Monthly Archives: September 2010

Good relationship with dad can help fight stress

Do you remember playing games with your dad or having heart-to-heart talks? For men, many years later, that turns out to be incredibly important. The relationship you had with your father, and the way that you treat your sons, may … Continue reading

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Birth Order May Affect a Child’s Intelligence and Personality

Birth order within families has long sparked sibling rivalry, but it might also impact the child’s personality and intelligence, a new study suggests. First-borns are typically smarter, while younger siblings get better grades and are more outgoing, the researchers say. … Continue reading

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What are the Healthiest Fast Food Breakfasts?

Healthy fast-food breakfasts? Sounds like an oxymoron, eh? Well, there may be some options for your consideration. And according to at least one expert, they’ll help you keep calories low while you’re on the go! Here are the details in … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Anastasha – Part 13 – Day of Life 221

Little Anastasha, whose life we’ve been following for the last 13 weeks, is now about 221 days old, despite her terminal diagnosis of anencephaly. She continues to grow and prosper in her mom’s womb, and she continues to bless her … Continue reading

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CDC: Flu Vaccine Has Arrived … Get Yours ASAP

The CDC’s ‘Flu Ends with U’ Campaign has started and most doctors offices and pharmacies already have the vaccine in stock. It may still be late summer, but this year’s flu vaccine has already arrived — and the CDC wants you … Continue reading

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Generics As Good As Costly Blood Pressure Meds, Study Finds

A new study is reporting what I’ve been telling my patients for years: generic blood pressure medications are as good as the far more costly brand name medications — plus, fewer deaths seen in the group taking no-brand-name diuretics after … Continue reading

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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. Now, consumer experts are joining me in saying that preparation before a doctor’s visit … Continue reading

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Reminder: Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet This Weekend

Americans are being encouraged to gather expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from their medicine cabinets this Saturday and take them to one of the more than 4,000 drop-off sites around the country. The national “Take-Back” campaign is part of … Continue reading

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Got a Tattoo? Then Be Sure to Get a Hepatitis C Test!

The global fad for tattoos, particularly among young people, is growing — and along with it the risk of acquiring hepatitis C, according to a multinational study. A systematic review of 124 published studies from 30 countries found that people with … Continue reading

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ED Supplement Causes “Worrisome” Heartbeat Changes

Enzyte, a popular dietary supplement marketed for “male enhancement,” causes electrical abnormalities in the heart that could be potentially fatal in some people, new research suggests. Doctors should tell their patients not to use the product until more safety information is … Continue reading

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Male Enhancement Supplement Has Undeclared Prescription ED Drug

Makers of a supplement marketed as a male sexual enhancement product issued a voluntary recall of the product after an FDA analysis found undeclared traces of sulfoaildenafil, an analog to the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil. The supplement Prolatis is considered an … Continue reading

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A Toolkit For Banishing Bullies

For years I’ve been a medical consultant for HealthTeacher.com. Recently they published a very helpful article on “Banishing Bullies.” I hope that readers who are parents, teachers, coaches, pastors, and others who love and care for children will find this … Continue reading

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Rules for Preventing Bullying

For years I’ve been a medical consultant for HealthTeacher.com. Recently they published a very helpful article on “Banishing Bullies.” I thought that this section of the article, on “Rules for Preventing Bullying” was particularly helpful. I hope that readers who … Continue reading

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Young teens underestimate bullying … wonder “Is it just me?”

How to help your child cope with a bully New research is suggesting that adolescents underestimate the degree to which their peers are bullied. The online study of 1,454 adolescents ages 12-17, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Anastasha – Part 12

Little Anastasha, whose life we’ve been following for the last 12 weeks, is now about 214 days old, despite her terminal diagnosis of anencephaly. She continues to grow and prosper in her mom’s womb, and she continues to bless her parents, … Continue reading

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Stressed women may have reduced chance of becoming pregnant

We’ve known for many years that stress and anxiety can affect a woman’s pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Now, a new study is connecting stress and conception. USA Today reports that “a new study in the journal Fertility and Sterility lends … Continue reading

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Women should try to conceive as early as possible after miscarriage

In the past, when I’ve had a family suffer a miscarriage, I’ve advised them to wait three to six months before trying to conceive again. There were a couple of reasons for this: (1) this gives the endometrium (the lining of … Continue reading

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Low-fat or low-carbohydrate diets may produce similar weight loss

My patients ask me all the time about the differences between the low-fat diets (i.e., South Beach) and the low-carb diets (i.e., Atkins). In the past, I’ve had little data on which to guide them, but my personal preference has leaned … Continue reading

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Having a Sister Can Be Good For Your Emotional Health

My wife’s sister, Sue, is in town this week. Barb and Sue are extremely close and are having a wonderful time together. So, in honor of Barb and Sue, here’s a report from USA Today on the health benefits of … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Finds 12 Supplements with Unsafe Ingredients

ABC World News reported, “Dietary supplements are a $27 billion a year business in this country, but Consumer Reports has an alert” on “supplements the magazine says can be dangerous to your health.” Consumer Reports’ Nancy Metcalf said, “With the dozen … Continue reading

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U.S. Dietary Supplements Often Contaminated: Consumer Reports

Many popular dietary supplements contain ingredients that may cause cancer, heart problems, liver or kidney damage, but U.S. stores sell them anyway and Americans spend millions on them, according to a report from the trusted Consumer Reports. Here are the … Continue reading

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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. There … Continue reading

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AP Surprises With Article Showing Adult Stem Cell Research Far Outpacing Embryonic

The Associated Press surprised me and, I suspect, many other readers with a dramatic story on the contrasts between adult and embryonic stem cell research and a headline indicating what pro-life advocates and readers of this blog have long known: the … Continue reading

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Windpipes Made with Adult Stem Cells Help Cancer Patients

In a story coming out of Rome, Italy, LifeNews.com is reporting that Italian doctors have announced the use of patients’ own adult stem cells to fabricate new tracheas for two cancer patients. Long-time readers to this blog know of the … Continue reading

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HHS Dept Releases Funding for Abstinence Education Despite Obama Plan

The Department Health and Human Services has released the federal funding for abstinence education that groups fought for in Congress after President Barack Obama made a request to eliminate it. The funding is one of the few silver linings of … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Anastasha – Part 11

Little Anastasha, only about 207 days old, despite her likely terminal diagnosis of anencephaly, continues to grow and prosper in her mom’s womb. And, she continues to bless her parents, her siblings, her family, and all of who are able … Continue reading

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Having good friends appears to ‘boost’ survival

Last week I blogged on the topic that “Strong relationships improve chances of living longer.” Now, another study is showing that having a good network of friends and neighbours boosts survival chances by 50%. Here are the details from a … Continue reading

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New Lesbian Parenting Study Makes Claims Unsupported by the Evidence

You probably heard or read a headline saying something like this, “The National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) published byAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers the following conclusion: ‘Adolescents who have been reared in lesbian-mother families since birth demonstrate healthy … Continue reading

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Two new studies lend more support to compression-only CPR

As you may have heard, the rules of CPR are about to change, as two newly published studies question the way millions of us learn to administer it. Indeed, most experts all agree the most important thing to do is … Continue reading

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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. In the book I say, that relationships are so important to … Continue reading

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