Larimore Family Newsletter – February 2010

General Health
Here are the contents of this month's Larimore Family Newsletter: Publication Update Broadcast Update Events of the last month Upcoming Events Broadcasting Update Bryson City Secrets and sexual abuse The Larimores (Barb, Kate, Scott, and I) will be on a two-day Focus on the Family Daily Radio Broadcast discussing the topic “Finding Healing from Sexual Abuse” on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2. Information about the broadcasts can be found here: Monday, February 1, 2010, Finding Healing from Sexual Abuse (Part 1 of 2), Tuesday, February 2, 2010, Finding Healing from Sexual Abuse (Part 2 of 2). I first publically discussed the sexual abuse that occurred in our family in my book Bryson City Secrets. It was this abuse that led us to leave Bryson City back in 1985. Why…
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FDA shifts stance on safety of BPA in plastics

Cancer, Children's Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Scientists link BPA in plastics to heart disease Wow. No sooner do I post a blog in which I say, "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether any action needs to be taken (about BPA). And I would expect them to express a more cautionary tone in the future. There’s just too much evidence now to not do so," than the FDA announces a reversal of its position. In a front-page story, the New York Times reported, "In a shift of position, the Food and Drug Administration is expressing concerns about possible health risks from bisphenol-A, or BPA, a widely used component of plastic bottles and food packaging that it declared safe in 2008." The FDA is now saying it has "some concern about the potential effects of…
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Scientists link BPA in plastics to heart disease

Children's Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
#mce_temp_url#With disagreement over baby bottle chemical (bisphenol A), what’s a parent to do? Reuters Health in London is reporting that exposure to a chemical found in plastic containers is linked to heart disease. Scientists researching bisphenol A, known as BPA, have just confirmed earlier findings casting suspicion on BPA and adding to pressure to ban its use in bottles and food packaging -- not only for those containers of food or drink for infants and children, but also adults. British and U.S. researchers studied the effects of the chemical bisphenol A using data from a U.S. government national nutrition survey in 2006 and found that high levels of it in urine samples were associated with heart disease. Bisphenol A, known as BPA, is widely used in plastics and has been…
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Low levels of vitamin D may be linked to greater asthma severity

Nutritional Health
Study suggests 70 percent of children, young adults do not get enough vitamin D More reasons to consider having your vitamin D level checked – you may think better and have less arthritis Specific vitamins and a supplement (B vitamins, vitamin D, and calcium) may lower risk of stroke, blindness, and cancer Vitamin D tests soar as deficiency, diseases linked Lack of vitamin D raises death risk Vitamin D Recommendations for Teens May Be Too Low Vitamin D may protect against heart attack Low Vitamin D Levels Associated with Artery Disease The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported that researchers at the National Jewish Health in Denver found that "adult asthma patients with the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood had better lung function compared with people with…
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