Monthly Family Update – July 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. COMING AUGUST 6: “Fit over 50”
  2. Today’s Christian Living“Ask Dr. Walt” column
  3. Grace PrescriptionsConference in Tulsa
  4. Last Month’s Events
  5. Next Month’s Events
  6. Past Issues

1) COMING AUGUST 6 – “Fit over 50”

My next book, “Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You,” is scheduled for release on August 6. You can learn more about the book and pre-order it here. Feel free to share this information with family and friends.

2) Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Livingmagazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are the Q&A’s from the July 2019 issue that I forgot to post in last month’s newsletter. You can click on any you’re interested in reading. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

  • What Are the Common Types of Skin Cancer?
    • Dear Dr. Walt, Everybody in our family has lumps and bumps and skin growths—but how do we know when one might be cancer?—Bumps in Missouri
  • How Do I Protect My Skin from Cancer?
    • Dear Dr. Walt, We’re planning to hit the Jersey shore several times this summer and are finding all types of different advice on how to protect our skin and prevent skin cancer. Since skin cancer runs in my and my spouse’s family, count us interested.—Sun Seekers in New Jersey
  • Are Tanning Beds Harmful?
    • Dear Dr. Walt, My wife and I are having a debate. I believe tanning beds are safe and the salon I go to says so. She’s read that they’re not safe at all. Who’s right?—Tan in New York
  • How Can I Get a Safe Sun Tan?
    • Dear Dr. Walt, How can I safely get a suntan?—Pale in New Mexico
  • Maintaining Younger Looking Skin
    • Dear Dr. Walt, I’d like younger looking skin. Is there an easy way to do this?—Young-in-Heart in California

3) Grace Prescriptions Conference in Tulsa

I was blessed to join the faculty of In His Image Family Medicine Residency in teaching a “Grace Prescriptions” course to the incoming interns. Over the last few years Bill Peel and I, who co-wrote and co-teach the course, have been training the IHI faculty to teach the course. They did a GREAT job and next year I won’t be returning. They’ll be doing it on their own.

The Course Director, Jacob  Greuel, MD, wrote that the participants shared the following in their evaluations:

  • I now have a foundation for how I will implement spiritual conversations.
  • I will be on the lookout for opportunities to cultivate spiritual growth and ask questions about religious struggle.
  • I will now start learning about spiritual care in practice and how to do this well with patients.
  • This seminar showed me how to share Christ with patients better and meet them where they are at.
  • This was my first exposure to anything spiritual in healthcare.

And then after the Saturday afternoon practicum where the interns went out 2×2 into the hospital to meet inpatients and do a spiritual history, the interns and faculty had an amazing time of debriefing. Dr. Greuel wrote, “The practicum seemed to go very well. The group experienced and shared a broad spectrum of spiritual assessments, identified a few patients having spiritual struggles, and even had one suicidal man come to Christ (we prayed over these and communication will be made with the Attendings—all IHI grads—to follow these up as well)!  Additionally, there were no toxic reactions.”

What a blessing it was to see these young family physicians learning how to provide true whole-person care to those for whom they care.

4) Last Month’s Events

  • June 1: Barb and I participated in Life Network’sWalking for Life” here in Colorado Springs. Thanks to all of you who supported us. We almost made our goal of $15,000. Let us know if you’d like to push us over the top.
  • June 5-9: Son Scott, Daughter-in-Love Jennifer, and granddaughters Anna Kate, and Sarah Elisabeth, visited us from Decatur, GA. We had a wonderful visit with lots of hikes taken and memories made. The laughter we shared together was delicious.
  • June 13-16: See the note above. I guided the faculty at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency as they taught a Grace Prescriptions course to the incoming interns. Thanks SO much for praying for all of us. Your prayer covering was efficacious and fruitful.
  • June 27-29: Barb and I were back in Oklahoma at The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park for the In His Image Summer CME Conference and Graduation. This celebration, as always, was a wonderful blessing for us. 
  • June 30-July 4: On Friday, June 27, we learned that Barb’s Aunt Kitty, her mom’s last surviving sibling, had graduated to glory from cancer to her Creator. Barb will be traveling to Baton Rouge for the funeral and to celebrate this amazing woman’s life and legacy.

5)   Upcoming Events

  • We are home all month with no travel nor major events. We’re SO looking forward to some rest, relaxation, and recharging. Of course, I’ll be enjoying a great deal of writing time as I’m working of two separate books: (1) Tales of a Country Doctor: Stories of a Young Physician’s Practice in Rural Florida, and (2) Natural Medications for Common Conditions: The Truth About the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements.

6) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  • May 2019
    • Walk for Life
    • Publishing Update – “Fit over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “War Horses”
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • April 2019
    • “Fit After 50” Cover Released
    • #BlessedMySocksOff
    • He Found My Quote in Cracker Barrel
    • Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”
    • Publishing Update – New Books
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • March 2019
    • Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “War Horses”
    • Publishing Update – Three New Books
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.

2 thoughts on “Monthly Family Update – July 2019

  • Nina Sue Crowell

    Can’t wait until you come out with the Book, Tales of a Country Doctor, etc, etc. They are no more Country towns, but small cities. Praying for your precious family.

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