The Dr. Is In

Happy New Year! As I reflect on the past year and look toward the year to come, the philosophy that guides my medical practice is at the forefront of my mind. There are many ways to practice medicine, depending on the situation and the health care provider’s training, but it broadly falls into two categories: 1) squelch the symptom, and 2) address the cause. This brings me to New Year’s resolutions. But first, let me explain.

Laughter Therapy

Hello 2018! Are we really ready for this? I think a fresh start is a real blessing, howze about you? So, what was your favorite Christmas card from family and friends? Mine? “I wish a bright star would appear in the East over Washington, D.C.! We could use a few wise men up there!”

Across the Universe

December 21 was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Here in North Hawaii, sunrise on Dec. 21 was at 6:53 a.m. and sunset occurred at 5:49 p.m., giving us just around 11 hours of daylight. For friends and family on the mainland, the number of daylight hours is much shorter.

Laughter Therapy 12-25-17

Yep my friends, as you read this column it is Christmas Day. Hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family! Hope the Claus is good to you today. How else can you know whether you’ve been naughty or nice?

Blue Zones Project — North Hawaii

In March 2016, a group from the Waikoloa Senior Club learned about Blue Zones Project and decided to get moving by creating a Walking Moai — a group of people that meet to walk at least once a week for 10 weeks. Today, 21 months later, the group is still together and calls themselves the Waikoloa Wanderers.

Laughter Therapy 12-18-17

Aloha friends and happy holidaze! This will be a short column today, as you all will be doing the shopping you’ve been putting off and will not have time to read. But after looking at your checkbook and worn out credit cards, it’s time to relax and have a few laughs.

County Council Update

Aloha Everyone and Merry Christmas! I wanted to give you a brief update of some happenings in our county.

Kupuna Transitions

Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here, and many of us will have the opportunity to do some celebrating in our own special ways. From gift exchanges to baking parties, connecting in a loving way with family and friends is what it’s really all about. I would like to tickle your brain with some thoughts on how valuable it is to really take in the details of those precious gatherings.

Laughter Therapy 12-11-17

Tis the season my friends! So, do I start with a Christmas joke or a political one? Well, you all know that almost no one attended Trump’s tree lighting ceremony. They were terrified that there might be mistletoe there! One more? Yep! Republicans somehow found a way to give a grant and permanent tax cut to corporations like Apple, General Electric and Goldman Sachs, saving these big businesses tens of billions in $$$$. OK, now you are not laughing! Try this next one for a holiday LOL …

The Dr. is In

The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed over 600 cases of mumps in Hawaii so far this year, 66 here on Hawaii Island. Both adults and children, vaccinated and unvaccinated have gotten the disease. A total of 16 people have had complications such as hearing loss and orchitis (swelling of the testicles).