Wholly Healthy: The Wonders of Over-the-Counter Drugs

I recently had an enormous kidney stone. Okay — it seemed enormous to me. But in terms of kidney stones, it was reasonably large — nine millimeters, in fact. Large enough that I had to have lithotripsy (the use of sound waves to break up the stone) performed by my friend and most excellent urologist, […]

Wholly Healthy: Holiday Travel Advice

Christmas travel is such a delight! However, there are a few things for travelers to consider before embarking on holiday pilgrimages. As a physician, one of the most important things to consider is general state of health. If you feel good and have no problems, then hit the open road. However, if you are not […]

Wholly Healthy: Loving the Addicted

I had a wonderful talk with a young woman a few days ago. She came to the ER confused, hallucinating and suicidal. The mental health system being what it is in most states, she was still in the ER the next day. This time she was lucid, calm, pleasant and apologetic. “I think it was […]

Wholly Healthy: Human Trafficking — Closer Than You Think

One of the wonderful things about medicine is the insight it gives, on a daily basis, into humanity. After sufficient time, a physician learns to see, simply in passing, signs of illness or injury in other people. Problems past or present jump out to our eyes. As Christians, we should develop similar skills out of […]

Wholly Healthy: Changing Conditions for Hospital Admission

When we take our sick or injured loved ones to the hospital, we often hope that they will be admitted. In many instances this is a very reasonable request. When heart or lung disease are at work, when severe infections, dehydration, fractures or strokes occur, admission may well be the only option. However, sometimes our […]

Wholly Healthy: Not all wounds are of the superficial variety

Summer is that glorious time of reckless abandon when adults and children manage to sustain all manner of punctures, lacerations and abrasions. So, as summer is upon us, what guidelines can I offer to the wounded? Well, first of all, if you aren’t sure about your wound — however you sustained it — see your […]

Wholly Healthy: A Healthful Dose of Sunshine

As of this writing, my family is about to embark on our annual beach vacation. Because we’re a homeschool family (well, now college and homeschool), we typically take our trip in mid to late May. This is right after finals, when the kids and the mom have reached maximum stress levels for the year. We […]

Wholly Healthy: Pass the Salt, Please

One of my favorite physician sayings is “Don’t just do something, stand there!” That means that it’s better to do nothing than to do something that doesn’t help. As I move through my career, I find myself agreeing. I am endlessly amazed at the number of things we do for no good reason and that […]

Wholly Healthy: Vaccines — Speaking the Truth in Love

There’s a lot of discussion these days about vaccines. Many parents still holding to debunked theories about a connection between vaccines and autism have refused to vaccinate their children. As of this writing, there is a growing epidemic of measles around the country, a disease that is not without serious consequences — including death. This […]

Wholly Healthy: Who to Trust for Medical Advice?

How do we know what to believe about anything? In times past we read books, we took classes, we spoke to experts. These days? These days we do the same, but we also search the Internet. And we seem to do it with special fervor when it comes to questions about our health. I can’t […]