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!

    Are stents the answer?

    The New York Times has reported in November 2017 on a new study in the journal Lancet. This study found that while cardiac stents can be lifesaving in opening arteries in patients having a heart attack, the devices are ineffective in relieving chest pain. Stents are...

    Brain Pains – Is it worth it?

    In August every year, I am inundated by football. High school young men getting ready for the season, hype on the upcoming college season, and professionals getting prepared for the season are the stories in the media. Everyone has a story, comment or opinion on the...

    It takes time. Let’s make time.

    If I were part of the physician led team treating George Washington years ago and suggested leeches were “not a good idea”, there is a good chance I would not be invited to the next meeting of the local medical society. Similarly if I were practicing dentistry and...

    Risks cause FDA to take action

    The Washington Post has reported on June 9, 2017, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked a drug company to remove its opioid pain medication from the market. The FDA has concluded that the medication, Opana ER, has risks that outweigh the benefits. This...

    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...