Daily Archives: March 4, 2011

Larimore Family Newsletter – March 2011

Here are the contents of our Family Newsletter:

  • Family Update
  • Publication Update
  • The Gabon Virus still garnishing good reviews
  • Events of the last month
  • Upcoming Events

Family Update

It’s good to be home as we were only home 6 days out of a 30-day stretch over the last month. We’re thankful for the opportunity to travel and speak, but enjoy when we’re home.

I’ve been devoting a lot of my time to writing. I finally finished, and turned into ZonderKidz Guy Talk: A Christian physician answers your not-so-stupid questions about your body. I’m waiting to see if the publisher will accept the manuscript. If they do, the editing process begins. It’s a long process and the book will likely not be out until early next year.

Now, I’ve turned all my attention to a final push on my first solo novel, Hazel Creek. It is due to the publisher (Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) on March 14. I’m hopeful I’ll make the deadline.

Barb is completing her final edits and cuts, and I’ve been blessed to have ten dear friends, all of whom read lots of historical fiction, read the manuscript. They have made some wonderful suggestions, many of which I’m now putting into the manuscript. It will be, I think, a much better book because of their suggestions.

While I’m finishing the book, Barb will travel to Florida to spend time with girl friends and also take a “girls’ cruise” to celebrate the birthday of a dear friend.

Jack and I will try to hold down the fort.

Publishing Update

The Gabon Virus still garnishing good reviews

Here’s a nice review of The Gabon Virus from An Unlikely Blessing by Judy Baer:

My Impressions:

The Gabon Virus by Paul McCusker and Walt Larrimore, MD, is the first book in their TSI (Time Scene Investigators) series. I began the series backwards — I read The Influenza Bomb first. It was so good I just had to go back and read the first novel. The GabonVirus did not disappoint, it was better!

A deadly strain of Ebola has been unleashed in the jungle of Gabon. Is it the result of an arrogant pharmaceutical company’s research gone amok, or is it just part of an eco-terrorist group’s agenda to rid the world of humans? A team made up of forensic pathologists, virologists, Interpol agents, and the US military must take on the crisis to find a cure before the virus reaches pandemic levels.

I was describing this book to my husband, who kept rolling his eyes. What, I demanded, was his problem? He said, how could anyone find a book about researchers suspenseful! Well, I did! McCusker and Larrimore combine great writing with actual medical research. The reader gets swept up in the urgency of the crisis as well as the detailed information about retrieving evidence from the present and the past. TSI refers to the fact that the group looks at historical epidemics in order to solve present-day outbreaks.

The TSI series combines fast paced action with great characterization. The research is impeccable, and the spiritual aspect is thought-provoking. Pick up The Gabon Virus and The Influenza Bomb. But get ready for some sleepless nights – because you just can’t put them down!

Highly Recommended.

Events of the last month

  • Feb 2-6, we flew to Ft. Myers, FL, and then drove to Naples for the AMA’s RUC meeting. While we were there, on Feb 4, Barb had the privilege to speak at a luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs on our book, “His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage,” and she also did a book signing. It was, I am told, a great success—with over 250 women enjoying Barb’s talk.
  • That evening, Barb and I spole at the evening Book Club of the First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs. I’ll did a reading from “TSI: The Influenza Bomb,” my second novel and discussed my current and future writing projects. We then attended another book signing. We love the pastor and the people at First Pres Bonita Springs and our visits there are always a treat.
  • Feb 6-10, we were in Atlanta visiting Scott, Jen, and their two girls. We had a fabulous time with them.
  • Feb 10-13, we flew back to Florida for the wedding of a dear friend in Orlando. It was a blessed event for us and we were overjoyed to be with so many dear friends from our “Florida days.”
  • Feb 17-20, Barb and I were in Scottsdale, AZ, where I spoke at an educational event for doctors on “Childhood Obesity.” Barb and I will also spoke together on “His Brain, Her Brain” at the same event. The presentation seemed well received, for which we were grateful.

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 1-4, Barb will make a quick trip to Baton Rouge to be with her family.
  • Mar 2-3, I’ll do a quick trip to Baltimore to attend a technical meeting at the Medicare offices—then I’ll be home the rest of the month!
  • Mar 9-12, Barb will be visiting friends in Orlando.
  • Mar 13-20, Barb will be on a cruise with some dear girl friends.
  • Mar 21-24, Barb will be visiting friends in Kissimmee.

Past Issues

You can get more information on many of my upcoming events here

Antioxidant supplements boost male fertility

In my book, Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, in my chapter on antioxidants, I conclude, “The best advice is to meet most of your antioxidant needs through a healthy diet supplemented by a single multivitamin.”

Alternative Medicine - 2009

However, there are some cases where taking antioxidant supplements may be helpful.

For example, a new report has found that men who take antioxidants while trying to get their partner pregnant are four times more likely to succeed than men who do not. And, the type doesn’t matter — vitamin E, zinc, magnesium all work. The researchers say they “just don’t understand why.”

MedPage Today reported that “antioxidant supplements may boost fertility for men,” according to the study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

After pooling “the results from 34 randomized controlled trials that included a total of 2,876 couples with male factor subfertility or unexplained subfertility who were undergoing assisted reproductive technology using their own sperm and eggs,” researchers found that “men taking antioxidants were over fourfold more likely than controls to get their partner pregnant and see a successful live birth.”

So, if you and your spouse are wrestling with infertility, talking to your doctor about the husband taking antioxidants may be worthwhile.

First Lady, Wal-Mart to fight childhood obesity

Here’s a shout out to Mrs. Obama. News reports say that the First Lady and Wal-Mart have forged an agreement geared at preventing childhood obesity. Media sources generally characterized the move as a victory for Mrs. Obama’s signature campaign and I would agree.

ABC World News reported, First Lady Michelle Obama “announced that Wal-Mart, which sells more groceries than any market in America, is going to change what’s on its shelves.”

On the CBS Evening News the First Lady was shown saying, “I am thrilled about Wal-Mart’s new nutrition charter.”

NBC Nightly News said that Mrs. Obama “has announced she’s working with the nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, which promised today to cut prices on fresh fruits and vegetables and to reduce fats, sugars, salt, eliminate transfats in some of its own store brands by the year 2015.”

The AP reports, “Wal-Mart … says it will reformulate thousands of products to make them healthier and push its suppliers to do the same, joining first lady Michelle Obama’s effort to combat childhood obesity. The first lady accompanied Wal-Mart executives Thursday as they announced the effort in Washington.”

Wal-Mart “plans to reduce sodium and added sugars in some items, build stores in poor areas that don’t already have grocery stores, reduce prices on produce and develop a logo for healthier items.”

The Washington Post reports, “Just a few years ago, President Obama refused to shop at Wal-Mart. But his wife now has other ideas.”

The First Lady said, “When I see a company like Wal-Mart launch an initiative like this, I feel more hopeful than ever before. … We can improve how we make and sell food in this country.”

If your family is wrestling with childhood or overweight, consider ordering a copy of book I’ve written specifically to help you and your family: SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat. You can find them on sale at my book Web site. The hard cover is available for $3.99 (plus shipping) here, and the soft cover for $1.99 here.

SSK cover

Attention parents: new head lice treatment approved

Defeating the Lice Without Emptying Your Wallet

Two of my past blogs on head lice continue to be two of the most read:

Now there’s some news on a new treatment The Indianapolis Star reports,”The Food and Drug Administration today approved a cream rinse,” Natroba (spinosad) “manufactured by ParaPro, which licensed the anti-lice technology from Eli Lilly & company. The report says the product “killed the head lice and eggs in most users after just one application followed by a shampoo.”

HealthDay reported, “In clinical testing, 552 people were given a 10-minute treatment with Natroba, and a second treatment was applied if live lice were observed 10 days later. After 14 days, about 86 percent of users were lice free, compared with 44 percent among study participants who didn’t get the” medication.

“The most common side effects were irritation of the eyes and skin. The product contains benzyl alcohol, and is NOT recommended for use in children under the age of 4 years, the FDA said.”

The Boston Globe’s “Daily dose” blog reported, “FDA spokesperson Shelly Burgess tells me that it kills eggs as well as lice, so no nit-picking necessary.” Good to have a product where no nit-picking is necessary!  :-)

To learn more about head lice, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, site on the topic here.