Review Category : Health

Exploring the importance of being a safe harbor

By Susan Stone Last Sunday I heard a sermon on Safe Harbors. The talk primarily focused on personal safety and the state of our world at this time. However my mind went on to ponder the question; in what ways can I/we be a safe harbor for others? If someone shares a secret or a personal situation with you, do you honor that trust and keep it to yourself? In the past I have trusted close friends with personal matters, only to hear about it from someone else I know. This lesson of discernment and finding out who your friends really are can be a painful one. On the flip side, there are those who may never trust me again because I thought it wouldn’t hurt to just tell one person…or two. In my ministerial training I was asked to sign an agreement. The promise I made and signed my name to seemed simple enough, but it has been a challenge to keep. Our human nature is a curious one.... ...

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Partnership with Parris Island Fire Department proves successful

In a continuing effort to improve cardiac care for patients suffering a ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)—the most dangerous type of heart attack—Beaufort Memorial teamed up with the emergency medical service providers from Parris Island Fire Department to practice its STEMI process, ensuring patients suffering this type of cardiac event receive expedited treatment. “When EMS is called, they are able to get your care started sooner,” BMH STEMI quality coordinator Sabrina Faircloth said. “They will confirm and transmit the EKG and alert the emergency department staff, who in turn gets the process started by alerting the Cath Lab Team that you are on the way in.” During this unannounced drill, a “patient” was picked up by Parris Island EMTs on the base and transported by ambulance to Beaufort Memorial, where the Emergency Department and Cath Lab teams ran through all procedures as if this was an actual STEMI emergency. “These drills offer a unique opportunity for the Fire Department to interact with our receiving hospital and to test our abilities... ...

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The beauty of being pain–free

By Dr. Stephen W. Durham Dentures are sometimes the solution for people who have lost the strength and structure of their own teeth. But today people who get dentures often find greater relief than they imagined. Today’s dentures offer advances over what people might have grown to expect, and the improvement in appearance is often far greater than people imagine, for at least two reasons. Not just good-as-new. Often better. The true-to-life look available in today’s ceramic and composite materials is better than ever. And importantly, the fit of dentures today can be tailored with greater precision than what was available even just a few years ago. Beyond comfort. But more than just appearance, dentures today can be a solution for a disorder that is said to cause more than 92% of headaches. As many as three-fourths of all people may have some degree of bad alignment affecting their jaws and the muscles around them – the strongest muscles in the body. The results of this misalignment – Temporomandibular Disorder... ...

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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... ...

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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... ...

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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. “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... ...

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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... ...

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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... ...

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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. 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... ...

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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... ...

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