Wholly Healthy: Sometimes the Healer Needs Healing

This column departs a little from the normal subject matter of “Wholly Healthy” in that it’s a plea not for healthy behavior, but for healthy physicians. Over the years, medicine has become increasingly complex. Mind you, the “saving lives and easing suffering” part just keeps getting better. We can do more than ever. In the […]

Wholly Healthy: Time for a Serious Discussion

The beginning of the college year is upon us, and many young women and men will leave home for the first time. Whether in Christian schools, community colleges, or public or private universities, our kids will be confronted with people, ideas and opportunities they never encountered previously. This is part of what college is meant […]

Wholly Healthy: You Need a Doctor

We have amazing medical capabilities today. Our ability to ease suffering, fight disease and prolong life is growing by leaps and bounds. However, for all of the medical miracles going on, navigating this system just seems to get more and more difficult as the rules and guidelines are constantly changed by researchers, specialty organizations, insurers […]

Wholly Healthy: ‘Stop the Bleed’

I am writing this column a few days after the terrible bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, and the murders on and near London Bridge. The world is a different place these days. Of course, statistically speaking, few of us are likely to be exposed to terrorism. But sadly, that’s what the victims and […]

Wholly Healthy: How to Avoid Medication Interactions

I was recently at a medical conference where one of the presenters discussed medication interactions. It was an eye-opening talk. Furthermore, it gave me the shudders when I was reminded of some of the frightening things that can occur when medications are mixed (by prescribers) without thorough forethought. For example, many drugs interact with the […]

Wholly Healthy: Fighting the ‘Food Lust’ Battle

I’ve been trying to lose weight lately. It has involved lifting weights, eating some boring food, drinking much more water and cutting back on (sigh!) sweet tea. My attempt has confirmed the truth, related by a good friend and exercise expert, that weight loss requires one to be … hungry. I have to step back […]

Wholly Healthy: Drug Allergies & Side Effects

“Are you allergic to any medications?” Physicians and nurses ask this question over and over. Everyone is more attuned to patient safety, especially, allergy issues. And it’s true whether we’re discussing food, drugs or environmental exposures. But what constitutes a drug allergy? There seems to be a lot of confusion about this because not everyone […]

Wholly Healthy: Battling the Bug — Gastroenteritis

Lately I have seen many patients with gastroenteritis, an illness producing vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, chills, headache and, sometimes, fever. Here are a few tips on handling “the bug” that is so common now (and which, by the way, is not influenza). Prevention first: If possible, avoid contact with anyone who has vomiting and diarrhea, […]

Wholly Healthy: Dental care is more than cosmetic

Christmas is past. Herbie the Dental Elf is busy caring for the folks at the North Pole. And the rest of us, having spent a month or two eating way too many wonderful desserts, could probably use a checkup of our own. It matters far more than most people think. Dental care is part of […]

Wholly Healthy: Why We Shouldn’t Embrace Assisted Suicide

Medicine can only do so much. This is why we have an entire specialty dedicated to providing comfort to people with incurable illnesses and to easing their transition out of this life. This specialty, called palliative care, includes hospice care. Most people have had some interaction with these dedicated caregivers, if only in the care […]