Monthly Archives: July 2009

Texting drivers 23 times more likely to crash, study suggests

Barb and I were watching ABC World News Monday night, July 27, when Charles Gibson said, “There’s a new study out today that shows that texting while driving is by far the most dangerous driving distraction.” We were surprised. We knew texting while driving was bad. We didn’t know it was this bad.

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Vision Therapy as Remedy for Learning Disabilities Debunked

Behavioral vision therapy, eye exercises, and colored lenses have no role in treatment of dyslexia and other learning disabilities, according to a statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics this week.

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New Study Finds 66 Percent Increased Breast Cancer Risk After Abortion

A new study done on women in Turkey who had abortions has reported a 66 percent increased risk of contracting breast cancer as a result. The study is the latest to suggest that abortions cause significant adverse medical risks for women who have them, in addition to killing unborn children.

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Cloning without embryonic stem cells. Does this end the embryonic stem cell debate?

The story broke on NBC Nightly News on July 23, when Brian Williams reported that there is a mouse in China that goes by the name Tiny. What make Tiny so special is that he And “26 others unique is that researchers cloned him – not from embryonic stem cells, but from another mouse’s skin cells.” Adult stem cells!

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Does abstinence-based sex education work or not?

A friend, who is a family physician, recently wrote to me and said, of abstinence-based sex education, “It doesn’t work.” Is he right, or wrong?

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Daily Glass of Orange Juice Is Heart Smart

An apple a day is said to keep the doctor away, but orange juice may be good at the job, too. An antioxidant in orange juice called hesperidin improves blood vessel function and helps lower a person’s risk of heart disease, researchers have just reported.

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The Lincolnian View of Abortion – Part 1

Once upon a time, I did an ethics paper on “The Lincolnian View of Abortion.” I took all of the Lincoln-Douglas, and simply substituted the word “abortion” for the word “slavery.” With minimal editing, the Lincoln-Douglas debates could be a debate on abortion today. Here’s the third in a series of conversations I’m having with another Family Physician about the issue of abortion.

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Obesity rate in preschoolers may have finally leveled off!

Finally a good news story about the childhood obesity epidemic. An analysis published in the July 24 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated that “the prevalence of obesity” in “low-income preschool-aged children ages two to four years old . . . increased from 12.4 percent in 1998 to 14.5 percent in 2003, but rose only to 14.6 percent in 2008.”

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Two dietary supplements used by high school athletes contain illegal and dangerous steroids

Two over-the-counter dietary supplements that anti-doping officials say are popular among high school football players contain steroids, according to court papers filed by federal authorities.

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New Analysis of the Myth: “46 Million Americans Without Health Insurance”

Advocates for expanding taxpayer-subsidized health insurance through Universal Health and their allies in the press, repeat this 46 million number constantly. Let us walk through the statistics from top to bottom. You may be surprised!

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Webcast Thursday to Educate Pro-Lifers About the Dangers of Obama’s Health Care

There is a coalition of pro-life leaders who are alarmed that we pro-lifers unaware of what is at stake with some of the Health Care Plans being promotoed by President Obama, what they call “Obamacare.” I thought you might like to know that they are planning a major webscast for tomorrow, July 23. I recommend you don’t miss it!

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Health Myth #8: “Nationalized health care would not impact patient waiting times.”

This is the eighth in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell. And, it’s very interesting to me to hear those in favor of any form of nationalized health insurance (especially “Obamacare”) state that the issue of waiting for care in countries with nationalized health care is a “myth.” Here is just one fact for your and their consideration.

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Hormone therapy for menopause symptoms increases ovarian cancer risk. Should you worry?

I’ve received questions from women who are taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms who are wondering about a flurry of news reports this last week like this one from Bloomberg News: “Women who had hormone therapy for menopause symptoms were more likely to develop ovarian cancer, regardless of the length, formulation, or type of treatment they received.” If you or someone you love is on hormone therapy, should you worry?

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Moderate Wine, Little Meat, Many Vegetables May Be Key Mediterranean Diet Items Linked to Longer Life

We know a Mediterranean diet is healthy and lengthens life. But, which items in this diet are most helpful? Well, finally, at study has teased out items in the Mediterranean diet that are most responsible.

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The word “abortion” is NOT in the Bible. So, how can you be against it?

A friend of mine, a family physician, recently wrote this to me: “Nowhere in the Bible do I find any definition of when life begins; in fact, I can’t find a single reference to abortion.” So, he implies, “. . . how can Bible-believing Christians be against abortion?” It’s a great question! Here’s my response to him.

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Doctors can help parents help their overweight kids lose weight

Many parents don’t have enough self-confidence to implement and enforce changes in their child’s behavior that will reduce the child’s risk of obesity, researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston have found. However, the researchers also found that having the child’s doctor or nurse inquire about the parents’ confidence level can actually help to increase it. So, if your child is overweight or obese, what can you and your doctor do?

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Twelve Home Remedies for Migraine Headaches

I found this excellent article on home remedies for migraine headaches — which impact more women than men. Several of these I use in my practice. However, I would recommend you discuss any of the natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) with your personal physician before trying them.

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Larimore Family Newsletter – July 2009 Edition

Here is the Table of Contents for the July edition of our Family Newsletter. There’s a lot going on!

  • Family Update
  • Publication Update
    • Dr. Walt’s First Novel finally receives title
    • Dr. Walt’s First Novel Has Received its First Review
    • New documentary features Dr. Walt and exposes abortifacient qualities of the birth control pill
    • His Brain, Her Brain soars on Amazon.com
    • Article about alternative medicine in One News Now interviews Dr. Walt
    • Dr. Walt interviewed on new prenatal gender prediction test by One News Now
    • Dr. Walt published in Significant Living Magazine
    • Dr. Walt published in HomeLife Magazine
    • Lintball Leo keeps on rolling
    • Dr. Walt has chapter published in a new college textbook
  • Broadcast Update
    • Dr. Walt and Barb were featured on the Focus on the Family Radio Broadcast in July
  • Events of the last month
  • Upcoming Events

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Caloric restriction may prevent disease, increase life span, researchers say

At least in rhesus monkeys. As long-time readers of this blog know, I usually don’t comment on animal studies. But, the likelihood of these data applying in humans is, in my opinion, so high, I wanted you to be aware of the details. And remember as you read these comments, that the monkeys in the group consuming higher calories, were still eating a heathy diet. This is NOT true for most humans!

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