Marcum CutoutWelcome 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!

  • Supplements or Not?

Supplements or Not?

  • March 16th, 2015

One of the most common questions I receive is, “Should I take a nutritional supplement?” The nutritional supplement industry is big […]

  • Keeping Our Kids Healthy

Keeping Our Kids Healthy

  • February 19th, 2015

Mike Stobbe of the Associated Press has reported that this years’ flu vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain […]

  • Think about adding Music

Think about adding Music

  • January 29th, 2015

I was riding in my car the other day and turned on some of my favorite, uplifting music and immediately began […]

  • A Healing Life

A Healing Life

  • January 7th, 2015

The health story dominating the news this weekend is the passing of Stuart Scott. Stuart died of cancer at age 49. […]

  • A Definite Positive

A Definite Positive

  • December 24th, 2014

As I have been searching the media for health stories before Christmas, there is once again, story after story, of “bad” news. People […]

  • Football and Brain Damage

Football and Brain Damage

  • December 12th, 2014

Many major media outlets have been reporting on Kosta Karageorge, the Ohio State football player who was found in a trash […]

  • Something Always Worth Listening To

Something Always Worth Listening To

  • November 4th, 2014

Many very tough and challenging health questions have come to the website recently from all over the world. These have included […]

  • Don’t Forget to Read This!

Don’t Forget to Read This!

  • September 15th, 2014

Researchers from the University of Montreal in Canada and the University of Bordeaux in France published on September 10, 2014, an […]

  • The Right to Know

The Right to Know

  • August 19th, 2014

David Klepper, in a recent Associated Press article, wrote about how individual states are deciding how to handle GMOs. What is a […]

  • Let’s Think About This

Let’s Think About This

  • July 16th, 2014

Liz Szabo in the June 22 edition of USA Today has reported on the problems facing those who suffer from mental […]

  • Studies on Stroke

Studies on Stroke

  • June 11th, 2014

Recently two medical studies on stroke have been released. The first is found in the Journal, Developmental Biology. The lead researcher […]

  • Where Do We Spend the Bucks?

Where Do We Spend the Bucks?

  • June 4th, 2014

A considerable amount of money is spent on healthcare. As those who read this blog are aware, I am into understanding […]

  • The Good Cancer

The Good Cancer

Gina Graham has been a great friend and volunteer at Heartwise for a number of years. Last year she began a […]

  • Marijuana in the news

Marijuana in the news

A study released by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, has reported […]

  • Time For Your Check Up

Time For Your Check Up

  • May 5th, 2014

Heart disease is still a major problem in the world. Last week a patient of mine was having no problems at all when […]

  • Healing Love

Healing Love

I am writing this on a beautiful Easter Sunday. The sky is a perfect blue and the sunlight is giving energy […]

  • Rhythms of Life

Rhythms of Life

  • April 15th, 2014

This week in the media has seen a plethora of topics from a baby pig virus that is threatening the pork industry […]

  • 3 Tips for Teens

3 Tips for Teens

As I watched the Sochi Olympics last night, I was amazed at the performances of the many young athletes. Even in […]

  • Kelli’s Big Idea

Kelli’s Big Idea

  • November 20th, 2013

I was fortunate to have Dr. Roach on our live television program this past week. The conversations and questions helped me to understand […]

  • Happiness Matters

Happiness Matters

Kim Painter, in the USA Today, September 10, 2013 has reported that Americans are not the happiest people on Earth but […]

  • As a Person Thinketh

As a Person Thinketh

  • September 30th, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013 in the Journal Science, Sendihil Mullainathan from Harvard, Eldar Shafir from Princeton, and Jiaying Zhao reported that […]

  • The Beach is a Great Treatment

The Beach is a Great Treatment

Every day, someone asks about which supplements need to be taken for optimal health. Everyone asks for specific advice, but it really […]

  • 70% is a Failing Grade

70% is a Failing Grade

  • September 17th, 2013

My new book, Medicines that Kill, has been causing people to think about the number one cause of death in medicine. […]

  • Screenings for All

Screenings for All

  • September 12th, 2013

It’s a real bummer getting old- not so much for the actual age, as I love the wisdom and experience that
comes […]

  • Smoking and Freedom

Smoking and Freedom

  • September 12th, 2013

Heartwise Ministries tries to address the most common health problems facing the world. There are so many concerns about heart disease, […]

  • Is it Edison’s Fault?

Is it Edison’s Fault?

  • September 2nd, 2013

 A good night’s sleep seems like it is something hard to come by if the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is […]

  • Footachery


The USA Today, on the front page of the sports section on August 21, featured an article about feet. It was […]

  • Looking at the Evidence

Looking at the Evidence

  • August 13th, 2013

I regularly review articles in the media and listen to learned people, especially in regards to health.  I try to read […]

  • Obesity: a Disease?

Obesity: a Disease?

The New York Times News Service has reported that the American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a […]

  • Thoughts on Newtown

Thoughts on Newtown

  • January 6th, 2013

Now that I have had some time to reflect on the tragedy claiming 26 lives, I am not alone in wondering […]

  • Long-Term Health Insurance

Long-Term Health Insurance

  • December 19th, 2012

I was driving to the post office the other day and noticed a new business going in. Another pharmacy! How many […]

  • Driving: A Health Risk

Driving: A Health Risk

  • November 19th, 2012

I spend time every year reviewing the most common causes of death. The trend continues cardiovascular disease claims around 600,000 a […]

  • Taking RIsks

Taking RIsks

  • October 11th, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012, The FDA launched a campaign called BeSafeRX to warn the public of medications purchased online. These purchases […]

  • Give Music a Try

Give Music a Try

  • August 20th, 2012

Estimates reveal that as many as 30% of people suffer from depression. Mental illness and stress related illnesses are at an […]

  • Using Your Brain

Using Your Brain

  • August 6th, 2012

Two new weight loss medications have recently been approved by the FDA. Qsyvia was the first and the second release, Belviq, […]

  • The Stomach’s Dilemma

The Stomach’s Dilemma

  • March 28th, 2012

If I were a stomach and had my reading glasses on, I would be a little disturbed about what I read […]

  • Technology and Medicine

Technology and Medicine

  • March 8th, 2012

The Associated Press published an article March 6, 2012 entitled “Heart Association Urges Wider Sharing of Healthcare Decisions.” This article briefly […]

  • Healthcare Expenditures

Healthcare Expenditures

  • February 27th, 2012

In 2010, U.S. healthcare spending reached 2.6 trillion dollars according to the Health and Human Services Department. This represents a 3.9 […]

  • Should I take a statin?

Should I take a statin?

  • February 22nd, 2012

On Tuesday January 10, 2012, the USA TODAY posted on their front page, Heart  drugs tied to diabetes, statins raise the […]

  • Who should take aspirin?

Who should take aspirin?

  • February 12th, 2012

The New York Times News service reported on this recently. Nearly a third of middle-aged American regularly take a baby aspirin […]

  • The State of the Union

The State of the Union

  • February 4th, 2012

President Obama stated in his state of the union address on Tuesday that the “defining issue of our time” was how […]

  • Welcome to Health Across America!

Welcome to Health Across America!

  • January 27th, 2012

In Health Across America, the team at Heartwise Ministries will review the front pages of the leading newspapers of America. We […]