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There ought to be an Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Appreciation Day. After all, our ANS works around the clock to keep us alive. It regulates body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, digestion and metabolism, blood glucose and acidity levels, and water and electrolytes, as well as swallowing, coughing, sneezing, and bladder control. And it does all this without requiring any conscious effort on our part. Oh, and it’s also responsible for the body’s fight-or-flight response to perceived dangers. We owe our lives to our ANS. Yet, it’s one of the most ignored and neglected systems in the human body. Whenever we suffer from low or high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, breathing difficulties, blood glucose dysregulation, poor digestion, or a bladder control issue, the last thing we consider is the possibility that ANS dysfunction could be the cause. This is especially true of digestive dysfunctions. The medical community has […]

Tampa, Fla. residents, will recognize Morgan Boykin for her many accomplishments — 2016 Miss Tampa, 2017 Miss Osceola, 2018 Miss Winter Haven, the feature baton twirler for the University of South Florida from 2016-2018, and co-owner and operator of the Southern B Boutique, which she started with her sister. What you may not know about Morgan Boykin is that she has been living with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) since 2016. What is POTS? POTS is an often-debilitating chronic illness characterized by increased heart rate, low blood pressure, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and fainting, the last symptom of which is why this disorder is often referred to as “the fainting disease.” POTS patients like Morgan Boykin frequently find themselves waging an ongoing battle against gravity; any change in posture — standing up, sitting up, adjusting the blankets — can cause someone with POTS to feel faint or pass out. Prior