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Human body

What’s the Buzz About?

What's the Buzz About?

Many of us reveled at the sight of our brilliant sun disappearing behind a dark orb of moon last month as an historic solar eclipse traveled across our entire country. My son, Will, sent me the accompanying photograph from Nashville, TN where the eclipse was total. The

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Piece of Work

    What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! William Shakespeare, Hamlet, II.ii   The human body is,

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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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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