Fit over 50 Update — Thrice-daily tooth brushing?

General Health
In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: Your dentist and dental hygienist can have a positive influence on your physical, emotional, and relational health. The connection between oral health and overall health is clear in multiple studies. As one insurance company writes, “From heart disease to diabetes and oral cancer to premature births, dental care has an impact on total health and well-being.”Fit over 50, Essential #10, Your Healthcare Team, page 86 Order Fo50 Here A just-released study confirms our advice and adds a recommendation to brush three times a day! Newsweek reports, “Brushing one’s teeth at least three times a day was linked with a 12 percent lower risk of heart failure, and 10 percent lower chance…
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Listen to Dr. Walt on “Chris Fabry Live”

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I was honored to "spend an hour" with my friend, Chris Fabry, on his nationally-broadcast Moody Radio program, "Chris Fabry Live," yesterday (December 3, 2019). We discussed my most recent book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, and took questions from callers. Chris' producer wrote: ​Have you picked up a few extra pounds in the past year that you’d like to see go away? Maybe there are some health issues that could be alleviated if you became “fit.” Dr. Walt Larimore returns to help you make simple choices today for a healthier, happier you. If you need some practical help and a little hope for being fit over 50, don’t miss this program on Chris Fabry Live.Tricia McMillan, Producer, "Chris Fabry Live" Here is a…
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Fit over 50 Update — Life-Giving Gratitude

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: Jayson D. Bradley writes, “The word ‘gratitude’ first showed up in the mid-fifteenth century. Adapted from the Latin word gratitudinem, which means ‘thankfulness,’ gratitude came to express deep, reciprocal appreciation for kindness received.” The ancient biblical narrative speaks abundantly about gratitude and being grateful (Jonah 2:9; Psalm 100, 118:28-29, 136:1-3, 147:7; Acts 24:3; Romans 6:4; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). The words thank(s), thankful(ness), and thanksgiving appear in Scripture more than 170 times. Fit over 50, TIP #20, Develo an Attitude of Gratitude, pages201-204. Order Fo50 Here Writer G.K. Chesterton said, “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”…
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Monthly Family Update – December 2019

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Calling All “Bryson City” Fans – Join an Exclusive ClubToday’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” columnPrayer Requests for Upcoming EventsPast Issues 1) Calling All “Bryson City” Fans – Join an Exclusive Club Of my 33 books, by far the most popular are the three books from my medical practice in Bryson City, North Carolina (Bryson City Tales, Seasons, and Secrets) in the early 1980s. Many have requested I write about my days of practice in Kissimmee. Well, I have great news for you.  I’m excited to tell you that I’m releasing the first of two books about Kissimmee called “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor” in September 2020.  I wanted you to be that I’m putting together a book…
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More Ideas for Thanksgiving Left Overs

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Here are a few more creative ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers and get the most for your money. Instead of letting leftovers go to waste, you can easily reuse them to create fresh meals: Left Over Potato Pancakes Eggs Over Stuffing Thanksgiving-Leftovers Shepherd's Pie Homemade Turkey and Left Overs Noodle Soup (more…)
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Give Thanksgiving leftovers a healthy and delicious overhaul

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One of the wonderful things about Thanksgiving dinner is there are often lots of delicious leftovers. You can just warm up a few of your favorite dishes or make a simple turkey sandwich. Here are a few healthful alternatives from the Eating Well magazine. I hope you try them out: Cream of turkey and wild rice soup Creamy carrot and sweet potato soup Greek salad pitas with feta spread and turkey (more…)
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An Amazing Thanksgiving Proclamation — by the President of the United States of America

General Health, Mental Health, Spiritual Health
What a surprise it is, to those of us with modern sensitivities, to read this amazing Thanksgiving proclamation—especially since it was released by the President of the United States of America. I've reformatted it a bit, just to make it easier to read (no changes in the words, however). See if you don't agree that it is a wonderful prayer and blessing: (more…)
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving traces its origins back to the Pilgrims—those hardy pioneers who arrived on the shores of North America and, against difficult odds, carved a nation out of the wilderness. They came to the New World not seeking fortune, but freedom—especially the freedom to worship God as they wished.  (more…)
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The True Story of Thanksgiving

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After enduring religious persecution in their native England and for twelve years in Holland, the pilgrims sailed for America. They were modest men and women with a great hope and inward zeal. They rested in the providence of God that He was leading them to a land of religious freedom to advance the gospel of the kingdom of Christ. (more…)
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Monday Memo — Thanksgiving Over the Loss of a Child?

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A dear woman, who I don't know and have never met, Stephanie Anderson, recently lost her little boy, Isaiah, in utero. In a beautiful blog (Choosing thanksgiving for Isaiah’s life) she writes, "Both secular sources and Christians say that there’s something powerful about gratitude –  something about the act of giving thanks that changes us. Scripture says, “I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD” (Psalm 116:117). Sometimes choosing to give thanks is more of a sacrifice than other times." What she wrote next blessed me to my core: (more…)
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Fit over 50 Update — Sugary drinks & higher cancer risk

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: One of our Cancer Prevention Recommendations is to limit consumption of sugar sweetened drinks, and drink mostly water or unsweetened drinks.Fit over 50, Eat Like a Greek, page 145 Order Fo50 Here The New York Times reported that research “suggests there may be a link between the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juices and the development of cancer.” The findings were published in The BMJ.  Bloomberg reported, “Increased daily consumption of about 3.4 ounces of soda – roughly a third of a can of Coke – was associated with an 18% greater risk of some cancers.” Meanwhile, “the likelihood of breast tumors alone rose even more, by 22%.” The study also found that “when people…
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Fit over 50 Update — Move more & lower risk of death

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: Research published in Circulation that included almost 500,000 adults ages 40 to 69 linked higher fitness levels to a lower likelihood of heart disease even for people with genetic variants that dramatically increased their cardiovascular risks. The study concluded, “Even if you have a genetic risk for heart disease, there’s a simple way to combat it: Exercise!” Among participants determined to have the highest genetic risk for cardiovascular disease, the highest level of cardiorespiratory fitness was associated with a 49 percent lower risk for coronary heart disease!Fit over 50, Tip #1, MOVE!, page 150 Order Fo50 Here Now a new study in The BMJ reports, "Increases in physical activity among middle-age…
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Fit over 50 Update — Phone apps up physical activity

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: “If you’re plopped on a bed, couch, or chair right now,” write the editors of Reader’s Digest, “you might have what is arguably the most common health problem in America today—sitting disease.” That might sound silly. But prolonged sitting—sedentary living—has been shown by researchers to play a significant role in many of the most troublesome health issues of our time, from obesity and heart disease to diabetes and depression.Fit over 50, Tip #1, MOVE!, page 149 Order Fo50 Here Reuters tells us, "Phone applications that remind users to add more physical activity in their routine, such as walking a certain number of steps daily, have been found to be somewhat effective, according to…
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Monthly Family Update – November 2019

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Released in August, my newest book, “Fit over 50”Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. James DobsonEncouraging LetterAnswers to Last Month’s PrayersPrayer Requests for Upcoming EventsPast Issues 1) Released in August, my newest book – “Fit over 50” Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You released on August 6. You can learn more about the book and order it here. Feel free to share this information with family and friends. ORDER Fo50 HERE 2) Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. James Dobson I was interviewed by Dr. James Dobson for his national radio program, “Family Talk” about my latest book, “Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You.” You can still listen to or download…
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Fit over 50 Update — Waking up early can make you healthier and wealthier

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In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: Research from Northwestern University and the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom suggests that self-described “night owls” have a 10 percent greater risk of death than “morning people” and that they have “higher risks for conditions such as diabetes or psychological disorders.” As was mentioned in tip 24, a 2019 British report concluded women who wake up early have up to a 48 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Benjamin Franklin recognized the health benefits of early rising and put this old proverb in the 1735 edition of his Poor Richard’s Almanack [sic]: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.Fit over 50, Tip #17, Sleep Sounder,…
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Count the Cost and Spend It

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Dr. Walt featured in September 2019 Christian Medical and Dental Associations Blog written by Al Weir, MD. “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them…He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me…’” (Mark 10:13-14, NIV 1984). It was 1984 and the occasion was our daughter‘s sixth birthday. My father had become very concerned I was working so hard. Up to 60 to 80 hours a week. It was good work. Comprehensive patient care including spiritual care.Teaching residents, students and fellows in our teaching practice. Performing nationally recognized peer-reviewed, community-based studies. Faculty appointments at 10 medical schools. All was good. But Daddy was concerned. He was concerned for me as a person, as a husband and as a father. He was concerned for my…
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Fit over 50 Update — Walking Benefits Your Health

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In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write in Tip #12 -- Move!: Research, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, reported how the Cleveland Clinic studied more than 122,000 patients from 1991 to 2014, putting them under treadmill testing and later recording mortality rates. They reported a clear connection between exercise and a longer, healthier life. “Being unfit on an exercise stress test had a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic, or being a current smoker,” Cleveland Clinic cardiologist and study author Wael Jaber told CNN. “We’ve never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this.” He added that lack of exercise “should be treated as a disease that has a prescription,…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Starting strength training

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the September issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. ORDER HERE Dear Dr. Walt, My family doctor has encouraged me to begin strength training. What’s the best way to begin?  —Wanting Muscle in Missouri Dear Hesitant, Dear Toning-Up-One, A lot of choices are available. The most effective approach is to join a gym that can offer you a variety of training choices and a professional staff to educate and guide you. But at home or in a facility, here are options in the order I recommend them: Machines. Strength training machines use weights (most often) but also can use…
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Fit over 50 Update — Reduce Red Meat

General Health
In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write of the health benefits of avoiding "non-processed red meat (i.e., deli meats): A diet quality score based on the PURE study, which advocates eating more of seven key foods—fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy, and non-processed red meat—has been linked to lower premature deaths and reduced cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in at least three large independent studies.Fit over 50, Essential 2 Preventive Care Order Fo50 Here CNN now reports that research “finds that changes in your red-meat-eating habits can be tied to your risk of early death.” The findings were published in the BMJ. NPR's “The Salt” blog reports that the “study, which included about 80,000 men and women,” found…
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