Health & Wellness

Local Doctor Offers Compassionate Care at Affordable Marijuana Clinic

Affordable Marijuana Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, Dr, Rene Puildo

Jacksonville’s Affordable Marijuana License Clinic is working to ensure qualified patients have access to the alternative treatment. As part of an integrated, multidisciplinary medical marijuana clinic network, clinic staff is expertly trained in the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of approved conditions. The clinic offers individualized patient-oriented care with a holistic approach to the use of medical marijuana, with a focus on pain and symptom management and disease-specific treatment for glaucoma, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, cancer, PTSD, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and other forms of chronic pain. Dr. Rene Pulido is committed to making medical …

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It’s My Body and I’ll Do What I Want To

Content warning: This is a story about abortion. It includes descriptions of medical procedures. *I am in no way encouraging the procedures described in this piece, nor am I condoning self-administered medical care in general.* Let’s take a step back to the 1960s, a pre-Roe v. Wade era. Abortion is illegal in 30 states, legal only under specific circumstances in the 20 others. Difficult to imagine a time like that, huh? Carol Downer, mother of six and Los Angeles resident, starts hearing of protests. This is the second-wave feminist movement, focused heavily on reproductive rights. She learns of the pushback …

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Every Body Talks

Everyday medical corporations are telling the public what the right decisions are to healing one’s body. While medicine has saved millions of lives, sometimes listening first to what the body is saying is just as beneficial. Here in Jacksonville, advanced therapists at Jasmine Advanced Bodywork and Healing Center are interpreting what the body needs most. With both owners having impressive backgrounds in massage therapy, it’s safe to say that they are masters of understanding what the body needs. “We want to make [clients] understand that this work is important, and it’s changing people’s lives. It’s beneficial, it’s helpful, and it’s …

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Diva Dance

Passions are notorious for being put aside. It’s not always on purpose (it’s easy for work and family to become a priority), but in Jacksonville, groups of women are finding the time to dance back into their old passions or ignite new ones. On Philips Highway past The Avenues mall is DivaDance, the bold pink lettering on its sign welcoming all who enter. There, everyone can learn real dance moves with a variety of music genres to pick from. “You are actually learning real choreography moves from experienced instructors,” said franchise owner Jasmine Batista. “It’s also a fitness option because …

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Cardona Direct Primary Care

It’s no secret that the United States Healthcare System is broken.  Despite the U.S. spending much more on healthcare than other high-income nations, the U.S. still scores poorly on health measurements like life expectancy, suicide rates and preventable hospital admissions, according to Harvard Health. The average cost of health insurance for an individual is a steep $450 a month and with less than 50% of businesses around the US providing healthcare to employees, many people are left to pull cash out of their own pockets, or worse, go without health insurance. Direct Primary Care is a more affordable option for …

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Documenting This Time in History

Documenting #Pandemic2020Jax How can we, as a community, document this unprecedented time in history? Two local organizations are giving us a gift that we will be able to give to generations to come. “A little more than a century ago, Jacksonville citizens faced loss in many ways from a series of events that were documented, for the most part, by news reporters and photographers, along with diaries and journals by citizens. The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1888 (in which St. Luke’s Hospital played a healing role)… the Great Fire of 1901 (which stopped short of St. Luke’s Hospital) … the …

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Brooks Rehab Teams Up with the City of Jacksonville to Create Adaptive Kayak Launches

Hanna Park Ramp, Brooks Rehabilitation Center Teams Up with the City of Jacksonville to Create 11 New Adaptive Kayak Launches

Physical Therapy Takes on New Meaning with Adaptive Kayak Launches Hanna Park is one of three recreational sites in Jacksonville with a new adaptive kayak launch to serve the disabled community. As part of the City of Jacksonville’s Adaptive Recreation Program, the Disabled Services Division and Brooks Rehabilitation have partnered to provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy the waterways. Alice Krauss manages the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program at Brooks Rehabilitation Center where she works with patients as an Occupational Therapist. The recreation program offers individuals with disabilities the chance to participate in sports at , compete against …

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Over Indulge? Two Significant Ways Cure a Sugar Hangover

As a health coach, I have some things to say about how to best handle a sugar hangover, especially during Halloween. For those unfamiliar with this concept, a sugar hangover occurs when your body is inundated by significant sugar intake. Sugar, as whole, is increasingly recognized as toxic to the system. It’s like gasoline. It only belongs in the gas tank or combusting in the engine and nowhere else inside the car. A sugar hangover is akin to dousing your car with gasoline. Indulging in sugar may send you into a tailspin of body inflammation, joint pain, anxiety, depression and …

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