Colon Care Center's proprietor, Rosie Machette, oversees the withdrawal of toxins from bodily systems via holistic treatments such as ion-charged foot baths, FAR infrared sauna sessions, and colon hydrotherapy. She also boosts her clients' health with massage therapy, nutrition counseling, and ear candling—all of which uphold the old adage that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," made famous by Ben Franklin and later appropriated by the oft-injured Wile E. Coyote.
One nippy Tuesday morning, Oliver H. Gerry swung open a set of doors inside the Grand Avenue Temple in downtown Kansas City. It was January 23, 1912, and that unfurled entranceway symbolized the first day Gerry Optical was open for business. In the 100 years since, professionally trained technicians have prepared eyewear to complement the styles of countless clients, including President Harry Truman and Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Today, each of the store's nine locations carries between 800 and 1,200 frames from brands such as Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, Prada, and BCBG, and the flagship store on 75th Street also houses its own grinding lab to quickly custom-craft lenses and fix cracks after cartoon eye-popping mishaps. To honor its deep community roots, Gerry Optical gives back by partnering with Lions Clubs International to provide discount eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged families.
Overland Park Racquet Club lets members play tennis year-round with 14 courts inside a climate-controlled facility and eight out in the sun. A staff of experienced instructors—including former collegians and top-ranked amateur players—imparts skills and fundamentals during clinics, lessons, and Quickstart programs, which feature a scaled-down version of tennis for racketeers younger than 10. Off the courts, the club offers a full set of amenities including a fitness room, full-service restaurant and bar, and Olympic-sized outdoor pool where you can test out the buoyancy of your new suit sewn from tennis balls.
For the last decade, the specialists at Natural High Wellness Center have exercised an all-holistic approach to keep patients healthy inside and out. A mellow vibe permeates the space, which is outfitted with pistachio-toned walls, dark wood furniture, and potted plants. Within similarly homey treatment rooms, staffers perform services such as colon therapy, massage therapy, and ion cleanses to clear away toxins, especially those caused by stress and unhealthy food recipes that use asbestos as their main ingredient.
Behind Peepers Eyecare's brick façade, doctors and opticians have assessed visual acuity and fitted patrons with eyeglasses for more than 38 years. The boutique brims with name brand frames from Kenneth Cole, Ogi, Cover Girl, and Eddie Bauer, which stylishly hold prescription lenses or a photograph of the wearer’s eye.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Jay Richardson and his staff remove the marks of aging on the face, body, and legs with both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. During the free consultation that precedes treatments, patients chat with body experts to discuss beautifying options such as IPL photorejuvenation or chemical peels infused, like balanced breakfasts, with acidic fruits. Dr. Richardson, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, oversees noninvasive treatments such as laser liposuction and sclerotherapy to handle unsightly veins.
Thermography is a form of imaging that detects variations in temperature, which can be helpful to military surveillance teams or to doctors on mission to find abnormalities in the body. "From bombs to busts!" quips Linda Bamber, founder of BRAS (Breast Research Awareness and Support), contemplating the versatility of this noninvasive, radiation-free technology that can detect cancer warning signs years before they would show up on a mammogram.
Linda began hunting for new ways to protect her own health after both her mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted to avoid unnecessary drugs and surgeries, so she turned to digital infrared thermal imaging, diet precautions, and breast-centric exercises. She shares all the knowledge she's gleaned over the years through her BRAS franchises, where women can find brassiere-like support and helpful information.
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