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!

  • Understanding the big picture

Understanding the big picture

  • January 30th, 2019

A recent report by the National Cancer Institute, and reported in USA Today, has stated that cancer death rates have been […]

  • We do not know

We do not know

  • August 15th, 2018

This last month there have been quite a few articles in the media regarding artificial sweetener. Much of the information has […]

  • DNA Study Announced

DNA Study Announced

The U. S government is currently seeking one million people from all walks of life willing to share their DNA, environment, […]

  • New Hypertension Guidelines

New Hypertension Guidelines

  • March 9th, 2018

Dr. Paul Whelton and a large number of experts in hypertension have recently published new guidelines for the treatment and prevention […]

  • Opioids: Looking at Cause

Opioids: Looking at Cause

  • December 12th, 2017

Darlene Superville of the Associated Press has joined the many journalists nationwide in pointing out the dangers of the opioid epidemic. […]

  • Are stents the answer?

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 […]

  • Media is stressing me out!

Media is stressing me out!

  • August 29th, 2017

Recently Wallet Hub has released their most and least stressed cities.

The stressors in these cities could be commuter stress, unemployment stress […]

  • Brain Pains – Is it worth it?

Brain Pains – Is it worth it?

  • August 17th, 2017

In August every year, I am inundated by football. High school young men getting ready for the season, hype on the […]

  • It takes time. Let’s make time.

It takes time. Let’s make time.

  • July 3rd, 2017

If I were part of the physician led team treating George Washington years ago and suggested leeches were “not a good […]

  • Risks cause FDA to take action

Risks cause FDA to take action

  • June 12th, 2017

The Washington Post has reported on June 9, 2017, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked a drug company […]

  • Another Set of Eyes

Another Set of Eyes

  • April 17th, 2017

Mayo clinic researchers published recent research on April 4, 2017 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. They concluded in […]

  • Boosting Energy

Boosting Energy

  • February 28th, 2017

I frequently am asked about how to boost energy. What exactly does boosting energy mean? For most, this is very subjective. […]

  • Hippocrates was on to something

Hippocrates was on to something

  • February 13th, 2017

Throughout the last several decades, we have learned extensively about the different organ systems in the bod. But in the great […]

  • Genetics and Lifestyle Linked

Genetics and Lifestyle Linked

  • December 7th, 2016

At the November meetings in New Orleans of the American Heart Association Meetings, Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, chief of genetic research at […]

  • Learning from Football

Learning from Football

  • September 26th, 2016

Recently nearly 160,000 people came together to watch a football game in Bristol, Tennessee. This was a “big deal” as […]

  • Recognizing Poverty

Recognizing Poverty

  • September 12th, 2016

The definition of poverty includes the lack of necessities. Most, when they think of poverty, equate this with physical items, money, […]

  • A Reliable Source

A Reliable Source

  • June 8th, 2016

Candice Choi has written an interesting article for the Associated Press entitled “Candy Coated Science.” In her article she explains how food […]

  • 5 Summer Health Tips

5 Summer Health Tips

Everyone who knows me frequently hears me tell everyone to move every hour, eat your fruits and veggies, and get enough […]

  • Super Bugs need Super Humans

Super Bugs need Super Humans

  • May 31st, 2016

Tom Frieden of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention said this week, “It is the end of the road […]

  • Sometimes Less is More

Sometimes Less is More

  • May 5th, 2016

We live in a society where we are trained we must always be doing something. If you sit at home and […]

  • Thinking about Risk

Thinking about Risk

  • April 11th, 2016

The media has published articles on many different health topics recently. These have included traumatic brain injury from individuals receiving repetitive […]

  • Healthy Travel Tips

Healthy Travel Tips

  • December 23rd, 2015

Often, I find a health topic from an email sent to the heartwiseministries.org website. “I travel extensively, sometimes great distances over […]

  • Thanks


The world headlines have been full of despair, attacks in Paris, Mali, in the air, on the sea, and in cyberspace. […]

  • World Health & Meat

World Health & Meat

  • November 9th, 2015

Joseph Pisani, of the Associated Press, has written an interesting article, “Hot Dog Makers, Meat Sellers, Shake off WHO Cancer Report.” […]

  • Believe it or Not?

Believe it or Not?

The New York Times has reported that doctors are facing a dilemma in regards to prescribing statins. Statins are medications lowering […]

  • Cancer – Lowering Risk

Cancer – Lowering Risk

Cancer is a health concern for many. We hear this dreaded word daily. Let’s look at some facts. One out of eight […]

  • Setting Priorities

Setting Priorities

  • July 14th, 2015

Dr. Colditz in the Journal of the American Medical Association in his June 2015 article has reported on his findings in […]

  • How you can change the world!

How you can change the world!

  • June 9th, 2015

CNN has just released their list of high-profile graduation speakers for 2015. Robert De Niro spoke at NYU. Jon Bon Jovi […]

  • India’s Heatwave

India’s Heatwave

  • May 29th, 2015

The BBC News has reported that a tragedy has occurred in India. Over 1,800 lives have been lost and many are […]

  • Benefits of Sunshine

Benefits of Sunshine

  • May 25th, 2015

In my last post, I discussed the risk of too much sun exposure. Now it is time to realize the great […]

  • Risks of Sun Exposure

Risks of Sun Exposure

  • May 20th, 2015

God created us to be outside rather than inside. The sun is important to health. I am going to address the […]

  • The Back Needs Attention Too

The Back Needs Attention Too

  • April 22nd, 2015

Many questions arrive each week relating to back pain. Statistically, many who are reading this have experienced or will encounter back pain. This […]

  • 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

  • February 18th, 2014

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

  • October 21st, 2013

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

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 […]