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


In Perspective

Our world culture is in turmoil. Last week, we solemnly celebrated the one year anniversary of the World Trade Center’s destruction. We live day to day with news of terrorist cells and their quest to dismantle the civilized world. Sometimes, it takes a poet to bring things

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Sock It To Me

One of my childhood memories that seemed so tragic at the time and so humorous in retrospect recalls my 7th grade trip to Washington, D.C. with the Safety Patrols from Guy Webb Elementary School. We left Atlanta by train early one evening and were scheduled to arrive

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Spinning a Few Yarns

We’re all dizzy headed at one time or another. Certainly, and stereotypically, blonds have an edge, but a dizzy-headed feeling is pervasive in our society. Did you know that 40% of people over the tender young age of 40 experience dizziness or balance problems on occasion? In

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Weighty Matters

We’ve got a heavy topic this week, folks: obesity in America and our quest for the perfect, quick fix. The latest guidelines from the FDA (supported by comprehensive scientific review of fad diets) state that any diet that limits daily intake to 1500 calories or less will

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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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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