colleen Doherty, MD, a board-certified physician

You may know that multiple sclerosis (MS) causes symptoms like fatigue, abnormal sensations, or an inability to walk. But you may wonder how it occurs and why people with MS have such unique symptoms. Or maybe you want answers to more difficult questions, like whether there is a cure for MS or if MS is fatal (it’s almost always not). Whether you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with MS or you simply want to gain a basic understanding of this unpredictable condition, it is important to know that you can live well with MS and that gaining knowledge of the condition is a critical first step. What Is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system— which is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. In a healthy person, nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord rapidly send signals to each other and to the rest of the body. These signals are called nerve impulses and are critical to our functioning and way of life. They

allow us to process information, feel sensations, and move freely. But in a person with MS, these nerve signaling pathways are impaired. In other words, those nerve impulses transmitted in the brain and spinal cord—and to the rest of the body—are either slowed or not transmitted at all. This is because, in MS, a person’s immune system launches an attack against myelin—the protective coating around nerve fibers (axons) where nerve impulses travel. When myelin is damaged or destroyed by immune system cells, nerve impulses cannot travel efficiently or rapidly anymore. Depending on the location of myelin damage in the central nervous system, a variety of symptoms can manifest. This is why the symptoms of MS are unique for each person who has it. That being said, there are symptoms of MS that are more common than others. This is because MS tends to affect certain locations within the central nervous system. For example, the brainstem (the stalk connecting the brain and spinal cord) and the cerebellum (located at the back of the brain near the brainstem) are two commonly affected areas. Damage to the brainstem and cerebellum can result in vertigo,

speech problems, tremor, ataxia, and vision problems. Another very common symptom among those with MS is fatigue. While there are a number of potential causes for fatigue, MS itself is a major culprit. As you can imagine, the constant attack on myelin and the nerve fibers—and the body’s attempt to push through and send messages—is quite an exhausting fea. This manifests as debilitating fatigue in many people with MS. Other common symptoms of MS include: • Abnormal sensations (e.g., numbness and tingling, itching, tightness, burning) • Muscle weakness • Pain • Spasticity • Cognitive problems • Depression In terms of the precise cause of MS, scientists are still scratching their heads—although, a number of theories have been proposed including infectious disease exposure (like the Epstein-Barr virus), genetic makeup, and vitamin D levels. It’s likely that a complicated interaction between a person’s genes and their environment is what ultimately triggers MS—maybe one more than the other in some people.

As of right now, there is no specific gene that we can test to determine whether you will develop MS, but there are some risk factors that may or may not increase your chances. Some of these include age, gender, where you live, diet (maybe), and habits like smoking. What to Know About MS It can be difficult to diagnose MS based solely on symptoms. The symptoms of MS can be downright perplexing, even bizarre. One month your vision might be slightly blurry, and then six months later your leg may feel

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MEDICAL UPDA E MS From Page 10 numb when you exercise too much. In addition, many symptoms of MS are nonspecific, meaning they can be seen in other health conditions. For instance, fatigue and muscle aches are common in fibromyalgia and systemic lupus erythematosus. Numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness can be from a vitamin B12 deficiency or from a herniated disc. It’s actually fairly common for people with MS (prior to their diagnosis) to report that they attributed their symptoms to a benign illness, like the flu, or even to their imagination. Doctors, too, sometimes miss an MS diagnosis because the symptoms are so subtle and transient. In fact, some people recall years of seeking out medical care without a diagnosis, and it can actually be a sign of relief when that diagnosis finally happens. This is why it’s important to see your primary care physician if you are having new, worrisome symptoms. Don’t try to diagnose yourself or ignore your gut feeling—it’s reasonable to seek a second opinion if you are not getting the answers you need. If your doctor suspects a neurological disease like MS, he or she will refer you to a neurologist. A neurologist will ask you questions about your symptoms and perform a physical examination. He or she may also order an MRI of your brain and/or spinal cord to help rule in or out a diagnosis of MS. Types of MS You may be surprised to know that there are four types of MS and they vary in their symptoms, their disease course, and how they are treated. Relapsing-Remitting MS: Most people with MS are first diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS—about 85 percent. In this type, a person experiences relapses or flares of neurological symptoms (blurry vision, a numb arm) that then resolve fully or partially (the remitting period) over weeks to months. Secondary-Progressive MS: Many people with relapsing-remitting MS eventually develop a more progressive disease course where their symptoms

become chronic and irreversible. This transition is not always easy to determine, though. Sometimes there is overlap, meaning a person will develop a gradual decline in their neurological function (become more disabled), but still have relapses or episodes of reversible neurological symptoms. Primary-Progressive MS: In primary-progressive MS, a person develops gradual, progressive neurological symptoms from the start (there are no relapses). This is a less common type of MS and tends to affect the spinal cord more than the brain. Progressive-Relapsing MS: Progressive-relapsing MS is the least common type of MS and occurs when a person experiences both a gradual decline in their neurological function (like primary and secondary progressive MS) along with relapses (like relapsing-remitting MS). There Is No Cure While there is no cure for MS, it’s important to understand that the vast majority of people do not become severely disabled, and for only a very few is MS fatal (this is rare). In addition, the good news is that there are numerous therapies available to help you combat your MS. Most of these therapies are for relapsing types of MS—although research is evolving on treating progressive MS. There are also a number of therapies to help you manage your MS symptoms. These include medications and therapies like physical or occupational therapy, assistive mobility devices, and complementary therapies, like yoga and reflexology. You may need to explore a number of treatment regimens before finding the one that works for you. If You’ve Been Recently Diagnosed With MS, while this may be a frightening time for you, it’s important to understand that you are not alone. That being said, while MS certainly does not define you, it is now part of your life and requires thoughtful attention and care. As you absorb and process your new diagnosis, be good to yourself.

Reach out to your loved ones or the MS community. Learn All You Can While it may be difficult, try to read as much as you can about MS, including the symptoms of MS, treatments for MS, and living well with MS. Knowledge is power and will hopefully give you some control over the unpredictable nature of this condition. Also, be prepared when you visit your neurologist. It’s a good idea to devise a list of questions prior to your visit (doctor visits can be overwhelming) and consider asking a friend or loved one to attend with you if you are comfortable. Commit to Treatment It’s important for your peace of mind and MS care to establish an open, trusting relationship with your health team. Inquire about proper ways to communicate and what constitutes an emergency. Maintain adherence to your medication and communicate all concerns, like adverse effects, with your doctor. While your MS is now a major priority in your life, it’s important to continue seeing your primary care doctor for health screening tests (e.g., colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer, a blood test to screen for diabetes or high cholesterol), vaccinations, and counseling on healthy lifestyle habits

like weight management. Consider Changes Frustrated by your diagnosis? The good news is that by engaging in healthy lifestyle habits like stress management, regular exercise, smoking cessation, and sleep hygiene you will feel better and help your MS too. A Word From Verywell You may feel anxious about your MS, concerned about when your next relapse will strike, or how disabled you will become in years to come. This anxiety is normal, but it shouldn’t debilitate you. You can live a full and happy life with MS and control certain parts of the disease like your treatment and lifestyle. Sources: Birnbaum, M.D. George. (2013). Multiple Sclerosis: Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd Edition. New York, New York. Oxford University Press. National MS Society. What is MS? Retrieved July 17th 2016.




SENIOR HAPPENINGS Thursday evening rehearsal. The band rehearses on most Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the South Pasadena City Hall Building from early September through mid-May. The City Hall is located at: 7047 Sunset Dr. S., South Pasadena, Florida. UPCOMING 2018 Concerts: March 7 – Treasure Island Community Center April 11 – Treasure Island Community Center May 17 – South Pasadena City Hall All concerts @ 7:30 PM Concert locations:Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place at 106th Avenue, Treasure Island, South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Dr. S., South Pasadena, Florida. For more information, you can go to our website at, or call us at: 727-398-9639. Our mailing address is: 5885 Oakhurst Drive, Seminole, Florida 33772. Visit “Our Music” page to hear the band. about-us/our-music/ “SEX PLEASE, WE’RE SIXTY” - JUST FOR LAUGHS DINNER THEATER January 13th through March 18th Just for Laughs Dinner Theater • Largo Opening “SEX PLEASE WE’RE SIXTY”. $36.00 for dinner and show. 1999 Starkey Road, Largo Fl 33771. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. January 13th through March 18th. For reservations call 727 466 6546. 2018 WISCONSIN-UPPER PENINSULA MICHIGAN POTLUCK PICNIC A Potluck Picnic for all WIS & UP MICH residents in Florida for the winter or former residents who now make Florida their home will be held at the First Methodist Church Hall in Zephyrhills on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Since these Potluck Picnics have been an annual tradition for more than thirty (30) years, longtime attendees are urged to attend and will be recognized. Registration will start at 10:00 AM, with activities starting at noon. Bring a dish to pass (for 10-12 people) and your own place setting. Meat, coffee and dessert will be furnished. Bring your own drinks (NO ALCOHOLIC beverages allowed). $4.00 donation per person. Entertainment and door prizes will be provided. The First Methodist Church is located at 38635 5th Ave., Zephyrhills (near St. Joseph Catholic Church) a few blocks east of the SR54/US301 intersection. For more information, contact Vicki Arndt at (608) 790-1210. THE CHICKEN DANCE —YBOR STYLE February 4 - March 4, 2018 • Tampa, FL The Bunker is excited to showcase the art of local Tampa Bay Artist, Lynn Rattray, at the popular Ybor City Restaurant, Tre Amici at The Bunker, February 4-March 4, 2018. The stars of the show.... our very own Ybor Chickens, will be exhibited. THE CHICKEN DANCE - YBOR STYLE features the chickens we all know and love, rendered in both oil and acrylic paint. Enjoy the art and then step outside to find the very same chickens hanging out in the neighborhood and Centennial Park across the street. Lynn, an award winning artist, communicates her ‘joie de vie’ attitude through her art. She’s an active member of Ybor Chickens Society, getting up close and personal with Ybor’s chickens when she volunteers to care for the chickens and tidy the park with the Society. A portion of sales will be donated to Ybor Chickens Society, so come support our local street chickens! They add much to the ambience of Historic Ybor City and are enjoyed by so many! THE CHICKEN DANCE - YBOR STYLE exhibit is FREE and open to the public. The show will be exhibited at The Bunker, 1907 N 19th St, Ybor City from Feb. 4 - March 4, 2018. For more information please contact Lynn Rattray at or 813-9571663. All images in this press release can be used for publication of this press release. Appreciation extended for photo references provided by Dylan Breese, Ybor Chickens Society. TAMPA BAY DANCE CLUB Dances Every Friday Night Music To The 50’S, 60’S 7O’s, Latin & Country Western. We Like To Be Referred To As “The Senior America Bandstand” Byob, Snacks & Setups Available At Reasonable Prices. Everyone Is Welcome To Attend, Dress Code Causal. February Schedule: 02/02 Music By Albi & Mario (On Our Own Band) Super Bowl Party – Hot Dog’s $1.00 – Ice Cream Sodas $2.00) 02/09 Live Music By Harold Jones- Special Valentine Celebration With Professional Pictures Taken By Ronney Inc.) 02/16 Music By Dj- Joey Royal (Great Dj With All Our Songs) 02/23 Music By Dj & Singer Mike Lane (In Tune With Our Times) We Are A Byob & Smoke Free Club. Doors Open @ 7Pm Dance Starts @ 7:30 To 10:30 Pm, Admission Is: $10.00 Non-Members / $8.00 Members Location: 5601 Hanley Road, Town N Country (33615) 2 Story Building Behind Family Of Christ West Church, For More Information Call Roger @ 813-390-7160

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCES AT TOWN APARTMENTS Every Friday from 7 to 9:20 PM. Come Join us for dances at Town Apartments, N 1900-62Ave N Dance to live music on our padded wooden floor. 50-50 drawing, refreshments, coffee, ice and cups are provided free . Couples and singles are welcome. Directions from US 19, go East on 62Ave N, turn right at third traffic light onto 62nd St, Left at StopSign. For more information, Call Jean 708-912-1434 or Will 574-276-3802 Last dance for the year is March 23,2018. JUST FOR LAUGHS DINNER THEATRE Largo Barb and Toby are at it again at Just For Laughs Dinner Theater in Largo. This time around it’s the tripple hilarious Michael and Susan Parker Farce “Sex Please We’re Sixty”. This is a must see very true to life look at The Change. You don’t want to miss Bud The Stud and Charmaine Beuregard on stage until March 18th. The 21 item buffet is catered by Havana Harry’s and is awesome. Located at 1999 Starkey Road in Largo. Call 727 466 6546 for reservations. See you there and bring your funnybone. FLORIDA-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING™ WORKSHOP Tuesday, March 20, from 12:45 – 4 p.m. • Seffner Registration open for regional Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Workshop. UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County is partnering with extension offices from Hillsborough and Pasco counties to educate residents looking to create Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) in their communities. The workshop titled “FloridaFriendly Landscaping™ Legally Speaking: FFL in the Planned Community” is intended to help homeowners work with Homeowner Association (HOA) boards about implementing FloridaFriendly Landscaping™. Topics for discussion will include current legal issues and HOA disputes, and a review of strategies that homeowners can use when working with HOA board members to install a Florida-Friendly landscape. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 20, from 12:45 – 4 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County Office in Seffner (5339 County Road 579). Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. By implementing a Florida-Friendly landscape, planned communities can lower maintenance and irrigation costs and create better-looking and healthier landscapes. Extension agents from Pinellas County will be on hand, along with Hillsborough and Pasco extension agents, experts from the University of Florida and private industry representatives. To register, visit or contact Tickets are $10. Each county has a Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program. To find out more about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in Pinellas County, contact FFL Extension Agent Brian Niemann at (727) 453-6524 or FFL Community Outreach Coordinator Doris Heitzman at (727) 582-2422. JANE SEYMOUR EXHIBITION

An impressive new collection of original artwork by EMMY AND GOLDEN GLOBE award-winning actress, Jane Seymour, will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at Chasen Galleries in Sarasota Florida. Meet Ms. Seymour in person during two artist appearances; Friday, March 9 from 6-8 pm and Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1-3 pm. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Jane Seymour and experience her extraordinary art. In addition, works from the extraordinary collection of Fine Art Photography by Sean M. Flynn will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a “Mother & Son” dual exhibition. Exhibit previews begin March 3, 2018. RSVP’S requested at 941-260-5787 and elTHE SOUTH PASADENA COMMUNITY BAND The South Pasadena Community Band is an all-volunteer band Visit based in beautiful South Pasadena, Florida. We provide commu- for more information. nity concerts by local area musicians. Since we enjoy nearly yearORANGE BLOSSOM GARDEN CLUB OF LUTZ MEETING NOTICE round beautiful central Gulf Coast weather, the band can take advantage of both indoor and outdoor concert venues during our The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will hold their monthly September through May music season. If you love band music and meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Meetings miss playing, the band would like to welcome you to drop in on a are held at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 1st Ave NW, in Lutz across

from the library. Gil Sanchez ( a member of the Tampa Rose Club) will provide a presentation on “Antique Roses.” Members are asked to bring a small rooted cutting to trade (please label your plant) and a canned good for the food bank. Please bring your friends and let’s have a great turnout. Check us out on Facebook at Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida SENIOR SOLOS GATHERING Senior Solos, a social group of senior folks 55+, will gather for food and fellowship at the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St N, Pinellas Park, at 1:00 pm Feb 12th. The group is open to all seniors. There is a pot luck lunch at these meetings. Cost is $2 plus a food dish for the 1:30 pot luck. Or $5 without a dish. Entertainment for this meeting will be by ONE-DAN-BAND . Bring your friends. Our restaurant outing in Feb will be Feb 7th 1:00 pm at Spring Garden Family Restaurant on 1018 62nd Ave, St Pete. For information call Wally 727-544-7183. POPULAR TOURING SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT This popular touring Smithsonian exhibit is entering its final year and is a must for Star Wars fans. In fact, the creative process that went into designing the iconic costumes is just as complex as the universe that George Lucas created. Lucasfilm consulted on the exhibit, where more than 60 costumes are on display, along with detailed sketches and backstories. Catch it at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fla. through April 1, 2018. HAZARDS & HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON HURRICANE READINESS Vendors are invited to register for the 2018 Hazards & Healthcare Conference, which will be held on Wednesday, March 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. This is an opportunity for businesses and services to network with healthcare industry representatives who attend the conference each year to plan and prepare for all hazards. Following the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season during which Hurricane Irma pounded the state, the Tampa Bay area learned many lessons about preparedness. Even though the region was spared the worst of Irma’s wrath, the impacts on the healthcare industry were significant. With Hurricane Irma’s lessons fresh on the minds of healthcare professionals, this year’s Hazards & Healthcare Conference is designed to help organize and implement facilities’ own plans. Through a table top exercise and educational modules, it will teach participants how to design their own facility exercise. The conference is the result of a partnership that includes Pinellas County Emergency Management, other regional County Emergency Management Offices, and the Tampa Bay Health and Medical Preparedness Coalition. For more than 36 years the event has helped healthcare facility personnel in the Tampa Bay region plan and evaluate their level of preparedness for disaster or hurricane response. Approximately 250 health care professionals are expected to attend the event. For more informatiuon call (727) 464-5311 or register online at https:// YOGA Thursdays at 10 am, Sundays 1 pm, $7.50 per class or $52 per month. First class FREE! Increase your strength and flexibility using yoga postures for all levels. Ages 18 and up. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. 727-893-7326 RAPTOR FEST Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, FREE ADMISSION! Live raptors and free flight demonstrations! Music, food, exhibits, crafts, presentations, and much more! Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. 727-893-7326 GARDENING WITH FLORIDA'S NATIVE PLANTS: TREES Sunday, February 25, 2 - 3:30 pm, $5. Tired of buying plants only to see them wilt, dry up and die in your yard? Each month, a selection of native plants will be featured and available for sale at a discounted rate. Ages 18 and up. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. 727-893-7326 PINELLAS: ECO FUN FESTIVAL Sunday • Feb. 25 • 11am-4pm Pinellas County Solid Waste’s Eco Fun Festival is returning this year with equal parts of fun and learning about sustainable and environmentallyfriendly living. The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Bridgeway Acres Commons on the grounds of the solid waste facility in Clearwater. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking and shuttles to the event will be available at 11418 34th St. N. The Pinellas: Eco Fun Festival offers good, green fun for thr entire family. Event to model low waste generation techniques and sustainable living techniques along with fun activities. Features: tours of solid waste facility, Touch-a-Truck and environmental exhibits. Visitors encouraged to bring reusable water bottles and questions for exhibitors. Visit For more information about Pinellas County Solid Waste, visit




SENIOR HAPPENINGS EDGE DISTRICT SIP AND STROLL February 11 from 12 - 4 p.m. The EDGE District Sip & Stroll is a quarterly event celebrating the historic EDGE District and its eclectic and unique businesses. This quarter’s Stroll is on Sunday, February 11th from 12-4 pm and features a Valentine's theme, including “Cupid’s Quest” – an app-based treasure hunt for all those participating in the Stroll. All proceeds from this event support the awardingwinning 501(c)(3) EDGE Main Street and its district improvement projects. For only $15, guests will get an official Sip & Stroll cup and map so that they can enjoy complimentary beverages (along with some food samples) at dozens of stops. These stops feature favorite eateries, pubs, retail shops and other very cool businesses in the EDGE. Guests can enjoy their drinks while exploring these businesses and seeing why they make St. Pete and the EDGE District so special. Event cups with alcohol may also be carried on the sidewalks and right of ways during this event, within the event boundaries. For those who want to play, the Stroll features an app-based treasure hunt – CUPID’S QUEST. Players download the free EDGE app, get the first clue when picking up their Stroll cup, then follow more clues at the Stroll stops to ultimately find their ultimate treasure, a Golden Beacon. The finder of the beacon receives a special EDGE District prize. TAMPA BAY BRIDAL SHOW Sunday, February 11 • 12 noon to 4 pm The Coliseum Meet top bridal experts. Exhibits, prizes, and giveaways. Admission: $5. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL, bridal-show/ 2ND ANNUAL ST. PETE FRENCH FRY FESTIVAL - FOOD TRUCK RALLY Friday, February 16 • 6:00 pm 2nd Annual St. Pete French Fry Festival - Food Truck Rally Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore De. SE,

CLEARWATER BIKE FEST Sat, Feb 17 at 5:00 PM REH On The Road Cruisin' Weekend Feb 17 & 18 featuring 1st Annual Bike Fest & 5th Annual Cruisin' at the Cap Car Show Cruisin’ at the Capitol weekend kicks off with the 1st Annual Clearwater Bike Fest sponsored by Culver's, Saturday February 17 from 5 - 9pm. Located on the 400-500 blocks of Cleveland Street, this FREE motorcycle event features live music by Robby Steinhardt & The Music of Kansas with Stormbringer, food & beer vendors, 50/50 raffle, giveaways & more! Register your bike before the party to be eligible for prizes given out throughout the night. (Must be present to win) Register your Motorcycle for Feb, 17. Motorcycle Registration *Bike parking on Cleveland Street within the event space will be first come, first serve* 5TH ANNUAL FINE ARTS FESTIVAL Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25 • 10am-5pm South Straub Park • St. Petersburg Join us as the 5th Annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival returns February 24-25, 2018 to its new location in South Straub Park, across from the Museum of Fine Arts. The event is a ‘boutique’ fine art festival of approximately 120 of Florida’s and America’s top fine artisans. The event is cosponsored by the City of St. Petersburg and coordinated with the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. The art festival transforms the grounds of South Straub Park into an outdoor gallery showcasing extraordinary original and handmade artwork. These artisans and their works weave a tapestry of art from creations in painting, glass, mixed-media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metalwork, digital art, fiber art, woodworking – and more. Admission is free. South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Dr. NE. , St. Petersburg. South Straub Park

VISIONS OF NATURE/VOICES OF NATURE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Friday, February 16 • 7:00 pm Miller Auditorium.• St. Petersburg For 20 years, the Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in a lively dialogue about the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. All films are free and open to the public. Feb. 16 - The Burden of Flight: Albatross Feb. 17 - Fear of Change: Denial Feb. 18 - Of Mice and Men: Rat Film (2 p.m.) Feb. 19 - Activism and Its Impacts: A River Below Feb. 20 - Living with Nature: The Cloud Forest Feb. 21 - Unintended Consequences: Rodents of Unusual Size Feb. 22 - Fight the Power: Atomic Homefront Feb. 23 - Apocalypse Now: Behemoth Feb. 24 - The Power of Observation: Jane ORCHIDS: GONE TO POT Saturday, February 17 • 10:30-11:30am Sunken Gardens • St. Petersburg Beth Sedacca from the St. Pete Orchid Farm and longtime orchid volunteer at Sunken Gardens takes the mystery out of orchid care. Spring is the time to re-pot orchids, so learn the best transplanting methods to increase orchid blooms. Mounting materials and unusual/rare orchids for sale after the program. Free with Gardens admission or membership. No pre-registration required. www.stpete. org/sunken

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Longevity, Performance, Stature Have We Reached Our Limits? By Dr. Wesley Pool When mass media recently picked up the story that a large French Research Study declared that humans had reached the ceiling of our longevity, I was perplexed. After all, I have done a great deal of research on Human Longevity, and had written a few articles citing our potential longevity of 100 years within the next twenty years, and the potential of reaching 150 years of age within the next fifty years. My articles were based on respectable research, so I immediately tracked down the complete French Research Study that had prompted the news reports, to render my own evaluation. The scientific research project being referenced was primarily completed by Paris Descartes University (a highlyrespected university), along with other researching Universities contributing. The complete Study was then published

in Frontiers in Physiology in October of 2017. The deeper I delved into the heart of the research material, the more respectful I became of the empirical nature of the Study. The following are the fundamentals of the Paris Descartes University Research. • The Study strictly measured three variables In Homo sapiens: 1.) Maximum Limits for Height, 2.) Maximum Limits for Lifespan, and 3.) Maximum Limits for Physical Performance. • The Study covered closely-monitored and carefully-plotted data collected over a period of 120 years. • Due to the length of the Study, nearly all manner of adjustments had to have been included. Modifiers such as disease, plague, wars, s t a r v a t i o n , climatic changes, geographical adjustments, genocide, cataclysmic events, medical technological development, pharmacological discoveries (including performance-enhancing drugs),

lifestyle improvements, physical disabilities, good nutrition and conversely poor nutrition, and much more would have been included within the parameters of the Study. • The Study showed that humans did advance in all three areas, height, longevity, and physical performance, throughout the twelve decades studied until around 1980, where they plateaued. So why did Homo sapiens progress along a steady incline in height, lifespan, and physical performance for 83 years, and then stall-out over the past 37 years? It is unknown as to the causative factors behind this plateauing, at least as of today. Researchers with the Paris Descartes University Study carefully plotted five charts which graphically detail progress and plateau over the past three to five generations. These five charts show in detail a steady incline in the areas tested until around 1980, leveling-off from around that year until our present day. I have included one chart as an example, but the other four charts represent a similar timeline. Should you wish to view all five charts and the entire thesis, you may do so at: This Study is historical; that is, it

cannot predict what discoveries may lay just around the corner. However, consider for a moment all the advances made in so many fields over the past thirty-seven years, and yet we are still on a plateau. I believe there to be one technology which is about to change life as we know it for all humankind. It is called “crisper”, from its acronym CRISPR, which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. In brevity, CRISPR is a DNA sequence found in some bacteria. These sequences are short snippets of DNA from bacterium that have withstood and adapted to an attack from viruses. Therefore, these are microscopic snippets of DNA that have been enhanced by the bacterium’s immune system. Geneticists have now learned to edit DNA using the power of CRISPR. I will expound on experimentation throughout all developed countries being conducted with this powerful tool in a future writing, but I can honestly declare that it has the potential to end aging and disease, as it exists today. (Dr. Wesley Pool is an online Health Psychologist, online Performance Consultant, Author, and Scientific Researcher. Learn more at




The Illusion Of Certainty By Donald Ardell Introduction The world would be a better place, I believe, if Christians and others who embrace faith-based myths could be persuaded to read James Houk’s “The Illusion of Certainty.” One reviewer called it “a wicked book, albeit engagingly so.” Biblical literalists and others who embrace scientific improbabilities (e.g., a young earth, a literal take on holy fairy tales, creationism and absurdities of miracles, original sin, eternal torture, transubstantiation, saints, angels and devils) might have second thoughts about their faith, IF a way could be discovered to get “The Illusion” on their reading lists. Shades of the Wizard of Oz In Frank Baum’s classic tale, Dorothy scolded the Wizard of Oz with these words: “You are a very, very bad man.” These words came to mind when I encountered the reviewer’s reference to “The Illusion” as a wicked book. If the Wizard read the book and came upon such a review, I think he would defend it thusly: “No my dear. It’s a very good book. Christian fundamentalism is just a very bad religion.” Structure “The Illusion” is organized in five

parts, divided into 40 short chapters over the course of 381 pages. This enables the reader to progress rapidly, with astonishment and bemused wonder at the gullibility of a large segment of our fellow men and women duped beyond belief by religion. Among my favorite chapters are descriptions of the origins of religions in general and fundamentalist Christianity in particular, creationism, why scriptures are mundane, flawed and un-reliable and a prophesy on the bright side - that “this illusion has no future.” Much as I’d like to believe it, this was the one section of the book I found unconvincing. But, James Houk won’t be the first expert on Christianity to optimistically forecast its doom. Even “the Great Agnostic,” Robert Green Ingersoll, got that wrong. Faith is the heart and soul, the foundation of all religions. It is built on hope alone - it requires and invites no proof, no evidence of any kind, no data, logic or reason. It is immune to objections based upon common sense. The author states that “faith is essentially unabashed optimism in the absence of evidential substantiation.” A Little Perspective There are over 10,500 religions in the world today; probably an equal number of re-ligions have come and gone over the 200,000-year span mod-

ern humans have been on the planet. Nobody has any idea how many religions might have been around for the approximate six million years that our non-modern ancestors moved among the trees and roamed about the plains. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if there had been more than a few ancient religions that made a lot more sense than con-temporary Christianity, as interpreted by the fundamentalists. With so many choices, why do you suppose Americans are overwhelming (80%) Christian? The answer is obvious. People are largely Christian for the same reason 99% of those born in Turkey are Muslims, 81% of those born in Thailand are Buddhists and so on - it’s what Houk calls “the Law of Geography.” It should not surprise anyone. Religion is an educational, cultural virus transmitted daily for nearly two decades. It's a wonderment anyone ever breaks free, and an even greater wonderment that at least 25 percent of adults today are free of religion, or "nones."

Summary Faith is a mental toxin that cripples logic, reason, science, data and common sense. And, it is the heart and “soul” (whatever that is), the foundation and the bas-tille that enables religion. If you plan to get yourself born again, show up in Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, the Czech Republic, France, Australia or Iceland - among the least religious coun-tries in the world - and all doing relatively well in terms of democratic governments and high quality of life. Or, stay with the

U.S., if that’s what you want to repeat. Just choose wisely - find parents supportive of reason, science, evi-dence, freethought and, for extra protection, are members of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and/or the American Humanist Association. The chances you'll be subjected to indoctrination in Christian or other forms of religious fundamentalist if you do that are as close to nil as you can get. Five stars for “The Illusion of Certainty” by Frank Houk. Donald B. Ardell, Ph.D., publishes the ARDELL WELLNESS REPORT, lectures widely and writes books on reason, exuberance, athleticism and liberty.


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Love does endure. It stands strong. Waits when things take too long, Shares the joys, Knows the fears, Smiles in the laughter, Caresses the tears, Quiet too. When words of the heart, Is all need be spoken Between two.

This is a poem I wrote to a couple of friends of mine married many years. Gregg is part of the Poet Live! group that meets at the Largo Library on the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.




ENTERTAINMENT THE TENORS Tue, Feb 6 at 7:30 PM Capitol Theatre Multi-platinum, JUNO Award-winning vocal supergroup, The Tenors return to Clearwater for their Capitol Theatre debut! Comprised of Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters and Victor Micallef, they blend classical music and contemporary pop to deliver powerful performances and outstanding harmonies for audiences around the world. A few of their featured songs include Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, The Prayer, and Panis Angelicus. Since 2008, The Tenors have sold over 1 million albums worldwide, performed nearly 1,000 shows on five continents and made over 150 television appearances. Their four studio albums have achieved multi-platinum certification, and their first Christmas album The Perfect Gift has been certified triple-platinum. This will surley be a beautiful night filled with a wide variety of songs and beautiful harmonies only at the Capitol Theatre! Tickets are $75, $45, & $35. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. New this season! The Capitol Theatre has joined with the renowned Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $135 (Menu A) or $125. BELA FLECK & FLECKTONES TRIO Wed, Feb 7 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre Contemporary progressive banjo pioneer, Bela Fleck returns to the Capitol Theatre for the first time since 2015 as The Flecktones Trio with Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten & Roy "Futureman" Wooten! In case you aren’t familiar with Fleck, there are some who say he’s the world’s premier banjo player. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings. He's the recipient of multiple GRAMMY® Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks’ total GRAMMY® count is 16 GRAMMY®s won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in GRAMMY® history. Tickets are $69.50, $54.50, & $39.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. New this season! The Capitol Theatre has joined with the renowned Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience.View Package Options Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $135 Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $125 JAKE SHIMABUKURO Thu, Feb 8 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro returns to the Capitol Theatre! Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements

to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah. He is truly a musical genius and arguably the best contemporary ukulele player in the world. Don't miss his return to the historic, Capitol Theatre! Special guests Nolan Verner and Dave Preston. Tickets are $48 & $38. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $125. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $115 LITTLE RIVER BAND & PABLO CRUISE Fri, Feb 9 at 7:30 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Little River Band returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall with the Florida Rock Symphony bringing their vocal and musical energy along with special arrangements of their timeless classic hits! Joining them is special guest, Pablo Cruise! Little River Band has claimed their place as one of the great vocal bands of the 70s and 80s with chart-topping hits including Reminiscing, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, Help Is on Its Way, Happy Anniversary and many more! Special Guest Pablo Cruise is known for such hits as Whatcha Gonna Do?, Love Will Find a Way, A Place In The Sun, Cool Love, I Want You Tonight and I Go To Rio. Tickets are *$125, $70, $55, $45, and $35. *$125 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner. RAIN - TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES Sat, Feb 10 - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Purchase a Broadway Package, Pick 5 Shows and Save! RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular in addition to all your early favorites! This mind blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles. Single tickets are priced at *$150, $100, $75, $50 and $35. *$150 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner. UNDER THE STREETLAMP Sat, Feb 10 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre Let tight harmonies and slick dance moves take you back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars, and martini shakers as Under The Streetlamp returns to the historic, Capitol Theatre! With the a mantra like, “Retro never sounded so now!”, it's no wonder the dreamy voices of they have been able to successfully reconnect Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll hits from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons, with generations new and old. Under The Streetlamp breathes fresh new life into the music, reminding the fans why they fell in love with it in the first place. The quartet is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys: Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones, Shonn Wiley, and newcomer Brandon Wardell. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, Under the Streetlamp proves why retro never sounded so now. Tickets are $75 (includes a meet & greet), $59.50, & $49.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. MARILYN & DEAN Sun, Feb 11 at 1:00 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall A glamorous taste of old Hollywood, Marilyn & Dean: A Toast to Marilyn Monroe & Dean Martin debuts at Ruth Eckerd Hall! From such well known songs as That’s Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime, I Wanna Be Loved By You, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, and a charming rendition of Baby It’s Cold Outside, backed by a 10-piece orchestra this pair will take you back to the days of Vegas & Hollywood in the 1950’s. Single tickets are priced at $35, $25 and $18. Groups of 15 or more can purchase $18 tickets for $15 or $25 tickets for $20. For Group Sales, patrons are encouraged to contact the Group Sales Office at 727.712.2717. ROMANTIC GALA Sun, Feb 11 at 7:00 PM Capitol Theatre An Evening At The Ballet! Join Tampa Ballet Theatre as they celebrate Valentines Day with their annual Romantic Gala on February 11th at 7pm. Featuring excerpts from some of the most romantic ballets in history along side original choreography from Artistic Director Lindsay Hensley Clark. Don't miss the opportunity to see works from Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and The Beast in one evening! Tickets are $26 & $21. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater.

TFO: STAR TREK & STAR WARS Sun, Feb 11 at 7:30 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall The Florida Orchestra: The Music of Star Trek & Star Wars BEACH BOYS Tue, Feb 13 at 7:30 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall The unforgettable harmonies and classic sound of The Beach Boys will bring Good Vibrations back to Ruth Eckerd Hall after their sold-out performances in 2015 and 2016! Performing a career spanning range of material from their early surf rock classics to masterpieces like Wouldn’t It Be Nice and God Only Knows, to later hits including Kokomo. The Beach Boys remain legendary to their millions of fans spanning multiple generations, playing and singing with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut 50 years ago! Original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston bring the hits in this epic one-night-only performance. Tickets are *$150, $75, $55, and $45. *$150 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner. GORDON LIGHTFOOT Tue, Feb 13 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot returns to the Capitol Theatre after his sold-out performance in 2015 and 2017! He has achieved international success in folk, folk-rock and country music and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. Lightfoot is best known for songs such as If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown and of course The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald as well as the iconic Canadian Railway Trilogy. His songs have been recorded by some of the world's most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Neil Young and Bob Dylan. In June of 2012, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Tickets are $70, $59, & $49. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky on Cleveland will offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $140 (Menu A) or $130 (Menu B). View Package Options DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! Wed, Feb 14 at 8:00 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall, the dazzling Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up The Night takes the costumes, pageantry and competitive fire of the hit ABC show on the road and features some of the program’s most popular participants. More than 200 celebrities have been paired with professional ballroom dance instructors on the smash series, and now the nationwide tour – glittering disco ball included – delivers not just spectacular dancing but also amusing backstage tales, re-creations of some of the show’s most memorable moments and never-before-seen numbers. Line-Up: TBD Tickets are *$140, $78.75, $58.75, and $38.75. *$140 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner. VIP Packages will be available through VIP Nation. For more information, visit RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Wed, Feb 14 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre Celebrate a night of romance with GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright at his Capitol Theatre debut for a sparkling performance! Praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his time. Wainwright has been featured on movie soundtracks including Shrek, Moulin Rouge and Brokeback Mountain including his acclaimed rendition of Hallelujah. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson and Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. His album Rufus does Judy recorded at Carnegie Hall was nominated for a Grammy. Following the success of his first opera Prima Donna, Wainwright is currently working on his second opera, Hadrian. Tickets are $59, $49, & $35. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $145 Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $135 JUDY COLLINS Thu, Feb 15 at 7:30 PM Capitol Theatre GRAMMY® award winner, Judy Collins returns to the Capitol Theatre after her most recent sold-out show in 2016 for another spell-binding performance! Inspiring audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, and a firm commitment to social activism, she will entertain you with her hits like Both Sides Now, Amazing Grace and Send In The Clowns. She is a modern day Renaissance woman, an accomplished filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart. Tickets are $46.50 & $33.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $130 Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $120




ENTERTAINMENT WILLIE NELSON Thu, Feb 15 at 8:00 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Country Music Icon, Willie Nelson returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall after his sold-out performances in 2014 & 2016 joined by special guest GRAMMY® Award-winning, American Chicano rock power trio, Los Lonely Boys! Nelson rose to prominence at the end of the 1960s and contributed to the "outlaw country" subgenre, which challenged the conservatism of Nashville. Nelson has written some of the most popular country songs of all time, including the hit song Crazy. Since then, he has won multiple awards, including countless GRAMMY®s, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards. He is also well-known for his activism. Tickets are *$150, $128.75, $78.75, and $68.75. *$150 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner. KELSEA BALLERINI Fri, Feb 16 at 7:30 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall She’s been called “Country’s Next Queen,” written some of today’s biggest hits, and made Country Music history as the First Female Artist to go No.1 with her first 3 consecutive singles from a debut album. Kelsea Ballerini makes her Clearwater debut at Ruth Eckerd Hall! Special guests Walker Hayes will open the show! Premium Seating provides fans with direct access to securing some of the best seats in the venue at market value. The market value for Premium Seating is subject to change based on the overall demand and popularity for the event. Premium Seating allows fans to purchase tickets in a safe and secure environment without running the risk of purchasing tickets that may be considered lost, stolen or counterfeit. Ticket prices range from $112 to $181. Tickets are *$125, **$53.25, $48.25, and $38.25. *$125 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner. **$53.25 General Admission ticket is in the Dance Pit. MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH & I’M IN THERAPY Fri, Feb 16 - Sat, Feb 17 Murray Theatre Steve Solomon returns to the Murray Theatre for three performances of the award-winning My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy updated & funnier than ever! Steve Solomon’s smash hit comedy inspired by his hilarious family and all the people in his life whose sole purpose is to drive him into therapy…and they succeeded. This is a “don’t miss” evening of hilarious comedy at its very best with one of the longest running one-man shows in Broadway history! General admission floor seats are $45 and general admission bleacher seats are $35. SIERRA HULL Fri, Feb 16 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre GRAMMY® nominated bluegrass musician and mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull strums her way to her Capitol Theatre debut after a sold-out Murray Theatre performance in 2017! With her popularity growing rapidly over the past few years, Hull has redefined the genre of bluegrass with her latest album A Weighted Mind, released in January 2016. The album has been celebrated as an innovative and genre-bending album, and represents a new stage in Hull's career. Featuring Allison Krauss on vocals, Ethan Jodziewicz on bass, and Bela Fleck on banjo, With special guests Phoebe Hunt and Eddie Barbash. Tickets are $38 and $18. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $110 Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $100 SANDY HACKETT'S RAT PACK SHOW Sun, Feb 18 at 1:00 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Only Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show can bring to life that magical moment in time that everyone remembers. Producers Sandy Hackett and Lisa Dawn Miller have created a truly authentic theatrical production, based on the musical and comedic legacy of the Rat Pack. The show includes exciting new arrangements of classic songs and never-before-heard songs written by the late, multi-platinum award winning songwriter, Ron Miller (For Once In My Life and many other

huge hits) along with recorded voiceovers made exclusively for this show by the late, comedic genius, Buddy Hackett. This show captures the relationship, respect, love and timeless laughter of that once-in-a-lifetime-moment in history and will make you laugh, cry and leave you wanting for more! Single tickets are priced at $35, $25 and $18. Groups of 15 or more can purchase $18 tickets for $15 or $25 tickets for $20. For Group Sales, patrons are encouraged to contact the Group Sales Office at 727.712.2717. TFO: ROMEO AND JULIET Sun, Feb 18 at 7:30 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall The Florida Orchestra: Romeo and Juliet & West Side Story JEANNE ROBERTSON Sun, Feb 18 at 5:00 PM REH On The Road Turning 75 years young and making her Palladium Theatre debut, Award Winning Humorist Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has an infectious personality, heart and sense of humor. With seven nationally released DVDs, three books, hundreds of hours on SiriusXM satellite radio and over 18 million YouTube hits, the demand for Robertson's family-friendly and engaging brand of comedy has grown exponentially. Some of her most popular anecdotes include "Don't Go to Vegas Without A Baptist," "Don't Bungee Jump Naked", and "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store." Robertson's witty depiction of everyday situations never fails to have audiences of all ages rolling with laughter. Don't miss this performance by a truly funny lady! Tickets are $49.25 and $36.25. Performance is at the Palladium Theatre, 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg. TFO MASTERWORKS: ROMEO AND JULIET & WEST SIDE STORY Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater Dances from West Side Story An evening of killer love stories, with Tchaikovsky’s lovely Romeo and Juliet paired with Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances. It also celebrates a century of Bernstein with his jazzy Prelude, Fugues and Riffs. Charismatic trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger makes his Florida Orchestra debut with Aerial, a trumpet concerto written for him by HK Gruber. Michael Francis conducts. Tickets: $15 - $45 TFO MASTERWORKS: DVORAK'S THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY Friday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater The world premiere of a special Florida Orchestra commission. Rising star composer and Tampa native Michael Ippolito writes a work inspired by Florida especially to honor the 50th anniversary of the orchestra. The other works on the program are old favorites: Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 and Rachmaninoff ’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with The Florida Orchestra debut of Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán. Michael Francis conducts. Tickets: $15 - $45 THE LEGENDARY LADIES OF MOTOWN Sunday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater From “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Where Did Out Love Go” to “Heat Wave” and “Dancing in the Street,” Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Martha Reeves of the Vandellas reign today as two of Motown's most beloved singers. Together, Wilson and Reeves bring an entire kaleidoscope of Motown music memories in one rich evening of performance. Tickets start at $39.50. Enhance your Mahaffey Theater evening with a delicious dinner buffet our own BAYSIDE BISTRO Cost is $35.95, plus tax. Diners MUST also have a ticket to the performance. Entertainers do not attend the dinner.! Dinner is at 5:30p.m. FOREVER PLAID Thru March 11 The Straz Center When four young singers are killed in a car crash, they posthumously take the stage for one final gig in this goofy, 1950’s nostalgia trip.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Feb 14, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018 Carol Morsani Hall Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes its triumphant return to Tampa as part of its North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You” and “Masquerade” - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour. Tickets start at $40.00 COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET FROM BACH TO BOWIE Feb 15 • 8:00 pm The Straz Center From sold-out performances that garnered gushing reviews, Complexions Contemporary Ballet brings its latest jaw-dropping program including Star Dust, the glam, “utterly transfixing” tribute to David Bowie (Billboard). Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions transcends tradition in a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop. Founded by former members of Alvin Ailey, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, the company has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance, and their live performance caused Dance Magazine to declare “we live in the age of the super-dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined.” Dance critic Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post hails Star Dust as “simply one of the most exciting performances I’ve seen.” DANIEL O'DONNELL: BACK HOME AGAIN TOUR Wednesday, February 14 RP Funding Center From Irish songs, to inspirational, to pop, Irish singer DANIEL O'DONNELL made record breaking chart history earlier this year by becoming the first recording artist in the history of the UK Artist Album Chart to have charted at least one new album every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 29-year span, surpassing everyone from Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Irish stronghold U2. Along with this, Daniel makes regular appearances on Billboard World Music Chart. Daniel burst into superstardom in the USA back in 2002 with his first ever PBS special The DANIEL O'DONNELL Show. $17.95 per person plus tax CELTIC WOMAN Thursday, 3/1/18 • 7:30PM EST Youkey Theatre • Lakeland The phenomenal CELTIC WOMAN, about to embark on yet another world tour, is this year celebrating 13 years of success, with over 10 million albums and 3 million tickets sold worldwide. One winter's night in Dublin, Ireland in 2004, an idea as conceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. And so CELTIC WOMAN was born. Enhance your theater experience with the purchase of our Center Stage Pre-Show Dinner Buffet. Enjoy our delicious buffet featuring fresh salads, chef-inspired entrees and an elaborate dessert display, beverages, iced tea, water and coffee. AIR SUPPLY Thu, Feb 22 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre Back by popular demand! The Australian-bred

soft rock balladeers, Air Supply return to the Capitol Theatre for their fifth appearance after consecutive sold-out concerts in 2014! Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock celebrate 40 years of hitmaking as Air Supply! a true musical phenomenon. Tickets are *$159, $89, $75, & $65. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $160, Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $150


About Town

By June Hurley Young

Living on a limited income is a challenge for most retirees. With an ounce of ingenuity, it's possible. Here are some helpful suggestions. While many restaurants have an economical earlybird menu, there are more savings at 3 p.m. Paired with a hearty breakfast, this can become a healthy lifestyle. The fast-food restaurants have saving incentives. Wendy's has a value menu and free senior drinks. A dollar donation buys a Frosty charm that gives you a mini Frosty for the year. Visit Arby's weekdays 2-5 p.m., and you can buy sliders, French fries, shakes, and cookies for $1. Senior drinks are $0.50. At Olive Garden, you can eat your fill of soup, salad, breadsticks, and a mint for dessert, all for a low price. Have a soup-a-thon, and sample all their varieties in one visit. It is hard to beat Pasta Fasuli. Cheddar's on Park St. in Pinellas Park has many entrees ranging in price from $7.95 to $14.95. and the portions are large enough for sharing. There's a gourmet dinner every Tuesday for $14.95, and many appetizers are ample enough to be a meal on their own. Last, remember to shop Beall's on Tuesdays for the 15 percent senior discount!


Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota FL (941) 328-1300 The Historic Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street Clearwater, FL 33755 Telephone: (727) 791-7400.

RP Funding Center (The Lakeland Center) 701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815. Telephone: (863) 834-8100 The Mahaffey Theater 400 1st. St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 892-5798. Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759. Telephone: (727) 791-7400. The Straz Center — 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 229-7827.




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"Living Together After Retirement: OR, There’s a Spouse in the House" by Graham Harrop (Author) A lighter look at life after retirement: more together-time than you ever dreamt of! Join “Ten Cats” cartoonist Graham Harrop in a behindthe-scenes peek at the trials and tribulations of the newly retired. For more information on this book, go to: dp/1535151455 You can also find cards and gifts based on the popular book at https:// About the Author: Graham Harrop is the creator of the TEN CATS comic strip and is an editorial cartoonist. For more than 2 decades he drew the BackBench cartoon for The Globe and Mail news paper.


"Last Man Out"

Local Physician Examines Intrigue in Tarpon Springs. Murder Mystery Brings Book Lovers and Notable Characters Together

by Isabella Adams (Author) TARPON SPRINGS, FL, January 10, 2018—A SCUBA diver found dead in Tarpon Springs, Florida, thrusts Dr. Andromeda Markos into an unknown world in her own home town. The fictional adventure began when real local physician Margaret Amanti wrote down a dream she’d had and transformed it into a recently released debut novel entitled Last Man Out under pen name Isabella Adams. A launch party for the book will take place on January 20, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Historic Train Depot to celebrate both the fictional doc and the real physician who created her. The guest list includes Mayor Chris Alahouzos, who will join other guests to sample desserts from Hellas Bakery and Restaurant, enjoy live music from local musicians and have a copy of the book signed by author Isabella Adams, known to local residents as Dr. Maggie Amanti. Amanti explains how her dream became a book. “I woke up one morning with a vivid memory of this dream I’d had about a diver floating dead in an underwater cave. I’m a certified diver and it set off all these images and possible backstories competing for space in my head. I had to get them out and write them down. Once I started writing, the characters took over and told the story.” Last Man Out is the first book in a Markos Mystery series published by Solstice Publishing. The murder mystery based in Tarpon Springs introduces Dr. Andi Markos and a cast of intriguing characters that include her best friend and county medical examiner Stacy Antoniadis, Andi’s Greek orthodox mother Sophie and an ever-

devoted ex-husband Pete. A long lost love adds a bit of romance. The second book in the Markos series, Dancing for a Stranger, is due out this spring. Interested readers can follow Isabella Adams on Facebook and Twitter, where she shares insights about cave diving, Florida history and culture and other topics of interest. Celebrate Tarpon Springs culture. The event is free and open the general public. About the Author: Isabella Adams is a pen name for Dr. Margaret Amanti, a local primary care physician based in Palm Harbor, Florida. The author is the wife of fellow author Francisco Amanti and mother to three daughters. For more information: Missy Kavanaugh-Carryer (727) 612-5557

Basic Steps to Help Prevent Getting the Flu this Season Tampa has been heavily impacted by the flu this year. In fact, Florida Hospital Centra Care has already treated a record breaking number of influenza patients across all its locations. And according to the CDC, this year’s flu season could extend well into April. With the flu virus still making its rounds, chances are someone in your family may also become your flu patient. While it may seem inevitable to catch, there are indeed some simple steps other members of the household can take to avoid getting sick. 1. It starts with the basics. Remind everyone in the family to wash their hands properly and often. 2. Even though the average person touches their face 2 to 3 times a minute – hand to face contact should be avoided. 3. The flu virus can spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. So keep your flu patient away from others as much as possible. 4. Disinfect often. The flu virus can survive on surfaces between 2 to 8 hours. 5. If you or your loved one is prescribed medication for the flu, it’s important to finish the prescription, even if you’re feeling ‘better’. As we enter into peak flu season, it’s important to be aware of common flu symptoms. If you experience chills, fever, and body aches, a medical provider at Centra Care can provide a rapid flu test which allows providers to diagnose and prescribe anti-viral medication that can help drastically reduce the duration and severity of the flu.




Lose Your Glasses On Purpose

  Take a second and count how many pairs of glasses you own. Maybe it’s only one pair, and you wear them for distance. Maybe you have prescription Dr. Robert Weinstock, MD eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses, since the latter is necessary living in Florida. You might be one of the lucky few who can see close-up without needing reading glasses. Or, more likely, one of the many with a pair of reading glasses in every room, your car, at work and in your purse, just in case. However many pairs and types of glasses you have, The Eye Institute of West Florida has a solution to eliminate the hassle of relying on them to see well. For those Relying on Readers Blurry vision is nothing new. People have suffered from blurry vision since the beginning of time; however, today we have skilled surgeons and technoloogy to correct blurry vision at any age. Twenty years ago, the only procedure available until you developed cataracts was LASIK. Thanks to advancements within ophthalmology, that is no longer the case. LASIK is still a viable option for patients between the ages of 18-40, but once you hit 40 your eye begins to change. One of the most common reasons for blurry vision is presbyopia, which is when the eye’s natural lens begins to harden and occurs beginning around age 40. It’s part of the aging process and the first signs are typically eyestrain, difficulties seeing well in dim light and

trouble focusing on small objects or fine print. Eventually, the only option is succumbing to reading glasses, and with that ensues new frustrations: never being able to find your readers, constantly fighting the “on, off, on, off ” battle and maybe even wearing glasses when you’ve never needed them before. Until recently, patients typically waited until they were ready for cataract surgery to correct their presbyopia. Often times, patients weren’t ready for cataract surgery until their late 60s or 70s, meaning they had 20 plus years of reading glasses ahead of them. Even worse, without the advanced technology available today, patients often still relied on reading glasses to see close up after cataract surgery. Thanks to Revision Optics Raindrop Near Vision Inlay®, this is changing. Raindrop is a first-of-its-kind, FDA approved procedure that corrects near vision, reducing or eliminating your need for reading glasses. Robert Weinstock, MD, Director of Cataract and Refractive Surgery at The Eye Institute of West Florida, announced that this revolutionary new procedure is now available at The Eye Institute of West Florida. The implantable device reshapes the cornea and is designed to restore the natural range of near vision without compromising distance vision. “Raindrop is the best option available for people over the age of 40 who find themselves frustrated with the constant battle of ‘on, off, on, off,’” Dr. Weinstock explains. “This procedure is really the first of its kind. Until Raindrop was approved, there wasn’t a great way to correct near vision without affecting distance vision. It’s a major advancement within ophthalmology, and I’m excited to continue seeing amazing results with my patients.”

The Raindrop is a hydrogel device, comprised of 80% water and at only two millimeters in diameter, it is smaller than a needle head and half the thickness of a human hair. The material resembles a contact lens and lays in the cornea, focusing light as it comes into your eye. “The Raindrop is specifically designed not to wear off over time. Even if a patient’s near vision continues decreasing, the Raindrop will not lose its strength,” Dr. Weinstock adds. The Eye Institute offers complimentary Raindrop evaluations at each of their locations throughout Tampa Bay. For those with Blurry Vision There are a variety of reasons why we need glasses or contacts to see well. As we age, we begin to develop cataracts. Cataracts occur when the eye’s crystalline lens begins to cloud as part of the natural aging process. Symptoms can include difficulty reading, colors appearing less vibrant and difficulty driving at night. With refractive cataract surgery, it is no longer a procedure to simply remove your cataracts and replace them with a standard Intraocular Lens (IOL). “There are many people who were born with imperfect vision and require glasses or contact lenses to see. Nowadays, we want those people to know that there are procedures available to correct those issues. At The Eye Institute, we perform laser cataract surgery with refractive lens exchanges. In that procedure, we use a laser to remove the damaged lens and replace it with a new lens to correct the vision and give patients freedom from glasses.” One of the most recently FDA

approved IOLs, Symfony®, improves vision at multiple distances using new technology called extended depth of focus. “This lens is very good in providing distance vision and also provides midrange vision without some of the downfalls we see in multifocal lenses,” explains Dr. Weinstock. He continues, “You can get glare and halos from any implant, but in the FDA study, glare and halos reported from the Symfony lens amounted to only three to four percent of patients, which is the same as for a standard monofocal lens implant.” The Symfony lens is also available in a version that corrects astigmatism, so patients who have high astigmatism now have a way of getting out of glasses. With all the technological advancements available to restore your vision, isn’t it time to lose your glasses on purpose? The Eye Institute of West Florida hosts free educational seminars throughout the year. Call us today to find out more!

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