Archive for May, 2003

05/1/2003

Make Mine Medieval

Susan Dunbar called upon 25 years of experience in events planning when organizing her at-home wedding on Dec. 29, 2002. "We didn’t have money for a grand affair," explains the 48-year-old bride, who had been single for 27 years when she met Andre Desmeules, 42. He is French-Canadian and owns a custom tile company. She […]

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05/1/2003

Breathe Naturally

As the rate of asthma cases increases, so does the search for "complementary and alternative" medicine to treat the condition. CAM encompasses everything from dietary restriction to herbs to acupuncture, and while there is little scientific evidence to support its efficacy over modern medicine, its use is growing by leaps and bounds. Researchers at the […]

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05/1/2003

Good Medicine

Medical science changes rapidly these days, and what was standard practice a week ago, can change overnight as researchers discover yet another advance. Doctors are running to keep up. For example, Dr. Lee Mitchel, the Sarasota gastroenterologist who uses the brand-new capsule endoscopy-the "camera pill" that takes pictures of the small bowel-reports that there’s already […]

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05/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

As war clouds settled over Sarasota I decided that perhaps it was time to go to church. But which one? St. Martha’s was out of the question; the Pope’s views on U.S. policy-he doesn’t like it-would have made me too uncomfortable. Those poor priests must be going nuts preparing their homilies. The Boss wants it […]

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05/1/2003

Born to Fish

Born and raised in Cortez, Thomas "Blue" Fulford hails from a line of fishermen who settled in the fishing village on Sarasota Bay in the 1890s to raise their families. A handsome septuagenarian with china-blue eyes and a droll sense of humor, he recalls waking up as a child and running out the door for […]

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05/1/2003

Dining by Design

If the design of restaurants can be taken as a valid indicator of a city’s maturity, Sarasota is growing up quite nicely. Our town has always had a large number of places to eat, but many of them have been undistinguished in visual (and culinary!) appeal. Recently, however, as if their owners had decided that […]

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05/1/2003

Amazing Breakthroughs

Where are the most exciting advances in medicine today? Take your pick. According to Sarasota neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Mayer, "I don’t think you’ll find one area of medicine that isn’t seeing rapid change." Even in Sarasota, where no university teaching hospital is spurring the development and use of the latest techniques, Sarasota physicians participate in […]

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