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The process of F-O-R-G-I-V-I-N-G

We tell people all the time that we have forgiven them, but the truth is, in most cases, we haven’t really done so. If we say we have forgiven people but we harbor any resentment, bitterness, or anger of how badly they treated us, then we have not really forgiven them. How can we unload ourselves of this burden?

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A test to tell if you’ve really forgiven someone

We tell people all the time that we have forgiven them, but the truth is, in most cases, we haven’t really done so. If we say we have forgiven people but we harbor any resentment, anger, or bitterness of how badly they treated us, then we have not really forgiven them. How can we? Continue reading

Larimore Family Newsletter – August 2011

Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter:

  • Publication Update
  • 1)   Be your own healthcare quarterback
  • 2)   Can the birth control pill cause abortions?
  • Events of the last month
  • Upcoming Events

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Three lifestyle changes significantly reduce cancer rates

In two previous blogs (“Thirty percent of breast cancers could be prevented by lifestyle changes” and “Three Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds“) I’ve discussed the association between cancer risk and lifestyle choices. Continue reading

Research suggests grateful people are healthier

In my book 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy I discuss the cutting-edge research demonstrating that people who are more grateful are more highly healthy. Furthermore, those who work on increasing their attitude of gratitude also become more healthful. Continue reading

Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 8 – Concluding Bible Study

Here’s the last of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life, was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 8 of 8:

THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?

CONCLUDING BIBLE STUDY

“Your spiritual wheel must be seen as the most crucial one, because good physical, emotional, and relational health alone will not make you a highly healthy person,” says Dr. Walt Larimore in Part 6’s reading. “Spiritual well-being has to be a consistent priority.” This week’s passage offers insights into cultivating a spiritually healthy life, and it also demonstrates the correlation between our spiritual health and our physical and emotional well-being.

KEY STUDY PASSAGE: Psalm 32

What positive emotion is mentioned in verses 1 and 2? According to these two verses, what must be done to experience this emotion? (See also v. 5; Rom. 4:4-8; 1 John 1:9.)

According to verses 3 and 4, what negative impact can unconfessed sin have on physical and even emotional health? Give some examples you’ve seen of sin’s negative impact on physical and emotional health?

What advice does verse 6 give to the godly? When it comes to seeking God’s forgiveness, why is it not wise to drag our feet?

According to verses 7, 8, and 10, what are the benefits of seeking God?

According to verse 11, how should the obedient and pure of heart respond to God?

SPEND TIME IN PRAYER:

Confess any sins that may be hurting your spiritual health; remain silent for a few minutes, letting God “speak” to you about any changes you may need to make so that you can become more spiritually healthy.

Psalm 32

A psalm of David.

  1. Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
  2. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
  3. When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
  4. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
  5. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess  my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
  6. Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
  7. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
  8. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
  9. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
  10. Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.
  11. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

You can learn more about these principles in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Autographed copies are available here.

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Here’s the entire series:

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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 7 – Examine Your Wheels

Here’s the seventh of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life , was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 7 of 8:

THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?

EXAMINE YOUR WHEELS

KEY BIBLE VERSE: No matter how much you want, laziness won’t help a bit, but hard work will reward you with more than enough. (Proverbs 13:4) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 20:4; James 1:2-4

One day, my wife, Barb, pointed out a nail in one of our car tires. All I could see was the head of the nail. No air was escaping, and we didn’t have time to get it fixed, so I said, “Honey, I think we can keep going.”

About 20 miles later, the tire blew. How I wished I’d heeded her warning and taken the time to repair the tire before it went flat.

Your four health wheels have many miles to travel. To become a highly healthy person, you’ll need to understand each wheel and take responsibility for your overall health.

I must warn you, though. It’s hard work. It takes time. Think about how complex your car is. It requires regular checkups and preventive maintenance. When it malfunctions, it often requires a professional’s care. Your body is hundreds of times more complex than any machine, and it requires even more special care.

Following God’s plan for being highly healthy may mean controlling your temper, eating better, exercising more, spending time in prayer, developing friendships, spending more time with your kids, or investing in your marriage. Becoming highly healthy requires a tough, honest assessment of your weaknesses, and then courage and a commitment to take action.

MY RESPONSE: I will write down two or three health-related areas I need to work on:

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THOUGHT TO APPLY: Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.—Brian Tracy (speaker, writer)

I’ve created an assessment tool you can use, for free, to measure your four wheels of health. You can access and download it from here.

You can also learn more about these principles in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Autographed copies are available here.

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Here’s the entire series:

Adapted from Game Plan for Life (Tyndale, 2009) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

My chapter on physical health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life http://gameplanforlife.com/ , was featured by the Men of Integrity http://www.christianitytoday.com/moi/ ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 7 http://www.christianitytoday.com/moi/2010/006/november/12.12.html of 8:
THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?
EXAMINE YOUR WHEELS
KEY BIBLE VERSE: No matter how much you want, laziness won’t help a bit, but hard work will reward you with more than enough. (Proverbs 13:4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2013:4&version=NIV ) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 20:4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2020:4&version=NIV ; James 1:2-4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%201:2-4&version=NIV
One day, my wife, Barb, pointed out a nail in one of our car tires. All I could see was the head of the nail. No air was escaping, and we didn’t have time to get it fixed, so I said, “Honey, I think we can keep going.”
About 20 miles later, the tire blew. How I wished I’d heeded her warning and taken the time to repair the tire before it went flat.
Your four health wheels have many miles to travel. To become a highly healthy person, you’ll need to understand each wheel and take responsibility for your overall health.
I must warn you, though. It’s hard work. It takes time. Think about how complex your car is. It requires regular checkups and preventive maintenance. When it malfunctions, it often requires a professional’s care. Your body is hundreds of times more complex than any machine, and it requires even more special care.
Following God’s plan for being highly healthy may mean controlling your temper, eating better, exercising more, spending time in prayer, developing friendships, spending more time with your kids, or investing in your marriage. Becoming highly healthy requires a tough, honest assessment of your weaknesses, and then courage and a commitment to take action.
—Walt Larimore in Game Plan for Life http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414329792/christianitytoday
MY RESPONSE: I will write down two or three health-related areas I need to work on:
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THOUGHT TO APPLY: Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.—Brian Tracy (speaker, writer)
Adapted from Game Plan for Life (Tyndale, 2009) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be repro

Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 1 – Introduction

Here’s the first of an eight-part devotional for men. It’s based upon a chapter on physical health that I wrote for Coach Joe Gibbs’ best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional series was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. That chapter, and this series, are based upon my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy.

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I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 1 of 8. I’ll be posting a new part each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through the end of November:

Taking good care of our bodies should be important to the serious Christ-follower. After all, the believer’s body is God’s temple (1 Cor. 6:19) and God shouldn’t have to live in a shabby, unkempt shack. But as we’ll see in this week’s readings by Dr. Walt Larimore, good health isn’t simply about how well we take care of our physical bodies—as important as that is.

“The Bible focuses on pursing physical health, emotional health, spiritual health, and healthy relationships with our family and others,” says Dr. Larimore. “I call these elements the four wheels of health, the importance of which has been confirmed by thousands of scientific studies.”

This series focuses on these four wheels of health—and how to keep our lives rolling along more smoothly.

Here’s the entire series:

Also … check out these featured Men of Integrity Bible studies:

  • Letting Christ Transform Us: The apostle John moved from being known as a fiery “Son of Thunder” to “the disciple Jesus loved.” Why the big change and what does it mean for your own identity as a transformed man of God? This study of select passages from John and 1 John offers answers.
  • Caring Commitment: Here are insights from Scripture on what it means to be a truly loving Christian husband.

Adapted from Game Plan for Life (Tyndale, 2009) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

A Good Doctor’s Visit Starts With a Little Homework

In my newest health book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy, I discuss the essential of being your own healthcare quarterback.

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Now, consumer experts are joining me in saying that preparation before a doctor’s visit may improve your health and save you money. Here are the details in a report from HealthDay News:

Whether buying a toothbrush or a new car, it’s become routine for shoppers to research before buying so they know all the options and can strike the best possible bargain. Far less often, though, do people apply those tactics to one of their most important regular purchases: a trip to the doctor’s office. But medical services ought to be tackled the same way any other purchase would be, consumer experts say.

That begins with doing a little homework before going to see a doctor.

“Understand that ordinarily appointments are not very long,” said Arthur Levin, director of the nonprofit Center for Medical Consumers. “Physicians talk a lot and don’t always listen. You have to organize yourself in a way that you maximize the chances that the questions you have will be heard and answered.”

Write down as many details as you can about what’s wrong with you, suggests Don Powell, president and chief executive of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine. And then take that sheet of paper with you to the doctor’s appointment.

“What the patient tells the doctor is 70 percent responsible for a correct diagnosis,” Powell said. “How you describe your symptoms is beneficial in terms of enhancing your outcome.”

You should note:

  • Any symptoms.
  • Medicines you are taking.
  • Relevant family history.
  • Any recent lifestyle changes.
  • Any health concerns you’ve had on your mind.

If you have some idea of why you’re ill, you also should try doing some research on your own, using either online resources or a medical guidebook, Levin said.

“The more you know about your symptoms or your diagnosis, the more likely it will be that this will be a meaningful visit and you will be satisfied,” Levin said. “The less you know, the less basis you have for evaluating what the physician is saying to you.”

You also might want to call a nurse advice line to get another perspective before hopping in the car, Powell said. Many hospitals and insurance companies offer these advice lines toll-free to patients and customers.

“Patients can actually speak to a health professional before they go to the doctor or hospital,” he said. “They can be triaged over the phone.”

By doing this research, you might learn that your problem could be treated at home without the aid of a doctor. Or, you might learn that an expensive emergency room visit is unnecessary and that the problem can wait until a visit to your family doctor the next day.

Before heading out to the doctor, though, you should do one more thing: Write down all the questions you need answered about your illness or condition.

“Patients who write down their questions are 90 percent more likely to get them answered,” Powell said. “You tend to forget things when you’re in the doctor’s office, and the doctor may rush you.”

If your doctor prescribes a medicine, be sure to ask follow-up questions, Levin said. “Physicians often aren’t terribly inclined to have a full discussion about the drug they are prescribing,” he said. “You need to probe.”

Key questions include:

  • Why are you prescribing this particular drug?
  • Are there alternatives to taking this medication?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • Is there a generic version that will do the same job?

And if you’ve been prescribed a procedure or test, ask whether there are any risks associated with it. Also ask about the chances that the test could produce a false positive, requiring further testing and treatment when you’re actually healthy.

Your work hasn’t finished once you’ve left the doctor’s office, Levin said. Don’t let any questions that occur to you later go unanswered, particularly before you undergo a test or procedure.

“If you leave and later remember an important question, call up the office and tell them you forgot one important thing you want to know,” he said. “You don’t have to reschedule an appointment just to get an answer.” Some doctors will take the time to call you back or will have a nurse call you with the answer. Other doctors will communicate by e-mail.

Powell said other tips that can save patients money and improve their health include:

Setting up a well-stocked home pharmacy. With that in place, you can treat many illnesses that don’t require a doctor’s attention without having to leave the house. Suggested items include antacids, antihistamines, diarrhea medicine, decongestants, throat antiseptics, pain relievers and laxatives.

Taking advantage of free health fairs and health screenings. Valuable tests often are offered at no charge at these events. “Just make sure you share the results with your doctor,” Powell said.

For more information the U.S. Surgeon General has more on creating a personal health history, click here.

For more information on my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy:

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  • Order an autographed copy here.

  • Download a complimentary Reader’s Study Guide here.

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MEDIA ALERT – Dr. Walt to be on The Harvest Show on Thursday, 9/16

I’m scheduled to be a guest on the The Harvest Show (on the LeSEA national cable TV network) discussing my newest health book, “10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy” on this Thursday, September 16, 2010.

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There are a couple of ways you can catch the broadcast:

  • Watch it live. You can find where to view the program in your area by clicking here.
  • Or you can view it on the web, anytime this week, by clicking here.

As far at the book itself:

  • You can order signed copies here.
  • You can read the Table of Contents of the book here.
  • You can read the Forward to the book, by Dr. Paul Brand (his last published words), here.
  • You can read the First Chapter of the book here.
  • You can view the book’s adult Health Assessment here. There’s also a version for Christians here and for younger adults here.

Here’s some promotional information on the book:

  • This Retailers Choice Award-winner is a must-have family resource that explains the ten essentials on how to pursue wellness, cope with illness, and develop a plan to care for all the health needs of life.
  • 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People is like having your very own health mentor to guide you in your total health picture, from treating illness and navigating the health care system to developing a proactive approach to vibrant health.
  • You’ll see how to balance the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual parts of your life to help you achieve maximum health. Whether you’re eighteen or eighty, you can become healthy—highly healthy.
  • A must-have resource for pursuing wellness, coping with illness, and developing a plan to care for the health needs of life — for yourself and those you love.
  • The 10 principles in this book have made a life-changing—and in many cases a life-saving—difference for countless people. They can for you, too.
  • Expert, current, and full of surprises.
  • Endorsed by the Christian Medical Association as “Medically reliable. Biblically sound.”
  • Master 10 powerful principles for improving your well-being.
  • Discover the secret to becoming your own health care quarterback.
  • Chart your plan to improved health using the numerous self-assessments provided.
  • Learn the right questions to ask your doctors.
  • Gain the confidence to hire and fire your health care providers.

Strong relationships improve chances of living longer

In my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy, I discuss what I call the “four wheels of health”: physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational.

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In the book I say, that relationships are so important to health, that people should “avoid loneliness like the plague.” Now, CBS Evening News is reporting, “Researchers at Brigham Young said today strong relationships can improve your chances of living longer by 50%.”

Time reported, “A healthy social life may be as good for your long-term health as avoiding cigarettes, according to a massive research review released Tuesday by the journal PLoS Medicine.” After examining “pooled data from 148 studies on health outcomes and social relationships — every research paper on the topic they could find, involving more than 300,000 men and women across the developed world,” researchers “found that those with poor social connections had on average 50% higher odds of death in the study’s follow-up period (an average of 7.5 years) than people with more robust social ties,” an increase in longevity comparable to that between smokers and non-smokers.

“It’s difficult to say why relationships matter so much to human health,” the Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported. “It could be that people who are connected to others take better care of themselves, take fewer risks, or find more meaning to their lives.”

“Regardless of age, sex, initial health status, cause of death, and follow-up period in the individual studies, the new analysis finds that those with stronger relationships have an increased likelihood of survival,” the CNN “The Chart” blog reported.

If you’d like to learn more on improving your relationship health, pick up a copy of my 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy.

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And, for those of you who are married, consider reading together my and Barb’s book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage.

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Also, you can purchase these and my other autographed books here.

Study: Working overtime increases heart risk

People who regularly put in overtime and work 10 or 11-hour days increase their heart disease risk by nearly two-thirds, research suggests. The findings come from a study of 6,000 British civil servants, published online in the European Heart Journal.

The bottom line, according to the researchers is, “… the findings highlighted the importance of work-life balance.” If you’re having trouble finding that balance, you may want to read my book 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy — which is chock full of suggestions for measuring and balancing what I call “the four wheels of health:” physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual.

Here are some of the details on the study from the BBC: After accounting for known heart risk factors such as smoking, doctors found those who worked three to four hours of overtime a day ran a 60% higher risk.

Overall, there were 369 cases where people suffered heart disease that caused death, had a heart attack or developed angina. And the number of hours spent working overtime appeared to be strongly linked in many cases.

The researchers said there could be a number of explanations for this. People who spend more time at work have less time to exercise, relax and unwind. They may also be more stressed, anxious, or have depression.

A career-minded person will also tend to be a “Type A” personality who is highly driven, aggressive or irritable, they say.

“Employees who work overtime may also be likely to work while ill — that is, be reluctant to be absent from work despite illness,” they add.

Lead researcher Mianna Virtanen, an epidemiologist at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki and University College London, said: “More research is needed before we can be confident that overtime work would cause coronary heart disease.”

Cathy Ross, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, which part-funded the research, said: “This study raises further questions about how our working lives can influence our risk of heart disease.

“Although the researchers showed a link between working more than three hours overtime every day and heart problems, the reasons for the increased risk weren’t clear.

“Until researchers understand how our working lives can affect the risk to our heart health, there are simple ways to look after your heart health at work, like taking a brisk walk at lunch, taking the stairs instead of the lift, or by swapping that biscuit for a piece of fruit.”

Dr John Challenor, from the Society of Occupational Medicine, said: “In many ways it confirms what we as occupational health doctors already know – that work/life balance plays a vital role in well-being.

“Employers and patients need to be aware of all of the risk factors for coronary heart disease and should consider overtime as one factor that may lead to a number of medical conditions.”

A Simple ‘Thank You’ Brings Rewards to All

Expressing gratitude benefits both you and the person being thanked, a new study finds. This new research backs up the studies I discuss in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. I discuss how an attitude of gratitude not only can result in a more highly healthy you, but even increase the health of those around you. More details on my book at the end of the blog, but here are the details of the study from HealthDay News: Continue reading

Your life span may be as wide as your smile

A quirky new study looks at smiles in pictures of baseball players and compares death rates. What did they find? The bigger the smile, the longer the life!

Past research shows that people who smile a lot are usually happier, have more stable personalities, more stable marriages, better cognitive skills and better interpersonal skills.

Science has just uncovered another benefit of a happy face. People who have big smiles live longer.

Researchers at Wayne State University used information from the Baseball Register to look at photos of 230 players who began their careers in professional baseball before 1950.

The players’ photos were enlarged, and a rating of their smile intensity was made (big smile, no smile, partial smile). The players’ smile ratings were compared with data from deaths that occurred from 2006 through 2009. The researchers then corrected their analysis to account for other factors associated with longevity, such as body mass index, career length, career precocity and college attendance.

For those players who had died, the researchers found longevity ranged from an average of 72.9 years for players with no smiles (63 players) to 75 years for players with partial smiles (64 players) to 79.9 years for players with big smiles (23 players).

This isn’t a bunch of psycho-hooey, the authors said.

Smiles reflect positive emotion. Positive emotion has been linked to both physical and mental well-being. They added a caveat to their study: “The data source provided no information as to whether expressions were spontaneous or in response to a photographer’s request to smile.” Still, big smiles are more likely to reflect true happiness than partial smiles.

Maybe the non-smilers were thinking about batting averages.

The study is published in the journal Psychological Science and discussed in a news release from the journal.

By the way, if this topic is of interest to you, you may want to read a copy of one of my newest books, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People.

  • You can order an autographed copy here.
  • You can view the Table of Contents here.
  • You can read the Forward here.
  • You can read Chapter One here.
  • You can download a free Reader’s Study Guide here.