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Good and Good For You

Entrepreneur Bryan Barry has opened a food preparation and delivery service for people who want to eat well-balanced meals but are too busy to cook them. Barry's Good Food To You (4947 W. Napoleon Ave., Napoleon Plaza, Metairie, 309-7300) delivers lunches to businesses Uptown and dinner to people working late in the Central Business District.

"My clients now are mainly people who have long hours ... and don't want to eat out all the time but want a healthy meal," he says. "I'm diabetic, so I [prepare my menu] from the low-carbohydrate, diabetic point of view."

He weighs portions and serves each dinner with a 6-ounce meat portion, two 4-ounce sides and a fresh salad for $12 per person. Lunches have smaller portions and are $8 each, and he'll deliver orders of at least two meals. Diners also can place orders ahead and pick them up at his store.

Barry establishes a rotating menu of choices weekly, based on what meats, fish and vegetables are freshest on the market at the time. Starting Dec. 8, people will be able to access his menus and place orders through a website: www.goodfoodto (email -- Kandace Power Graves


Good News for Heart Patients

Touro Infirmary (1401 Foucher St., 897-76011) last month became the first hospital in the Western Hemisphere to install a state-of-the-art biplane flat panel cardiac catherization system to help with the efficacy of detecting and treating heart problems, according to Community Relations Director Debbie Reed.

The improved technology of the Axiom ARTIS dBC cardiac catherization laboratory equipment, manufactured by Siemens Medical Systems and housed at Touro's Goldring Cardiology Department will allow cardiologists to perform cardiac catheterization faster and using less dye. This results in less discomfort for the patient, reduced chances of kidney damage, and reduced exposure to radiation for both patients and hospital staff. -- Graves


French Quarter Retreat

In the late 1800s, Celie Brune opened the Maison de Beauté, a beauty salon based on European spas, in the French Quarter at a grand rooming house at 914 N. Rampart St. "She used to work on all the Storyville madams," says the house's current owner, Keith West-Harrison, who now operates it as the Olde Victorian Inn with his partner, André West-Harrison.

When the couple planned to open a day spa and hair salon inside their inn, the name came naturally to them. So far, Miss Celie's Spa Orléans (522-7288; has been a hit with French Quarter residents and tourists staying at the adjoining bed-and-breakfast, Keith West-Harrison says.

"It's a very unhurried, intimate place," he says of the spa. "We don't rush. We've been to other spas and it was too hectic, too much hustle and bustle."

Miss Celie's uses products by Astara -- a botanical line that specializes in anti-aging properties -- and offers a wide variety of facials tailored to different skin types and problems; massages; and spa services such as a Spanish seaweed mud wrap or hot lavender salt scrub. Many of their clients are signing up for services that use coffee-based products, because "caffeine is so good for the skin -- it increases circulation and assists in getting rid of dead skin cells," West-Harrison says.

The spa blends all its own products and has its own line, Voodoo Bath Salts, which come in three varieties: love, money, and health, all concocted with the help of a voodoo priestess.

Small and intimate, the spa also features a "cabana," a tent in a lush courtyard, where clients can have outdoor massages and body scrubs. The spa takes appointments from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily under the watchful eye of "spa manager" Sadie Chanel, a 1-year-old American bulldog. -- Eileen Loh Harrist


Helpful Holiday Hints

The newly formed Alzheimer's Services of the Crescent City (ASCC) is sponsoring a two-hour seminar to help families coping with Alzheimer's Disease enjoy a happy holiday season.

Eileen MaloneBeach, coordinator of the Gerontology Program at Central Michigan University, will present "Focusing on the family, getting through the holidays with Alzheimer's Disease" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Poydras Home Chapel (5354 Magazine St.). During the event, MaloneBeach will offer families and caregivers tips to make the holidays stress-free, including advice about how to modify unpredictable behavior, and tools for maintaining patience, humor and compassion for Alzheimer's patients.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Call ASCC at 861-8293 for more information. -- Graves


Tree of Honor

Ochsner Clinic Foundation is holding a decorating ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 for its annual Tree of Living. During the holidays, people who want to pay tribute to someone important to them can purchase ornaments with their name on them and place them on the special tree in the hospital atrium.

You can purchase ornaments for $10 by calling Ochsner Division of Philanthropy at 842-7113. Proceeds from the sale of ornaments benefit the Arthritis Academic Innovation Fund, which supports research and development within the Rheumatology Department. -- Graves


Feel Better All Over

A free training session at Tulane Medical School (1430 Tulane Ave.) this week will explore the idea of caring for the health of the whole person as well as the historical connection between spirituality and health care.

"Treating the Whole Person," from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday (Dec. 5) in room 4150 of the medical school, will be presented by Harold Koenig, founder and director of the Center for the Study of Spirituality and Health at Duke University Medical School. It is sponsored by Tulane and The McFarland Institute.

Koenig, who has discussed his research about religion, health and medical ethics on hundreds of media outlets and before Congress, specializes in geriatric medicine, psychiatry and biostatistics.

For more information, call The McFarland Institute at 593-2320. -- Graves


Lots to Lose

Dr. Ruary C. O'Connell will discuss the risks and treatments for obesity during a free seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday (Dec. 5) in the large conference room on the first floor of Methodist Hospital (5620 Read Blvd.).

O'Connell, medical director for Renew surgical weight-loss system, will talk about risks, treatment and management of obesity as well as Renew, a program designed for people who are 100 pounds or more overweight.

The seminar is free, but enrollment is limited. Call 887-3291 for reservations. -- Graves


A Better Eye Exam

St. Charles Vision (3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020) is the first eye care practice in the area to offer the Optomap retinal examination, which allows early detection of a range of eye problems.

Optomap takes a computer-generated image of the retina that allows doctors to examine and assess the health of the eye without the pupil dilation, eye drops, blurred vision or sensitivity to light patients traditionally have experienced. In addition, it gives doctors a computer-generated image of the retina that can help them to diagnose such conditions as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and macular degeneration before those conditions progress. For more information, call Dr. Ivan Banks at St. Charles Vision at 887-2020. -- Graves

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