Medicine’s Dirty Little Secret – Part 2

Medicine’s Dirty Little Secret – Part 2

Medicine’s Dirty Little Secret – Part 2 This is Part 2 in my “Dirty Little Secret” blog series, inspired by this article on NPR which featured Dani Yuengling, a woman who lives in Conway, SC, who received an unexpected bill for a breast biopsy that she had done at...
Medicine’s Dirty Little Secret – Part 1

Medicine’s Dirty Little Secret – Part 1

Medicine’s Dirty Little Secret – Part 1 I recently read this article on NPR which featured Dani Yuengling, a woman who lives in Conway, SC, who received an unexpected bill for a breast biopsy that she had done at Grand Strand Medical Center. It inspired me to write...
Being Mortal

Being Mortal

Being Mortal “Nothing is certain except death and taxes” – Benjamin Franklin I’m going to use this article to focus on one of two of those things…and it isn’t taxes. At this point you may be wondering if you should skip this post, but I encourage you to keep reading...
The Days When a Human Answered the Phone

The Days When a Human Answered the Phone

The Days When a Human Answered the Phone My in-laws volunteer at their local hospital up North, and love being friendly helpers who guide lost or anxious patients to their test or appointment. Given that I am a family doctor, they often discuss their volunteer...
Basic Wound Care

Basic Wound Care

Basic Wound Care Quiz: Have you ever cleaned a cut or scape with hydrogen peroxide? If you answered yes, then this article is for you! Family doctors get these questions all the time, especially in South Carolina where we can work outside year-round, so here are some...
Insect stings and bites 101

Insect stings and bites 101

Insect stings and bites 101 It’s that time of year when yardwork and beach trips become standard weekend plans in Columbia, SC! Being a primary care physician, I receive a few calls about stings and bites every year, so I wanted to write a Stings and Bites 101...
Eggcellent Eggucation

Eggcellent Eggucation

Eggcellent Eggucation Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years, so I wanted to clear up some confusion by writing this blog dedicated to eggs. Do eggs raise cholesterol?       While egg yolks have a good amount of cholesterol, studies have shown that eating eggs in...
Silos, the Grocery Store, and a Case for Primary Care

Silos, the Grocery Store, and a Case for Primary Care

Silos, the Grocery Store, and a Case for Primary Care One recent trend in medicine which bothers me is the rise of single problem telemedicine websites. You may have seen these types of ads: “Are you bothered by X?” where X is the medical problem of your choice – a...
Common Colorectal Questions

Common Colorectal Questions

Common Colorectal Questions March is colorectal cancer awareness month and I would like to answer some common questions about this topic! Let’s start with some definitions: Your colon, also known as the large intestine, is the last 5 feet or of your intestines. Your...
Black History Month – The Story of HeLa

Black History Month – The Story of HeLa

Black History Month – The Story of HeLa Medical ethics was a mandatory class in medical school, and it was eye-opening for me. Several years ago, I heard about Henrietta Lacks, but it took me a while to track down the book which contained her whole story, called The...