2011 Readers Voice Awards: Health

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BEST GENERAL PRACTITIONER
Jaime Vasquez, D.O.

The Vasquez Clinic
2929 Welborn St.
Open Monday–Friday at 9 a.m.
214-528-1083
VasquezClinic.com

In today’s doc-in-a-box society, a visit to your local sawbones can feel more like a NASCAR pit crew change than a physical checkup to assess your health. That’s not the case with Jaime Vasquez. He’s the kind of doc that remembers your name, not just your chart, and takes the time necessary to really figure out what’s really ailing you. In other words, he gives great bed…side manner. It’s not uncommon to enter Dr. V’s office complaining of a cold and leave feeling like you just finished a cheesecake on the lanai with Blanche, Rose and Dorothy. And if that’s not enough to love, he can also hook you up with the youthful glow of Botox on your way out the door. Forget the politics of HMOs and Obamacare. We vote for HOMOs and no-drama care. Oh, and that cute Jaime Vasquez smile, too.

— Jef Tingley


BEST CHIROPRACTOR
Eric Peay, D.C.

COREhealth Wellness Center
3131 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 820
Open Monday–Friday at 8:30 a.m., Saturday at 10 a.m.
214-219-3300
CoreHealthWellness.com

You avoided sidewalk cracks all your life for fear of breaking your mother’s back. You lifted with your legs. You ate plenty of calcium-rich foods and drank your milk. Yet here you are, filled with aches that simply won’t go away no matter how hard you work through the power of positive thinking. That’s where Eric Peay of COREhealth Wellness Center comes in. His hands of magic make the pain go away, whether in your neck, your lower back or even that cramp in the troublesome middle toe on your left foot. Through traditional chiropractic adjustments, massage and cold laser treatments, Peay and his team are experienced in working with each patient as an individual, so no cookie-cutter treatment plans here. And for everyone looking to get in better shape — and really, who isn’t? — patients can participate in nutritional education classes, small-group training and Peay’s Booty Camp group fitness program. From head to toe, Peay and his COREhealth team provide a one-stop shop for living a better, healthier life.

— Steven Lindsey


BEST OPTOMETRIST
William Henderson

Uptown Vision
2504 Cedar Springs Road
Open Monday–Saturday at 10 a.m.
214-953-3937
UptownVisionDallas.com

What makes a successful optometrist? Certainly Bill Henderson, having been in practice for 19 years, knows something. We could ask his patients, but we decided to ask another doctor. “He’s really one of the best optometrists in town in patient care and diagnostic ability,” says Nick Bellos, M.D. Of course, Bellos isn’t unbiased — for 14 years, the two have been a couple. It’s not just his care in the exam room but in the community that helps Henderson stand out: He’s played with DIVA and has volunteered at Legacy Counseling Center while co-rearing the couple’s two children, daughter Aryn, 14, and son Bryce, 13. “I think he’s a great guy,” says Bellos. Readers definitely agree.

— David Taffet


BEST PLACE TO TAKE
A FIST TO THE FACE
Oak Lawn Boxing Gym

1339 Crampton St.
972-497-1767
OakLawnBoxing.com

When Travis Glenn talks, you should listen. The Oak Lawn Boxing Gym owner knows his stuff when it comes to throwing a punch. Taking one? Well, you can do that, too. It’s easy to pass his gym, located on the industrial side of Oak Lawn — there’s no big signage. Inside, the place is a pristine modern gym with a boxing ring, punching bags and all the equipment you’d ever need to kick, duck and bob. Glenn, pictured, holds instruction for boxing, grappling and martial arts alongside the discipline for using them the right way and not as tools of aggression. But we know you’ll think it’s cool to be a downright badass if need be. Right?

— Rich Lopez

BEST DERMATOLOGIST  • TIE
Jeri Beth ‘J.B.’ Foshee, M.D.

Dermatology Center of Dallas
Presbyterian Professional Bldg. III
8230 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 500
Open Monday­–Friday
by appointment only
214-739-5821
DermCenterOfDallas.com

Farhad Niroomand, M.D., P.A.

2501 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 450
Open Monday­–Friday
214-303-1102
UptownDerm.com


BEST HIV SPECIALIST
Gene Voskuhl, M.D.

Uptown Physicians Group
2929 Carlisle St., Suite 260
Open Monday–Friday
214-303-1033
UptownPhysiciansGroup.com


BEST DENTIST
Clint Herzog, D.D.S.

Herzog Dentistry/Floss
2828 Routh St., Suite 310
Open Monday-Thursday
214-969-1000
HerzogDentistry.com


BEST MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
Chad Collom, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Solace Counseling
1475 Prudential Drive
214-522-4640
SolaceCounseling.com


BEST HOLISTIC HEALER
Michelle Bardwell

Flower Road Natural Therapies
4123 Cedar Springs Road,
Suite 1428
Monday–Friday by appointment
214-987-2766
FlowerRoad.net


BEST PERSONAL TRAINER
Billy Young, C.P.T.

COREhealth Wellness Center
3131 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 820
Monday–Saturday by appointment
214-219-3300
CoreHealthWellness.com


BEST GYM
L.A. Fitness

4540 W. Mockingbird Lane
(and additional locations)
Open daily
214-453-4899
LAFitness.com


BEST YOGA STUDIO • TIE
Sunstone Yoga

2907 Routh St.
(and additional locations)
Open daily
214-219-3300
SunstoneYoga.com

Uptown Yoga

2636 Thomas Ave.
(and additional location)
Open daily
214-965-9642
UptownYoga.com


BEST PHARMACY
Walgreens

3802 Cedar Springs Road
(and additional locations)
Open daily
214-443-5160
Walgreens.com

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 18, 2011.

—  John Wright

No big GOP tent for you, homos – all RNC chair candidates support ‘sanctity of man-woman marriage’

Michael Steele is fighting to keep his job as lawn jockey Chairman of the RNC and was at today’s National Press Club debate. Of course the inevitable questions about social issues came up and SURPRISE! — they all oppose marriage equality. Watch it (via The Wonk Room):

 - MICHAEL STEELE: “It’s foundational to who we are as a nation, how we define ourselves as people…not to the exclusion of others, not to diminish anyone’s individuality, but to say in a very supportive way that the family unit, the family concept, is an ideal that we aspire to.”

  – REINCE PRIEBUS: “It’s foundational in our lives… I don’t believe anybody should be denied dignity in this discussion, everyone should be loved. But at the end of the day, I believe that marriage – through the sanctity of marriage – should be between one man and one woman.”

  – ANN WAGNER: “It is the true fabric of our society.”

  – SAUL ANUZIS: “I think very straight forwardly, marriage is both a religious and a cultural institution that has existed for over 2,000 years…I think that our both belief in our kind of activity to promote marriage and promote the nuclear family is an important distinction that we have in America versus almost every other country in the world.”

  – MARIA CINO: “I believe in traditional family.”

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UPDATE: In related news, on Huff Post, President of People for the American Way, Michael B. Keegan, has an interesting piece, “A Gay Tempest in the Tea Party“, about the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and the internal strife over the participation of GOProud.

In November, a group of Religious Right organizations, getting wind of the fact that GOProud planned to return to the CPAC in 2011, wrote to the conference’s organizers informing them that they would boycott the event if the gay group was allowed to participate. In a curious compromise, CPAC’s organizers said they would allow both GOProud and the far-right nationalist group the John Birch Society to participate. The protesters, including the National Organization for Marriage (apparently no longer interested in a beer summit), stuck to their boycott. Last week, in a great culture wars coup, they were joined by two of the nation’s most prominent Religious Right groups, the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America. Soon after, WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah chimed in with a call to “purge” the conservative movement of gays and gay rights supporters.

The Religious Right’s joint tantrum over the presence of gay people in the conservative movement is hardly going to derail CPAC, which has lined up an impressive slate of speakers, including Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, Rick Santorum, and Mitch McConnell. These politicians, adept at harnessing the energy of the Religious Right and the bank accounts of economic libertarians, are not going to be scared away by the latest iteration of the right-wing family feud. But they would be wise to stop and think about what it means for the future of their party.

The battle over gay groups at CPAC represents one of the biggest stress fractures in the Republican coalition–a small segment of the base devoted to denying rights and recognition to gay people is running up against an American public that really doesn’t mind gay people serving in the military and in increasing numbers doesn’t mind them marrying either. Although political expedience has kept anti-gay and even some gay groups allied to the GOP, as gay rights become an accepted fact of American life, the party will have to choose between including the excluders and including the excluded.

It doesn’t sound like Steele or his cohorts are getting the message and continue to pander to the fundie fringe.

 
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WATCH: FCKH8 bashes back against gay bashing — what took so long?

While other causes are a little more on the sentimental side, I have to say the FCKH8 campaign has gotten my attention in under three minutes. Cursing kids shooting the middle finger — hilarious! Proceeds from the sales of their merch benefit the Trevor Project. T-shirts emblazoned with “Don’t B H8n on the Homos” among other clever items are too good to pass up. I’m digging the hoodie, although purple isn’t my color.

The campaign released its latest video on Sunday and while it’s fun to watch, it is so NSFW.

—  Rich Lopez

Icelandic Subway Sandwich Artist Won’t Serve Footlongs To Pink-Wearing Homos

A Subway restaurant worker who refused over the weekend to serve a customer he believed was gay was fired. And it sure sounds like we missed a lovely showdown!

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Mormon Church Mildly Ashamed Over Boyd K. Packer Saying God Would Never Intentionally Create Homos

Evidently not so proud that Boyd K. Packer claimed god would never punish mankind by making some people gay, LDS has toned down the second-in-command's anti-gay rhetoric in the official version of his Sunday speech. 'Cause who needs a historical record of Packer saying the lord would never let anybody be a fag?

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WorldNetDaily’s Farah in complete meltdown as high-profile conservatives ‘embrace the homos’

I know most of you have heard about the hubbub Ann Coulter has created because of her upcoming appearance at GOProud‘s HOMOCON. It’s unnerved the homobigots at WingNutDaily so badly that they droppedr her as one of the keynotes for WND’s Take Back America hatefest. This e-blast landed in my inbox:

Conservative superstar Ann Coulter today was dropped as a keynote speaker for WND’s “Taking America Back National Conference” next month because of her plan to address an event titled “HOMOCON” sponsored by the homosexual Republican group GOProud that promotes same-sex marriage and military service for open homosexuals.

Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, said the decision was a gut-wrenching one for his team because of their fondness for Coulter as both a person and writer-speaker.

“Ultimately, as a matter of principle, it would not make sense for us to have Ann speak to a conference about ‘taking America back’ when she clearly does not recognize that the ideals to be espoused there simply do not include the radical and very ‘unconservative’ agenda represented by GOProud,” said Farah. “The drift of the conservative movement to a brand of materialistic libertarianism is one of the main reasons we planned this conference from the beginning.”

Asked by Farah why she was speaking to GOProud, Coulter said: “They hired me to give a speech, so I’m giving a speech. I do it all the time.”

Farah then asked: “Do you not understand you are legitimizing a group that is fighting for same-sex marriage and open homosexuality in the military – not to mention the idea that sodomy is just an alternate lifestyle?”

…”Earlier this year, GOProud was permitted to sponsor the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, the biggest event of its kind,” said Farah. “This bad decision resulted in consistently conservative groups dropping sponsorship and withdrawing from participation – much to their credit. GOProud is about infiltration of the conservative movement and dividing it from within with twisted and dangerous ideas way out of the mainstream of American public opinion. Ann Coulter is, I’m afraid, validating this effort for money. I support her speaking to people with whom she disagrees on college campuses. That’s a good idea. I do it, too. But if you see the way GOProud is exploiting its coup in getting Ann Coulter to speak to its HOMOCON event, you begin to understand what a mistake this is for a conservative icon like Coulter.”

My my, he has his panties in a bunch, doesn’t he? That’s just the beginning. Apparently the war over this has cost Farah his friendship with Ann Coulter – and she drop kicked him to boot.

I’m sad that I have lost Ann Coulter as a friend.

But I have no regrets about my action this week in disinviting her to be a keynote speaker at our Taking America Back National Conference in Miami next month. It was the right thing to do under the circumstances – no matter the consequences. I guess you could say she didn’t take it well. The told the Daily Caller I dumped her for publicity.

Farah is doing this for PUBLICITY and publicity alone,” she wrote in an e-mail.

She expressed anger that WND had quoted from an e-mail exchange between the two of us.

“He’s a swine for using my private e-mails politely answering him,” she wrote. “Why would he do such a despicable thing … for PUBLICITY.”

The evidence that I am a “publicity whore,” according to Coulter, is that my “promotion of the birther nonsense (long ago disproved by my newspaper, Human Events, also Sweetness & Light, American Spectator and National Review, etc., etc., etc.) He’s the only allegedly serious conservative pushing the birther thing. For ONE reason: to get his hits on his website.”

In yesterday’s screed, “Today’s ‘conservatives’ and the sin problem,” he feels abandoned by the conservatives not interested in the “save marriage” movement, and he’s enraged that luminaries on the right are “embracing” homosexuals into the mainstream. Should we take out the tiny violin?

“Conservatives” don’t recognize sin when they see it. Nearly the entire “conservative” establishment, such as it is, fears even mentioning this word or acknowledging its existence. And, I’m afraid, without that recognition, this is a movement that is hopelessly lost.

When was the last time you heard a “conservative” leader with a high media profile speak out against what can only be described as the pervasive glorification of the homosexual culture in our schools, media, entertainment industry, Madison Avenue and, of course, government in all of its forms?

There are a few, to be sure – Pat Buchanan and Michael Savage come to mind. Any others?

Meanwhile, the oldest and most prestigious “conservative” weekly in the nation is owned by a corporation run by an activist homosexual. NOTE FROM PAM: who is this person he’s outing?

Ann Coulter is gleeful about speaking to a group called GOProud, which bills itself as a “conservative” Republican homosexual organization that supports same-sex marriage and open homosexual service in the military.

…”Conservative” icon Glenn Beck, in a conversation with Bill O’Reilly, said basically he doesn’t care about the attack on traditional marriage. Asked if the California ruling will harm the country in any way, he responded: “No I don’t. Will the gays come and get us? I believe that Thomas Jefferson said: ‘If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket what difference is it to me?’”

Rush Limbaugh, the iconic leader of American conservatism, hired the noted homosexual singer Elton John to perform at his wedding. He has not aired one of his bitingly satirical “gay community updates” in years.

“Conservatives,” it seems, are on the verge of not only accepting homosexuality’s domination of the culture, but embracing it.

Man, I’m loving it. What will Joe Farah, Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown do?

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And then there’s this little Facebook post of interest that I came across while surfing for more about HOMOCON. Lookee here — “ex-gay” Exodus International’s Randy Thomas friended GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia and seems VERY interested in the goings on…


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Why Germany’s Guido Westerwelle Won’t Bring Boyfriend to Countries That Hate Homos

We want to promote the concept of tolerance in the world. But we don't want to achieve the opposite by behaving imprudently. It is smarter to advance step-by- step and sensitively. I think it is important that we live by our own standards of tolerance and that we do not adopt sometimes less tolerant standards as our own. … My motto is: do what you like if it does not hurt anyone else.

—Guido Westerwelle, Germany's foreign minister and vice chancellor, explaining why he won't travel with his partner Michael Mronz to some of the world's 75 countries that persecute gays; he's already visited Yemen and Saudi Arabia without Mronz, but took him to China.

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