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


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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The Scope of the Problem

At age 92, Charlie Martin Jones told his grandson, “The secret to a long and happy life is to keep your mouth shut and your bowels open.” Both aspects of this wonderful advice are important, but I want to speak to the second point this week. March

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A Nose by Any Other Name…

Unfortunately for Middle Tennessee residents, Spring allergy season is upon us. Seasonal allergies are not a rare problem. In fact, it has been estimated that 8.8% of the U.S. population (or approximately 24 million individuals) suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis. The symptoms of this aggravating problem include

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The Fat of the Land

The National Institutes of Health estimate that over 97 million Americans (more than half of us) are overweight or obese. Sedentary lifestyles and the increase in fast-food/high fat diets are both key factors. Unfortunately, negative perceptions of “personal attractiveness” are not the only consequences of obesity. In

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Time Out

In our modern, frenetic world, we all need to understand the importance of “Time Out.” The poets have been telling us this for centuries. “The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature

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A Few Dry Comments About Skin

It’s the Season of Dry Skin. Even people with normally moist, healthy skin can find themselves itching,scratching, and “shedding” their skin during the winter months. The cold, often dry outside air combined with the low humidity created by heated living and working environments can be harsh exposures

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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