Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Better Vision or a Scam?

Dear Dr. Walt,

The “Outback Vision Protocol” is being touted all across the Internet as a nutritional treatment for restoring eyesight to 20/20. The information I have found online points to it being a scam. Your thoughts?

— Nervous in Nebraska

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Monthly Family Update – April 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. #BlessedMySocksOff
  2. He Found My Quote in Cracker Barrel
  3. Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
  4. Publishing Update – “Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”
  5. Publishing Update – New Books
  6. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  7. Last Month’s EventsUpcoming Events

1) #BlessedMySocksOff

I received a note from my son, Scott, saying, “Thanks for always being the ‘gospel’ version to me.” Attached was a picture with this quote:

  • Religion: “I messed up. My Dad is gonna kill me!”
  • Gospel: “I messed up. I need to call my Dad.”

I replied, “Scott, you just blessed my socks off. I’m so privileged to be your Dad. And I could say, “Just substitute ‘Dad’ for ‘Son,’ and you can appreciate how I feel about you, also. You are a blessing, encouragement, and affirmation to me!”


2) He Found My Quote in Cracker Barrel

An old friend, Jay Wetzel, wrote, “Did you know you are quoted in the ‘Strength for The Day’ devotional that I purchased at Cracker Barrell? That’s great that you are serving the Lord daily with your words and encouraging others!”

I did not know this. Thanks, Jay!


3) 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.

Since last month, we’ve received some amazing endorsements for the book. Here are a few:

  • For those who are interested in a fitness book that deals with the total person: physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual this is a must read. Fit Over 50 is filled with research based, and biblically sound practical tips for all who want to live life to the fullest. I really enjoyed the book—much good information.
    • Gary D. Chapman, PhD. Author of “The 5 Love Languages,” Winston-Salem, NC
  • Wait! Don’t let the title fool you. Fit Over 50 is not fiction. This volume is so chock-full of helpful (not to mention up-to-date) advice that I expect it to inform my life for the rest of my days. Drs. Larimore and Bishop manage to keep the cookies on the lower shelf where even we laypeople can reach them. Thoroughly engrossing.
    • Jerry Jenkins, multiple New-York Times best-selling author, Colorado Springs, CO
  • God really does care about our health, not only for our comfort, but for His service. With clear and well-researched advice, Dr. Larimore has fashioned a remarkable guide. With his insightful, whole person understanding of health, he describes practical steps that will fashion our bodies and spirits into the best possible shape to enjoy our health and to serve our King.
    • Al Weir, MD, Professor of Medicine UTHSC, President Christian Medical & Dental Associations, Memphis, TN
  • My friend Dr. Walt Larimore has written a wonderfully practical and easily understood compendium on how to maximize your health and happiness.  Even though the title says Fit Over 50, the information in this book can easily be applied by anyone at any age. That’s the beauty of this book … it anticipates what we all can use at some point in our lives! And helps us prepare for it. And as stewards of our bodies, he addresses the clearly spiritual context for achieving better health and fitness, as well. This is a timely book. Pick it up and keep it handy!
    • Joe Battaglia. Broadcaster, Executive Producer of the “Keep the Faith” nationally syndicated radio show, Author of “The Politically Incorrect Jesus” and “Unfriended,” Wyckoff, NJ
  • I am the target audience for this book. I am over 50 and have a strong desire to make simple choices today for a healthier, happier way of life. I have read the book, but will be keeping it by my side as a “go to” reference to keep me on track to be the best me I can be.
    • Randy Frazee, Pastor & Author of “Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life,” San Antonio, TX
  • What a wonderful resource! It is well-rounded in perspective and grounded in research. Fit over 50 is an informative read that you will want to keep on your bookshelf for reference long after you’ve read it. Buy a copy for yourself and one for your friends. They will thank you!
    • Juli Slattery, PsyD, President and Co-founder of Authentic Intimacy, host of the weekly podcast “Java with Juli,” Akron, OH
  • The Bible speaks in many places about living healthy lives, but have you tried and failed countless “programs” and now feel that it’s too hard to change your lifestyle? If you are over 50 and are longing to become healthy and stay fit, then this book is for you. In Fit Over 50, Walter Larimore and Phillip Bishop use the latest evidenced based-research and medically reliable information along with tips from the eternal truth from God’s word to share practical lifesaving, life-prolonging and life-enhancing options for a healthier body and happier existence.  By focusing on ways to improve these four aspects of life: physical, emotional/mental, relational/social and spiritual/religious, readers will be able to enjoy the highest degree of a healthy lifestyle. Applying the rich nuggets in this book will help increase the quantity and quality of your life, living with the ultimate hope of eternal life in the end.
    • Gary DeSalvo, Senior Pastor, and Bev DeSalvo, author of “Return to Joy,” Temple Bible Church, Temple, TX

4) Publishing Update – “Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”

Just received another rejection, this one from St. Martin’s Press:

I’m very sorry to send regrets on War Horses, which I read and also shared with (another editor), who has published a number of WWII and other military books here and is a great reader for this kind of book. In the end, I think we both felt the same way: read with interest, but finally weren’t as taken by the material as we wanted to be, and just can’t see our way forward to an offer. I know you’ll have other interest and given the author’s track and past publications you’ll easily place this one elsewhere.  Many thanks for the opportunity.


5) Publishing Update – New Books

I also have other exciting news on the writing front. Cindy Lambert, the editor for several of my books when I was writing for Zondervan, is offering me a three-book deal with her new publisher Baker/Revell. 

Two of the books will be tentatively titled, Tales of a Country Doctorand will contain stories from my 16 years of practice in Kissimmee (1985-2001).

The third book is tentatively titled, Natural Medications for Common Conditions.

The “Tales” books will be published in the Fall of 2020 and the Fall of 2021, while the “Natural Medicines” book is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2021. 

So, I’ll be a busy boy with writing projects. I love to write and am so blessed to have the opportunity. 


6) Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers ofToday’s Christian Livingmagazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are the Q&A’s from the January 2019 issue that I forgot to post in than month’s newsletter. You can click on any you’re interested reading. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

  • Give an Ear to Ear Wax Advice
    • How do I prevent (or treat) the problem of ear wax building up and keep my ears clean? — Earful in Ohio
  • Take Great Pains to Avoid Opioid Addiction
    • I’m facing some low back surgery in the next few weeks. I’m concerned about becoming addicted to opioid pain medications after the surgery. But, I don’t want to suffer unnecessary pain. How can I manage my pain without worrying about becoming “hooked”? — Anxious in Arkansas
  • Are Essential Oils Really Essential?
    • All my friends are into essential oils for this, that, and most every other thing. I think it’s just a bunch of good smelling nothing. But they seem convinced. What’s the truth? — Skeptical in Virginia

7) Last Month’s Events

  • Mar 7-9: For my birthday, my dear friend, Bill Peel, DMin, and I were teaching a Grace Prescriptions Conference in Birmingham, AL. The faculty, staff, and residents from two Family Medicine Residency programs who attended were attentive and we believe we were able to equip and enable them to be active in bringing their faith to their patient care each day. It was a ton of fun.

8) Upcoming Events

  • Mar 31: Barb and I will fly to Dallas and spend some time with my spiritual father, Rich McGee. I’m so grateful for Rich’s investment in me and how the Lord used him to open my eyes to spiritual reality.
  • Apr 1-4: Barb and I will be joining staff from our church, Academy Christian Church, at the Watermark Community Church in Dallas, for several days of training to bring a wonderful marriage ministry called “Re-Engage” to our church this fall. We’re excited for the potential of this ministry.
  • Apr 23-28: We fly to Chicago where I’ll attend an AMA RUC meeting. This may well be, given the agenda, one of the most important I’ve ever attended in my 20’ish years as a RUC member.
  • Apr 30-May 5: We’ll be in Asheville to attend and speak at the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s National Convention at the Ridgecrest Conference Center.

9) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  • March 2019
    • Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”
    • Publishing Update – Three New Books
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • February 2019
    • Writing Update—Fit Over 50
    • Writing Update—New Books
    • Writing Update—Columns and Blogs
  • January 2019
    • “How to have a crazy good marriage” webinar
    • Lifetime Achievement Award
    •  “Fit After 50” Cover Released

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.

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Bryson City Seasons — The Runaways

This is from the forty-first chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — CBD for Joint Pain

Dear Dr. Walt,

I saw your column on topical CBD for joint pain. What about oral or sublingual CBD? I have friends who are using it for anxiety and pain, and a child in our church no longer has seizures on it. What do you think?

Considering Marijuana in Michigan

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Bryson City Seasons — The Blessing

This is from the fortieth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Vegan Diet

Dear Dr. Walt,

My son and his fiancé have gone vegan and are very into this. They tell me that God doesn’t want us to kill animals and that vegan people live longer, healthier lives. I study God’s Word and don’t see any place where He tells us to not kill and eat animals. Also, I don’t believe that vegans necessarily live longer. Can you please weigh in on this subject for me?

— Very Concerned in Vermont

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Bryson City Seasons — The Best Medicine

This is from the thirty-ninth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Are Essential Oils Really Essential?

Dear Dr. Walt,

All my friends are into essential oils for this, that, and most every other thing. I think it’s just a bunch of good smelling nothing. But they seem convinced. What’s the truth?

Skeptical in Virginia

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Bryson City Seasons — Flesh-Eating Bacteria (Part 2)

This is from the thirty-eighth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Take Great Pains to Avoid Opioid Addiction

Dear Dr. Walt,

I’m facing some low back surgery in the next few weeks. I’m concerned about becoming addicted to opioid pain medications after the surgery. But, I don’t want to suffer unnecessary pain. How can I manage my pain without worrying about becoming “hooked”?

— Anxious in Arkansas

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Monthly Family Update – March 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  • Fit Over 50
  • Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners
  • New Books
  • Last Month’s Events
  • Upcoming Events
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Bryson City Seasons — Flesh-Eating Bacteria (Part 1)

This is from the thirty-eighth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Give an Ear to Ear Wax Advice

Dear Dr. Walt,

How do I prevent (or treat) the problem of ear wax building up and keep my ears clean?

— Earful in Ohio

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Monday Memo — “10 Essential of Highly Healthy People” ON SALE!

One of my best-selling health books, “10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and Staying Highly Healthy,” is now available on sale at Kindle for $3.99 (75% off) for a limited time. You can find it here.

Here are some nice endorsements:

This is the best book on healthy living I’ve ever read. Its holistic yet practical approach will transform your life.
—DAVID STEVENS, M.D., M.A. (Ethics) Executive director, Christian Medical & Dental Associations

There are so many people in our society who feel sick because they lack balance and peace in their lives. Dr. Walt offers advice to show all of us the way back to highly healthy living.
—BRUCE BAGLEY, M.D. Past president, American Academy of Family Physicians

There are so many people in our society who feel sick because they lack balance and peace in their lives. Dr. Walt offers advice to show all of us the way back to highly healthy living.
—BRUCE BAGLEY, M.D. Past president, American Academy of Family Physicians

Walt Larimore, M.D., has been considered for many years to be “America’s Doctor” because of his national television and radio call-in programs. Walt is a brilliant and loving physician who does his research and has immense common sense as well. I personally found this book extremely helpful and practical. I’m convinced that anyone who reads it and applies it will greatly enhance his or her own quality of life and be given tools to benefit the lives of those they love.
—PAUL MEIER, M.D. Founder, Meier New Life Clinics

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Bryson City Seasons — Facing the Music

This is from the thirty-seventh chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Bryson City Seasons — Lost Boy (Part 2)

This is from the thirty-sixth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Bryson City Seasons — Lost Boy (Part 1)

This is from the thirty-sixth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Is Gardasil (HPV Vaccine) Safe?

Is Gardasil Safe?

Dear Dr. Walt,

I just saw a post on Facebook that Gardasil is killing some youngsters and causing autoimmune disease in many others. I know Facebook isn’t exactly a repository of authoritative scientific data, but it did arouse my curiosity because I have heard the same rumors again and again over the years. What are your thoughts about this?

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Monthly Family Update – February 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Writing Update–Fit Over 50
  2. Writing Update–New Books
  3. Writing Update–Columns and Blogs
  4. Last Month’s Events
  5. Upcoming 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 have agreed to review the book and to consider an endorsement, including, but not limited to:

  1. John Eldridge, President and CEO, Ransomed Heart Ministry, and New York Times Best Selling Author, Colorado Springs, CO
  2. Josh McDowell, Best Selling Author and Founder of Josh McDowell Ministries, Dallas, TX
  3. David Satcher, MD, PhD, Former U.S. Surgeon General
  4. Regina Benjamin, MD, Former U.S. Surgeon General
  5. Les Parrot, PhD, New York Times Best-Selling Author
  6. Gary Chapman, New York Times Best-Selling Author
  7. Pat Williams, Best Selling Author and former General Manager, the Orlando Magic
  8. Philip Yancey, Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today, a New York Times Best Selling Author and one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors, Evergreen, CO.
  9. Randy Frazee, Senior Pastor, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, TX (he took the pulpit of Max Lucado and before that was former teaching pastor at Willow Creek)
  10. Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO
  11. Nancy Dickey, MD, Former President, American Medical Association
  12. Jerry Jenkins, a New York Times Best Selling Author and also one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors, Colorado Springs, CO
  13. Patrick Morley, PhD, Executive Chairman, Man in the Mirror, Casselberry, FL
  14. Greg and Erin Smalley, Vice President of Marriage and Family Formation, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO
  15. Chris Fabry, Award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio, Chicago, IL
  16. Dave Dravecky, Former Major League Baseball Star and Founder, Outreach of Hope, Colorado Springs, CO
  17. David J. Weldon, Jr., MD, FACP, Former U.S. Congressman for 14 years, Malabar, FL
  18. Pastor Jim Henry, MDiv, four honorary doctorates in Divinity, Sacred Theology, and Humane Letters, Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church, Orlando, and Past President of the SBC, Orlando, FL.
  19. Tim Clinton, EdD, LPC, LMFT, President, American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute
  20. Al Weir, MD, FACP, President, Christian Medical Association, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, West Cancer Center, Memphis, TN
  21. Juli Slattery, PhD, President and Co-Founder, Authentic Intimacy
  22. J. Nick Pitts, PhD, Author, The Daily Briefing, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
  23. Joe Battaglia, Founder and President of Renaissance Communications
  24. Senior Pastor, Gary DeSalvo, ThM, and Bev DeSalvo, Temple Bible Church, Temple, TX
  25. John Crouch, MD, DABFM, Former President, Christian Medical Association, Tulsa, OK.

2) Writing Update–New Books in Process

This week I’m sending my wonderful agent, Greg Johnson, President and Founder of WordServe Literary, five (yes, five) proposals for new books that he’ll be sending to various publishers. What’s great is that four of the five have been requested by publishers:

  • War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners.
  • Forgotten No Longer: World War II Stories of a Front-Line Dogface Soldier and the 30th Infantry Regiment from the Anguish of Anzio to the Bliss at Berchtesgaden.
  • Bryson City Christmas: A Young Physician’s Stories of Christmas Miracles in the Smoky Mountains.
  • Tales of a Country Doctor: Stories of a Young Physician’s Practice in Rural Florida (which will be a two-book series—similar to my Bryson City books, but with stories from my 16 years of practice in Kissimmee, FL).
  • Natural Medications: The Truth about the Most Common Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements.

Long time readers of this newsletter know that the first two books above were originally written and shopped to publishers as a single book. A number of influential acquisition editors recommended the book be cut into two books. I’ve completed that work and am praying for publishers for both and for publication in 2020, the 75thanniversary of the end of WWII. In addition, I’m preparing proposals for three new books:

  • Bryson City Christmas: A Young Physician’s Stories of Christmas Miracles in the Smoky Mountains.
  • Tales of a Country Doctor: Stories of a Young Physician’s Practice in Rural Florida (which will be a two-book series—similar to my Bryson City books, but with stories from my 16 years of practice in Kissimmee, FL).
  • Natural Medications: The Truth about the Most Common Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements.

3) Writing Update–Columns and Blogs

I’ll also keep writing:

  1. my bi-monthly column, Ask Dr. Walt, for Today’s Christian Living, 
  2. co-authoring the quarterly column, Vaccine News You Can Usefor Colorado Family Physician, with my dear friend Reg Finger, MD, MPH,
  3. publishing 1-3 blogs a week at www.DrWalt.com/blog, including excerpts from my best-selling Bryson City books, and
  4. publishing a twice-a-day devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Graceat www.Devotional.DrWalt.com.

4)  Last Month’s Events

  • Jan 15-20: Barb and I were in Fort Myers, FL, where I attended an AMA RUC meeting. We were looking forward to some beach and shell hunting time on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, but unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. However, the food and fellowship we shared with several dear friends kept the atmosphere warm and festive.
  • Jan 25-26: I was called to attend and speak at the Winter Cluster of the American Academy of Family Physicians in Kansas City, MO. I joined a couple of other experts to speak to the AAFP leadership about a number of technical changes in physician coding practices that are being suggested. Most of all I enjoyed an evening with old friends Doug and Mary Henley. Doug is the CEO of the AAFP, and we’ve been dear friends since our residency days in North Carolina in the late 1970’s.

5) Upcoming Events

6) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  1.  “How to have a crazy good marriage” webinar
  2. Lifetime Achievement Award
  3. “Fit After 50” Cover Released
  1. Wonderful Encouragement
  2. Snowflake Babies
  1. Update on WWII Book
  2. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.

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Bryson City Seasons — The Parade of the Century (Part 2)

This is from the thirty-fIfth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Gummy Vitamins

Dear Dr. Walt,

A friend told me he heard that “gummy vitamins” are not recommended. He said there are some sort of concerns about them. What would he be worried about? I kinda like the taste of them myself.

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Bryson City Seasons — The Parade of the Century (Part 1)

This is from the thirty-fIfth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Liquid Vitamins or Pills?

Dear Dr. Walt,

Are liquid vitamins better than pills? The folks selling them seem to think so, but the liquids sure are a lot more expensive!

—Which to Choose in Minnesota Continue reading

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Bryson City Seasons — Memorial Day (Part 2)

This is from the thirty-fourth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Thursday Memo — Snowflake Babies

In about 2001, while serving as Vice President at Focus on the Family, I did a radio broadcast with Dr. James Dobson about “Snowflake Babies.” These were the unborn, frozen embryos that were left over from couples utilizing artificial reproductive technologies. I’ve just received some amazing feedback on how the first three “Snowflakes” are doing as they enter adulthood: Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Vitamin D Oral Sprays

Dear Dr. Walt,

Are vitamin D oral sprays more effective than vitamin D pills or drops? A friend who sells them says that they are.

—Distressed in Washington Continue reading

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Bryson City Seasons — Memorial Day (Part 1)

This is from the thirty-fourth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Losing Sleep Over Melatonin

Dear Dr. Walt,

What is the best way to take melatonin for sleep?

—Sleepless in Alaska Continue reading

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Resolutions 5

I’ve written the last two days about how to make your New Year’s resolution stick. But let’s step away from you and look at your family. Continue reading

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Resolutions 4

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, a little extra physical and mental preparation can mean the difference between success and failure. Continue reading

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