Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast

Relax, sit back, and join us for candid healthcare conversations.

If there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that taking care of ourselves is key—and there are a lot of ways to do that. Selfcare has come to mean taking time for the things that make us happy, for the things that make us feel good, and for the things that keep us healthy.

Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast presented by Singing River Health System focuses on candid conversations with medical professionals aimed at improving health and saving lives. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and prioritize YOU.

Listen every other Wednesday wherever you get your podcasts and be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss a thing.


There are many parts of our body that we must keep a check on as we age, and lung health is no exception. While up to 90% of lung cancer diagnoses come from smoking, there are other risk factors like family history and environmental exposure that can contribute. In this episode of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast, Pulmonologist Ijlal Babar discusses what you can do to ensure you have healthy lungs.



The saying “don’t let your blood boil” could actually help improve your quality of life both physically and mentally. In this episode of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast, Family Medicine Physician, Dr. Rolando Barnes educates us on how to live our best life by managing our blood pressure.




Imagine not having to worry about arranging care for your children, Elders, or having to take time off work to talk to a provider. Instead, what if you could skip a trip to the clinic entirely with a simple video call? In this podcast episode, Tony Tanner, Nurse Practitioner, highlights the benefits and the convenience of telehealth virtual visits that make healthcare more accessible.




The relative discomfort during an annual mammogram is nothing compared to the experience of breast cancer and its treatment.  In this episode of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast, Lead Mammographer Tina Flint breaks down the science behind 3D mammo technology and the importance of looking out for your “girls.”



Gynecologic Oncology…Oh My! While medical terms and titles are a mouthful, they are vital in providing life saving care. In this episode we deep dive into the world of women’s cancer and defining what Gynecologic Oncology really means.




Find yourself struggling doing things like buttoning clothes or opening a jar? Have numbness and tingling in your fingers and wrist? Singing River Orthopedic NP, Jay Smith, explains what causes pesky carpal tunnel and the effects of ergonomics in this episode of the Healthcare is Selfcare Podcast.




Did you know your genes can predict health concerns? Have you considered your own family history? Dr. Teka Washington, Medical Director of Oncology and Risk Reduction Specialist explains how genetics play a role in the development and prevention of breast cancer, in both women and men.



What do some of the latest fad diets really do to your system? And what should you have in your diet every day? Dietitian Destiny Yarbrough helps separate fads from facts on this episode of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast.



Is vaping safe? Is vaping as damaging as cigarettes? How much do we really know about vaping and its effects? Find out all of this and more from Singing River’s Chief Medical Officer, Internal Medicine Doctor Randy Roth on this episode of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast.


Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.



Do you need to go to an urgent care? Or a medical clinic? When is something an emergency room issue? How do you know? Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Matthew “Jack” Murray discusses the differences, why we have these different options, and more on this episode of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast.

Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.



As parents, many of us never realized how much our worlds would revolve around poop. Dr. April Ulmer, Pediatric Gastroenterologist of Kids & Tummies brings her expertise to this episode of Healthcare is selfcare to discuss kids, constipation, and when to seek medical care.


Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.


What’s chronic, obstructive and effects the lungs’ ability to function correctly? COPD. We hear it talked about a lot, but what is COPD and how can we treat its effects? Hear about the latest developments in Endo-bronchial valve technology with Dr. Ijlal Babar, Singing River Pulmonologist (that’s a fancy word for “Lung Doctor”) on this episode of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast.

Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.


What if you could get one vaccine to help prevent SIX different types of cancer? What if you knew that vaccine was nearly 100% effective against a hard-to-identify cancer? And what if you could protect your kids starting as young as age 9? You can. Learn more about HPV vaccines, their effectiveness, and how to protect yourself and your children from this common virus from Gynecologic Oncologist, Dr. Mike Finan.


Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.



What’s the difference between reflux and heartburn? Can you just keep eating a bottle of Tums every week without consequences? Find out how to tell the difference between heartburn as a symptom and a potentially bigger issue with Singing River Gastroenterologist Eric Plott, MD.


Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.



Looking for someone your type? So are healthcare organizations across the country, as we are faced with a critical blood shortage. Hear from Pathologist Camille Elkins on all the different uses for blood and blood products, as well as the ease and importance of donating blood to your local blood bank.

Looking for ways to donate blood? Visit TheBloodCenter.org and sign up today!


Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.



Captain of the ship, gatekeeper, knower of a little bit of everything—in this episode of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast, we sit down with Family Medicine Physician Dr. Tana Cooper to find out why you truly need “one person who knows you best”—a Primary Care Provider—to help you stay on track with screenings, health concerns, specialized needs, and more.

Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.


Do kids get stressed? How can you tell? What can you do to help them feel better? Find out from budding woodworker and experienced Pediatrician, Dr. Tyler Sexton, in episode 3 of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast.


Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.



How does a Colorectal Surgeon deal with being the butt of the joke? Or find his way into the profession? And even though bologna has a first name, should you be eating it regularly? Find out all this and more in episode 2 of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast, as we chat with Colorectal Surgeon, Dr. Ramon Brown on the “Ifs, Ands, and Butts” of colon and rectal health. 


Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.



What heart-healthy diet is so difficult to maintain, a cardiologist couldn’t stick to it? How does a cardiologist start his day? Find out all this and more in our first episode of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast, as we chat with Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Ediz Tasan on how to stay in sync with your heart. 


Prefer to read? Check out the episode transcript here.

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