Articles written by me on Self-care and Palliative Medicine
On Self-Care & Palliative Medicine


Calling your Own Shots

Hopefully, we all got our “baby shots.” Those were the good ole days when our parents took care of all the practical stuff. But recommendations for immunizations do not end in childhood. In fact, some of the shots we received as children lose their protective effect for

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One Pill, Two Pill, Red Pill, Blue Pill…

It never ceases to amaze me how educated, relatively conscientious adults do not know the names of their medications. Some of these medications have been taken for years. These tablets and capsules have been carried across state lines and often, even into other countries. And yet, through

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Mother Lode

Each Mother’s Day, we celebrate the “Moms” in our lives. As nurturer, protector, and provider, Mother symbolizes safety and unconditional love. We build on childhood memories and imitate our parents, as we too, become parents. Even when childhood realities did not provide the idealized Mother/child experience, we

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A Bitter Pill

There are hundreds of medications and supplements in pill form these days. As we age, most of us will wind up taking at least one prescription medication on a regular basis and probably a host of short term drugs such as antibiotics, antihistamines, and pain relievers. Add

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The Anus as a Whole

Ah! The season of yard work is once again upon us. It’s time to push lawnmowers,and carry large bags of topsoil, fertilizer,and mulch. Although there is no official season for hemorrhoids, heavy lifting, prolonged standing and straining are all factors associated with their development. Many people do

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Dead Right

“I’m trying to die correctly, but it’s very difficult you know” (Lawrence Durrell 1988) Although the concept of a right to die has intrigued philosophers since the time of the Greeks, only in modern times has it become a widespread social concern. There is a strong push

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Burning Issues

With Spring now in full force in Middle Tennessee, more and more people are shedding layers of clothing to enjoy the warmth and sunshine. . .and summer is just around the corner. Most of us will be spending much more time outside and will be wearing fewer

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Chewing the Fat

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat”, and chewing the fat clearly impacts the cholesterol and triglyceride levels of most people. In the last twenty years, especially, people have become better educated about their cholesterol levels and the health impact of such levels.

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Well Heeled

It”s a beautiful morning. You bound out of bed–only to drop to your knees in pain. A vindictive spouse, an angry roommate, or an evil spirit has surely placed broken glass or nails on the floor beside your bed; the intense pain in your heels as your

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On Pins and Needles

Although Acupunture has been an established medical treatment in China for several thousand years, it has only been utilized as therapy in the United States in the last two centuries. We know that Bache (an American physician) used acupuncture in his practice in the 1820s. Subsequently, in

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My Philosophy

(Latin: doceō, I teach) I learned in medical school that the word, doctor, comes from the Latin word for teacher. I hold that thought closely... read more

Hinesights on Health

These are articles I wrote while in private practice in the early 2000’s. These many years later, I still have folks who ask for links, so I’ve kept them active... read more