Books for those considering the mission field (or praying for missionaries)

International Health, Medical Missions
My dear friend, John McVay, who is the Chief of Staff at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency and also directs their Medical Missions Program wrote me to say: I am writing to ask if you would spread the word about the new missions books listed below. The first one I helped put together last spring after ten years of gathering answers.  Perspectives co-editor Steve Hawthorne wrote: "The Ask a Missionary book is like having a dozen missionary friends at your side, coaching you with kindness and clarity. Who knew wisdom could be so encouraging?" The second book, Where There Was No Church, is by an interagency team that includes an old friend of mine. And the third book, Operation World, was completely revised recently. I would add, please forwarding this…
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For Healthcare Professionals Who Volunteer: You May Not Be Considered a Good Samaritan

Bioethics, Medical Economics, Medical Missions
As the Medical Director of a clinic for uninsured adults in Colorado Springs -- Mission Medical Clinic, a clinic sponsored by over 100 churches and staffed by over 250 volunteers -- I'm often asked to speak around the country on our work and our ministry. A not uncommon comment from our volunteers, staff, and healthcare professionals to whom I speak goes something like this: "I guess since I'm volunteering my care, I don't need professional liability insurance, correct? I mean, after all, don't the Good Samaritan laws protect me?" In a word, "No." (more…)
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The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World – Part 3 – Great Britain

Bioethics, Medical Missions
In the midst of our national debate about healthcare reform, people on both sides of the debate seem to pick and choose among the facts and myths about the nationalized healthcare available in a number of other countries. The fact is that every nationalized health care system in the world is battling issues of rapidly rising costs and decreasing access to care. But, these systems also have some very attractive benefits. So, let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s of the system in Great Britain. (more…)
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Christian Doctors Group Warns of New Pro-Suicide Bias in Law and Policy

Bioethics, Medical Missions
The Christian Medical Association (CMA), the nation’s largest faith-based organization of physicians, today warned of the potential for pro-suicide ideology to seep into law and government policy. The organization pointed to pro-suicide influence in a controversial Veterans Administration (VA) manual and a section of the main House healthcare overhaul bill. More Information: (more…)
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Health Myth #10: Preventive Medicine Saves Money

Bioethics, Medical Missions
According to a column by Charles Krauthammer, MD, "Obama (touts) prevention as amazingly dual-purpose: 'It saves lives. It also saves money.' Reform proponents repeat this like a mantra. Because it seems so intuitive, it has become conventional wisdom. But like most conventional wisdom, it is wrong. Overall, preventive care increases medical costs." Can this be true? More Information: (more…)
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Larimore Family Newsletter – June 2009 Edition

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Medical Missions, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Family Update Dr. Walt Named in “Guide to America’s Top Family Doctors” Dr. Walt Finally on Facebook Publication Update New Title for Dr. Walt’s First Novel: The Gabon Virus Dr. Walt writes chapter for Joe Gibbs’ new book: Game Plan for Life Nice Blog Review of Bryon City Seasons and Bryson City Secrets Nice Blog Review of Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook Broadcast Update Dr. Walt and Barb to be featured on the Focus on the Family Radio Broadcast in July Events of the last month and Upcoming Events  More Information: (more…)
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Unchristian – What a new generation really thinks about Christianity … and why it matters

Bioethics, Medical Missions
While teaching a “Saline Solution” conference in Denver recently, one of the attendees recommended I read a recently released book: Unchristian -- What a new generation really thinks about Christianity … and why it matters. The book is written by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. Kinnaman is president of The Barna Research Group and Lyons is founder of the Fermi Project, a network of social entrepreneurs working to make positive contributions to culture. In addition to the results of extensive research on the perspectives of church 'outsiders' born between 1984 and 2002 (the youngest Busters and the oldest Mosaics), the book includes the reactions from more than two dozen Christian leaders. It explores six broad themes of objections raised by church 'outsiders.' Reflection on this information, I believe, has the…
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‘Research Miracle’ – Pancreas cells transformed into insulin producing cells

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Missions
Biologists at Harvard say they've transformed one type of fully developed adult cell into another type. They transformed adult pancreas cells into insulin producing cells in mice. Could this be a potential cure for type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes? And, could this be the death knell for embryonic stem cell research? My Take? (more…)
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John McCain’s wife loves medical mission work

Health Headlines, Medical Missions
ABC News is reporting that while Americans will be attending church this Sunday, Cindy McCain the woman who could one day be first lady will be walking around a garbage dump, far removed from her comfortable life in Phoenix. This is the other side of Cindy McCain – not the model-perfect spouse of the candidate who wears pearls and designer clothes. On this side of the world, she wears old hiking boots, puts her hair up in a ponytail and wants to "get to work." (more…)
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Final Report from Myanmar Team

International Health, Medical Missions
Now that a team of courageous family physicians is safely out of Myanmar, I can release to you their report of their trip. The team of Christian family physicians and other healthcare professionals originated at the only Christian Family Medicine Residency Program in the U.S., the In His Image Residency, out of Tulsa, OK. Here’s an exciting report from my dear friend, Lawrence Lee, M.D.: (more…)
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Team of Family Physicians in Myanmar – Report #3

International Health, Medical Missions
  Dr. Walt has received another report from a spouse of one of the team members of the Family Physicians from the U.S. that crossed the Thailand border into Myanmar and are providing medical mission work in the devastated delta of Myanmar.  If you want to send the team a message, through me, please post your note below. Here’s the note she sent to Dr. Walt: (more…)
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Family Physicians in Earthquake Ravaged China

International Health, Medical Missions
  Dr. Walt went to medical school with a college friend, Keith Morgan. They have been dear friends ever since. Dr. Morgan and his wife, Cindy, have been serving as medical missionaries in Macao, China, for almost 30 years. Part of their ministry has been setting up a Family Medicine Residency in China, and Dr. Walt had the privilege of teaching there a couple of years ago. We’ve just received a report from a team from the Macao Family Medicine Residency who are serving in the earthquake ravaged area of China. We hope you’ll keep them in your prayers. Here’s their report: (more…)
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U.S. Family Physicians in Myanmar – Report #2

International Health, Medical Missions
  Dr. Walt has received this report from a spouse of one of the team members of the brave U.S. Family Physicians that have crossed the Thailand border into Myanmar and are providing medical mission work in some of the most devastated areas of Myanmar. By the way, if you want to send them a message, through me, please post your note below. Here's the note she had sent to Dr. Walt: (more…)
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