Monthly Archives: March 2021

Six Days Until the National Release of “The Natural Medicines Handbook”

My newest book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions, will be released on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Preventing heart disease

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here’s a recent Q&A about preventive medicine:

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Coming in One Week — The National Release of “The Natural Medicines Handbook”

Launching across the U.S. on Tuesday, April 6, is my 38th book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions.

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My Patients Ask — What’s the latest on allergic reactions to the COVID vaccines?

A new study confirms an extremely low risk of severe allergic reactions from the COVID vaccines.

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My Patients Ask — How long should I delay elective surgery after COIVD?

I actually didn’t know the answer to the question of how long patients who test positive for COVID should delay elective surgery. Now we have an answer.

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Dr. Walt speaks on the historicity of Jesus’ ressurection today

Please join me later today, Sunday, March 28th, at 6:30 PM (MST), for a Virtual International Easter celebration where I’ll be presenting the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.

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Dr. Walt speaks on the historicity of Jesus’ ressurection tomorrow

Please join me for the upcoming Virtual International Easter celebration on Sunday, March 28th at 6:30 PM (MST) where I’m presenting on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.

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My Patients Ask — Can a COVID vaccine side effect be mistaken for cancer?

The New York Times reported that as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues across the U.S., physicians are observing enlarged underarm lymph nodes, which may be mistaken for a sign of cancer in recently immunized people.

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My Patients Ask — Can the COVID vaccine cause infertility?

This is just another COVID-vaccine myth. As it turns out, according to the Chicago Tribune, physicians “are coming out in full force against vaccine-related misinformation that falsely connects the vaccine and infertility, educating their patients of childbearing age and urging … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Should people with migraines get the COVID vaccine?

Although people with migraines and other headache disorders were likely included in the pre-authorization clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines, information regarding the safety of the vaccines in these people has not been reported.

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My Patients Ask — What about taking a steroid injection and a COVID vaccine?

I’ve heard some doctors believe that a corticosteroid injection for the treatment of pain and inflammation will decrease the effectiveness of the mRNA COVID vaccines? True or false?

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My Patients Ask — Should I take the COVID Vaccine if I’m on steroids or immunocompromised?

Most experts are saying that patients who are immunocompromised, which includes those taking corticosteroids (such as prednisone) or other immune weakening medicines such as  HIV/AIDS, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Type 1 diabetes, may get vaccinated.

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My Patients Ask — Is it safe on an airplane and how can I avoid getting COVID when flying?

This is a great question and I love the answer provided by my friends at ConsumerLab.com. They have lots of great and trustworthy information on COVID.

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My Patients Ask — Can I catch COVID from food or food packaging

The FDA has reviewed the current evidence and affirmed that “the risk is exceedingly low for transmission of COVID to humans via food and food packaging.” (FDA 2021).

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My Patients Ask — What about taking the COVID vaccine and getting a mammogram?

Females who are scheduled for a mammogram and a COVID vaccine at about the same time need to know about some newly released guidelines.

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My Patients Ask — Should I take the COVID vaccine if I have low platelets?

The CDC’s recommendations do not explicitly address the use of the COVID-19 vaccine in those with a history of thrombocytopenia. However, there’s new information you might want to consider.

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My Patients Ask — What supplements do you recommend I take before getting the COVID vaccine?

The short answer: none. A longer answer and explanation is below.

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My Patients Ask — St. Patty’s Day, alcohol, and the COVID vaccine

I’m Irish and looking forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this evening. I have a COVID vaccine scheduled for tomorrow. Will my green beer tonight have an effect on the vaccine?

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My Patients Ask — Should a person get the COVID vaccine with a current or past COVID Infection?

Great question. The CDC and my friends at Consumer Lab have these suggestions.

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My Patients Ask — What can I take to reduce COVID-19 vaccine side effects?

My employer, UCHealth, is offering these suggestions to us healthcare professionals about COVID vaccine side effects.

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My Patients Ask — If I don’t have side effects with the COVID Vaccination, is my immune system not working?

According to the CDC, common side effects of COVID vaccinations include fever, chills, tiredness, and headache, in addition to pain or swelling in the arm where the shot was administered. Some say these side effects are good because they prove … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Some say behavior changes give a better COVID vaccine response

My friends at ConsumerLab have pointed out some research I thought you might find helpful to consider before you get the COVID vaccine.

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My Patients Ask — Should people on oral steroids not take the COVID vaccine?

A physician wrote this to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, “I assume with high dose steroids (>20mg/day) for prolonged periods, that the COVID vaccine should be deferred until at least several weeks. Any guidance with low dose … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Is the COVID vaccine killing people?

Not that I know of. But, are people who take the vaccine dying? Yes, but not because of the vaccine. Let me explain.

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My Patients Ask — Should asthmatics on Singulair or Symbicort stop these meds before or after the COVID vaccine?

Symbicort is an inhaled combination of a corticosteroid and a bronchial dilator used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease while Singulair is a leukotriene receptor antagonist that has anti-inflammatory properties and is used in asthma and allergy treatment.

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My Patients Ask — Should people with liver disease take the COVID vaccine?

People with chronic liver disease, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C were eligible for inclusion in both the Pfizer and Moderna pre-authorization clinical trials, but the safety and efficacy of the vaccines in these groups have not yet been reported.

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My Patients Ask — Is the Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Ethical?

This is a question that I’ve addressed in four past blogs that you can find here, but I wanted to add the wisdom shared by Jim Dennison this week. I love his Daily Article and highly recommend it.

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My Patients Ask — Is the “Moderna arm” worse with the second dose?

There are reports of people who experience an itchy red rash after receiving the first dose of Moderna’s mRNA COVID vaccine. Naturally, patients want to know if this could be worse with the second dose?

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My Patients Ask — I’ve had the COVID vaccine so what do I do if exposed to a person with COVID?

As of today, the CDC is recommending that COVID vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are NOT required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

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My Patients Ask — If I’ve had COVID, should I still get the COVID vaccine?

In a word, “Yes.”

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