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Dr. Paul Drago Loves to Bodybuild

Bodybuilding is a relatively unusual favorite extracurricular activity, regardless of what you do professionally, and Dr. Paul Drago is somewhat exceptional in his love for bodybuilding, which he tacks onto his already strenuous daily work as a sinus doctor and surgeon at Barnwell, South Carolina, where he works as the Medical Director in one of the departments at a local hospital.


Bodybuilding, defined as the use of “progressive resistance exercise” utilized in a certain way so as to control and maintain the physicality of a person’s muscular structure, is a pastime enjoyed by a small but loyal group of enthusiasts. Famous bodybuilders include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Reeves, and a few other big names, many of whom are defined by their powerful stature and large muscles. Not all bodybuilders are necessarily incredibly muscular, though it does help a great deal and allows for an advantage in any kind of competitive bodybuilding.


Bodybuilding was relatively non-existent prior to the 19th century, but Eugen Sandow changed all of that as the “father of bodybuilding.” Using his uniquely powerful and muscular physique, he began to perform at circuses and slowly the trend took hold. Though it would be over a century before it would fully reach its height of popularity, it was, nonetheless, a quick crowd pleaser and proved to be a rewarding experience for Sandow.


Every year, the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest recognizes the world’s top male bodybuilder. Dr. Paul Drago does not plan on getting that far, necessarily, although the idea of competition used to be a far-off dream of his. Ultimately, he is too tied to his medical work, although he admits that the thrill of bodybuilding might have distracted him more in his younger days. Now he feels it should be left predominately to those who are more enthralled by the energy and spirit of competition.

Dr. Paul Drago Debunks Some Myths About Swimmer’s Ear

You’ve probably all heard of (and had) the mythical “Swimmer’s Ear” at some point in life, but who really knows what that means? “External otitis,” a more professional and scientific means of describing the ailment, refers to an inflammation of both the ear canal and the outer ear. This combination is frequently caused by things like swimming, as Dr. Paul Drago reminds us, and it is this source that has led to the name Swimmer’s Ear in many every-day conversations, especially considering that at least one child per week and per community generally comes down with symptoms during the summer.

The pain caused by External otitis is incredibly severe and can limit many basic functions and activities, restricting sleeping habits and sometimes concentration and general routines. Many otolaryngologists have estimated that the likelihood of getting the unfortunate infection at least once in life is almost inevitable, in opposition to some who claim it can only come from swimming in dirty water or failing to properly clean the inside of the ear. Ear discharge is a common side effect of the infection, along with severe pain, Dr. Paul Drago says, countering the assumption made by many that it can be ignored and is sometimes without side effects.

One of the most common causes of Swimmer’s Ear is, in fact, swimming in polluted water, but another cause is a simple blockage of water inside of the ear. Water can at times build up within the ear and, Dr. Paul Drago says, without proper draining and drying of the ear, it is possible for the infection to quickly take root, leading to excruciating pain and a full-blown case of Swimmer’s Ear. With that in mind, have you ever had Swimmer’s Ear? Did you find the symptoms to be similar? Did you go to see a doctor?


Dr. Paul Drago’s Love for Jazz

Dr. Paul Drago, a sinus surgeon, first heard Louis Armstrong’s voice on a record player and immediately fell in love. The sounds of jazz filled his home growing up and provided him with a warmth and comfort that would propel him through much of his life. He would spin the records for hours and hours, never growing tired of the melodic and melancholy sound of the saxophone, as well as the beautiful interruption of a trumpet.


His love of jazz was so deep that it eventually inspired him to go to Louisiana, one of the jazz capitals of the world. He ultimately obtained a medical license in order to practice in the state, in a move that was rooted as much in his love of jazz culture as it was in his interest in practicing within the area. New Orleans, in particular, resonated for Dr. Paul Drago and he found himself energized and cheered by the ongoing bustle of the French Quarter, as well as the lively spirits of the jazz musicians there.


In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Paul Drago was deeply saddened to see much of Louisiana’s jazz culture experiencing a turbulent time. Still, he felt and continues to feel that the city will soon see a revival of the world that was and will be again. Soon the trumpets will compete with the saxophone for recognition and the world of jazz will once again come alive for so many as it did before the levees broke. Dr. Paul Drago is a firm believer in this and maintains that he will continue to love and support jazz while also frequently visiting the city of New Orleans as a show of support. Recently, he has begun to learn to play the saxophone himself and hopes to soon be very good at it.

Dr. Paul Drago: Sports Fanatic

His patients know him for his easy charm and kind way with words, but Dr. Paul Drago, an ear, nose, and throat doctor who makes his home in the south, is hiding a secret – his deep and unconditional love of sports. An enthusiast for everything from basketball to football to golf, the 49 year-old doctor says that he has loved sports since childhood but that it is only in recent years that he’s felt he could truly look forward to a time when he would be able to fully pursue his passion.


As a younger surgeon, Dr. Paul Drago admits, he was constantly busy and held up with routine calls, obligations, and the sort of pressing and immediate concerns that normally dominate the lives of other doctors who work 20-hour shifts and frequently find themselves with little to no spare time to even sleep, let alone contemplate extracurricular activities. Yet Dr. Paul Drago is finally getting to a point where, with retirement on the horizon within the next 20 years, he will finally have some time alone with his passion.


Although he acknowledges that his basketball and football-playing days might be at a close, Dr. Paul Drago is keen on sports like golf, especially as his colleagues and friends also hold similar interests and would be willing to accompany him on his ventures out to play the sport. His best friend, in particular, has said that Dr. Paul Drago is delightful to play with and that the two greatly enjoy their time off and on the field, though admittedly neither has as much time for sports as they would like given their current professions. Still, as he slowly winds down his time in a hospital coat and turns his dreams to athletics, the doctor confesses he is slightly excited about the fact that he will finally have time for sports.

An Apple A Day: Dr. Paul Drago’s Life Advice

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, as the old saying goes, and so, who better to ask for advice than Dr. Paul Drago. At 49, he has kept himself happy and healthy by following certain basic steps towards fulfillment and personal well-being. His advice?



  1. Always be healthy. This doesn’t just include eating proper foods and avoiding smoking, it also means putting your best food forward each and every day, regardless of how you may feel.
  2. Think long and hard about the image you want, and how you want to convey it. If you display a happy attitude and exterior, people will want to be around you, which, in turn, will help you as a person.
  3. When caught in a situation involving an altercation, take a deep breath. Why are you having this fight? Will anything be accomplished by it? Do you really need to be doing this? What else could you be doing with your time?
  4. Surround yourself with good people. The happier you feel with your friends, family, and loved ones, the better your life will be. Look at the people around you and ask, am I happy with these people? Do I need something more?
  5. Remember, this is more about you than it is about anyone else. Remember to “do you” – are your needs being met? Do you feel happy and completed? Are you frequently made to feel unhappy? Are you the cause of your own unhappiness? If anything in your life isn’t being satisfied, it’s up to you to fix it. You are the master of your own destiny.

With that in mind, Dr. Paul Drago says, it is relatively easy to lead a full and happy life; he holds himself up as an example – a doctor and happy, healthy man.

Volunteering at the Soup Kitchen: Dr. Paul Drago walks us through the steps

Feel called to help others? Don’t know where to start? Feeling confused and befuddled? Ever wondered how to volunteer at a soup kitchen? Dr. Paul Drago, a long-time volunteer and appreciator of the charity work done by soup kitchens all over the country, suggests following simple steps in order to get involved. In the United States, “food insecurity,” or a lack of basic finances needed to efficiently and effectively guarantee a monthly food supply, is a tragic reality for many people. Soup kitchens work to provide many who would not otherwise have food and sustenance with the aforementioned components and aid the hungry in the process of feeding themselves. Two common staples in soup kitchens are, of course, soup and, additionally, bread, traditionally used to soak up soup and add carbohydrates to the meal so as to bolster energy and provide additionally substance. Dr. Paul Drago understands the needs that come with being hungry and how important it is to have access to food.


The first soup kitchens cropped up during the Great Depression. At a time when over 12 million Americans were unemployed, many people were forced to resort to any means necessary in order to obtain foo. Dr. Paul Drago is of the belief that we can learn from the lessons of that time and apply the knowledge we gained then to the present. It might shock some to know that Al Capone, in fact, opened one of the first soup kitchens, a surprising twist on the gangster’s life and an interesting tidbit about the practice itself. Though it’s hardly advisable to pursue life as a gangster, his generosity is nonetheless commendable and should inspire others to do the same. Though it goes without saying that volunteering is easier said than done, volunteering at a soup kitchen is a great place to start.

Dr. Paul Drago Goes Scuba Diving

Although he admitted to being terrified by the idea, last month Dr. Paul Drago decided it was time to overcome his fear and go scuba diving for the first time. A long-time fan of aquatics and the ocean, Dr. Paul Drago has always thought of going scuba diving (or even engaging in other high-risk water-related adventures) but was always held back by a lack of time, he says, as well as his own misgivings. However, he recently ‘took the plunge,’ so to speak, and now says he wants to go again, in a sure testament to the value of the experience.


Though his friends argued that perhaps he shouldn’t go, he followed his gut and says that it felt like it was time. The experience of going into the water was, for the doctor, by far the most initially terrifying, but after a few minutes, everything began to come together and fall into place. Able to slowly understand the process, Dr. Paul Drago found the deep blue of the sea to be tremendously calming and was very moved by the overall process. Though a sinus surgeon by profession, Dr. Paul Drago was reminded of his days spent studying zoology and wound up reminiscing about what could have been. Though he ultimately feels good about his chosen profession, it was nonetheless an interesting time to reflect on what he could perhaps have been doing instead and the life he might’ve led.


After the experience, Dr. Paul Drago signed himself up for a series of scuba diving lessons, to be carried out over the course of the upcoming summer. Though he owns that he is a bit of an amateur, he aspires to improve with time and has lofty aspirations for a year from now, when he would very much like to try his hand at scuba diving in Hawaii.

Pre-Career Jobs: Dr. Paul Drago

Everyone has had a job they find amusing at some point in their lives. For Dr. Paul Drago, it was not so much the amusement as the uniqueness of the job itself. As a vendor at Yankee Stadium while an undergraduate student, Dr.Paul Drago, a native New Yorker, worked to sell tickets to games and enjoyed the process, though it was tiring and all too often something of a hassle.


Customers can frequently be pushy and loud at Yankee games, something that comes with the territory of working as a vendor. Vendors regularly have to put up with heckling and jeering and, at times, are pressured by the bystanders and potential customers at the openings of games, making them by far the most put-upon members of the process. This was an experience that Dr. Paul Drago learned from immensely and later applied extensively to his career as a sinus surgeon.


Red Sox fans are hardly the only danger for vendors, as they cope with thrown popcorn, spitting children, and the erstwhile thrown shoe. Jeering is not wholly uncommon at Yankee games and the stadium is oftentimes subject to vast amounts of yelling so loud that vendors cannot hear the sounds of ticket orders over the noises being blasted all around them. Dr. Paul Drago recalls that the noise was sometimes so loud that he would lose his own voice shouting over the din and would be questioned about it by his parents for days afterwards.


Still, the perks of the job were there and the recollection of enjoyable Yankee games (and the inevitable victory over the Red Sox) were oftentimes big enough draws to ensure that Dr. Paul Drago felt fulfilled and greatly enjoyed his job, though it has now become a fun story that he shares at the dinner table with his family and friends.

Allergies: Dr. Paul Drago Insists You Should Be Paying More Attention

If you’ve been ignoring your allergies, Dr. Paul Drago has some firm words for you: stop doing that and focus on your health. Dr. Paul Drago, a renowned and respected otolaryngologist who specializes in sinus surgery, has seen it all when it comes allergies and feels strongly that people fail to pay the attention to their seasonal coughs and sneezes that they really should, especially at a time like early and late spring when pollen and blooming flowers cause allergies to be in full swing and leave many of the afflicted feeling that they ought to have done something to prevent the situation.


Though there isn’t always much that can be done, it remains true that there are a multitude of pharmaceutical drugs and other over-the-counter variations available for many who feel that they are compromised and unable to truly function and effectively carry on their work while affected by the seasonal allergy bouts that plague thousands of Americans. Some fail to even try to obtain the proper resources to combat the onslaught of runny noses, ongoing coughing fits, and itchy eyes that can become an unbearable hindrance for many.


Dr. Paul Drago emphasizes that it is possible to make it through the allergy season without taking extra measures, but that choice may cause a great deal of unnecessary misery for those who choose to take this path of least resistance. It is far from complicated to briefly visit a doctor and obtain a prescription or to, far more easily, go to a local pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens and peruse the options in order to locate a drug that could be effective and eliminate a great deal of unhappiness over the course of the upcoming months. As Dr. Paul Drago puts it, what’s the hurt in trying?