Review Category : Health

How you can find freedom in your emotions

By Shafiya Eve

Are you haunted by previous experiences or events in your life, by things you did, others did, you didn’t do, others didn’t do? Do you feel blocked from moving forward by some unknown barrier? Is your happiness like a “coming event” when a certain something happens, THEN you will be happy, only it doesn’t bring the expected happiness? What would it be like to be free from these mysterious self-defeating patterns and beliefs?

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) also referred to as “tapping” is an emotional version of acupuncture (without the needles) wherein we stimulate certain meridian points by tapping on them with our fingertips while focusing on an emotionally charged memory. Since emotional stress can contribute to pain, disease and physical ailments, we often find that EFT provides astonishing physical relief.

The nature of some of this emotional baggage which I refer to as energy disruptions are from negative experiences imprinted in our subconscious. When we experience a trauma or repetitive negative input we develop an energy disruption. When a trauma, drama or negative experience occurs and is left unresolved, we carry it in our energy body which ultimately manifests in our physical body. Our magical Universe is always conspiring to heal us by revealing our old, yet still active wounds, whether they are physical, emotional or mental; often when we least expect it.

As an example, many years ago I accepted a job which required air travel across the US. On my first trip out of town I arrived at Richmond International Airport to depart, as soon as I entered the airport I began crying, for no reason. It was one of those sobbing cries, most embarrassing and quite befuddling to me. Once I got on the plane, I was fine and had no further upset through flight changes and my return flight home.

The following month on another trip out of Richmond, as I entered the airport the tears began to flow. I was at a loss as to what was going on with me. Life was good. Finally it dawned on me, the last time I had seen my brother, a Marine pilot, and he was waving goodbye at that very airport before his departure. He died a few months later in a mid-air collision flying off an aircraft carrier. There was 20 years between his passing and my airport sobbing experience. Once I made the connection and worked with my grief issues regarding my brother, those trips out of town were no longer tearful as I experienced greater peace about my brother’s passing.

Another example is with a client who I’ll call Sam. Sam couldn’t understand why his business was not flourishing. He was a veteran marketer and knew he had all the right ingredients for success but everything seemed blocked. Sam revealed he had been immensely successful but with the turn in the economy had lost everything. It had been a deeply painful and bitter experience for him. It became apparent he was terrified of his success because he might lose it all again. Together with the use of EFT, we were able to clear the energy around his previous experiences allowing him to re-open the channels of abundance and enhancing the growth of his business. The session was a great success to Sam and he has emailed me many times with gratitude and news of how well his business is going now.

So, where are you holding emotional blocks? To get a clear idea, begin looking at what is or isn’t showing up in your life.

Heal the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to a happier future.

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Who’s kicking your yea but(t)?

By Martha O’Regan

‘Yea, I know I need to (blank), but I can’t/don’t because (blank)’. ‘Yea, I’m sure I would feel better if I (blank), but (blank) keeps getting in my way.’ We call these limiting beliefs ‘YeaBut’ statements and we all have them. They are the ‘I can’t affords’, ‘there isn’t enough time’, ‘yea, I could do that, but…..’, etc. These limiting beliefs were set up early in life and until we dissolve them, will keep us stuck, contribute to procrastination and self sabotage, and basically stifle our progress in life.

What are your limiting beliefs? If you’re not sure, begin to listen to your thoughts and comments that begin with ‘I can’t, I shouldn’t, and I always do/never have’, etc. With repetition, these type statements become your truth, keeping you stuck in situations that may not serve your highest good. So, if you are working on a specific health, career, relationship, or financial goal that just isn’t lining up with ease, consider asking your family and friends to listen and lovingly kick your ‘yea butt’ when you begin spouting off these limiting statements.

As busy ‘being’ humans, we need someone to hold us accountable and keep us on task with our dreams, goals and desires in a kind, non-judgmental, and empowering way. So who is it for you..? your spouse, your children, your best friend, a co-worker? If the answer is “no one” or “myself”, then I ask, how is that working for you? If you answer ‘not so good’, then it might be time to consider having a coach to support you in taking your life to the next level. When I began coaching, there were basically only wellness/health, life and maybe a few career coaches, now there is a coach for everything you can imagine.

I have the honor to be one of three support coaches in a year- long mastermind program for 24 individuals from around the world who are creating their own coaching business. These individuals have a passion to serve a specific niche which includes such populations as those desiring a yogic lifestyle, same sex couples entering into marriage, veterans and first responders managing PTSD, nurses learning self-care to manage job/life stress, couples wanting to restore/strengthen their relationship, retirees seeking to fulfill their purpose even without a job, parents educating themselves in ways to talk about sex with their children, engineers learning to live and manage their stress from the right brain, you name it, there is a coach for it.

It’s often asked ‘what is the difference between coaching and counseling’? Counseling gives us an understanding of how our past has brought us to our present circumstance, allowing us to validate why we feel the way we feel. But, once we have reached that point of understanding, continuing to talk about it can sometimes keep us stuck validating our behavior through our story, and not moving towards anything. Coaches support you in getting from your present life experience to a desired result, by rearranging or dissolving some of your limiting patterns and behaviors that have kept your goals ‘just a nice idea’.

Because coaches are not emotionally attached to the outcome, as you are, they can be extremely objective and offer insights that you may be too close to the situation to see. Coaches are trained with a variety of creative solutions to keep you focused on the big picture, while helping you get to the goal quickly and efficiently by cutting through the baggage that can easily slow you down or cloud your judgment. They ask questions, develop action plans, and lovingly kick your ‘yea butt’ when you try to quit, or limit your own ability to live out your dream or purpose on the planet.

Who do you dream to be? What do you desire to do? Where do you need support? Are you ready for more joy in life? These are the questions a coach will ask, so get your ‘yea butt’ in gear and find yours today. You’ll be so glad you did. Live Awake….Have Fun!

Martha O’Regan, BEST Life Coach for the Awakened Shift Head, supporting those who are tired of ‘thinking’ their way to health, happiness and success and ready for a Shift of Heart. Contact her at to discover just how easy it can be to Create Your BEST Life…By Design

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Janna Jones Kersh hired as first midwife

Beaufort Memorial Hospital has added the first midwife to its OB-GYN team, offering expectant mothers more birthing options. Janna Jones Kersh, a certified nurse midwife, has joined Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists and will be delivering babies alongside board-certified OB-GYNs Drs. Christopher Benson, Gregory Miller, Berniece Redmond and Claude Tolbert.

Janna Jones Kersh

Janna Jones Kersh

“Having a midwife on staff will enhance our practice on several levels,” said Tolbert, who is serving as Jones Kersh’s supervising physician. “We will be able to offer midwifery care to those patients who prefer it, and with her handling routine pregnancies, we can focus on our high-risk patients.”

As a nurse midwife, Jones Kersh specializes in providing a safe, individualized childbirth experience for women with low-risk pregnancies. She is trained to take a more holistic approach to the birthing process, intervening only when necessary. Educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, she also will see patients needing gynecological and primary care services, including contraceptive counseling, family planning, preconception care, gynecological exams, menopausal management and counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention.

“It’s a myth that we just care for pregnant women,” Jones Kersh said. “We focus on pregnancy and birth, but we also are trained to treat all the usual gynecological issues.”

Jones Kersh received her B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Georgia in 2012. She went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Nursing with a major in Nurse-Midwifery this past December at Vanderbilt University.

Her clinical experience as a graduate student included primary care in rural health facilities, labor and delivery at Vanderbilt University Hospital and the full scope of midwifery care at a Maine OB/GYN clinic. She also was among the first students to participate in a new volunteer doula program at Vanderbilt.

Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists are equipped with the latest screening and diagnostic services, including 3-D and 4-D ultrasound.

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Beaufort is in the “Stroke Belt”

Charles Wood never saw it coming. By all accounts, the Naval Hospital Beaufort maintenance supervisor was a healthy 59-year-old man.

“I took no medications whatsoever,” Wood said. “Except for the occasional cold, I was never sick.”

So, when his right hand went numb one afternoon while he was working on his computer, he assumed it had just fallen asleep. Within minutes, the numbness had crept up to his elbow and then to his shoulder.

“It was like my arm wasn’t there,” he said. “I thought, oh shoot, I’m in trouble.”

Before he knew what hit him, his eyesight became blurry and his right leg went out on him, causing him to fall to the floor. Hearing him yell for help, his wife Chris came into the room and immediately realized what was happening. She asked him to smile to see if his face was drooping—one of the signs of a stroke.

“I couldn’t smile or stick out my tongue,” Wood recalled. “I was scared. I knew I was having a stroke.”

Not 15 minutes after Wood arrived in Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, he was being virtually examined by a stroke expert from Charleston thanks to MUSC Health’s Telestroke program.

The physician was able to ask Wood questions and see his symptoms via an oversized computer screen. After reviewing his brain imaging studies, the neurologist confirmed Wood was having an ischemic stroke. About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic, caused when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked by a clot.

According to current guidelines published by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, clot-busting medication should be started within 180 minutes of symptom onset with a goal of 60 minutes from the patient’s arrival in the hospital. Wood received the life-saving drugs in 48 minutes.

BMH Emergency Department physicians Drs. Luke Baxley and Stephen Larson with the Telemedicine Cart used to consult with MUSC stroke specialists.

BMH Emergency Department physicians Drs. Luke Baxley and Stephen Larson with the Telemedicine Cart used to consult with MUSC stroke specialists.

“Two million neurons are lost every minute blood flow is blocked to the brain,” said MUSC Health Telestroke program manager Ellen Debenham. “It can lead to some devastating disabilities.”

Beaufort Memorial is one of 18 hospitals across the state participating in the MUSC Health Telestroke program, part of a statewide initiative focused on reducing the incidence of stroke and augmenting provision of acute stroke care in South Carolina.

“The stroke program is one of the first services to offer telehealth,” Debenham said. “It’s really the wave of the future.”

The potentially life-saving network connects partnering hospitals with immediate, round-the-clock access to MUSC Health’s stroke care experts. With the activation of this network, almost all of South Carolina is within an hour of expert stroke care. To date, the MUSC Health Telestroke program has provided expert consultative care to some 6,000 stroke patients in South Carolina.

“We’re averaging 15 patients a month that can now receive an urgent consultation,” said Beaufort Memorial Hospital stroke coordinator Sheri O’Brien.

BMH Emergency Department physicians are consulting with MUSC experts even in cases where they suspect a patient is having a “mini-stroke” known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA). While TIAs generally do not cause permanent brain damage, they are a serious warning sign that a stroke may happen in the future.

“If we know a patient has had a TIA, we can get them on blood-thinning medication and recommend lifestyle changes that could prevent another stroke,” O’Brien said.

The fifth leading cause of death in the United States, stroke ranks as the No. 3 killer in South Carolina, part of an 11-state region in the United States known as the Stroke Belt.

“We have three great neurologists in Beaufort, but it’s difficult for them to be available immediately in our Emergency Department 24/7,” O’Brien said. “With the telemedicine cart, we can reach an MUSC Health neurologist within 10 minutes.”

Less than 48 hours after being wheeled into the BMH Emergency Department on May 3rd, Wood was discharged from the hospital with virtually no deficits. He was back to work in a week.

Since his initial treatment in the hospital, Wood has continued to receive follow-up care from a Beaufort Memorial neurologist. After seeing a physical therapist, he was able to regain full dexterity in his right hand, allowing him to once again enjoy his favorite hobby—playing the guitar and piano.

“I feel fantastic,” the Port Royal resident said. “I’m very grateful for what the ER staff did for me that day. They worked like ants. Their fast response saved me from having any permanent damage.”

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June is Cataract Awareness Month!

By Dr. Mark S. Siegel

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of treatable vision loss in the United States, and it is the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts, so it seems fitting that an entire month should be dedicated to education and awareness.

In honor of Cataract Awareness Month, here are some common questions and answers about cataracts:

What is the treatment for cataracts? Even though cataracts are so prevalent, they are very successfully treated. Cataracts are a clouding of the human lens inside the eye, which prevents passage of light into the back part of the eye. The solution to cataracts is cataract surgery, which requires a surgeon to remove the deteriorated lens and replace it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens or IOL. Over 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery annually, making it one of the most common surgeries in the United States. In fact, the entire surgery lasts only about 20 minutes, and most people can resume normal activities after surgery fairly rapidly.

Is cataract removal safe? Cataract surgery is a twenty-minute miracle! Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgeries with a success rate well over 95 percent. Your eye surgeon will remove your clouded lens and replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Only a micro incision in the cornea is necessary to do this procedure, and it can be completed in about 20 minutes in an outpatient surgery center. We currently use phacoemulsification, an ultrasonic process that breaks up or emulsifies the cloudy lens and then vacuums it out. We currently have a wide variety of vision improving IOL’s that patients may choose to reduce their dependence upon eyeglasses, thereby improving their lifestyle.

Do cataracts only affect seniors? Cataracts can affect anyone! Although most people do not show symptoms of cataracts until at least the age of 40, cataracts can also affect young adults or even children. Heredity, disease, eye injury and smoking may cause cataracts to develop at an earlier age.

Can I prevent cataracts? There is no proven way to prevent age-related cataracts. However, choosing a healthy lifestyle can slow the progression of cataracts. Some ways to delay the progression of cataracts include avoiding smoking, reducing exposure to UV rays, eating healthy foods, and wearing proper eye protection to avoid eye injury.

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Smalheiser joins BMH Lowcountry Medical Group

Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group continues to expand its primary care services, adding a nurse practitioner to the 18-year-old practice. Veronica Smalheiser, formerly a nurse practitioner for the Bridge to Home Transitional Care Program at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, will be working with Lowcountry Medical Group internists Drs. Nicholas Dardes, F. Carl Derrick III and Robert Parrick.

Veronica Smalheiser

Veronica Smalheiser

A First Honor Graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina with a Master of Science in Nursing, Smalheiser earned board certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in 2013. She is also board certified as a Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner through the American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Smalheiser began her nursing career in 2007 at University of Florida, where she served as an intensive care nurse and charge nurse in the hospital’s coronary care unit.

She joined BMH in 2010 and went on to earn her certification as a critical care registered nurse. Prior to taking a position with Lowcountry Medical Group, Smalheiser worked for five years in Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department. The last four years, she also was working in the hospital’s radiology/catheterization lab.

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Dental health and whole health

By Dr. Stephen W. Durham

The mouth is where your body meets the outside world up close. It’s where we eat, speak and at least partly, where we breathe. So nature gives us elaborate defenses there. Some of those defenses are tough, like the enamel on the surface of the teeth. And some are delicate, like the margins between the teeth and gums. None of those defenses do well without some care and maintenance.

When your dental defenses are down, an unhealthy mouth can set off immune reactions that are associated with big problems like heart and coronary artery disease, even cancer.

So when we visit the dentist only for the toothache we shortchange our
whole health.

Prevention and Early Detection 

By “having a look around” with any dental treatment, and especially by getting regular checkups, people save time and money in the long run. The best time to solve a problem is before it comes up, and it’s as true in dental health as in anything else. Maybe more so.

There’s a two-way street between appearance and health too, so there’s nothing superficial about working toward and maintaining the best looking teeth you can have. Whiter, straighter teeth, healthy gums and ready smile are good investments in your health and outlook.

Qualified to See 

It’s a good idea then to make sure the dentist you select is qualified in a wide range of procedures and techniques – from composite fillings to caps and crowns and bridges, to laser periodontal treatment, to cosmetic dentistry, to neuromuscular dentistry that relaxes the neck and jaw and eliminates many headaches. Even oral cancer screening can be part of your dental checkup. Advanced, recent and ongoing training are a good sign your dentist won’t overlook something that is good for you. There’s no substitute for comprehensive ability.

A recipient of the 2012 Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Stephen Durham, DMD, MAGD, is a graduate of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. He is a past recipient of the LVI Fellowship Award for Neuromuscular and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Durham practices at Durham Dental at Town Center in Beaufort. For more information, visit his website at or call 843-379-5400.

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Nurse Amy Hane wins prestigious Daisy Award

Women’s Imaging Center clinical director Jackie Brown congratulates Amy Hane on winning the Daisy Award.

Women’s Imaging Center clinical director Jackie Brown congratulates Amy Hane on winning the Daisy Award.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital breast nurse navigator Amy Hane knew she was walking a fine line when she stepped up to help the children of a 43-year-old single mother who died of breast cancer last November.

“In nursing school, they teach you about professional boundaries,” said Hane, a registered nurse with more than 11 years experience. “But I had spoken with the mother and I knew they were destitute. I would want people to help my children if I had been in her shoes.”

In her off hours and with her own money, Hane quietly began offering the children assistance. She filled up their refrigerator with food, bought them clothing for school and found them community resources to help with a wide range of needs from grief counseling to legal representation.

“Their mother passed away right before the holidays,” said Jackie Brown, managing clinical director of Beaufort Memorial’s Women’s Imaging Center. “It was a very difficult time and Amy wanted to make sure they had a Christmas.”

The Beaufort Memorial Women’s Imaging Center staff pose with the banner they created to recognize their co-worker Amy Hane (pictured front row left) in honor of her Daisy Award.

The Beaufort Memorial Women’s Imaging Center staff pose with the banner they created to recognize their co-worker Amy Hane (pictured front row left) in honor of her Daisy Award.

Realizing they would need more than she could provide, Hane reached out to the community for help. The response was so great, a website was created for donations and delivery of home-cooked meals twice a week.

In recognition of her kindness and generosity, Hane was honored last week with the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national tribute reserved for RNs who go the extra mile to care for patients and their families.

“Amy has such compassion for her patients,” said Daniel Mock, senior director of imaging services at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. “It’s a very difficult job, but she gets joy out of what she does.”

When co-worker Matthew Hurtt found out how much Hane had done for the family, he nominated her for the prestigious award.

“She has truly embraced the ideals of nursing and the core values of the hospital,” said Hurtt, Beaufort Memorial’s advanced imaging supervisor. “I was touched by the caring she showed to these children and her efforts to help them.”

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Walking and winning

COMMUNITY - Heart Walk BMH staff 2015

Several members of the Beaufort Memorial staff and their families took part in the annual American Heart Association’s Palmetto Heart Walk recently on Hilton Head Island. Congratulations to the BMH team for winning the T-shirt design award at the event!

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New oncology practice opens


Beaufort Memorial Hospital opened its new oncology practice headed by longtime Beaufort oncologist Marcus Newberry III, MD, along with its new Chemotherapy & Infusion Services facility. Both are located in the Beaufort Medical Plaza on the main hospital campus at 989 Ribaut Road. President & CEO Rick Toomey (left) drops in to visit with Dr. Newberry and staff members Kendall Cook and Lexie Paulk.

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