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


The King of Diseases

Gout has been a defined medical illness since the days of Hippocrates in the 5th century B.C. It’s known as “the disease of kings and the king of diseases.” Triggered by an excess of uric acid in the body, the initial symptoms result from the formation of

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A Hearty Valentine’s Wish

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it is spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg Another Valentine’s Day, our holiday that symbolizes love, is here again.

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Up Your Nose

I feel compelled to write this brief Insight because of its relevance to so many people, especially this time of year. Nasal sprays are used at least sporadically by most of our adult population. Whether we are trying to open a congested nose to sleep at night

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Unroofing the Facts About Shingles

Deja Vu isn’t always pleasant. As a disease, Shingles is a perfect example of this statement. The peculiar name, Shingles, is derived from a Latin word, cingulum, meaning girdle or belt. An outbreak is actually a reactivation of a chickenpox infection that has been dormant in a

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Go Nuts!

In the last 6 weeks of the year, most of us are exposed to more nuts than at any other time. . .and I’m not just talking about the ones camped out by the punch bowl or in the long check-out lines at WalMart! As family gatherings

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Sick and Tired

This time of year, you can throw a rock and hit somebody who’s sick. There’s coughing and sneezing everywhere! Additionally, this ‘home stretch of the year’ between Thanksgiving and New Years is probably the most stressful time of the year for all of us. It’s well-known that

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An ACE-I in the Hole

Sometimes in the course of medical progress, we find new uses for old drugs. A five year trial named HOPE (Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation) enrolled 9297 men and women over the age of 55 to see if a class of drugs called ACE Inhibitors might decrease incidence

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Counting Blessings

“Home is where one starts from. . .We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” Taken fromFour Quartets by T.S. Eliot The world-altering events of this fall

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Biting Comments

There are millions of Americans who have at least periodic jaw pain. Various names have been given to this phenomenon including: TMJ Syndrome, TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders), or I’ve just heard folks say, “I’ve got TMJ”. In any case, TMD is not just one disorder, but a group

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Going Forward

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”Mahatma Gandhi The tragedy of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 continues to affect us in profoundly personal and collective ways. Leonard Pitts, Jr., a sydicated columnist for the Miami Herald, penned a masterful piece for that newspaper

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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