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David P. Smith

  • 27
    MAY

    David P. Smith: The Steps to Nowhere

    I pass by those steps every day.Sometimes more than once.Up to step three and then nothing. Why are they there?Maybe a reminder to someone?A sign of what used to be, or could be?
  • 5
    MAY

    David P. Smith: KKK Monument Next to the MLK Statue?

    The Satanic Temple, a group represented by the ACLU, wants to place on the Statehouse lawn in Oklahoma City a bronze monument featuring Baphomet, a symbol of The Church of Satan. The Satanic Temple group doesn't like it that, on the Oklahoma Statehouse lawn, there is a monument of the Ten Commandments so they want to put their monument right next to it. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin's spokesman, Alex Weintz, told Fox News, "There will never be a satanic monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol and the suggestion that there might be is absurd." As might be anticipated, the courts will have to weigh in on this matter along with all of the other attacks from the emboldened people of recent years who do not like hearing or seeing anything regarding God.
  • 10
    APRIL

    David P. Smith: A return to the asclepeia: A physician’s enduring obligation

                The straining loads being placed upon the backs of physicians are immense these days. We are being squeezed by hospital administrators, insurance companies, patients, and, for those in the shrinking numbers of private practitioners, add in all of those overhead costs that are onerous. It would be easy if we could just take care of the patient the way we were trained, and everyone else would help us to accomplish that worthy goal. However, the reality is that we have a multitude of non-health professionals, who believe they know what patients need, constantly not just suggesting to us what we should do, but outright now dictating how it should be done. I do not need to list the multitude of ways that this is occurring. 
  • 24
    JANUARY

    David P. Smith: NY - Y'all come on down to MS

    For those in our country who proudly declare themselves “pro-choice”, there are clear indications as to how truly “anti-life” they really are. When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently stated that “extreme” conservatives “have no place in the state of New York”, he revealed his own lack of tolerance for others while also displaying a lack of consideration of the value of each human being. It should not be surprising for him to say such a disrespectful and demeaning statement. It is the natural result of having an “anti-life” worldview in which not all humans are viewed as equally valuable and worthy of being protected.
  • 6
    JANUARY

    David P. Smith: Trade the Fog for Clearer Days Ahead

    When you look at a donut, do you see the donut, or the hole?  How about when you have before you the news in whatever form you read it, do you get an automatic frown on your face that you might not realize?  Your perspective is influenced by what you put into your mind and what becomes your perspective will certainly be expressed not only in your words, but also through your health.  “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he,” reads Proverbs 23:7.
  • 19
    DECEMBER

    David P. Smith: Support Phil Robertson

    The decision of A&E Channel to indefinitely suspend Mr. Phil Robertson from the Duck Dynasty television program because of his Christian beliefs regarding homosexuality is one of the most intolerant actions that I can remember.  While liberals constantly demand tolerance for their deviant behavior, they routinely are intolerant of any dissent.  A&E certainly believes in freedom of speech, but only if it is the speech content with which they agree.  There is so much indecent and offensive garbage on television that it is downright appalling for this type of action to be taken simply for someone sharing what is Christian belief which is according to the Bible.
  • 25
    NOVEMBER

    David P. Smith: Finding Gratefulness in the Midst of Stress

    During this time of the year when our thoughts migrate toward the many blessings for which we are thankful, it is not unusual for families to get together and publicly identify things for which they are thankful while gathered around a table of feasting.  Normally when going through this important exercise, one will hear blessing after blessing recounted of which most are usually in reference to family, pleasant experiences, or treasured material things.  It is harder to recall times of hearing thanks being given for the various times of loss, the unwelcome experiences, illness, and other stressors; we just do not like focusing on such things.
  • 21
    OCTOBER

    David P. Smith: Precious Memories: Will They Linger?

    I witnessed one of the most beautiful expressions of love recently.  A dear lady whom I have had the privilege of caring for in my practice for many years had slowly declined due to a malignancy that she had fought to the greatest extent that she could.  She had recently been told that further chemotherapy would not benefit her and her ability to breath was slowly worsening.  Everyone gets to a point of acceptance of their condition at different points along their path and no one should be rushed along in the pace of their travel.
  • 7
    OCTOBER

    David P. Smith: Who Will Want Your Chair?

    As I sat listening to my pastor’s Sunday morning message, he spoke of an old recliner that he used for many years and had seen its days of burping babies, kids piling up in it, and all of the usual relaxing moments that most people have in their recliner that becomes a reflection and somewhat of a commentary about its main occupant.  Pondering that example, I could not help remembering special chairs in my own life.
  • 16
    SEPTEMBER

    David P. Smith: Your Medical Record Is Not Private

    The time has come for every patient to be very knowledgeable about the privacy of your medical record and inquire as to what is being put into the records.  With the latest revelations that have come from the leaked documents which are slowly emerging from the surfeit of files taken by Edward Snowden, it is apparent that the very means of keeping electronic medical records secure are not really that secure.
  • 19
    AUGUST

    David P. Smith: Saying Hello

    If you have lived very long, you have had those whom you have loved to depart from life as we know it.  Many times, when there is the blessing of having time to do so, we struggle with trying to say goodbye, while sometimes it is instead like saying hello.  We typically say hello when greeting someone and especially if it is someone whom we have just met.
  • 2
    AUGUST

    David P. Smith: Lives Lost With Keystone XL Pipeline Delays

    An estimated 47 lives and dozens of buildings were lost on July 6 when a train derailed in Quebec, Canada, and then exploded.  The derailment and the explosion made headline news in most places, but there has not been much discussion regarding the details of this horrific tragedy that started when the train’s brakes reportedly didn’t work.
  • 22
    JULY

    David P. Smith: Antibiotics for Back Pain?

    In the near future, if you have low back pain that has become chronic, you may be given a prescription for antibiotics.  Most people are used to getting the usual physical therapy and medication, including pain medications, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory medications.  However, new research is showing a role for the usage of antibiotics for treatment of chronic low back pain.
  • 1
    JULY

    David P. Smith: Blueberries and Birds

    In Matthew 21 and Luke 20, Jesus’ parable of the vinedressers is recorded.  It is clear that the fruit mentioned in the Bible is something that not only God wants to harvest, but Satan wants to harvest it as well.  When the fruit is ready to pick, but this does not occur because of various delays, it is open season for the birds to start circling and then attempt to devour or ruin the ripe fruit.
  • 27
    JUNE

    David P. Smith: Being an Abram, or a Lot?

    Just as Abram and Lot had to decide where they would live and bring up their families, so it goes with all the families who will have to decide where they will raise their children.
  • 18
    JUNE

    David P. Smith: Who is Getting the “Savings”?

    I can remember the days when physicians could prescribe whatever we wanted for the patients that we felt was best for them and the relationship between solely the physician and the patient resulted in whatever prescription was written on a prescription and given to the patient to carry to the pharmacy.
  • 17
    MAY

    David P. Smith: Double Standards for Lying

    A 2010 national survey study by Michigan State University asked one thousand American adults to report the number of lies told in a time period of twenty-four hours. According to the survey, “sixty percent of subjects report telling no lies at all, and almost half of all lies are told by only 5% of subjects; thus, prevalence varies widely and most reported lies are told by a few prolific liars.” 
  • 5
    FEBRUARY

    David P. Smith: What’s next? Men as Girl Scout leaders?

     This week the Boy Scouts are reportedly deciding whether or not to accept homosexuals as scout masters. I can’t help but wonder if the same people who want to see this happen would accept men as leaders of Girl Scout groups. What is the difference? If we are to continue to buy the notion that there is only relative morality, then how could any other choices be opposed? What argument would one have against having a man who thinks he’s a woman (they call that “transgendered”; however, you can remove or add body parts, but you cannot change the DNA) stay over for the next Girl Scout slumber party? Why not have women as Boy Scout leaders?  
  • 24
    JANUARY

    David P. Smith: The Broken SNAP – Part 2

      While there is plenty of evidence of illegal trafficking of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards (the new food stamps) along with other fraud, there is other waste occurring in this program that is supposed to be helping the poor who are truly deprived of the ability to buy food. I can remember when it was embarrassing to have to get something free from the government during the days of “commodities” that certainly were not what we think of today when that term is used. People were given staple foods that were truly needed and not allowed to choose such extravagant food items that the people who earned the money and paid the taxes can hardly afford themselves. If one needs a lesson on this, just visit your grocery store around the first week of the month and notice how many buggy loads of expensive meats are being purchased that many times are then sold for cash to others. 
  • 4
    JANUARY

    David P. Smith: The Broken SNAP

     Much debate is occurring regarding governmental spending in the United States for a wide array of programs.  There are many solutions being proffered for reducing the overspending and everything must be examined in the process.  Every program in place has objectives that can be measured to see if the specific program is meeting those objectives while also assessing for other effects of the program that may not have been initially anticipated.  Each of us certainly does that in our own households. We look at what we are spending on a particular area and decide if the purpose of it is being fulfilled while also deciding how that expense is affecting otherwise the household.  Then we make changes depending upon what we find when we assess it.  It is certainly beyond the scope of this article to examine the entire topic, so we will have to focus a little more on one major area of expense.  A major expense in most households is that of buying food. 
  • 17
    DECEMBER

    David P. Smith: The Elephant and Gunkin Troll

     You would have to have your head in the sand lately to have not read about the horrible acts committed this last week in the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, elementary school.  Every time we have a tragedy, the public mourning and prayer of the politicians and public figures dies down quite rapidly to be replaced by the almost never ending blame game by those who want to have an opportunity to unveil, and hope to use, their own ax they have been grinding since the last incident.  The same folks who have been publicly crying the loudest over these innocent lives lost think it is fine to kill the little ones as long as the mother chooses this awful fate before birth happens.  This is a fallacious, hollow, and illogical position to have.  Valuing human life should not start just at birth. 
  • 3
    DECEMBER

    David P. Smith: Marijuana: Don’t Let This Happen To Your Family

     There have been several recent stories in the media regarding various suicides. Suicides are increasing in incidence and this is partly due to the fact that many people have neither the foundation nor the skills necessary for handling the stresses of life. There are many reasons for this and this article will shed some light only upon one contributor at this time, but is the initiator of many other problems that can lead in the direction of this awful choice of ending life. Inappropriate usage of drugs, whether legal or not, causes many problems and it is so disappointing to see the misguided laws that a few states are putting into place to legalize marijuana which was just recently proven to lead to brain damage with long term usage. 
  • 20
    NOVEMBER

    David P. Smith: Thanks For The Memories

     “The only good thing about it is that you eventually don’t remember you have it.”  That’s what I’ve jokingly told several patients over the years as we have discussed Alzheimer’s dementia.  Many times we all attempt to make light of subjects that we find just too painful or uncomfortable to discuss without some humor mixed into it so it is not so disheartening.  When seeing someone with memory loss who is afraid and they know they are losing their memory, it does sometimes help to get a few laughs when asking if they remembered to take their medication that helps them remember. 
  • 12
    NOVEMBER

    David P. Smith: Conservative Backlash or Bow Down

     The major media talking heads have been all jockeying to couch Romney’s loss in terms that are the most favorable to their own biases.  There is an array of attitudes from downright depressed and despondent to outright maddening rage.  It is the usual display of emotions that we all experience when there is a loss: (1) denial, followed by (2) anger, (3) bargaining, and then finally, (4) acceptance; there is wide variability in how long individuals remain in each of these stages and some stay in some of these stages quite a while.  Depending upon how long the stage of anger remains, there will certainly be conservative backlash, and then the latter stages’ prevalence will dictate how much bowing down occurs to what liberals think they deserve in return for the retaining of the presidency. 
  • 6
    NOVEMBER

    David P. Smith: Anxious?

     I can remember when I was a boy, my mother would let me, my two brothers, and my friends get on our bicycles and we would ride around the area all day long it seemed.  Having a multi-speed bicycle meant you really had something of which to be proud, but we were glad to get anything because it was all better than walking.  We would ride for miles away from our homes in our little pack.  We never encountered anyone from whom we had to flee, or be afraid of anyone near us. 
  • 23
    OCTOBER

    David P. Smith: Let’s Preserve Freedom, Not Give It Up

      My wife and I had a quick trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this last weekend for a medical convention and while there had several hours of time on Saturday to do some sight-seeing.  We walked so many blocks from the hotel where we stayed that we were wore out by nightfall, but saw many good people and places.  Visiting Independence Hall and standing in the same room where the signers of Declaration of Independence committed their lives toward the pursuit of freedom that has now influenced the whole world is nothing short of inspirational.
  • 8
    OCTOBER

    David P. Smith: Making a Good Stew

     The future of healthcare is one of the main driving factors behind the decisions being made by the electorate in this year’s presidential election.   Over the last several years, it has become more and more unaffordable for people to have health insurance and for those who are the most ill to even qualify for it.  To not have health insurance is to take a chance with bankruptcy.
  • 24
    SEPTEMBER

    David P. Smith: Want to Live Longer?

     Many times I’ve asked octogenarians if they thought they would live to be that age.  I’ve noted that the great majority actually say that they did not think they would be that age.  Besides the humbleness that most have to be blessed with that many years of life, there are other commonalities, such as having a history of eating from a home garden that has been worked yearly while providing for routine exercise for many years, a strong Christian faith, and a history of a strong, stable marriage.  All of these characteristics are associated with living a longer life and many studies back up these statements. 
  • 9
    SEPTEMBER

    David P. Smith: Fracking Gag Orders

     The reported tremendous potential for producing oil through the fracking procedure could result in many changes in our country and certainly would improve our economy. While there is great potential for positive changes, we all would be well served by following a conservative approach of fully investigating and considering all possibilities because all change isn’t always good. There are at least thirty states which have active natural gas drilling occurring and about 90% of these are using fracking. 
  • 20
    AUGUST

    David P. Smith: Going Back to the Roadside Park

     I wonder how many people in this area of southwest Mississippi visited the Roadside Park that used to be open on Highway 24.  When I was a young boy, my mother used to pack a lunch for us and my two brothers that we would eat together at the park about every other Sunday afternoon when we would travel from McComb after church services to go to Gloster.  I always looked forward to stopping at the park because it was a nice break for what any child viewed as such a long trip. 
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