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Getting a grip on aging and health

Getting a grip on aging and health

This article has a surprise for most people, maybe even a lot of healthcare professionals.

Tennessee Legal: The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Tennessee Legal: The National Domestic Violence Hotline

"There's NO excuse for domestic violence."

Pinched nerves matter

Pinched nerves matter

Everyone has heard of pinched nerves, but very few people seem to understand the significance of this condition, including many health care professionals.

To explain why pinched nerves matter, it's helpful to talk a little about the nervous system in general.

Remembering Rutherford: Fences tell of feuds, psych care and personalities

Remembering Rutherford: Fences tell of feuds, psych care and personalities

Even the fences tell tales in Rutherford County.

Rep. Sparks addresses President Trump in hand-delivered letter

Rep. Sparks addresses President Trump in hand-delivered letter

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil." Proverbs 3:5-7

Letter the Editor: ACA replacement won't cut it

Letter the Editor: ACA replacement won't cut it

In last Sunday's DNJ, Dr. Scott DesJarlais praised Donald Trump for keeping his campaign promises, rejoicing that "we're going to repeal Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) and we're going to get a suitable replacement."

Medical research still struggles to solve headaches

Medical research still struggles to solve headaches

For people who experience severe or frequent headaches, however, hope for finding a solution is always welcome news.

Your gallbladder needs a little respect

Your gallbladder needs a little respect

If you eat food and participate in digestion this article is for you.

Voices of Faith: The Season of Lent

Voices of Faith: The Season of Lent

No, it's not the stuff you get out of the filter of your clothes dryer - that's lint. This Wednesday, March 1, we begin the season of Lent for 2017.

More questions families should consider regarding senior care outside the home

More questions families should consider regarding senior care outside the home

Last time, I went over the "discovery" process that helps elders and their families take an honest look at their living situation, to find out what is working and what is not.

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Jimmy Evans wrote a great little book a few years ago on marriage called "Our Secret Paradise." In it he describes ways to rekindle and retain true passion in your love life.

Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford poker team had winning system, for a while

Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford poker team had winning system, for a while

It was an entrepreneurial enterprise requiring special skill, knowledge and eventually an ingenious device.

This free vitamin is worth a lot

This free vitamin is worth a lot

There's no doubt you are already familiar with vitamin D.

Letter to Mayor Burgess, Rutherford County Commission

Letter to Mayor Burgess, Rutherford County Commission

The membership of the Rutherford Neighborhood Alliance would like to thank Mayor Burgess and the Rutherford County Commission for all their efforts over these last several years in helping to clear up some of the corruption in County Government, specifically in the Sheriff's Department.

Tips to have more joy in life

Tips to have more joy in life

How are you feeling today? Did you wake up anticipating a great day, looking forward to the challenges and victories?

Still time to make 2017 resolutions

Still time to make 2017 resolutions

If you don't make New Year's Resolutions, you may want to consider adopting the habit.

What is caregiver guilt?

What is caregiver guilt?

There are 43.5 million people caring for those 50 years old and older, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance. Because of the demands placed on caregivers, they can feel alone and depressed. Many caregivers do not take time to take care of their own physical and emotional needs.

This tip may save your life

This tip may save your life

It is not unusual to see patients in our office for injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents.

Opinion: Juvenile Justice Task Force wraps up

Opinion: Juvenile Justice Task Force wraps up

Tennessee has expelled more black students than any other Southern state and it ranks 9th worst in the nation for "disconnected youth" - youths who are between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not attending school or employed.

Remembering Rutherford: First MHA chairman mixed business and family with official duties

Remembering Rutherford: First MHA chairman mixed business and family with official duties

It was all in the family!

New advice about food allergies in kids

New advice about food allergies in kids

Once again, research has proven that for years all the experts were wrong about their assumptions.

Tennessee Legal: When your kids do unto others

Tennessee Legal: When your kids do unto others

In 1957, about 60 years ago, the nation trembled as the first Baby Boomers were months from becoming... teenagers.

Abuse-deterrent opioids slowed by insurers

Abuse-deterrent opioids slowed by insurers

Prescription drug overdose remains the leading cause of accidental deaths nationwide, claiming more lives each year than heroin and cocaine combined.

January may be the best time to find relief from pain

January may be the best time to find relief from pain

Happy New Year! I hope this year is off to a great start for you.

You may be shrinking and not know it

You may be shrinking and not know it

A patient commented in the office not long ago that she had noticed she was two inches shorter than when she was in high school. Many readers may have noticed they, too, are shorter.

Finding middle ground with pain management

Finding middle ground with pain management

The challenge of healthcare providers is to find the balance between treating the epidemic of chronic pain without escalating the epidemic of opioid misuse.

Tennessee Legal: Check out annualcreditreport.com

Tennessee Legal: Check out annualcreditreport.com

"Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards." - Robert Orben, comedy writer and head speechwriter for Gerald R. Ford

Voices of Faith: The gifts of the magi

Voices of Faith: The gifts of the magi

Why did the wise men from the east bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh?

Remembering Rutherford: Fats, draft, rationing and maneuvers in December 1943

Remembering Rutherford: Fats, draft, rationing and maneuvers in December 1943

The local power companies reminded customers that outdoor Christmas lighting was prohibited, a service flag with three hundred stars hung in the Central High School auditorium, and housewives were being urged to save "Fats for Freedom." It was December 1943 in Rutherford County.

Guest column: Giving of yourself is a gift to yourself

Guest column: Giving of yourself is a gift to yourself

Multiple studies indicate that the process of giving--be it time, talk, toil or toys--will often result in lower blood pressure, higher self-esteem, lessening depression and greater happiness.

A holiday high in tradition

A holiday high in tradition

For a holiday that holds high in tradition, why must we ask ourselves every year, "what are we eating for Christmas dinner?"

3 ways to save money on healthcare

3 ways to save money on healthcare

You've probably noticed health care costs rising. There are many reasons you may be spending more of your income on healthcare expenses.

Tennessee Legal: Dear Santa, Define 'good'

Tennessee Legal: Dear Santa, Define 'good'

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus."

Tennessee Legal: Texting and Tennessee 'Due Care Law'

Tennessee Legal: Texting and Tennessee 'Due Care Law'

"Friends don't let friends text and drive." - A wisely worded bumper sticker

Winter joint pain is different

Winter joint pain is different

If you are over the age of 40, you may have experienced this phenomenon by now.

OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity

OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity

We have much work to do over the next two years, and I am hopeful that under the Trump Administration, the state will have more flexibility to pursue policies that will ensure the prosperity of Tennesseans.

OP-ED: Help uphold America's freedoms for all

OP-ED: Help uphold America's freedoms for all

Some of President-elect Donald Trump's most pointed rhetoric during his campaign was against those who are "different" from him: immigrants, refugees and Muslims.

OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity

OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity

Voices of Faith: From darkness to light

Voices of Faith: From darkness to light

"May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son."

Tennessee Legal: Illegal utility cut-offs by landlords

Tennessee Legal: Illegal utility cut-offs by landlords

About 32.9 percent of Tennesseans, or 818,337 Tennessee households, live in rented properties as of 2015. Some renters sometimes encounter illegal utility cut-offs by landlords.

Acupuncture for weight loss

Acupuncture for weight loss

Once people learn that I use acupuncture for chronic painful problems, there is almost always a series of predictable questions.

Remembering Rutherford: Contentious presidential campaign evidenced American disunity

Remembering Rutherford: Contentious presidential campaign evidenced American disunity

The presidential campaign was bitterly divisive and some were threatening to reject the outcome if their favored candidate did not prevail. Rutherford County hosted an extravagant campaign rally for the party with the "non-committed platform."

Letter to the Editor: Giving Tuesday

Letter to the Editor: Giving Tuesday

At Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, we encourage traditions of giving because we know that without generous donations from our donors, someone will not be fed this holiday season.

Voices of Faith: Reforming and renewing

Voices of Faith: Reforming and renewing

A couple of weeks ago Open Table Christian Church celebrated its 1 year birthday.

Tennessee Legal: Moving forward as citizens

Tennessee Legal: Moving forward as citizens

"Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work." Michael Novak, philosopher

This lady had an itchy problem

This lady had an itchy problem

Susan had tried over-the-counter and prescription medications, lotions and creams. She had tried various remedies recommended by friends. Although she found temporary relief from some of the proposed solutions, nothing had brought lasting relief. Now she was ready to try acupuncture.

I get letters... about fungus.

I get letters... about fungus.

Recently I received a request for information about how to deal with toenail fungus.

Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford native played for Opry star, declined matrimony

Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford native played for Opry star, declined matrimony

Part two of a two part series.

Letter to the Editor: Downtown community demands quality development

Letter to the Editor: Downtown community demands quality development

Our citizens are passionate about the historical character and the sense of community in downtown Murfreesboro, and many of us are concerned that this development will disrupt the fabric of our community.

Voices of Faith: Halloween - a Christian holiday?

Voices of Faith: Halloween - a Christian holiday?

The word Halloween comes from All Hallow's Eve, the night before All Saints Day, November 1, on the Christian calendar. All Saints Day became a part of Christian tradition to celebrate and remember those who have gone before us.

Remembering Rutherford Rutherford native paid his dues, achieved guitar excellence

Part one of a two part series.

7 tips for better sleep - starting tonight

7 tips for better sleep - starting tonight

A lot of people report poor sleep issues.

Tennessee Legal: Consumers' vehicle repair rights

Tennessee Legal: Consumers' vehicle repair rights

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." - Tom Magliozzi, cohost of NPR's Car Talk.

Rachel on the Rocks

Rachel on the Rocks

A Culinary Column of Cocktails & Canapés

Five steps to prevent injuries from falls

Five steps to prevent injuries from falls

This week I worked with a patient who had come to see me about a number of issues. As I spoke with this patient I learned that frequent falls had been a problem for more than a year.

Tennessee Legal: Voter registration time in Tennessee

Tennessee Legal: Voter registration time in Tennessee

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." ~John Quincy Adams, 6th president of the United States

Voices of Faith: Simply invulnerable

Voices of Faith: Simply invulnerable

Bad news prevails. Terrorism strikes American streets and shopping malls again, this time in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota. A riot rages in Charlotte, after another black man is shot by a policeman.

Foot pain can often be avoided

Foot pain can often be avoided

Due to the fact the acupuncture and other treatments available in our office can be very helpful for pain in any joint, we often see patients who have complaints of foot pain.

Community MATTERS

Community MATTERS

Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Do you want to invest in your community, but are unsure where your donations will do the most good? Would you like to know more about the services non-profit organizations in your community provide? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.

Tennessee Legal: Tennessee's lemon law

Tennessee Legal: Tennessee's lemon law

"We approach people the same way we approach our cars. We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask, 'What's wrong with him, how much will it cost, and when can I pick him up?'"

American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against FluMist Vaccine

American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against FluMist Vaccine

The biggest news about flu vaccines this year involves a widely used nasal spray flu vaccine for children.

Chronic pain does not have to change you

Chronic pain does not have to change you

Gray hair, wrinkled skin and occasional forgetfulness are all common for adults as they age and are nothing to worry about. Chronic pain, which most seniors think is normal, is actually not something to just brush off.

Rachel on the Rocks

Rachel on the Rocks

A Culinary Column of Cocktails & Canapés.

Letter to the Editor: Life after children

Letter to the Editor: Life after children

The house seems so quiet - it feels so empty, just like my life.

Tennessee Legal: Tennessee's high school hazing law

Tennessee Legal: Tennessee's high school hazing law

"Hazing is an extraordinary activity that, when it occurs often enough, becomes perversely ordinary as those who engage in it grow desensitized to its inhumanity."

- Hank Nuwer, author of the anti-hazing book "Wrongs of Passage"

Investigating acupuncture leads to interesting discoveries

Investigating acupuncture leads to interesting discoveries

I have been studying the effects of acupuncture for four decades.

Letter to the Editor: STEM vital to students' education

Letter to the Editor: STEM vital to students' education

Something is happening in Rockvale. Students are going back to school to find new STEM curriculum at Rockvale Middle School.

Tennessee Legal: Compensation for violent crime victims

Tennessee Legal: Compensation for violent crime victims

"The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor." - H.L. Mencken, American journalist, satirist and cultural critic

Voices of Faith: Be a 'first-class coward'

Voices of Faith: Be a 'first-class coward'

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: . . ." (Matthew 6:13, KJV).

Tennessean discovers unusual cure for hiccups

Tennessean discovers unusual cure for hiccups

Tennessee has contributed presidents, war heroes, entertainers, athletes and many other notables to the country and the world. There have been numerous contributions to medical science that have originated from within our state's borders as well. There is one discovery, however, that may not have received all of the attention that it deserves.

When your neighbor is a senior - a good neighbor checklist

When your neighbor is a senior - a good neighbor checklist

If you are living near a senior, take some time to get to know them. Befriending an elder can bring great joy, wisdom and laughter into your life.

Voices of Faith: If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time

Voices of Faith: If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time

"If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time."

Tennessee Legal: Tennessee animal abuse and neglect

Tennessee Legal: Tennessee animal abuse and neglect

"Heaven is by favor; it if were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out." Mark Twain

Curse you, Fiery Gizzard!

Curse you, Fiery Gizzard!

This weekend a friend and I backpacked the Fiery Gizzard Trail on the Cumberland Plateau near Monteagle. It is both breathtakingly beautiful and gut-wrenchingly brutal.

What causes back pain (part 2)

What causes back pain (part 2)

In last week's column I listed some of the reasons that treating back pain can be so complicated. You may recall that part of the problem lies in the fact that there can be so many reasons for the pain.

Salvage from city streets now a display of history

Salvage from city streets now a display of history

Jack Jones supervised the removal and replacement of Murfreesboro's concrete street markers in the early 1970s, and built some unique steps for his home at 503 North Maney Avenue.

What really causes low back pain (part 1)

What really causes low back pain (part 1)

A few years ago our federal government completed a multi-million dollar study that established guidelines for treatment of low back pain.

Tennessee Legal: Catching the Pokemon fine print

Tennessee Legal: Catching the Pokemon fine print

"No, that critter that bites so hard is not a Pokémon - it's a possum."

- Caption on a photo of a snarling possum in a metal trash can, shared during the Pokemon Go craze

ER doctors, pediatricians and surgeons: 'Don't buy that trampoline'

ER doctors, pediatricians and surgeons: 'Don't buy that trampoline'

Kids love jumping on a trampoline. It looks like so much fun. What could go wrong?

Start improving your health today with better choices

Start improving your health today with better choices

A patient recently asked, "If all my tests are normal, why do I feel so bad?"

Quick - do something!

Quick - do something!

In so many situations in life there is enormous pressure for us to act quickly because of risk, uncertainty, alarm, danger or the possibility of harm.

Our brains (or some screaming bystander in the case of emergencies) urge us to "Quick - do something!"

It is important to think clearly in those situations and consider that "doing something - anything" may be at best a wasted effort or at worst, make the problem much worse than it is now.

Voices of Faith: LISTEN!

Voices of Faith: LISTEN!

Growing up in Sunday School, I was taught the ACTS model of prayer - adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication.

Remembering Rutherford: Preservation and library part of Woman's Club Centennial

Remembering Rutherford: Preservation and library part of Woman's Club Centennial

With a genealogy that reaches back to a 19th century book club, the fight for women's suffrage and memorials to the Confederacy, the Woman's Club in Murfreesboro celebrates its Centennial this month with an expanded role.

Tennessee Legal: Dying without a will

Tennessee Legal: Dying without a will

"I intend to live forever, or die trying." - Groucho Marx, American comic and film and television star (1890-1977)

Rep. Mike Sparks

Community MATTERS

Community MATTERS

Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Do you want to invest in your community, but are unsure where your donations will do the most good? Would you like to know more about the services non-profit organizations in your community provide? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.

Pain drug addiction serious problem in Tennessee

Pain drug addiction serious problem in Tennessee

It is no exaggeration to say that Tennessee is facing an extraordinary problem of prescription drug abuse.

Acupuncture surprisingly effective for headaches

Acupuncture surprisingly effective for headaches

In spite of hundreds of drugs on the market aimed at relieving headache pain, there are millions

of people who continue to experience chronic headaches.

Tennessee Legal: Changing a child's name

Tennessee Legal: Changing a child's name

"You can only be young once. But you can always be immature." - Dave Barry

Tennessee Legal: Naming a child in Tennessee

Tennessee Legal: Naming a child in Tennessee

"Names are powerful and so is destiny, but a person's will is more powerful than both put together." - Liesl Shurtliff, acclaimed author of re-imagined fairy tales

Coming to terms with aging

Coming to terms with aging

As many readers can attest, aging is going to affect us all, sooner or later.

Gordon and Sarah Bell would like to invite the community to celebrate the 150th anniversary of their home on Saturday, July 9, 3-7 p.m.

Gordon and Sarah Bell would like to invite the community to celebrate the 150th anniversary of their home on Saturday, July 9, 3-7 p.m.

If you left Rutherford County's courthouse on a sunny afternoon in 1866 and traveled east down Liberty Pike (now Lytle Street) to the two columns of the left side of the road and looked down the lane, you could see what was once a beautiful mansion.

Opinion: Leave pyrotechnics to the pros

Opinion: Leave pyrotechnics to the pros


American Academy of Ophthalmology reveals the blinding truth about consumer fireworks and debunks four myths ahead of Fourth of July.

Tennessee Legal: Red light, green light, no light

Tennessee Legal: Red light, green light, no light

Tennessee's laws for drivers are known as "the Rules of the Road."

Voices of Faith: The Golden Triangle of Freedom

Voices of Faith: The Golden Triangle of Freedom


As we prepare to commemorate this July 4th with barbecue, parades and fireworks, I hope you will take some time to contemplate just what we have with our American freedom, and I pray you will consider what needs to happen for us to keep it.

Preventing heat illness requires planning

Preventing heat illness requires planning

In case you haven't noticed, it's hot out there.

Tennessee Legal: Tennessee's marryin' laws

Tennessee Legal: Tennessee's marryin' laws

Chronic pain linked to emotions

Chronic pain linked to emotions

Because acupuncture and chiropractic care are known for helping with chronic pain, I often see patients complaining of chronic headaches.

Tennessee Legal: Age Discrimination 101

Tennessee Legal: Age Discrimination 101

Persons who are 40 or older are protected by the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"). The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees, including employment agencies and state and local governments.

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