Staying Healthy This Holiday Season: A Few Tips From an Expert
Dec 30, 2016 09:17PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
We reached out to a local doctor, Stephen Jarrard, MD from Tiger Clinic, for a few tips on staying somewhat healthy this holiday season. Not only did we get some great tips, we also got to know a little bit more about him, as well.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Have you always wanted to be a doctor?
As I got older, I wanted to follow a military career as I also admired many great American generals. So I sought and gained appointment to West Point, graduated from there, and was an Army Infantry Officer for many years before starting my medical training. I went to Medical School on an Army scholarship, so went back to the Army after as a surgeon for 10 more years.
I retired after that, and now feel very at home in Rabun County and Northeast Georgia - my family origin.
What's your most favorite aspect of your job?
Just kidding, that's a doctor joke.
Truly, it is being able to do something to help people feel better right now in the moment. Even more important, I love educating and teaching people about wellness and taking care of themselves to feel better longer, and avoid being sick or developing chronic diseases. I am a better physician and surgeon if I keep you well and at the top of your game. More so than if I constantly have to fix you. However, we are a team, and so you need to help me help you. If you don't do that, we will not be as successful.
What's been your most memorable moment as a doctor?
A close second was taking care of the local people who really have nothing. I mean, really nothing. They could not pay, and they could not speak English - but the look of gratitude in their eyes was priceless. hey felt that the "American Doctors" could do anything - and would walk miles to bring sick children. Extremely humbling, as well as memorable and gratifying.
What can someone do this holiday season to stay healthy?
Do you have any specific tips for anyone going to a holiday party or dinner?
There are no magic pills or miracle diets, regardless of what you see, hear, and read. I am sorry, but that is just the simple truth. But the rewards of such a lifestyle and the increased quality of life are well worth the price.
What else do you recommend?
And remember, on their deathbed, "I wish I'd spent more time at work," said no one, ever.
Dr. Stephen Jarrard is a retired Army Surgeon who now practices Surgery and General Medicine in & around Rabun County. He is Board Certified in Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).