Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) officially opened its doors to receive patients on July 22, 1974, as a 237-bed hospital providing emergency services, labor and delivery, behavioral health and general medical/surgical care. FWBMC stood alone in its current location as a healthcare beacon providing much needed, advanced medical...
By Lisa Leath Turpin, Health and Fitness Coach Good health should be a family affair. Children learn and develop from what they see their parents do. When parents practice a healthy lifestyle, the children are more likely to follow. The key to developing lifelong healthy fitness habits is to start...
By Melanie Stewart It’s time to meet the Dream Team! Let me introduce the Small Intestine, responsible for absorbing precious nutrients, and his good friend King Pancreas, creator of vital enzymes that release those nutrient gems. As food leaves the stomach, it enters the small intestine and the conversation between...
By Melanie Stewart As we continue on our digestive journey, we arrive at that blessed moment when we typically stop thinking about food for a while. (Visit MyDestinLife.com for previous issues.) With enough food in the stomach, we no longer feel hungry and our minds tend to move on without...
By Dr. Richard Chern, M.D. Estrogen is vitally important in men! Last month (Visit MyDestinLife.com June 2019) I wrote about testosterone in women and just scratched the surface of benefits that women receive after optimizing their testosterone. This month, I want to turn the tables and talk about the importance...
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center introduces treatment of vascular thrombosis using the EkoSonic® Endovascular System (EKOS®) with Acoustic Pulse Thrombolysis™. This treatment is designed to quickly dissolve a blood clot (thrombus) and restore blood flow - while reducing risk to the patient. Like other leading institutions around the world,...
By Lisa Leath Turpin, Health and Fitness Coach Physical Fitness Training and Testing (PT or PFT) for all branches of the military, firefighters, and first responders is mandatory and essential to doing their jobs efficiently and safely. Anyone putting themselves in harm’s way better sure try and exceed the minimum...
By Christine Rushford, MS LMHC, Coastal Counseling There is no way around it—screens are here to stay. Technology will only continue to evolve as parents desperately try to keep up with it all. Many parents wonder, “How much is too much screen time?” “Should my toddler have a tablet?” Or...
By Melanie Stewart One of the most important facts of positive health is that it is dependent on an alkaline environment, while disease states thrive in an acid environment. To achieve an alkaline system, we need LIVE foods that are nutrient dense, enzymatically active and energizing. LIVE foods include fresh...
TESTOSTERONE IS VITALLY IMPORTANT IN WOMEN! Did that get your attention? Is that even true? Most people mistakenly make the assumption that testosterone is for men and estrogen is for women. In fact, some physicians would probably support the idea that testosterone is primarily a male hormone and estrogen...

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