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.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year

This time of year the news is full of making (and breaking) resolutions. News is also full of health topics – the faddish, the fun, the foolish. Everyone wants to lose weight, start exercising, improve their heart health, make themselves more attractive, increase their longevity.And the number of programs and pills sold by gurus and…

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Taking Control

The process of acute inflammation is designed to control and eliminate the invasion of foreign proteins in the body, whether from bacteria, viruses, foreign cells (other biological cells that are not of human origin) or cancer cells. But when the inflammatory process works overtime, normal human cells of various types are damaged or destroyed. In…

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The Newest Theory of Disease

Is inflammation the cause of disease?This is the newest idea capturing the imagination of medical investigators. We know that heart disease is caused by inflammation of the lining of the arteries. We know that inflammation of the lining in the stomach or small intestine causes peptic ulcer disease. The cause of colon cancer is inflammation of the…

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Preserving the Candle

A brave assertion: “By burning the candle at both ends, I can make twice as much light.”The thoughtful rejoinder: “True, but for only half the time.” Sound familiar?Who are these foolish people who are busy doing everything and are constantly tired? Probably us. Since 1985 we Americans have consistently spent more time at work, and…

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Mom Doesn’t Know Where She Is!

Carol Coultraine pushed through the double doors marked Coronary Care Unit. She had driven straight from work to see her mother, who had suffered a mild heart attack three days before.Mother’s care has been excellent here, Carol thought as she walked down the now-familiar corridor toward the room where mother was recovering. For the last two…

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It’s Just a Mosquito Bite

West Nile Fever is one of the newest diseases to arrive in the United States. In the late 1990's it took up residence in the wild bird population and in the mosquitoes that bit those birds. Every summer since 1999, there has been an epidemic outbreak of West Nile fever among humans who are bitten…

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Did You Get Your Vaccinations?

Anyone who travels regularly to other countries already knows that shot records are important. Health care professionals are also required to keep their shots current. But who else in the adult world needs to keep their vaccinations up-to-date? Those over 55. What? I thought immunizations were for kids!

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I’m Bleeding Again!

“Honey! I’m bleeding again!”A man nicked himself with his razor while shaving. He and his wife are getting ready to go on a night out to the theater. Now his shirt and the sink are a bloody mess. “Why do you bleed so much?” she cries out in frustration as she hands him another white…

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Overheard in a Food Mart

“Kate? Is that you, Kate?” Clarissa froze in her tracks, blocking the entry door to the food market, mouth open, staring. “Hi, Clarissa,” her friend answered while pulling out a grocery cart. “Better come in before you get run over.” Kate jumped out of the way of several shoppers as they rushed by. “I didn’t…

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To Drink or Not to Drink – That Is the Question

A recent newspaper article highlighted the bravery of a 5-year-old boy who saved his grandfather's life. The old man had worked all day in the Florida sun without taking the time to drink anything. Over dinner his grandson noted that he looked pale and tired. By supper time, the old man was sitting on the…

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