In the 1970s, Dr. W. L. Asher and Dr. Harold Harper tested the effects of hCG, a hormone theorized to assist in the treatment of obesity. By the end of their double-blind study, the researchers discovered that the hormone doesn’t magically eliminate fat. Instead, it suppresses appetite and enhances overall feelings of well-being, thus resulting in greater weight-loss success. At Physicians Center for Weight Loss & Age Management, Dr. Agnes Green follows her predecessors, calling upon hCG injections and several other medical miracles to lead clients to healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Dr. Green and her staff offer two programs for weight loss: hCG injections and a comprehensive program. Both physician-monitored programs include bloodwork, weekly visits, nutritional counseling, and food journaling, but the latter trades hCG injections for other medical injections such as B12 and amino acids. For clients feeling and looking older, Dr. Green prescribes bioidentical hormone-replacement therapy to replenish hormones lost with age and refuel the lust for life experienced by young people and Jeopardy! winners. The intravenous Myers’ cocktail treatment, meanwhile, replenishes essential nutrients not obtained in the typical diet for the sake of eliminating chronic fatigue, depression, and even dementia. Beyond injections, Physicians Center offers custom anti-aging skin creams, pharmaceutical-grade multivitamins, and other health-enhancing services.
The trio of board-certified eye surgeons at The Weinstock Laser Eye Center combines specialties in cataract surgery, LASIK, and corneal surgery to treat a full range of ocular ailments. Each of the doctors’ prestigious training is evident in the extensive curriculum vitae, which includes post-graduate studies, residencies, and fellowships at such institutes as Johns Hopkins and The Eye Institute of West Florida. The team’s eyesight-sharpening offerings include the LASIK procedure and corneal transplants, along with astigmatism correction that defuzzes views with toric-lens implants. Surgeons also utilize 3-D-guided microsurgical systems in the operating room for the precision removal of cataracts and particularly small monocles.
Mountcastle Vein Centers are five medical centers that all share one common goal: helping patients overcome troublesome vein conditions. In addition to the cosmetic benefits of erasing unsightly varicose and spider veins, the centers' technicians also treat the vein problems that can cause chronic pain, ankle swelling, and fitful, sleepless nights. To accomplish this, the teams utilize an assortment of technology and minimally invasive procedures. Ultrasound-guided endovenous laser therapy uses laser light energy to seal damaged veins and sclerotherapy injections effectively treat the smaller spider veins that are still visible to the naked eye.
Medical director Dr. Eric Weinstock draws upon his two areas of expertise, psychiatry and bariatrics, as he helps patients outsmart their extra pounds. By combining vitamins and appetite suppressants (upon doctor approval) with moderate exercise and confidence-boosting counseling, he is able to lighten bathroom-scale loads where other, less personalized programs have failed. And by helping dieters slim down, he is reducing their risk of health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and respiratory problems.
Clients don't need an appointment at Granite Diagnostic Laboratories. At 10 locations across the west coast of Florida, lab technicians administer dozens of in-house and reference tests for walk-in visitors. From a single drawing of blood, they can screen for diseases or check levels of cholesterol, growth hormones, and most everything else that powers the body's internal combustion engines. The technicians work thoroughly and efficiently, and hand over results within a few days.
The health buffs at Orthomolecular Nutrition and Wellness Center take the fight for wellness to the body’s microscopic frontlines, using vitamins, hormones, and other supplements to restore vim and vigor lost to age or ill health. During one-on-one consultations, they first sniff out deficiencies and imbalances with a variety of blood tests and questionnaires, giving them a clear view of underlying problems. From there, they can advise on protocols that help their clients lose weight, age more gracefully, or improve their steeplechase performance.