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00:14 Have you ever sat down to taking medications
00:17 and wondered - "How did I get here?"
00:19 Do you wish you could reduce
00:20 your need for prescription medications,
00:22 and prevent further disease?
00:23 On today's program, Dr. Marcum will be answering
00:26 some of the most commonly asked questions that he receives,
00:29 and sharing ideas that you can use to improve your
00:31 health today no matter where you're starting from.
00:34 "The Ultimate Prescription" starts now...
00:56 Thanks for joining us today on "The Ultimate Prescription,"
00:58 a program dedicated to helping us better understand
01:01 God's design for our lives and experience better health
01:03 by following His plan.
01:05 I'm your host, Nick Evenson, and I'm joined by
01:07 Dr. James Marcum for an excellent program today
01:09 in which we're going to answer some of the most
01:11 commonly asked questions that
01:12 you receive through the website, right?
01:14 Um hm, and Nick this is going to be a fun program.
01:17 It's always fun to answer people's questions and I do
01:20 this in the office every day as a practicing cardiologist,
01:24 and I get some very interesting questions...
01:26 And I'm going to write a book someday about the most
01:29 interesting questions I've every received, okay. Yeah!
01:32 This is sort of off of the beaten path here,
01:36 before we answer the questions that come in.
01:38 But one of the questions asked said...
01:41 "The nitroglycerin patch that I was prescribed by my doctor
01:45 doesn't seem to be helping me very much.
01:48 In fact, I've had lots of sickness at my stomach
01:50 since taking it," and he says, "Do I have to
01:54 swallow this thing every day?"
01:57 And you assume people understand and know things,
02:00 but I had to explain to him that this is a patch - you wear it,
02:04 you don't swallow it. Right.
02:06 So his doctor did not explain to him that the patch was
02:09 something you wore on yourself and you didn't swallow.
02:12 So, unfortunately, he was swallowing the nitroglycerin
02:15 patch and becoming sick at his stomach.
02:18 So every question is important and every question
02:22 has value, and we could learn from every question.
02:26 I pretty much learn something from every question I receive.
02:29 Sometimes I have to look it up in the medical books...
02:33 Well now, we don't have books, we have the internet now,
02:36 and sometimes I have to go to multiple sources,
02:38 and people that I really trust and people that I
02:41 don't trust because, like I say, I have to learn as we go.
02:44 So people go into our website, HeartwiseMinistries.org
02:49 and after doing this for so many years,
02:51 I get the same questions frequently...
02:54 So that's why I thought maybe we could have a "Frequently
02:57 Asked Questions Program," and I can help some people
03:01 out since these questions are asked many times,
03:04 and they are important questions.
03:06 But I assume... never assume! I try never to assume,
03:10 and questions are the way we learn, so ask questions!
03:14 And I try to apply that to my spiritual life too.
03:17 I don't understand things and I ask God... I say,
03:20 "God, I don't understand this,
03:22 I don't understand this medically," and I pray for my
03:24 patients for wisdom.
03:26 I say, "God, can You help me understand this?"
03:27 And sometimes He says, "Well, I can help you understand it."
03:30 Sometimes He says, "Well, no this not the time or you're too
03:34 feeble, I'm not even going to try this."
03:36 Remember that text in James, "If any of you
03:38 lack wisdom, let him ask of God."
03:43 I lack a lot of wisdom, so I'm asking God
03:46 a lot of the times for help.
03:48 But when He answers my prayer, I'm pretty excited!
03:52 You know, because I see things a little bit differently now
03:54 and I can apply that to my practice and sometimes I
03:57 can use it to help other people out.
03:59 So that's pretty neat, so that's why we're talking
04:01 about frequently asked questions today,
04:03 and I know we can't get through all of the hundreds
04:05 we get but maybe we can get a few that apply
04:08 to a lot of people today. Yeah!
04:10 Well let's jump right in here... Yeah!
04:11 The first question on our list is:
04:13 "What's a good treatment for migraine headaches?"
04:15 Ooo, that's a good one and I get the migraine headache
04:18 a lot and first of all...
04:20 You get the headache or you get the questions?
04:21 Well I get the questions a lot.
04:23 So when a person has a migraine headache, first of all...
04:27 I want to ask - "Why do they have migraine headaches?"
04:29 And sometimes there can be a
04:31 food trigger - that's very common.
04:33 Food triggers - sometimes it's dairy; sometimes it's things
04:36 like MSG.
04:38 Different things in our environment can trigger
04:39 migraines but if you can't figure out a trigger,
04:42 you can't reverse it - one treatment that works very,
04:44 very well is ginger, okay?
04:47 In fact, they've done some studies that compared
04:50 ginger versus the most common medical prescription,
04:54 Imitriptan and they found that
04:57 ginger works as good as Imitriptan for migraines.
05:00 So at the onset of a migraine, throw some ginger down,
05:03 that can help that symptom out and continue to search
05:07 what might be the trigger for your migraine.
05:09 Now, you mentioned a lot of times it can be food.
05:11 Is this something you can get tested for to see if it's...
05:13 Is it like an allergy?
05:14 No, it's not an allergy, it's different than allergies.
05:17 But certain types of food can trigger a migraine headache.
05:20 And people that have tons of migraines, sometimes they
05:23 can figure out what foods to stay away from,
05:25 sometimes they can't.
05:27 And sometimes stress and the combination of food will do it,
05:30 so it's lots of different factors and the current
05:33 theory is - migraine is a vascular event that causes the
05:37 vessels to change the way they
05:39 dilate and that triggers all the pain.
05:41 And migraines can be devastating for people - you get sick
05:44 at your stomach; sometimes you can't function;
05:46 sometimes it even mimics a stroke, you know,
05:49 so people think they might be having a stroke.
05:51 So migraines are very devastating - so that's sort of
05:53 a pathway that might help some people that are
05:56 with chronic migraines.
05:57 And some people that have chronic migraines,
05:59 I might tell them to take some ginger every day as a
06:02 way maybe to prevent migraine headaches,
06:04 especially if they can't find out what's
06:07 triggering the headache. Yeah.
06:08 All right, there are some good answers in there, I'm sure.
06:11 "What can be done for muscle cramps?"
06:13 I know sometimes I get exercise-induced muscle cramps.
06:16 It's easy to figure out how to stop that - just rest and
06:19 don't exercise so much but for
06:20 other folks, what's a good solution?
06:21 Well, again, it's find out the cause and this is
06:25 a common sense thing, okay.
06:27 For instance... My feet cramp sometimes if I
06:31 wear tight shoes, so it might be the position
06:35 your putting your muscle in.
06:36 It's not a natural position, so the muscle goes,
06:39 "I'm not happy," so it wants to be relieved of that position
06:42 so a nerve is fired and says, "I'm cramped." Okay?
06:45 It might be something like not having enough water,
06:48 since 70% of your muscles are water.
06:52 You see that in a football field, you know,
06:54 "He's dehydrated," he is pulling up with a cramp.
06:56 Sometimes it's because they're dehydrated.
06:58 It might be from a deficiency, an electrolyte deficiency
07:02 like magnesium, potassium - some of the trace elements
07:06 because their muscles need that.
07:07 It might be some more complex medical issues,
07:10 but for people that have cramps, a couple of things:
07:13 Make sure your clothes are nice and comfortable,
07:16 especially your shoes; do some stretching exercises
07:19 to loosen the muscles up; try drinking more water;
07:23 and eat some fruits and vegetables every day
07:25 to get some of those electrolytes and see
07:27 if it doesn't improve.
07:28 Those are some simple things we can do that will
07:31 take care of most muscle cramps.
07:34 Now, I had one person that had lots of muscle cramps,
07:37 and he was causing it by his exercise that he was doing.
07:40 He was putting his muscle in such a position that it was
07:42 causing the cramp. Yeah
07:44 And when we pointed that out, the cramp always seemed
07:46 to be under this situation, that did it.
07:48 Another person said they were always getting a cramp
07:50 in their neck and it ended up being the position they were
07:53 putting their neck in at night.
07:55 They got in a funny thing, it caused a cramp;
07:57 they got that changed and it got much better.
08:00 So there are lots of different things.
08:01 One person I run into had leg cramps at night,
08:04 and it ended up being sleep apnea.
08:06 They weren't getting enough oxygen to the muscle,
08:08 and, therefore, it cramped.
08:10 So there are lots of different things that cause leg cramps.
08:13 Those are some of the more frequent ones I've seen.
08:15 So the key is to identify the cause and then make a change.
08:18 Exactly! All right!
08:20 We have another person who writes in:
08:23 "How can I improve my memory as I am getting older?"
08:28 What? Memory? Memory! Yeah, yeah!
08:31 Can you repeat that question? No, no, I'm just kidding.
08:34 I'm just kidding, good.
08:35 There are lots of little memory aids we can and the thing
08:39 I tell people - "If you don't use it, you'll use it."
08:43 What does the mind need to function optimally?
08:45 It needs good nutrition; specific foods that help
08:48 the brain as are antioxidants.
08:51 Berries - blueberries have been
08:53 studied very well - of helping the brain.
08:56 Omega 3 fatty acids can help, you know, like nuts,
08:59 walnuts and almonds can help because it gives
09:01 the substrate the brain needs. Right.
09:03 Improving the circulation with exercise.
09:06 Seventy percent of the brain is water - make sure you
09:09 get enough water.
09:10 I also think reading the Scripture out loud
09:13 for 10 minutes a day; some people have said
09:15 that helps quite a bit as well.
09:17 I would also like to add worship to that study since
09:20 worship turns off the stress.
09:22 Stress chemistry causes brain inflammation and if you
09:26 think about it, anything that lowers stress in the body
09:29 should help the brain improve to some degree. Yeah!
09:32 So those are some simple things that we can do
09:35 to help our brain to slow down the ageing process.
09:37 All right, now I've got to ask you...
09:39 Not long ago, I heard on the news about, I think it was
09:43 an online brain game and it was exercises that were
09:47 supposed to help you be able to improve your cognition
09:49 and memory and that kind of thing as you age, have you heard
09:52 about those kind of things and what do you think?
09:53 No, I haven't heard about them, but I would think anything
09:56 that would exercise the brain, keep the brain working,
09:58 and figuring out things, I've heard people that
10:00 play games like chess, put together puzzles,
10:03 those are useful - I'm sure that follows the same lines.
10:06 I think one of the worse things you can do is do nothing
10:08 or paralyze your brain.
10:10 I have some people that say, "Well Uncle Joe is losing
10:13 his memory," I say, "What does Uncle Joe do all day?"
10:15 "Well, he sits in his chair and he watches the same TV
10:18 program over, he doesn't interact with friends
10:20 and neighbors; he eats a lot of inflammatory
10:23 foods; he doesn't exercise."
10:25 Well that's going to accelerate
10:26 the ageing process and the brain atrophy.
10:29 Another thing that will make the brain worse is
10:31 alcohol; certain drugs can make it worse.
10:34 There are lots of things that hurt the brain too;
10:36 falling down - I have some elderly people that
10:39 fall down a lot and bump their brains. Yeah.
10:41 That can sort of hurt things as well as far as the memory.
10:44 So there are lots of different practical things we can do
10:46 not only to protect the brain,
10:48 but help it slow down the ageing process.
10:51 All right, here's another common question that you get:
10:53 "I have a lot of aches, pains and just general inflammation,
10:57 what can I do to reduce this?"
10:59 Yeah, inflammation is a problem.
11:01 Sometimes inflammation can be genetic-related;
11:05 sometimes it can be trauma- related;
11:08 sometimes it can be pain- related.
11:11 So lots of things can cause the inflammation in the body.
11:14 It can be an injury - sometimes inflammation
11:17 can be a sign that we're sick.
11:18 You know, for instance, you catch a cold and you have
11:20 inflammation in the nose and
11:22 you start running and that kind of thing.
11:23 Well inflammation can occur in joints and other parts
11:26 if sometimes we have conditions like arthritis;
11:29 we have conditions like lupus, Sjogren's; it's medical
11:33 things that have happened...
11:34 But sometimes people just get
11:35 old and have diffuse inflammation just from the
11:38 wear and tear of life. Yeah.
11:40 I have inflammation in my body, so what I do to help
11:43 inflammation is - I make sure I get enough water;
11:47 I go through my stretching every day;
11:50 I make sure I don't eat foods that cause inflammation,
11:53 and acidic foods tend to promote inflammation.
11:57 Now, I don't eat acidic foods but people eat lots of
11:59 animal-based products that tends to make inflammation;
12:03 processed foods turn on inflammation.
12:06 There are some supplements that are anti-inflammatory.
12:09 We know that, of course, fruits, vegetables,
12:11 nuts and grains help, but also there have been studies
12:14 with things like ginger helps with inflammation;
12:17 turmeric helps with inflammation.
12:19 Those are two supplements I take to treat a specific
12:22 condition of inflammation in my body.
12:25 So everyone has a certain degree of it that we get
12:29 with our ageing - some people have more than others.
12:32 The dangerous thing about inflammation is sometimes
12:35 it keeps us from doing the things we need to do most
12:37 which is move! Yes.
12:39 So as you get inflammation, what you don't want
12:41 to do is quit moving.
12:42 You know, people with arthritis, they have to keep moving
12:45 the joints and sometimes that in itself helps the
12:47 stiffness of life go on.
12:49 If you don't move a party part, you lose it.
12:52 It malfunctions quicker, so everything in our body
12:55 we have to be smart about and keep moving it. Yep.
12:58 Sounds like some good suggestions there on
13:00 keep moving and reducing inflammation through that.
13:02 We're going to take a quick break, but if you have a
13:04 question like some of these that we have been going
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