Category Archives: Children’s Health

How to avoid sunscreens and after-sun products contaminated with cancer-causing benzene

Benzene, which has been linked to blood cancers, has been reported in a large number of sunscreens and after-sun products that were independently tested by Valisure, LLC, a company that independently checks the chemical composition of medications and healthcare products.

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Skipping breakfast leads to clear nutritional gaps

A study in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society​​​ found that adults who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to miss out on a number of important nutrients.

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Most Americans do not adhere to diets that prevent cancer

HealthDay reports, “The eating habits of most American adults aren’t in line with dietary guidelines that can reduce the risk of cancer, a new study finds.”

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Is marijuana use associated with suicide in young people?

It appears the disturbing answer is a qualified, “Yes!” A recent study found that the use of marijuana (even non-daily use) in young adults, especially females, is strongly associated with an increased risk of thinking about, planning, and attempting suicide.

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Southern-style diet associated with higher odds for sudden cardiac death

I love my wife’s “GRITS” T-shirt. “GRITS” stands for “Girls Raised in The South.” We were both born and raised in the south, so we’ve also followed the data on what we were fed growing up!

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Exercise lessens the health risks of poor sleep

Did you know that poor sleep increases your risk of a number of chronic health issues and can lead to premature death? And for those who, no matter what they do, cannot find a good sleep pattern, there is something … Continue reading

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A New Episode of “Ask Dr. Walt” available on Liftable TV

LiftableTV has posted a new episode of “Ask Dr. Walt,” titled, “The Power of Positive Friends and Healthful Relationships.” 

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Loneliness can make us sick, but here are tips to fight back

On my new TV show, “Ask Dr. Walt” on LiftableTV, I devoted an entire show to the topic, “Avoid Loneliness Like the Plague.” I consider healthy relationships one of the top ten essentials of highly healthy people. Here’s why:

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New Year’s Resolution #1 – Take the kids out for fast food less often

A highly healthy resolution for your family in 2016 would be to slowly reduce the number of trips you make to fast food restaurants. Why?

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Tips for Taming the TV

Tips for Taming Television (From God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child by Dr. Walt Larimore. All rights reserved) Television viewing doesn’t have to be out of control. Parents can set limits and teach children to make wise viewing choices. … Continue reading

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7 Things Teenage Boys Most Need

Being the parent of an adolescent boy is legendary for its difficulty. But according to one priest, who acts as a spiritual director for high school boys, just keeping in mind seven points can make for a better relationship with … Continue reading

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Parenting Style – Part 2

This is the second part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. You can learn more about parenting in my books God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child or God’s Design for the … Continue reading

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Parenting Style – Part 1

This is the first part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. Parenting Style Makes a Huge Difference I’ve closely followed the research of Diana Baumrind and other child development researchers who have … Continue reading

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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 7

This is the seventh part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. DISCIPLINE We now come to the fourth letter—D for “Discipline.” Lifting up our teens with affirmation, blameless love, and connectedness is … Continue reading

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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 6

This is the sixth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTING WITH THE WORKADAY WORLD If your teen is not overscheduled and you feel good about the family connectedness, then part-time … Continue reading

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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 5

This is the fifth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS … AND MORE FRIENDS Besides connectedness with parents, highly healthy teens need connectedness with highly healthy friends, activities, … Continue reading

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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 4

This is the fourth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTEDNESS The “C” of the “ABCD’s” of raising highly healthy children and nurturing highly healthy teens is “Connectedness.” It includes connecting … Continue reading

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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 3

This is the third part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. BLAMELESS LOVE The “B” of the “ABCD’s” of raising highly healthy children and nurturing highly healthy teens is “Blameless” or “Unconditional … Continue reading

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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 1

In my book, God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen, I wrote about the fact that highly healthy teens need four things from their parents to maintain their emotional health during their preteen and adolescent years. I call them the … Continue reading

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FDA: Sunscreen must be labeled for protection from both UVA and UVB

The Denver Post reports that the Food and Drug Administration has announced new rules specifying that sunscreen manufacturers must label their products as having passed tests examining the sunscreen’s ability to protect people from ultraviolet rays, both UVB and UVA … Continue reading

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Encourage your kids to choose healthy snacks

Kids may crave chips and sweet treats, but parents should encourage their children to choose healthier options.

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MOTHER’S DAY THOUGHT: A Baby’s Conversation with God

A dear friend sent the note below to me. It is a beautiful little story of a conversation between God and an unborn child. It is a great tribute to Moms everywhere. I cannot find the name of the original author … Continue reading

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Officials worry about measles in places with low vaccination rates

The Wall Street Journal reports that US public-health officials are worrying about possible outbreaks of measles in parts of the country in which there are low rates of vaccination.

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Exercise boosts kids’ academic ability

Promoting physical activity among young school kids can end up improving their academic performance, a new study suggests.

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Clinical trial finds childhood obesity can be controlled through portion size, carb cutting

Reuters reports on a Journal of Pediatrics study, which shows that parents can manage their children’s obesity by cutting portion sizes, as well as cutting carbohydrates, although the low-carb method was found to be the toughest for kids to follow.

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Circumcision reduces prostate cancer risk

Reuters reports that according to a new study published in the journal Cancer, men who are circumcised may have a lowered risk of developing prostate cancer. Researchers compared two groups of over 1,600 men, half of whom had prostate cancer.

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Eighteen states now considering indoor tanning bans for teens

USA Today reports, “Eighteen states are considering measures banning the use of indoor tanning devices for those under 18, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures,” while “five more are weighing increased regulation, such as requiring parental consent.

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Tanning-salon use contributes to high rate of melanoma deaths

The New York Times reports that in Idaho, “lawmakers and public health experts…are confronting a problem that they say has developed in one of its newer panoramas: suburban strip malls dotted with salons like Beach Club, Jamaca Me Tan, Planet … Continue reading

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Physicians “taking tougher stands” against vaccination refusals

USA Today reports that “many pediatricians … are taking tougher stands with parents who refuse vaccinations.”

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Studies: Children raised by lesbians not necessarily problem-free

Over the last few years, a few published studies have claimed that children raised by same-sex couples compare favorably to — and sometimes even better than — children raised by moms and dads on measures of self-esteem and academics. Those studies, … Continue reading

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