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.

Doc, Do I Need an Antibiotic?

 “Doc, don’t I need antibiotics?” is a frequent question heard by many physicians. Some of the most common problems – like colds, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, bronchitis – cause many patients to miss work and feel miserable. The patients assume that they should be taking an antibiotic. What they don’t know is that an…

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A Re-Evaluation

"Hello, Susan. Come in and sit down. I've been expecting you." Dr. Robbins came from behind his desk, motioning to a leather arm chair."Good afternoon, Dr. Robbins," Susan responded."Yes, mother's heart attack got my attention." She perched on the edge of the chair, tightly clutching her purse."I suspect it did," he mused aloud, leaning against…

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Reversing Heart Disease – Is It Possible?

“Men will run to and fro and knowledge will increase.” Thirty years ago in medical school we were taught that one-half the knowledge we learned would turn out to be incorrect. No one knew which half. We would be required to continue learning and discover that for ourselves. Thirty years ago we were taught that…

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The Price Is Right!

"And all of these prizes can be yours – if the Price is Right!”This is the tag line on the popular game show, hosted by Drew Carey, in which contestants win prizes by guessing the correct prices of various products. The show was hosted by the unaging Bob Barker for decades until just the last…

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Know Your Risks

What disease condition is your greatest risk for disability or death? Is it heart disease? Cancer? Stroke? Pneumonia? Not surprisingly, it isn’t the same for everyone. There are many kinds of risks. People in third world countries are most at risk from infectious disease (think – malaria or AIDS) or violence and starvation (if there…

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“Wow! I Can See Again”

"My kitchen curtains really are white! I thought they were dirty and yellow and I've been washing them every week for the last year trying to get them clean." This is a typical comment of a patient who has just had the cataracts removed from their eyes. For those who could not see well enough…

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Before It’s Too Late

A woman in her late sixties was recently told by her physician that she could not have her total hip replacement until she lost at least 100 pounds. According to her doctor, her morbidly obese condition would make her surgery more risky, make her recovery more hazardous, and likely negate any positive outcomes the surgeon…

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Sick and Tired

“Bobby! How’s it going, dude?” Josh leaned over the cubicle wall. “Great Super Bowl, huh?”“Yeah. Great game.” Robert did not look up from his computer key board.“Whoa, man, what happened?” Josh came around the cubicle wall to get a closer look at his friend. “Did your team lose you a lot of money?”“Nah. The game…

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Breast Cancer

“The incidence of breast cancer is decreasing in the United States.”  This was the lead sentence in a recent newspaper article, only one of many that have been written recently.  With the recent release of cancer statistics showing a decrease in breast cancer, the nation-wide fund raiser walk-a-thons for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, an…

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What’s in Your New Year?

New Year’s Eve has come and gone. So have many of the New Year’s resolutions that many people have made, like not texting while driving, taking better care of your health, being nicer to the dog, spending more time with the kids (grandkids). New Year’s resolutions are notoriously ineffectual in making life changes, especially when…

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