Welcome to Dr. James Marcum’s Health Blog

    Dr. Marcum is a board-certified cardiologist with a heart for leading others towards experiencing optimum health.  He encourages you to find the real answers to your health questions rather than simply treating the symptoms with a pill. In this blog, Dr. Marcum explains what he believes is wrong with our current health care system, how to get back on track, and how the spiritual dimension of our health is often being ignored. Enjoy the blog and be sure to leave us your comments!

    Finding Evidence & Understanding Truth

    We frequently receive questions regarding information gleaned from the internet. Often the information is false and has no substance. Just because a phrase is repeated many times over and over, or someone in authority makes a claim, does not mean the information is...

    Another Set of Eyes

    Mayo clinic researchers published recent research on April 4, 2017 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. They concluded in their study group of 286 patients, that 88% of patients who seek a second opinion leave with a refined or new diagnosis. In this...

    Boosting Energy

    I frequently am asked about how to boost energy. What exactly does boosting energy mean? For most, this is very subjective. Does it mean not feeling tired? Does it mean being able to easily perform the activities you desire? Does it mean staying awake while you are...

    Hippocrates was on to something

    Throughout the last several decades, we have learned extensively about the different organ systems in the bod. But in the great scheme of things, we are just beginning to understand the complexity of the interactions. We have sequenced our DNA and are beginning to...

    Genetics and Lifestyle Linked

    At the November meetings in New Orleans of the American Heart Association Meetings, Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, chief of genetic research at Massachusetts General, discussed a recently published New England Journal of Medicine article. This study evaluated the risks of...

    Learning from Football

    Recently nearly 160,000 people came together to watch a football game in Bristol, Tennessee. This was a “big deal” as it was the largest attended football game in history, “The Battle of Bristol”. Was there something long lasting to be learned from the game? In the...

    Recognizing Poverty

    The definition of poverty includes the lack of necessities. Most, when they think of poverty, equate this with physical items, money, housing, food, and physical “stuff.” Poverty includes much more than this. Our human needs include more than the physical. I want you...

    Can healthcare be overly aggressive?

    Most doctors and providers just want to help, but could this desire to help with the symptoms be unproductive? In the media, a study presented in June at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago suggested that 75%, that is 3 out of 4 cancer patients...

    A Reliable Source

    Candice Choi has written an interesting article for the Associated Press entitled "Candy Coated Science." In her article she explains how food companies shape nutrition research. She describes a scientific paper, funded by trade associations representing the makers...