Tuesday: Health

Considering the whole person

MARQUETTE — In sickness or in health, it can be valuable to carefully examine and address the myriad of biological, social and psychological factors that may be contributing a given state of health. Holistically-based approaches, such as integrative medicine, aim to provide ...

Author’s injury gets many treatments

Heel pain is one of the most common orthopedic conditions encountered by physicians today. About one out of three Americans experience a bout of it at some point in their lives. Significant work hours are lost due to this sometimes debilitating malady. Add in the health care dollars that go ...

Lake Superior, Tahquamenon Falls fun facts

As we are now well into our wonderful Upper Peninsula summer season, many local folks and many tourists take the opportunity to visit and enjoy our magnificent natural resources. Today, let’s take another look at some fun facts of just two of these great attractions that we are blessed to ...

Breast center excellence

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette recently received a renewed accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, after initially receiving the accreditation in 2012. “The NAPBC focus is to provide the best up-to-date treatment for patients with diseases of the ...

High-fat diet has many benefits

Are you forming enough ketones? Are you forming any? Likely at this point is a response something akin to “Huh? What are ketones and why should I produce them?” Believe it or not, these are important questions. Your health and well-being may depend on it. If we were a healthy society, one ...

Unlikely individuals inspire correspondent

The rabbit lived an uneventful life of no particular consequence until it met the hands of Claude Bernard. Bernard chose the rabbit for its long ears. Bernard was a rotund man with determined eyes and a passion for the study of physiology. On that morning, wearing his white apron, he wrapped ...

Summer, fish jokes always good medicine

We are truly blessed to be here in the Upper Peninsula where our northern border is right on Lake Superior. Lake Superior is very properly named because it contains three quadrillion (a million billion) gallons of fresh water and is home to more than 80 different species of fish. It also has ...

Trapped nerve in foot makes shoe wear painful

The subject of our discussion today is a hard-working woman named Sally, who works in a local law office. Like so many in this type of work environment, the dress code required is rather strict, with well-defined standards. For Sally, this eventually became a source of great pain and ...

Poll: If DNA shows health risks, most want to know

WASHINGTON — Would you want to know if you harbor a gene linked to Alzheimer’s or another incurable disease? A new poll finds most Americans would. Some 17 percent of Americans already have undergone at least one kind of DNA test, and 52 percent of the remainder say they’d like to, ...

Knowing pain

MARQUETTE — It hurts terribly — it’s hard to stop thinking about it. Nothing helps reduce the pain. Fear grows — activities become limited, rest becomes frequent, a sense of helplessness develops. Anxiety and depression about the pain deepen as it continues. The pain lasts for days, ...

Urology Pearls

There are two stories I wanted to tell you. The first story is about Mr. Ralph A., a 65-year-old school principal in New England who suddenly lost his stream of consciousness. The other story is that of Claude Bernard, a 19th century French physiologist, who was described as “one of the ...

Telemedicine and new technologies

Technology has impacted modern life more so than any societal change or political movement. It has invaded every aspect of modern life, and is becoming more embedded in our lives with each passing day. For good or bad, integrated computer systems live with us, monitor us, assist us, in a ...

Getting the info

MARQUETTE — As of 2015, there were 115 opioid prescriptions per 100 people in Michigan. From 1999 to 2016, overdose deaths from opioids increased from 99 to 1,699, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The numbers bring Michigan’s opioid epidemic into sharp ...

MS cause a mystery

The world is a dangerous place. It’s over-run with all manner of lurking hazards, from bacteria living on your skin to fungal organisms hiding out in the crevices and hidden places of your world. How do we survive this daily onslaught? Through the action of our immune system, which functions ...

Books and quotes that inspire, educate

There are multiple authors who have impressed me with their wisdom over the years. I often go back and refer to these great books that contain such profound advice for all of us. I continue to marvel at the fact that they were truly, in my judgment, way ahead of their time when they wrote ...

‘It’s time to talk’

MARQUETTE — “Hey Tom, what’s going on?”  “I just wanted to give you my glove.”  “Really? That’s like your favorite thing … and don’t you have a game tomorrow?”  “Yeah, but, I just wanted to give it to you, because I don’t need it anymore.”  “Do you want ...

Urology Pearls: The secret to living a satisfying professional life

I asked myself what we can learn from each other. And in an attempt to answer the question, I told you about doctors who learned from the experience of NASCAR’s pit-stop teams, and from the insights of musicians playing in an orchestra. I even described the lessons I have learned, as a ...

Benefits of organic foods are now less controversial

Ask the average consumer, the proverbial “man-on-the-street,” and you will likely find their knowledge about nutrition greater than it ever has been. The information super-highway, although loaded with flawed sources and falsehoods, does have a plethora of accurate sources of facts and ...

Knowledge is power

MARQUETTE — National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday — health departments across the nation, including Marquette County Health Department, are working to spread the word about the importance of getting tested. “Each year on June 27 we observe National HIV Testing Day,” the Centers for ...

Talk With the Doc

With the recent tragic news about several major internationally known celebrities committing suicide, there are new reports being released about the alarming world wide rate of suicide today. Here is the most recent data regarding suicide from the USA National Institutes of Health. Current ...