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Happy Happiness Happens Month!

Happy Happiness Happens Month!

Celebrated every August, “Happiness Happens Month” is an entire month dedicated to celebrating ‘happiness’ by encouraging people to reflect on their lives and think about what makes them happy. What makes you happy? If pristine, sugar-white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, art galleries, golf, tennis or breathtaking sunsets …

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7 Reasons to See a Gastroenterologist

7 Reasons to See a Gastroenterologist

1. Colorectal Cancer Screening Over the last few years, we have instituted an aggressive course of colorectal cancer screening for anyone over the age of 50 and for African Americans over the age of 45. This entails a full colonoscopy to look for any abnormal colonic lesions or polyps (growths …

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Myth-Busting Medical Marijuana

Myth-Busting Medical Marijuana

By Robert C. Goethe, MD Several months ago, I was scheduled to do anesthesia for a young man having a spinal cord stimulator placed in his spine. He was around 40 years old. What started his problem was back pain. He had been through chiropractic care, epidural steroid injections and …

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CRANIAL ALIGNMENT: Moving the Skull Bones to Relieve Medical Disorders Like Chronic Pain and Illnesses

CRANIAL ALIGNMENT

Studies are showing the importance of cranial-sacral therapy, and it’s contribution to many overall health benefits.  The bones of the skull are like small plates that are connected through sutures.  These sutures are almost like perforated connections that have slight movement.  Skeptics often taut that these bones do not move at …

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Back to School Home Organization Ideas

Back to School Home Organization Ideas

By Dana Hall McCain If you’ve been through a school year with a house full of kids, you know that organization can be the difference between success and chaos. Whether it’s establishing a great space and routine for homework or study time, keeping smelly sports equipment corralled yet handy, streamlining the …

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Rest IS Best Importance of sleep on health and well-being.

Rest IS Best Importance of sleep on health and well-being.

That sounds good doesn’t it? Let’s all rest more.  I mean, you have always been told that getting enough sleep is important… but why? Getting enough sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life and overall safety. Physical Health: Sleep is necessary to allow your body …

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Nutritious Meals for Busy School Nights

Nutritious Meals for Busy School Nights

When school is back in session, the real test for parents is not in the classroom, but in the kitchen. Between breakfast, lunch and dinner – not to mention snacks – meal planning seems endless and daunting. With convenient options like canned ingredients on-hand, parents can have the makings of a …

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Hydrating Your Soul

Hydrating Your Soul

By Ross Johnson, Lead Pastor, Gathering Pointe Church It was sometime during the summer of 2001. We had just moved our family from LaCrosse, WI where I served as a youth pastor for almost five years to Sellersville, PA to begin my Master of Divinity degree at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. …

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Hydration in the Summer Beat the Florida Heat!

Hydration in the Summer Beat the Florida Heat!

The heat is on. It’s summertime!  It has been extremely hot these past few weeks, but it is time to get outside to run, bike, swim and do anything else outdoors we can imagine. It is even a great time to sit in the sun and watch your favorite sporting …

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Your Top 5 Questions Answered

1.    What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Nearly 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to triple by 2050.  Experts estimate that an Alzheimer’s diagnosis will affect close to 15 million people by mid-century. Forgetfulness, agitation and frustration, social withdraw, and difficulty with daily tasks, are all symptoms …

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Should You Be Concerned About Eye Cancer?

Should You Be Concerned About Eye Cancer?

Most of us know that melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.  The reason we hear so much advice on wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, protective clothing, and avoiding over sun exposure between 10:00 am to 4 pm, is due in large part to the sun’s harmful UV rays when the …

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Ulnar Nerve Damage It’s Not Funny

Ulnar Nerve Damage It’s Not Funny

Christopher Manseau M.D. You often hear people wincing in pain when they hit their “funny bone.”  The funny thing is that the so-called funny bone is neither a bone nor is it funny.  It’s actually the ulnar nerve that sits just behind the elbow and down into the back of the …

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Summertime Fun: Don’t Skip Out On Your Dental Examinations

Summertime Fun: Don't Skip Out On Your Dental Examinations

Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time to schedule your yearly check ups.  You’ll face fewer crowds, easier appointment making, and a relaxed environment.  Even though, summertime means more vacations and weekend getaways, dental decay doesn’t take the time off too. So, what should you do if you’re …

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Nuclear Medicine Enabling Early Discovery & Treatment of Multiple Health Issues

Nuclear Medicine Enabling Early Discovery

Among the many reasons Radiology Associates of Ocala (RAO) has been a name associated with experience and trust throughout Central Florida for 45 years is RAO’s dedication to breakthrough technologies designed to discover disease in its earliest stages. One of the proven tools we use for rapid discovery is known …

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July is UV Safety Awareness Month

July is UV Safety Awareness Month

We all love to take in those warm summer rays, but everyone must remember to protect their skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. The sun emits radiation known as UV-A and UV-B rays. Both types can damage your eyes and skin: • UV-B rays have short wavelengths …

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Cannabis

Alzheimer’s Disease and Cannabis

By Robert C. Goethe, MD Alzheimer’s disease a progressive deterioration of the brain and is one of the most frustrating diseases that medicine deals with. While we know a little bit about it, there is no way to prevent it and no cure has been found.  About one out of 10 …

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