Wholly Healthy: Social Media Can Turn Toxic

“Mens sana, in corpore sano” goes the old Latin saying. “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” It’s vital that we pay proper attention not only to our physical existence, but also to our minds and souls — to the intangible but essential part of who we are. While I write a lot about things […]

Wholly Healthy: Sexual Abuse — Know the Signs

It seems that every week, every month, we learn of another allegation of the sexual abuse of children. While it’s easy to throw stones at various groups, a horrible truth remains: Humans are sinful and abusive. We can find sexual abuse in any group. It’s not a problem that can be relegated to Catholics or […]

Wholly Healthy: Don’t Be Fooled

Since April Fool’s Day is April 1, it’s probably a good time to go over a few things that aren’t true in medicine and health. A few things come to mind, but first I’d like to remind everyone (especially the parents of children) that there is no compelling evidence that vaccines cause autism. Furthermore, real […]

Wholly Healthy: With tests, less can be more

It seems to be a commonly held belief that people with health care concerns always benefit from having more tests. Whether it’s blood work, an X-ray, a CT scan, an MRI or a stress test, the common refrain I hear is, “Doc, better safe than sorry!” I get that. I understand the deep human need […]

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 […]