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 […]

Wholly Healthy: Don’t Give Up on Quitting Smoking

If I could make one recommendation that could change the healthcare landscape of America today, it would be for everyone who smokes cigarettes to stop. The effect, over just a few years, would be staggering in its scope. The list of illnesses attributable to smoking is long. Every day, I see someone struggling to breathe, […]

Wholly Healthy: Dear Lord, Why Did You Make the Flu?

By now you’ve probably heard that it’s a whopper of a flu season. Clinics, urgent cares, doctor’s offices, emergency rooms and hospitals are positively awash in the stuff. As such, I would like to remind my dear readers of a few things. First, not all cough, fever or cold symptoms are influenza. And generally, vomiting […]

Wholly Healthy: Wake Up to Seriousness of Sleep Apnea

When we think about health, we tend to think about doctor’s visits, medications, surgeries, even exercise and diet. But one of the things we seldom remember is that sleep is extremely important to our well-being. This has become especially evident to me. Turns out, I apparently have obstructive sleep apnea. This is a widespread problem […]

Wholly Healthy: Relax and Be Healthy This Christmas

Christmas is upon us. And in order to have a healthy, happy Christmas season, maybe we should do Christmas a little less, rather than a little more. Without a doubt, Christmas causes enormous stress. Anxiety, depression and suicide rise during the holidays. Clinicians like myself see it every year. It occurs for many reasons, no […]

Wholly Healthy: How to be Thankful for Our Bodies

It will soon be Thanksgiving, and we’re thankful for so many things! But, in the mix, let me remind you to be thankful for your bodies. And in addition to mentioning this to God, I urge you to express this sentiment by taking care of the physical form in which you dwell. The thing is, […]

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 […]