Three Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Cancer, Woman's Health
There's been a lot of debate about mammograms for breast cancer screening, but an even more important health promotion exercise would be for women to everything they can to prevent breast cancer. And now experts are reporting that women can do three things to dramatically reduce their risk of getting breast cancer -- especially if they have a strong family history of breast cancer: Exercise (20 minutes of heart-rate raising exercise at least five times a week), Maintain a healthy weight (BMI of 18.5 to under 25), and Watch alcohol intake (fewer than seven drinks per week). Here are the details in a report from HealthDay News: Women who maintain certain "breast-healthy" habits can lower their risk of breast cancer, even if a close relative has had the disease, a…
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Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer: What’s a Woman to Do?

Cancer, Woman's Health
As I've discussed in a previous blog, there has been so much controversy and argument over the last few months about when women should begin mammograms and how often women should have them. The whole thing is very controversial. But, here’s an editorial from experts at American Family Physician that I think does one of the best jobs I’ve seen of clearing up the fog for both physicians and our patients. If you're just interested in the "bottom line," then scroll down the page to find the recommendations for your age group: The November 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation for breast cancer screening,(1) while sparking much controversy, was not a radical departure from their previous 2002 recommendation.(2) The USPSTF approached the recommendation update with the basic questions of…
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8 Reasons Sex Is Better After 50 (or, “You can have the greatest sex life on earth”)

Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
I think one of the best ministry activities in which Barb and I have worked together during our 37 years of marriage and 53 years of friendship, is our book His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage. (signed copies for gifts are available here). The topic of sex in the marriage relationship is one that is so critical to the health of the marriage, that we spent two (yes, count 'em, two) chapters on the topic. So, to our readers who agree, and who are near or past that half-centrury mark, we thought you might find this article by Amanda Gardner that was posted on Health.com to be both an encouragement and helpful: Sex after menopause? Some experts will tell you it’s a downhill ride of waning…
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Gum Disease Treatment Recommended During Pregnancy

Woman's Health
One of the joys for me in being a family physician is the honor I have had to attend the births of over 1500 of my patients. There's nothing quite like the experience (indeed, the miracle) of a birth. And, arriving at a safe and healthy birth involves a lot of prenatal prayer and excellent care. As part of my prenatal care, I've emphasized to women the critical value of brushing and flossing. Most of my patients did not know: (1) gum disease can be prevented, (2) gum disease can be safely treated during pregnancy, and (3) preventing or treating gum disease in pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of premature birth associated with periodontal disease. Here' s the latest article on the the most recent study looking at treating gum…
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For Healthcare Professionals Who Volunteer: You May Not Be Considered a Good Samaritan

Bioethics, Medical Economics, Medical Missions
As the Medical Director of a clinic for uninsured adults in Colorado Springs -- Mission Medical Clinic, a clinic sponsored by over 100 churches and staffed by over 250 volunteers -- I'm often asked to speak around the country on our work and our ministry. A not uncommon comment from our volunteers, staff, and healthcare professionals to whom I speak goes something like this: "I guess since I'm volunteering my care, I don't need professional liability insurance, correct? I mean, after all, don't the Good Samaritan laws protect me?" In a word, "No." (more…)
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For Anastasha – A New Blog

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health, Parenting
This will be, for reasons that will be obvious in a moment, my last blog about little Anastasha, who touched so very, very many people during her short life. Let me allow her daddy, family physician Craig DeLisi, to explain: November 4, 2010 It has been nine days since our precious Anastasha was born and went to be with Jesus, and five days since we laid her sweet body in the ground. The days that have followed have been filled with tremendous grief, but also with joy and peace. Anastasha's birth was an amazing experience. The Lord answered so many specific prayers regarding the labor and delivery itself: to be on Tonya's birthday, that Tonya could deliver naturally, that our OB would be in town, that she would be 6 cm dilated…
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Yoga: Should Christians Be Concerned?

Alternative Medicine, Mental Health
Yoga is an alternative therapy that raises difficult questions for Christians. The physical and breathing exercises taught in yoga classes may improve general well-being. However, as a deeply religious practice with the goal of union with the divine, it is antitheti- cal to biblical Christianity. In spite of its reputation as a simple calisthen- ics program, reports of physical and spiritual harm continue to surface. A debate between Christian practitioners and opponents of yoga was triggered by Holly Robaina’s 2005 article in Today’s Christian Woman. The author interviewed a woman who was introduced to destructive beliefs through yoga. Ro- baina noted that terms commonly used in “secu- lar” yoga have religious meanings. The “salute to the sun” posture used to begin many classes pays homage to the Hindu sun god,…
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Southern Baptist Leader on Yoga: Not Christianity

General Health
Southern Baptist Seminary President, Al Mohler, is saying that seeking spirituality through yoga is NOT the Christian way. In fact, he's calling for Christians to avoid yoga and its spiritual attachments. As you can imagine, he is getting plenty of pushback from enthusiasts who defend the ancient practice. By the way, in my and Dr. Donal O'Mathuna's book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, we have an entire chapter on yoga. In another blog, I'll tell you what we concluded. In the meantime, here are the details of Dr. Mohler's view from the Associated Press: Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline (of yoga) derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God. Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle…
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Time change tonight offers chance to try to improve on slumber, experts say.

Children's Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
When you turn your clocks back an hour tonight, it might be a good opportunity to think about whether you're getting enough sleep. The switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time officially occurs at 2 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday) morning, and it moves one hour of daylight from the evening to the morning. You'll likely appreciate the extra hour of sleep you'll gain with the return to Standard Time, but it won't be enough to eliminate any major sleep debt you may have accumulated due to a hectic lifestyle, experts say. Here are the details from HealthDay News: Chronic sleep deprivation can affect attention levels, reaction time and mood, leading to decreased productivity at work, increased family stress, and potential health problems, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). "People…
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Replace Smoke and CO Alarm Batteries This Weekend for Daylight Saving Time

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to replace their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm batteries this weekend as clocks are turned ahead for Daylight Saving Time. “Safeguard your family by putting new batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms this weekend,” said CPSC’s Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “Properly working smoke and CO alarms can alert you to a fire or poisonous carbon monoxide in your home and give you valuable escape time.” An estimated annual average of 378,700 fires, 2,740 deaths, 13,090 injuries and $5.6 billion in property losses associated with residential fires were reported by fire departments from 2003 through 2005. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that consumers cannot see or smell. There was an annual average of 171…
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Anastasha’s Birth and Death – Wonderful Videos

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Anastasha Kalil DeLisi, the daughter of Craig and Tonya DeLisi, was born with and died from anencephaly on her and her mother's birthday: October 26, 2010. She is now living with Jesus and is perfect in every way. The DeLisi family wanted all of us who have followed their story and been praying for the family to have access to these remembrances. Although all of these resources are remarkable, if you only have time to view one, view the first one, "Anastasha's Birth and Life." It's remarkable -- although I also love the "Preparation for Birth and Death" one: The video of Anastasha's Birth and Life. Video sizes: Web, iPod/DVD, Mid-Def, Hi-Def Craig and Tonya Delisi Announce the "October Baby:" Video sizes: Web, iPod/DVD Life with Anastasha Kalil Delisi. Video sizes: Web, iPod/DVD, Mid-Def Preparation for Birth and…
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POM, Vitamin Water, and SoBe Have Made Misleading Claims According to Experts

Cancer, General Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health
It has a sleek, curvy bottle, features the juice from an exotic fruit and has a catchy name, but according to both government and consumer agencies, POM Wonderful is a drink that's not as wonderful as its manufacturer claims. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently issued a complaint against the makers of POM Wonderful 100 Percent Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements, accusing the company of making "false and unsubstantiated claims" in its advertisements that these products will prevent or treat heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. Here are the details from ABC News: POM Wonderful is just the most recent drink to feature dubious nutritional claims, and experts say while these drinks may offer some health benefits, consumers should be wary of products that make promises that sound too good…
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8 Tips for Eating Healthy During Menopause

Alternative Medicine, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
Good news! Aging does not have to equal weight gain. Women do tend to put on a pound a year in their 40s and 50s, but it’s more likely due to a drop in activity rather than hormones. However, hormonal changes can shift your body composition, so any pounds you do gain tend to land in your middle. Here are some tips from Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RD, that were first published on Health.com: Here are some ways to stay slim, reduce menopausal symptoms, and cut the health risks that can rise after menopause. 1) Go fish Heart disease risk is likely to rise after menopause, so you should try to eat at least two servings of fish per week (preferably those with healthy fats like salmon or trout). “Women may want…
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Larimore Family Newsletter – November 2010

Family Newsletter
Here are the contents of our Family Newsletter: Holiday Gifts Family Update Publication Update New Writing Schedule for Hazel Creek Continuing to Write Guy Talk Nice Review of Bryson City Tales Events of the last month Upcoming Events Holiday Gifts It’s not to early to begin thinking about unique holiday gifts, and what could be more exclusive than receiving a best-selling book, autographed by the author, and personalized to the recipient. Most of my books are available for just such gifts. You can order them here. Better yet, some of them are on sale between now and Thanksgiving. Supplies are limited, so be sure to order yours now. Family Update We’ve had the most wonderful autumn in Colorado. It’s been unseasonably warm and, as a result, the color season in…
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Government warns parents not to use baby sleep positioners

Children's Health, Parenting
The government is warning parents and caregivers to stop using infant sleep positioners — those soft fabric products that anxious parents put in the crib to keep babies safely sleeping on their backs. Here are the details from the AP: The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday they know of 12 infants in the last 13 years who died when they suffocated in a positioner or became trapped and suffocated between the positioner and the side of a crib. The infants were between the ages of one month and four months. Most of the babies suffocated after rolling from a side to stomach position. CPSC has also received dozens of reports of infants who were placed on their backs or sides in sleep positioners…
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Autism and Childhood Vaccinations: The Myth is Finally Debunked

Children's Health, Parenting
In a number of previous blogs, I've discussed vaccine myths, in an attempt to bring you information about vaccines that is reliable, trustworthy, and medically accurate. I recently found this review of the myth that vaccines cause autism and wanted to share it with you. It's a discussion between Robert Dachs, MD, FAAFP (Ellis Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Schenectady, New York), Andrea Darby-Stewart, MD (Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale, Arizona), and Mark Graber, MD, FACEP (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa) and was published in the American Family Physician (2010 Sep 15;82(6):586-592). Are childhood vaccinations associated with subsequent development of autism? Bob: In 1998, a British gastroenterologist, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, published a report in the Lancet on eight children who developed symptoms of autism within one month of receiving the…
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ConsumerLab.com Finds Quality Problems with Nearly 30% of Fish Oil Supplements Reviewed; “Fishy” Claims Identified

Nutritional Health
Fish, krill, and algal oil supplements now account for approximately $1 billion in sales in the U.S. To help consumers choose among products, ConsumerLab.com selected 24 of the best-selling oil supplements and tested them for EPA and DHA, contamination, freshness, and, if applicable, proper release by enteric coatings. Amazingly, nearly 30% of the fish oil supplements that they selected for testing failed to meet minimum quality standards. As discussed in the news release below, ConsumerLab found PCBs in all fish oil supplements (including krill and algal oil supplements) but typically at extremely low levels (addressing questions raised by the California lawsuit in March that I discussed here). ConsumerLab also we found that price is not an indicator of quality with fish oil and that a person need not pay more…
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Three Meals A Day May Beat ‘Mini-meals’ For Weight Loss

Nutritional Health, Obesity
Sitting down to eat a real meal three times a day may be a better strategy for weight loss than grazing on several smaller "mini-meals," new research shows. Here are the details in a report from Reuters Health: Overweight and obese men on low-calorie, high-protein diets felt more satisfied and less hungry when they ate three times a day compared to when they ate six times a day, Dr. Heather J. Leidy and colleagues from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, found. "There's a lot of lay press about eating frequency," Leidy, who is now at The University of Missouri in Columbia, told Reuters Health. While there's a widespread perception that it's better to eat little meals more often, she added, "these mini-meals everyone is talking about don't seem to…
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Does The Morning-After-Pill, ‘Ella,’ Cause Abortions? It Depends Upon Your Definition of Abortion!

Bioethics, Children's Health, Woman's Health
Long-time readers of this blog know of the difficulties surrounding the labeling of a hormonal birth control medicine as an abortifacient. The crux of the issue is that if you define pregnancy as beginning when the unborn human implants in the uterus after his or her several day journey down the fallopian tube after conception/fertilization, then anything that kills the unborn human in the tube or prevents implantation is, by definition, NOT abortifacient. If, however, you define pregnancy as beginning at conception/fertilzation (and there are debates about which term pro-life folks should use -- see my blog on the topic here) then any chemical that kills the unborn human in the tube or prevents implantation is, by definition, IS abortifacient. That's why I use the term "post-fertilization effect." To those…
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Microbiologist: Hundreds of Studies Reported to Confirm Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
A microbiologist says there are so many published studies confirming the link between induced abortion and breast cancer that he plans to publish one every day on his blog until he's mentioned them all. It will take Dr. Gerard Nadal so many weeks to cover them all, the blogging will continue until early next year. Here are the details from a report from LifeNews.com: Dr. Gerard Nadal, who has a has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from St John's University in New York, has spent 16 years teaching science, most recently at Manhattan College. He will report on one abortion-breast cancer study daily until he has exhausted all of the abortion-breast cancer studies and he anticipates he may be reporting on these studies as late as January or February of 2011.…
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