Monthly Archives: February 2011

Are full-body airport scanners safe?

Air travel has not been the same since September 11, 2001, when 3 commercial airplanes were hijacked and transformed into lethal weapons. Air passengers have since become accustomed to increased security, but the latest attempt to detect would-be terrorists has … Continue reading

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Taking small breaks from sitting may help heart and metabolic health

Does lunch in front of a computer make us eat more? Two of my recent blogs warned of sitting too long in front of a computer at work: Does lunch in front of a computer make us eat more? Computer … Continue reading

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Update on Anastasha’s Family — Exciting news!

Readers of this blog were deeply touched by the journey of family physician, Craig DeLisi, his wife, Tonya, and their children during the prenatal life, birth and death of their daughter and sister Anastasha. (You can read the series here)

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Scalp cooling may help patients undergoing chemotherapy save their hair

One of the more disturbing parts of some chemotherapy regimens, at least for my female patients, is the partial or complete loss of their hair. There’s been almost nothing we physicians could do about this problem … but that may … Continue reading

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Shingles vaccine dramatically reduces risk of outbreaks

Readers of this blog know of my fondness for immunizations. For my patients, I recommended the shingles vaccine for people 60 years of age or older and the chicken pox vaccine for children. Unfortunately, both vaccines are quite underutilized. For … Continue reading

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Screen time (TV and computer) may be linked to increased heart risks

In multiple past blogs (see below) I’ve told you of the harms of too much screen time (TV, computer, video games, etc.) for your children. Many experts join me in encouraging you to limit your children to no more than … Continue reading

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Spoilage and labeling errors with some omega-3 and -6 supplements

A new report on the quality of omega-3 and -6 fatty acid supplements made from seed oils was recently released by ConsumerLab.com. Only 11 of 17 products selected for testing met quality criteria for freshness and labeling.

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“Eggsploitation” documentary tells women of egg donation risks

Advances in medical technology frequently come with ethical problems, as well as scientific concerns and issues. Egg donation, for women, is no different. Jennifer Lahl of the Center for Bioethics and Culture has been one of the leading advocates for women … Continue reading

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Music really does effect the brain

It turns out pople like music for the same reason they like eating or having sex: It makes the brain release a chemical (dopamine) that gives pleasure,” according to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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Bright light therapy may benefit older patients with depression

The New York Times “Well” blog reported that, according to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, bright light therapy, currently used to help patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), may also benefit older patients with depression.

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Study warns that splitting pills can be dangerous

Physicians frequently recommend that caregivers split pills to give patients smaller doses than are available by prescription, but that process can produce wide variation in dosages, particularly if a commercial pill-splitter is not used and often even if one is … Continue reading

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Physical activity helps improve walking speed in those with osteoarthritis

MedPage Today reported that, according to a paper in Arthritis & Rheumatism, “increasing physical activity over two years can improve function and even walking speed among adults with osteoarthritis of the knee — regardless of their level of activity.”

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Even More Evidence That the BCP Causes Unrecognized Abortions

I’ve published two academic articles on the likely association between the birth control pill (BCP) and unrecognized abortions (the so-called “post-fertilization effect” of the pill):

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Pop Star’s Use of Salvia Puts Hallucinogen in the Spotlight

After a video surfaced on the Internet of pop star Miley Cyrus — giggling and semi-coherent, holding a bong — many wondered what the 18-year-old singer had inhaled. According to Cyrus, her addled state was the effect of taking in smoke … Continue reading

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New clinical guidelines on tonsillectomies in children published

I find that most parents and many primary care physicians are confused about when a child should and should not be considered for a tonsillectomy. The CNN “The Chart” blog is reporting that, according to Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, … Continue reading

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Anger at God Common During Times of Crisis

Although people rarely talk about it, almost everyone experiences anger toward God at some point in their lives, commonly after the diagnosis of a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a trauma.

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FDA advises against purchasing drinks sold as supplements for sexual enhancement

It seems that there are new warnings almost weekly from the FDA regarding potential dangers of certain over-the-counter natural medications (herbs, vitamins, or supplements). The reason is that these substances are virtually unregulated here in the United States and unscrupulous … Continue reading

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Taking low-dose aspirin and NSAIDs can be a challenge

I have many patients who are taking low-dose (81 mg) aspirin (ASA) daily and who wonder if they can take a Non-Steroidal Ant-Iinflammatory Drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) for pain or fever.

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A Dozen of My Blogs About Chocolate

Here are my last dozen blogs about chocolate from over the last year or so. Enjoy! Literally!! And, Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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Is Chocolate the Next Super Food?

Giving your sweetie chocolate for Valentine’s Day may show you care for their health as well as their heart. 

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Chocolate: The Love Drug . . . And Why It’s Good for You

For many, Valentine’s Day is the greatest of holidays, because it celebrates love and ardor. One of the most widely offered Valentine’s Day gifts is chocolate. Chocolate is a complex material possessing numerous compounds, which act upon the brain, producing … Continue reading

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What Natural Medications are Possibly Effective for the Common Cold?

Possibly Effective: ANDROGRAPHIS (Possibly Effective) View ALL Products Containing: ANDROGRAPHIS Common cold Some clinical research shows that taking a specific andrographis extract, in combination with Siberian ginseng (Kan Jang, Swedish Herbal Institute) orally, significantly improve symptoms of the common cold … Continue reading

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Echinacea demonstrates little benefit in treating common cold

In my book, Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely I write, “Millions of people take echinacea because they’re convinced it works to combat the common cold, for which there of course, is no cure.”

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Patients knowingly given placebo report relief

Placebo treatment, it turns out, can actually significantly influence subjective symptoms.

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Tips for parents: Do NOT use children’s medicine cups

Wouldn’t you think that the measuring cups that come with childhood medications would be accurate? Apparently that’s NOT the case.

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Update On Anastasha’s Family – 3 months after birth and death

Many of you followed my blog series on Anastasha. Here’s the most recent information I’ve received from her daddy, family physician Craig DeLisi, about how their family is doing since the loss of their newborn daughter, Anastasha, who passed away … Continue reading

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Interview: Dr. Walt Says Opportunities Abound To Bring Faith Into Medicine

Here’s an interview with me, from HCJB Global, about my teaching time at a large international medical conference in Quito, Ecuador, last month.

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Dr. Walt Teaches “Spirituality Plays Key Role” at Annual Medical Conference in Ecuator

Last month Barb and I were privileged to travel to Quito, Equator to participate in a medical mission trip and for me to teach at a large international medical conference. Here’s an article from HCJB Global about my teaching and … Continue reading

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Investigator Planned to Make Vast Profit From Autism/MMR Vaccine Scare

Andrew Wakefield, the lead author on the 1998 study that reported a link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and a new condition of regressive autism and bowel disease called autistic enterocolitis (AE), was planning to market a prestudy diagnostic testing … Continue reading

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Does lunch in front of a computer make us eat more?

Many of us eat lunch parked in front of a computer, but that habit might be boosting our appetite for dessert, a small study suggests. 

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