Review Category : Health

Beaufort Memorial Hospital nurse Margo Wehrenberg wins prestigious DAISY Award

Photo above: Margo Wehrenberg was presented the prestigious Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses at a surprise ceremony last week at the hospital. Among those joining the celebration were Phyllis Mike, Nancy Fu, Paris Bloomfield, Verona Mitchell, Susie Roos, Margo Wehrenberg, Annemarie Gierling-Gault, Karen Carroll, Kelly Cruikshank and Lydia Stanley.   For most of his 85 years on earth, Harry Tarrance lived life at full throttle. “To know Harry was to love Harry,” said his granddaughter Christina Wilson. “He was a notorious lady’s man, a real character to say the least.” Despite a long battle with colorectal cancer, the retired car dealer wasn’t ready to see it end. When his liver began to fail and he became jaundiced, he insisted he didn’t need medical attention. “His body was shutting down, but he didn’t want to go to the hospital,” Wilson said. “He was terrified of dying.” Until he met his match in Margo Wehrenberg, the Beaufort Memorial nurse assigned to care for him. Wehrenberg laughed at his jokes, played along with his... ...

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We are perfect, just the way we are!

By Susan Stone You are perfect! We all are…we may be perfectly flawed, but we are perfect all the same. What would change in your life if you KNEW you were the right size, the right gender, the right height, the right color and you were in the right and perfect place? We place so much importance on the “form”. The world tells us what is beautiful…is it true? The world tells us how much we are worth, by the bottom line of our bank accounts…how can that be? True and TRUTH are two different things. They often have little to do with one another. Whatever we believe to be true shows up in our lives that way. We will find evidence to support whatever we have decided is true for us. And we will join with others who agree with us. Just think back a decade or two. What did you believe was true when you were 10, 20 or even 40? What belief did you think was worth... ...

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Scientific breakthrough promotes graceful aging

By Dr. Robert Knitzer What if there was a new, safe way to accelerate the body’s natural ability to heal itself; a way to bring about positive changes in health by selectively removing damaged or destroyed cells and protecting already healthy cells; an approach that was native to the body so that it didn’t interfere with one’s current medication or dietary regimen? This was the type of hypothetical medication we sought to create in my very first Pharmacology class in medical school several decades ago… It is now available! The nature of the human body is to seek balance and to heal itself. Despite all the toxins in our food and water supplies, from sun exposure, chemicals, stress, over-exertion, infection, etc., the body is constantly trying to make adjustments to return to balance. Over the past 20 plus years, basic medical research has moved to a greater understanding of how the body functions by looking at its smaller and smaller components. In this way, researchers begin to see the body... ...

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What in the world are you looking for?

By Martha O’Regan For the last 20+ years, I have rarely kept up with world news and I honestly don’t feel as if I am missing a thing, except maybe a little added stress. I get enough info through headlines that pop up on the internet and in general conversations, but I prefer to read a book that I know is fiction rather than wondering if the news I’m receiving is real or not. As a broadcast journalism major in the early 80’s, the key points taught were to go out and find news whether there was any or not and that there was no longer a need to confirm sources. So basically we had free reign to report anything we wanted whether or not it was true as long as it attracted an audience. Clearly not much has changed in 35 years except we receive it more and faster due to our immense speed of connectivity to the entire world. Shock value and outrage seem to be the key... ...

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Cataract laser surgery available at Beaufort Memorial Surgery Center

Beaufort Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center is now offering state-of-the-art cataract laser surgery that could potentially improve visual outcomes and reduce the risk of complications. A year after purchasing the outpatient surgery center, BMH invested in the LenSx laser-assisted surgical system, making it possible for surgeons to remove cataracts with a precision and accuracy not attainable with traditional surgery. The new computer-controlled system provides a sophisticated 3-D image of the eye, allowing the surgeon to create a precise surgical plan unique to an individual patient.  The surgeon then directs the laser over the eye to make the small corneal incisions necessary to remove the cataract. In traditional cataract surgery, a diamond blade is used to make the incisions. In addition to creating better incisions, the LenSx laser allows surgeons to monitor what is going on inside the eye during the procedure. Several Beaufort Memorial surgeons, among them ophthalmologists Drs. Richard Akers, Kenneth Farr, David Hunter, Jane Kokinakis and Mark Siegel will be using the LenSx to perform cataract surgery. “We are... ...

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

By Dr. Mark S. Siegel January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight”. There are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. Nearly 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. And among Hispanics in older age groups, the risk of glaucoma is nearly as high as that for African-Americans. Also, siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have a significantly increased risk of having glaucoma. Over 3 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it.... ...

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2016 Freedom From Smoking — Are you ready to quit?

If you are ready to quit smoking, Beaufort Memorial wants to help! Start off the New Year right and register to attend the American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking® Program starting January 11, 2016. Beaufort Memorial will partner with the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department to offer this award-winning program. Classes will be offered at 5:45 p.m. in Classroom 451 at the Beaufort Memorial Medical and Administrative Center, 990 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. Dates are Mondays, January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22. One extra support session will be held on Thursday, February 4, which is “Quit Week.” The cost for the class series is $30, which covers the eight classes, education materials, a relaxation CD, and two months’ free access to the LifeFit Wellness Center which is located in the same building. For more information call Dixie Slichter at 843-522-5570 or email her at dlslichter@bmhsc.org. These classes are open to anyone ready to quit smoking. ...

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Dr. Norman Bettle named Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Chief of Staff

Dr. Norman Bettle, a board-certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist with Coastal Neurology, has been named chief of staff at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, replacing the outgoing Dr. Chad Tober. A native of Germany and graduate of Humboldt University of Berlin, Dr. Bettle spent two years training in various medical and surgical positions in the United Kingdom before moving to the states to complete an internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center followed by a residency in Neurology and fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of California in San Diego. In 2004, he joined the Coastal Neurology group. In his new position as chief of staff, Dr. Bettle will be responsible for enforcing and interpreting Beaufort Memorial’s bylaws, rules and regulations for the hospital’s physicians. He also will be the spokesman for the medical staff and represent their views and needs to the hospital board and CEO. Working in cooperation with BMH department and committee chairs, Dr. Bettle will oversee the process of credentials review and continuing education and improvement activities... ...

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“Here is the world…Don’t be afraid.”

By Susan Stone The acronym for fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear is paralyzing. Fear is contagious. Fear compromises our health and it isn’t even real. Notice right now an invisible hoola-hoop around your waist. Notice that everything inside the hoola-hoop is just fine. Your personal space is good…nothing wrong is happening inside the hoop right now. NOW is the key. Just notice how good it feels to have nothing wrong right now in this moment. If God could give you a watch, it would say NOW. It’s the only time we have. A second ago it was then and second from NOW isn’t even here yet. Most fear is either a memory of the past or a projection of future. We are afraid of what might happen, or of what happened before. None of it is happening inside your hoola-hoop right now…unless it is… fear, a natural response to danger. We are wired to do the impossible when we really need it. Adrenalin is a powerful drug. Fear... ...

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We were born to be healthy: Part 6 of 7

By Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS Food as Medicine The science clearly shows that nutrient-dense foods are medicine. They allow every cell in our body to survive and thrive. The trick is knowing what these foods are and what they are not. Nutrient-dense foods Animal proteins should be pastured and wild caught—not grain fed or farmed. Organ meats are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet—liver, brain, heart, kidney (you may need to acquire a taste for these). Healthy fats are your friends, contrary to popular belief. Saturated fats from grass fed beef or pastured pork are healthy; coconut oil is healthy; avocados are healthy; butter from grass fed cattle is healthy. All non-starchy and deeply colored veggies are healthy. Seaweeds like kelp and wakame are healthy. All dark colored fruits like berries in moderation are healthy. Nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, and fermented foods are healthy. Homemade bone broth is extremely healthy for your gut. And don’t forget clean, filtered water. A healthy plate of food In... ...

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