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The story of illicit drug use in America is a devastating tale of lost life, abuse, neglect, emotional and physical damage and lost potential. Since 1996, statistics on the number of current drug users ages 12 and over have risen from an estimated 13,000,000 to 20,400,000. Drug abuse and addiction aggravate every social ill we experience, from child or domestic abuse to crime, medical costs, production and employment problems and social welfare costs. .

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Janet PalmerAs a personal chef, I get asked a lot of questions about many different types of diets.  One of the most important diet considerations to me as a chef is food allergies.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, Oat, Barley and Rye products, which cause allergic reactions in the digestive system.

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Peter Gillham's Nutrition Center in Downtown ClearwaterYour body is continually rebuilding itself, cell by cell, every single day. If it doesn’t get what it needs to build itself, it starts to break down and physical problems develop. So, what are the building blocks of the body and where do you get them from?

These building blocks are called amino acids. Your body makes a lot of them itself—as long as you are eating a good diet—but some of them your body can’t make. These are called essential amino acids and your body gets them from very specific foods. Below is a list of the eight essential amino acids and the foods they come from:

 

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FredAward.jpgClearwater, FL - Fred DeFelice, Florida-based owner of “Natural Water from Air”, was one of the featured vendors at Clearwater’s recent Living Green Expo.  While participating in the event, he ran the contest of guessing how much money was hidden in a helium-filled balloon. Fred had the following words to say when awarding the contest winner:

Monday, 15 June 2009 10:03

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

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GillhamStore.jpgVitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin (meaning it is dissolved in fat) that is produced internally by the body when ultraviolet rays from the sun hit the skin. There are two forms of vitamin D produced by living creatures: D-2 and D-3.  Vitamin D-2 is produced by invertebrates, fungus and plants. Vitamin D-3 is produced by human bodies.  Therefore vitamin D-3 is generally the most commonly recommended since it is the one our bodies produce.

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Instructor Demonstrating Chiropractic TechniqueSt. Petersburg, FL -- Starting in September 2009, St. Petersburg College (SPC) will be partnering with the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) to offer a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine program.

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Peter Gillham's Store, located in downtown ClearwaterClearwater, FL.

Natural health has become a multi-million dollar industry. These days there seems to be a supplement to do everything from helping you lose your belly fat to growing, well, lots of things. And everyone seems to be publishing another book or designing another diet. So where is a consumer to turn? The best place to start is to learn about your body and its needs, and that is where this monthly column comes in.

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The Spa at the Belleview Biltmore

Belleair, FL.

The Clearwater Community Volunteers are hosting their 3rd Annual “Sunday at the Spa”, Sunday, May 24, 10am – 5pm. It is their yearly fundraiser that benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Suncoast Region and Winter Wonderland. The Belleview Biltmore has generously donated their spa facilities located in the grand Hotel located at 25 Belleview Boulevard Clearwater, FL 33756

Services being offered include: microdermabrasion, massages, body fat analysis, manicures, pedicures and more.  In addition to services purchased, attendees will be totally pampered with delicious food, a great atmosphere and an opportunity to have a total day of relaxation.  Free services that are available with any ticket purchase are the sauna, the famous Biltmore’s pool, Pilates, and non-meditational yoga.

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Dr. Dale Cooper
Dr. Dale Cooper
Success with Deep Tissue Laser Chiropractic Care

Clearwater, FL (April 1, 2009) -I wanted to share with everyone a few exciting real life successes from our patients who have used the new DEEP TISSUE LASER. 

These cases are typical everyday.  There is absolutely no reason to go on suffering from unwanted pain and disabilities.  LiteCure is truly remarkable and gets fast results (sometimes less than 5 treatments).  The best part is it’s affordable on any budget at just $50 a treatment.  If you want to know how and if laser can end your pain, call us at (727) 446-1141 and schedule an appointment today.  We are conveniently located in the heart of downtown Clearwater with good parking.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 12:49

Why Do The Best Race Horses Come From Kentucky?

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Desiree Lotz

You wouldn't want to raise race horses in Wisconsin because the soil there is high in calcium, which makes them way too relaxed. Cattle raised in Wisconsin are big, easy-going and relaxed.  In contrast, breeders in Kentucky don't raise contented cattle but race horses - nervous, jumpy, raring-to-go race horses.  That's because the soil is high in phosphorus and low in calcium, which results in wound-up, chomping-at-the-bit, high energy horses. They can't relax and that's what you want in a race horse. 

Thursday, 05 March 2009 20:30

Prescription Drugs in Water

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water-drugs.jpgReducing the Side Effects of Life

Pinellas County (March 2009) - Side effects: it’s a medicated world we live in, and we’ve learned that there are always side effects associated with medications. One of the side effects you can control is the amount that ends up in Florida’s waterways. Pinellas County Utilities reminds citizens that medication, prescription as well as over-the-counter, should never be poured down the drain or flushed in the toilet.

Pinellas County Utilities routinely tests for microbiological and radiological contaminants, inorganic contaminants such as arsenic and other substances in our drinking water, but your help is needed to reduce the level of pharmaceutical waste being introduced into wastewater systems. Wastewater treatment systems, including septic tanks, are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals and research has shown that these substances can harm our aquatic environments. We can reduce that risk by properly disposing of unwanted medications.
 
To dispose of old medicines, follow these safety tips:
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 18:36

Peter Gillham's - Calcium Intake

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Peter Gillham’s Nutrition Center on Cleveland Street Photo by Ian Phoenix
Peter Gillham’s Nutrition Center on Cleveland Street
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Why it’s Important to Balance your Calcium Intake

Clearwater, FL (February 3, 2009) -  Magnesium influences many bodily processes, including digestion, energy production, muscle function, bone formation, creation of new cells, activation of B vitamins and relaxation of muscles, as well as assisting in the functions of the heart, kidneys, adrenals, brain and nervous system. The lack of sufficient available magnesium in the body can interfere with any or all of these processes.

The National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, reports that there is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

A Healthy Magnesium Level

Diets of the industrialized world, with their processed foods and use of refined sugar and flour, are commonly quite low in magnesium. The result? A significant percentage of the population have below healthy magnesium levels, including many who already use magnesium. Why? First, the amount of magnesium required by the body is greater than people think. Second, most magnesium capsules and tablets are not completely absorbed by the body.

Wednesday, 04 February 2009 14:49

Ageless Solutions

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April CookDear Readers,

My name is April Cook and I am a Licensed Medical Esthetician and the Owner of “Ageless Solutions Skin Care” located in Dunedin. Don’t stop reading—I know—just like attorneys and hair dressers, estheticians are a dime a dozen. What sets me apart from all the others is my passion for educating the public that skin care is not only beneficial for their health and well-being, but vital.

I was fortunate to have been raised around a nutritionist all my life, my mother. Living my life as organically as possible and knowing how important internal health is, I naturally saw the need to focus on the largest organ in the body, our skin.

Thursday, 02 April 2009 15:16

It’s Your Body. Understand It!™

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Peter Gillham's Nutrition CenterWhen most people think of hormones they think of the things that drive you crazy in your teens and for many their entire lives. But that’s really giving these guys a bad rap and doesn’t really tell you what they are all about. These little guys are the messengers. Different hormones carry different messages all over the body.

The endocrine system consists of different glands. Glands produce and release things, both inside and outside the body. Each gland in the endocrine system has a different job. The “master” is the pituitary gland.  It is the size of a pea and has several key jobs. It helps to control nervous function, controls the rest of the endocrine system and controls a few things directly having to do with childbirth and milk production. It’s definitely the boss.

Monday, 01 December 2008 23:00

Engle Homes Raises $12,799

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Engle Homes Florida Presents Check To Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation
Engle Homes Raises $12,799 for Moffitt Cancer Center & Breast Cancer Research The effects went far beyond the campaign.


Jacksonville, FL.—On Thursday, November 13th, Rocky Morris, director of marketing for Engle Homes Florida, presented Kathy Werner, director of special events and marketing for Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, a check for $12,799. Why? For 11 days in October, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Engle Homes of Florida promoted "Engle Cares," a charitable campaign that lasted from October 20-31.

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ARE YOUR COSMETICS & PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS SAFE?

Choosing safe products can be a daunting task without the proper knowledge and tools. Many product packages are deceptively designed to make you believe that the product inside the package is herbal, all natural, safe and gentle, when in fact the product contains little or no natural or herbal ingredients, is contaminated with carcinogens and is irritating to the skin. This is the case because of the lack of regulation in the cosmetic and personal care product industry. But armed with a little knowledge and some helpful tools, there is much you can do to protect yourself.

Here are 10 things you can do to make safer and healthier choices when selecting your toiletries. Read the ingredients on the label. The packaging may say such things as natural, herbal or hypoallergenic. This has nothing to do with what’s really in the product or how safe it is. Manufacturers make a lot of claims on the package to “sell” the product. They can do this because some of the terms don’t have official definitions and they can use them however they want. To really fi nd out what’s in a product, you must read the ingredients in the small print, you know, the ones that you sometimes need a magnifying glass to be able to see.

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