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Switch to daylight saving time may be linked to increase in heart attacks

For those of you who dislike daylight saving time, here’s another reason to add to your list. Reuters reports that research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting suggests that the switch to daylight saving time may be linked to an increase in heart attacks.

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Study: Changing warm-up routine could cut risk of ACL injuries

The New York Times reported in its “Well” blog a new study suggests that altering the way sports teams warm up before practices and games could significantly cut the risk of injuries to anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.”

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FDA panel backs DNA test for colon cancer

The AP reported that an FDA panel has voted to recommend an experimental “test that uses DNA to detect colon cancer and precancerous growths.” The article noted the panel voted 10-0 “that the benefits of Exact Sciences’ Cologuard test,” which analyzes stool specimens, “outweigh its risks.”

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Impact exercises the most effective way to strengthen bones

The New York Times reports in its “Well” blog on exercises that are helpful to reduce osteoporosis. The post says that “activities that involve impacts with the earth, such as running and jumping, are the most effective way to improve bone health,” specifically “sprinting and hopping.”

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Exercise reduces a woman’s risk of breast cancer

The NPR “Shots” blog reports that research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference suggests that “exercise reduces women’s risk of breast cancer,” regardless of “what kind of exercise they do, how old they are, how much they weigh, or when they get started.”

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Larimore Bi-Monthly Prayer Letter (April 15 – June 14, 2014)

In this prayer letter:

  • PRAYER REQUEST: (1) Walk for Life; and (2) Possible Writing Project
  • EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO MONTHS and EVENTS OF THE NEXT TWO MONTHS
  • PRAISES AND ANSWERS TO PRAYERS: Morning Glory, Evening Grace Devotional
  • PUBLICATIONS: (1) Health tips for international travel; (2) When Children Die Because They’re Overweight; and (3)   The abortifacient effect of the pill
  • THE ULTIMATE GIRLS’ BODY BOOK: (1) Great reviews!; (2)  Interviewed on Chris Fabry Live; (3) Interviewed on “Connecting Faith”; Featured on “iMOM”: (5) Interviewed on “Legacy Out Loud.”  

PRAYER REQUEST


1) Walk for Life

We absolutely LOVE the ministry of Life Network, a life affirming ministry in Colorado Springs. However, we’ve never been in town for their major fundraiser, their Walk for Life  This year we’re in town and walking and hope that you’ll consider sponsoring our “Walk for Life” on Saturday, June 7th. 100% of your donation is tax deductible and goes to the life-affirming work of Life Network. If you’re interested, you can make a donation here. Every little bit will help. Thanks so much for considering this. And, if you can’t give this year, we do hope you’ll hold us up in prayer that morning as we walk.

2) Possible Writing Project

I’d be blessed if you’d continue to pray for this potential writing project: I’ve developed a proposal for a new book, tentatively titled Straight Talk about Your Health and Fitness: A complete guide to building your personal plan for the long run. I’m working on the proposal with Philip Bishop, EdD, a long-time friend and professor of exercise science at the University of Alabama. The proposal is currently being considered by a major publisher.

 


EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO MONTHS


  • Feb 18-27, Barb and I had the joy of spending vacation time with both of our children, their spouses, and our two granddaughters at Disney World. We also took time to meet with dear old friends in Kissimmee where we lived for 16 years. We try to all take a family vacation together each year and it is always a blessed time for us.
  • Mar 6, I presented Grand Rounds at the Penrose Community Hospital in Colorado Springs on the topic of “Update in Vitamin D and Calcium Supplementation.” The presentation seemed well received.
  • Mar 10-14, I served as a visiting professor at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, OK. I’m always blessed by my wonderful interactions with these marvelous young residents. The students, residents, faculty, and staff always make my visits such a pleasure.
  • Mar 20, I was in the Focus on the Family studio in Colorado Springs with my friends Jim Daly and John Fuller taping a program about my book, The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book. The interview went well and will probably be broadcast in July. I’ll let you know when in a future prayer letter.
  • Mar 21-24, Barb and I were back in the Atlanta area to visit with the “Decatur Larimores,” while I attend a one-day medical meeting. We’re always looking for opportunities to get to the Atlanta area and see the kids and grans.
  • Mar 25, I was interviewed by Neil Stavem on his “Connecting Faith” radio program and Carrie Abbot on her radio program, “Legacy Out Loud.” Details on listening to each can be found below.
  • Apr 9-15, Barb and I went to New Orleans, LA, to attend The French Quarter Festival. This was our third year to return to the festival and we enjoyed visiting with family and good friends, as well as some great food and wonderful music.

EVENTS OF THE NEXT TWO MONTHS


  • Apr 22-27, Barb and I will be in Chicago where I will be attending an AMA RUC meeting. This is one of three meetings the group has each year. We always enjoy our time in downtown Chicago. Pray that I might be salt and light to colleagues.
  • May 1, I’ll be having a book signing at the Covered Treasures Book Store in Monument, CO, from 5-7 PM.
  • May 7-9, I’ll be attending the International Board Meeting of the Reach Beyond Ministry (formerly known as HCJB). This will be our first meeting with Reach Beyond president Wayne Pederson since he lost his precious wife, Norma, to ovarian cancer earlier this month. During the Board meeting, we’ll be having a memorial service at Woodman Chapel for Norma.
  • May 10-11, I’ll be attending a Board Retreat for the Life Network ministry. I appreciate your prayer cover while I’m in these meetings.
  • May 17, Barb and I will be at a book signing at the Focus on the Family Bookstore in Colorado Springs from 10 AM to noon.
  • May 24-27, I will fly to Boston to visit with some dear friends. I’ll also spend one day teaching at the Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
  • Jun 9-15, Barb and I will be taking a vacation road trip through the Rocky Mountains. We’ll be visiting Estes Park, the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Vail, Glenwood Springs, the Maroon Bells, and Aspen. We’re looking forward to have the time together.

PRAISES AND ANSWERS TO PRAYERS:


1) Morning Glory, Evening Grace

In the past I’d asked you to join me in praying about my twice-a-day Biblical devotions, Morning Glory, Evening Grace. You can see those that are published and sign up to receive them via email here. Anyway, a publisher had indicated an interest in making them into a book and that would have delighted me to know end. I had asked you to join me in praying about this possibility; however, the publisher’s answer was, “no.” The publisher wrote:

We received your proposal for God Calling or Morning Glory, Evening Grace. Our Gift Division publishes the devotionals and devotional type readings. We feel there is unfortunately too much competition with your proposed book. We already publish a book of scripture written in devotional form. So although we must pass on this idea, thank you for sending the proposal our way.  


PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS:


1) Health tips for international travel

Long-time readers know that I have a bi-monthly column in the Significant Living Magazine. My article for the April-May issue is on “Health Tips for International Travel.” The article also has a side bar on “Preventing Travelers Diarrhea.” You can read the article here. If you like the digital version, let me encourage you to sign up for a subscription.


2) When Children Die Because They’re Overweight

I have an article in the January issue of Charisma Magazine entitled, “When Children Die Because They’re Overweight.” You can read the article here. The abstract to the article says, “To develop good health and nutrition practices, children and young people need responsible adult examples.” I hope the article will be helpful to you and your family.


3) The abortifacient effect of the birth control pill

When one is led to write, and has the privilege of being published, one is not usually aware of the breadth and depth of impact one can have. Recently I became aware of an article in the Celebrate Life Magazine titled “A Pharmacist’s Journey to the Truth,” in which my writing and research played a role.

The abstract of the article says:

Devastated after learning that hormonal contraceptives can end the lives of already-conceived babies, pharmacist Michael Kelly had an agonizing, life-changing decision to make. On his knees, he cried out to God, “What should I do, Lord?” God answered. And Michael had a faith so strong that he did as God asked. He walked away from his lucrative, decades-long career as a pharmacist, even though it was his only significant means of support.

The part of the article that gave me much gratitude and pleasure was this:

Michael (began) to embark on his own studies to better understand how oral contraceptives work. One evening, after questions about contraception began arising in his mind, he checked every oral contraceptive in the pharmacy, took out the package inserts, and began reading. He found that every single one had postfertilization effects listed. 

Michael then started digging deeper to learn all he could about the subject. The research was tedious. “It was really hard to find information about the postfertilization effects,” he said. Most of the material he found on the Internet praised contraceptives …

Michael recalled, “One of the first things that made me sit up and take notice was a document from Dr. Walter Larimore, ‘Postfertilization Effects of Oral Contraceptives and Their Relationship to Informed Consent.’”

Dr. Larimore’s research—originally undertaken to prove that postfertilization effects cannot cause unknown loss of already-conceived preborn babies—resulted in diametrically opposite findings, and ultimately led to Dr. Larimore’s decision to cease prescribing the pill for his patients.

“I discovered so much evidence about postfertilization effects in reading that document [that] there was now no question in my mind that they play a role,” Michael said. “I was shocked … and I thought, ‘What does this mean to my faith? How much of my entire career was about aborting who knows how many babies?’”

Oh, that more who prescribe or take oral birth control pills would evaluate the evidence for themselves. It’s not an easy subject to study by any means, but terribly important. You can read the entire article here.

In addition, here are some of my blogs on the topic:

  1. Is the birth control pill an abortifacient?
  2. More Evidence That the BCP Causes Unrecognized Abortions
  3. Did you know the birth control pill can cause abortions?
  4. American Society of Reproductive Medicine Statement Confirms the Pill Causes Abortion
  5. Some Pharmacies Believe Birth Control Pills Cause Unrecognized Abortions
  6. Professor Says Women Use Birth Control Pill Wrong, Resulting in Abortions
  7. Natural Family Planning Method As Effective As Contraceptive Pill According to New Research
  8. Dr. Walt in an Online Documentary Revealing Abortifacient Effects of the Pill
  9. New documentary features Dr. Walt and exposes abortifacient qualities of the birth control pill

THE ULTIMATE GIRLS’ BODY BOOK:


1) The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book is getting great reviews!

The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body was released on Friday, January 24th, and is getting great reviews on the various Internet bookstore websites. If you know a young lady heading toward or through puberty, I hope you’ll consider getting a copy for her and her family! Signed copies are available here in the next few days. Also, you can also order discounted copies and read reviews at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or CBD.

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2) Listen to my interview about the Girls’ book on Chris Fabry Live

I was honored to be interviewed by my friend, Chris Fabry, on his national radio program, “Chris Fabry Live.” We talked about “Girls’ Body Image” and my newest book, co-written with Mari Sanchez Wohlever, “The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body.”

As Chris said, in his promo for the show, “Do you have a teenage girl in your home? Dr. Walt Larimore joins us to talk about girls, body image, and the wild changes going on hormonally.” It was a fun show. You can listen to the interview here. And, you can order signed copies of the book here.


3) Listen to my interview about the Girls’ book on the “Connecting Faith” radio program

I was interviewed by Neil Stavem on his nationally-syndicated radio show, “Connecting Faith,” about my newest book, “The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body.” You can listen to the interview here. Below is information on the interview from the Connecting Faith website.

Physician and author Dr. Walt Larimore has just released his latest helpful resource called The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book, coming after last year’s release of The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book. We talk with Dr. Larimore about the questions both girls and boys have about their bodies and how parents can be better prepared to help their kids grow through adolescence. Dr. Larimore has ready answers to your family health concerns, and he and Neil unpack a number of topics:

  1. Body image and the media – Dr. Larimore strongly urges parents – keep media out of your kids’ bedrooms! No television, computer, smart phone, or other “unguarded” media. He references studies that show the damage that can occur when technology invades a person’s sleep space.
  2. Childhood obesity – half of all overweight teenagers are already pre-diabetic. Dr. Larimore says he’s seen a drastic increase in the number of young children with heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes due to being overweight.
  3. The importance of sleep – the less sleep we have, the more we eat. Dr. Larimore points to two hormones in the human body that increase and decrease in proportion to how many hours of sleep we get per night. Increasing our sleep by even 15 minutes a night makes a significant difference!
  4. Carbonated water and its effects on health
  5. Bone density
  6. How to talk with your child about sexuality and gender differences

4) The Girls book was featured in an Espresso Minute by iMOM

I love the ministry of iMOM and am pleased to be on their panel of experts. This week I was honored and grateful to be featured in one of their daily email Espresso Minutes about my newest book, “The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body.” You can read the feature here. Below is information from the feature from the iMOM website.

There’s nothing like a little puberty talk to put an awkward silence into a conversation between a mom and child!  That’s why we love a great new book by iMOM friend and medical expert Dr. Walt Larimore.  It’s called The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-So-Silly Questions.  What makes it great is that it has answers to questions your daughter just might not be comfortable asking you.

So from the book, here are an expert’s tips about talking to your kids about puberty, specifically how to put her at ease about what’s happening to her body.  It’s a wonderful example of the type of information the book gives, and shows the caring way it’s conveyed.

If you have a son, check out The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book, also by Dr. Walt Larimore.  It gives young men the information they need about puberty and sex, but might be too embarrassed to ask.


5) Listen to my interview about the Girls’ book on the “Legacy Out Loud” radio program with Carrie Abbott

Part 1: Carrie’s guest, Dr. Walt Larimore, gives great insight to parents who want to guide their daughters in the journey through adolescence and their body changes with humor, knowledge and facts. Listen to the program here.

Part 2: Carrie’s guest Dr. Walt Larimore provides important medical and biblical answers to some of the most common questions girls have about their growing bodies and relationships. Listen to the program here.



A Final Thank You!!!

Barb and I are SO grateful for your prayer support for our ministry and for us. We simply could not do this without the precious gift of your prayers and friendship.

Violent video games associated with aggressive thinking, behavior in kids

Reuters reports that according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, playing video games of a violent nature may be associated with violent thoughts and even hostile behavior in youngsters.

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Study supports guidelines that recommend strict limits on children’s media use

The Washington Post reports that last autumn, “the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated guidelines for children and adolescents using media, recommending no more than two hours per day of any type of entertainment screen time for kids ages three to 18 and none for children two or younger.” Covered in the guidelines are “Internet and texting, as well as TV, movies and video games.”

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Diet drinks linked to heart risks in older women

Research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting suggests that diet drinks may increase heart risks in older women.

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Women do not recognize major warning signs of stroke

The Huffington Post reports that research presented at an American Heart Association scientific sessions meeting and published online in Stroke suggests that “many women would not be able to identify the signs of a stroke.”

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Study: Autism likely begins during pregnancy

The AP reports that a small postmortem study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that autism begins in the latter part of pregnancy. The study “examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in” children with autism.

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CDC: US Autism rates increasing

A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that one in 68 US children has received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. The figures represent a 29 percent increase from two years ago. The increase likely means that more cases are being discovered due to heightened awareness.

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Hug more, scold less: Strict parenting linked to child obesity

Time reports that according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism meeting, “an authoritarian parenting style is worse for … children’s weight than an authoritative one.”

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Study: Activity level of young children may be directly linked to that of their mothers

The NPR “Shots” blog reports that research published in Pediatrics suggests that “the activity level of young children is directly linked to that of their mothers.”

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When Children Die Because They’re Overweight

I have an article in the January issue of Charisma Magazine entitled, “When Children Die Because They’re Overweight.” You can read the article here. The abstract to the article says, “To develop good health and nutrition practices, children and young people need responsible adult examples.” I hope the article will be helpful to you and your family.

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Easing “the graduation to glory”

It’s a moment most of us dread—a solemn-faced doctor enters a room, looks you in the eyes, and says you only have a few months to live. As a doctor, I’ve had to deliver that news, and it’s never easy. Yet, there’s something that can make a difference for most terminal patients.

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Health tips for international travel

Long-time readers know that I have a bi-monthly column in the Significant Living Magazine. My article for the April-May issue is on “Health Tips for International Travel.” The article also has a side bar on “Preventing Travelers Diarrhea.” You can read the article here. If you like the digital version, let me encourage you to sign up for a subscription.

Kids and shopping cart injuries

A shopping trip with young kids can be quite a juggling act—and as it turns out, a potentially dangerous one. There’s more than falling prices going on.

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Married people may face lower risk of heart problems

The AP reported that research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting suggests that “married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.” The New York Daily News reported that the study included “more than 3.5 million” people. The data indicated that “married people had a 5% lower risk of any cardiovascular disease compared with single people, a 3% lower risk compared with widowed people and a 5% lower risk compared with” those who were divorced.

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Study: E-cigarette use not tied to greater rates of smoking cessation

The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that a research letter published in “JAMA Internal Medicine found that use of e-cigarettes was not associated with ‘greater rates of quitting cigarettes or reduced cigarette consumption’ after one year.” The study “authors reached the conclusion based on self-reported data from 949 smokers, which included 88 who used e-cigarettes.”

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Poisonings from liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes surge across country

The New York Times reports on its front page that a “dangerous” and unregulated form of nicotine, found in e-cigarettes, “is hitting markets nationwide” and causing an uptick in poisonings from the substance. The Times says “evidence of the potential dangers is already emerging … notably among children.” However, there is even one known death, from an adult who injected the liquid form of nicotine.

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The abortifacient effect of the birth control pill

When one is led to write, and has the privilege of being published, one is not usually aware of the breadth and depth of impact one can have. Recently I became aware of an article in the Celebrate Life Magazine titled “A Pharmacist’s Journey to the Truth,” in which my writing and research played a role.

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Does your child’s music affect their behavior?

Does music affect your teenager’s behavior? We know that your kids probably don’t think so. And, many parents would agree. But if you underestimate the power of music, I have some information that might make you change your tune.

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Media Alert: Dr. Walt featured in an iMOM “Espresso Minute”

I love the ministry of iMOM and am pleased to be on their panel of experts. This week I was honored and grateful to be featured in one of their daily email Espresso Minutes about my newest book, “The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body.” You can read the feature here. Below is information from the feature from the iMOM website.

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Most parents dramatically underestimate their child’s weight status

Wanted: for assisting in the obesity of a child—mom and dad. That’s right—a new study has revealed a parent’s eyes may be blind when it comes to their children’s waistline.

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Study: Saturated fat may not increase risk of heart attack, other cardiac events

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine “found no evidence that eating saturated fat increased heart attacks and other cardiac events.” These “findings are part of a growing body of research that has challenged the accepted wisdom that saturated fat is inherently bad for you and will continue the debate about what foods are best to eat.”

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Overdosing with OTC drugs

It’s likely that your family regularly uses it. It shows up in hundreds of everyday products. If fact, you even give it to your kids. Yet, this drug is the nation’s leading cause of liver failure, and is one of the top drugs causing overdoses around the world. What is it?

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Don’t get 4-D ultrasound videos of your unborn baby without medical oversight

HealthDay News is reporting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending that expectant mothers should not get fetal ultrasound videos as keepsakes and should not use over-the-counter Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors. Although both products are generally considered safe, they are approved for use only with a prescription. The increasing use of these devices for nonmedical reasons is raising concerns among health officials.

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How a vacation can be dangerous for your health

There’s nothing like getting away on a vacation. Now, R & R allows you to get away from your cares, but you shouldn’t leave your health behind too. According to at least one study, a vacation could land you in the emergency room.

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Parental feeding, activity behaviors may promote childhood obesity

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that according to a study published in Pediatrics, by the age of two months, many US babies “appear to be taking their first steps on the road to obesity, helped along by parents who may be preoccupied, pushy or uninformed about the care and feeding of babies for optimal health.”

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