Department of Health warns Floridians and visitors to avoid 64 massage establishments

Department of Health warns Floridians and visitors to avoid 64 massage establishments

Florida — The Florida Department of Health, with support from local law enforcement agencies, carried out Statewide Operation Trigger Point May 13 through 15. The operation to stop the dangerous practice of providing health care without proper licensure culminated in 64 cease-and-desist notices served to individuals and establishments practicing massage or operating a massage establishment […]

Herbalife: Is it just a business pyramid scheme?

Herbalife: Is it just a business pyramid scheme?

[Last updated on March 5, 2014, at 9:45 p.m.] Mark Hughes founded Herbalife in 1980 and began selling the company’s products from the trunk of his car. In 1985, the company, who claims it operates as a multi-level marketing company (MLM), was sued by the California Attorney General for being deceitful to its customers about […]

Statement released: Dr. Asad Qamar, of the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), speaks out

Statement released: Dr. Asad Qamar, of the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), speaks out

Ocala, Florida — Florida cardiologist, Dr. Asad Qamar, of the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), has released a video statement defending himself, and ICE, against two whistleblower lawsuits that have been filed. In the video, he stated ICE is taking care of approximately 24, 000 patients in Northern Central Florida with various medical needs. […]

Health officials confirm 2 children in Florida died from the FLU

Health officials confirm 2 children in Florida died from the FLU

Tallahassee — The Florida Department of Health has received notification of two influenza associated pediatric deaths in Orange and Pasco Counties. While most cases of FLU are mild, there are exceptions. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of […]

More patient abuse allegations for Churchill Dentistry, LLC., formerly Polliwog Dental, LLC.,

More patient abuse allegations for Churchill Dentistry, LLC., formerly Polliwog Dental, LLC.,

Ocala, Florida — Michael Tarver, the former owner of Polliwog Dental LLC, now Churchill Dentistry LLC, is back in the spotlight following new allegations of patient abuse. On April 28, 2014, Kembra Henderson took her 3-year-old daughter to Churchill Dentistry to see Dr. Michael Tarver, known to children as Dr. Mike. After her daughter’s procedure, […]

Free Food Day event at Ocala Public Library

Free Food Day event at Ocala Public Library

Ocala, Florida — Children ages 4 through 9 can enjoy interactive games, sing-a-longs, reading, and crafts while learning about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity at the free Food Day event at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, 2720 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. This free event is scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014, at […]

Walmart dropping health benefits

Walmart dropping health benefits

Walmart is dropping health benefits at a time when sickness is at an all-time high. On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Walmart announced it is eliminating health benefits for about 30,000 employees to control its rising healthcare costs. Part-time employees who work less than 30 hours per week will no longer be eligible for benefits. Walmart […]

First confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in Polk County

First confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in Polk County

Polk County, Florida – The Florida Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of an Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection in a 10-year-old girl who is recovering in Polk County. The department advises parents, child care workers, and healthcare professionals to be vigilant for respiratory virus infections such as enterovirus (EV), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), […]

Ocala nurse suspended from practicing

Ocala nurse suspended from practicing

Ocala, Florida — John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Cristine Townsend Kitchings, R.N., to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Florida. Kitchings previously participated in the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) in the early 1990s and received discipline […]

Medically supervised weight loss program

Medically supervised weight loss program

    MENTION THIS ARTICLE AND RECEIVE A $20.00 IN OFFICE CREDIT!* New and improved medically supervised weight loss program. Call 352-629-5939 or visit www.shcocala.com for more information.   MENTION THIS ARTICLE AND RECEIVE A $20.00 IN OFFICE CREDIT!* *$20.00 credit cannot be applied toward co-pays. Please follow and like us:

Happy Hearts Preschool 5K and Kids 1/2 mile Fun Run

Happy Hearts Preschool 5K and Kids 1/2 mile Fun Run

  Ocala, Florida — Happy Hearts Preschool is excited to host the 2nd annual Happy Hearts 5K and Kids 1/2 mile Fun Run on September 20, 2014. The Fun Run is free to children 17 and under. 5K registration is $30 and all proceeds will be used to purchase supplies and materials for Happy Hearts […]

Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

  Ocala, Florida — Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition that can be very debilitating and even result in the death of the individual afflicted. This condition not only disproportionally affects soldiers, but also firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and law enforcement officers. Marcel “Butch” Verrando, who currently serves the citizens of Marion County as a […]

FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

  Tallahassee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health acknowledges that September 9, 2014, is recognized as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. FASDs are a group of conditions that can cause birth defects and developmental disabilities in a baby whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Pregnant women — and women who are […]

Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure

Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure

  Ocala, Florida — Join the fight on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for the “In Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure 5K”, hosted by Marion County Public Safety Supports a Cure. All proceeds from this event benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Please follow and like us:

2014-2015: Back to school and sports physicals

2014-2015: Back to school and sports physicals

LAST DAY IS THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014. Ocala, Florida — Symphony Healthcare, Inc., located at 202 SW 17th Street, Suite A, Ocala, is now offering back to school and sports physicals for $25.00. Patients must be at least 12-years-old. Mention this article to receive $5.00 off or print. Call to schedule your appointment today, 352-629-5939. […]

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Tallahassee, Florida — August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Healthiest Weight Florida, in collaboration with WIC, Healthy Start, the Florida Child Care Food Program and the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, is announcing its own August Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to promote breastfeeding as a vital health activity as […]

Free event: Prepare – Protect – Prevent

Free event: Prepare – Protect – Prevent

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 3-4:30 p.m. join Ocala Pool Boys for a free life saving event! Learn about hands-on CPR, fire safety from Ocala Fire Rescue, pool and swim safety from ISR (Infant Swimming Resource), and heat safety from the Ocala Police Department. For more information call 352-622-3827. Please follow and like us:

Doctor saved lives, with a gun

Doctor saved lives, with a gun

Darby, Pennsylvania — A suspect who was in critical condition after being shot by his doctor, has now been charged with murder after he awoke from sedation on Saturday. On July 24, 2014, Richard Plotts, 49, shot and killed case worker Theresa Hunt, of Philadelphia, at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center on the Mercy […]

Free swim lessons available for children

Free swim lessons available for children

Ocala, Florida — Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1–4. On average, more than 1,000 children die each year in the U.S. due to unintentional drowning and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents. In an effort to protect Marion County’s children […]