Wholly Healthy: Do What the Doctor Says!

It can be hard to stay healthy these days. The cost of prescriptions is often ridiculous. The cost of health care, in general, is rising. And it takes way too long to get a doctor’s appointment! But there is something that can help everyone stay healthier. And here it is: Do what the doctor says. […]

Wholly Healthy: Tackling a Mental Health Crisis

America is in the grips of a true mental health crisis. Depression and anxiety are epidemic in young and old alike. No matter how many medications the medical community prescribes, these diseases seem to increase in prevalence. People with more intense mental health afflictions like schizophrenia frequently have few available resources. Mental health clinics are […]

Wholly Healthy: Older Folks Need to be Active

I don’t know how many times I see elderly patients in the emergency department who have family members asking them to slow down. They might have come in with a minor injury, or a cold or cough.  Their children or grandchildren look at me and say, “Doctor, she is 93 and will not stop going! […]

Wholly Healthy: Marijuana’s Dangerous Side Effects

A recent Gallup survey revealed that about 13 percent of Americans smoke marijuana regularly. In 2013, the estimates were roughly 7 percent. I’m not a statistician, so I can’t really speak to how well this reflects the entire country, but from what I see in my work I’d agree that marijuana use is rising.  Marijuana use […]

Wholly Healthy: Flu Season Is Already Here

Cold and flu season is again upon us. I’ve already started seeing patients with pneumonia. I have colleagues who are seeing influenza — and I’m writing this in August. So I have some tips for managing the upcoming season.  — First (and I’ve written about this before), eat less and exercise more. When you are […]

Wholly Healthy: Finding Discounts on Prescriptions

Medications aren’t cheap. The reasons for this are many and complicated. For instance, research and development costs, coupled with government regulations, make it very costly for companies to bring new medications to market. Those are understandable reasons for increased medication costs. On the other end, there are organizations involved in distribution of medicines that severely […]

Wholly Healthy: Impaired by Medication?

We are all acutely aware of the fact that drunk drivers are especially dangerous. In fact, our beloved South Carolina is one of the worst states in the union for drunk driving fatalities. That’s a daily, nightly tragedy. However, I think people often forget all of the other medications that can affect them when they […]

Wholly Healthy: Drug Allergies and Side Effects

“Are you allergic to any medications?” Physicians and nurses ask this question over and over. Everyone is more attuned to patient safety, particularly 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: Pay Attention & Be Ready to Help

One of the unpleasant realities of working with the public (or just generally being in a public place) is that there are dangerous, violent people in the world. This is an ever-present reality of hospital emergency departments, but it’s also true of churches. The shooting at “Mother Emanuel” AME church in Charleston in 2015 was […]

Wholly Healthy: Gun Safety Is Our Responsibility

Whatever one believes about the gun-control debate, everyone wants to improve firearms safety. However, while accidents from firearms make up a very small portion of gun deaths in America, suicides with firearms make up about 60 percent of gun deaths nationally. I feel qualified to address this, since I have treated a fair number of […]