South Florida Kava Bars Unworried about Two-Day Kava

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Jess Swanson
A shell of kava from Mystic Water Kava Bar. Bula!
At a kava symposium held in Fiji last week, a main concern was Vanuatu's export of a specific variation of the intoxicating pepper root called tudei (or as commonly spelled, "two-day") kava. Experts said they fear countries could ban all kava and destroy the industry because some exporters were selling "two-day" kava as traditional kava. The two-day strain is reportedly stronger (resulting in a "two-day" buzz) but also, experts said, could lead to bad experiences for some users.

But at least two South Florida kava sellers say they aren't worried. Both Mystic Water Kava Bar and Nakava import kava (including two-day kava) from Vanuatu. No one at either location had heard about a potential export ban or feared one, since there have been no customer complaints about the kava since either have opened.

See also: Plant Being Sold as Kava Could Make People Sick


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UM Student With Muscular Dystrophy Loses Medicaid Benefits at Age 21

Categories: Activism, Health

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For most students, turning 21 is a joyous occasion. It wasn't for Audrey Winkelsas.
Audrey Winkelsas is a junior at the University of Miami. She was just 7 months old when she was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy. She studies biochemistry and helps conduct research for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. She hopes one day to find a cure for her condition. Until then, Winkelsas' condition requires 24-hour care.

Originally from Apopka, a suburb outside of Orlando, Winkelsas received 24-hour attendant care for the past two and a half years while she studied at UM. However, as of her 21st birthday on October 16, 2013, Winkelsas' Medicaid care was taken from her since she is no longer considered a child or young adult. After appealing, Winkelsas was granted only three one-hour visits per day (none of which can be consecutive). She wishes her condition required only such minimal aid, but since turning 21, Winkelsas' mother, Keely Winkelsas, has had to leave her work behind to provide the care her daughter desperately needs to receive an education.

See also: Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief Settles in Medicaid Overbilling Case; Faces Second Case

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Couch Potato Dares Himself to Run From Los Angeles to Miami

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Milton Miller
Day 13: Parker, Arizona
Sure, running across the country is the kind of thing everyone hopes to do at some point in his or her life, like cleaning the leaves out of the gutter and crossing off some of those New Year's resolutions.

But on July 26, 2010, Milton Miller was lounging on his couch and watching TV, as he normally did, when he suddenly and quite randomly decided to run from Miami to Los Angeles. That's right. The Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. With his feet. Just the two of them.

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Dentist Punched 4-Year-Old, Pinched Kids, and More

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On August 9, 2011, Benjamin and Madeline Rodriquez sat in the waiting room of a West Palm Beach dental office. The couple's 5-year-old daughter, Briana, was inside for a cleaning.

When the little girl appeared, her eyes were streaming tears. Blood ringed her lips. Instead of a simple brushing, three teeth had been yanked from her small mouth, and eight fillings had been drilled into the remaining teeth.

"They were absolutely shocked and terrified," the couple's attorney, Casey Shomo, tells New Times. "As best as we can tell, the dentist thought my client was actually another patient with a similar name."

A mistake, maybe -- but the incident was just another entry in the long and twisted saga of Thomas Floyd.

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Diarrhea Super Bug Is Spreading Through Broward, Health Officials Warn

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There's a literal shitstorm spreading through Broward County, apparently.

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County has sent out a warning about a crazy diarrhea bug that's apparently spreading throughout schools and daycare centers lately.

Officials say that Broward County has been showing an increase in cases where the super terrible poop bug known as Shigellosis is on the rise, according to a news release from the Florida Department of Health.

Shigellosis comes from the Shigella bacteria, which is basically Montezuma's Revenge on steroids, with symptoms lasting from 48 to 72 hours.

And it is contagious.

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Delray Beach Doctor Grows Patient's Finger Back After Horse Bit It Off

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Even the nail is growing back
There's a miracle worker in Delray Beach, a wizard in a white robe who can make make appendages grow back like an amphibian.

His name is Eugenio Rodriguez, a surgeon schooled at the University of Puerto Rico, who just made a jockey's finger grow back.

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Florida Mother Wants Medical Marijuana for Her 2-Year-Old Daughter

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A Tampa woman wants to get medical marijuana to save her 2-year-old daughter's life.

Although she's still getting her cancer-stricken daughter conventional treatment, such as radiation therapy, Moriah Barnhart says that's not enough.

And she wants options other than just chemotherapy. Medical marijuana, Barnhart says, would work better than chemotherapy, particularly considering chemo's long-term effects.

As it is, medical marijuana remains illegal in Florida.

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Dengue Fever Might Be Spreading Throughout Florida

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Killer pythons, Herpes Monkeys, kittens with rabies.

What else ya got, Florida?

Dengue-fever-carrying mosquitoes, you say?

Fantastic!

As we wrote about last month, the Florida Department of Health confirmed three cases of dengue fever contracted in Florida.

And now, it's apparently spreading, with the number ballooning to 15 in a few weeks.

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Middle Schoolers Are Smoking Electronic Cigarettes

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Yesterday, the American Lung Association warned that middle and high school children are smoking electronic cigarettes at a "troubling" rate.

Data released from the Centers for Disease Control shows that between 2011-2012, the number of 6-12th graders reporting having ever used an e-cigarette more than doubled -- from 3.3 percent to 6.8 percent. Use of e-cigs among 6-12 year olds increased from 1.1 percent to 2.1 percent. (Six-year-olds???!!!) Twenty percent of the middle schoolers who admitted smoking e-cigs said they had never smoked a traditional cigarette, compared to 7.2 percent of high school students.

E-cigarettes are not just plain water vapor, as some people mistakenly believe.

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Florida Ranked 12th Least Obese State in the Nation

Categories: Health, News

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Florida is the 12th least fattest state in the nation.

That according to a report by the Trust for America's health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

*HIGH FIVE*

*EAT SOME FROSTING STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CAN*

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