Author Archives: Dr. Walt

About Dr. Walt

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

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?

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Give Thanksgiving leftovers a healthy and delicious overhaul

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
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Monday Memo — How The Transgender Mandate Will Affect Faith-Based Doctors

My friend, Jonathan Imbody, who serves as the Vice President for Government Relations for the Christian Medical and Dental Association, has done a masterful job of shining a spotlight on the Obama administration’s newly enacted transgender mandate. He explains what we faith-based healthcare professionals (and faith-based health institutions) need to know about this and how we can defend ourselves.

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Monday Memo — Thanksgiving Over the Loss of a Child?

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: Continue reading