Category Archives: General Health

My Female Patients Ask — Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to get pregnant?

Yes. People who want to get pregnant in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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My Female Patients Ask: Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant?

Probably, but we don’t know for sure. Different expert groups have differing recommendations.

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My Patients Ask — What’s the Latest on Hydroxychloroquine for the Prevention of COVID?

After almost a year of incredibly contentious debate about the place of the old medication, hydroxychloroquine, in the prevention of COVID-19, we finally have what I think is the first randomized controlled trial to give us a pretty good answer … Continue reading

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“His Brain – Her Brain” on sale at your e-book store

The e-version of our best-selling marriage book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage, is on sale at your favorite e-book store for $2.99. It’s a limited-time offer.

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Friday’s COVID Vaccine update — Can Antihistamines Be Taken To Reduce the Risk of Anaphylaxis?

Patients and friends have been asking this excellent question. Here is the latest advice from the CDC.

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My Patients Ask — Should we just wait for herd immunity rather than take the COVID vaccine?

No. Typically, herd immunity is achieved when you have 70 to 90 percent of a population immune through natural infection or vaccination.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Walking for Health

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here’s a recent Q&A about exercise:

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My Patients Ask: Can COVID vaccines cause side effects in most people?

No. Side effects such as fatigue or headache occur in under five percent of participants. Less than two percent developed muscle aches or fever.

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My Patients Ask: Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?

No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

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Friday’s COVID Vaccine update — Comparing the Two mRNA Vaccines

Patients and friends are asking about the two extremely effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 (caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna compare. Here is a nice summary of the differences in each that was prepared by my friends … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask: Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting seriously sick with COVID-19.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Exercise Prescription

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here’s a recent Q&A about exercise:

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My Patients Ask: If I had COVID-19 do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, a COVID vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.

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My Patients Ask: What’s the most important reason to get the COVID vaccine?

There are several. To prevent hospitalization and death is the most important, but least likely. To prevent spreading it to family and friends is important and likely. But to prevent YOU from long-term side effects of COVID itself may be … Continue reading

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Friday’s COVID Vaccine Update — Why Mask After Taking the Vaccine?

Patients and friends are asking why they must keep on with hand washing and wearing a mask along with physical distancing around folks outside their immediate family. Here is a nice summary prepared by my friends at ConsumerLab.com based upon … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask: After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Sitting Disease

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here’s a recent Q&A about exercise:

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My Patients Ask: Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

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Monthly Family Update – February 2021

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: WWII Book About My Dad’s Heroism and Exploits “Fit over 50” e-book promotion for $1.99 (OFFER ENDS 2/2/21) “Ask Dr. Walt” in Today’s Christian Living Vaccine News You Can Use Answers to … Continue reading

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Friday’s COVID Vaccine Update — Should I take pain relievers when I get the vaccine?

Patients and friends are asking if pain relievers/fever reducers can be taken to reduce the side effects of the COVID vaccine. Here is a nice summary prepared by my friends at ConsumerLab.com.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Treating Sleeplessness

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here’s a recent Q&A about sleep:

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Friday’s COVID Vaccine Update — Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated?

My friends at ConsumerLab.com have updated their excellent article answering the question: Who Should or Should Not Get Vaccinated with the COVID vaccine?

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Advice for Better ZZZs

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here’s a recent Q&A about better sleep:

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Monday Memo — Who’s Who in the World

Wow. I just received a notice that I’ll be listed in the 2021 edition of “Who’s Who in the World.”

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Friday’s COVID Vaccine Update — The Vaccine and Allergies

My friends at ConsumerLab.com have a great update on the COVID vaccine and all the allergies you’ve been hearing about. Below are some details. I use this information to answer questions my patients have about taking th COVID vaccine with … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — The Bible and Doctors

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here’s a recent Q&A about preventive medicine:

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Monday Memo — Dr. Walt Interview with IHI

I have loved serving as a visiting professor at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program in Tulsa, OK, a program that trains young family medicine residents for a life of missionary service. Enis Sakirgil, MD, the president of … Continue reading

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Friday’s COVID Vaccine update — Changing the Dosing Schedule for the Vaccine

The news the last couple of days has centered on some experts recommending altering the COVID vaccine schedule approved by the FDA. Using 1/2 doses of the Moderna vaccine in some folks, delaying the second shot in other folks, etc. … Continue reading

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Thursday’s COVID update — Immune Boosters for COVID (the flu and the cold, Part 2)

YOU CAN FIND PART ONE OF THE Q&A HERE. Dear Dr. Walt, I know you support natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) that are safe and effective for various conditions. So, what are your thoughts about the cornucopia of over-the-counter … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Immune Boosters for COVID (the flu and the cold, Part 1)

Dear Dr. Walt, I know you support natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) that are safe and effective for various conditions. So, what are your thoughts about the cornucopia of over-the-counter products being hawked to boost our immune system to … Continue reading

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