Author Archives: Dr. Walt

About Dr. Walt

Award-winning Medical Journalist, Best-Selling Author, and Family Physician Educator

Monday Memo — How to Tell the Difference Between “News” and “Advocacy”

You may, like me, have become increasingly aware of stories in newspapers and journals, as well as on the radio and television, from supposed “objective” writers that are nothing more than editorial advocacy … and no where close to true journalism. Recently D. Joy Riley, MD, MA (Ethics) wrote and informative blog on the topic that I thought you might enjoy. Continue reading

Monday Memo — Christianity and Science: Are They Opposed?

Often as I speak to college and medical students about incorporating spiritual faith into their future professions, this question arises: Are Christianity and Science Opposed? Or, are Christianity and Medicine opposed? Recently Andrè Van Mol, MD penned a nice blog on this question. I thought you might find it interesting. Continue reading

Monday Memo — Helping Those Who Grieve

Romans 12:15 tells us to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” The latter can be the hardest to accomplish effectively. To help you in this area, I thought this blog would be a blessing to most of my readers. It’s written by Amy Givler, a family physician in Monroe, Louisiana, who works part-time at an indigent-care hospital.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Protecting Your Family from Holiday Fires or Burns

Dear Dr. Walt,

As a first responder, I know that the risk of burns increases over the holiday season because people are cooking more, putting up potentially flammable decorations, and using fireplaces and candles.  Can you remind your many readers what they can do to reduce your family’s risk? I don’t want to be called to their house this holiday season.

Fireman in Fargo

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Give Your Memory Muscle a Workout

Dear Dr. Walt,

No matter what TV channel I watch, I seem to come across ads touting a product called Prevagen that suggest it can help me “experience improved memory, a sharper mind, and clearer thinking.” I’ve researched it a bit. It looks like it costs about $40 per month, which would be a lot more expensive than the vitamin E and ginkgo I’ve been using. Thoughts?

—Trouble Remembering in Rhode Island Continue reading