Series Code: UP
Program Code: UP180105A
00:14 Have you ever sat down to take your medications and wondered
00:17 "How did I get here?"
00:19 Do you wish you could reduce your need for
00:20 prescription medications?
00:22 Discovering the reason of why we're sick
00:24 is the focus on today's program.
00:26 And we'll be sharing ideas that you can use
00:28 to help improve your health today
00:30 no matter where you're starting from.
00:52 Hello and thank you for joining us here on the
00:54 "Ultimate Prescription," a program dedicated
00:56 to helping us better understand God's design for our lives,
00:59 and experience better health by following His plan.
01:02 I'm your host Nick Evenson,
01:04 and I'm joined by Dr. James Marcum,
01:05 and today we're going to be discussing why we're sick.
01:08 Dr. Marcum, welcome to the program.
01:10 Well Nick, it's great to be here,
01:12 and, you know, this is such an important question - is
01:16 understanding the reason why.
01:18 So we're going to talk about that today and help people
01:21 begin a framework to understand "Well why am I sick?"
01:26 Because if you can understand the reason why,
01:28 then that helps in the treatment and it helps you
01:31 accept different conditions.
01:32 It makes everything better if you have the knowledge
01:35 and education to understand why these things
01:37 are happening to me. That's right.
01:38 But before we get into that discussion,
01:40 you've been on the television at 3ABN here
01:43 for a number of years, but you actually are not
01:45 a television personality; you're not a T.V. doctor, right?
01:48 No, I'm not Nick, I'm a practicing cardiologist,
01:51 and I see patients every day in the office in Chattanooga,
01:54 at the "Chattanooga Heart Institute,"
01:56 and, you know, in the practice of medicine now - I don't know
02:00 if you've noticed but when you go to the doctor...
02:02 I used to write things out a lot, we don't write anymore.
02:05 You know, we do a lot on the computer, a lot of dictations,
02:08 but the time with patients have gotten smaller and smaller
02:12 through the years as the needs have gone up.
02:15 And so what I try to develop is, I want to get more information
02:20 that not only my patients, but other people that might
02:22 want knowledge about things, so through the years, that's how
02:26 "Heartwise Ministries" has developed as a way to
02:28 educate people and as I've learned, I've turned to the
02:32 Bible and find that there's biblical prescriptions that we
02:35 can apply to a patient's life.
02:37 And also, when they come in the presence
02:39 of their healing Savior, then that brings healing.
02:42 That's the greatest prescription,
02:44 the greatest miracle of all, even if we have chronic disease.
02:48 So that's sort of my background and I'm just glad that we can
02:51 share it together and a lot of these things develop over time,
02:55 and we're going to talk a lot about the reason why today.
02:58 So you're not a T.V. doctor and you have a real passion
03:01 for helping people understand cause and also God's
03:04 design for our lives.
03:05 What inspires you to do all this on the side rather than just
03:08 go play golf?
03:09 Well you know, probably because I can't keep the ball
03:12 on the course anyway, so I don't know, Nick,
03:16 in my worship every day, I ask for God's will,
03:20 and I say, "God, show me Your will today, one day at a time."
03:24 And this ministry has developed and it gives me great joy
03:29 to not only serve other people, but it makes me a better
03:31 person, a better doctor as I serve God's will and also,
03:35 I come closer to Him as I follow Him more closely.
03:38 And, it's such a privilege to be able to work with
03:41 our heavenly Father with other health professionals,
03:44 and give them the ability to share their knowledge
03:46 with other people and it's just very fulfilling and it's
03:49 sort of one of the things, I think God is leading me
03:52 and Heartwise Ministries to do. Yeah.
03:54 Well, I want to go ahead and put the website out:
03:57 If you appreciate what you hear today,
03:59 if you have comments or questions,
04:00 go to the website, you can leave us a note there.
04:02 Dr. Marcum and his team answer health questions from people,
04:05 and kind of give some directions and general direction
04:08 for questions and that's something
04:09 that people really appreciate.
04:11 You can also go on there and request prayer for your
04:14 particular situation and our prayer team will
04:16 lift you up in prayer each week.
04:18 And, there are a few other resources
04:20 there, Dr. Marcum, that I haven't mentioned.
04:22 Yeah, we want to keep the relationship going.
04:24 We just don't' want you to watch a program and it
04:26 to be all over!
04:27 If you heard something that you want to learn more
04:30 or you might have a question, well we're accessible.
04:32 One of the things that we have started monthly is a
04:35 biblical prescription for life that people can get in their
04:38 home; it doesn't cost anything; there's no side-effects
04:42 and they can sign up to get a newsletter.
04:44 We don't share it with anybody and then they can come
04:46 to our website and get a biblical prescription
04:48 that they can apply to their life each month. That's right.
04:51 It's a great source of information and truth and so
04:55 let's go ahead and jump right into the discussion and we have,
04:59 actually a viewer's question that they submitted here...
05:01 This person writes in and asks: "I'm 42 years old and in good
05:04 health, do I need to have an annual physical?
05:08 You know, if I'm feeling good, is that an important thing?
05:10 Yeah, well again, why and if you think, "Why do I need a
05:15 physical," and if you think about life, you think about
05:17 life, you know, "Why do I get older?
05:19 Why do I drive a car? Why do I brush my teeth?
05:23 Why do I eat every day? Why do I worship every day?
05:27 You know, Why do I do the things I do?"
05:30 I think these are very good questions!
05:32 Now when we ask the question, "Why?" it stimulates
05:37 the part of our brain called the, "hippocampus,"
05:39 and all of those memories and things become activated.
05:43 So as we're sitting here talking about the reason "why,"
05:46 your brain is probably turning on all sorts of things.
05:49 You know, if I say, "Well Nick, why do you ride your bike?"
05:52 You like to ride your bike. Yeah, sure.
05:53 All those memories are starting to be turned on,
05:55 and activated in your mind.
05:57 And if I ask the audience out there, "Well, why are we
06:00 watching this program?"
06:01 There's always a reason why things happen.
06:04 Sometimes we understand the reason why;
06:08 sometimes we don't understand the reason why,
06:10 but we have a God that understands what He's trying
06:14 to accomplish in our lives and He wants to be a part
06:16 of what we're doing every day.
06:18 And in answering this question, "Well why do I need a physical?"
06:22 Well, one of the reasons that we can have a physical is
06:26 we might detect problems at an earlier age. Okay?
06:31 For instance, let's say in the Evenson family, everyone
06:35 loses their hearing at age 60. Okay?
06:39 It sounds like a bad time to me, but I'll take it. Yeah.
06:42 Say that's the case. Yeah, I'm just... I don't know
06:44 if there is and I yell in your ear all day long...
06:46 I go "NICK, NICK, WAKE UP, WAKE UP NICK,"
06:48 and I just yell and am on top of you every day.
06:50 Well that's going to put stress on your hearing and you might
06:55 have problems with hearing at age 40, okay? instead of age 60.
06:59 So any type of stress on our faulty genes...
07:04 we all have bad genes.
07:05 Now, depending on our ancestors, how bad are they?
07:09 Well let's say you have bad hearing genes and you put
07:11 stress on that gene, well what happens is the genetics age.
07:15 Some terms that we might use, we'd say, "The telomeres
07:18 are shortening;" a terms called "Oxidation," you know,
07:21 but basically it malfunctions.
07:23 When it malfunctions, you have a symptom and when you
07:26 have a symptom, guess what?
07:28 Modern medicine is a great way to treat the symptom,
07:30 but not necessarily the cause.
07:32 Are you following me? Right. Okay.
07:34 So I might say, "Nick, you've lost your hearing at age 40,
07:37 you need a hearing aid. Um hm.
07:39 Okay, well that might happen with your eyes,
07:41 and you need glasses. Um hm.
07:43 You might have that happening in your heart,
07:45 and you might need a pacemaker at a younger age
07:47 because that part is just wearing out and all of the
07:50 stressors through life - all the stress we put on our body,
07:53 whether it be from mental stress or not sleeping well stress
07:57 or relationship stress or the bad food we eat stress,
08:00 or nowadays, we even have media stress, you know.
08:04 Have you ever seen those people that are using their cell
08:06 phones every 5 minutes?
08:08 That could actually cause genetic aging.
08:11 So there are lots of things that cause us to age
08:13 and have our genes get older and put stress on our system.
08:16 So let's get back to this question...
08:18 "Well why do I need a physical?"
08:20 Well your doctor might be able to identify some of those
08:24 stressors in your life and identify a problem early
08:27 and you might say, "Well my blood pressure
08:29 is high," and you found out.
08:30 Well what are some things I can do
08:31 to really stay on top of that?
08:33 I might be developing diabetes or I might have an early
08:37 stage of cancer.
08:38 So the doctor will talk to you about your genetic history
08:42 and say, "Well, what are things that run in the Evenson's
08:44 family and he might say, "You can't hear me
08:46 too well, can you?" Right.
08:48 And he says, "Well you might need to have
08:49 your hearing evaluated."
08:51 You might need to have your eyes or everyone in
08:53 the Evenson family had mole cancer
08:55 in the family - a melanoma.
08:57 He might look at your skin; he might do
08:59 some basic blood work.
09:00 So one of the reasons, at certain ages to get a general
09:03 physical is just to have someone objectively look your body over
09:07 to see if you might have ageing, to see if you might
09:10 have a problem or identify problems at early stages
09:13 where you can make some lifestyle changes or do things
09:16 to help you feel better.
09:17 And that might be diabetes, it might be high cholesterol,
09:20 high blood pressure; you might be gaining a few extra pounds!
09:23 You know, he might check you out and you say,
09:25 "Hey man, I've gained 20," and he could say,
09:27 "Well extra fat through the years is a stressor,
09:30 and that's going to age you."
09:32 Or it might be that you ride your bike too aggressively.
09:34 You say, "man." Now this doesn't happen too much
09:37 that people over-exercise. But it's possible!
09:39 Yes, it is possible or he might say, "Well, you know,
09:42 you're not sleeping enough, maybe you need
09:44 to get a little more rest."
09:46 But that's one of the reasons to get a physical,
09:48 is to just have someone else... for instance;
09:50 you go to the bank with your money to get advice
09:53 on your money; you go to get your teeth looked at,
09:56 you know, just to get advice on your teeth.
09:58 But this is just a consultant looking at your overall health
10:01 to give you some advice to maybe pickup
10:03 problems earlier.
10:05 Now luckily, at our younger ages, we don't need to go
10:08 into it as much as we get older because as we get
10:11 older, the parts get older. Um hm.
10:13 But let's say everyone in the Evenson family had cancer,
10:16 colon cancer in their 30s, genetically determined.
10:19 And you might meet with your doctor and he says,
10:21 "Listen, we need to make sure you don't and to catch this
10:23 early on and I want to give you some things you can do
10:26 whether it be eat more fiber or stay away from carcinogens
10:29 at a younger age, so if we ever do have it, we can find out
10:33 and treat it earlier. Yeah.
10:34 Or it might be that you have some bad habits,
10:36 and your blood pressure has gone up.
10:37 So all these things are why we need to do a physical.
10:40 So let me recap a little bit here of what we're saying.
10:42 Through generation after generation, we have different
10:46 genes that are turned on or turned off and cause different
10:50 illnesses and chronic diseases within our family line,
10:53 and those things may be apparent or not apparent
10:56 in us yet at a younger age, so it's good to go and get
10:58 early detection through a physical. Right, that's correct.
11:01 And so what are some of the most common
11:04 chronic diseases that can be very much beneficial
11:10 if you find them early?
11:11 Well, we have lots of chronic lifestyle diseases and one of
11:14 them of think about is diabetes, type 2 diabetes.
11:17 It's estimated in the United States and worldwide
11:20 that more and more people are getting it and in the
11:22 states, 1 in 3 will have this by mid-century. Wow.
11:25 And it costs about $22,000 to take care of a type 2 diabetic,
11:31 and it's like having acid in your body, it damages you.
11:33 And if it does it long enough, you have problems.
11:36 High blood pressure - the number one cause
11:39 of serious problems down the road - high blood pressure.
11:41 That's a disease that's chronic.
11:43 Not sleeping well at night, gaining extra weight,
11:46 sleep apnea - all of these things are considered
11:50 chronic diseases because they're like brewing in you
11:53 and if you don't get attention to this, the stress
11:56 eventually causes a symptom, you go to the doctor,
11:59 and he deals with the symptom, but I want to also
12:01 understand the reason WHY, so we can get at the cause.
12:05 For instance, it might be you have diabetes because you have
12:08 too much fat or you don't exercise.
12:09 Or it might be that you have high blood pressure
12:10 because you eat too much processed foods.
12:12 So understanding and asking the reason WHY
12:15 is super, super important for ALL of us to stay healthy
12:18 and maximize our bodies that God has given us to use for Him.
12:23 So as a nation here in North America, let's say...
12:26 What is the general trend that you've seen...
12:28 just here in a quick minute, tell us...
12:30 what's the general trend of health?
12:32 Are we improving as a nation or
12:34 do you think, maybe we're on a decline?
12:35 Well I want everyone just to look at the evidence, okay?
12:40 Are people getting better?
12:42 Are we seeing more dementia? More hypertension, more
12:46 prescription medications, more people going to the hospital?
12:49 More of the gross domestic product use on the spinning
12:52 of healthcare, you know?
12:53 And the answer is, unfortunately; no, we're not
12:56 getting better.
12:58 In fact, it's estimated that this current generation's
13:01 lifespan will be less than the one before it.
13:04 So we're getting chronic diseases;
13:06 we're putting more stress on our body which is ageing
13:09 our already bad genes, developing symptoms and then
13:12 we're, you know, falling into that rut.
13:15 And 80 or 90% of our disease that we see in the office now
13:19 are from preventable, reversible chronic conditions
13:22 that we could help just by moving
13:24 one step at a time towards health.
13:25 It seems like, you know, despite our technology and
13:28 research studies and things out there,
13:29 we're still missing something.
13:31 Yes, and we're going to talk a little bit more about that
13:33 once we understand the reason why and we're also going to
13:36 have some solutions too. That's right!
13:38 After the break here, in just a moment,
13:40 Dr. Marcus is going to share about faith
13:42 and the role that that plays in our health care - stay tuned!
13:45 There's much more to come on the "Ultimate Prescription."