Health and Wellness Blog

A BioDesign Wellness Recommendation: Tampa’s MI40 Gym

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

January 15, 2019 | Category: BioDesign Recommends

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 the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.

But before we tell you more about Ben and the remarkable health & fitness business he’s building right here in Tampa, let’s take a step back and discuss the benefits of a consistent exercise regimen.

The Benefits of Exercise

At BioDesign Wellness Center, we encourage all our patients to incorporate 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise into their lives. Whether you walk, run, swim, ride a bicycle, lift weights, or engage in any other physically strenuous activity, your body and mind benefit in numerous ways, including the following: continue reading

Detox Deals, Mold Solutions, and Holiday Health Hints

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

December 21, 2018 | Category: Company News and Announcements

As the title of today’s post suggests, we’ve got a lot to cover in this, one of our final posts of the year, so let’s get right to it. We promised this in last week’s post — BioDesign Wellness is offering an innovative program for the New Year that features a 30-day medically-supervised detox for only $799 (which is much less than our normal $1,900 price for a 60-day program, and includes all the supplements you need, plus three one-on-one coaching sessions).

In order to participate, you need to purchase the detox kit from our office by the cutoff date of Friday, Jan. 18. The kit can be purchased over the phone and mailed to your home or office, or you can stop by and pick it up at our Tampa functional medicine clinic. For questions or further details, please call our patient care coordinator, Lori Corica, at (813) 445-7770.

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If you’re not familiar with our detoxification program, please read “Tampa’s Poor Water Quality Calls for Detoxing Twice Annually. That post reveals the results of a government tap water study that cites 20 regions of Florida that contain drinking water with high levels of chromium-6 — which has the ability to cause liver damage, damage nerve tissues, cause skin irritations, and harm the kidney. Among those regions are Tampa and Sarasota, where water quality testing at 10 of 12 water utilities reveal continue reading

How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too This Holiday Season

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

December 13, 2018 | Category: Health Advice

Aftera close inspection of our professional development calendar, and a peek at next year’s desk calendar — still wrapped in cellophane — we’ve finalized our holiday schedule and office hours here at BioDesign Wellness Center.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • We will be closed, beginning Saturday, Dec. 22, for some advanced training and a well-deserved holiday break for all of our doctors, nutritionists, health coaches and back office staff.
  • We will reopen at 9 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

If you have a need to call our Tampa Functional Medicine practice with any important or urgent health issues over the holidays, our answering service will be taking messages and we will return calls Dec. 27 & 28. If you have a medical emergency, please do not call BioDesign Wellness. Instead, call 911 or go directly to the emergency room.

We are so grateful for our patients

Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, we wish you and your families a fantastic holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year! We were just talking about the past year and reflecting on the hundreds of patients who became empowered to take charge of their own health by making permanent lifestyle changes in 2018. We’d certainly like to take credit for some of that improvement, but it’s truly you — our ambitious patients — who did the continue reading

Tampa’s Poor Water Quality Calls for Detoxing Twice Annually

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

December 6, 2018 | Category: Health Advice

In September of 2016, a tap water database published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed that 20 regions in Florida had drinking water with levels of chromium-6 higher than those deemed safe by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). These regions include Sarasota (county and city), Tampa, and Tallahassee, where water from one source tested 75 times the “safe” level!

While chromium-6 may not ring a bell, you’re probably familiar with the name of the legal clerk who brought international attention to this dangerous chemical — Erin Brockovich. While working as a clerk at a Los Angeles law firm, she uncovered documents that led to 600+ residents of Hinkley, California, filing a lawsuit against the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company. That lawsuit accused the company of contaminating the community’s drinking water with chromium-6, and it ultimately resulted in a $333 million settlement.

Chromium-6 is a known carcinogen — a cancer-causing heavy metal created by or used in various industrial processes.

According to the EWG, nearly two-thirds of U.S. residents (more than 200 million people) are exposed to unsafe levels of chromium-6 in their drinking water. And here in our region, the latest numbers are just as alarming: continue reading

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