From Dr. James Marchums

  • Deficiencies – Julieanna Hever

    Our bodies, like automobiles, run on fuel. Just as there are certain things we wouldn’t pour into our car’s gas tank, there are certain substances we really shouldn’t pour into your stomachs. But you wouldn’t think so if you watched enough television or read enough magazine ads. Nutritionist Julieanna Hever examines what passes for truth. (www.plantbaseddietitian.com)

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  • Forgiveness – June Hunt

    We all want it—even demand it—but often find it hard to give. True forgiveness is the only way to find peace of mind and heal the brokenness that many of us feel. June Hunt, biblical counselor, radio program host, author, and lecturer, shares insights. (www.hopefortheheart.org)

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  • Risks cause FDA to take action

    The Washington Post has reported on June 9, 2017, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked a drug company to remove its opioid pain medication from the market. The FDA has concluded that the medication, Opana ER, has risks that outweigh the benefits. This drug was reformulated in 2012 to make it more difficult to snort, but now individuals are injecting this medication. The injections often occur with shared and unsterile needles.

    The nation has an opioid crisis. In Tennessee in 2012-2015, the increased needle sharing of the drug has been linked to serious blood disorders and outbreaks of HIV and Hepatitis C in Indiana. Opioids have many side effects including addiction. From 2000-2015 nearly 180,000 Americans died of overdoses of prescription opioids and tens of thousands more have succumbed to heroin and fentanyl overdoses as the crisis has evolved. This is a crisis.

    If the company declines, the FDA will take steps to formally require its removal by withdrawing agency approval. Last year Opana ER sales were around 158 million. I have written in the past about the dangers of narcotics in the book, Medicines that Kill (Tyndale Press). Medications pose dangers and all have side effects. In the case of narcotics, the numbers of deaths are staggering. Medications do have risks, some more than others.

    This is a first step. We also need to, on an ongoing basis, assess the risks/benefits of all medications. If we can get at the causes of illness, this is far safer than treating symptoms. This discussion needs to start nationally and each individual needs to constantly evaluate medications. If you are interested in learning more about the risks of medications and an approach to use them more carefully, go to this link and get a copy of Medicines that Kill. I wrote this book a few years ago to give more information and another tool to help. Often in the doctor’s’ office or on the Internet, the information is too little or too complicated. If we wait for others to help alert of us the dangers it may be too late.

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  • Get the Lead Out – Dr Michael Greger

    The next time someone says to you, “Get the lead out!” thank him or her. Lead is a toxin that can do us a boatload of harm. Dr. Michael Greger examines lead as well as infertility, acne, and how the food industry is working hard to keep consumers confused. (www.nutritionfacts.org)

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  • Statins – Dr James Marcum

    Wonder drugs were designed to work wonders, and many do. Trouble is, some wonder drugs have a bad habit of turning nasty over time. This includes one of the most popular drugs in history…statins. Dr. James Marcum, founder/director of Heartwise Ministries, explains.

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  • Legal Prescriptions Part 2 – Mark Kennedy

    Poor people need good nutrition, too. This is one of the many messages promoted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C. Mark Kennedy, vice president for legal affairs at PCRM examines SNAP, farm subsidies, and school lunches, looking for ways to enhance health across the nation. (www.pcrm.org)

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  • Legal Prescriptions Part 1 – Mark Kennedy

    The sole purpose of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington D.C. is to make us and our world healthier. Sometimes, to accomplish their goal, they have to take the government to court. Mark Kennedy, vice president for legal affairs at PCRM, talks animal welfare, Amtrak, and hotdogs. (www.pcrm.org)

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  • Eating Disorders – Melainie Rogers

    Sitting down to enjoy a meal is a pretty standard event each day. But there are those who view food from a unique perspective and that can be deadly. Melainie Rogers, director of the Balance eating disorder treatment center in New York City offers insights and guidance concerning eating disorders. (www.balancedtx.com)

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  • Defeating Dementia – Dr James Marcum

    It’s sad beyond comprehension. Someone we once knew is no longer the person we once knew. Something has happened to his or her ability to think and reason. They become strangers to us and to themselves. Dr. James Marcum, founder/director of Heartwise Ministries shares how we all can lower the risk of dementia.

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  • Finding Evidence & Understanding Truth

    We frequently receive questions regarding information gleaned from the internet. Often the information is false and has no substance. Just because a phrase is repeated many times over and over, or someone in authority makes a claim, does not mean the information is true. This seems to be a growing problem as anyone can write anything and claim it is the truth. In the current era of free-flowing information, I see problems developing. Where is the evidence?

    I also have noted that many people say something that is true and exaggerate that truth. For instance, pesticides are not good, but the dangers of pesticides do not equate to the dangers of not eating fruits and vegetables. Not everyone can afford organic. I also see the benefits of certain medications exaggerated while the side effects are sometimes minimized. Be careful to look at the big picture. Take time to research what you hear or read. Also look at the reason why the claim is being made. Take time to evaluate unbiased evidence.

    Not long ago I received a question regarding microwaves. There was great angst that microwaving food was dangerous to our health. This person read something that claimed microwaving food was dangerous removing nutrients and contributing to cancer.

    Ionizing radiation which includes medical X-rays, nuclear radiation, ultraviolet rays from tanning booths, and gamma rays are high energy. This means the waves have enough energy to vibrate atoms in a molecule to remove electrons, a process called ionization which changes the nucleus, damaging DNA and contributing to cancer. Non-ionizing radiation which includes microwaves, sound waves, and visible light, does not have the energy to remove electrons. In theory, releasing energy is referred to as radiation. Human bodies release heat, radiation. This energy is low energy. This is the case for microwave energy which warms our food.

    The studies show that microwave cooking is comparable to other cooking. There is some nutrient loss in all cooking. Some studies show microwave warming might be better because of lower cooking temperatures and shorter cooking times.

    Another false claim is that microwaved foods contain more cancer-causing chemicals than conventionally cooked foods. Not true. High heating of foods such as grilling, barbecuing, pan-frying cause the production of heterocyclic amines (HCA’s), polyaromatic hydrocarbons and nitrosamines all know to be carcinogenic. Less energy used in heating means less problems. Remember this, more heating, more energy, more chemical changes, more damage. This can be illustrated by going to the beach. Look around. Those exposed to more energy from the sun, more radiation, more heat, have the potential to have more damage.

    The point I am trying to make, is look at the evidence and use common sense. Think for yourself. Do not be one that passes on unfounded information that may be damaging at some level to others. Evidence is important. I did not cite my sources for a reason. I want you to look it up yourself and use some common sense. Now if you trust the source, you might avoid some research.

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  • Granting Serenity – Martha Carucci

    Alcoholics aren’t found exclusively on city streets clutching brown paper bags. They just might be sitting next to you in church. But no matter where they are or how they look, they’ve got a problem—a life-threatening problem and need help. Martha Carucci, recovering alcoholic and author of “SobreTease” offers insights and guidance. (www.sobrietease.wordpress.com)

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  • Dealing With Depression – Dr Gregory Jantz

    Most of us grin and bear it—this life we live. But there are some among us who look at life and decide that they’re simply not up to the task and find themselves sinking into deep depression. Dr Gregory Jantz, a certified eating disorder specialist, certified chemical dependency counselor, and a nationally certified psychologist offers a place of hope. (www.aplaceofhope.com)

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  • Another Set of Eyes

    Mayo clinic researchers published recent research on April 4, 2017 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. They concluded in their study group of 286 patients, that 88% of patients who seek a second opinion leave with a refined or new diagnosis. In this study, 66% received a redefined diagnosis while 21% were diagnosed with something completely different. This illustrates that another set of eyes looking at a patient and problem is a good idea.

    A wrong diagnosis can lead to stress, delayed treatment, complications, and added expense. The National Academy of Medicine has concluded that a correct diagnosis is an important component in determining what makes up quality of care. With more and more problems in access to care, this will be a growing problem.

    John recently related an experience that illustrates this. He went to a walk-in clinic with pain in his big toe. The provider diagnosed gout. John is a large man and could not see the underside of his large toe. He received medicine for gout because of the swelling. He did not get better. He sought a second opinion and a splinter was found embedded in the underside of his toe. I wish this were an isolated case, but it is not. This study shows that another set of eyes is a good idea.

    Sometimes it takes time to make a correct diagnosis. Observing a patient over time, collecting data, and better defining symptoms are tools that our fast paced society does not value as much as in the past.  With the amount of stress related symptoms in our world, making a correct diagnosis is even more challenging.

    I want to encourage all to have another opinion if you are not responding to a treatment plan. Try to help your provider by looking for specifics that may help. Does my chest pain happen when I am upset or every time I walk up a hill? Is the cough happening when I am walking around a blooming bush or associated with a fever?

    Also do not forget that there is a Great Physician that has His eyes on you and wants to help. Do not forget to ask Him to lead you in health-care decisions. He will always keep His eyes on you.

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  • Setting Boundaries – Sarah McDugal

    Sometimes things aren’t as they seem. This is especially true in the relationships we observe. Such was the case with author and leadership speaker Sarah McDugal. But she has taken her extreme heartbreak and betrayal and turned it into a powerful testimony for the sustaining and healing power that God offers us all. (www.livewithoneface.com)

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  • Diabetes Scams – Dr John McDougall

    In a recent blog, Dr. John McDougall wrote: Big Pharma and Big Medicine have faced many huge challenges over the past years to keep their cash cows—people with type-2 diabetes—each forking over an average of $13,700 annually. This financially rewarding system works well until the blood-sugar-lowering medicines, along with the gadgets and tests they rely on, are proven to be useless and dangerous. (www.drmcdougall.com)

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  • Angina – Dr James Marcum

    Sometimes, dangerous health conditions let you know that they exist only under certain circumstances. You think you’re fine. Then you do a particular action and, whoa, that doesn’t feel right. Dr. James Marcum, founder/director of Heartwise Ministries, discusses just such a condition.

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  • Lasting Love – Chuck Crismier

    In our throw-away society, it’s easy to conclude that nothing lasts, especially love and marriage. Trial attorney and author Charles Crismier wants us to make an exception to that rule. His book, “Lasting Love: Enduring Secrets for Marital Success” helps readers make the right choices and create the best environment for healthy relationships. (www.saveus.org)

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  • China Revisited – Dr T Colin Campbell

    Many health promoters—as well as countless people who were once sick, overweight, and fighting life-threatening conditions—can trace their motivation and recovery to a single book. Over a decade ago, “The China Study” profoundly shook the medical profession. Its author, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, shares what readers will find in the newly released revised and expanded edition. (www.nutritionstudies.org)

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  • Heart and Soul – Jennifer Hewson

    Jennifer Hewson is an adult nurse practitioner specializing in heart failure. But, what sets her apart is that she comes at patients with a keen interest, not only in their hearts, but also their souls.

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  • Blood Work – Dr James Marcum

    We’re always happy when we hear our doctor say, “Your blood work looks great!” What does that mean? How does blood work…work? Cardiologist James Marcum, founder/director of Heartwise Ministries, explains.

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