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Being Fat is Hard

It is everywhere:  advertisements on television, statements by celebrities and politicians, regulations, school lunch programs, medical protocols.  Obesity is now a major public enemy. I do not mean to diminish the significance of this issue.  There is no question, obesity is a serious health concern.  It has also increased, though not as much as advertised.  … Continue reading

March 25, 2013

Midwife Legislation in SC

Legislation has been proposed in SC that would severely restrict and possibly eliminate the option for out of hospital birth in South Carolina.  http://www.supportscmidwives.com  The following letter is what I have written in support of the certified midwives. To Our Legislators:   Re: H3731   I am a family physician practicing in Greer, SC.  I … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

Corporate Healthcare

Yesterday, I was reading the Greenville Hospital System (GHS) medical staff newsletter.  One of the articles was excitedly explaining how GHS had struck an EXCLUSIVE contract with Blue Choice Medicaid.  This means that the 14,000 members of Blue Choice Medicaid in the Upstate area will only be able to receive their medical care from GHS … Continue reading

September 14, 2012

It’s The Attitude!

In 1992, in order to encapsulate the central issue in the Presidential election that year, James Carville popularized the statement:  “It’s the economy, stupid.”  I am reminded of this during some of my patient encounters.  I think of a couple  I delivered a few months ago.    This couple had transferred to me, from a local … Continue reading

September 10, 2012