Monthly Family Update – June 2020

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Some Good News About My Dad’s Book: “War Horses”Second Great Endorsement for “The Best Medicine”2020 Walk for LifeWhat a Blessing I ReceivedA Publishing Milestone – my 1000th PublicationWant to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?Answers to last month’s prayersPrayer requests for this monthPast Issues 1) Some Good News About My Dad’s Book: “War Horses” In the past I’ve told you about my 15-years of labor to research stories about my dad’s World War II exploits, get them into a manuscript, and hopefully have it published. Its tentative title is, “War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners.” Right now, my agent, Greg Johnson, is shopping the book, but with no takers just yet. In fact,…
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This Memorial Day, Teach Your Children Well

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Today is Memorial Day, a national observance first known as Decoration Day, which was first observed on May 30, 1868, on the orders of General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.  Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery to remember those who fell during the bloody battles of our brutal Civil War.  The holiday's significance has been extended to honor all those who paid the ultimate price for our nation.  These thoughts from my friend, Gary Bauer, seem appropriate for our time: Of all the dangers facing our country, perhaps the greatest is the one that doesn't make many headlines -- our collective national amnesia.   Our history textbooks are sanitized to be politically correct and give our children little…
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Monday Memo – A Remembrance of Patriots on Memorial Day

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Today marks Memorial Day, a national observance first known as Decoration Day. The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30, 1868. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  Initially meant as a time to remember those who fell during the bloody battles of our brutal Civil War, the holiday's significance has been extended to honor all those who paid the ultimate price for our nation. As they have done every year since 1948, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment will place flags at more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They will remain at Arlington National Cemetery throughout the holiday weekend making sure that the flags remain upright. Gary Bauer's comment on Memorial Day is, to me, particularly poignant, and…
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A Memorial Day Remembrance to My Dad and My Hero: Major Philip B. Larimore, Jr.

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Today many of us will gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics to celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer. But, at some point between the hot dogs, hamburgers, and volleyball, I hope each of us will take time to reflect on what Memorial Day is really about – remembering the American soldiers who have lost their lives in battle to protect the freedoms so many of us take for granted. (more…)
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“Walk for Life” Update

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Barb and I are SO grateful to each of you who have already made an online donation to support us as we "Walk for Life" on Saturday, June 6. As a result, we've upped our goal from $10K to $14K. If you've not yet donated, it's easy to do here. If you have donated already, please4 let your friends, family, and faith community know so that they can support this walk also! Donate Today As you might expect, this year's Walk will look a little different. On Saturday, June 6th, Life Network will be hosting its first-ever VIRTUAL Walk for Life! Given our current public health guidance, Barb and I will celebrate the value of human life along with walkers city-wide -- all walking in our own neighborhoods. There will…
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Monthly Family Update – May 2020

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: First Endorsement for “The Best Medicine”2020 Walk for LifeToday’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” columnWant to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?Answers to last month’s prayersPrayer requests for this monthPast Issues 1) My Very First Endorsement for “The Best Medicine” I’ve told you in past letters about my next book, coming this October. I write about my early family medicine practice days in Kissimmee, Florida. It’s called “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor.” Preorder Here I’ve received my very first endorsement, and I’m so excited to share it with you: I was raised a small-town girl . . . a small-town girl who moved from the low country of coastal Georgia to the "big city" in Central…
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What about COVID-19 and essential oils?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and essential oils. But before I get to the specifics, I've also blogged in the past about essential oils in the past: Are Essential Oils Really Essential?Topical or oral use of essential oils — Do they work?Aromatherapy and topical aromatherapy oils — Do they work for anything? But what about essential oils? Do they help prevent or treat COVID-19? ConsumerLab.com writes: Essential oils from plants such as eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree have been shown in laboratory studies to have antiviral and/or other antimicrobial effects, as discussed below, but none have been shown to prevent or treat COVID-19 or other diseases caused by coronaviruses. The FDA has recently sent warnings to several companies…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Rx for international travel

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Dear Dr. Walt, I am a 55-year old lady who will soon be traveling to a developing country, which I do often. The medications in my emergency medication kit have all expired. I have a history of recurrent kidney stones and bee sting allergy. I am otherwise well. My medication kit includes ciprofloxacin, loperamide, oxycodone, and an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI). What do you recommend? Should I just call my doctor for refills? Agnes in Ashtabula. Dear Agnes, I'd recommend a consultation with a travel health professional at a health department or private travel clinic such as Passport Health. Here's a guiding site from the CDC: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/find-clinic. It's not just an "emergency kit," you want advice on, but it's also checking up on all needed/required vaccines, health alerts, security alerts, etc. A travel…
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Fit over 50 Update — Walking 8,000/day lowers death risk 50%

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: A 2015 study found that people who replaced “some of their sitting time with a light-intensity activity like strolling gained a substantial benefit in terms of mortality risk.” In fact, if participants “replaced as little as two minutes of sitting each hour with gentle walking, they lowered their risk of premature death by about 33 percent, compared with people who sat almost nonstop.” A study in Circulation of adults age 45 to 64 suggested that individuals “can make up for years of sedentary behavior with two years of exercise.” In fact, participants who had worked out at least four days a week with a regimen of weight training, balance work, and yoga had healthier hearts…
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What about COVID-19 and CBD?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and CBD: CBD (cannabidiol) has been heavily promoted to prevent coronavirus. For example, former NFL player Kyle Turley, who owns a line of CBD products, has tweeted that CBD can prevent and cure the coronavirus, and scammers have been sending text messages promoting CBD for the virus.  While CBD has been shown to inhibit certain viruses in laboratory studies, there is no evidence that it can prevent or treat COVID-19 in people. In a recently published review, researchers cited the lack of clinical evidence for CBD's antiviral effects and cautioned "CBD sellers should stop promoting claims that are not backed by scientific evidence." (Tagne, Cannabis Cannabinoid Res 2020).  In fact, animal studies generally indicate that CBD dampens the immune…
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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Protect Against COVID-19?

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Some social media postings claim that gargling with vinegar can eliminate the coronavirus in the throat before it reaches the lungs. Is this true? Here is the advice from ConsumerLab.com's fabulous and frequently updated resource Natural Remedies and Supplements for Coronavirus (COVID-19): While all varieties of vinegar, including apple cider vinegar, contain acetic acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties, there is no evidence that gargling with vinegar is useful for preventing or treating colds, sore throats, or COVID-19. Further, there is also SIGNIFICANT concern about the safety of using vinegar this way. Regular consumption of apple cider vinegar can cause tooth enamel loss and low blood levels of potassium.  Vinegar may be used to clean surfaces but are not as effective a disinfectant as bleach and may take as long as 30 minutes sitting on a surface,…
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What about COVID-19 and melatonin?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and melatonin: Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate sleep and can trigger sleep in people with sleep disorders. Melatonin has also been suggested on some websites as a potential treatment in COVID-19, although there are no reports of such use or of a proven benefit.  Rationale for use of melatonin in COVID-19 appears to stem from the fact that it can affect immune responses. Experiments in mice, for example, have shown melatonin to increase levels of certain cytokines (immune-regulating molecules) in those infected with various viruses and to reduce virus-related mortality, but this benefit has yet to be demonstrated in human clinical trials. Another rationale given for use of melatonin…
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Monthly Family Update – April 2020

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: “Best Medicine” Catalog CopyWant to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?A Christian Healthcare Worker’s Response To COVID-19Blogs on COVID-19 and SupplementsUnexpected praise from North CarolinaAnswers to last month’s prayersPrayer requests for this monthPast Issues 1) “Best Medicine” Catalog Copy Baker Publishing has released its September-December catalog. My next book, “Best Medicine,” is prominently featured. We’re still on for an October 6 release? Would you like to read it before it’s released? If so, see the next item. 2) Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else? On October 6, 2020, my first book about my practice days in Kissimmee (1985-2001), “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor,” will be released. I'm trying to recruit 100 folks to…
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What about COVID-19 and astragalus?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and astragalus: Astragalus (or Huang qi) has been promoted on some websites to help protect against COVID-19. Astragalus is an herb that has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to strengthen the immune system and to treat colds, among many other uses. It may be sold as a root powder, extract or tea, as a single ingredient or as part of an "immune-boosting" formula.  Laboratory and animal studies suggest polysaccharides, astragalosides and other compounds in astragalus increase the production of white blood cells, particularly T cells and macrophages, and other cells important for immune system function (Block, Integr Cancer Ther 2003). It has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral effects,…
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Coronavirus and Supplements – Part II

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After an overwhelming response and high volume of questions I received to my blogs over the last 10 days about the new (novel) coronavirus and supplements, I thought I'd share the conclusions of the research team at LabDoor (an independent group that tests supplements for quality). I found their in-depth article on vitamins C and D, as well as zinc lozenges, very helpful and hope you'll enjoy it and share it with interested friends.  The new coronavirus disease has a lot of people worried, and this has created an ideal breeding ground for misinformation. You’re probably aware of the chain emails, online health articles, and even news stories that have been touting new ways to prevent or treat the disease. Supplements companies are getting in on it, too, with claims that supplements…
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Can I get coronavirus taking supplements from China?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted an answer to this question: Many of the ingredients used in dietary supplements come from China. Even supplements that are "made in the U.S." may include ingredients from China, where the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is believed to have originated. Due to temporary shutdowns of businesses in some areas of China, there may be disruptions in the supply of these ingredients from China. There is no requirement for a dietary supplement to list the country of origin of its ingredients, so your question is a valid one.  However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), "In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there…
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What about COVID-19 and ANY dietary supplement?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and supplements: Although several supplements may potentially reduce symptoms of a cold or flu, none can prevent infection with coronavirus or any other virus. Nevertheless, it is always worthwhile to fortify yourself to be in the best position to fight infection. In addition to getting adequate sleep and general nutrition, the safest way to do this with supplements is to be sure you are getting sufficient vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc, as all are important for a well-functioning immune system. As described in our posts this last week, this can typically be done with foods and/or supplements.  You can also get good amounts of vitamins C and D, zinc, and other essential…
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Myths About Supplements and Coronavirus Prevention or Treatment

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I've been blogging the last 10 days or so about many of the myths and deceptions circulating on the Internet about preventing or treating the Coronavirus, COVID-19, with unproved and sometimes dangerous supplements. My friends at ConsumerLab.com have produced an incredible resource on the topic. I thought you'd like to know about it. Question: What are natural remedies for coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do supplements like zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?  Answer:Many supplements and natural or other alternative treatments are being promoted to prevent or treat coronavirus (COVID-19). None have been proven to work, but some have potential benefit. Here's what you need to know, and we've grouped these approaches in the following categories:  Vitamin and minerals that can help with coronavirus if you're not getting enough Supplements that may possibly help reduce symptoms of coronavirus Supplements and products unlikely to help…
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A Christian Healthcare Worker’s Response to COVID-19

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I was delighted to join about 30 other Christian healthcare professionals in writing the just-released ebook “A Christian Healthcare Worker’s Response to COVID-19.” The ebook was produced by my dear friend, Will Rogers, and his team at Medical Missions. The ebook is free and available here. Order Here My chapter, "How COVID-19 Presents Unique Opportunities To Share The Gospel," is on page 17. Will Rogers writes: Times like these are rare, but they also present such an incredible opportunity for us to share the light of Christ in a way that may not be as easily shared. The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing everyone to rethink so many things in life, especially for those on the front lines serving others in these times. We have a unique responsibility in times like…
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What about COVID-19 and turmeric and curcumin?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and turmeric and curcumin: Turmeric and curcumin (a major constituent of turmeric) are best known for their modest anti-inflammatory effects. Curcumin has also been shown to inhibit certain viruses in laboratory studies, including a study published online (but not in a peer-reviewed journal) suggesting that curcumin may inhibit the virus that causes COVID-19. In animal studies, curcumin injections have been shown to protect the lungs from injury and infection, including viral-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome, possibly by reducing inflammatory cytokines and other mechanisms. However, there are no studies in people showing that turmeric or curcumin supplements can prevent or reduce the symptoms of viral infections such as colds, the flu, or COVID-19.  The…
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What about COVID-19 and quercetin?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and quercetin: Quercetin and its major metabolites, such as quercetin 3-beta-O-d-glucoside (Q3G, also called isoquercetin), have been found in laboratory studies to inhibit a wide variety of viruses, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which is related to COVID-19. For example, one of these studies showed that when mice were injected with high doses of Q3G before being infected with a lethal dose of the Ebola virus, they survived Ebola infection, while none of the mice that did not receive Q3G survived. According to preliminary research, quercetin appears to work by preventing viruses from entering cells, thereby reducing "viral load." A clinical trial that will investigate the use of oral quercetin in patients…
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