Monthly Archives: January 2014

Treatments for Symptoms of the Common Cold

Which interventions are effective for treating symptoms of the common cold? Experts recently posted their answer to this question in American Family Physician.

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ADHD and Girls

New research shows that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is diagnosed in more than ten percent of children. Now, you’ve heard the stories of hyperactive boys getting into trouble, but the most recent statistics suggest ADHD is an equal opportunity … Continue reading

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One-third of Turmeric Supplements Fail Tests; Filth Found in Spices

What’s really in turmeric supplements and spices? You may not want to know.

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Gravitate Towards Gratitude

A patient came to me with a particularly bad attitude. So, like most doctors, I gave him a prescription. But it’s not what he expected.

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Get your flu shot ASAP!

My friend, Nancy Lundy, a health professional with a large cardiology group here in Colorado Springs, posted this on FaceBook a few days ago: People in Colorado please hear me tonight. If you have not had a flu shot go … Continue reading

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How dogs may protect kids against allergies and asthma

The Wall Street Journal reports that research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that having dogs as pets may help protect children against asthma and allergies. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded the research.

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FDA questions antibacterial soaps

News of FDA questioning the safety of antibacterial soaps highlights what I’ve told you in the past: antibacterial soaps are likely no better than regular soaps and may even be associated with adverse health effects. Now, Federal regulators are asking … Continue reading

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Multivitamins: “largely useless and can be dangerous”

New research is just the most reactant showing that multivitamins don’t work as well as a lot of Americans had hoped they would. In fact, the CBS Evening News reported, research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine “said vitamins are largely useless … Continue reading

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Glucosamine for Osteoarthritis

I’ve had several patients ask me about using glucosamine to help treat osteoarthritis—the most common form of arthritis. It has been touted to help with joint pain, but are the claims a stretch? Though research has been conflicting, overall results seem … Continue reading

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FDA Approves First Device to Treat Migraines

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will allow marketing of the Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator, the first ever device approved to relieve pain caused by migraine headache with aura.

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When Children Die Because They’re Overweight

Charisma Magazine has just published an article of mine, “When Children Die Because They’re Overweight.” You can read the article here.

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Fear of Fillings

Everyone wants a good dental checkup, but many of us have a menagerie of fillings, crowns, and other dental work. Those fillings may beef up your bite, but are they hurting your health? A substance called amalgam is commonly used in … Continue reading

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Study: “Healthy obesity” does not exist

New research suggests that individuals cannot be simultaneously be overweight and physically fit. NBC’s Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman said that the research indicates that “there is no such thing as healthy obesity.”

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Resolutions 2

A resolution can be life changing or more dreaded than that leftover holiday fruitcake. If you’ve been working on one for the New Year, here are a few tips for success. 

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Bombshell Study Finds 44-89% Increased Breast Cancer Risk for Women Having Abortions

As reported in LifeNews, a new study of abortion and breast cancer (the “ABC link”) was just published showing the overall risk of developing breast cancer among women who had previous abortions was increased by a stunning 44% to 89%.

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Kids and Dieting

You’ve heard a lot about childhood obesity, but what do you do if one of your kids is overweight? The actions you take can have a lifelong impact—for better or worse.

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Some school districts allowing students with head lice to stay in class

In a followup to a news item I first reported to you on 11/21 about schools relaxing their policies about children with head ice, the Los Angeles Times is now reporting on the controversy.

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Magic Workouts

You’re planning your New Year exercise program and voila! You read about seven-minute and four-minute workouts. Can you really cut your daily exercise to less than ten minutes and still magically reap the benefits?

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Majority of Americans have not yet received their influenza vaccines

HealthDay reports that just “39.7 percent of adults and 42 percent of children had received their flu shots, according to a telephone survey conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” figures “comparable with vaccination rates last year … Continue reading

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Pediatrician group opposes consumption of raw milk

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that in a policy statement released in the journal Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that youngsters, babies, and expectant mothers not “consume any raw milk or raw milk products from cows, goats or … Continue reading

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The advice Dr. Oz gives on his television show can be dangerous

A new study in the British Medical Journal has made official something many have argued for a long time: the advice Dr. Oz gives on his famous American television show can be dangerous to follow.

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Raw milk has sickened many more people than previously reported

USA Today reports that, according to a Minnesota Department of Health study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, a larger number of people than previously reported may have become sick after drinking unpasteurized milk.

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Katie Couric defends “antivaccine” program, but acknowledges errors

Katie Couric recently did a program that was widely viewed as being unfairly critical of the HPV (human pappiloma virus) vaccine. Now she’s apologizing.

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Winter Skin

A patient asks, “What do I do about dry skin during the winter? Even using lotion I end up with dry, cracked hands and itchy skin.” Well, walking in a winter wonderland may be pretty, but your skin doesn’t always feel … Continue reading

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“Non-exercise physical activity” may reduce heart risks in older individuals

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that “non-exercise physical activity” may reduce “the risk of a heart attack or stroke by more than a quarter” in older individuals.

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Larimore Family Newsletter – January 2014

Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter: Barb and I are teaching a Marriage Conference in Colorado Springs in January Publication Updates The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book Events of the Last Month Upcoming Events

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Simpler Holidays

You made it through the holidays. But are you filled with joy or frazzled from stress? Nearly eighty percent of us expect the holidays to add anxiety, exhaustion, and debt—and none of those add up to good health.

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Indigestion pills may cause B12 deficiency

If you have indigestion from partying a little bit too much last night, over-the-counter or prescriptions drugs for indigestion can definitely help. But, if you have to take these medications on a daily basis for indigestion or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux … Continue reading

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Resolutions 1

It’s the New Year, and you may be embarking on ambitious New Year’s resolutions. But is starting in January the best idea? 

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