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.

Stretch to Stay Fit

Do you remember those long nights studying for tough exams?  Remember how good it felt to stretch, arms overhead, fingers interlocked? It turns out that stretching is one of the four types of exercises essential for a good workout.Stretching, like all other types of exercise, relaxes the body and the mind, helps you lose weight,…

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Good Old Summertime

Now that the kids are out of school and vacation time is here, it’s time to plan some fun in the sun – a vacation or a few days at the beach or perhaps a camp out.Before your plans get too far down the road, remember a few health ideas that will keep summertime fun.

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Exercise: Balance

“Exercise – how do I do that?”Many people think exercise means a basketball game or mowing the lawn once a week – or a strenuous workout on Sunday followed by several days of regret. Back in the nineteenth century exercise was how you lived your life. Every activity of daily living required fairly strenuous and…

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Exercise: Strength Training

Magazines of all kinds are full of articles about exercise. They proclaim its fantastic benefits – weight loss, relaxation, controlling blood sugar, lower bad fats and increasing good fats, more efficient immune systems, increased bone density and muscle strength, better sleep efficiency.But too often everyone talks about exercising and never does anything about it. It…

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Inflammation — The Newest Theory of Disease

Does inflammation cause disease? That's the newest idea to capture the imagination of medical investigators. Heart disease? Caused by inflammation of the lining of the arteries.  Peptic ulcers?  Inflammation of the lining of the stomach or small intestine.  Colon cancer? Inflammation of the colon's lining.Inflammation is the body’s reaction to irritants with a standard response…

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It’s Always an Inside Job

“Janet! I’m glad to see you. The receptionist told me that you called. This isn’t your usual six- month dental check up time, is it? What seems to be the matter?”“Dr. Kaplan. I have a pain in my tooth.” Janet craned her head around as the dentist approached the dental chair where she was reclining.…

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Dr. Oz’s Favorite Subject

Feces, or “poop” to the younger set (the favorite topic of Dr. Oz), is an old-fashioned, time-honored way for doctors to gauge your body’s health. In medicine, before fancy lab tests and x-ray scans, doctors looked at, measured, in some cases tasted various body fluids and solids to determine what was wrong with the patient. (Like…

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Exercising? On My Knees?

Mike hobbled to the curb to get his newspaper. He was careful how he bent over. He didn’t want to aggravate the pain in his left knee. As he slowly bent back up, he saw Robert walking – or was he running? – down the sidewalk towards him.“Robert, where you goin’? To a fire?”“Nope. Just…

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Obesity in Children

A major medical controversy is brewing over whether children, age 8 or younger, should be placed on medications to lower their cholesterol.The reason for this controversy? Heart disease, heart attacks and strokes are now appearing in children in their teens and early twenties. Until now, these diseases that didn’t appear until people were in their…

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A Young Child’s Bad Food Habits

Some health articles just beg to be repeated. One is a recent article from Parents Magazine, entitled “Breaking Your Kid’s Bad Food Habits.” Here is a summary of the high points – which were taken from the book Good Kids, Bad Habits by Jennifer Trachtenburg, MD. This grandparent could not resist sharing these timely, helpful…

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