From Dr. James Marchums

  • Annual Checkups – Dr Michael Greger

    Many suggest that a healthy lifestyle requires an annual physical exam and checkup. Is this the best route to take according to the latest studies? Dr. Michael Greger is the driving force behind, specializing in nutrition, food safety, and public health. (

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  • New Stent Study – Dr James Marcum

    We hear about them from time to time; perhaps even have one or more implanted in our chest. They’ve almost become synonymous with modern life. What if we need one? Cardiologist James Marcum, founder director of Heartwise Ministries, has some good news concerning stents.

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  • The Gift of Health – Dr Janice Stanger

    Whenever Christmas rolls around, people go out of their way, slogging through snow and ice, fighting crowds, enduring the bombardment of advertising and promotion, to find the perfect gift. Author and educator Dr. Janice Stanger suggests the gift that keeps on giving—health.

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  • Pedal Power – Abeles

    Ann and Fred Abeles eagerly faced their retirement, but were disappointed with the directions they took. Then they hit the road on two wheels and life became a journey worth taking, moving forward under pedal power.

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  • Opioids: Looking at Cause

    Darlene Superville of the Associated Press has joined the many journalists nationwide in pointing out the dangers of the opioid epidemic. In her article, she focuses on the economic implications. In 2015, the crisis as it is now being referred, cost 504 billion dollars. This is a far higher estimate than previous estimates.

    I want to focus on a few points today in this column. More than 64,000 died from overdoses last year. We as a society are becoming more and more dependent on medications. Medications are needed at times and they have a place, but as we see with the opioid crisis, we, in the health care world, need to look at the cause of problems.

    This is a major challenge as our cultural values, marketing efforts, and society in general wants a quick fix to our problems. There is so much money and lobbying involved, this problem will linger for a long period of time. We are now in the, “Oh we have a problem phase.”

    A few years ago I felt so strongly about the problem of deaths related to medication, I wrote the book, “Medicines that Kill”. This book was intended to give individuals another source to educate themselves. I still feel the number one cause of death in America is the misuse of medications. The opioid crisis is just more evidence. As this is such a problem, we need to continue to speak out in the media. Individuals need to hear other voices that have no financial interests in the industry.

    If you are taking an opioid or other medications, ask yourself if this is treating the cause. Is there anything you can do to address the cause of the symptom or the pain? Thinking along these lines is a good place to start. We cannot depend on others. If we do the cost will be much higher.

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  • Anxious Minds – Randy Fishell

    Mental health is as under attack these days as physical well-being. Randy Fishell, long-time editor of Guide magazine, has written a book about his on-going battle with anxiety disorders. His is a journey of hope. (

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  • Anemia – James L. Marcum, M.D.

    There are certain things in life we can’t do without. Oxygen, water, love, and blood. Dr. James Marcum, founder/director of Heartwise Ministries, examines that last item carefully.

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  • Are stents the answer?

    The New York Times has reported in November 2017 on a new study in the journal Lancet. This study found that while cardiac stents can be lifesaving in opening arteries in patients having a heart attack, the devices are ineffective in relieving chest pain.

    Stents are tiny wire cages to open arteries. They are useful when patients are having heart attacks or unstable symptoms, however, they are often deployed when patients have no symptoms just blockages. More than 500,000 had stents placed last year. Stents do carry risk. They are expensive.

    This study placed stents in some and had sham procedures in others. The study found no real difference in the groups who all had blockages and symptoms related to these blockages.

    Of course, this has raised a bit of controversy in the cardiology world. There have long been questions regarding the effectiveness of stents. A 2007 study led by Dr. Boden and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found stents did not prevent heart attacks or deaths from heart disease. Yet stent procedures continue. Cardiovascular disease is not being cured by stent procedures.

    Cardiovascular disease is a diffuse, complicated disease. Stents do damage blood vessels. I tell my patients our goal is to halt or reverse disease and not merely treat a symptom, though this may be necessary in some situations. The sham procedure also raises the question about belief systems in the treatment of disease. The mind plays a large role in the physiology of cardiovascular disease.

    Many are now rethinking how they practice. This has just given me more evidence to use in educating and motivating patients to be more proactive and treat the causes of cardiovascular disease. Ask your cardiologist about all treatment options especially if you are not having a heart attack or having active symptoms.

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  • Longevity Secrets – Williamsport Retirement Village

    Most people determine to live a long and healthy life. How do we do that? Three experts on the subject provide insights and suggestions for assuring that there’s plenty of life in all of our years.

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  • One Man’s Journey – Edwin Gibb

    Seventeen years is a long time to battle any disease. Just ask Edwin Gibb. He watched his wife struggle with one that’s particularly tragic – Alzheimer’s. His story of resilience and love inspires and motivates all who hear it.

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  • Sexual Abuse – Sarah McDugal

    An epidemic of sexual abuse is impacting society worldwide. Sarah McDugal, author of “One Face,” wades into the sexual abuse culture looking for a way out.

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  • Rest for the Weary – Dr James Marcum

    We’re exhausted from a hard day at work, slip into our pjs, fall into bed, bring the covers up to our chins, sigh, and then wait. And wait. And wait. Nothing. Dr. James Marcum, founder/director of Heartwise Ministries, helps us find rest for our weary selves.

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  • Kids Bible Study – Melissa Bradshaw

    Melissa Bradshaw from the It Is Written telecast has developed avenues for getting children interested and involved in Bible Study. The results can be life-changing for both young and old. (

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  • Tech Savvy Parenting – Brian Housman

    Today, the average teenager sends 3,339 text messages each month and spends 97 minutes a day playing video games. Add social networking, video watching, and emailing and the results can be damaging to mental and physical health. Brain Housman applies 20 years of experience to helping families make better choices. (

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  • King Broccoli – Dr Michael Greger

    It looks so innocent sitting there among the other vegetables in the produce section. But that simple, unassuming plant may help heal your child of autism. Dr. Michael Greger weighs in on this and other contemporary health topics. (

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  • Healthy Kids – Dr Rachel Nelson

    Pediatrician Dr. Rachel Nelson offers five powerful health tips for parents and their young ones to follow to help them reach their full potential.

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  • The Power of Awe – Dr James Marcum

    Have you ever witness anything that left you speechless—in a good way? Dr. James Marcum, founder/director of Heartwise Ministries, says that what you felt at that moment was actually healing to both your mind and body.

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  • Lessons on Grief – Sharon Brown Keith

    There’s something uniquely sad about losing a parent. They may be old and infirmed, but when the moment of separation comes, most people feel a loss unlike any other. Christian author Sharon Brown Keith offers insights and hope from her own painful experience.

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  • Brains under Attack – Dr Norman McNulty

    It’s unpredictable, often disabling, and there doesn’t seem to be a cure. It disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. That’s one of the conditions that neurologist Norman McNulty examines on this revealing program.

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  • Colorectal Disease – Dr Eric Nelson

    It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it. Eric Nelson is a colon and rectal surgeon practicing in Chattanooga, Tennessee and an expert in colorectal diseases of the most unpleasant and dangerous kind.

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