Review Category : Health

Health Tip of the Week: The seven minute workout

By Ian Hart

Many people have this idea about working out: You have to spend hours at the gym and work out five to seven days a week. This is true if you want to be a bodybuilder, a professional athlete or compete in certain events, but the reality is that you can get a lean, toned and attractive body in less than 90 minutes a week. Yes, you heard that right, only 90 minutes a week.

Many people find it hard to believe but when we introduce them to people who have achieved dramatic results only doing 70-90 minutes of training a week and have lost 60 to 70 pounds and between 10% and 15% of body fat, their skepticism quickly turns to belief, motivation and excitement about the future of their own health and bodies.

The key is knowledge — knowing what exercises to do and how much of them to do. Ostensibly, if you just did a 7-10 minute workout each day, seven days a week, that is approximately 50-70 minutes of training a week, and I am sure you will see great results.

Here is a quick routine to do at home:

• Run a set of stairs (30 seconds)

• Squats (30 seconds)

• Push ups (30 seconds)

• Walking lunges (30 seconds)

• Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)

• Jog In Place (30 seconds)

Do three sets for a total of 9 minutes of working. You can do this pretty much anywhere, anytime and it takes less than 1 percent of your day. No excuses!

Ian Hart is creator of EarthFIT Transformation Systems and co-creator of the Back Pain Relief4Life Formula. Contact him at or 800-718-7FIT.

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Musings from the therapist’s chair

Meaning is not in things, but between them. Take marriage for example, the meaning or truth of the marriage does not reside in one or the other of the partners but in the middle between them. It is like a sculpture they are working on together: Neither person can fully see what the other sees on the other side, but they work from their own perspectives to make it as beautiful as possible. Benton Lutz is a psychotherapist in private practice in Beaufort.

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Understanding pregnancy and your dental health

By Jennifer Wallace, DMD

Congrats on the soon-to-be new addition to your family. There will be a lot of changes to plan for in the next few months. Let’s see, there’s a name to pick, a nursery to get ready, diapers/blankets/clothes to buy — but don’t forget to also plan to take care of Momma during exciting this time.

The old wives tale that warns a woman to expect a lost tooth for every baby is false. If the mother’s intake of calcium is inadequate during pregnancy, her bones — not her teeth — will provide the calcium her growing baby needs. This calcium loss is quickly made up after breastfeeding stops. However, the demands of pregnancy can lead to particular dental problems in some women.

Ben Franklin said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and that certainly applies to this subject. You are less likely to have dental problems during pregnancy if you already have good oral hygiene habits like flossing, brushing with fluoridated toothpastes, eating a healthy non-sugary diet and visiting your dentist regularly. Pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women, including gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay from cravings of sugary foods, vomiting from morning sickness and gagging when brushing.

During pregnancy, your increased hormones can affect your body’s response to plaque (the layer of germs on your teeth). During pregnancy, about half of all women (60 to 70 percent) experience a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that is caused when plaque accumulates in the spaces between the gums and the teeth. The accumulation of bacteria can lead to the loss of bone around the teeth and can eventually lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Pregnancy Gingivitis is caused by an increase in hormone levels, which can exaggerate a woman’s response to dental plaque in the mouth. This extra plaque may cause swelling, bleeding, redness and/or tenderness in the gums. Changes in the gums are most noticeable from the second month of pregnancy, reaching a maximum in the eighth month.

In women with severe morning sickness, frequent vomiting can erode the enamel on the back of the front teeth. If you are vomiting frequently, contact your dental office for information on how to prevent enamel erosion. It is important not to brush right away after you vomit, since the stomach acid in your mouth will only help erode the teeth as you brush. Wait about an hour before brushing your teeth after vomiting. While the teeth are covered in stomach acids, the vigorous action of the toothbrush may scratch the tooth enamel. DO rinse right away with water, or a fluoridated mouth wash.

Research has found a link between gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth with low birth weight. Babies who are born prematurely may risk a range of health conditions including cerebral palsy and problems with eyesight and hearing. Estimates suggest that about 18 out of every 100 premature births may be triggered by periodontal disease, which is a chronic infection of the gums. Appropriate dental treatment for the expectant mother can reduce the risk of premature birth by more than 80 percent, according to one study.

Another old wives tale is that an expectant mother shouldn’t visit the dentist until after birth. Of course, the best approach to dental care is to see your dentist before you get pregnant for an exam and cleaning. During your pregnancy, the second trimester is the best time to receive routine dental care. During the last trimester, it may become uncomfortable for you and baby to sit or lay for longer dental appointments.

Pregnancy does not automatically damage your teeth. With proper hygiene at home and professional help from your dentist, your teeth should remain healthy throughout pregnancy. So be sure to share the good news with your dentist ASAP to prevent and prepare for a happy, healthy momma and baby.

Jennifer Wallace, DMD, practices on Lady’s Island at Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort, 843-524-7645.

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The benefits of exercise and alcohol

By Dr. Mark S. Siegel

In 2020, the number of people in the United States with visual impairment – sight loss often caused by eye disease, trauma, or a congenital or degenerative condition that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses – is projected to increase to at least four million. This is a 70 percent increase from 2000 and is due to the growing aging population and prevalence of age-related eye diseases.

To help determine ways to decrease the incidence of visual impairment, researchers at the University of Wisconsin examined the relationships between the incidence of visual impairment and three modifiable lifestyle behaviors: smoking, drinking alcohol and staying physically active. The research was conducted as part of the Beaver Dam Eye Study, a long-term population-based cohort study from 1988 to 2013 of nearly 5,000 adults aged 43 to 84 years.

The researchers found that regular physical activity and an alcoholic beverage every now and then is associated with a lower risk of visual impairment. The data showed that over 20 years, visual impairment developed in 5.4 percent of the population and varied based on lifestyle behaviors. For example, people who were physically active had a 58 percent decrease in the odds of developing visual impairment compared to people who were not physically active.

The researchers also found that people who drank alcohol occasionally (defined as those who have consumed alcohol in the past year, but reported fewer than one serving in an average week) had a 49 percent decrease in the odds of developing visual impairment compared to people who had consumed no alcohol in the past year.

As with most epidemiologic research, the researchers caution that a limitation to their study is that the findings may be due, in part, to unmeasured factors related to both lifestyle behaviors and development of visual impairment. The data does not prove that these lifestyle behaviors are directly responsible for increased risk. The researchers still believe the research shows good promise for indicating ways that people can lessen their risk of visual impairment through lifestyle changes.

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Beaufort DNA testing goes mobile

Coastal Paternity, LLC co-owners Denise Drake RN & Olivia Bolin, recently announced that Beaufort paternity DNA is now an agency on wheels.  Coastal Paternity, LLC is comprised of a team of dedicated medical professionals who provide high-quality affordable mobile DNA paternity testing in the privacy of your home, hospital bedside, or attorney’s office.  Test results are 100% guaranteed accurate chain of custody and results are court admissible. Coastal Paternity, LLC is proud to partner with the DDC – DNA Diagnostic Center Laboratory the AABB accredited facility that provides testing for high profile celebrities, business professionals, musicians and athletes.

Servicing Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, and Allendale County, Coastal Paternity, LLC offers high-quality, affordable, paternity DNA testing performed by professionals with the highest level of credentials.  Mobile services can be retained by individuals, attorneys, and healthcare establishments.  The staff is available for depositions and qualified to deliver expert witness testimony.  All information and test results are strictly confidential. For more information, please call 525-1362.

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Health Tip of the Week – Never diet again

By Ian Hart

The word diet usually has a negative connotation. Diets also never really work long-term. A diet is usually a short-term fix that is perpetuating an issue of the mind. This issue is that we do not do the right things for our bodies on a regular basis, therefore, we need a quick fix because we’ve gone down the wrong path. A lifestyle change is what is needed to create long-term results. A lifestyle change means that we have changed how we think and how we feel about ourselves in relation to the foods we eat. So, in a nutshell, if you never want to diet again, change your thoughts and feelings about yourself and the food that you eat. It is easier said than done because people can be addicted to certain foods and created bad habits over year and years which is hard to reverse. Try this one simple tip: every time you’re about to eat, ask yourself 2 questions:

- Is this food nourishing to my body?


- Will it make me feel good?

Then think about every single bite you put into your mouth and nothing else and focus on chewing the bite at least 20 times. This is called mindful eating and can change the way you think and feel about food and how the body will assimilate it. Your brain is constantly talking to your gut and when mindful eating is initiated, so our your gastric juices which will allow for faster and easier break down of food and therefore more nutrients to be absorbed, leading to a instantly increased health.

Ian Hart is creator of EarthFIT Transformation Systems and co-creator of the Back Pain Relief4Life Formula. Contact him at or 800.718.7FIT.

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Health Tip of the Week – The easiest way to lose 5 pounds

By Ian Hart

If you want the simplest and most effective way to lose weight, I have the answer – and I will give it to you in minute – but before I tell you what it is, I think we all know ultimately what needs to be done to lose weight… it’s the actual action steps of losing the weight that is lacking. Many times people need accountability, motivation and a support systems to get them out of the unhealthy pattern so that caused the weight gain.

With that being said, this tip I am about to give you should be one of the easier things to take action on, because it requires very little willpower and takes verylittle effort.

Ok, now that we got that out of the way. The simplest and easiest way to lose 5lbs is to go to bed early. Go to bed at a time when you can ensure that you get a good eight hours or so of sleep for 1 week straight and I can assure you that you will lose weight. But… that’s not all. I want you to shut down your wifi and shut off all your electronic gear and move it far away from where you sleep (at least 10 feet). It is also good to even shut down all your circuit breakers in the house. This will allow you to get a deep rest.

All the extra wifi and electrical activity doesn’t allow your body to get a good night’s sleep. Give it a try, I think you will be surprised by the results.

Ian Hart is creator of EarthFIT Transformation Systems and co-creator of the Back Pain Relief4Life Formula. Contact him at or 800.718.7FIT.

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Musings from the therapist’s chair

Marriage is like a frontier between two countries.  Where two countries meet is the frontier.  It is where they meet and mingle.  It is the boundary that distinguishes one from the other.  If they are happy neighbors there is free interchange.  Visas and passes allow for free passage to the other.  If they are warring a wall is put up, guards with various weapons protect the boundary.  The work of countries and marriages is to keep that frontier a place of mutual respect, with free access and sharing while at the same time honoring the uniqueness of each.

Benton Lutz is a psychotherapist in private practice in Beaufort.

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BMH pediatrician receives Healthy Steps grant

Beaufort Memorial pediatrician Dr. James Simmons has received a $273,000 grant from Children’s Trust of South Carolina to launch Healthy Steps, a national initiative designed to improve the health and development of children from birth to age three.

Dr. James Simmons, MD

Dr. James Simmons, MD

The early-intervention program uses developmental screenings and home visitations by trained specialists to help identify and address issues that could affect the physical, emotional and intellectual growth of at-risk children. Simmons, of All Children’s Pediatrics in Port Royal, will team up with physicians from Beaufort Pediatrics and Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services (BJHCHS) to initiate the Healthy
Steps program.

“Home visitation is proven to be a very effective tool in assessing psychosocial issues that can hinder the optimal growth and development of children,” said Simmons, a physician in Beaufort for 15 years. “Sometimes parents will talk more openly about their problems in a home setting than at the doctor’s office.”

Issues affecting children could include substance abuse by a parent, domestic violence and maternal depression. The evaluation also will target obesity. South Carolina ranks second in the country for obesity in children ages 10 to 17.

The 14 pediatricians in the three practices will be trained to spot potential issues during well-child check-ups with their young patients. Parents of children referred to the voluntary program will meet with a developmental specialist in the doctor’s office for an initial screening. The specialist will then follow up with a home visit.

“Far too many children have emotional, physical or psychological issues that can be traced back to their youth,” said Dr. Kurt Ellenberger, of Beaufort Pediatrics. “Parents want to do the right thing, but they may have difficulty coping with their problems. They’re unaware of the resources in the community that can help them.” During home visits, the Healthy Steps specialists will look for possible adult risk factors that affect child behavior and development. Once the issues have been identified, the specialist will consult with the
referring pediatrician.

“They’re helping us get an eye inside the home so we can determine what needs to be done to affect a change,” Simmons said. “If they see kitchen cabinets full of cookies and chips, we may refer the parent to a nutritionist at Beaufort Memorial’s LifeFit Wellness Center or one of the resources at the Medical University of South Carolina.”

Obesity among young children, even infants, is of particular concern in the Lowcountry. In his practice, Simmons said, he is seeing an increasing number of children developing Type 2 diabetes, once called adult-onset diabetes. Being overweight is one of the primary risk factors for the disease.

“The earlier we can catch problems,” Simmons said, “the easier it is to modify bad habits.”

Along with the developmental screenings and home visitations, Healthy Steps also offers:

•  Well-child visits with a clinician and Healthy Steps specialist

•  Child development and family health check-ups

•  Written materials on topics such as toilet training, discipline and nutrition

•  Referrals for services, including speech or hearing specialists for children and depression counseling for mothers.

The $273,000 grant provides funding to serve 175 families in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Simmons said he can apply for more money if he determines there is a greater need. Recently, the core team spearheading the Beaufort Healthy Steps initiative met in Greenville to receive training on the program. Over the next several weeks, they will provide instruction to the participating pediatricians on the referral process.

“Families face so many challenges,” said Dr. Faith Polkey, BJHCHS pediatric service chief. “This program provides them with that little extra support they need.”

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Red Cross Blood Drive

The next opportunity to donate blood to the American Red Cross in Beaufort will be on Thursday, August 7th in the CSUMC Fellowship Hall (408 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC) from noon until 6 p.m.

It is extremely helpful if donors would make an appointment; please call 1-866-611-7137 or log onto (it’s very simple). For the 1-866 number, after you get an answer press 2 (Option 2) for a Savannah-based operator to make your appointment. Blood donated to the American Red Cross is used locally, nationally, and across the globe—where ever and when ever needed.

For any questions, please call Merle Hoagland at 843-522-2073 or e-mail

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