Monthly Archives: February 2009

Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 4 – Can Faith be Unhealthy?

While faith can have positive effects on health, it can also have negative effects. Although religious beliefs are a source of comfort and support for many people, for others they are a source of stress and emotional turmoil.

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Study indicates cutting calories may help people lose weight regardless of diet

A new study confirms that the type of diet you pick doesn’t matter so much for weight loss; it’s sticking to it that counts.  Researchers compared a low-fat, average protein diet, a low-fat, high protein diet, a high-fat, average protein diet, and a high-fat, high protein diet in 811 middle-aged obese people.  They found that, despite different diets, the groups lost pretty much the same amount of weight (average 13 lbs after 1 year) and slowly started gaining again in the second year.  Risk factors for heart disease improved for all diet groups.

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Study indicates moderate alcohol consumption increases women’s risk of cancer

A study on more than 1.2 million women in the UK finds that alcohol consumption may account for nearly 13% of all breast, liver, rectal, and upper digestive tract cancers in women.  Even relatively small amounts of alcohol appear to raise cancer risk.  

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Specific vitamins and a supplement (B vitamins, vitamin D, and calcium) may lower risk of stroke, blindness, and cancer

In recent blogs I have discussed studies showing that multivitamins may not to be helpful for preventing chronic diseases: Are multivitamins helpful or harmful when it comes to preventing chronic diseases? and Report Casts Doubt On Routine Vitamin Supplements. Also, in past blogs I’ve discussed why you should consider vitamin D supplementation: Vitamin D deficiency and diseases linked; Lack of vitamin D raises death risk; and Vitamin D may protect against heart attack, just to name a few. 

However, there is evidence that specific vitamins may be helpful in some people. Today I want to tell you about two studies this week backing up my contention that a specific combination of B vitamins and calcium may be worthy of your consideration. 

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Why Obama cannot support Abortion and Marijuana

Our local newspaper, the Gazette, opines, “It seems too good to be true, this new quote from the White House. Unless President Barack Obama denounces it, and humiliates White House Spokesman Nick Shapiro, he must back off his support of the radical pro-abortion Freedom of Choice Act. He must oppose any federal gun ban that might counter a state law. If the statement is true, Obama supports states rights more than federal control.” And this is great news for those who are pro-life.

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The mother of octuplets versus her doctor. Who should choose? Whom should society support?

A recent editorial here in Colorado Springs reported: An unemployed, divorced woman with six children – living with her bankrupt parents in their teensy weensy home – gave birth to eight babies after having fertilized eggs implanted in her uterus. At least one of her older six children has autism. For a variety of reasons, people are scandalized. Most people have religious or moral objections to this multiple birth. It’s hard to believe these children will get the care they need without becoming responsibilities of the state. It’s hard to imagine they won’t suffer. 

Yet, as shocking as it sounds, there are many who say that her right to this travesty outweighs her doctor’s right to refuse to participate. Does this make any sense?

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 3 – Devout Faith Helps but Does Not Guarantee Good Health

Interest in the connection between faith and health has led to a relatively large number of studies investigating the link. Some religious groups, including some actively involved in alternative medicine, claim to offer complete health to their adherents. Evaluating the health of believers in those religions would provide important evidence about the truth or falsity of those religions (as has been done for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, or Christian Scientists). For this reason, it is important to answer the question as to whether the Bible teaches that God promises to heal Christians. Does it?

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Are multivitamins helpful or harmful when it comes to preventing chronic diseases?

According to the LA Times, “a spate of high-profile studies published in the last few years shows that a variety of popular supplements — including calcium, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E — don’t do anything to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, or a variety of cancers.” And, the New York Times is reporting, “In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.” But what about multivitamins? Are they helpful or harmful

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How You Can Eat Heart-Healthy Food While Eating Out – What to enjoy, what to avoid

Eating out doesn’t have to mean consuming foods that contribute to heart disease. Recently Men’s Health magazine Editor Peter Moore discussed healthy options in three different types of cuisines, Italian, Mexican, and Chinese, and talked about menu “warning” words that can hint at unhealthy choices, and menu “friends” that could point to the opposite on a CBS Program. I though you’d benefit from his advice.

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Dr. Walt chosen to work with Coach Joe Gibbs and his “Game Plan for Life.”

I’ve been working since last summer on a chapter that will appear in a book with three-time Super Bowl winning coach and NASCAR owner, Joe Gibbs. Some information about Joe’s book and website has been sent to me, so I wanted to pass it on. What’s below in italics is the information from Joe’s people and then my comments follow.

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Stimulus Bill May Change Health Care Forever

The recent “stimulus” bill that passed Congress may fundamentally change the way health care is delivered to all Americans. It will hand over decisions about your care to a group of bureaucrats you won’t have the chance to elect. The “stimulus” establishes a new government body to assess Americans’ health care and to make sure drugs and treatments “that are found to be less effective and in some cases, more expensive, will no longer be prescribed.”

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Special court rules against families who claim vaccines caused autism

According to an AP report today, a special court has ruled rather dramatically against three sets of parents with autistic children, saying that vaccines are absolutely not to blame for their children’s neurological disorder (autism). The judges in the cases said the evidence was overwhelmingly contrary to the parent’s claims — and their ruling backs years of science and mountains of evidence from around the world that found no risk for either the MMR vaccine or the vaccine preservative, thimerosal, having any role in autism or ASD.

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Barb’s Lasagna Recipe — Requested by Many of Dr. Walt’s Listeners

On a couple of my radio interviews this week, I mentioned Barb’s heart-healthy Lasagna Recipe and my shock that cooking a lasagna with soy crumbles was, to me, indistinguishable from her lasagna with ground beef. I love the stuff. Several have called the stations wanting the recipe. After you’ve tried it, be sure to post a comment to let us know what you think.

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Warning: Childhood obesity may lead to ‘explosion’ of adult cancer

According to the new president of the European Society for Paediatric Oncology, the current generation of children faces a far higher risk of cancer later in life due to their unhealthy habits. Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones said western countries should prepare for an “explosion” of weight-related cancers. And, she warns, the said governments should act now.

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If You Are Elderly or on Medicare – Be Afraid, Very Afraid

According to Gary Bauer, former presidential candidate and now President of the Campaign for Working Families, conservatives evaluating some of the fine details of what he calls “President Obama’s ‘porkulus’ spending bill” have found quite a few “surprises” hidden in the fine print. Several of them involve the medical care of those on Medicare.

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His Brain, Her Brain Interviews with Dr. Walt and Barb Available for Download

 

If you’ve wanted to hear an interview with Dr. Walt and Barb about their book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage, then we have two surprises for you.

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A doctor’s right to choose versus the rights of a woman to choose

An unemployed, divorced woman with six children – living with her bankrupt parents in their teensy weensy home – gave birth to eight babies after having fertilized eggs implanted in her uterus. At least one of her older six children has autism. 

For a variety of reasons, people are scandalized. Most people have religious or moral objections to this multiple birth. It’s hard to believe these children will get the care they need without becoming responsibilities of the state. It’s hard to imagine they won’t suffer.

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The pro-life Super Bowl ad NBC refused to show you now seen by nearly 1.5 million (and counting)

Super Bowl ads can be more fun than the game. And what’s more fun than a Super Bowl ad? A banned Super Bowl ad, of course. And what’s more exciting than that? A Super Bowl ad banned for celebrating life. You can see the banned ad here and read more about how the banning may actually lead to more people watching it.

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ABCs of Childhood Vaccine Safety

My blog, “Radio Listeners ‘Angry as Hornets’ About Dr. Walt’s Comments on Childhood Vaccination”  raised howls of protest from blog constituents. Many of those who wrote comments simply do not understand how safe and effective vaccines are. They don’t seem to understand how vaccines are tested and then how throughly they are followed once licensed. If you’re interested in the truth about vaccine safety, and not the spin, read on. With this information you’ll not only share my (and virtually the entire medical world’s) about the safety of vaccines, but you’ll be able to help others who have been, unfortunately, indoctrinated (and, in some cases, brainwashed) by the fringe and fanatical antivaccine crazies.

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Risks of Not Vaccinating Your Children

From 1958 to 1962, over a half a million cases of measles are reported each year. 432 measles-related deaths occur on average each year. But in 1963, the measles vaccine was licensed. By 2000, only 81 cases of measles are reported in all of the U.S.! And, most of those in the children of parents who chose not to immunize their kids. In fact, it has just been announced that measles cases in England and Wales have risen by more than 70 percent in 2008 from the previous year, mostly because of unvaccinated children.

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Radio Listeners ‘Angry as Hornets’ About Dr. Walt’s Comments on Childhood Vaccination

I was being interviewed about childhood vaccination on the KTIS radio station that broadcasts in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. During the interview I stated, “In my opinion, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are committing a form of child abuse.” According to the station, my comments “stirred up a hornet’s nest.”

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Medical and Spiritual Considerations for Christian Fasting

Here’s the outline of a talk I gave on the medical and spiritual aspects of fasting for Christians. I gave the talk at the National Day of Prayer’s 2007 National Prayer Retreat at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, CO, on Saturday, October 20, 2007. 

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