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Thankful for How We are Made

Especially at this time of Thanksgiving, it is good to follow the advice of a three thousand year old Psalm which reminds us to, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.”

My job mostly involves trying to help repair the deficits, damages, and diseases that happen to the human body over a lifetime – best case, I can help to prevent or delay some of those.  But in the midst of all that, I am often amazed and thankful for the resilience and reparability of the physical equipment we are given.  It’s one of the huge benefits given us by our Creator.

Let’s face it; most of us don’t exactly treat our bodies with pristine care. On average we Americans throw down a five pound bag of sugar every couple of weeks, spend too much time on the couch, take in way too many calories and too few nutrients, and some of us top this off by daily sucking in smoke containing a few dozen carcinogens. Happily there are some wonderful exceptions to those statements.  But then there are the unavoidable exposures to bacteria, viruses, parasites, falls, collisions, toxins, heat, cold, stress, sleep-deprivation, and bad hair days.

In spite of this, over a lifetime we ask our legs to take about 100 million steps, our heart to beat some two and a half billion times pumping over 40 million gallons of blood, our body to replace 300 billion cells every day (each of which is like an unbelievably sophisticated information-packed miniature city), and countless other tasks.

As any good car salesman would say, we come “fully loaded” with 60,000 miles of blood vessels, lungs with a surface area equal to a tennis court, a stomach lining that withstands an acidic environment that can dissolve razor blades and gets replaced every 3 to 4 days, a liver that looks very mundane but carries out 500 different functions and counting, a nose that can remember 50,000 different scents (often tying them in to some emotion or memory), bone which is pound for pound stronger than steel, and even a dab of earwax that protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus and dirt (if not removed by an overzealous Q tip user).  And the list goes on and on.  The closer we look and the more we know the more amazing it is.

Here’s a small example: Some years back I fractured my finger playing flag football.  It turned out I had a bone cyst that had weakened my finger tip so the fracture wouldn’t heal unless the cyst was gotten rid of.  The orthopedist scheduled me for a surgery in which he opened up an area on my wrist, took some bone scrapings and put them into the cyst in my finger tip.  That was kind of cool.  But what was far more amazing is that those displaced little pieces of bone which had grown up on a wrist knew how to form into a perfect new fingertip.  Uh yes I am definitely one of those crazy people who believes in a Creator.

I’ll sandwich these thankful musings with another 3000 year old Psalm: “O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all…”

There are more things that I am thankful for than I could list in this short space.  One of them is certainly the amazing body we have been given for these few short years on earth.  Even more I am looking forward to the one that has a warranty that never expires, and that has eyes that will see the One who ultimately is my Healer.


Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Ok guys this is my new rendition of the chicken enchilada,” casserole style” :) It is super simple and makes an incredibly yummy mixture with a little kick, for little money, very little time, and can be used/ cooked/ eaten in multiple delicious ways!


1 Rotisserie chicken (simple truth from Kroger is one of my favs- already cooked, just peel the skin and pull off the chicken)

1 (16 oz) thing of sour cream

1 (8 oz) bag of cheese

1 can of rotel (if you want more spice you can go for a “hotter” flavor- I used mild)

1 jar of queso cheese ( I use the white cheese)



peel away skin of chicken and pull chicken off

mix sour cream, cheese, 1 can of rotel,pulled  chicken and 1/2 jar of queso (feel free to add the whole thing, I just never have). it will add more moisture, will be cheesier, and more spicy.

stir mixture until well blended


#1 )spread approx. 1/2 the mixture in a 13 x 9 greased pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted. you can make “low carb chips” from a low carb tortilla  (I use extreme wellness, low carb, high fiber wraps- from Kroger, Food City, Ingles, Publix, or Wal-Mart; make sure to get one with no more than 5-6 net carbs). I BOUGHT A PAMPERED CHEF CHIP MAKER; YOU CAN FIND THEM AT BED BATH AND BEYOND, ON-LINE,  AND I THINK TARGET AS WELL…. CUT THE WRAP INTO 1/8TH TRIANGLES, LAY IT ON THE CHIP MAKER, SPRAY WITH OLIVE OIL AND ADD A LITTLE SALT….MICROWAVE FOR 1 1/2 TO 2 MIN (DEPENDING ON MICROWAVE POWER) AND YOU WILL HAVE A SUPER TASTY LOW CARB CHIP. (you can do without the chip maker but it makes it more crunchy!) you can also enjoy over a bed of greens or shredded lettuce and make into a taco type salad! super yummy! I drizzled a small amount of queso over mine at the end for added moisture over my salad and used it like a dressing, salsa would work as well!

you can crumble up the low carb chips on top or underneath the chicken mixture before baking, OR you can use as a “scoop” to scoop up the chicken mixture and eat it like a dip :)

#2) use the above mixture and place on low carb wraps to make chicken enchiladas. will make approx. 24. can cook appropriate amount and freeze the remaining before cooking (or after) .

#3) I did a casserole with 1/2 the mixture and the remaining mixture I ate randomly throughout the week with dipping raw veggies such as carrots, broccoli, and mini bell peppers in it, enjoyed  it over a salad, with some low carb chips for a snack or meal, or its super yummy just by itself! You could also freeze the remaining mixture to make a second casserole at a later date.

The mixture goes a long way and can be used in various different ways. Feel free to freeze the remaining mixture in a freezer safe container and pull out at your convenience.

It would be super yummy as a stuffed pepper mixture as well! the options are endless! :) Go and Enjoy!!! and consider making this as a dish for Thanksgiving with raw veggies for dipping instead of our typical  traditional high carb casseroles that we all roll out over the holidays! :)

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!






Hide and seek is easy when you know where to look

The same is true with cardiovascular disease. It may seem obvious but one of the best ways to find a problem with your blood vessels that could lead to a heart attack or stroke is to actually look at the blood vessels themselves.

Historically, the only way to measure what was going on inside a blood vessel was to inject some dye into the blood vessel and look at it with a special type of X-ray. This is still a good way to see what’s going on inside specific arteries such as the coronary arteries or the arteries for the kidneys.

However good that type of test is it still is relatively expensive and involves irradiation and an injectable dye. There some people who can’t undergo that test due to other health problems and allergies to the dye.

Trinity Medical Associates is pleased to announce that we now have another low cost test to help us see what’s going on inside the arteries of your body by using the large arteries of the neck (the carotid arteries) as a representative. This test actually measures the thickness of the artery wall, in tenth of a millimeter increments, as well as any cholesterol that has already accumulated. This is called the Carotid Intima-Media Thickness test or CIMT for short.

If you are interested in finding out about your arteries give our office a call to set up an appointment. The next day of testing will be December 8th at both the Knoxville and Maryville offices.

This test is offered on a fee for service basis and is not billable to insurance plans. The cost is $150.

Call 865-539-0270 to set up your appointment for your CIMT.


5 thoughts on nutrition and wellness….


1) Just because its organic doesn’t mean its good for you.

2) Gluten free often ends up being high carb-but it doesn’t have to! (Gluten free diets often consist of tapioca and rice flour for baking; and rice, corn and potatos in several different varieties of food). Choose low carb & gluten free flours such as: almond, coconut, hazelnut, chestnut, etc. for baking  and avoid the hidden sugars such as agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, etc.). Because excess carbs eventually contribute to the most common diseases that we face-it is important to keep carbs in check. The good news is, it is possible to do gluten free and low carb

3) There are no shortcuts to a lifetime of wellness.

4) Food can be healthy and delcious! Try 1 new recipe each week to slowly “kick out the old-and bring in the new”.

5) “One should eat to live, not live to eat” -Benjamin Franklin