Review Category : Health

What is mindfulness and how can it be cultivated?

By Deb Duer By now, almost everyone has heard of mindfulness in some form or fashion. It’s a technique being employed in such places as hospitals to help patients control pain, by schools to help students focus and prisons to aid inmates in uprooting old behaviors in favor of more adaptive behaviors. The applications of mindfulness are almost unlimited and its benefits can’t be over-estimated. After researching about 20 authoritative sources, I have found this to be the most prevalent definition of what mindfulness is: It is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, without making judgements. Without mindfulness it is hard to know what we think at all, or to understand why we react the way we do. Mindfulness notices whatever comes up. It observes change, looking at whatever is passing through the mind but not attaching or holding onto any one thought or impression. We are rarely in the moment. We constantly think about the past, ruminating over our emotions and experiences, or we think about what... ...

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How the YMCA made all the difference

Photo above: Su working out at the YMCA fitness center. Su Mercier has been a resident of Beaufort for 45 years. Originally from New York, she is a retired teacher, having taught at Broad River Elementary, and English as a Second Language (ESL) at Beaufort High and Battery Creek High. Last year, while on vacation out of the country Su suddenly had a problem walking. This is her Y story… By Su Mercier “When I was on a trip to Russia last year all of a sudden I could not walk very well. I was pulling my right leg and felt as if I could not take another step. At the time I thought, “Well, it’s just because I’m tired and the excitement of being on vacation has me a little off”. But it kept getting worse and by the time I was on my way home I had to use a wheelchair in the airport.” “When I returned to Beaufort, I went to my doctor and got an MRI. The... ...

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I desire to feel my Core Desired Feelings, my CALFS

By Brittney Hiller Now, now before you look at that title and ask, “What has this yoga teacher been smoking?” Let me explain. One of my power people in life is Danielle LaPorte and she is phenomenal at getting me to think outside of my box. One of her amazing tools is Core Desired Feelings and how do we want to use them in our life? My CDF’s are CALFS and they translate to Courageous, Abundant, Loved, Freedom, and Sensuous. I want to begin to bring these into my life more and more. I want to feel this everyday! So, where do we begin? We begin by asking ourselves a simple question, “How do I want to feel?” Our feelings are different than emotions, she states beautifully on her website, “What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions? What if your most desired feelings consciously informed how you plan your day, your year, your career,... ...

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Is it time for you to have cataract surgery?

By Dr. Mark S. Siegel A cataract diagnosis does not typically mean that surgery is required immediately. Cataracts occur as part of the body’s natural aging process and may not change vision significantly in the early stages. Small cataract-related changes may be improved with prescription glasses. But as the cataracts continue to mature over time, they may cause vision loss that can interfere with activities of daily living. Although the prospect of cataract surgery can be intimidating, the procedure itself is the most common elective surgery among Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. Multiple studies have demonstrated that cataract surgery can lead to improved quality of life, reduced risk of falling and fewer car crashes. In addition, one study found that those who had cataract surgery had a 40 percent lower long-term mortality risk than those who did not. The following four questions can help you determine whether or not you’re ready for cataract surgery: Are your cataracts impacting your daily or occupational activities? Symptoms of cataracts include dim, blurry... ...

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The time has come to lose weight & get fit. Really!

By Molly Ingram Where to begin? When I moved to Beaufort, I had a plan. The plan was to walk the dogs early. Feed them. Go to the gym and workout, shower and run errands. That was the plan. It was time to get back in shape and maybe, lose some of the weight I have put on over the last couple of years. You ask “How’s the plan working?” Great, except for two things. I have yet to go to the gym and I haven’t lost a pound since I arrived in shrimp and grits country. I was sitting at my desk about two weeks ago reading all the press releases that come into the paper and one of them caught my eye. It was about a new program developed by the trainers at Beaufort Memorial’s LifeFit Wellness Center. They were announcing a new program called Body Makeover. I could do with one of those I thought. It is a combination of nutrition advice from a Registered Dietician about... ...

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Tips for feeling better simply won’t work

By Martha O’Regan You know all that advice and those suggestions that you seek and receive from your doctor, therapist, coach, nutritionist, or personal trainer in an effort to feel better? What about the valuable information gleaned from books, diets, articles, Facebook posts, and classes that you have immersed yourself in as an attempt to lose weight or look younger? The truth is none of it will work….if you don’t actually do what is recommended! And, no it still won’t work if you only ‘try’ it once or every now and again. Authentic change comes from consistent action, meaning you have to do it for it to actually have a benefit. And the crazy thing is none of it is hard or rocket science, yet for those who have resistance towards change, it can feel downright impossible. When you think about many of the suggestions and advice that is handed out freely from doctors, teachers, healers and guides, most of it is quite simple, such as eating foods that are... ...

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Beaufort Memorial wins top national honor

Just two years after attaining state approval to perform emergency interventions on patients suffering deadly heart attacks, Beaufort Memorial Hospital has earned the American College of Cardiology’s top honor for cardiac care. The 2015 ACTION Registry “Get with the Guidelines” Gold Performance Award from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry recognizes Beaufort Memorial for consistently following the treatment guidelines and recommendations of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) for eight consecutive quarters. BMH is one of only 78 hospitals nationwide to win the prestigious award. “To receive the gold citation after just two years is a phenomenal accomplishment,” said BMH President and CEO Rick Toomey. “It reflects the effort our emergency department and cardiac team have made to provide the highest quality care to our patients. By following the guidelines and expediting treatment, we’re saving lives and improving patient’s long-term life expectancy.” BMH had to meet a performance standard of 90 percent for specific measures, including the time it takes to open the blocked artery of... ...

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BMH Labs receive accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s main campus and Bluffton Medical Services laboratories have been re-accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), ensuring patients are receiving the highest level of service. The prestigious designation was awarded to the hospital following an extensive on-site assessment by CAP inspectors. During the peer-based review process, inspectors examined the laboratories’ records and quality control procedures for the last two years. They also checked laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety records and overall management of the department. “Beaufort Memorial’s lab has been in compliance with the rigorous standards of the CAP program since 1997,” said Dr. Brad Collins, the facility’s director. “Our excellent technologists and management staff are dedicated and committed to providing best practice services to our doctors and patients every day.” The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program was started in the early 1960s to improve patient safety by setting stringent standards and ensuring laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements. Teams of practicing professionals lead the on-site inspections every two years. More than 7,600 clinical laboratories around... ...

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The universe is calling — here’s how to answer

By Barbara Alexander How do we hear what the Universe is telling us? Recently a new student asked me, “What can I do to get clearer on what the Universe is trying to tell me?” For those that are attuned to the fact that the Universe can even connect with us, this is an awesome question! It is probably the most valuable life-skill we have in our lives. The best way to find clarity of your soul’s guidance and direction is to create the time for meditation or prayer in your daily practice. You must learn how to hear the subtlety of the level of vibration. But, what if you have difficulty meditating or if what is bothering you is so overwhelming, you can’t get any clarity? The first steps I share with students are practical tools to find that inner connection. It requires that you master the art of quieting your mind so that you can learn how to listen to your heart. There are countless ways to do... ...

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Ready for a Body Makeover program?

Who isn’t? Beaufort Memorial and LifeFit have teamed up to create a 12 week comprehensive program to help all of us achieve our weight loss and fitness goals. Be honest. Has the time come to really do something about those extra pounds? This program might be just the answer to keep you motivated and engaged while learning the proper way to exercise for maximum effectiveness and eat healthy sustainable food. The program starts this August at the LifeFit Wellness Center at Beaufort Memorial. This comprehensive wellness program, which is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, will help you develop life-long healthy habits that will enable you to mold your ideal body. During the course of your body makeover, LifeFit Wellness coaches will show you how to incorporate effective, scientifically-proven exercises designed to burn fat (e.g., High Intensity Interval Training; boredom-busting cardio) and build lean, long, and strong muscles. Plus, a Registered Dietician will help you create a manageable, sustainable, and specialized nutrition plan designed just for you. Nutrition education... ...

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