The Physician Within

The Physician Within

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)


terry-whipple2.jpgMany people rely on doctors and hospital emergency rooms to deal with routine medical issues which they are often capable of managing or preventing for themselves. This medical series, coordinated by First Baptist member and Richmond Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Terry Whipple, is designed to help people understand common health issues and adjust their lifestyles for a longer, safer, healthier existence.

Previous Seminars

Diabetes Might Be OK, If...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in the Chapel, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

There are ways to live well with Diabetes, IF you mange your condition responsibly.

  • 29 million Americans have diabetes;
  • 86 million have pre-diabetes. What is that?
  • What’s the A1c and how can you keep it low?
  • How is diabetes uniquely different for seniors?
  • What are early symptoms of complications from diabetes?
    • Impaired circulation
    • Heart disease
    • Vision disturbance
    • Neuropathy—numbness and tingling
    • Yeast infections
    • Slow wound healing
    • Coma
    • Association with obesity
  • What can you do about prevention?
  • Enemies lurk on your holiday party and dinner tables. Beware!

Expert panelists include:
Stan Furman, MD and Baseer Ahmad, MD with moderator Terry L. Whipple, MD.

The Mature Pelvis: Life after the birds & bees - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  •   Watch on Vimeo -  The Mature Pelvis

Men and women were created differently. We learn that at a very early age.
But everything changes with time.
• Pipes rust and clog.  
• Solutions crystalize.
• Muscles weaken.
• Cancers grow.  
Urinary and reproductive systems are no exception. They have the same risks.
The physician within you wants to know…
• What your common pelvic symptoms might mean
• How to reduce those discomforts and malfunctions
• How to prevent them in the first place

Hear these important subjects for mature adults addressed by an acclaimed urologist, former Chair of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine, and by a five-star Richmond gynecologist whose experience with issues confronting the changing mature pelvis is unmatched.

Back Talk: Why does my back hurt & what can I do? Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Download PDF of Back Talk handouts
  • Watch on Vimeo -  Back Talk: Why does my back hurt & what can I do? presented by Lawrence F. Cohen, MD—Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, VCU School of Medicine and
    Terry L. Whipple, MD—Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, VCU School of Medicine

Back pain is common. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
• One fourth of US adults have had low back pain in the past 3 months.
• 11% of adults, or over 27 million Americans, have back pain at any given time.
• 60-80% of Americans will develop back pain at some point in their lives.
• For Americans with chronic pain symptoms, back pain is more than twice as prevalent as osteoarthritis.

Back pain can indicate an urgent or significant, even life-threatening condition. But most back pain is non-urgent and no cause for alarm. There are ways to manage it with good discipline and common sense. And there are ways to prevent most of it, in the first place.  

Learn about the danger signs and measures for prevention.
• Sprains and strains can both cause back pain, but you manage them differently.
• Disc degeneration and facet arthritis are different from sciatica. But they may be related.
• Some back pain comes from internal organs, not the spine. The difference is important.

Unheeded, back pain treatment is expensive, exceeding $85 billion per year. Let’s not go there.

The Hospital... Be Prepared – Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The Physician Within presents a seminar focusing on end-of-life care including advance directives, insurance options, and medical advocates.

  • Download PDF of Honoring Choices Virginia presentation—Debbie Griffith, Critical Care RN and Key Coordinator for Honoring Choices Virginia at HCA’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital; Candace Blades, Clinical Coordinator, Interim Practice Administrator and Honoring Choices site leader for the VCU Center for Advanced Health Management
  • Download PDF of Honoring Choices handout
  • Download PDF of Medicare 101—Steve Jenkins, Owner of Advanced Benefit Solutions LLC
  • Download PDF of Patient Advocates handout—Terry Whipple, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Founder of The Physician Within

Skin: Cancers, Bumps, Tears and Rashes, Wednesday, June 3, 2015 
A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Terry Whipple, featuring area dermatologists. Topics: cancer, inflammation, aging skin, skin damage.

  • Download PDF of Skin Damage handout: Skin Damage—Terry Whipple, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Founder of The Physician Within
  • Download PDF of Skin Inflammation and Skin Cancer handout—Dr. Margaret Terhune, Richmond Dermatology and Laser Specialists and Shelley K. Hoover, MD, PhD

Memory Matters from Tuesday, January 20, 2014
A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Terry Whipple, featuring area neurologists. Topics: How Memory Works, Dementia vs. Forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s Disease, Sleep Schedules, Care for the Caregiver 

Don't Eat That!: Nutrition, Weight Management and Exercise from Saturday, October 26, 2013
Focusing on the food we eat, how it helps and hurts us, with information about specific risk factors and conditions that can result from poor choices.

  • Download MP3 of We Are What We Eat: Physical and Emotional Health—Terry Whipple, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Founder of The Physician Within
  • Download MP3 of Nutrition, Weight Management and Exercise—Madge E. Zacharias, MD, Nutrition Metabolism Expert
  • Download MP3 of Cancer Risks of What Eat, Drink and Inhale—Joshua J. McFarlane, MD, Virginia Cancer Institute 
  • Download MP3 of Addictive Behaviors: Breaking Bad Habits with Food, Drink and Drugs—Martin N. Buxton, MD, Expert in Addiction Disorders
  • Download MP3 of Gastro-intestinal Effects of What We Eat and Drink—Andy J. Thanjan, MD, Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc.

See other previous seminars on Vimeo.