New documentary features Dr. Walt and exposes abortifacient qualities of the birth control pill

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Woman's Health
A documentary called “28 Days on the Pill” has been released that seeks to expose the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill. The documentary explains that many forms of birth control pills contain progesterone, which thins the endometrium, the walls of the uterus, which in turn causes it to become inhospitable to newly conceived human life, causing an abortion. More Information: (more…)
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The Abortifacient Effect of the Birth Control Pill (A Reading List)

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Woman's Health
Below is the list of references I’ve found helpful (and some I have written) on the complex debate about whether the birth control pill can have an abortifacient (or post-fertilization) effect. (Last updated June 20, 2009) Please comment, below, if you have any other references to suggest. More Information: (more…)
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Researchers say non-vaccinated children face dramatically increased whooping cough risk

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
A new study reports, "Children who aren't vaccinated against whooping cough are 23 times more likely to develop the disease than children who get all of their shots on time." The study, "of 751 children enrolled in Kaiser Permanente of Colorado," revealed that "one in 20 children who skipped the vaccine developed whooping cough, compared with one in 500 vaccinated children.” More information: (more…)
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Obese teens show signs of heart disease. What can you do?

Children's Health, Parenting
Bloomberg News reports that "teenagers and young adults who are obese . . . show signs of damaged heart arteries that may lead to heart attacks, strokes, and shortened lives," according to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. If you child or teen is overweight or obese, what does this mean for he or she, and what can you do? More Information: (more…)
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I’ll ‘Never Forget’ My Dad, an American Hero – Memorial Day 2009

Marriage and Family Health
On this holiday weekend, as a country, we observe Memorial Day Day - which was first known as Decoration Day. It was meant to be a time to remember and honor our Civil War dead simply by decorating their graves. Over time, the holiday’s significance extended to remember and honor all those are serving and have served our great nation in the armed services. Now, as America is at war, Memorial Day also provides an opportunity for us to reflect on and give thanks for the sacrifices of our soldiers still in harm’s way. In particular, it gives me an opportunity to remember my dad. More Information: (more…)
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A blast from the past – YouTube video shows Dr. Walt’s ‘groundbreaking’ web events of 1999

Health Headlines
Speaking of memories (here on Memorial Day), I have fond memories of hosting a live, 5-night-a-week, cable TV show, “Ask the Family Doctor” on America’s Health Network and then Fox’s Health Network from 1995 – 2000. All-in-all, about 854 shows. Perhaps none was more watched than the first live birth on the Internet. More Information: (more…)
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Pacifiers for Babies – What are the Risks and Benefits?

Children's Health, Parenting
Family physicians and pediatricians are often asked for guidance about pacifier use in babies and children. We’re also asked when to appropriately wean a child from a pacifier. Unfortunately, studies show that now every physician is up to date of the evidence. But, here I explain to parents the best evidence on the benefits and the risks of pacifier use, so that you can make wise decisions for your baby. More Information: (more…)
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Christian Medical Association Statement on Homosexuality

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
The Christian Medical Association is the nation's largest organization of faith-based doctors, and serves as a Christian voice on today's most important bioethical issues. CMA responds to breaking bioethical news regarding such issues as abortion, human cloning, physician-assisted suicide, stem cell research and more. CMA has released a statement about the Biblical, Medical, and Social consequences of homosexual behavior and a homosexual lifestyle that I thought you would find thought provoking and helpful. More Information: (more…)
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Be Proactive at Your Next Doctor Visit

Children's Health
If you don't go to the doctor very often, it's important to make the most of every visit. It's your opportunity to talk to your doctor about any health problems, or questions that you have. Here are conversation pointers for your next medical visit, as recommended by the American Academy of Family Physicians: More Information: (more…)
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Who is Right about Condoms? The Pope or the President?

Bioethics, Children's Health, International Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
It is being reported that in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 Proposed Budget, the president recommends that Congress eliminate funding for abstinence education and instead pour funds into condoms and contraceptive-based sex education. At the same time, another report asserts that physicians are now confirming the Pope’s contention that “statistics prove condoms ineffective against HIV/AIDS. Who is right? More Information: (more…)
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