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Note to Psychologists and Counselors: CE Credit for Reading One of My Books

General Health
To all of my friends and readers who are psychologists or counselors: I received a note from Mark Durkin, MA, LPC. I don't know Mark, but he says: Hello Dr. Larimore, I just wanted to let you know that I have added your book, His Brain, Her Brain, to my website which provides Continuing Education credit to Christian counselors for reading books. The website is www.StudyCredit.com. No action is necessary on your part, other than to let other Christian counselors know about receive C.E. credit for reading your book. Thank you for writing in such a clear way the differences between men and women in how they think. This takes pressure off many marriages where both husbands and wives are left scratching their heads about the other! All the best to…
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Counselor Fired after Referring Homosexual to Colleague Because of Religious Objections

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Woman's Health
LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of a licensed counselor who was fired after referring a person seeking counsel with a same-sex relationship to a colleague. Rather than attempt to provide a service that would conflict with her sincerely-held religious beliefs on homosexual behavior, Marcia Walden referred her to another counselor; however, the counselee later filed a complaint that ultimately cost Walden her job. My Take? (more…)
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Monthly Family Update – May 2019

General Health
Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Walk for LifePublishing Update – “Fit over 50”Publishing Update – “War Horses”Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” columnLast Month’s EventsNext Month’s EventsPast Issues 1) Walk for Life On Saturday, June 1, Barb and I will be “Walking for Life” for Life Networkhere in Colorado Springs. If you’d like to support our walk of this amazing life-affirming ministry, and every single dollar makes a difference, click hereand scroll down to “Online Donation.” Thanks for considering supporting our Walk for Life. 2) Publishing Update – “Fit over 50” My next book, “Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You,” is scheduled for release on August 6. You can learn more about the book and pre-order it here. Feel free to share this information…
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Monthly Family Update – February 2019

General Health
Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Writing Update--Fit Over 50Writing Update--New BooksWriting Update--Columns and BlogsLast Month's EventsUpcoming Events 1) Writing Update--Fit Over 50 I’m so blessed to be able to still do the things professionally I enjoy most: see patients as a family physician and write. Who would have thought when my first book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, came out in 2001, that I would be preparing for the release of my 32ndbook, Fit Over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You? I’m expecting to receive the final edits in early February. To my surprise and utter delight, David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), who is the CEO for the Christian Medical Association, has agreed to write the foreword, while quite a number of nationally recognized folks…
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Johns Hopkins psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘mental disorder’ and sex change is ‘biologically impossible’

General Health
In an article that would be considered neither politically correct or culturally sensative, CNSNews.com is reporting that Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, is saying that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder. (more…)
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Lawmakers move to ban same-sex alternatives counseling

General Health
The Hill reports, “House Democrats have introduced legislation to force a federal ban on gay conversion therapy. The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, unveiled by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), would amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to clarify that providing conversion therapy to any person in exchange for monetary compensation or advertising these services is an unfair and deceptive act.” (more…)
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Global campaign to protect disabled infants—especially before birth

General Health
LifeSiteNews reports that Irish families have joined with international medical experts and disability advocacy groups to launch the Geneva Declaration on Perinatal Care at the United Nations. The Declaration, which is the centerpiece to a global campaign to end disability discrimination caused by the “incompatible with life” label, has already been signed by more than 200 medical practitioners and researchers and 27 disability and advocacy NGOs. It aims to improve care for mother and baby where a life-limiting condition has been diagnosed before or after birth. (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 5

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the fifth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS ... AND MORE FRIENDS Besides connectedness with parents, highly healthy teens need connectedness with highly healthy friends, activities, and faith communities. As teens gain independence and go out on their own, friendships become more important than ever. (more…)
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Larimore Family Prayer Letter

General Health
In the past, these every-other-month prayer letters have only been send to a group of subscribers who faithfully pray for Barb and me and our family. But now we want to share it with those of you who read my blog. And, for those of you to whom prayer is a daily spiritual discipline, we hope you'll include us and our ministry on your prayer list. (more…)
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What the Bible says about homosexuality

General Health
As I mentioned in this morning's blog, What if your son asks, "Am I gay?", I wrote two chapters on the topic of homosexuality for my book The Ultimate Guys' Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body. The book was written for boys heading toward and through puberty and their parents. The two chapters I submitted were not printed in the book, as the publisher felt the material was a bit "too mature" for young boys. See if you agree or disagree. (more…)
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Kids’ use of electronic media at night linked to problems

Children's Health, Parenting
More than half of children who use electronic media before bedtime may have mood or learning problems during the day, a preliminary study of 40 young people suggests. The kids in the study, average age 14½, were all treated at the JFK Medical Center Sleep Laboratory in Edison, N.J. About 77% had trouble falling asleep; others had daytime sleepiness. Here are more details from USA Today: And it's no wonder: Turns out they sent an average 34 text messages or e-mails a night, according to the study, to be presented today at the meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Vancouver, British Columbia. Texts were sent anywhere from 10 minutes to four hours after bedtime. "Across the board, all of the children admitted to using electronic media — texting,…
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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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Infidelity Rises When She Makes More Than He Does

Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A new study finds that men are more likely to cheat if their income is much lower than what their wife or female partner makes, while women are more likely to fool around if they make more than their husband or male partner. The findings suggest that disparities in moneymaking play a significant role in infidelity, at least among the young couples they studied. Here are the details in a report from HealthDay News (don't miss Barb's comments below): Study author Christin Munsch said, "... for men, the less money you make relative to your spouse, the more likely you are to engage in infidelity." Munsch, a graduate student at Cornell University, said she came up with the idea of studying the effects of income on infidelity after hearing from a…
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New Lesbian Parenting Study Makes Claims Unsupported by the Evidence

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting
You probably heard or read a headline saying something like this, "The National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) published byAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers the following conclusion: 'Adolescents who have been reared in lesbian-mother families since birth demonstrate healthy psychological adjustment.'" Now, Dr. A. Dean Byrd, PhD, MBA,MPH, has evaluated the data and comes up with a completely different conclusion. Here are the details from Life Site News: Authors Gartrell and Bos generalize their findings to the lesbian population at large, claiming their research offers "implications for same-sex parenting." Making an enormous scientific leap, they conclude that their study provides scientific proof that there is "no justification for restricting access to reproductive technologies or child custody on the basis of the sexual orientation of the parents." Implied, though not…
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GAO report criticizes mail-order genetic testing

Bioethics, Cancer, Medical Economics
Barb and I were watching the ABC World News and I was happy to see their report on "stark findings" from a Government Accountability Office "undercover sting operation targeting those popular DNA tests you can get by mail." I've long suspected there was more "bogus marketing" than "pure science" to this game, but did not know for sure until I saw this news report and then read the GAO report. Richard Besser, ABC News' medical expert, said that the tests "promise to predict ... your risk for cancer, for other diseases, for less than $1,000," but the "investigation found the results consumers get back from these genetic tests are often misleading and, in certain cases, downright wrong." Besser noted that at least one company agreed to secretly test a DNA…
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Study: Elective Abortion More Than Triples Breast Cancer Risk

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
A study out of Sri Lanka has found that women who had abortions more than tripled their risk of breast cancer. The study focused on analyzing the association between the duration of breastfeeding and the risk of breast cancer.  But the researchers also reported other “significant” risk factors for breast cancer, such as passive smoking and being post-menopausal.  The highest of the reported risk factors was abortion. The study, entitled "Prolonged breastfeeding reduces risk of breast cancer in Sri Lankan women: A case-control study," was led by Malintha De Silva and colleagues from the University of Colombo. Here are some of the details from Life Site News: The researchers found that among women who breastfed for between 12-23 months there was a 66.3% risk reduction in comparison to those who had never…
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Post-Abortion Women Four Times More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Manitoba finds women who have had abortions are about four times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as those who carried their pregnancy to term. The authors confirmed a link between abortion and the substance abuse issues. This study adds to the risks that we now know occur in women who have previously had an abortion (as opposed to a miscarriage), including mental health issues (especially depression) and, possibly, breast cancer. Before I share the details of this new study, I want to say something very important. If you are one of the many women who has a secret abortion in your past, in no way do I intend to judge or condemn that choice. But, rather, I want…
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Larimore Family Newsletter – March 2010

General Health
Here are the contents of this month's Family Newsletter: Family Update Publication Update Broadcast Update Events of the last month Upcoming Events Family Update Barb, Kate, Scott, and I took one of the most difficult steps we have ever taken as a family. We decided to publically talk about the sexual abuse that Kate and Scott experienced when they were young children. In May 2009 the four of us, along with Scott’s precious wife, Jennifer, went into a private studio at Focus on the Family and spent over two hours talking about a chapter of our lives that had been hidden for the last twenty-five years. We had previously discussed the event in writing in my book Bryson City Secrets. It was this abuse that led us to leave Bryson…
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Are heels OK for little girls? Parents, doctors debate!

Children's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
The AP had a report carried in USA Today that I thought you parents of girls might find helpful. Basically, not only do I not recommend heels for girls, I don't recommend them for women. You can read more about this in my blog, "Do you want more back and foot pain? Wear heels!" Now, for the information for your daughters. A pair of sparkly, peekaboo shoes with heels 2 inches high are favorites of 6-year-old Helena Bell ever since she got them for a wedding. "She's worn them to the point where the jewels have fallen off," says Helena's mother, Dana Bell of Woodland Hills, Calif. "It's not my preference, but I've stopped fighting it." The heels aren't allowed at school, but the first-grader slips on her white treasures…
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Media Alert – Larimores Discuss Sexual Abuse on “Focus on the Family” Broadcast today and tomorrow

Children's Health, Parenting
The Larimores (Barb, Kate, Scott, and I) will be on a two-day Focus on the Family Daily Radio Broadcast discussing the topic “Finding Healing from Sexual Abuse” on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2. Information about listening to the broadcast live or via podcast can be found here: Monday, February 1, 2010, Finding Healing from Sexual Abuse (Part 1 of 2), Tuesday, February 2, 2010, Finding Healing from Sexual Abuse (Part 2 of 2). I first publically discussed the sexual abuse that occurred in our family in my bookBryson City Secrets. It was this abuse that led us to leave Bryson City back in 1985. Why would Barb and I (and, why would Kate and Scott [and Scott’s wife Jennifer]) want to discuss such a private thing – such an…
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Larimore Family Newsletter – February 2010

General Health
Here are the contents of this month's Larimore Family Newsletter: Publication Update Broadcast Update Events of the last month Upcoming Events Broadcasting Update Bryson City Secrets and sexual abuse The Larimores (Barb, Kate, Scott, and I) will be on a two-day Focus on the Family Daily Radio Broadcast discussing the topic “Finding Healing from Sexual Abuse” on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2. Information about the broadcasts can be found here: Monday, February 1, 2010, Finding Healing from Sexual Abuse (Part 1 of 2), Tuesday, February 2, 2010, Finding Healing from Sexual Abuse (Part 2 of 2). I first publically discussed the sexual abuse that occurred in our family in my book Bryson City Secrets. It was this abuse that led us to leave Bryson City back in 1985. Why…
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National Cancer Institute Researcher Admits Abortion-Breast Cancer Link True

Bioethics, Cancer, Mental Health, Woman's Health
The National Cancer Institute gained a reputation for putting politics over science when it did everything possible to deny dissenting opinion during a meeting to establish whether or not a link exists between abortion and breast cancer. But now, the main NCI acivist who got the agency to deny the abortion-breast cancer link has co-authored a study admitting the abortion-breast cancer link is true, calling it a "known risk factor." Here's the story as reported by LifeNews.com. Scientists and educators about the abortion-breast cancer link point to a new study that shows a top NCI official may be re-thinking the refusal to acknowledge the link. The study, conducted by Jessica Dolle, appears in the April, 2009 issue of the prestigious cancer epidemiology journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. The Dolle study, conducted…
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