health and family

June is Dysphagia Awareness Month

The following are all symptoms that may be linked to dysphagia. Take a moment to evaluate if you or a loved one could be suffering from Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty).

- Food feels like it is “stuck” in your throat.
- Choking or coughing after swallowing liquids or water
- Coughing after you swallow food
- It feels like food or stomach acid is backing up into the throat

When Should My Baby See a Chiropractic Physician?

Dr. Jessica Allen lives and works in Hernando County. You can learn more about her practice at

Infant chiropractic care is one aspect of the chiropractic industry that has been constantly under a microscope. Since I am a mother myself I can empathize with parents and other doctors if they have never witnessed infant chiropractic care before and are anxious. The top three reasons parents bring their infants to me are for colic, ear infections, and wellness care. Digestive issues like acid reflux (which many people argue is the root cause of many colic cases) tend to have a high success rate with chiropractic care as well.

Common Sense Caregiving: The Time Traveling Dementia Patient

Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

Columnist Gary LeBlanc

Have you ever wished you could travel back in time? I’m sure that most of us have dreamt of this at some time or another.

Well, I can’t tell you how many times my father would ask me if he had to go to school in the morning. When I would finally get him settled down into bed at night, the disease of Alzheimer’s would often transport his mind back into the school days of his youth.

Local Author and Health Columnist Publishes Book on Dementia Care

Managing Alzheimer's and Dementia Behavior by Gary LeBlanc

Gary Le Blanc's new book entitled "Managing Alzheimer's and Dementia Behaviors," is scheduled to hit the shelves this month. The title along with Le Blanc's numerous other writings gives caregivers the help they need to cope with the everyday struggles in caring for the memory-impaired. The book advises both caregivers and physicians on how to communicate effectively with each other as well as the with the patient.

Vitality for Veterans Clinic Launch

Hernando Sun Staff

Vitality for Veterans is Hernando County's newest support system for military and veteran families. It was founded by one of our communities established chiropractic physicians, Dr. Jessica Allen. While Dr. Allen currently welcomes all patients, patrons not on Medicare with a military ID, Veteran’s status, and their dependants receive chiropractic care for free.

Life Transitions

Patricia Lurie, ACSW

photo by: Alvesgaspar

Transitions: A time of change that goes from one life experience to another. The process of adjusting to the new from the old is the transition. There was a time when I only had to think about getting through the day and accomplishing what was needed.

Prepare to Age: Preserving Bone Health

Dr. Jessica Allen lives and works in Hernando County. You can learn more about her practice at

Left: normal bone structure Right: Degraded micro structure

Osteopenia and Osteoporosis or ‘bone thinning’ can lead to a wide variety of complications that affect your whole body. There are a many great ways to slow this process down: eating healthy, regular exercise, maintaining good posture, and taking the proper supplements. See? Easy!

Vigilance Important Although Zika Mosquito Uncommon in Hernando

Aedes aegypti biting human, USDA

Robin Napier from the Department of Health and Sandra Fisher from Hernando County Mosquito Control presented information about the Zika virus at a recent Hernando Board of County Commissioners meeting. Ms. Napier described symptoms of the illness, which is passed through the bite of the mosquito, as mild, with a rash and fever.

Chiropractic Care for Kids

Dr. Allen is the owner of Chiropractic Concierge,

Chiropractic and Kids

Some parents may wonder why more and more families are seeking chiropractic care for their children. I am very active in my children's school and my community, so when it comes up in conversation that I’m a chiropractic physician, many parents feel comfortable asking me the questions they might not ask another chiropractor for fear of offending them or sounding ignorant. Over the years I have found the following questions to be some of the more common ‘I don’t want to ask’ questions: