BY KIM KACHMANN-GELTZ | PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN On October 19, 2012, first-time mother and local salon stylist, Terra Scoggins’ water broke, fifteen weeks critically shy of her due date. She went into labor fast. So fast that just minutes after arriving at Hilton Head Hospital via ambulance, she gave birth to a son. Two-pound, eight-ounce newborn “Daxton” had no heartbeat, no breath. A team of neonatal nurses and specialists revived him with critical life-saving care. Afterwards the hospital airlifted Dax to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the … Read more
Food cravings can be as powerful and irresistible as a bright orange bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Even the thought of such hyperpalpable foods can increase dopamine, a pleasure-seeking brain chemical. With 70 percent of Americans overweight or obese, we’ve become a nation of dopamine seekers addicted to the opioid that controls emotions, motivation and feelings of pleasure. The brain is very sensitive to opioids. Receptors, small monitoring devices on brain cells, detect the level of opioids in the brain and continually make adjustments. How much does the American epidemic … Read more
Forty-eight year old Dave Ferguson woke up in the middle of the night alone in his hotel room, drenched in sweat and feeling the incredible intensity of an elephant sitting on his chest. He knew he was having a heart attack. Paralyzed by fear and the crushing pain and pressure, he couldn’t even reach for the phone sitting on his nightstand. “I’m a Christian but I became more of a Christian that night,” Dave said while recalling that he prayed hard, made lots of promises and asked for forgiveness and … Read more
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