Review Category : Health

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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The Advanced Practice Provider can see you now

Photo above: Advanced practice providers like Paul Schaefer, PA-C and Ronda O’Connell, ANP-BC, are playing an increasingly crucial role in today’s primary care environment. “It’s a collaborative effort,” says Schaefer, a physician assistant who divides his time between Beaufort Memorial’s Lady’s Island Internal Medicine and Beaufort Primary Care. Photo by Paul Nurnberg. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants filling a key role in today’s healthcare Got a nagging sore throat and need medical care? Make an appointment with a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. All across the country, MDs are relying more and more on these Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) to help them meet the growing demand for primary care services. “They’re worth their weight in gold,” said Dr. Kurt Gambla, Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer. “They’re able to take care of routine health issues as well as a doctor and they often have more time to spend with patients.” In the last several years, BMH has hired a dozen APPs for its busy primary care practices to better serve patients... ...

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So I say to all of you, thank you for being you!

By Brittney Hiller The air is rich with smells of moisture, spices, and, at times when cool enough, the robust smokiness from neighboring fireplaces. This is the time when we gather to reconnect with our families and share with one another what it is that we are thankful for. I had an interesting experience with some kiddos that I have the pleasure to teach yoga to. Before leaving I asked each one of them to share what they are thankful for. The answers were mostly filled with toys and material items, but at four I imagine I would have said the same thing. However, a few children stuck out in the crowd of action figures and dolls – one said they were thankful for their Mom and their pet, the other was thankful for their brother, and one for her grandmother and parents. People, thankful for other people in their lives – amazing and these people are four to five years old! When we begin to teach children at a... ...

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Choose safe toys this holiday season

By Dr. Mark S. Siegel No one chooses gifts with the intent to harm, but some popular children’s toys can cause serious eye injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 265,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2012, and almost half of these injuries affect the head or face – including the eyes. Unfortunately, most of these injuries happen to children under age 15. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out’ Some propelling toys, like air soft guns, BB guns, paintball guns and darts can be particularly hazardous, with the potential to cause serious eye injuries such as corneal abrasion, ocular hyphema (bleeding inside the eye), traumatic cataract, increased intraocular pressure and even permanent vision loss. Another dangerous toy category is those with laser components, which have increased in power and decreased in price over the years. Lasers can be especially hazardous when used in toys that are aimed, such as a laser gun. Blue light lasers are particularly dangerous, as they are more likely to... ...

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Premier Medical celebrates first year on Lady’s Island

Premier Medical, a low-cost medical laboratory, celebrated its first birthday on Lady’s Island recently. Premier Medical is known for having the patient as their primary responsibility and they offer a variety of services that deliver both high performance and value. Their entire team is guided by their drive for excellence and customer care. For them, this means you can expect high quality, accuracy, and efficiency. According to Seth Streitler, Premier Medical’s spokesperson, there are four things patients have said to them in blind research that sets them apart. They are: They have a friendly staff They accept all insurance They are a convenient alternative to using the hospital They offer friendly self-pay service You will find Premier Medical at 10-A Kemmerlin Lane, Lady’s Island (next to Dr. Laffitte ‘s office) or call them at 843-525-1110. ...

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It’s a pain we can do without

By Dr. Stephen W. Durham Waking up with a headache or a sore jaw might be the only signal we get of Bruxism – that’s the medical term for clenching or grinding your teeth. Most everyone does it from time to time, often in our sleep. But when grinding or clenching goes on consistently it can wear down your teeth, even fracture or loosen them. There are effective treatments, but the hardest part seems to be finding out that the problem exists. Your dentist can help. Signs of unusual wear show up when your teeth are examined, and that’s not unusual. Deciding to deal with it is the important thing. Many Causes, Many Masks A poor bite alignment, crooked or missing teeth, stress or anxiety – even sleep disorders can lead to Bruxism. When the clenching and grinding start, it’s important to interrupt that cycle, the sooner the better. Often people just don’t get to it because those feelings in the jaw, that headache, just seem normal. Even clenching and... ...

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What in the world have we done to our children?

By Susan Stone What in the world have we done to our children? 137 died in Paris over the weekend and 43 the week before in Beirut. According to Wikipedia, there have been 307 terrorist attacks around the world so far in 2015. The death toll has topped 6,650 souls lost to horrific violence. It made my heart hurt calculating those deaths…as I scrolled down the list, I could not ignore the fact that each one of those people had a family…even the bombers and shooters. What in the world have we done to our children? And how can we help? Last year I wrote an article called ‘Poison Arrows’, perhaps it is timely to recap a portion of that article. We all send them. Poison arrows are the negative thoughts, words and actions that we put out in to the world. We may not do it intentionally, but we send them none the less. The concept of poison arrows was presented to me for the first time just after... ...

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Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow

By Martha O’Regan Notice how folks are suffering right now with sore throats, sinus or chest congestion, sneezing, and coughing? No fever and not really bad enough to stay home but enough to bring discomfort and a wonder about what they are “coming down with”. In our culture, we call it a cold but more often than not, it is merely a ‘seasonal cleanse’, a natural cleansing process in response to change of seasons—moving from the expansive season of summer to a contractive season of fall. When we truly grasp that everything in all of creation is energy that follows predictable seasonal cycles, we can then begin to support certain changes in our body rather than immediately suppressing them, like we’ve been programmed to do. These expected rhythms come naturally through the foods we eat, the thoughts we think, and the activities we enjoy. As summer turns to fall, with cool mornings and warm afternoons, our bodies are following suit. We begin dressing in layers and enjoying foods that warm... ...

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