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Children aren’t little adults and adults shouldn’t be big children

During my training in medical school and residency I often heard well meaning friends and family members mention that the specialty of Pediatrics should be easy because, after all, children are just little adults.  The assumption was that kids and adults have the same set of problems.  In reality, kids have their own unique set of illnesses and health concerns.  They need their own unique approach to health.  Through my work in the ICU, the emergency room, and in outpatient clinics I have seen time and again that children are not just little adults.

The corollary to that statement is also true: adults should not be big children.  We are continually faced with a culture who tells us anything we choose is okay and anything we want can be ours.  Rarely do we hear the truth that our choices have consequences both natural and otherwise.  We cannot expect good outcomes from bad decisions.  We try to teach our children this but sometimes fail to grasp it ourselves.

I want to encourage my adult patients to stop saying things like “I can’t” or “I don’t like”.  We won’t accept our children telling us “I don’t like broccoli, being outside, taking my medicine, or going to bed on time” when we know that they need it for their own good.  We won’t allow our children to say “I can’t do my homework, go for a walk, or eat an apple.”  We tell them “You can and you will.”  Then we encourage them and teach them how to choose wisely.  We want our children to grow up and mature in order to make wise decisions for themselves.

Here at Trinity Medical Associates we aren’t going to accept those excuses either.  We are going to challenge you every time we hear you say “I don’t like” or “I can’t”.  We know you CAN be better than that and that you ARE better than that.  We aren’t going to just call you out and tell you to grow up.  We are going to encourage and teach you how to make those decisions.  We are going to walk with you through every step and hurdle.  We have built our wellness division, VitalSigns, to do just that.

Come talk to us about VitalSigns or go check it out on your own.  There is no other place in Knoxville that offers the community a chance to learn how eat and exercise in a way that truly cures disease.  We have Nutritional Counselors, Personal Trainers, an Exercise Physiologist, Nurses, and Physicians all working together to show you that “You can and You will!”



Why I Exercise

Read Dr. Smith’s post. He explains the reasons to exercise. I have exercised daily as long as I can remember. Sometimes it is quick and seemingly unproductive. Some might say I may even be obsessed, my numbers would beg to differ. I exercise on the weekends and during the week exercising at lunch is my way to clear my mind and just feel better. We were made to be active, to walk, to play, and to work (not just in front of a screen). It was not too long ago that are relatives were all doing chores, doing manual labor, and walking to town or around town. Now we sit…and we ride…and we sit. I walked to work once, about 6 miles one way, and had plenty of “he looks like a nice man to be homeless” stares. Daily exercise in our lives is often impractical so we have these little times when we return to our roots of being active. Oh we come up with great names like hot yoga, zoomba, TRX, or elipitcal, but I bet Pa from Little House On the Prairie could kick our backsides on any of them. There are reasons we don’t “Just Do It” and our wellness nurse, Katie Ellis is here to help with just about anything you can throw at her. You can just call her and make an appointment to figure out how to start -539-0270


I can’t control the weather (yet).

One of the great things about living in Knoxville is our proximity to the Smoky Mountains. Since today was a beautiful day I took the opportunity to go get my exercise outside along Chestnut Top Trail. Since everyday isn’t going to be as beautiful as today and I can’t control the weather yet I need to have a plan for exercise on those cold, windy, hot, wet, or otherwise unpleasant days. A wellness facility like VitalSigns goes along way to guarantee you can exercise whenever the time is right.