Healing for the Holidays: Adult Stem Cell Research Still Outpaces Embryonic by Miles and Miles and Miles …

Bioethics, General Health, Heart Health
Today we seem to be floating on a tattered raft of bad news, but this is a week for Thanksgiving, and it seems only right to note that for all the trouble we face, we live in the most blessed times in human history. This is also an extraordinary era for medicine. As we count our blessings this week, consider what one field - adult stem cell research and therapy - is accomplishing for human healing. More Information: (more…)
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Ten Health Eating Tips for the Holiday Season

General Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity
Here’s an article I wrote for Significant Living magazine on Ten Health Eating Tips for the Holiday Season:   Food is an important part of almost all holidays, celebrations, family reunions, and cultural traditions. And, this is certainly true of the Jewish festivals and Christian holidays. In fact, most special occasions at church center around faith, food, fellowship, friends, and family. Given that some people can consume 3000 to 4000 calories on any given holiday — and, add to that all the calories consumed at parties and social gatherings — it’s no wonder that so many people gain a little (or even a lot of) weight between Thanksgiving and New Years. But, I have good news! It’s not necessary to avoid holiday gatherings in an attempt to maintain or lose weight. Instead, consider…
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Being thankful can make you healthier, happier

General Health, Heart Health, Mental Health
Here’s a excerpt from two of my books, 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People and God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Person. You can find my books here.  There are many ways to become more highly healthy, but one easy way to begin at this time of the year is with the discipline of giving thanks. Last Thanksgiving, Barb and I sat around the table after a glorious dinner with a small group of family and friends. One of our friends, who was like a second daughter to us, asked us if we could practice a tradition that her family had enjoyed for generations.  “We just go around in a circle,” she explained, “telling each other what we are thankful for. Each time you speak, you can only share one thing…
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Giving thanks isn’t just pious or polite. It’s good for you

General Health
Kim Painter, a columnist for USA Today penned this reminder of the health value of thanksgiving: Thursday, in between the cheese ball appetizers and the pumpkin pie desserts, most of us will indulge in something proven to have powerful health benefits. No, it's not that extra serving of stuffing. It's the expression of gratitude — the simple act of thanking God, thanking others or just counting your blessings. Saying thanks, it turns out, isn't just pious or polite. It's good for you. More Information: (more…)
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On Conscience, HHS Rules!

Bioethics, Health Headlines
The FRC is reporting, “He may technically be a "lame duck," but President Bush is going out with guns blazing. With just two months left in office, the administration dealt a crippling blow to online gambling and is prepared to do the same to the pro-abortion movement on conscience exemptions.” More Information: (more…)
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Generation Rx: Could your teens be abusing prescription drugs?

Children's Health, General Health, Parenting
Because of a rapidly growing trend of abusing prescription drugs, our latest generation of teens is now becoming known as ‘Generation Rx.’ More than 4.5 million teens report taking prescription painkillers or stimulants to get high each year. And, among 12-13 year-olds, prescription drugs are the drugs of choice.  Worse yet, kids mistakenly think that prescription pills are safer than illicit drugs or drinking alcohol.  More Information: (more…)
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I’m saying “No” to assisted suicide. Will you? New web site encourages doctors, caregivers to pledge no to assisted suicide

Bioethics, Cancer
With Washington becoming the second state to legalize assisted suicide, and others likely to follow, euthanasia opponents have put together a new web site to urge doctors, medical caregivers and citizens to say no to assisted suicide. The site comes after doctors and medical centers have said they won't urge patients to kill themselves. More Information: (more…)
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Pharmacy Savings Over 70% Are Easily Found with Free, Online Resources

General Health, Medical Economics
With 25% of Americans paying out-of-pocket to fill prescriptions, and with those ranks likely to grow in coming months, I wanted you to know about a report from PharmacyChecker.com, called “Safe Strategies for Drug Savings.” The bottom line is that by shopping online at verified pharmacies in the U.S., Canada, and other countries as well, PharmacyChecker can show you how to save over 72% on brand name medications and a similar amount on generic drugs. More Information: (more…)
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Some medical professionals concerned about Metamucil ad campaign

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines
The makers of laxatives have a new message for you: “Cleansing your colon is cool, and it could keep your heart healthy and your waistline trim." But, that spin is prompting concerns among doctors and dietitians who see potential for abuse. Especially since a number of consumers have embraced the idea that Metamucil can help them slim down in a hurry by sweeping their colons clean. But, is Metamucil's "Beautify Your Insides" ad campaign healthy or harmful? More Information: (more…)
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Two simple treatments appear effective for sinus sufferers

General Health
The New York Times reports that NeilMed Pharmaceuticals manufactures' Sinus Rinse, "an over-the-counter nasal irrigation product that has relieved millions of sinusitis sufferers from throbbing headaches and the nose-clogging effects of seasonal sinus infections." While "much has been written" about nasal irrigation and the importance of gravity, "with Sinus Rinse ... gravity plays no part, and there is no need to tilt the head. Instead, the user fills the bottle with warm distilled water, mixes in a packet of isotonic sodium solution, and squirts the slightly salted water gently up one nostril until the solution drips out the other side." The process is then repeated with the other nostril. NeilMed Pharmaceuticals also produces a neti pot, which is used by tilting the "head at a 90-degree angle and quite literally"…
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Is your grocery store among America’s healthiest grocery stores?

General Health, Nutritional Health
Supermarket chains are increasingly offering healthier foods. One chain was recently selected the healthiest grocery store in America – partly for its locally produced foods. Another was ranked second because of healthier food lines. The third place finisher had 600 varieties of fruit and veggies. Who were they and how does your supermarket measure up? More Information: (more…)
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Doctor Urges Caution in Interpreting New Findings on Cholesterol Drug

Health Headlines, Heart Health, Medical Economics
On March 31, 2008, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca trumpeted the early closing of its so-called JUIPITER trial of a cholesterol-lowering drug (statin), Crestor. The results after only two years yielded "unequivocal evidence" of the drug's effectiveness, the trial concluded, and the company argued that it could not be withheld from anyone who was well and had normal cholesterol levels but had an elevation in another normal blood constituent, the C-reactive protein (CRP). But, what’s the “other side” of this story? More Information: (more…)
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Inexpensive blood test identifies people with a normal cholesterol at risk for heart attack, stroke – and a statin medicine may save lives and change preventive medicine

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Whew! This is long title describing the remarkable results of a study, just announced at the American Heart Association’s meeting in New Orleans, which showed that AstraZeneca's cholesterol fighting Crestor (rosuvastatin) slashed deaths, heart attacks, strokes, and artery-clearing procedures in apparently healthy patients who had normal cholesterol levels. The study has made a dramatic impression on some doctors who now expect an adjustment to preventive care guidelines. More Information: (more…)
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Questions and Answers on Bottled Water and How It Compares to Tap Water

Children's Health, General Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Americans drank 9 billion gallons of bottled water last year, or slightly more than 29 gallons for every man, woman, and child in the country. They also spent $22 billion on a product that critics of the bottled water industry say they should be getting for free from their home faucets. So, what’s better for you – bottled or tap water? More Information: (more…)
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U.S. News unveils ranking of health insurance plans (including Medicare)

Children's Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Woman's Health
U.S. News & World Report recently released its ranking of the top health insurance plans in the U.S. If you desire to be your own healthcare quarterback, as I recommend in my book, God's Design for the Highly Healthy Person, this information will help you evaluate your current health insurance plan, be it commercial, Medicare, or Medicaid. More Information: (more…)
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Five steps to getting a second opinion online

Medical Economics, Men's Health, Woman's Health
In the past, I’ve blogged about how online services let patients seek a second opinion from home. Now, CNN Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, has written a nice article on obtaining a second opinion online. An online second opinion has the potential of eliminating the hassle and expense of out-of-town travel. But, before seeking one, think carefully about cost and questions for the doctors before you click your mouse. Remember, second opinions will likely not give you all the answers More Information: (more…)
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Vaccines: Separating fact from fiction

Children's Health, Parenting
When it comes to the arguments about the safety of vaccines, what's a worried mom to do? Between the scary claims about shots themselves and the scary news about what can happen without them, you might feel like you need a Ph.D. in immunology, toxicology, and biostatistics to make sense of it all. Never fear, Dr. Walt is here. The bottom line: No medical intervention is 100 percent risk-free, and no one but you can choose what's right for your child. My job is to help that decision come a little easier, so here goes: More Information: (more…)
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Study links teen pregnancy to sexy TV shows

Children's Health, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
A new report suggests that television may be playing a starring role in your child's sex education. Exposure to some forms of TV is a corrupting influence on children, leading teens who watch sexy programs into early pregnancies and children who play violent video games to adopt aggressive behavior, researchers said on Monday. More Information: (more…)
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Your child’s lack of sleep is linked to their risk of obesity

Children's Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health, Parenting
When I published in my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, and on my SuperSized Kids Website, it shocked many parents to learn that helping their kids consistently get a good night's sleep helps protect children from becoming obese. Now, a new study, published Monday, confirms what I have said and other studies have shown. More Information: (more…)
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