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Spring into Fitness

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Here is a list of Five First Coast boot camps to kick start your fitness regime for the year! Check out their websites and find the one that best fits your fitness style.

CrossFit Jax http://www.crossfitjax.com/

Fit Body Boot Camp http://www.fitbodybootcamp.com/jacksonvillefitnessbootcamp/

Fitness Lab Jax http://fitnesslabjax.com/

Adventure Boot Camp http://www.adventurebootcamp.co/fl/jacksonville.html

John Spenser Ellis Enterprises http://bootcampexercise.com/fl/jacksonville-beach.html

A Q&A with Michael Mayo, Hospital President of Baptist Medical Center – Jacksonville

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Michael Mayo has been an integral part of the Heart Ride for the First Coast Chapter of the American Heart Association, and a leader in Men Go Red. We asked him to share with us some information about Men Go Red and the evolution of the Heart Ride, and what it means to our community .

1. What is the mission behind Men Go Red?
The mission behind Men Go Red is to support and advocate for the cardiovascular health of the women in our lives.

2. How was the idea of the Heart Ride conceived?
When we created Men Go Red a couple of years ago, we were looking for an event that would draw men and to women to our cause. Being a motorcycle enthusiast myself, I thought it would be a great way to make a statement and raise awareness.

3. How has the event grown?
The Heart Ride is in its second year. We expect to triple in rider participation, and the Chili Cook-Off After Party is an added feature for riders and non-riders. Having the ride in Heart Month has elevated the excitement. We are thankful for the impact the media has produced with posters, radio spots, magazine editorials, billboards and social media outlets. Community support has taken the ride to the next level.

4. How do events like this raise awareness about heart disease?
Most of the time someone in your circle has to have an incident before you acknowledge that the next victim could be you. Over 80% of Cardiovascular tragedies can be prevented. The Heart Ride is an opportunity to bring the reality of the disease forward. The death of Paul Figura shocked all of Jacksonville. We will have a tribute to Paul at the ride. His family and friends are sharing his story in hopes of saving lives.

5. How can our readers get involved?
Come out on Feb. 28th, even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. Show your support and learn more about preventing your own heart attack or stroke. Join Men Go Red and become an advocate.

Stress, gut and also the brain!

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As we start a new year and try to shed all the toxins of last year, it is a growing knowledge NOW that our gut health is connected to our mental health. I believe we learned A LOT from children on the Autistic Spectrum how important is our own body ecology…gut bacteria ratio, and variety.

This two-way relationship in between gut and brain connection may be the key to solving one of medicine’s most pressing and perplexing mysteries: autism. Autism is a complex spectrum of disorders that share three classic features – impaired communication, poor social engagement and repetitive behaviors. On one end of the spectrum are people who are socially awkward but, in many cases, incredibly bright. At the other extreme are individuals with severe mental disabilities and behavioral problems.

Nearly 60 years after the disorder was first identified, the number of cases has surged, and the United Nations estimates that up to 70 million people worldwide fall on the autism spectrum. Yet there is no known cause or cure.

But scientists have found promising clues in the gut. Research has revealed striking differences in the trillions of bacteria – collectively known as the microbiome in the intestines of autistic and healthy children.

Among autistic children’s most common health complaints? Gastrointestinal problems. Although estimates vary widely, some studies have concluded that up to 90 percent of autistic children suffer from tummy troubles. According to the CDC, they’re more than 3.5 times more likely to experience chronic diarrhea and constipation than their normally developing peers.

Today autism is treated primarily through behavioral therapy. But new animal studies suggesting that treatment may one day come in the form of a probiotic live, “friendly” bacteria like those found in yogurt. If you help heal the gastrointestinal problem, you can treat the behavioral symptoms.

For autistic patients and their families, however, even a supplemental therapy for a subset of sufferers is a huge step forward. It’s really impactful, this notion that by changing the bacteria, we could ameliorate what’s often considered an intractable disorder. This is the greatest example of if the body ecology is disturbed by sugar, antibiotics, and toxins like alcohol impact is as devastating as compromised brain function. We strongly recommend four times a year a slow 30 day cleanse with a daily probiotic “friendly bacteria” supplementation for our patients.

For more information please visit www.DoctorOJax.com

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