Larimore Family Newsletter – March 2010

General Health
Here are the contents of this month's Family Newsletter: Family Update Publication Update Broadcast Update Events of the last month Upcoming Events Family Update Barb, Kate, Scott, and I took one of the most difficult steps we have ever taken as a family. We decided to publically talk about the sexual abuse that Kate and Scott experienced when they were young children. In May 2009 the four of us, along with Scott’s precious wife, Jennifer, went into a private studio at Focus on the Family and spent over two hours talking about a chapter of our lives that had been hidden for the last twenty-five years. We had previously discussed the event in writing in my book Bryson City Secrets. It was this abuse that led us to leave Bryson…
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Celiac disease seen as being vastly underdiagnosed

Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
Do you have chronic abdominal symptoms that have never been diagnosed? Or, have you self-diagnosed your recurrent abdominal pain as lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome? If so, you may want to consider this report on Celiac disease. The New York Times "Reporter's File" notes, "It takes the average patient 10 years to receive a diagnosis," and experts say "they are the lucky ones." Recent data indicate that "three million Americans, or one in every 133 people, have celiac disease." But, "95 percent of them have yet to learn they have it," because the "disease is often difficult to detect." While seen as "a rare disorder" a decade ago, physicians now "know that the disease is much more common." Still, because "most patients never experience the so-called classic symptoms," the…
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If you think you’re lactose intolerant you may be wrong

Nutritional Health
Do you think you are lactose intolerant? Think again -- at least according to a draft consensus statement a panel of experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). USA Today reports, "Many Americans avoid dairy products ... because they mistakenly think they're lactose intolerant, a panel of experts concluded Wednesday at a National Institutes of Health conference." In the draft statement, "the experts wrote, most [people] don't suffer the symptoms that characterize lactose intolerance, namely diarrhea, abdominal pain, and gas." In fact, "how well people can digest lactose is highly variable, and there is no good count of how many experience symptoms that mean full-scale lactose intolerance, said [the] panel," the AP reports. Panel chairman Dr. Frederick Suchy, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, noted, "There are huge gaps in knowledge"…
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