Monthly Archives: July 2010

High meat diet ‘linked to early periods’

In my book, God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen, I discuss the disturbing phenomena of young girls having their periods at younger and younger ages. Researchers have postulated all sorts of reasons for the, but now a study suggests … Continue reading

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Mediterranean diet also helps existing heart disease

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet can help heart patients stay healthy, new research from Greece shows. The Mediterranean diet, which I recommend in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, involves eating lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, vegetable and … Continue reading

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Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller

In my book, Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, I have a chapter discussing acupuncture in which we conclude: Despite its limited effectiveness, acupuncture’s low cost and relative safety can make it a viable … Continue reading

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Indoor Tanning Poses Melanoma Risk; There Are NO Safe Devices

Indoor tanning increases the risk for melanoma and should be avoided, according to investigators of a new case–control study from the state of Minnesota.

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Study: Tanning-bed use triples melanoma risk

USA Today reports that “people who have ever used tanning machines were…more likely to develop melanoma than others, according to a study” published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Defeating the Lice Without Emptying Your Wallet

It’s an unfortunate fact of life. If your children go to school or camp, they will each almost certainly end up with at least one case of head lice during their childhood years. So, here is a great article about … Continue reading

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The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 4

I don’t have any medical updates this week from Craig and Tonya DeLisi about their unborn child Anastasha. Those of you following their journey know that Anastasha has been diagnosed, via ultrasound, with anencephaly. There is no cure or treatment for … Continue reading

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Kitchen Spoons Dole Out Dangerous Overdoses to Kids

For years I’ve told parents in my practice that kitchen teaspoons and tablespoons are highly inaccurate in dispensing medicine to kids. I have always recommended using an inexpensive oral syringe for dosing pediatric medications. Now comes study warning that using … Continue reading

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Whooping Cough Epidemic Hits California: Six Babies Die

In several of my past blogs, including two earlier this week (Low immunization rates linked to epidemic spread of whooping cough and Parents who refuse vaccines put other people’s children in harm’s way), I’ve warned of the potential dangers, including death, … Continue reading

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Letter from Professor about the Family Physician Academy and Coke

In a past blog of mine (Partnership Between Family Physicians and Coca-Cola Poses Ethical Problem) I wrote, “What does my national academy of family physicians, the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians), and Coca-Cola have in common? The common sense … Continue reading

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Choosing the Best Sunscreen – Consumer Reports Recommendations

With summer upon us, it’s time to stock up on sunscreen for the season. To help navigate the vast selection crowding store shelves and to ensure you’re getting the best protection against, sunburn and skin cancer, Consumer Reports Health has … Continue reading

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Choosing the Best Sunscreen – Health Magazine Recommendations

If you’re heading outside this summer, bring sunscreen. But with so many choices on the shelves, how can you choose which one is best for you and your family? Here’s a great report adapted from ABC News that will help: … Continue reading

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No evidence sunscreen use promotes skin cancer

On the NBC Nightly News (May 25, 2010), NBC medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman, MD, discussed sunscreen use, disputing a charge made by an environmental group that sunscreens containing vitamin A may increase the chance of developing skin cancer. After pointing … Continue reading

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Poll: Too many Americans not using sunscreen

Even as summer temperatures soar, Americans are turning a cold shoulder to sunscreen, according to a poll released recently. According to a report in Reuters Health: Only one-fifth of Americans wear sunscreen before going outside most days during the summer and … Continue reading

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Parents who refuse vaccines put other people’s children in harm’s way

For quite some time, I’d warned parents that not vaccinating their children is not only potentially harmful (or fatal) to their children, but also the children in your neighborhood or your children’s school. Now, an op-ed in the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Study indicates separate MMR, chickenpox shots may be safer

I hope you’re not getting too tired of all the vaccine-related blogs of today and Monday. Not to worry, on Friday I’ll post several blogs for adults and parents about sunscreens. Anyway, the Los Angeles Times is reporting, “Children who receive … Continue reading

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Low immunization rates linked to epidemic spread of whooping cough

Barb, my wife, reported to me that friends who are expecting a baby very soon, have informed those who may be visiting or caring for the baby, including grandparents, be immunized against whooping cough (pertussis). Barb asked me, “Is that … Continue reading

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The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 3

Thanks to Dr. Steiner and Kate for thoughtful and encouraging comments on Part 2 of Anastasha’s story. You can find their comments here. I’m hoping others of you will comment as Dr. DeLisi shares more in the future. I admire … Continue reading

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Sugar Before Shots Reduces Discomfort for Infants

A new review is reporting that fewer tears are shed by babies when they get a sweet solution before injections. A report in HealthDay News says, “A sugar solution appears to help babies tolerate immunizations and get through the pain, researchers … Continue reading

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Delaying childhood vaccinations offer no benefit to children, and may be harmful

I’ve written in the past about the debate between doctors about delaying vaccines. This debate is based upon the fears among some parents that the current regimen of infant vaccinations involves too many vaccines too soon. Then, to add to … Continue reading

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Several vaccines at once absolutely OK for kids’ brains: Study

Reuters Health has a report saying, “Parents can rest assured that getting kids their vaccine shots on time will not hurt their mental skills later on.” Here are more details from Reuters: “A lot of parents are concerned that children receive … Continue reading

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Coffee’s endless health debate is grounded in fact

Today, I have three blogs to encourage all of you who, when you wake up at the crack of dawn each day need your coffee. Some of you think it’s healthy. Some of you worry it may not be. So, … Continue reading

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Coffee may have perks for longer living

Drinking up to six cups of coffee a day may lower the overall odds of dying prematurely, mainly because it cuts the risk of dying from heart disease, a recent study suggests. But the study found that heavy coffee drinking … Continue reading

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Tea and coffee ‘protect against heart disease’

Drinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease, a 13-year-long study from the Netherlands has found. It adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting health benefits from the most popular hot drinks. Those … Continue reading

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Six insect repellents earn recommendations from Consumer Reports

‘Tis the season of barbecues, hiking, camping . . . and biting bugs. A good repellent can help you enjoy the outdoors without the company of mosquitoes, ticks, and myriad other stinging, biting critters. But, what are the best repellents … Continue reading

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Who should I give money to? Anyone who asks?

Last week I blogged on the topic of “My Family, or the Poor?” The blog was based upon a devotional by my dear friend, Al Weir, MD, an oncologist in Memphis and a former staff member of the Christian Medical … Continue reading

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Dr. Walt in an Online Documentary Revealing Abortifacient Effects of the Pill

July 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Filmmaker Trent Herbert has produced a well-researched documentary called “28 Days on the Pill” that exposes the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Pill, the documentary is … Continue reading

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The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 2

Last week, I began to share with you the story of a wonderful, yet unborn, little girl named Anastasha. You can read the first part of her story here. Now, for so many of you who are praying for her … Continue reading

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Should some kids take fish oil supplements?

This last April I blogged on the topic, “Should Kids take Fish Oil Supplements?” and concluded, “… most kids don’t need fish oil supplements.” However, for overweight teens with high blood pressure, there may be a different story. Should Kids … Continue reading

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Regular teeth brushing linked to healthier hearts

Your mom told you to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Now comes another study proving mom right. Long-time readers know that in at least one past blog, I’ve discussed the cardiovascular benefits of dental and gum health. … Continue reading

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