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The burden of dealing with a mold infestation in Tampa can be overwhelming. You not only need medical treatment to help yourself and your family recover from the exposure, but you also need to purge the mold from your home first. And mold can be anywhere and everywhere — in any room in the house, in the basement or crawlspace, inside walls and ceilings, embedded in carpets and furniture, in your clothes, and spread throughout your heating and air conditioning system. That means moving you and your family out — and a mold remediation company in — for the days or weeks required to purge the mold from your home. Where will you live? Who can you turn to for professional help? How will you pay for it all? We have the answers to those questions, and if you live in Tampa or near central Florida, we can refer you […]

It goes without saying that Thanksgiving 2020 is going to be a different animal than past turkey days, capped this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) suggestion that we should perhaps cancel this year’s holiday travel plans and large family gatherings. All signs point to a Covid-19 resurgence this holiday season with disturbing numbers of Americans testing positive for the virus in nearly every state, including here in Florida. So, for this holiday season at least, it behooves us all to meet the challenges of protecting ourselves and our families by making health a top priority. Here at BioDesign Wellness Center, we have several health tips for those who believe their family circle is small enough — and safe enough — for an in-person holiday gathering. Healthy tips for Thanksgiving Day feasting If you have a food allergy or sensitivity, bring food you can eat, so

We often talk about the human body as though it is a machine assembled with various components — brain, heart, lungs, stomach, liver, kidneys, skin, bones, and so on. In some ways, the body does function like a machine, but unlike a machine. The body is organic. Every human body is a living organism consisting of approximately 30 trillion cells plus about 100 trillion microbes, most of which live in the gut (you couldn’t live without these microorganisms). Your health basically boils down to how well these approximately 130 trillion cells function alone and together. Each cell is a living entity, consuming nutrients from food, converting those nutrients into energy, carrying out specialized functions, and even cloning its own replacements. Healthy cells make a healthy body. The waste products that cells produce daily are eventually expelled from the body. The chemicals included in these waste products provide valuable clues for

While COVID-19 continues to besiege the human population, it has had a positive impact, at least temporarily, in some of the most polluted areas on our planet. Images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) pollution monitoring satellites show the stark contrast in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels over China before and during their quarantine (when transportation and industries were largely shut down). Nitrogen dioxide is a noxious gas emitted by motor vehicles, power plants, and industrial facilities. Imagine what would happen if we were able to stop polluting the planet, filter pollutants out of the environment, and focus our efforts on restoring healthy ecosystems in air, land, and water. Within a matter of years, we would see a big improvement in the environment overall. In just a few decades, we would start to notice increasing populations of diverse plants and animals as balance was

If you follow the news lately, you may begin to think that we are in the midst of a pandemic poised to wipe out three-quarters of the world population. However, while the Coronavirus of 2019 (COVID-19) is a potentially deadly and apparently very infectious disease and not something you want to catch, fear and panic are counterproductive and unwarranted. In this post, we explain what the coronavirus is, attempt to alleviate any fear or panic you may feel, and provide some practical guidance to build resilience and prevent infection. What Is the Coronavirus? Coronaviruses (CoVs) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). These viruses are zoonotic, meaning they’re transmitted between animals and people. SARS was first transferred from civet cats to humans, and MERS was first

Conditioning and transforming our bodies in the New Year is something most of us think about — with some of us actually getting into action. But at Tampa’s MI40 Gym, located just a stone’s throw from West Tampa’s Alessi Bakery, this Pollyannaish concept of “New Year / New You” just doesn’t meet muster. And that’s because Ben Pakulski, MI40’s founder and owner, is a lifelong advocate of conditioning and body transformation. He’s not some fly-by-night personal trainer who just landed a cushy job at a local health club/meat market, where clients are told they can become lean and mean machines after just 30 days. Nope. Ben is a purist when it comes to strength and conditioning, a mindset that enabled him to climb the ranks of the world’s best and highest achieving bodybuilders. For instance, in 2012, Ben was ranked the No. 1 bodybuilder in all of Canada, according to