Max Hammonds

Max Wayne Hammonds was born Aug 3, 1943, in northeastern Indiana, in the county hospital in Wabash. He attended high school and college in his home town of North Manchester and attended Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis. Following an internship in South Bend, IN and a year of flight medicine in the Air Force, he took a residency in anesthesiology at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Hammonds served two years as an anesthesiologist at Fairchild Air Force Base, then resigned his commission to take up the private practice of anesthesiology in Walla Walla, WA. He was active as elder and SS teacher in the Eastgate SDA Church. After assisting in the establishment of the Health Education Center in Spokane, he established the Health Education Center in Walla Walla. He was instrumental in establishing and served as president of the Adventist Nurse Service Agency, the precedent organization of the Visiting Nurse Program at Walla Walla General Hospital. After ten years there, he and his family took an assignment as missionaries to Bangkok, Thailand as representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He served as anesthesiologist and administrator there for almost four years. Hammonds and his family returned to the States to practice anesthesiology in Hendersonville, NC for 18 years. On the birth of a grandson, he and his wife retired and moved to Kenneth City, FL to take up grandson sitting full time. In his professional life he was a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists, a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiologists, and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. With his wife Carolyn, an intensive care nurse and lecturer in intensive care, while in the military and in Walla Walla, he established and directed several intensive care units. He also co-founded a respiratory therapy school. In addition, he earned a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Loma Linda University School of Health. Hammonds was a member of the state and local county medical societies where he resided, serving as president and education director of the county society in Henderson County, NC. He is currently a retired member of the AMA and American Society of Anesthesiologists. Currently, Hammonds is quite active in his local Seventh-day Adventist Church, serving as head elder and teacher. He is teaching his grandson to sail, plays several musical instruments for fun, and enjoys gardening. He writes poetry and is a playwright for his local church. He has been published, both prose and poetry, in the international church magazine, the Adventist Review. His most recent publication is a 700-page historical novel, The Indomitable Gertrude Green (Review and Herald Publishing), a true life account of a missionary nurse in China during the WWII and Red Chinese take-over. He also writes a health column for several publications.

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Food

“I’m afraid my food was grown in poor soil and doesn’t have the right nutrition.” “What if my food has been contaminated by pesticides?” “Will I get cancer from my food?” “Did someone irradiate my food?” “Do I need to avoid a certain types of food?” These are questions heard by nutritionists every day from…

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Traveling Health

Doctor Bob folded up his stethoscope and put it in his pocket. “Is there anything else I should know, Ken?” He stood at the counter, entering his findings of the yearly physical for this retiree. "No, don’t think so.” Ken buttoned his shirt. “Marie’s home packing. We’re going to the Caribbean for two weeks.” Ken…

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They All Have Side Effects

Look at the folded paper, stapled to the professional white pharmacy bag, which instructs you on how to use the drug you just received. Or look at one of several websites which discusses various drugs or herbals that you might be taking. In either of these sources, did you notice, in addition to the “mechanism…

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Testosterone — the New Male Miracle Medicine

A casual perusal of night time television, the sports channels, or the masculine adventure channels will reveal a plethora of ads for testosterone therapy for men who think they have low “T” (testosterone). While twenty-five percent of the males over age 45 have lower than normal testosterone levels, only a small segment of these males…

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New Guidelines for Old

Late in 2013 new guidelines were published for health care professionals to manage people at risk of cardiac or vascular (stroke) disease. The guidelines were written because the old guidelines did not 1) address the risk of stroke, 2) consider younger patients with risk factors but normal cholesterol numbers, and 3) make recommendations in the…

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The Truth About Caffeine

The information available on caffeine these days is very confusing. Some sources advocate caffeine drinks as “energy” drinks. Some recommend caffeinated drinks but suggest avoiding the “additives” in caffeinated drinks – sugar, fat, vitamins, and amino acids. Others claim that caffeine is addictive with nasty side-effects. Others condemn caffeine in all forms and for all…

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Am I Allergic to Myself?

What disease affects 23.5 million Americans (2.5 times as many as have cancer), costs $100 billion in direct expenses (2 times as much as cancer), receives 1/12 of the research funding ($594 million) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as cancer ($6.1 billion), and is the tenth leading cause of deaths in women under…

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Aspirin Is NOT a Miracle Drug.

Read it again carefully: Aspirin is not a miracle drug. Recent international news flashes are touting the “protective effect” of aspirin against melanoma in females. Aspirin has previously been announced as “preventative” in breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. Please note again: Aspirin is NOT a miracle drug. Aspirin does NOT prevent cancer. Aspirin…

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Sould I Be Taking Calcium Supplements?

"Dr. Jack, I was told that I should be taking calcium supplements because of my age. What do you think?” Nora, a 52 year old, small, thin, pale Caucasian stared intently at her doctor. “I was told that I had small bones and was probably osteoporotic. Should I be taking calcium and Vitamin D?” Dr. Jack…

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If You Have Had Cancer

"If you have had cancer..." sounds like a bad way to begin a positive and helpful suggestion for a healthful lifestyle, doesn't it? The truth is, if you have had cancer, you are like everyone who has had some type of life-changing health problem – a heart attack, a kidney stone, or an ulcer. You…

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